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 Dance Safe Ontario, SoCan, Dance Ontario and many Dance Studio owners Associations.
Virginia also 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 heavily 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.
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.
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 ADTA (formally known as 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. Ms Karen is also a performing member ofKalyna Performing Arts Company (Toronto-affiliated with UNF)
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.
Amy Montag – B.A.T.D, R.A.D
Amy started dancing at the young age of three with Joanne Chapman School Of Dance. She trained and competed in all major dance disciplines (Acro, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Ballet) for over eighteen years. Through her dance education, she has had the opportunity to successfully complete her B.A.T.D (British Association Of Teachers of Dance) Teacher member certificate in stage with Honors.
A big part of Amy’s training included The Royal Academy Of Dance ballet examinations which she completed all with distinction. As a student and now a certified teacher, Amy has also had the privilege and opportunity to take class and instruction from some of the industries leading choreographers and dancers such as: Blake McGrath, Shannon Mather, Mia Michaels, Travis Knight, Shawn Byfield, Joey Dowling and Linda Garneau to name a few. Amy has been teaching for fifteen years in both a recreational but mostly competitive capacity and her award winning choreography has been showcased on both a National and International level. Many of her pupils have gone on to lead very successful dance and acting careers in Toronto’s dance and commercial industry. Her love for the arts is second only to her love for teaching, and she looks forward with great enthusiasm to convey all her experiences with students who share her passion for dance.
Kristen has been studying dance, vocals, and drama since the age of four years. She has trained in various styles including Jazz, Acro, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Tap, Ballet and Lyrical. Kristen has danced recreationally and competitively across Canada and the United States, and placed one of top three duets at the National ‘Showstoppers’ competition in Orlando
Throughout her dance career, she assisted many recreational and competitive classes, and earned her jazz examinations through the BATD syllabus. In 2011 she began choreographing musical theatre productions with LP Stage Productions in Shelburne, and has since shared her skills with Brampton Music Theatre, Theatre Orangeville and various studios throughout Ontario. Since 2015, she has choreographed many successful competitive routines, winning overall and special awards. In 2016, one of her students auditioned, and was accepted into the National Ballet School of Canada, and has since successfully performed in pieces such as The Nutcracker. Kristen is very passionate about teaching, and developing individual dancers skills during her classes.
Breanna Harvey, BFA, MA
Breanna Harvey is an accomplished performer, choreographer and teacher who started dancing at the young age of 3 in Brampton. She fell in love with Tap at an early age, but went on to study various dance styles throughout the years and is an accomplished all-around daner. Breanna’s training allowed her to attend Mayfield Secondary in School in the Regional Arts Dance program, where she was awarded the honour of producing and overseeing the production of her final performance. She went on to successfully complete her BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in Montreal where she produced, choreographed and performed in a variety of shows and festivals – including the Montreal Fringe Festival.
Breanna continued her educational studies by completing her MA in Dance Education at the University of Hawai’I at Manoa, where she learned and studied Hula and Hawaiian culture under Kumu Noenoelani Zuttermeister and has made it her mission to spread Aloha wherever she goes through Hula and cultural instruction. A focus of her degree was on injury prevention, stabilization and dancer longevity, and she strives to ensure every dancer she teaches learns how to protect themselves and grow in safe and effective ways.
A dance educator for over 10 years, Breanna continues her passion by sharing her love of dance with students of all ages, providing workshops and choreography to schools and studios across Ontario and upgrading her skills continuously through certifications (Acrobatic Arts, Artsbridge America). Her love for establishing positive relationships with her students, motivating them to grow and develop their own passions while providing them a solid foundation are at the core of what she loves to do every day.
Ms. Lisa Frias – BFA Honours Dance, TTP (Dip) – NBS, A.R.A.D R.T.S, A.I.S.T.D (National Branch)
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.
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.