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!
Mandy Wyrcimaga – Director/Owner
Mandy has been the proud Director/Owner of Expressions Dance Company (now EDC Dancers Inc.) since opening it’s doors in 1997 when she felt compelled to fulfill her lifelong dream and goal of opening a dance studio at the young age of seventeen. EDC is now in it’s Eighteenth Dance Season and continues to grow in students as the Niagara Region continues to grow in population. Mandy has gained certification with Dance Educators of America Inc., located in New York City, where she completed many years of Teacher Training in various styles and genres of dance. She has studied dance and the art of ‘teaching’ dance with many legends, choreographers and dancers throughout her years of training as a dancer. She always continues to upgrade, update and learn as well as teach. Mandy looks forward to many more years of welcoming students into the wonderful world of dance and the EDC Family!
“Dance” – an art form. “The Body” – an instrument. Learn to play the instrument and master the art form. – Debbie Dee
Chelsea Wainwright – Ballet Director
Founder/Artistic Director of Niagara Ballet
Certified Pilates Instructor by LindaFit Pilates – New York City, NY
Chelsea Wainwright is currently enrolled at Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Training Program in New York City. Bolshoi Ballet is one of the worlds oldest and most established schools for classical ballet training.
Chelsea has been the Ballet Director at EDC Dancers inc since 2012, since becoming Ballet Director she has directed three performances of The Nutcracker.
Chelsea studied as a full time student at Canada’s National Ballet School. Chelsea has danced alongside some of the worlds most esteemed Ballet companies including The Kiev Ballet, The National Ballet de Cuba, Ballet Ouest of Montreal and Neglia Ballet Artists. Chelsea is trained in RAD Ballet (Royal Academy of Dancing) holding her Intermediate Certificate, she is also trained in Cecchetti and Russian Vaganova Ballet styles.
Chelsea spent three years performing as a Dancer/Illusionist Assistant in the show “Imagine” and “Beyond Belief” at the Greg Frewin Theatre in Niagara Falls and Television appearances in New York City.
Chelsea has trained with and been the protege of Stelio Calagias former owner of Metro Movement in Toronto, Ont. working intensely under his wing.
Chelsea’s students have been accepted into several professional ballet schools such as; Canada’s National Ballet School,Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School, School of Alberta Ballet, Quinte Ballet School and The Juilliard school.
Chelsea is known for her serious outlook on the technical elements when training young dancers and prides herself on allowing her students to reach their fullest and greatest 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!
Kennedy Labatte – Instructor, Competitive Technique & Choreography
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 three and joined the Expressions Dance Family when she was eight years old. Kennedy has had the wonderful opportunity to audition and become a member of Team Canada. At the age of eleven she received a Gold Medal for a Jazz Duet and most recently she received a Bronze and Silver medal for the Canadian Tap Formation and Tap Production at the World Dance Championships. Kennedy has attended many workshops and has been trained by such dancer/choreographers 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. Kennedy is now going into her second year of university at Brock for Concurrent Education (Primary/Junior) with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies. She continues to train extensively in dance, taking as many classes and workshops as she can throughout the year and competes with her Brock Dance Team in many styles. 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
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”
Christie Burkholder – Tap Instructor, Competitive Choreography
Christie has enjoyed being a professional dance instructor and former studio owner of Strictly Biz for over a decade. She prides herself on encouraging all students to reach beyond their potential. Throughout the years, Christie’s students have travelled to international competitions in Germany, New York, Boston, Florida and most recently Poland. They have won several National Titles and World Championships. Her students have also been accepted to professional dance programs such as the National Ballet School, Quinte Ballet School and Ryerson University. Christie is the third Canadian to receive the American Tap Dance Institutes Teacher Certification and also competed on the Canadian Hip Hop Team. She continues to study with dance legends, master classes and many professional organizations including Dance Masters of America, USA Gymnastics and the Coaching Association of Canada. Christie’s choreography has received many awards for age appropriateness, originality, creative concepts and musicality. In addition to her dance credentials, Christie carries her Royal Conservatory Grade 7 Piano, Level 2 Music Theory and Pilates Mat I Certification. Christie is proud to bring her best to every student and encourage them to push PAST their limits as they achieve new levels of success.
Katelyn George – Instructor, Competitive Choreography
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 already 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 scholarship to a Ballet Intensive in Las Vegas with world renowned Ballet Masters. 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 continues her training in all areas of dance and has grown to be a well rounded dancer. She focuses on her technique and performance quality and continues to expand her repertoire through workshops and classes. 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 to accomplish anything you set out to do!
Albert Marzan – Hip-Hop Instructor
An aspiring choreographer, Albert Marzan was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario, and began dancing at the age of fifteen, in which he attended Hip-Hop classes within and outside of school. He later joined the Hip-Hop dance team at his local high school, St. Augustine Secondary, where they placed first in numerous competitions around the GTA area. He currently attends Brock University and is a member of Live4Dance, a club where he met and began his training under Reet Roy, one of Niagara regions best Hip-Hop dancers. Albert continues to learn and grow as a dancer, and is happy to be sharing his knowledge, skills and expertise with EDC Dancers again this year.
Michael Wainwright – Vocal Director
Like many British rockers before him, Michael was born in a working class town – in his case, Warrington, England outside of Liverpool. After moving to Canada he began writing his own songs and developing his skills by performing at festivals, theatres and corporate events throughout Southern Ontario in various acts, including a Beatles tribute show “The Caverners.”
His music grabbed the attention of Los Angeles based producer Charlton Pettus. Signing with Pettus’ indie label Town Records in 2008 led to the release of his self-titled CD, Michael Wainwright. From his first release came these notable music licenses: ”Can’t Believe My Eyes,” “Across The World” and “World To Bring Me Down” featured in the film Moving McAllister starring Mila Kunis and John Heder; Spike TV’s Blue Mountain State aired the song “Last Goodbye”; NBC’s Las Vegas used “Across The World”; and EA Sports’ The Sims 2 translated his song to “Keebalork Ma Zibs,” which in Simlish, of course, means “Can’t Believe My Eyes.” His also been commissioned to sing numerous other songs for EA Sports.
In 2009, Michael was offered the opportunity to perform as the opening act and background singer for Tears For Fears and toured with them through the U.S., Southeast Asia, Australia and South America.
His latest album The Circus Is Coming To Town strays from broken hearted to a reckless heartbreak. It’s definitely worth a listen!
Michael is very proud and excited to be a new member of the EDC Dancers Inc. Faculty as Vocal Director. His vision is to bring the love of singing and performing to our dancers through his vast experience and talent.
Stephanie Waite – Ballet Instructor, Competitive Choreography
Stephanie began her dance career at the young age of five at EDC Dancers. She has studied Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz and Acrobatics. She also received training with Zacada Circus School in 2007. Her performances have included “Point of View” at Dofasco Centre for the Arts, “Hamilton Nutcracker” and a Christmas Special with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of ten, Stephanie travelled to New York City with Be Discovered and danced at studios such as “Steps on Broadway”, “Broadway Bound”, and many more.
Stephanie began training at Neglia Ballet School in Buffalo, New York at the age of ten. She has performed various solos, duets and ensemble work under Neglia with performances such as, “Baba Yaga”, “Giselle”, and was also given the opportunity to perform the lead role in “The Nutcracker”.
Stephanie has won many overall awards and scholarships at competitions across Canada and The United States, her most recent being crowned Miss Senior at the Sheer Talent Nationals in Las Vegas. Stephanie has also been apart of the Ballet Intensive in Las Vegas twice and worked along side renowned ballet masters. In 2012, she was asked to be apart of Team Canada in Poland, she received a gold medal for her Pointe Solo and won Top Female Junior dancer for the competition.
In 2013, she was accepted into the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive program on a scholarship and also into their full-time program. Stephanie has also been accepted into “The Royal Winnipeg”, “The National Ballet of Canada”, “Quinte Ballet School”, and “ABT” (American Ballet Theatre). In the summer of 2014 Stephanie had the great pleasure of training at the Juilliard School of Dance Summer Intensive. Stephanie has also trained in RAD Ballet (Royal Academy of Dance) and holds her Intermediate Certificate.
Stephanie will be joining Neglia Ballet Company as a Junior Company member in the fall of 2017. Stephanie is a dedicated and passionate student, teacher and choreographer of dance and continuously pursues her education in ballet and scholastic achievements.
Kayleigh Gordon – Instructor (Bio Coming Soon)
Mike Rhodes – Guest Hip-Hop Instructor/Choreographer
Michael Rhodes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and has been trained in all styles of dance at an early age. From the age of 13, he added Hip Hop to his repertoire and from then, there was no looking back. Michael has been dancing professionally in the entertainment industry in various music videos, live shows, and movies and has worked with entertainers such as Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Jacob Latimore, Destiny’s Child, and more. He has a reputation as being one of Canada’s most prestigious and “asked for” dancers.
Mike now resides in Los Angeles, California where he continues to pursue his dance career. He has appeared in films such as “Bridesmaids”, “Percy Jackson and The Olympians” and Disney’s “Camp Rock 2”. He has also danced on the television shows, “America’s Got Talent”, “106 n Park”, “Victorious” and “So Random”. He has appeared on the “MMVA’s” performing with Justin Bieber, and on “Good Morning America” with Laurie Ann Gibson aka “Harlee”. Mike will also be touring with Nicki Minaj on her “Pink Friday” Tour. Michael is also the proud co founder and director of Drop Dance Intensive, an “in studio” workshop company that tries to break away from the obvious “dance convention” and offer new and exciting classes. Michael acquired many different contacts from fellow dancers, teachers, choreographers and other dance companies. This allowed him to establish DDI and to ultimately share his expertise in the art of dance.
EDC is ALWAYS super excited to have Michael at the studio for his amazing classes in Hip-Hop! He is an industry favourite and definitely one of OUR favourite guest teachers (since 2005) for our Competitive Choreography and Summer Intensive each year!
Alice Burke – Guest Ballet Instructor
Alice was born in London, England. Raised by an eclectic bunch of musicians, hippies, film actors and authors, Alice was destined for the Arts. Alice is a passionate teacher and loves to promote the technique and discipline it takes to become a true professional dancer. While pushing boundaries and keeping a sense of humor, Alice hopes to constantly engage and inspire her students. She may run around the room, making funny faces while yelling loudly however there is a method to her madness. Past students are now flourishing in careers in Ballet and Contemporary companies, Music Videos, TV and Film and London’s West End, to mention a few. Her extensive career began at Harlow Ballet School. Leo Kersley, principal of Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet (first husband of Celia Franca) took Alice under his wing. This ensured a unique insight into the professional and traditional world of Classical Ballet. After training in mainly Cecchetti and Bournonville technique Alice also trained with The Royal Ballet School as a junior associate. Alice went on to graduate on a full scholarship from the ‘London Studio of Performing Arts’ studying ballet, jazz, contemporary and voice winning the ‘Triple Threat’ Award. There, Alice trained under such icons as Dame Alicia Markova and Dame Beryl Grey and went on to guest with several dance companies including ‘London City Ballet’ and ‘The Scottish Ballet’. Alice has since enjoyed a diverse and successful career as a professional dancer, singer, actress and choreographer performing on stage and screen all over the Globe. From Dance captain and Production Singer for Carnival Cruise Lines to Lead dancer, Lead Adage and rehearsal Director for Bodywork Dance Co (Tours included Germany / The Netherlands / Thailand / Ireland / England). T.A for Pineapple Dance Studio London. Television credits include Front Row and Timmy Mallet (ITV England) as a Lead Dancer and Backing Singer for ‘Nigel Planer’and ‘The Dooleys’. Theatre Credits include : Cassie – West End Tour of Chorus Line. Janet – Rocky Horror. Mungo Jerry – Cats. Donna Marie – Blood Brothers, Guest Artist Niagara Dance Co.. As a choreographer Alice has created works for several Dance Companies, Dance Schools and Theatre Companies (including Narnia, Blood Brothers, Musical of Musicals the Musical). Alice has also been selected as adjudicator for several Dance Competitions in Ontario, and has enjoyed a long teaching career. Inspired to connect with our community through the Arts, Alice also works passionately with The United Way, RAFT and Gillian’s Place to provide and facilitate Dance and Yoga (as a certified Yoga Instructor) for vulnerable children and women throughout Niagara. We are so very happy and proud to have Miss Alice join us as a Guest Ballet Instructor for the 2016-2017 Season!
Maggie Forgeron – Ballet Instructor
Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, Maggie graduated from the National Ballet School in 2001 with a personal achievement award. Her professional career began with the National Ballet of Canada. She also participated in three summer programs at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts. Maggie danced with the Veronica Tennant and Anna Pavlova Dance Projects, helped to create a new work with DNA Theatre and taught at the York School of Dance (Toronto), The Harbour Dance Centre (Vancouver) and RNB Dance (Vancouver). Personal highlights onstage include performing works by James Kudelka, John Alleyne, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Crystal Pite, Medhi Walerski, Aszure Barton, Kevin O’Day, Jorma Elo, Donald Sales and Jacopo Godani. It was an honour for her to contribute, through dance, to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. Most notable was a solo project with Margie Gillis called “Moon on White Crow” that premiered at Dances for a Small Stage. Maggie has been chosen to participate and is actively taking part in a project for which the purpose is the preservation of Margie’s legacy. Maggie completed her seventh Season with Ballet BC in 2013 as Giselle in Jose Navas’s world premier of the classic tale. A certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, she is a graduate of a body-based expressive arts approach at the Tamalpa Institute and explores choreography as parallel career paths to performing. We are very proud and happy to have Maggie join the EDC Faculty for our 2017-2018 Season!