September 6, 2011

Teachers

Chrystal Mazzotta
DMA (Dance Masters of America), IADA (International Academy of Dance Adjudicators)
Owner/Director/Teacher

Chrystal Mazzotta has been dancing since her first steps. At the young age of two she began her formal dance life with Ballet. At five years old she began taking her Ballet exams and continued to progress through them until the age of sixteen. Her love of dance quickly flourished and just a couple of years after starting Ballet, Chrystal was introduced to Jazz and Tap, and a few years after that, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Acro. Training at some of the top studios in North America, she excelled in these forms of dance winning many titles and appearing on numerous television shows. At the age of sixteen, Chrystal taught and choreographed her first class. This rewarding experience encouraged her to keep teaching and choreographing as she took her own advanced dance classes. After high school, Chrystal decided to continue her dance education at Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts where her classes expanded to included vocals and acting.

Dance was always Chrystal’s first love and therefore, to share her knowledge and passion, she decided to take the route of teacher/choreographer. Going through Dance Masters of America to become a certified dance instructor, she also expanded to become a certified adjudicator through IADA (International Academy of Dance Adjudicators), judging countless competitions including national finals. Understanding that dance is a constant learning, changing, evolving art form, Chrystal continues to take classes under top choreographers across Canada and the United States. Since 2001, Chrystal has accumulated numerous awards for outstanding choreography. Her choreography continues to win overall titles, and she continues to be a sought after choreographer for master classes throughout Canada and the United States. Her students have been well trained and many have excelled in dance, continuing on to dance institutes, touring with cruise ships, and dance teams such as the Toronto Argos Cheerleaders; some even becoming up and coming choreographers themselves! Chrystal is beyond proud of all her students and could not be happier owning EDS.

Tanisha Moulton
BA, BEd
Teacher

Tanisha Moulton is a recent graduate of Ryerson University, majoring in Performance Dance. Tanisha’s extensive dance training began at the age of 3 at Bojangles Art of Dance and Carousel Dance Company where she received honors for her Advanced II ballet exam through the Royal Academy of Dancing. Tanisha has had the pleasure of studying under Nadia Potts, Vicki St. Denys, Linda Garneau, Robert Glumbek, and Valerie Calam. Tanisha has attended many prestigious ballet schools such as The National Ballet School and the Arts Education School in Banff. Tanisha also had the opportunity to perform at the Air Canada Centre as a member of the NBA Raptors Junior Dance Pak for 3 consecutive years. Tanisha then went on to study at Wilfrid Laurier University where she completed her B.Ed. in Teaching. Tanisha brings her passion for dance to her classroom and is looking to inspire her students; she is excited to be apart of the Encore Dance Studio team and is looking forward to a fun and successful year!

Lindsay Collette
BATD & Acrobatic Arts
Teacher

Lindsay Collette holds her Associate Teaching certificates in both Stage and Acro from the B.A.T.D. and is also Acrobatic Arts Modules One & Two Certified. She danced with the Toronto Rock Dance Team for 3 consecutive seasons and also danced with the Toronto Nationals’ Dance Team in the Toronto Nationals inaugural season. Lindsay also had a dance roll in the Jassi Sidhu music video for Margay Margay and has appeared in a Euphoria Smoothies commercial. With over 14years of teaching experience, Lindsay is thrilled to be a part of the Encore dance faculty.

Renee Gratton
Teacher
BA, Dance

Renee Gratton is a graduate of York University, majoring in Dance. Renee first discovered her love for dance at the age of four at The Georgetown Dance Company where she trained in jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, hip hop and acro. In high school, Renee attended Saint-Thomas Aquinas Secondary School where she was enrolled in the Performing Arts program for dance for four years.

Renee has been a member of the Toronto Argonauts Cheerleading team for the past four seasons where she has had the opportunity to perform with numerous artists such as Kardinal Official, Karl Wolf, Tim Hicks, Jarvis Church, Hedley, Raghav, Brett Kissel and Dallas Smith. She has also performed at the 99th, 100th, 101st and 102nd Grey Cup games. Renee loves sharing her passion for dance with her students and always promotes a positive, hard working and fun attitude!

MsToya Robinson
Guest Teacher

MsToya Robinson is a Dancer, Choreographer, and Instructor born and raised in Toronto! She began dance at the age of 3 and is technically trained in ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics and hip hop and competed across North America winning many championships. MsToya broke into the entertainment industry with a tap dance role alongside the late great Gregory Hines in the movie “Bojangles”. From there she went on to dance in a few more movies, videos and stage performances with Drake, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Akon, Flo Rida, Kardinal Offishall and Ludacris to name a few. MsToya has also performed on tours in North America, the Caribbean, UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia with Massari, Kreesha Turner, Blake McGrath and soca star Destra. She has also assisted Tre Armstrong and Luther Brown on all the seasons of So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

A true lover of dance and movement, MsToya likes to express her creativity through choreography which has lead her to produce routines for the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Argonauts, and the Toronto Rock Cheerleaders. In the summer of 2012, MsToya had the opportunity to work with R&B superstar Mya on her performance for Toronto’s Carnival. It was a huge accomplishment and one of the years highlights for her. As of late, MsToya choreographed and danced in Massari’s latest music video “Shisha” and is currently choreographing and staging his world tour for 2014! Make sure you check out this entertainer and stay up to date with her at www.mstoyarobinson.com as she is busy preparing for another full year of dance and performances around the world!

Evan Supple
Guest Teacher

Evan Supple has been training in all styles of dance since the age of 3. While emerging in the competitive dance scene throughout high school, at Elite Danceworx (under the direction of Dawn Rappitt), he performed work by Jason Parsons, Teddy Forance, and Hani Abaza. Since 2012, Evan has been living in New York City, pursuing a B.F.A. with a ballet concentration at Marymount Manhattan College. He has performed in works by Dwight Rhoden, Aszure Barton, and Paul Taylor. Additionally, he has been a member of the Nikolais Dance Theatre, touring China with Nikolais’ work in 2013, and has been a part of the Park Avenue Armory gala in 2014, under the direction of Desmond Richardson. Evan is also an esteemed choreographer and master teacher, in addition to his performing achievements.

Our Other Teachers …

Assistant Teachers Jr. Assistants Reception
Jordyn Davis
Manja Enna
Jessica Ritchie
Rachel Wittie
Delaney Mooder
Emily Morden
Mackenzie Brubacher
Alyssa Scheifele
Sarah Jobes