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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.

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 20 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.

 
 
 
Leslie Carino

Miss Leslie 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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Chelsea Gibbs
Chelsea

Chelsea started her dance training at the young age of four. At age eleven, she was the youngest to audition and become a member of the semi-professional tap company “iTap Youth Company,” under the direction of, the late, Kimberley Timlock. She also successfully completed her B.A.T.D. Tap and Jazz Exams, R.A.D. Ballet Exams and her P.A.E.C. Tap Exam.
Chelsea’s performing highlights include: the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) in New York (own choreography), the Olympic Torch Relay Performance Team, the Canadian National Tap Team, Chicago Human Rhythms Project, Montreal Tap Fest and numerous corporate events. She had the wonderful opportunity to perform with professional tap companies such as “Bringing Tap Back” under the direction of Everett Smith and “What’s On? Tap!” under the direction of Kim Chalovich. Over the years, Chelsea has appeared in numerous commercials and made appearances on television shows such as “The Next Step”, “IIFA Awards”, “Breakfast Television”, “Motives and Murders” and “Voice of a Child” to name a few.
Chelsea has and continues to receive the finest training and is privileged to teach, adjudicate and conduct intensive workshops that allow her to impart her knowledge and creativity to students in the GTA and surrounding areas. With her knowledge, expertise and passion for dance, Chelsea’s goal is to continue to inspire and ignite the passion of dance within her students, as well as living her dream as a performer.
Chelsea obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in June 2013 and her Master of Arts in Leadership degree from the University of Guelph in October 2017. Chelsea is also a proud member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance (P.A.A.).

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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

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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.

 
Anna Rybalko

Dance has always been a part of Anna's life, but it was at age 11 that she fell in love with ballet and persuaded her parents to enroll her in the professional ballet program at Victoria Ballet Academy. While attending this program, Anna was given the opportunity to assist and teach creative movement and beginner ballet classes under the guidance of her ballet teacher. This experience influenced her to further pursue her teaching career. Anna graduated from the Teacher Training Program at Canada's National Ballet School, through which she achieved Registered Teacher Status with Royal Academy of Dance. As well, she graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Education. Anna continues to seek out professional development opportunities and recently became a Level 1 certified teacher in C-I Training™ (conditioning-with-imagery). Alongside her teaching, she also performs with Toronto Dance Life Company, an entertainment company that specializes in a fusion of jazz, contemporary and ballroom styles. Anna believes that ballet is a great way to train and condition the body for all dance styles and she looks forward to continuing to share her passion for ballet with her students.

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.
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Marie Zimmerling

Marie found her love for dance at a young age and has since dedicated much of her life to sharing this love.  Marie grew up training in ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical. When she later discovered the Toronto dance scene, she began training more heavily in hip hop/urban styles of dancing, and continued to train in tap as well. Marie danced with the OIP Company under the direction of Danny Davalos and Angela Mahoney, and had the opportunity to learn from many well other well known choreographers of Toronto. She trained intensively in Tap with Shawn Byfield as well as in the What’s On? Tap! company directed by Kim Chalovich. Marie attended York University where she majored in Dance Studies and had the opportunity to experience many different world dance styles including West African Dance and Drumming, Philippine Dance, Breakdance, and Latin dance. While at York University, she was a part of Stylewize, the competitive Hip Hop team who consistently placed first at the Canadian Varsity Dance Competition.
Marie started teaching dance at the age of 17 and has always enjoyed watching her students grow with her. She has taken this love of teaching dance to the classroom as she completed her Bachelor of Education and is now also a school teacher.
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