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 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 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 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.


 

Miss Adriana

From the early age of 4, Adriana was introduced to the world of gymnastics and has loved it ever since. She started dancing with Kingston Danceforce Studios when it first opened in 2013 and has grown fond of the art and environment provided. She was introduced to many styles of dance, her favourites being contemporary, lyrical and ballet. Since she started dancing, Adriana has won several awards at competitions and has almost completed her B.A.T.D exams.

Adriana is a dedicated dancer and is excited to contribute her knowledge and positive attitude to Danceforce! She brings a smile everywhere she goes and makes sure all her students feel welcome and motivated.


 

Miss Liza

Liza began dancing when she was three and joined her local Competitive Team when she was seven. She has competed in a variety of styles of dance, including ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, acro, and tap. Liza also plays a variety of other sports, but dance is her one true love and she dedicates all her spare time to it. She loves to practice, compete, and spend time with her dance family.

Liza has been a member of the Kingston Danceforce Competitive Team since 2018 and she loves the caring and friendly family environment at KDF. She loves teaching and working with the younger dancers and is excited to share her love of dance with them.

 


 

Miss Kennedy

Kennedy started dancing at the age of 4 in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia and joined the competitive team at the age of 10. While on the competitive team, Kennedy danced all styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary & musical theatre. Kennedy traveled to 5678 Nationals in Montreal and Niagara Falls, and competed in New York City at Tremaine Dance Competition where she won first place for her solo. Kennedy is a 2009 Junior Miss Candance Title Soloist winner and attended the Candance National Title Soloist Competition in Boston. Kennedy also traveled to Paris, France for the 5678 Summer Dance Tour where she learned from many including ‘Les Twins’ and Tara-Jean Popowich. Most meaningful to Kennedy, she won many special awards for her personality, natural performance and passion for dance; which she hopes to instill in every dancer she teaches.

Kennedy started assisting when she was 12 years old, and then teaching her own classes at the age of 15. She has taught competitive and recreational classes to dancers ages 2-17 in all styles, but mainly jazz and hip hop, where her students won numerous special awards and top mark awards. Kennedy continued to teach dance at her home studio and danced on her university’s competitive dance team throughout her undergraduate degree, a BSc. in Neuroscience, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Kennedy has had the opportunity to experience workshop classes at Tremaine Dance Convention, Peridance Centre and Alvin Ailey, and learn from choreographers such as Alexa Moffett, Victor Smalley, Mia Michaels, Sonya Teyah, Les Twins, and Stacy Tookey.

Kennedy has just completed a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Queen’s University. During this time, she continued to dance as a member of the Queen’s Dance Club in the styles of lyrical, contemporary and hip hop to keep up with her passion, technique and to maintain a work-life balance. With her experience in neuroscience and occupational therapy, Kennedy believes that everyone should have the chance to dance and a safe place to express themselves. In her classes, Kennedy applies a strong focus on proper technique; however, ensures the environment is safe for her students’ passion and confidence to grow. Kennedy has fell in love with the City of Kingston and has missed teaching dance tremendously. She is extremely excited to start teaching at Kingston Danceforce Studios!


 

Miss Jess

Jessica has been dancing for 21 years and danced competitively for 17. She has extensive training in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, pointe, musical theatre, modern and acro. Jessica has completed her grades 1-8 and intermediate foundation-advanced foundation RAD ballet exams. In addition to her own training, she began teaching classes at her home studio Centre Stage School of the Arts after completing her teacher certification exam
under the BATD. Jessica is jazz, tap and modern certified and has 8 years of teaching experience at both recreational and competitive levels. Jessica traveled to Germany in 2012 with the Canadian tap team to compete in the National Dance Championships. She also spent many years training with the senior and youth company at the Tap Dance Centre. In 2013, Jessica and 10 other senior dancers traveled to Cuba and danced with the National Ballet of Cuba. During the trip she also had the opportunity to train and perform with the Sol Arenas professional dance company. Jessica always sought out opportunity to expand her dance education by attending various workshops and conventions, some of her favorites include nuvo, fresh, hit the floor bring tap back, dance attack and ASH. Jessica is a graduate from Dalhousie University with a BSc. (Rec). From the very beginning of her degree, Jessica searched for any opportunity to get involved in the Halifax dance community. Jessica danced on the Dalhousie Black and Gold competitive dance team throughout her undergrad and was a member of the executive council for 3 of those years. She took on leadership roles including vice president and president. Jessica was also heavily
involved in Dalhousie’s recreational dance society, both as a dancer and choreographer. In addition to her own dancing, Jessica taught at Element Dance Studio at both recreational and competitive levels. In her last year, Jessica had the opportunity to teach and take class at House of Eights, a new drop dance studio in Halifax. Jessica is now completing her Bachelor of Education degree at Queens University and is very excited to begin the up coming year with
Danceforce!


 

Miss Courtney

Courteny Green is Canadian dance educator who hails from the mountains of Cranbrook, British Columbia. Growing up in a family owned studio she
achieved her grade 8 award through the Royal Academy of Dance, as well as achieving many exams with ADAPT for Jazz and Tap. With 6 years under
her belt as a dance teacher, she has completed her ADAPT teacher’s training certificate as well as her Acrobatic Arts module one training. Dance led her to a love of Musical Theatre, and she has performed in everything from Disney to Dvořák, but most recently worked on an online concert dubbed LesZoom with Blue Canoe. On top of her dance education she has achieved an advanced diploma from St.Lawrence College in Music Theatre Performance, and has recently completed her undergraduate at Queen’s University with a Bachelors of Music Theatre in May of 2020.
Previous credits include The Wardrobe (Beauty and the Beast, Queen’s Music Theatre), Featured Ensemble (Op(her)a, Dan School), Leah (Just
Friends, Question Mark Period), Mrs Drudge (Onward and Upward at Fort Steele Heritage Town) Sprite 1 (Rusalka, Kicking Horse Culture). The
following credits were at St.Lawrence College: Les Miserables (Ensemble), Anything Goes (Erma Understudy, Vocal Captain, Ensamble), 42nd Street (Ethel), The Mikado (Featured Ensemble), and New Faces (Dance Captain, Featured Ensemble). She has also been part of  a touring children’s show called The Munschables (Puddle Jump Players) where she played Millicent, and Ensemble, as well as the technical elements of Choreographer, Assistant Director, and Lyricist. Courteny also works in costuming design and was costume designer for Mr.Burns: A Post-Electric Play with The Dan School of Drama and Music.


 

Miss Isabelle

Isabelle is a graduate of the University of Victoria, completing her BSc in Kinesiology. She is in Kingston to attend Queen’s University for her Masters of Physical Therapy. Isabelle is thrilled to be joining the Dance Force family. She grew up dancing and competing on Vancouver Island, BC. During this time she completed many Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams, and numerous Canadian Dance Teachers Academy (CDTA) tap and jazz exams. She has also recently completed her CDTA Jazz Membership Teachers exam. Isabelle loves spreading the joy of dance and is super excited to see what dance in Ontario has to teach her.