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Teachers

Creative Edge prides itself with one of the most innovative, creative, qualified, young and talented faculty. Our team of dance instructors is dedicated to the growth of each dancer aiming to not only teach them choreography and technique but to build confidence and character.

Meet our staff:

Caitlin Wilson – Artistic Director, BA, P.A.E.C
Caitlin Wilson dance teacher and choreographer in Burlington, Ontario CanadaCaitlin Wilson has an extensive background in the dance industry throughout North America. She has trained at prestigious dance studios in both New York City and Los Angeles. Throughout her career she has received outstanding results for her performances and her choreography. Caitlin has appeared in Nationally Televised commercials for shows such as So You Think You Can Dance Canada, as well as appearing in SYTYCD Canada’s finals week for Season’s 1 and 4. Caitlin’s choreography and dancers have also been featured in the new hit TV show The Next Step. Her passion for dance is an inspiration for many young dancers. Caitlin continues to update her teaching techniques and knowledge by regularly attending workshops with Internationally acclaimed Choreographers such as Mia Micheals, Tyce Diorio and Brian Friedman. She has received her B.A.T.D. exams in Ballet and annually participates in The Pulse Teacher Workshop receiving recognition from Dance Teacher Magazine. Cait has also received a Certificate of Achievement from Broadway Dance Centre a prestigious studio in New York City.

Cait also has an extensive background in both Gymnastics and Acrobatics. She has completed her training with Dance Educator’s of Canada and has over 10 years of experience teaching Recreational and Competitive Acro & tumbling. Not only is Cait an accomplished Performer, Teacher and Choreographer, she has also had time to complete her BA from McMaster University.  Cait is currently a Full Member of PAEC (Performing Arts Educators of Canada) specializing in Acro & Jazz. 

 

Cait’s main goal is to inspire dancers and assist them in their love and passion for dance.

Shauneese Morrison  – Jazz & Tap Director  – Director of Tap BATD, RAD
Shauneese dance teacher Burlington OntarioShauneese began her dance training at the age of 3 at the renowned Joanne Chapman School of Dance. She has over 20 years of extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Acrobatics. Shauneese graduated from McMaster University where she obtained a Honours BA in Political Science. As a teacher, she holds a teaching certificate in Stage and Acrobatics with The British Association of Teachers of Dancing and is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Shauneese’s choreography continues to win numerous awards and overalls both regionally and nationally in a variety of dance genres. Many of her students have been submitted into prestigious dance programs and have gone on to pursue successful careers in dance.

Shauneese ensures her choreography and knowledge of dance is always at the forefront as she teaches and attends various workshops throughout North America. Her goal as a teacher / choreographer is to create an environment that results in continuous growth, improvement, and brings her students’ talents and abilities to new heights. She is excited to bring her dynamic personality to Creative Edge and looks forward to providing inspirational and exceptional training to her students.

Olga Krymchanska – Ballet Director
Olga graduated from the State Specialized Choreographic School in the Ukraine. She has danced for the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Moldavia, the Kiev National Theatre, The Kiev Classical Ballet Theatre in the Ukraine, and the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Russia. She has performed all classical repertoire for over 20 years throughout Europe, North America and Asia.

Not only is Olga well rounded as a dancer, teacher and choreographer she has also had time to produce beautiful and unique costumes, owning her own business with her daughter called the Tutu Gallery.

Dominic Cooper Clarke
Hip Hop Teacher Burlington OntarioBorn and raised in Birmingham, England; Dominic grew up around a musically influenced family, ranging from vocalists to music production. In his early years he began performing, but as part of a gospel group that was put together through his high school. After performing nationwide at several events leading up to a trip abroad to perform in South Africa, Dominic gave up singing to pursue Martial arts (Judo).

It wasn’t until his post-secondary years where he found his love and passion back on the stage, but this time as a dancer.

Having only been dancing for nearly 4 years, Dominic believes that “hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.” In spite of his relatively tender years, he was a quarter-finalist of Britain’s got talent 2011 and even won UDO World Championship 2010 with his former crew High Definition in the United Kingdom. Moreover, he choreographed and assisted for various UK television events including CBBC’s Alesha Dixon’s Street Dance Stars, and ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. Dominic has worked with many renowned choreographers such as Laura-Anne Gill (London 2012 Olympics), Jamie Luke (Britain’s Got Talent, Sky 1′s Got to dance) and Nadar Musharbash (X Factor UK); Since being in Canada, he has worked with names such as Hedley, Shavar Blackwood (SYTYCD) Leon Blackwood, Danny Davalos (Shawn Desman) and many more.

Right now, he is under the artistic direction of Angel Mahoney (The Cast Dance Company) and also part of The Male Initiative, under the directive influence of Shavar Blackwood. Dominic currently teaches at OIP Dance Centre, a well renowned dance studio in Toronto. Creative Edge is thrilled to have Dom as a part of our competitive staff this year!

Leah Totten
Leah TottenhamBorn and raised in the small town of Aylmer Quebec, Leah Totten moved to Toronto hoping to expand her knowledge and experience within the dance industry. When she is not traveling, Leah teaches weekly drop-in classes at OIP Dance Centre in Toronto and choreographs for Canadian events and music artists alongside directing her all-female team, ‘BOSS Dance Company’, who were the Beatdown hip hop competition champions of 2012, and the 3rd place winners in 2013. The company comprises of 4 teams with girls of different ages and skillsets, where Leah acts as their mentor and guides them to reach their individual goals while collaborating with other instructors to educate in all forms of urban dance.

She has worked across North America as a teacher with artistic directorship and choreography experience in hundreds of studios, schools, dance institutions and hip hop crews, including Providence (Rhode Island) and Harbour Dance Centre (Vancouver).

Leah was also a chosen intern for Essence Dance Company (Gigi Torres) and was featured as “Become The Next” at Boogiezone University; a professional dance intensive where she taught alongside 50 of the industry’s best in California. In 2011, her Europe tour included teaching 30+ workshops in London, Nottingham, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, Hungary and Romania. More recently, Leah completed Chonique Sneed and Lisette Bustamante’s ‘Creating Opportunities’ Program in NYC in addition to being appointed as a Canadian Ambassador for Boogiezone Armada.

Leah believes that dance is about so much more than “steps” and encourages people to find purpose and passion behind their movement. Leah currently teaches at OIP Dance Centre, a well renowned dance studio in Toronto. Creative Edge is so excited to have Leah as a competitive hip hop instructor this year!

Brittany Fitzsimmons
Brittany FitzsimmonsWith a strong yet calming presence Brittany will captivate any audience. Brittany is a Toronto based dancer who has been dancing for 15 years. Training in many styles including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip hop and Acro since a young age. At the age of 11 Brittany was accepted on scholarship to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Summer Program, in which she was asked to attend The Royal Winnipeg full time ballet- academic program. This rigorous curriculum of classical ballet, modern, character and Spanish dance was complimented with a high standard in academics. She completed 5 years and graduated from The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s professional division.

Contemporary dance was a love that was fostered through the introduction of modern dance while attending the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. After completing studies in Winnipeg, Brittany moved to Toronto to further her contemporary dance studies. She trained at The Conteur Academy, directed by Eryn Waltman, completing the two-year program with a certificate. Conteur has allowed Brittany to nurture her natural talent and grow as a dancer technically, and artistically. In addition to her full time dancing, teaching allows Brittany to influence dancers at a young age, the way she was. Brittany is on the board of directors with In.bound’ a travelling contemporary dance workshop, as a Teacher, Dancer and Choreographer. Brittany is excited to share her experience and knowledge with Creative Edge competitive dancers!

Daniel Keith Morrison

Daniel Keith MorrisonDaniel Keith Morrison is an actor and street dancer; his style is Breaking and Hip Hop Freestyle. He has been featured on Degrassi The Next Generation as a recurring character. He has also appeared in the 2006 dance film How She Move, as a recurring character doing both dancing and acting. Daniel has been training and competing in his style for 5 years and has won 8 championships in choreography and freestyle. Some of the championships include: The Beat Down 2010 (1st place), Stomp Urban Dance 2010 (2nd place), Canada Pro 2010 (1st place) and most recently Crewspect 2013 (1st place).

Daniel spends most his time surrounded by dance. He has been responsible for organizing 4 dance battles in the GTA in 2012-2013 as the head. He has helped organize 3 others in the past 3 years with his dance crew The Moon Runners. Daniel has taught various high schools in an after school program known as Krumping Out Crime. Those schools include: Pope John paul, West Hill, Cedabrae,  and Sir Robert L Boarden. He is also currently a teacher in 7 dance schools within the GTA.

 

Ana Pacanins
Ana12Ana Pacanins is originally from Montreal, Quebec, and grew up in the competitive world of dance as part of Ethel Bruneau Hoofers and Hip-hop troupe. Ana is a tap and hip hop instructor in several studios (Montreal, Calgary and Toronto), and is an award winning choreographer. Throughout her career she has assisted Tap Masters such as Jason Janas and Nicholas Young at the Triple Threat Dance Convention (Calgary – Toronto), and Dianne “Lady-Di” Walker in Tasha Lawson’s Tri-Tone Production “Rhythm, Body and Soul”. Her Festival performances include the “Feats Festival” with Lisa La Touche and Danny Nielsen (Edmonton), Lane Alexander’s “Chicago Human Rhythm Project” (Chicago), “The All Star Show” at the LA Tap festival (Los Angeles), the “Soul to Sole Festival” (Texas), “The Eastern Canadian Tap Conference” (Toronto), the “Montreal Tap Festival” in the Rialto Theater (Montreal). You can also find her performing in Street Festivals in Toronto (Water Front Festival, Canada Day festivities and the International Street Festival).

Ana has been part of 3 professional Tap Companies: “Dynamix Soles” directed by Travis Knights, “Danny and the Tap Messengers” directed by Danny Nielsen and is currently part of “Bringing Tap Back” directed by So You Think You Can Dance Canada Finalist Everett Smith. Ana’s musical theater performances include “Anything Goes” directed by Randy Davis (Montreal) and “A Modern Version of the Nut Cracker” directed by PM Productions (Montreal). Her television appearances include “Edible Incredible” (Montreal), “On the Road Again” (Montreal) and Ana was a featured tap dancer on an episode of “The Next Step” season 2 (Toronto).

Ana has also been on faculty at the “Montreal Tap Dance Festival” and “Kitchener Tap Festival”. On top of being a performer and instructor, Ana is a member of the “Professional Adjudicators Alliance” and has adjudicated Dance Competitions in Canada. Creative Edge is excited to have Ana become a part of our competitive staff this year!

Katie Plas – O.C.T., B.F.A., B. Ed.
Shauneese dance teacher Burlington OntarioKatie has been dancing since the young age of five, when her mother won a set of free dance lessons. Katie began training in the Russian style of ballet (vaganova) at the age of nine, and has won many scholarships and awards for her technique and performance. After graduating high school, she went on to study dance and received her B.F.A. from the renowned Theater-Dance program at Ryerson University. While at Ryerson University Katie had the opportunity to work with many top teachers and choreographers such as Nadia Potts, Robert Glumbek, Marie-Josée Chartier, David Connelly, Karen Duplisea, Vicki St Denys, Allen Kaeja and many others.

Katie has performed in The Nutcracker with the Moscow State Ballet and the Kiev Ballet as well as in movies and music videos. Katie has also had the honour of representing Canada at the IDO world championships as a soloist and a member of the Canadian National show dance and tap teams. During her teaching career Miss Katie’s students have won numerous regional and national awards. Her choreography has also been recognized for its creativity and age appropriateness. Katie is delighted to be joining the staff at Creative Edge and wishes everyone a fun filled and successful year.

Barbara Kerr
Barbara Kerr dance teacher BurlingtonBarbara’s first dance class was at the age of 3 in Burlington,Ontario. It was love at first step and she never looked back! With over 25 years of training, she has excelled in various exams including R.A.D. ballet, C.D.T.A. and P.A.E.C. ballet, jazz, and tap. Barbara has also performed competitively in jazz, tap, and modern across Ontario and the United States.

Teaching children was the natural progression for Barbara as she graduated the ECE program with Honours from Sheridan College in 2002. During her schooling, she acquired her full teaching certificates for ballet and tap with Performing Arts Educators of Canada (P.A.E.C.). Her dedication doesn’t stop with children as she also choreographs for the seniors performing troupe “The Burlington Footnotes”. Her extensive dance knowledge and her kind, patient demeanor make her an inspiring teacher to children and adults alike.

When she is not on the dance floor, you can find her as a Nursery school assistant supervisor in Burlington where she continues to follow her passion for educating creative young minds. “We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” – Albert Einstein

Guest Choreographers

The Creative Edge Dance Studio has welcomed several guest choreographers including Blake McGrath, Tokyo, Amanda Cleghorn, Leon Blackwood, Everett Smith, Hani Abaza, and Jalen Preston (of Freckled Sky – America’s Got Talent).