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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
best dance teacher burlington Caitlin 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.

Brittany Fitzsimmons  – Associate Artistic Director

Brittany FitzsimmonsMiss Brittany will be joining Creative Edge as our newest Associate Artistic Director. Brittany brings both knowledge and experience to Creative Edge and we are excited to have her on board as another Director! With 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!

Gustavo Hernandez – Competitive Ballet Instructor

best ballet classes burlingtonGustavo began his ballet training at the age of 11 in the Provincial School of Arts in La Havana, Cuba. In 2007, he graduated from the Cuban National School of Ballet, under the direction of Ramona de Saa. In 2004 and 2005, he took home the bronze medal from the International Ballet Competition in Havana, and in 2007 Gustavo received the bronze medal in the first edition of the National Competition UNEAC.

After graduating, Gustavo became part of the National Ballet of Cuba, and under the direction of Alicia Alonso was promoted to the category of Coryphaeus (junior soloist) three years later, where he danced major roles such as Alain in La Fille Mal Gardée and the Mouse King in The Nutcracker. There, he also performed in productions of Don Quixote, Giselle, Coppélia, Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty, as well as in works from Balanchine, Bournonville and contemporary ballets. Gustavo was a member of the Ballet Jörgen Junior Company in 2011 and 2012, before joining the main company in 2012. Gustavo’s repertoire with CBJ includes Suitor in Cinderella, Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty, Lord Birch in The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition and Pas de Trois and Jester in Swan Lake.

“I dance because it is in me; my heart and my essence are dance. Dance allows me to express what cannot be said with words. It means freedom in every way.”

Everett Smith – Competitive Tap Instructor 

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From performing in the North American National Tour of Tap Dogs: Rebooted, to playing the role of “Paulie” in Hairspray: The Movie, Everett Smith has proven himself a versatile entertainer.   He is also an incredible dance teacher and choreographer.

Being the only tap dancer to ever make the finals on the hit CTV series So You Think You Can Dance Canada we could not be more thrilled to have him join our Competitive Faculty this season!

 

 

 

Dominic Cooper Clarke – Competitive Hip Hop Instructor

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 less than a decade, 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!

Avinoam Silverman – Competitive Ballet Instructor

ballet lessons burlingtonAvinoam Silverman was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and began his training at The Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. After completing grade 10, he moved to Toronto to continue his studies at Canada’s National Ballet School. He graduated in 1996 and joined The National Ballet of Canada as an Apprentice. He became a member of the Corps de Ballet in 1997 and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2004. In 2009, Mr. Silverman retired from The National Ballet of Canada. In 2010, Avinoam created a work for Cadence “City Connect” titled ‘Change’ which marked his choreographic debut for a dance company.

In 2012, Mr. Silverman graduated from the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School. He has participated twice in Ballet Jorgen Solos and Duets working with the companies’ dancers and recently performed in the show “60 times 60” to his own choreography. At this time, he is pursuing a career as a freelance choreographer, dancer and teacher.

hip hop dance teacherTeniya Brooks – Competitive Hip Hop Instructor 

Teniya started dancing at the age of 8 years old initially as a ballet and jazz dancer, it wasn’t until 10 years later when she would find herself in love with Hip Hop. Teniya has trained under the likes of Leon Blackwood, Shavar Blackwood and Tamina Pollack-Paris. Teniya currently teaches at numerous large drop in studios in Toronto including The Underground Dance Centre, DanceLifeX and most recently Millennium Dance Complex.

Not only is Teniya an accomplished teacher, dancer and choreographer she is also a member of ACTRA and can currently be seen in a Kotex commercial, Kellogs commercial and has danced with Kiesza for the MMVAs and WeDay.

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Daniel Keith Morrison
Daniel 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.

Barbara Keenliside, E.C.E. and P.A.E.C.
Recreational & Part-Time Competitive Instructor
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Barbara’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

dance teachers burlington ontarioEryn Curran – Recreational & Part-Time Competitive Instructor – E.C.E.

Eryn began dancing at the age of 2.5 and immediately fell in love. She then began competing at the age of 4 and continued dancing for 16 years. She performed competitively across Canada and the United States and explored many genres of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical and hip-hop. Eryn has completed her ballet exams in both B.A.T.D. and the Society of Russian Ballet scoring top marks.

Not only did she fall in love with dance, but Eryn also discovered her love for teaching. Eryn continued her education to further her knowledge in the growth and development of children by graduating the Early Childhood Education program with High Honours from Sheridan College. As a Registered Early Childhood Educator, Eryn utilizes her school and dance education to make every class safe and fun for dancers of all ages. She loves to create and inspire even the youngest dancers to appreciate the art of dance.

Aisslyn Curran- Recreational Instructor

Kyla Harris – Recreational Instructor

dance studio burlingtonKarly Fitzsimmons – Recreational Instructor

Karly began dancing competitively at the age of five and quickly fell in love with the stage. She has trained in many styles of dance including jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, pointe and hip-hop. Throughout her competitive career she has received numerous special awards and overall titles while competing across Canada and the United States.

Karly auditioned and was accepted into numerous ballet programs including The National Ballet of Canada, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Quinte Ballet School of Canada and Bossov Ballet in Maine. She attended the full time professional program at Quinte Ballet School of Canada where she expanded her training in ballet, jazz, modern and pointe. Karly spent her last few years of dance training at Creative Edge where she expanded her teaching skills and knowledge in all genres of dance. Karly looks forward to sharing her love for dance and teaching with all of our dancers at Creative Edge.

Guest Choreographers

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

Bridget Bezanson – Office Manager

Margaret Wilson – Costume & Competition Coordinator