We believe at Studio III, that for whatever reason you love to dance, whether it be for social, physical or career reasons, every student receives the same highly skilled teachers and will benefit from all of the teachers years of being involved in the dance community. We strive to have the best instructors for our dance students, and this season we will be outdoing ourselves by bringing our dance instruction to the next level for all of our students.
Artistic Director – Virginia Williams – A.R.A.D, A.I.S.T.D (Modern Dance Branch) A.I.S.T.D (National Dance Branch)
Virginia has over 30 years of music and dance experience. She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Dance, Ryerson University and a Full Member of the Royal Academy of Dance. She has an Associate Teaching Certification from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in both the National and Modern Dance Branch and has successfully completed the Advanced 1 Ballet exam in both R.A.D and Cecchetti Methods. She is also a member of SoCan and Dance Ontario and holds a Grade 8 piano certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as a Level 2 Theory. Not only does Ms Williams have the arts background but she also takes into play her experience in the financial business world for 13 years and being a mother of 4 children who have been or are currently involved in AAA Hockey, Junior and University Hockey, Competitive Gymnastics and Dance Performance. She knows the challenges involved in running a household with 4 very busy children and takes that into consideration when organizing the studio business. Right from arranging schedules to suit family needs, to picking children up for dance class when a parent cannot, keeping the price of costumes and dancewear reasonable and hiring staff that are qualified people who have the best interest of the students in mind. Ms Williams also regularly attends workshops and conferences in dance instruction and studio business operations to keep Studio III Dance current in the ever changing world of the Arts. The studio has a data base that has a customer portal for parents to see billing, e-mails, class information and where it is fast and convenient to register on-line without leaving your home.
Miss Robin began her performing career at the young age of 2. She began with modelling for Pampers, Sears, The Bay and other department stores throughout Canada and the U.S.A. Miss Robin slowly started doing commercials and extra work for movies and T.V series such as Road to Avonlea. Miss Robin has been dancing since the age of 7. She trained in various styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, acro, lyrical, hip hop, modern and musical theatre. Miss Robin has danced recreationally and competitively all over Canada and the Unite States. Robin has completed her Associate Teaching Certificate with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing and is a Full Member of the B.A.T.D. Miss Launspach attended Mayfield Secondary School of the Performing Arts majoring in dance, studying Cecchetti, RAD and Russian Ballet as well as Limon and Graham Techniques in Modern dance. Ms Robin continued her training at York University studying dance as a Major, which involved the history of dance and kinesiology training. Since attending York, Robin has been passing on her love of dance to students for over 10 years and continues to attend workshops and classes in New York City to keep herself up to date with the new styles and teaching techniques in dance. Miss Robin has taken class from amazing instructors such as Savion Glover, Peggy Baker, Robert Derosier, Danny Grossman, Jodi Woodside, Holly Small and many others. Robin is not only a teacher but an adjudicator of dance competitions held across Canada.
Katie Dopp-Bryan BATD, D.E.C.E., HBASc, B.Ed
Katie began dancing at the age of 5 in Orangeville, Ontario. After spending a great deal of time training she became a member of the competitive team in multiple styles of dance. During her training years she attended the M.L.D.M.A North Masters of America Dance pageant, competing for the title of Petite Miss Dance, Junior Miss Dance and Miss Dance of America. Katie’s love for dance also took her to compete throughout Canada, the United States and to Riesa, Germany where she represented Canada in 2004 on the Canadian National Tap team and the Canadian National Show Dance Team, where she brought home a Gold medal in Tap and a Bronze medal in jazz. She has also been teaching dance in the community of Orangeville since 2001 which has allowed her to creatively educate children about this art form. She has been successful in choreographing dances for her students at a number of dance competitions throughout Ontario, with her students winning overall awards for their tap dancing. Katie’s love of teaching is not only in the dance world. She holds her Ontario Teaching Certification and has her Degree and Diploma in Early Childhood Education where she is a full-time teacher. Katie has been part of an all female professional tap dance company since 2011 called ‘What’s on Tap’ where she performs all around the GTA. She cannot wait to share her experiences with her students and the dance community.
Kaitlynn Williams RAD-RTS
Ms Williams has been teaching at Studio III Dance Inc for the past 5 years and started her dance training at the young age of 3 in ballet, jazz and acro. At the age of 13, she became a member of a competitive dance team where she competed with success in ballet, jazz, hip hop and musical theatre. Kaitlynn has also had success in competitive gymnastics, where she was trained at Twisters Gymnastics Club for Regional Gymnastics Meets. After winning many awards through gymnastics, Ms Kaitlynn decided dance was her passion. Kaitlynn has completed various dance exams in ADAPT, CDTA and RAD and has attended many training sessions and workshops with Ryan Foley, Rosemary James, Franco DeVita and Raymond Lukens of the American Ballet Theatre, Angela D’Valda Sirico, chairperson for the tri state panel of the Royal Academy of Dance and Shelly Masenoir, choreographer for Disney’s High School Musical. Kaitlynn has always loved both visual and performing arts and continued her dance training while attending Humber College obtaining her diploma is Photography. She enjoys attending the Royal Academy of Dance training workshops to keep her up to date on syllabus work for her ballet students. Kaitlynn’s choreography skills in ballet and jazz have won her students many overalls and special judges awards at dance competitions throughout Southern Ontario. Not only has she trained students to successfully complete RAD ballet exams, she has students who have been accepted into The National Ballet School and Ballet Jorgen’s Nutcracker performance. Kaitlynn has successfully completed the Royal Academy of Dance 2 Year Certification in Ballet Teaching Studies so she is now a RAD Registered Teacher. Kaitlynn enjoys sharing her dance knowledge with her students and enjoys their enthusiasm and love of dance.
Lisa Frias’ dance career began at Deborah Thomson School of Dance in Brampton, Ontario where she trained in Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics, Lyrical and Hip Hop. After 11 years of dance training and teacher assisting, Ms. Frias realized her dream and attended York University where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. During her time at York, she taught students at Deborah Thomson both in the recreational and competitive program, performed and choreographed at York University. Since receiving her degree, she has attended Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Teaching Program where she not only received her Advanced Registered Teachers Status with Royal Academy of Dance but also the Associate Teacher Status with the National Dance Branch of Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. In the past year Ms. Frias has taught in studios across the GTA helping students achieve respectable results with Ballet examinations and awards at competitions. Not only is Ms. Frias an accredited teacher, she also holds a Solo Seal Award with the RAD which is the highest Ballet exam you can accomplish, an award of Highly Commended for the Advanced II Cecchetti Ballet exam and an award of Honours for the National Dance Advanced I. Ms Frias is not only fully qualified to teach very advanced ballet dancers, she is also fully qualified to teach pre-school children as she has been fully trained in the new Pre-Primary and Primary In Dance syllabus with the Royal Academy of Dance implemented in 2009. During the summer of 2011 Ms. Frias will be attending the ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) Teacher’s Training School yearly for three consecutive years in hopes of receiving a teaching certification in Jazz and Tap Dance Techniques.
Karly Smith has been with Studio III Dance since the very beginning. Formerly a competitive dancer here, she has joined our team of instructors teaching our ever growing acro classes. She comes from a diverse background of instruction including 14 years of competitive gymnastics, and over 10 years of dance experience. Karly became an instructor at the young age of 14 teaching gymnastics to children of all ages at Twisters Gymnastics and Trampoline Club. After 5 years of coaching and nearly 16 years of training she found her home at Studio III and became one of our first competitive dancers here. Several years later, she now is a graduate with a Psychology degree from the University of Waterloo and is the Regional Manager of Personal Training for 6 Anytime Fitness Clubs in the area as well as teaching dance. In her not-so-much spare time Karly has had success as a Fitness model and is competing at the provincial level this year. She is very passionate about inspiring people to be the best they can be and this can be seen in her classes. During her classes she puts a lot of focus on not only developing each dancer’s individual skills but also to ensure that their experience here at Studio III is a positive one that they will never forget.
Julianne Williams, HON.BSc A.R.A.D
Julianne trained solely in ballet until the age of 12 when jazz, hip hop and modern dance began to interest her. She was also a Provincial Level Competitive Gymnast who won many 1st Place awards as a result of her gymnastics and ballet training. Julianne decided to concentrate on the Art of Dance and proceeded to train extensively so she could complete the Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 1 ballet exam. She has also completed ADAPT jazz exams and CDTA Ballet exams. She studied under the guidance of such great teachers as Rosemary James, Patricia Miner, Julia Sasso and Darryl Tracy at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where her love and understanding of Modern Dance evolved. Along with completing exams, Julianne was also a very successful competitive dancer in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern and hip hop winning Overalls and Special Adjudicator Awards. While at Wilfrid Laurier University obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Julianne spent 2 years as a performer in their Fashion n’ Motion production and one year as a choreographer raising money for the Canadian Diabetes Foundation and Sick Kids Hospital. Ms Williams is still dancing, working towards her Advanced 2 Ballet exam and attending workshops to keep her dance education up to date. Julianne enjoys sharing her love of dance with her students and is excited to watch their progress week after week.
Karen Woytowich, ARAD, RAD-RTS, Dip. NBS TTP, BFAh, ADAPT, Acrobatique
Miss Karen is a graduate of York University with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She also holds a diploma from Canada`s prestigious, National Ballet School`s, Teacher Training Program. In addition, Miss. Karen also holds a teaching diploma with the Royal Academy of Dance. Miss Karen is a certified & accredited teacher of the ADAPT jazz & tap syllabi. She graduated from the ADAPT TTP with Honours and was the valedictorian of her class with a mark of 96%. Miss Karen is also an Honours graduate of Acrobatique dance syllabus. She has completed her training for the Junior, Intermediate and Advanced levels. She is one of only 12 teachers who have completed Acrobatique’s Advanced Workshop. Most recently, she has been accepted by the RAD to become a Mentor for student teachers. She holds several advanced 1 & 2 level dance examinations with the RAD, ISTD (Cecchetti & National Dance Branches) and PAEC with Honours Level standing.
Miss Karen has danced professionally through out Canada since the age of sixteen with companies like; Kloda Productions, PM Productions, Mississauga Ice Dogs Dance Team, York University’s York Dances, and the National Ballet of Canada. Her most recent credits include; performing with local singer/comedian Laura Landauer at the Palais Royale and promoting/performing for Toronto’s Booby Ball on City TV’s Breakfast Television and at the Sound Academy.
Miss Karen’s passion is to pass on the joy of dance, an appreciation for the art of dance and the sense of pride that comes from accomplishing goals to any student who is willing to learn.