Studio Directors

Miss Chelsea

A graduate of Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning’s Music Theatre Performance Program, Chelsea has performed continuously on many levels.

She has appeared in music videos, including a release from Theory of a Deadman; has performed in many theatrical productions, locally and in the Toronto area; has studied under and performed with vocalists Lorraine Lawson and Mary-Lu Zahalan; and has been a member of the song and dance VIBE Rock On productions, touring the Muskoka resort venues.

Chelsea was selected to sing with country music performer, Billy Currington at the K-Rock Centre. Chelsea has facilitated the Summer Theatre Camps for the City of Kingston and for area dance studios, has choreographed productions for the Sheridan Dance Pack, The Kingston Meistersingers, Bottletree Productions, Collective Productions, Polson Park Elementary School, The Olympic Torch Relay, and Brian Orser’s Skate Canada Clinic.

As a teacher of dance since 1999, she has won awards for her choreography, has coached her competitive students to first place overall finishes, has choreographed the Holy Cross Glee Club, and has prepared a number of students towards the successful outcomes of their B.A.T.D. examinations. Chelsea has achieved her Associate Level Certification with The British Association of Teachers of Dancing (B.A.T.D.), Zumba® and Zumba Gold® Certification and is also the founder of Kingston’s Once Upon a Princess, a party performance company, servicing Kingston and surrounding communities. 

Chelsea was an active participant in Kingston's Dancing with the Easter Seals Stars fundraiser in 2014. In August 2015 Chelsea successfully completed her Acrobatic Arts Teaching Certification course.


 

Miss Shannon

A graduate of Queen’s University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Studies, Shannon is committed to her passion for knowledge and practice of all aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

She has studied dance for 24 years in Kingston and with the Queen’s University Dance Program.  She performed on many occasions locally and competitively in eastern Ontario. Shannon has been a regular volunteer with the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health Unit and with GoodLife Fitness to assist in their promotion of healthy, active lifestyles, and maintains a personal regime of yoga, aerobics and dance. 

She has achieved her Associate Level Certification with The British Association of Teachers of Dancing (B.A.T.D.) and has instructed students in dance since 2003.  Shannon has coached many students towards the successful outcome of their B.A.T.D. examinations, overall 1st place competitive awards and has received awards for her choreography.

Shannon was an active participant in Kingston's Dancing with the Easter Seals Stars fundraiser in 2014. In August 2015 Shannon successfully completed her Acrobatic Arts Teaching Certification course.

Teachers

Miss Jen

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.


 

Mr Denzel

Dance first, explain later. Denzel (AKA Djimon) takes dance performance and instruction seriously, pushing to exceed everyone’s limits. With foundations in popping, locking, b-boy, hip-hop, Afro-Urban, Djimon has performed at various talent shows, festivals, dance exhibitions, competitions and pageants. Djimon competed in Battle of the Year (BOTY) Zimbabwe 2009, Battle For Your Life (B4YL) New Jersey 2013, and Dreamstar Zimbabwe 2015. His inspirations include Beat Freaks, Super Cr3w, Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Twitch, Martina “Android” Heiman and many others. Being part of the newly formed Kingston Freestyle Dance Movement has been just a dream come true. It is a blessing to have been part of over 18 different crews that have all taught me different things meshing me into who I am today. I have an amazing connection with young people and have been passing on my experiences through dance instruction for the past 10 years. I’m in love with the dancers & teachers at Kingston Danceforce Studios!

Who you are is not what you do but what you do is an expression of you. I do not just teach choreography but self-expression and freedom. Lets level up!


 

Miss Jessica

 Jessica is a graduate of York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design. She
graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) specializing in Performance and Choreography. During
her time at York, she has performed in Fleur De Sel, Dance Innovations Counter/Point, Terpsichore-in-progress and
Beginnings & Endings. Jessica was also a member of the York Dance Ensemble’s pre-professional modern
dance company, and has performed with them in numerous shows and on TEDX. While at York, Jessica
trained in the Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus, and the modern dance styles of Jose Limóné and Martha Graham
under the direction of professionals including Helen Jones ( Martha Graham Company), Jenifer Bolt, John
Ottoman (ProArteDanza Director and Coordinator), Tracy Norman and Megan Andres (Founder of The
Dance Current). During her final year at York she also studied under the direction of Modern Dance artist,
Julia Sasso, participating in choreography and performance intensives.
Prior to her University and professional dance career Jessica danced competitively for several years
and has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, acro, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, cheerleading, modern, and
contemporary. During this time, she competed in several national and international competitions receiving
numerous high honours awards, including International Titles. It was also during this time that she
successfully completed Jazz and Tap exams under A.D.A.P.T.
Jessica has also been a company member of TDC Entertainment, Sole Power Productions and D’air
Dance Collective where she performed professionally in numerous commercial dance shows. Most recently
Jessica has danced in the Juvenis Festival’s performance Unfamiliar, Women in Coats and The Path working
closely with Kingston choreographer Kay Kenny and Charlotte Tessier respectively. Jessica has also
choreographed for the Kingston Street Ballerina Project.
Jessica is continuously seeking opportunities to professionally develop and has thus participated in
various master classes and workshops from professional dance artists such as Blake McGrath, Danny
Lawn, and Mia Michaels. She is also a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance and has taken her
Beginner/ Junior and Intermediate/Advanced Level acro courses from Acro-Demics. Jessica has been
teaching dance for many years and has won numerous choreography and high score awards for her
routines.
Jessica also a graduate from Queen’s University Bachelor of Education program and specializes in
teaching Primary/Junior Grades. In her spare time, she works for Royal Princess Parties as a dancer, singer
and actress. Jessica also works at the H’ART Centre teaching dance to adults with intellectual
exceptionalities. She is also a teacher for the HAAP! program which delivers dance programs to those in
long-term care facilities helping to prolong their longevity and quality of life.
Jessica continues to learn and grow as a dance artist, choreographer and teacher and hopes to share
her passion of dance, choreography, and education with others, while inspiring her own students to work
hard and dream big because anything is possible.


 

Miss Sarrah

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!


 

Miss Maddi

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.


 

Miss Maria

Maria started dancing at the age of 7 and ever since then dance has been a huge part of her life. She studied classical Ballet in St. Petersburg Russia and continued participating in various dance groups taking classes from Hip Hop to Latin, Irish and Jazz. She studied Engineering and Environmental Construction at Queen’s which lead her to her main occupation in Project Management.
In her spare time she either sketches, paints, takes photos or enjoys hiking with her three children and two dogs! Maria is very excited to share her love of dance and her classical Ballet techniques with your little ones, to introduce them to what could be one of the most rewarding creative outputs one can experience. Dance is when you lose yourself in music and enjoy yourself! Dance is for everyone!

 

Miss Shae

Shannon Perugino (Miss Shae) is a modern dance enthusiast originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario. She has been dancing since the age of 4 and could not imagine her life without it! Shannon has performed for a variety of provincial and national events including annual competitions, Fringe Festivals, Nuite Blanche via Brock University, and the Toronto Dance Theatre. Shannon’s training is in Graham-based modern dance technique, as a previous member of the Niagara Dance Company. She has focused her training and teaching in the contemporary, hip hop, and musical theatre genres for the last 10 years. Shannon has been a guest presenter at the Council of Ontario Dance and Drama educators for her contemporary composition, and attends annual workshops with the industry’s best choreographers (Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Tyce Diorio, Wade Robson, and Ian Eastwood to name a few). During the day, Shannon is a secondary school teacher at Holy Cross, where she runs the dance curriculum program for students from grades 9-12. She has also been the resident choreographer for their annual musical productions for the last 7 years. She is excited to share her passion and love for dance with the dancers of tomorrow at KDF!


 

Miss Elyse

Elyse is a fourth year Concurrent Education student studying at Queen’s University. She began dancing at the age of three and has not stopped since! Throughout elementary and high school, she danced at Sandra Amodeo Dance Studio in Markham, Ontario. Since joining the competitive team at age 7, she has competed in countless groups, duet’s/trio’s and solos, in all styles. During this time she also had the opportunity to partake in roles including summer camp counsellor and teaching assistant. Eventually, Elyse began teaching her own classes at both competitive and recreational levels to dancers ranging from 3-16 years of age.
Once she graduated high school, her dancing days did not stop. Throughout these past three years, Elyse has become very involved in the dance community at Queen’s. For two years she competed with the competitive hip hop team on campus, Flow Performance Crew. As well, last year she was Co-President of Queen’s Dance District, a club that aims to unite and integrate all dancers on campus and in the Kingston community. Most recently, after being the Social Event Coordinator for two years, this year she will be taking on the role of Co-President of Queen’s Dance Club, one of Canada’s largest student run clubs that provides recreational dance opportunities for all students. Additionally, she has taught intermediate and pre-advanced tap with QDC and will be teaching an advanced tap class this year. Elyse can’t wait for the year ahead and is looking forward to growing alongside all her students!

 

Miss Quinn

Quinn Venable was a competitive dancer for 10 years, competing in all styles. She began choreographing and teaching hip hop at the age of 14 and has continued to do so for the past seven years. She has taught dancers ages 3-18 at the recreational, pre-competitive and competitive level. She has also taught at adult conventions and at Queen’s Dance Club for the last 3 years. Quinn has received upwards of fifty special awards, scholarships and overalls for her choreography. Her focus is on pushing dancers to become their best while creating an inclusive and supportive environment where dancers can blossom.


 

Miss Gloria

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! 


 

Miss Ally

Ally Pajak has been dancing and performing since a young age and competed in numerous dance styles including jazz, balletlyrical, contemporary and musical theatre. She learned so much as a part of a competitive dance team. Continuing dance at Queen’s University Dance Club gave her the chance to study and perform both familiar and new styles such as improvMiss Ally completed her Advanced Ballet Examination through the Performing Arts Educators of Canada (PAEC) while in high school, and will be completing her A.D.A.P.T level I Certifications in July 2019. 

Ally is a graduate of Queen’s University Arts/Drama and will be entering her fifth year of the Concurrent Education Program in 2020 to receive her Bachelor of Education degree. She also has extensive experience in performance and technical roles, including directing and choreographing, in Drama and Musical Theatre through her education and her time working on high school, Queen’s University, and Kingston community productions. Ally loves teaching and sharing her passion for the arts,and is so excited to be a part of the Kingston Danceforce Studios faculty team!  


 

Miss Kristina

Kristina has been fostering a passion for dance since the early age of three. She started out in ballet, and progressed through many styles including jazz and acro, until she discovered her love for hip hop. She joined the competitive team at the Sean Boutillier Academy of Dance in Mississauga, Ontario during high school, where she continued to train in jazz, and compete in hip hop.

Kristina never gave up dance after high school – she took classes at Queen’s Dance Club in her first year and joined the staff the next two years to teach Hip Hop and Diva Bootcamp. She also performed in various musical productions with Queen’s Musical Theatre. Kristina’s approach to teaching dance is always to make fun and confidence a priority – she is passionate about making her class a time for the students to learn and grow in a safe and encouraging environment. Let’s dance!


 

Miss Ann

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.


 

Miss Roxane

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, 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.


 

Miss Gwen

Born in Kingston, Ontario, Gwen Van Duinen began dancing at the age of 10 and has only continued to grow more passionate about the art over time. She is no stranger to hard work and dedication when it comes to performances and is very familiar with the effort that goes into creating each piece. She has actively practiced a variety of styles including hip hop, musical theatre, ballet, jazz, contemporary, acrobatics, and lyrical. Gwen has enjoyed the loving family environment of Kingston Danceforce Studios since the studio has opened in 2013, both as a student and teacher, and looks forward to contributing to such an amazing dance family.

Throughout her five years of competition dance experience, Gwen has developed a love for preforming and perfecting routines for audiences as well as cheering on fellow dancers. She enjoys the excitement and devotion that comes with being a competitive dancer and is excited to begin sharing her passion and ideas with others. In her lifetime as a competitive dancer, Gwen has obtained many acknowledgements for her excellence in the sport. Most recently: winning scholarships to competitions, high score performance awards, various judge’s choice acknowledgements, and a national title in 2017. In her dance experience she has also found a passion for teaching what she has learned to younger dancers through assisting at summer camps and multiple recitals, auditions, etc. Gwen is excited to begin a new chapter in her dance career sharing what she loves to do with younger dancers.


 

Miss Ava

Ava has been a proud member of the danceforce family since the very start. She came from a gymnastics background which introduced her to acro. She trained and competed in acro for many years before falling in love with many other styles of dance which includes ballet and lyrical. Ava is a strong believer in each one of her students and loves to make meaningful relationships with them by sharing her love and passion for dance. Ava loves to preform on stage, it’s her moment to show off her hard work. She hopes to share her love of dance and preforming with each of her students.