Faculty and staff
Dance City prides itself in having top-notch faculty and staff to ensure that our dancers are receiving the best dance education and experience that they can. Check out our talented team members below.
ARAD RTS, CDTA-L
Owner, Artistic Director & Dance Educator
Miss Nadine is a registered teacher and mentor with the Royal Academy of Dance, holds her ADAPT teachers certificate, CDTA membership and has her Acrobatic Arts teacher certification. She has trained with the State Street Ballet Company (Santa Barbara, CA), The American Academy of Ballet (Eugene, OR), Canadian Dance World (New Westminster, BC) and Drewitz School of Dance (Estevan, SK). She is also a national competition adjudicator and the recipient of numerous choreography awards. Some of Miss Nadine’s students have gone on to work professionally with Celebrity Cruise, Princess Cruise, de Costa Talent Management, Stratford Festival and Globe Theatre; have trained with the Randolph College for Performing Arts, Sheridan College for Fine Arts and University of Houston Dance Program; and have appeared in various shows including Beverly Hills 90212, Shameless, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and two up-and-coming shows on NBC and Netflix!
Owner & Finance and Administration Director
Brett is the backbone of the studio, keeps the lights on (literally!) and does all the jobs that no one else wants to do at the studio. His primary responsibilities are the logistical operations of the company and overseeing its financials. He has been technically trained to be an electrician and has extensive experience working in network operations for the provincial telephone and data carrier. Ultimately, Brett stepped away from those endeavours in order to focus on raising his and Nadine’s two sons and running the family business.
RAD RTS, CDTA-L, B.Ed.
Miss Randi is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, hold her ADAPT Teacher Certificates in Jazz and Tap, is a Licentiate Member of the CDTA Sask Branch in Tap, holds her Acrobatic Arts Teacher Certification and has her Bachelor of Arts Education from the University of Regina. She is a teacher with the Regina Catholic School Division and has over 15 years of experience preparing and entering students for dance examinations and competitions.
ARAD RTS, CDTA-A
Miss Nicole is a registered teacher with the RAD, has her ADAPT Teachers certificate in Tap and Jazz, is an Associate Member with the CDTA SK Branch in Tap, and was a member of the Team Canada National Tap Team in 2014 that competed in Riesa, Germany. She completed her Advanced 2 RAD Ballet certificate, Grade 8 RAD Ballet certificate, Advanced CDTA Tap and Jazz certificates, Intermediate 1 ADAPT Tap and Jazz certificates and is a graduate of Dance City’s Pre-Professional Program. She also has an absolute love for teaching children of all ages, and has a particular soft spot for the little ones.
Miss Louise has her Teaching Diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance (United Kingdom), is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, holds her Level 1 Acrobatic Arts Certificate, is a National Dance Associate ISTD, holds her Pilates Matwork certificate, a certificate in basic science of exercise, certificate in stability ball training and certificate in aqua aerobics. She has completed her Advanced 1 RAD Ballet certificate and Grade 8 Award, and Advanced 2 National Folk Dancing Certificate ISTD-Distinction. She has over 20 years of teaching experience preparing and entering students for examinations and competitions. She has danced in and coached many dancers to compete in international dance competitions and festivals, and trained at Marie Sadie Ballet and National Academy in Gauteng, South Africa.
Finding a love for the art of dance at a young age, J.T. has trained extensively in multiple dance disciplines. Hailing from Regina, Saskatchewan, he made his professional debut at the age of 15, as a singer/dancer in Saskatchewan Express Touring Musical Theatre Revue. Over the past 10 years, J.T. has been living in Toronto, Ontario and has performed/worked with many Toronto-based and New York City-based dance companies, choreographers, and festivals including: Transcen|Dance Project (Julia Cratchley), Frog In Hand (Colleen Snell, Noelle Hamlyn), Human Body Expression (Hanna Kiel), hART Dance (Martha Hart), Alysa Pires Dance Projects (Alysa Pires), Helix Dance Project (Linda Garneau), TOES for Dance (David Norsworthy/Kristen Carcone, and MADboots Dance – Jonathan Campbell, Austin Diaz), Bridge to Artists (Vlad Novitski), Rutherford Movement Exchange (Stephanie Rutherford), Conteur Dance Company (Eryn Waltman), RiaToss Productions (Ross Wirtanen), Ryan Lee, Kelly Shaw, Jeff Dimitriou, Toronto Fringe Festival, APAP Showcase (NYC), and Capezio ACE Awards (NYC). J.T. holds his ADAPT Teacher Certification and has successfully completed his ADAPT and CDTA jazz and tap exams, Advanced 2 RAD, and Advanced 1 Cecchetti exams. His choreography has won numerous awards at competitions including winning “best choreography” and a gold medal at an international competition/youth-talent television show in Beijing, China. J.T. is also an Artistic Associate for FRESH Dance Intensive/Toes for Dance.
Miss Chrissy holds her Year 1 ADAPT Tap and Jazz Teacher Training School. She was the Dance Captain, Aerialist, Install Director and Feature Dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for 10 years; Dance Captain and Swing onboard Disney Cruise Lines; Former Dancer, Rehearsal Director, Assistant to Artistic Director and Choreographer for the touring company of Saskatchewan Express; and Assistant Teacher and Senior member of the Salsations Dance Company. She has over 20 years teaching experience and is the recipient of numerous choreography, overall and high mark awards. Chrissy has her Advanced CDTA Tap and Jazz certificates, Grade 8 RAD Ballet certificate, Intermediate 2 RAD Ballet certificate and Intermediate 1 ADAPT Jazz certificate.
Armando has performed for and trained with the following companies as a soloist and in the ensemble: Italian National Ballet Company, New Euroballet Company, Renato Greco Dance Company, Mvula Sungani Italian Dance Theatre, Ballet of Naples, Rome Opera Theatre, Greek Theatre of Siracusa, In Scena Opera Company and Spazio Dance Company. He also performed for five years on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines touring the world. Under full scholarship, he trained at A.I.D. in Rome; OFF JAZZ Company in France; The Company Classical Ballet Association of Reggio Emilia and with Neva Dimova, Siracusa. He has over 20 years experience teaching and choreographing in Italy and Canada, and is the recipient of numerous choreography, overall and high point awards.
Senyo Akakpo is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He has worked and studied in multiple styles of dance but specializes in the knowledge, history and techniques of hip-hop, breaking, popping and house. He has studied hip hop culture and dance all over North America.
Working with all ages and levels, Senyo has choreographed and taught children and adults over the last 5 years, has been apart of the professional dance industry for over 10 years and is a member and contributor to the Professional Adjudicators Alliance syllabus.
His choreography has been featured in festivals like the Juno’s and Culture Shock in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He has danced for Feist, Jakhoy, the Arkells, organizations like the CFL’s Argonauts and Tigercats, and the Pan Am Games, and was enlisted as the chosen representative of Canada by the Cuban Government to teach hip hop at the Teade Dance Festival in 2019 and 2020.
Miss Rachel was a member of the 2014 Junior Canadian Tap Team that competed at worlds in Reisa, Germany and was the Captain of the LeBoldus Dance Team in the 2017/18 season. She has her Intermediate 3 ADAPT Tap and Jazz certificates, Advanced CDTA Tap certificate, Grade 8 RAD Ballet certificate, Advanced Foundation RAD Ballet certificate and former graduate of Dance City’s Pre-Professional Program. She is currently a cheerleader/dancer for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and is heading into her third year at the University of Regina as a biology major, and after finishing her degree hopes to study Medicine or Dentistry.
Miss Erin holds her Year 2 ADAPT Tap and Jazz Teacher Training School, Acrobatic Arts Modules 1 and 2 certifications and has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Marketing. She competed in the 2003, 2004 and 2005 World Baton Twirling Championships in Barcelona Spain, Osaka Japan and Minneapolis USA respectively, and has over 10 years of experience preparing and entering students for examinations and competitions.
Miss Sheena is a junior (third year) student at Sam Houston Sate University. She started dancing at the age of 3 at Dance City; has completed her Advanced ADAPT tap and jazz, Advanced CDTA tap and Advanced 2 RAD ballet examinations; and is a graduate of our Pre-Professional Program. She has attended many dance intensives and competitions, including the Rockettes Summer Intensive in New York, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, School of Alberta Ballet (for grade 11) and representing Team Canada at the World Dance Championships in both Germany and Poland.
MAdmin, PMP, CMC, CDTA-A
Director of Marketing & Communications
Miss Emily holds her Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designations, has a Master’s degree in Leadership as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in entrepreneurship and marketing. She is a Sessional Lecturer in the Hill & Levene Schools of Business at the University of Regina and is the President of Why Lime Strategy Co., a small but scrappy digital marketing firm in Regina. She is also an Associate Member with the CDTA SK Branch in Tap and has over 15 years of experience teaching dance and preparing student for examinations.
Customer Service & Administration Assistant
LeeAnn has seven years experience working in Reception/ Administration and has her Business Administration Certificate from Saskatchewan Polytechnic. She comes from a Figure Skating background and achieved gold levels in dance, figures and free skate prior to coaching in Vancouver and Calgary. She enjoys running, mountain biking, river kayaking, painting watercolours and oils and loves anything to do with dance.
Interested in joining our team?
Dance City is always looking for qualified faculty and administrative staff to join the team.
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