Jen Rees started ballet classes at age 5 and her love of dance has only grown since. The precision and strength required for classical technique were immediately appealing and she completed her Grades 1-7 and Elementary Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) ballet examinations by the end of high school. Her examination partner for several of the grades was Danceforce’s own Miss Shannon!
She competed with both Miss Chelsea and Miss Shannon in ballet, jazz, tap and modern receiving numerous technique awards. Jen began assisting in junior ballet classes at age 12 and teaching regularly by age 14. Jen is thrilled to join Kingston Danceforce Studios and to work with all of the wonderful, enthusiastic dancers.
Dance first, think later. Mr. Denzel (AKA Djimon) takes dance performance and instruction seriously pushing to exceed his limits and the limits of those around him. With foundations in popping, locking, housing, b-boying, hip-hop, Afro-pop and contemporary dance styles, Djimon has performed at various talent shows, festivals, dance exhibitions and pageants.
It’s been a blessing to have been part of over 15 different crews, having danced in and choreographed over 60 shows. Djimon has also competed in Battle of the Year (BOTY) Zimbabwe 2009, Battle For Your Life (B4YL) New Jersey 2013, and Dreamstar Zimbabwe 2015. His inspirations include Super Cr3w, Chris Brown, Martina “Android” Heiman and many others. Lets Dance!
Ann has been dancing competitively with Kingston Danceforce since it first opened in October 2013. Since then, she has won a considerable amount of overall awards including two consecutive first-place acro overalls at Shine dance competitions.
Ann continuously thrives to stay as dedicated and successful as can be in both school and dance. She passionately aspires to be a role model for all the students at KDF, whether that is while dancing with the team or teaching the younger kids to do what she loves most. Ann is thrilled to be a part of the Danceforce teachers team and she can’t wait to see all the opportunities that this year will bring both for her and her students.
Madison is thrilled to be a part of Kingston Danceforce faculty and is looking forward to a wonderful season of dancing fun. Dance has been a huge part of Madison’s life since she was three years old. She has been teaching jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary in both Ottawa and the GTA since 2010. As a student, Madison completed the R.A.D. Advanced II Ballet Examination and A.D.A.P.T. Advanced Jazz and Tap Examinations. She attended the Quinte Ballet School summer program and over the years performed many lead roles in classical ballets, such as Clara/Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Coppelia in Coppelia, and the Finger Fairy in Sleeping Beauty.
Madison was also successful on the competitive dance scene at regional and national competitions, with much recognition for selection to compete in American Dance Awards ‘Dancer of the Year’ on multiple occasions. In university, Madison excelled as Captain and choreographer for the University of Guelph Dance Team.
Originally from Brockville ON, Sarrah started dancing at the age of 3 and became a competitive dancer at the age of 7. She has studied a wide variety of styles but if she had to choose a favourite it would be Musical Theatre. Over the years she has won many awards in Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre as well as Song and Dance. She has also been in two music videos.
The first was for the YMCA strong kids campaign and the second, See Me (I’m In Here), a PSA on raising awareness for mental health. Sarrah has always loved working with children and it wasn’t long before Sarrah starting assisting with classes and soon after teaching on her own. She started working at Danceforce in 2016. Sarrah is very excited to be working with the Kingston Danceforce Studios family and can not wait to meet all of the amazing dancers!
Emily Stoddart began her dance training in her hometown of Sechelt, British Columbia at the Coast Academy of Dance at the age of eight. Over ten years, Emily has studied a wide variety of styles including Tap, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, and Ballet. She has achieved high results in both Tap and Modern examinations, including having completed the highest professional performance exam, Advanced 2 Modern and has received many awards for both solo and group pieces in numerous competitions.
After three years of studying the art of teaching, Emily has received her Associate level of certification with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.) in London, England. Emily currently is attending Queen’s University and is enrolled in her second year of studying Kinesiology and Physical Health Education. Emily is excited to share her passion for dance through teaching and is thrilled to be a part of the Kingston Danceforce team!
Gloria has been a performer since a young age. From dancing at competitions to singing for large audiences, to acting in plays; she has loved every second of it. Gloria has trained in various dance genres and participated in multiple workshops with choreographers from L.A., Broadway, Toronto and “So You Think You Can Dance”. She has studied various levels of the BATD syllabus for Jazz, Ballet and Tap. In her years as a competitive dancer, Gloria has achieved many things, including; winning scholarships and multiple awards while learning lots from her coaches, judges and fellow students along the way.
Along with Dance, she has also trained in multiple vocal styles since the age of 12. She has sung at a variety of events including; country jamborees, town festivals and multiple competitions. Some of her most memorable singing moments were when she did a Cafe concert with Ryland Clark, opening for Jacob Moon and winning the Student Artist of the Year Award from her hometown. Currently, Gloria is attending St. Lawrence College studying Musical Theatre. Gloria is super excited to be back teaching at Danceforce and she cannot wait to share her love of the arts with her students!
Coming from a small town in the province of Quebec, Roxane is thrilled to have been given the chance to teach at Danceforce. She started dancing as soon as she knew how to walk but started actual dance classes at the age of 4. Since then, Roxane has taken part in many dance styles including; ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, musical theatre and jazz and acro. She joined Danceforce in fall 2014, competitively dancing, winning multiple awards, and has fallen in love with the students, space, and the environment this wonderful studio has to offer. She is looking forward to meeting new students and teaching her fellow dance mates.