Our Faculty

EDC prides itself on offering fun dance classes to our Niagara community while still incorporating the technique of dance at the same time. Our talented, caring and energetic faculty will help you achieve your goals in dance while creating a positive, safe and fun environment for our dancers. Fun & Fitness thru dance in Niagara!

Kennedy Labatte: Director/Owner: Instructor and Choreographer

Certified Acro Instructor

Kennedy has had a passion for dance and gymnastics from a very young age. She trained in gymnastics for six years, competitively for two years. She has been dancing since the young age of 3 and has been a competitive dancer since the age of 10. Kennedy has been a member of Team Canada and has received a Gold medal, a Silver medal and a Bronze medal. Kennedy has attended many workshops and has been trained by dancer/choreographers such as Everett Smith, David Cox, Matthew Clark, and more. She has been trained in Acro, Tumbling, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip- Hop, and Modern. She is fully certified in First Aid and CPR. Kennedy is a certified acro teacher and holds her module 1 acrobatic arts certificate. Kennedy attended Brock University for Concurrent Education. Kennedy has a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies and a Bachelor or Education. She competed with the Varsity Dance Team at Brock, The Brock Badgers Dance Pak, for 5 years. Kennedy has been a dance instructor/choreographer at EDC Dancers Inc./Expressions Dance Company since 2011. Kennedy has won many choreography awards at various dance competitions and was voted top 10 dance instructor with the Hamilton Spectator Readers Choice Awards 2017. Always known for her bright smile and energetic attitude, Kennedy wants to share her love and passion for dance by teaching others and bringing out the best in them. It has always been Kennedy’s dream to teach others and to dance. Kennedy is excited to blend her passion with her education and take on this new role as the Director/Owner of Expressions Dance Company.

Christie Burkholder: Instructor and Choreographer

Certified Acro Instructor

Christie Burkholder is a career movement educator. From a young age, she discovered profound joy in sharing technique and creating choreography rather than performing on stage.  This sparked a drive like no other to bring the best to the studio and each individual student.

Christie has achieved many teaching designations through organizations such as Dance Masters of America, American Tap Dance Institute, International Dance Teaching Standards, Acrobatic Arts, Body Harmonics (Pilates), Coaching Association of Canada (NCCP), USA Gymnastics, Positive Coaching Alliance and Progressive Ballet Technique. She continues to take courses and further her professional development.

Christie is dedicated to developing and training students in a healthy way. She encourages them to work hard, to dig deep and develop their grit through challenges within the dance framework while building a strong technical foundation and solid teamwork.

Christie always looks to bring out the best in each student. She challenges them to be more than what they can imagine. Through this process students develop essential life skills. Dedication, confidence, self regulation, self awareness, perseverance and grit will be fostered in all of her classes and carried with each student through out life.

“Art, fitness and grit!

Building foundations in life through dance.”

Christie Burkholder

Justine Turner: Instructor and Choreographer

Justine began her dance training at Rythum Plus Dance Company at the age of 4. She danced competitively with Rythum Plus until she graduated from high school in 2011. She trained in a variety of styles such as jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, and hip hop. While dancing with Rythum Plus, she also had the chance to participate in many different conventions and national competitions where she learned from famous choreographers from all over Canada and the United States. In 2010, her last year of competing with Rythum Plus, she also began her teaching career with the studio.  She was then off to Brock University where she joined the competitive Brock Dance Team. Her second year at Brock University took her passion for dance to the next level. Justine choreographed her first group for the school. By her final year at Brock, Justine not only continued to choreograph and compete with the varsity-level team, but she was also on its executive board as the Vice President of Communication and ran the team’s social media accounts. Justine graduated from Brock University in 2015 with a Honours Bachelor of Arts in Popular Culture. Justine has been instrumental in teaching for Rythum Plus’ recreational and part-time competitive programs. Justine is very excited to see what the next dance season bring and is excited to start teaching and choreographing at Expressions Dance Company.

 

Nicole Pigeau: Instructor and Choreographer

Certified Pilates Instructor 

Nicole has had a passion for dance from a young age training at Wendy Leard School of Dance and Dingman-Nagy School of Ballet Arts. Growing up she trained in many styles and went on to study dance in post-secondary education. Nicole holds all Cecchetti Ballet certificates up to Intermediate. Nicole studied Classical Ballet and has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. As well, Nicole holds her certification in Pilates with the PhysicalMind Institute in New York City. Nicole started teaching dance at age 21. Nicole has coached many successful dancers to reach their goals during competitions. Nicole has helped train many students who have had made it into professional programs such as the National Ballet School of Canada. Nicole currently is a part of the Ontario College of Teachers and is working with the NCDSB as a French Teacher.

Nicole strives to create successful positive environments that empower students to meet their dance goals in classical and contemporary ballet.

Mackenzie Klager: Instructor and Choreographer

 

Mackenzie has a strong passion for dance. She has been dancing at EDC since she was 3 years old. Mackenzie started competing at the age of 6 and continues to compete on the competitive team. EDC has been her home since she started dancing. Mackenzie was an assistant instruction for many years, and has taken assistant classes to gain knowledge on helping dancers grow. Mackenzie started teaching 3 years ago and fell in love with teaching others. Mackenzie has taught many Song and Dance routines both competitive and recreational and recital routines for acro classes and tiny and mini classes. Mackenzie has taught in many styles including acro, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. Mackenzie is excited to start this season. “Ever since I started dancing at EDC I have taken every style of dance and learned outstanding ideas to share with my student s” – Mackenzie Klager

 

Katelyn George: Choreographer

Kate’s love for dance began at the young age of three when she began her dance lessons at EDC. By the age of six she was not only training many days and hours a week, but also competing. For the past nine years, she has continued competing and training extensively in styles including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro, Contemporary and Hip-Hop. She has won several overall awards and scholarships throughout her dance career thus far, the most recent being a full time scholarship to a Ballet intensive in Las Vegas with world renown Ballet Masters. She has completed summer ballet programs with Ballet Jorgen and The School of Alberta Ballet, where she was offered full time acceptance. Kate has auditioned and been a member of Team Canada in the World Dance Championships two times, both times she helped Canada bring home a Gold Medal. Kate is currently completing a Bachelor of Science degree at McMaster University and continues to dance on their award winning varsity dance team. Kate shows her dancers that when you bring a love and passion for dance to each and every one of your classes, you will be able accomplish anything you set out to do!

Stephanie Waite: Choreographer

Stephanie started gymnastics at the young age of 3. She soon joined Expressions Dance Company as a recreational student in 2004. In 2005, Stephanie was awarded the most outstanding recreational award & scholarship age 9 and under. The following year she joined to be a part of Expressions’ competitive team. Over the 14 years she competed with Expressions, now known as EDC Dancers Inc., she has won numerous awards and scholarships. She auditioned and performed in the well-known Nutcracker in Hamilton in 2006. Stephanie began training with Zacada Circus School in Hamilton in 2007. She trained there for 2 years in which she started to focus her circus training in hand balancing and power tumbling. She performed in Zacada’s first performance, “Point of View”, at the Hamilton Dofasco Centre for the Arts. Stephanie represented Team Canada at the World Ballet/Modern/Jazz Dance Championship in Niagara Falls, Ontario receiving silver medal for her pointe solo and gold for her jazz duet. In winter of 2009, she attended New York City to be a part of the Be Discovered program on a scholarship she received at a competition. Stephanie trained for a week in New York City at places like Broadway Dance Centre, Steps on Broadway and the New York City Rockettes. However, not long after returning from NYC, Stephanie found that her true passion was ballet. She attended Neglia Conservatory of Ballet’s 5-week summer intensive in Buffalo, NY. Stephanie ended up attending Neglia Ballet the following year and continued until 2013. In her time spent at Neglia Ballet, she performed in a number of performances through the years including; Nutcracker, Baba Yaga, Giselle and Dancing to Live, a special benefit for the cancer research foundation where she performed a contemporary pointe pas de deux. Stephanie played the lead role in the Nutcracker at Shea’s Performing Arts Centre as “Marie”, also known as “Clara”, from 2011-2013. In 2011, Stephanie represented Team Canada at the World Ballet/Modern/Jazz Dance Championships in Poland in which she received a gold medal for her pointe solo, gold for her jazz duet and was named one of the top four dancers of the competition. Soon after Stephanie found her love for ballet, she began to audition for countless ballet company summer intensives such as, National Ballet of Canada, Joffery, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and American Ballet Theatre in which she was accepted to all of their summer intensives. Stephanie completed her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Intermediate Ballet Exam where she received a Distinction mark. In 2014, Stephanie was 14 out of thousands of girls to be accepted into The Julliard School of Dance Summer Intensive in New York City. She attended the 3-week summer program training under many prestigious ballet teachers and icons. In the same summer, she also attended Sheer Talent Nationals in New York City winning 1st runner up Miss Teen Title Soloist for her lyrical solo. In the following years, Stephanie attended Sheer Talent’s Las Vegas Summer Intensive Workshop where she studied under many well-known ballet teachers and New York City Ballet’s Principle dancers, Amar Ramasar and Ashley Bouder. Stephanie went to Las Vegas again in 2016 to compete in Sheer Talent’s Nationals where she received Miss Senior Title Soloist for her award winning lyrical solo. After leaving Neglia Ballet in 2014, Stephanie returned to continue her ballet study in 2017. During the year of 2017 she performed in Neglia Ballet’s Nutcracker as the Lead Flower, a principle role. Stephanie has been teaching at Expressions Dance Company since 2014 and is always excited and eager to share her dance knowledge with her students.

Albert Marzan: Instructor and Choreographer

Born and raised in Brampton, ON, Albert Marzan began his interest for dance during high school. Joining the Hip Hop team at St. Augustine Secondary School, Albert was trained under Paulo Santiago. The team went on to compete in various competitions in the GTA, succeeding and placing in majority of them.

He later attended Brock University where he became a member of the urban Hip Hop club Live4Dance, where he continued his training every opportunity he was given.  Live4Dance accepted Albert onto the competitive team where they competed in multiple competitions such as The Academy, 180 Dance Competition and Bring Your Own Beat. It was also through this club where he discovered his passion for competing and later decided to form his own dance crew, Candid.

While teaching at EDC, his choreography has been awarded with numerous special awards, high marks and overalls. Albert continues to grow both as a dancer and teacher by attending workshops and summer camps in Hip Hop. He is glad to be apart of the EDC faculty again this year to continue to share his knowledge, skills and expertise to previous and new students.

Leslie Byers: Belly Dancing, Zumba, Ballroom/Latin/Swing Instructor

Certified Zumba Instructor

Leslie began her dance career at the age of three and has been performing and teaching ever since. She first studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Musical Theatre until the age of eighteen, then moved through the styles of dance to study Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Country Line Dancing. Competing and performing, Leslie has won various awards in all styles of dance throughout the years and has had the opportunity to share her love of dance at festivals, parades and corporate functions including performing at the Juno Awards and The Mother’s Day Telethon. Leslie specializes in wedding choreography for the bride and groom’s first dance and for the wedding party. She was featured along with one of her couples and her choreography on an episode of Four Weddings Canada. Leslie is also a Certified Level 1 and 2 Zumba Instructor and a ZIN Member. With Leslie’s Latin background, her Zumba classes are a non-stop Latin Dance Party! She began her Middle Eastern dance training in 2002, where she studied the art of Egyptian Belly Dance and Bollywood from Hamilton, Toronto and the USA with various teachers and performers. She continues to perform, choreograph and share her love for Belly dance with her students. Incorporating all of her previous dance experience and training through toning, flexibility, muscle memory and core training, you are sure to fall in love with any style of dance class you choose with Leslie.

Email the studio for information on how you can hire Leslie to choreograph for your special day!

Joanne Bezeau: Daddy/Daughter Coach & Choreographer

Joanne started dancing at the young age of five – with extensive training in Ballet (Royal Academy of Dancing) earning many certificates and scholarships throughout the years. She also had the opportunity to tour England in 1991 with the Dance Drama Arts Center as a member of Pegasus Performing Arts Company. Joanne was a member of the Olde Jersey Theater Company in Grimsby, as well as winning several acting awards at the Sears Drama and local Festivals. After working for two years at Walt Disney World in Florida, Joanne came back to Grimsby to raise her family and has been proud to call Expressions Dance Company (EDC) home for the last several years. Joanne would like all of her students to focus on their technique but mostly experience all of the fun and joy in expressing themselves through dance.
“To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak”