A.B. Dance - Best Dance Studio in Markham

Instructors

Our Outstanding Instructors

Alessia Joanna Ms. Thomas Kristy Kevin Justin Angelica Christianna Shannel Dana Karli Sandra Nikki Alexia

Alessia

Dancing from the age of 4, Alessia found her true passion for dance with the help of the staff at AB Dance. She is a 2012 graduate from St.Elizabeth CHS where she was enrolled in the Regional Arts Performance Dance program. She will continue her education at York University where she will be attending the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program specializing in dance. She has danced at AB Dance for nine years training in various types of dance styles such as acro, jazz, ballet, hip hop and lyrical/ contemporary by many well-known choreographers. Alessia has also been teaching at our facility for three years educating children of all ages in all different styles of dance.

Alessia looks forward to learning and expanding her knowledge to share with her fellow dancers and students.

Joanna

Joanna Gregory: Joanna has been part of the AB Dance Inc. faculty for the past 7 years, teaching many disciplines at both the recreational and competitive level. She has studied and teaches the disciplines of tap, acro, jazz, musical theatre, song & dance, lyrical, and hip hop. Throughout her dance career she competed at various dance competitions worldwide, winning numerous awards and attending a range of workshops. She was also a former Toronto Argonaut Cheerleader where she performed at all games and other important events within the community. Joanna is an ARTS York Dance graduate, where she studied modern and ballet dance. She has also completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Dance and most recently her Masters of Science and Education! Joanna continues to pursue education and is actively involved teaching both at the studio and in schools, and is constantly participating in dance workshops and taking additional qualifications which add to her teaching expertise. Joanna is a very passionate teacher and is recognized for her energetic and enthusiastic teaching styles and most importantly her dedication to her students!

Ms. Thomas

Ms.Thomas studied and danced professionally in South Africa, Israel and the UK.

Trained in Contemporary Dance, Spanish, Classical Ballet, African Dance and Jazz, she has been teaching classical ballet for more than 20yrs. She is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) and administers the Ballet Exam programme at AB Dance.

Ms. Thomas teaches Mini-Dance, all the grade levels, Senior Ballet and Pointe class. This will be her  9th year teaching at AB Dance.

Kristy

Kristy’s love of dancing began at the early age of 3years old. After studying at local studios in Stouffville, she attended Unionville High School for the Performing Arts and continued her dance training in post-secondary education. Kristy earned her diploma from George Brown College in Dance Performance Studies, training in various styles of dance and within company classes with Ballet Jorgen.

While following her passion of performing and dancing within small companies in the GTA, Kristy also found her passion of teaching and choreographing. Over the last 8 years, Kristy’s choreography has been recognized for competitive dance teams, skating clubs as well as entertainment events.

Currently, Kristy is focusing her energy on sharing her passion of dance to children of all ages. She is also presently a member and captain of the Argos Cheerleaders for the Toronto Argonauts. Kristy hopes to continue within the dance community and reminds all dancers that “life’s a dance, you learn as you go”.

Kevin

Kevin Howe has been dancing since the young age of 5. After 14 years of training in various styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Hip hop, arco and contemporary in his hometown Ottawa, ON he decided to make the move to Toronto to begin his professional career.

Since then he has taken the dance world by storm from all angles, working with big names like Girlicious, Blake McGrath, Ke$ha, Russel Peters and Lady Gaga to name a few. On top of his stage performances, he has also ventured into film. His film and TV credits include Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure with Disney’s Ashley Tisdale, HBO’s Hellcats, and Disney’s Frenemies.

Most recently, Kevin was chosen to be apart of Canada’s top 22 on season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Recognized for both his dance abilities and choreography skills, Howe has began to make a name for himself in the industry amongst other well established professionals.

Having won the national title of “Americas Young Choreographer of the year” in both 2007 and 2010, his creative and innovative style has brought Kevin a lot of positive attention and he has since been given the opportunity to teach workshops and masterclasses to students and teachers across Canada.

Justin

As a young male dancer, Justin has made his way to the professional circuit via hard work and determination. The strong supporters in his life have given him much strength and courage in pursuing his dreams. He performs with pride in every number he is given, and takes pride in every number he creates.

Justin can be seen in the Disney Movie “Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars”, as well as YTV’s Finale of The Next Star Seasons 3, 4 and 5, and Canada's Got Talent Season 1. He has also performed in Industrials such as LG Fashion Week, Bell Gala, Z103.5 Summer Rush, Toronto's Interior Design Show, the Food Networks "Delicious Food Show", and the Honda Gala. Justin was fortunate to have worked with Stacey Tookey last summer in the workshop of the new stage production “Dancer”. He has also had the pleasure of assisting choreographers Mia Michaels and Blake McGrath on SYTYCDC. Justin has also had the privilege of performing in productions such as, Conteur's "State Of Mind", Crazy for You, and Celtic Thunder’s Storm.

He has been in music videos for artists such as Blake McGrath, Kai, and Shazelle. Justin toured with Blake McGrath earlier last year on his cross Canada tour, and has also performed for Blake in various shows. Justin has taught classes at various studios and Intensives, and has been invited to choreograph several pieces. In a short time, Justin has grown into a talented artist, and continues to pursue his craft, and always strives to grow as a performer and person.

Angelica

Angelica began dancing at the age of three, and has been dancing ever since! She was an A.B. dancer for ten years and is now a part of our A.B. Dance Inc. faculty. She is trained in multiple genres including acro, jazz, hip hop, tap, and ballet. As a member of the competitive team, she has travelled to competitions across Ontario and has won numerous awards. Angelica has also participated in many events including the Toronto Argonauts half time show and the Shania Sunflower of Hope day.  She is continuing her education at the University of Toronto to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Sociology. Angelica is a fun, enthusiastic teacher, who strives to push her students to be the best dancers they can be.

Christianna

Christianna Stanley has danced from the age of 2 and has been teaching since 2003. She is certified with Canadian Dance Masters of America under the disciplines of Jazz, Ballet and Acrobatics. She has travelled to New York, LA, and Las Vegas to train and dance. Recently Christianna has choreographed a flash mob that was preformed at the Eaton Centre for an organization called "I believe she's amazing". She has also choreographed a group routine for the D.I.F.D gala fundraiser in Ottawa. Christianna currently is a dance instructor/choreographer full time.

Shannel

Shannel’s passion for dance began at the age of three.   She studied various genres, including tap, jazz, ballet, acro, lyrical & contemporary.   For 14 years, Shannel danced competitively, attended workshops and auditions within Canada and the US.   She has won countless awards as a dancer and was featured on national television winning runner-up at one of the most prestigious dance competitions. 
Shannel has over a decade of experience teaching at the competitive and recreational levels.  Her students have won numerous overalls, special awards & scholarships.  She has also been recognized by well-known and respected adjudicators for her choreography and creative concepts.

Shannel is excited to join the AB Dance family and is looking forward to a successful year. 

Dana

 DANA DEROSE

 
Dana has trained extensively in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Music Theatre.  She is a member of B.A.T.D., an associate member of R.A.D. and a member of the Canadian Actors Equity Association.  She has been teaching and choreographing for nearly 20 years and is known for her innovative and award winning ideas. She has choreographed and performed in several trade shows, industrials, music videos and has done work in television and film, as well as some modeling.
 

She has adjudicated dance competitions throughout Ontario and has taught several workshops for many organizations and dance studios. Straight out of high school, she was the youngest cast member in 'CRAZY FOR YOU’ appearing at the Royal Alexandra Theatre with Mickey Rooney.

 

Dana has toured the U.S. with the Dance Olympus V.I.P. team, performed at Ontario Place, appeared with the Garden Bros.Circus and sang and danced aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She has just returned to Canada, after living and teaching, as well as performing in Barcelona, Spain and is excited to be sharing her love of dance, once again in Canada!

Karli

 Karli has been dancing and has been training at AB Dance since the age of 5 in a variety of genres such as Acro, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, and Hip Hop. She has attended many dance intensives which she was able to learn and take classes from well known choreographers. Karli has traveled and competed at numerous dance competitions across Ontario winning many awards with the AB Dance Competitive team. Karli has choreographed multiple dance numbers for elementary and high school productions too. She also performed at Argo's half-time shows in the past and most-recently performed at the Argo's Home Opener over the summer. Karli will continue to train and compete at AB Dance this year and is excited to share her passion and knowledge of dance with her students.

Sandra

Sandra Yip began her gymnastic journey at the age of 5 where she quickly rose in ranks within the national high performance stream until the age of 17.  Sandra finished her competitive years as a Junior high performance athlete representing Ontario at several national championships.
Sandra continues her passion for the sport and has been coaching for 18 yrs.  Sandra has worked at all levels of experience from the grass roots, parent and tot classes  through to the intense national stream programs, however her enthusiasm lies in the preparatory pre-competitive programs where she prepares young athletes for provincial and national competitive gymnastic careers. 
Along with her NCCP level 3 gymnastics coaching certification, Sandra also has a personal training degree, F.L.M.P., from George Brown College.  This allows Sandra to be at the top of her league in physical preparation and motivation by creating an environment that encourages a healthy long-term lifestyle in gymnastics and sport.

 

Nikki

 
Nicollette Evans has been dancing since she was 7 years old, competing and training in all different styles from tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet, point, modern, acro and hip hop. She has competed all over Canada and the United States winning titles. She has competted at many competitions winning numerous awards at a regional and national level.  She has also won several choreography awards in past and present years for her work. Nicollette has focused herself now on hip-hop and has really been studying the culture of the style. For the past four years, her hip hop routines have won various diamond choreography awards at A.D.A and numerous overall high scores. She is also very involved in choreographing for the Toronto hip hop industry.
Nicollette has been apart of performances and competitions with her hip hop crews (Fo’Real and UHHU) such as Beatdown, World of Dance, Festival of Dance, O.U.C.H, and many more. I am known for my energetic, hard hitting choreography and my individualized teaching style. She is currently involved with a hip-hop crew that competes all over Canada. She has been trained in street hip-hop for several years and continues to train and learn from this style. Nicollette is extremely excited and enthusiastic to be part of AB Dance and looks forward to spreading her knowledge and skill to the children. Nicollette is excited to share her passion of dance with her AB Dance students! 
 

Alexia

Alexia has been a dancer at AB Dance since she was 6 years old. Through her 12 years of competitive dancing she took jazz, lyrical, contemporary, acro,ballet, tap and hip hop and was a recipient of several scholarships and overalls. When she graduated as a competitive dancer she continued her passion for dance by teaching acro, jazz and hip hop. Along with being a part of the University of Guelph Dance Pak, the top university dance team of 2015, she also choreographed several award winning pieces.  Alexia is looking forward to another great year teaching at AB!