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Caroline Crimi
B.A., B. Ed.---Founder

Caroline Crimi

Caroline holds a diploma in Theatre Dance, from the Theatre School of Ryerson University and also holds a bachelor of education from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University where she studied in the Fine Arts program in dance. Caroline performed in many productions with the Ryerson Theatre School and York University.

Caroline has taught the art of dance and drama to children in various dance schools in Toronto and the surrounding area for over 25 years. She has completed courses in “Music for Young Children” from the Richard’s Institute, University of Windsor as well as numerous workshops in fitness for young children including FitKid and Fitness Ontario Leadership Program. Caroline is a member of the Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dancing having completed exams in Ballet, Modern, National and Jazz Dance.  She taught in various elementary schools with the Upper Grand District School board and also, currently works with the York Region District School Board.

Her students have been accepted into performing arts high schools and professional training programs. She has successfully entered students into dance competitions and ballet exams. Caroline continues to further her studies with workshops with the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association and by taking Master classes in Toronto.  She is also an accredited dance adjudicator.



Ashley Earl

Artistic Director

Ashely Earl

Ashley Earl has an impressive portfolio which spans choreography, teaching, performing and judging.  Her extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet (RAD), Hip Hop, Lyrical, Music Theatre and Modern have won her numerous awards across North America. 

Since graduating from the Sheridan College Performing Arts Program and the St. Lawrence College Music Theatre Performance Program, Ashley has taught at many studios across Ontario, and done a vast array of performing and choreography.  In the summer of 2007 Ashley landed her first professional role in The Sunshine Boys with The Thousand Island Playhouse in Gananoque.  Other favourite roles have included Matron Mama Morton in “Chicago” and Shelia Bryant in “A Chorus Line”. 

Ashley has choreographed such shows as “Annie Jr”, “Peter Pan”, “Tweed the musical” and “Godspell”. Her Choreography has won her many awards including a Brampton Bloom award for Best Choreography for Annie Jr. 

Ashley continues to take workshops and study her craft so she can inspire her students to reach the next level.  Ashley holds her Associate Membership in Jazz through CDTA, Associate Membership in Stage through BATD and Her Module Two through Acrobatic Arts.


Kristy Best

Kristy Best

Kristy Best began dancing in Whitby at the age of five. After three years, she joined the competitive team at her studio where she competed across North America in tap, jazz, ballet, acro, lyrical, and musical theatre for the next 10 years. In 2003, she completed the Dance Performance Foundations program at George Brown College. That same year, she traveled to Germany for the second time to compete as part of the Canadian National Tap Team at the World Tap Dance Championships where she placed 2nd with her solo and 5th with her duet.

Kristy recently finished a yearlong contract dancing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines. Currently, she is a member of “What’s On? Tap!,” an all-female Mississauga based tap company and has been for the past 8 years. WOT recently had the opportunity to travel to Chicago to study with Lane Alexander, Jason Samuels Smith, Dianne Walker, and many others and to perform in the gala show at the Chicago Human Rhythm Festival.

Kristy has over 15 years’ experience in teaching dance and is a full member of BATD in tap and jazz. She has taught at various dance studios in the GTA and many of her competitive dance routines have won choreography and overall awards at competitions across North America. She really enjoys teaching dance and is proud to be part of the Ballare Performing Arts Centre's staff.

Daniela Betti
Daniela Betti
Daniela has been dancing since the age of 3 and started dancing competitively at the age of 5. She has competed in many competitions throughout North America, winning numerous awards for group and solo performances. Daniela has been trained through the Royal Academy of Dance and holds her Advanced 1 examination certificate. She has also been trained in the genres of tap, jazz, lyrical, acro, hip hop and musical theater. Daniela is a graduate of the Performance Dance Program at Ryerson University and is now a high school teacher.  She hopes to inspire and pass on her knowledge of dance to all the students she teaches.
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Leslie Carino

Miss Leslie is going into her 6th year teaching here at Ballare Performing Arts Center. She has travelled across North America competing competitively for 15 years and has trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and Musical Theatre. She was the 2011 DEA scholarship recipient where she travelled to New York City to take classes under the direction of some of the industry’s best.  She graduated from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in their Regional Arts Program for dance in 2008 receiving honors in that program. Leslie was actively involved in many for their after school dance programs, received multiple awards for dance, and was a part of their dance council graduating as President. To further her theory knowledge Leslie has successfully earned her CTDA Examinations in both Tap and Jazz from Pre Primary to Junior levels. She has also completed her Russian Vaganova Ballet examinations receiving a special award in her final examination. Most recently Leslie was a part of Chrys Stylz Entertainment Agency where she was given the opportunity to perform at weddings, bar mitzvahs, fundraisers, and other events within the city of Toronto. Her passion for dance has only grown stronger as teaching has enriched her dance experience and inspired her to teach in a fun and knowledgeable manner.

Samantha Crimi
Samantha Crimi
Samantha began dancing at the age of 3 with her mother and studio owner Miss Caroline.  Samantha continues to study ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop at B.P.A.C.  As a competitive dancer, Samantha has traveled across Ontario participating in many dance competitions and workshops winning several high score and overall awards.  Samantha has completed exams with the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association and is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance.  Samantha's performance credits include "Da Office" with Thrive Entertainment". Samantha looks forward to working with her many dancers.
Jessica Fallis

Jessica is a versatile dancer with a performance history that spans a variety of genres. She is a graduate of the Dance Performance Studies program at George Brown College, and since then, has traveled the world on a variety of performance/choreography contracts.

Jessica was the Corporate Choreographer, soloist and dance captain for Club Maeva Resorts in Mexico for 2 and a half years.

Jessica was a member of the Toronto Rock Dance Team, performing to thousands at the Air Canada Centre. She was also head coach/choreographer for the Junior Dance Team, the “Junior Gems”. She was a member of the Tap Company “DownBeats” under the direction of Cathy Duncan for 3 years, and frequents Broadway Dance Centre in New York City, to continue her dance training.

Performance credits include, “Coco Bongos”, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, “Much on Demand” with Jesse McCartney, Everett Smith’s Tap Flash Mob at Dundas Square, “Experience Impossibility Tour”, Ryan Joyce Magic Show, “The Award Winning Nickelodeon Parade” at Canada’s Wonderland, “La Bayadere” under the direction of Chan Hon Goh, Breakfast Television and YTV.

Jessica is a certified teacher through the Performing Arts Educators of Canada in both Tap & Jazz. She enjoys adjudicating, and sharing her wealth of knowledge with the future generation of dancers.

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AJ LoPresti

AJ is an award winning choreographer, teacher & adjudicator. He has over 21 years of experience in the performing arts. A.J. studied at Sheridan Institute in the Musical Theatre Program and has trained in Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Tribal, Swing, Lyrical, Fosse, Broadway and Contemporary.
Most recently, A.J. had some exposure on So You Think You Can Dance Canada - Season 4, as he was part of the top 150 finalists. Check out “stumpy” on youtube. A.J. also landed a part in Disney's movie "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure" working alongside Ashley Tisdale and some of the other High School Musical celebrities. A.J. also had the opportunity to choreograph and perform in upcoming hot new artist Stacey Kay's music video "Island Girl".
A.J. has performed in a number of shows in Toronto including Highschool Musical 2, the Canadian Premiere of Hey Marilyn and panopticon, as well as Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, Anne of Green Gables and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. A.J. has also been part of several high profile dance companies including; The Dance Concept, Black White and Acoustic and InDou Dance Works.
A.J. has won numerous awards and scholarships for his dancing including the title of Teen Mr. Dance Canada at the Dance Masters of America (DMA) pageant, and runner up at the National DMA pageant. He has taught at many studios all over the GTA specializing in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acro and Musical Theatre. A.J enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge with the future generation of dancers where his noted unique choreography has earned him and his students several awards.

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Theresa Reale


Theresa has been dancing since the age of 7 and was invited into competitive tap in her first year.  For 9 years, she took part in competitions across Southern Ontario, where along with ballet, tap and jazz she also competed in vocals and piano. Theresa was invited to study at the National Ballet School, and also studied at the Quinte Ballet School, where she took classes with Celia Franca, founder of the National Ballet of Canada, Sergiu Stefanschi, artistic staff with the National Ballet of Canada, and other great teachers.  She has been successful in exams with BATD, ISTD and RAD.  Theresa studied at York University in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program with a major in Dance, and graduated from the Canadian College of Dance program at Ryerson University, studying under teachers Sonia Chamberlain, Florentina Lojekova and Glen Gilmour of the National Ballet School. Theresa has taught ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical at dance schools in Waterloo, North York, Aurora and Newmarket, where she has entered students into competitive ballet as well as exams.  Theresa is an Affiliate with the Russian Society of Ballet and is looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm for dance with all of her students this year.

Monique Romasco
Monique Romasco

Monique is an emerging choreographer and an experienced performer and teacher. She holds a theatre Arts degree from Ryerson University and is an alumni of the Etobicoke School of The Arts. Her style reflects her technical background as well as her ability to fuse physical dynamics with Contemporary expressiveness. Throughout her career Monique has trained and worked along- side reputable choreographers and teachers all across the world. Choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, Blake McGrath, Sean Byfield, Gustavo Vargas and Melissa Williams just to name a few.   Her choreography has won many awards and recognitions and can be seen all across the globe.

As a choreographer, Monique’s work can be seen in film’s such as “American Pie-Beta house”, princess cruise Line’s “ Piano Man” and “Under Cover” as well as professional touring Musicals such as “Grease” and “Hair”. Monique’s choreography can also be seen on the hit show “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”- seasons 1 through 4, as she was asked to assist with choreographer and Judge Melissa Williams.As a teacher, Monique has instructed kids of all ages from studios and schools all across Ontario and Canada. She has judged and taught for many conventions and competitions across Canada and the United States.Monique’s Musical debuts include the role of “cha-cha” in Grease and “The Drug” in HAIR. She was also a featured dancer as well as co-choreographer in two Vegas style revue shows call “Generations” and “Bon Voyage” which premiered at the Casino Windsor in Windsor Ontario.

Monique has danced for many known artists such as Destiny’s child, Sean Desmond, Jon Secada, Emjay, Ivana Santilli and Michael Clarke. Monique continues to perform and teach professionally across the country and abroad. She enjoys exploring her creative boundaries through her choreography and believes every student comes to her already an artist in some way. “It’s my job as a teacher/choreographer to keep that artistic fuel and inspire the energy that feeds the creation of great things.”

Daniela Tata
Daniela Tata
Daniela began dancing at the age of six in Woodbridge, Ontario, where she studied tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical.  Her training has provided her with an exceptional and diverse dance style, which developed through her involvement in performances, competitions, and training across North America, including places such as; Toronto, New York, Boston, Detroit, and Myrtle Beach.  Her post-secondary education began at the University of Toronto, where she majored in English and Theatre Studies.  It was here that she partook in various theatrical performances.  Her education continued as she completed her bachelor’s degree in English and Dance at York University. She also holds a Master's Degree in Dance from York University.  Throughout her studies, Daniela combined her extensive background in dance with her passion for teaching.  She is a certified Early Childhood Dance and Movement Specialist, and has taught and choreographed competitive and non-competitive routines to children of various ages.  Her desire to teach took her back to York University where she completed the Bachelor of Education program in Dance and English, and has been teaching full-time at the elementary school level for four years.
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