Stephanie has been studying dance for over 25 years, and is a graduate of York University with an Honours BFA Double Major in Dance and Kinesiology & Health Science. Stephanie is also a certified member of Dance Masters of America Chapter #38(DMA), and the International Academy of Dance Adjudicators (IADA), as well as a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). Stephanie has also completed the 3rd and final year of the ADAPT Teacher Training Certification course, taught by the well known Brian Foley and Faye Foley, earning her full teaching credentials in jazz and tap. As a Dance Adjudicator, Stephanie has been invited to travel all over Canada to various Competitions including, Dancefest, Luv 2 Dance, Rising Star at the CNE, Millenium Dance Festival and CDTA. Stephanie was also invited to teach fellow dance educators “Dance for 3-6 year olds” at the PAEC Summer Teachers Workshop. Stephanie was trained at Durham Dance Centre in Pickering, Ontario as well as the National Ballet School of Canada, where she was a member of the Junior Associate Program. She has studied Jazz (ADAPT, BATD) ,Tap (ADAPT, BATD), Ballet (RAD, Cecchetti, BATD), Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern (Cunningham, Graham, Limone) and Pointe. Throughout her training, Stephanie had the opportunity to compete in many cities throughout Canada and the United States, including Florida and Las Vegas, where she and her teammates won many awards. She has also completed many exams with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD). Stephanie also had the opportunity to continue performing when she was a member of the York University Dance Team while attending York University. Now as a teacher and choreographer Stephanie’s students have won numerous awards and accolades. Stephanie is also a founding member and Past-President of “Healthy Dancer Canada”, a Canadian organization that promotes communication between dance and medical professionals, and educates dance instructors on safe dance training practices. www.healthydancercanada.org. Stephanie has also taught dance at Clearmeadow Public School, Bogart Public School, Ecole Catholique Saint-Jean, Kettlby Public School, and Armitage Village Public School. Stephanie is very passionate about dance, and truly enjoys her job as a dance educator!
Gina Kim (BFA Honours, AISTD Cecc,ND) NBS TTP Dip, IADA ) Ballet Director
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Gina Kim moved to Niagara Falls, Ontario and started her dancing career at the age of six under the watchful eyes of The Port Colborne Dance Academy, now formally known as Dance Expressions. Ms. Kim has diverse training in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, musical theatre, National dance and Korean traditional folk dance. Ms. Kim received Honors in numerous C.D.T.A tap and jazz exams, Advanced Cecchetti ballet exams, Advanced RAD ballet exams and Advanced I.S.T.D National dance exams. Ms. Kim was a competitive dancer since the age of six, receiving several awards and scholarships at local, national and various competitions across North America. After twelve years of competing, Ms. Kim is now a certified adjudicator in association with I.A.D.A. Greater accomplished credentials include: Teaching Diploma and certificate from Canada's National Ballet School, Associates in The Cecchetti Society of Canada, Royal Academy of Dance, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, and Canadian Dance Teachers Association. Ms. Kim has attended master classes and workshops in Toronto, Buffalo, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Japan, Korea and Winnipeg. Her performing experience includes Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with Quinte Ballet School, The Nutcracker and Les Sylphides with The National Ballet School, The Beach Boys, Guys N’ Dolls, Bye-Bye Birdie, Grease, Chicago and Westside Story. After graduating with her BFA Honors in Dance from York University, Ms. Kim furthered her education at Canada’s National Ballet School, and joined the teaching staff in the Associates Program in 2006. Ms. Kim was honoured to join Vision Dance Academy and is ecstatic to continue working with the talented staff and students.
Lindsay began performing at a very young age in Community theatre (Theatre Ancaster), first as a dancer and then as a singer and then as a solo vocalist. Her professional debut was in 2001 at Paramount Canada’s Wonderland as a “Super-Swing” (lead singer/dancer) and dance Captain. She was nominated for “Best Female Performer” in the “Big E! Entertainment Awards” for her outstanding work at Wonderland, placing 2nd overall in the world.
Lindsay is a proud Music Theatre B.F.A. Graduate of the University of Windsor in Ontario. Among other roles, she was most honoured to play the role of “The Witch” in “Into the WOods” in her final season there. Since graduating, Lindsay has been privileged to travel the world, seeing more than 80 countries, while performing on board world-cruising ships. She was a lead production performer for Celebrity cruises, but really had a great pleasure performing as a solo Cabaret artist abroad Silverseas Cruise Lines. Lindsay also conceived, co-wrote, produced, and performed in a successful two-woman Broadway revue in her hometown, Ancaster, Ontario.
Most recently, Lindsay has worked consistently for both Mirvish Productions (original Canadian cast member of “We Will Rock You!” where she had the thrill of a lifetime performing live onstage with Rock Legends Brian May & Roger Taylor of QUEEN) and for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, performing roles in “Cabaret”, “West Side Story”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, “Kiss Me Kate” and “Evita!”. Recently, Lindsay was thrilled to get to play the role of “Eva Peron” eight times in the Stratford 2010 season on the Avon stage. Second only to performing, Lindsay has a great passion or teaching performing arts to people of any age! As a teenager, she started teaching dance at studios she was trained at (Pure Rhythm, Ancaster School Dance, Dance N’ Style). And at the tender age of 18, she formed her own performing arts summer camp (Stage 2) in Ancaster, Ontario with the help of the local community theatre group, Theatre Ancaster. She was responsible for teaching, directing, choreography and co-writing performances for each session. Although Lindsay had to leave her place at the summer camp behind in order to pursue her own performing career, she is proud to say that the program is still going strong and has now grown into a popular all-year training program for youth of all ages in Ancaster and the surrounding communities. Lindsay has never stopped teaching performance arts, even through her own performance career. She loves to teach workshops and classes, and has done so for high schools, dance schools, community centres and for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. She has aspirations of running her own performance arts studio one day, possibly back where she started, in her home town of Ancaster. “There is something special about passing the torch; passing the love of performing down to another generation of hopeful and enthusiastic entertainers! It’s a goal of mine to inspire at least one person in each class to want to pursue dance or theatre in their lives. I also find great joy in watching the faces of kids light up when they finally ‘get it’ or understand that they can do something really well that they thought they couldn’t do before. Most often, I find more satisfaction in teaching than I do performing myself!”
Edz Gyamfi Hip Hop Instructor
Edz was exposed to dance at an early age by his two oldest brothers. He can remember the days when they would make him watch 1984's Breakin' while jamming out in the basement. His main foundations are hip hop and dancehall/raggae with traces of jazz, salsa and Afro dance. Edz has over 6 years of teaching experience at various dance studios and has experience in various competitions such as O.U.C.H , Ontario University (Toronto 2nd place winners 2011), Dance wars (Ottawa 2008), Jack of all Styles (Ottawa, Judge) and training at OIP Dance Company (3 year Full Scholarship Recipient) and BDC (NYC) . He also competed in Dancehall KING Ottawa (2nd place winner). His teaching style is very different from many studio dance teachers. Edz focuses on the history/foundations/technique of hip hop before choreography. This enables his students to develop a strong technical hip hop foundation. Edz is always looking to branch out and share his love of dance with anybody who seeks to learn and grow. His credits include Massari, Jay Vado, CTV Ottawa Morning Live, Yao Generis, SJ Stacks, Governor General Gala, Rebecca Nazz & Blake Mcgrath.
Ashlyn Kuy Recreational & ITP Instructor
Ashlyn Kuy is an enthusiastic dancer, performer and dance instructor who is very excited to be joining our team. She has competed and trained with Vision Dance Academy for seven years in various styles such as: Ballet, Pointé, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She then completed the Teaching Apprentice Program and began to teach Vision's Camps and Birthday Parties. Ashlyn is currently studying Dance and Kinesiology & Health Science at York University. She also successfully completed a three year program with ADAPT Teacher Training Program, earning her full teaching credentials in Tap and Jazz taught by well known Brian Foley and Faye Foley.
Ashlyn's talents have earned her various scholarships and awards. Most notably travelling on scholarship to Hollywood, California to attend The Hollywood Summer Tour. Where she was featured in a music video "Meets The I". Furthering her passion she has joined Dark Dance Hip Hop Company lead by Lineen Doung and York Dance Ensemble where she performs across Ontario. Ashlyn has a very strong passion for teaching dance, and we are thrilled to have her on our faculty!
Bryanne Sawaged Recreational Instructor
Bryanne started dancing at the age of 5. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical with many accomplished teachers. Bryanne is a member teacher of the B. A. T. D. and has attended many workshops in Canada, the United States and Europe. As a competitor, she was a member of the Canadian National Tap Dance Team that won the 1st Canadian Gold Medal in 1998 in Reisa, Germany. She has also participated in many competitions at both the regional and national levels. Bryanne has taught and choreographed for many studios in the Toronto and surrounding communities. Her work has won many prestigious awards and scholarships. Bryanne is a very passionate and energetic teacher who encourages confidence, discipline and commitment from all of her students. Bryanne has a very special talent in communicating and working with children.
Effie Moumouris Competitive Instructor
Effie began her dance training at the age of 4 and began competing at the age of 5 in the styles of Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Ballet, Musical Theatre, and eventually Lyrical and Hip Hop. She has attended conventions in Canada and the United States as well as performed abroad as a professional dancer. Effie began her teaching career in 2004 and has taught all ages in recreational and competitive programs. In addition to her dance training, Effie has had extensive training in gymnastics and figure skating as well as a schooling background in Fitness and Health. With a strong passion for dance, Effie is determined to share her knowledge and pass her love of dance to her students.