Miss Chelsea (She/Her)
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.
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.
Jessica is a graduate of York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design. She graduated with a 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 masterclasses 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 is also a graduate of Queen’s University's 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! the 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 for dance, choreography, and education with others, while inspiring her own students to work hard and dream big because anything is possible.
Miss Sarrah (She/Her)
“One Of The Lessons That I Grew Up With Was To Always Stay True To Yourself And Never Let What Somebody Else Says Distract You From Your Goals.” – Michelle Obama
Sarrah started dancing at the age of 3 and trained in various styles; Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theatre and Song and Dance. Over the years, her passion for dance grew, and at age 7, she joined her competitive dance team. Sarrah has always loved working with younger children, so at age 12, when she was offered to assist one of her teachers in the younger children’s classes, she jumped on the chance. Here is where she discovered her passion for teaching, and by age 14, she was teaching dance classes on her own.
At 15, Sarrah had the honour of representing Canadain Students at an international student conference in China, where she had the opportunity to dance for hundreds of international students. While still in Highschool, Sarrah was able to take her passion for dance and use it to help others by taking part in two music video-style campaigns. 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.
After high school, Sarrah spent eight months studying abroad in England before moving to Kingston, ON, in 2016 to continue her university studies. Sarrah is a graduate of Queen's University with a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Sociology; She also holds a Certificate for digital marketing from St. Lawrence College.
Sarrah started with Kingston Danceforce Studios in the fall of 2016 where she has been able to harness her creativity through choreographing competitive routines. Sarrah’s choreography has won multiple awards at various competitions across Ontario.
Through dedication and hard work, Sarrah understands that to be a great teacher, she must continue to learn every day, both from her students and coworkers. With continuous training, Sarrah promises to push her creativity and find new ways of inspiring young people.
Zandra, from Napanee, started taking recreational and B.A.T.D examination classes at the age of three, ever since then, she's been hooked on dancing. Zandra has competed in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, lyrical/contemporary, Musical theatre, Hip hop, and Vocals from the age of 7. Although she enjoyed all genres, Tap always had her heart. Zandra has been awarded B.A.T.D scholarships and has participated in workshops to advance her skills in all genres. She's done choreography for plays and performing arts groups in Quinte West as well as performing herself. After returning from college in 2021, Zandra continued teaching and is now thrilled to be joining DanceForce. Zandra is a Georgian College, graduate and a Licensed optician at a local optical. She started assisting in classes at the age of 13 and taught for a few years before going off to school. She loves watching the kids improve and grow and cannot wait to see what great talent Kingston has to offer!
Sabrina has been dancing since grade 5; she started with Jazz but quickly spread into many styles, including Ballet, Tap, Acro, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary and musical theatre. Sabrina has also been privileged to travel down to Florida to dance in the Disney World Parade, as well as being one of two students selected to take part in a workshop at the Broadway Dance Academy in New York City. Sabrina has been teaching many styles over the past 7 years, however Acro has always held a special interest in her. Sabrina has recently completed her Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certification and is excited to share her knowledge with the students! She is very excited to join the KDF family.
Originally from Ottawa, ON, Fiona began her dance journey on the complete opposite side of the style spectrum. She started in American Step Dancing, performing alongside a Fiddler at the age of 4. Her passion for moving to music grew as she eventually branched out to Tap lessons, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Musical Theater. At the age of 11/12, she took her Hip Hop teacher’s advice to audition for the part-time competitive Hip Hop team at her dance school. It was then that she discovered her natural talent for all things Hip Hop and developed her popping, locking, waacking, voguing, stunting skills, and so much more. It was through her dance family that she sparked her passion for teaching others and earned a role teaching at a Hip Hop summer camp as well as preschool dance classes on the weekends throughout her high school years. As high school came to an end and she was too old to compete at her dance school, Fiona took her place at Queen’s University to study Fine Arts in hopes of eventually teaching the arts full time. After a year of school in Kingston and a year without performing, she needed a creative output, somewhere she could get back to her roots in dancing; Fiona was welcomed with open arms by the KDF family and is loving her time teaching Hip Hop and Musical Theater!
Miss Abby (She/Her)
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 include 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 perform on stage, it’s her moment to show off her hard work. She hopes to share her love of dance and performing with each of her students.
Miss Liza (She/Her)
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.