September 6, 2011

Teachers

 

Chrystal Mazzotta
DMA (Dance Masters of America), IADA (International Academy of Dance Adjudicators),
Society of Russian Ballet
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.

 

Renee Gratton
BA, Dance,
Society of Russian Ballet
Teacher

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!

Sarah Jobes
Teacher, Acrobatic Arts

Sarah Jobes began her dancing journey at Encore Dance Studio at the age of 5, where she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary and won awards for her dancing.
In high school, Sarah attended Eastwood Collegiate Institute for their Integrated Arts Program, majoring in dance and drama. The dance program there exposed her to more ballet training, improvisation, choreography, and modern. She also studied anatomy and injury prevention.

She began assisting dance classes at a young age, taught her first class at the age of sixteen and has loved teaching ever since. She is certified in Acrobatic Arts. Sarah is currently studying Business Administration-Management at Conestoga College. She is very excited to continue sharing her love of dance with everyone here at Encore!

Paige Chaisson
Teacher, Acrobatic Arts

Paige Chaisson is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a double major in Child and Youth and Psychology. She has done several placements working with children of all ages in schools and community centres. In addition to teaching dance, she is currently a Child and Youth Worker on the Waterloo Catholic District school board.

Paige started dancing at Encore Dance Studio when she was 6 years old, where she trained in hip hop, jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and contemporary. She was chosen to represent team Canada in Hip hop and also danced on the Laurier Brantford Competitive Hip Hop Team for a year where she gained more skills and knowledge in that genre of dance. Paige has been teaching for almost a decade and her love and passion for dance has brought her to continue her dance education and get her teaching certification with Acrobatic Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Other Teachers …

Assistant Teachers Jr. Assistants Reception
Jadyn Brooks
Jordyn Davis
Sydney Gillespie
Emily Morden

 

Jenessa Colwell
Jamieson Colwell
Jordyn Davis
Jadyn Brooks
Sara Runstedler