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.

The highest educational standards are expected from all Expressions Dance Company faculty members. They are lifelong learners who continue to educate themselves through certification programs, classes, workshops, teacher-training schools, conferences, and other learning opportunities.

Kennedy Labatte: Director/Owner: Instructor and Choreographer

Certified Acro Instructor (Acrobatic Arts M3)

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 3 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 Dance Instructor (IDTS)

Certified Acro Instructor (Acrobatic Arts M3)

Certified Progressive Ballet Technique Instructor 

Certified Tap Instructor (ATDI)

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.

 

Miss Melissa: Instructor and Choreographer

Melissa began dancing at the young age of 3 and began dancing competitively at the age of 6. She trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro, Lyrical, & Hip Hop. She developed a passion for ballet and received all of her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) graded syllabus certifications when she began training with Betty Love. As a competitive dancer, she was 1st runner up in the Petite Miss Dance of Canada Pageant and won the Mrs. & Mrs. Arthur Ash award for ballet training. Melissa was also a cheerleader for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats cheer team and participated in many Grey Cup half time shows.

At the young age of 19, Melissa was provided the opportunity to become the Director/Owner of a growing dance studio in Dundas. She owned and operated “Gotta Dance?!” for six years and trained many successful competitive dancers. Her dancers won numerous competitions in Canada and the U.S. and some have continued and began their own careers in dance.

Melissa took a break from the dance world to have her children, but knew her passion and love of dance would one day take her back. Along with her background in dance, she is currently in her final semester at Durham College to receive her ECE diploma, and she recently became a certified barre instructor.  Melissa strives for a positive hardworking environment in her classrooms and wants each dancer to be their best.

Tamara Warminiec: Instructor

ADAPT Certified Dance Instructor

Tamara started dancing at the age of 3, where she received her competitive dance training at Maxine’s School of Dance. While there she won several awards and scholarships both in Canada and the USA. She has performed in several music videos, commercials and print ads; most notably for Annick, Wide Mouth Mason, Maury Povich, Dove Shampoo as well as Herbal Essence in the United Kingdom.
Dance has also brought Tamara around the world where she has studied and taught in London England and Vienna Austria.
Throughout the years, Tamara has choreographed many award-winning routines. With over 10+ years as a competitive teacher, Tamara has developed a unique style and entertainment factor that trademark’s her choreography.
Her specialties include Jazz, Acro/Gymnastics, Lyrical/Contemporary and Primary Ballet.
She is also an ADAPT certified dance instructor and examiner.
Tamara takes great pride in helping all her students achieve their goals and reach for the stars.

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

 

Quinten Melo: Instructor

Quinten Melo is a professional circus performer specialising in contortion and aerial arts. Quinten began circus and dance later than normal at the age of eleven, starting first with circus at Zacada in Stoney Creek, and only a few months later dance at Expressions Dance Company. After dancing two years in recreational he joined the competitive team for a final year at expressions. At the age of fourteen he moved to Montreal to begin his education at the National circus school where he studied a wide variety of classic and modern techniques from ballet to trapeze, juggling and handbalancing. Returning home with three years of personal circus training, Quinten began teaching at and performing for Zacada circus in Stoney Creek. He was responsible for teaching and creating aerial routines for mostly youth aged seven to seventeen. In 2016 Quinten left home again and started his first of four contracts for the german cruise company AIDA. He began performing on ships all over the world and has since travelled to over 38 countries in the past three and a half years. Missing home, Quinten has returned to where he began, to teach acro and technique with a focus on long term joint and body health in performance at the highest levels.

Elyssa Currey: Instructor

Elyssa Currey started dancing at the age of 2 and never stopped. Training most of her life in the RAD syllabus, she gained Distinction on her exams up until Advanced 2. In 2015, she passed ABT exam 5B with Highest Honours. In 2016 she guested with the Oakville School of Classical Ballet in the production of Paquita.

Elyssa participated in Arise School of Dance’s teacher training program in 2014, and in 2018 taught ballet and body conditioning. She has worked extensively as a private ballet coach, as well as serving as a teacher for 1:11 Ministries annual summer Arts Camp where she teaches ballet, choreography, jazz, contemporary, and stretching. This year, she is excited to start working with Expressions Dance Company (Beamsville) and Soli Deo Gloria School of Dance and the Arts (Mississauga) to share the art of dance with ballet students.

 Currently, Elyssa dances with 1:11 Ministries where she has been happily sharing her gift of dance with communities for 10 years.

Elyssa is a dance teacher who is committed to train dancers of all ages in the art of classical ballet. She strives to develop excellence and artistry in students using visual, verbal, and physical cues. Having a suitable understanding of the human body and its relation to dance, Elyssa is able to equip individuals to maximize their personal potential.

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!

Kaitlyn Bennie: Instructor

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