Artists

Graduating Class of 2020

Brooke Van Dyk

Brooke Van Dyk is a Toronto based dancer, who spent most of her time growing up in a dance studio that her mother owned. Dance has always been a huge impact on her life and has inspired her to pursue a career as a professional dancer.

She graduated with honours in a Dance Performance Program at Centennial College in 2018. Since then Brooke has performed in both corporate and public events across the GTA, including performing for Sick Kids events and Human Resources. She has also danced at Yonge and Dundas square in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for Illuminite, a tree lighting ceremony sponsored by Samsung.

Brooke has also opened for The Bare Naked Ladies at Casino Rama, as well as performed downtown Vancouver for a charity show called “H’arts For The Homeless.’ Growing up in a studio she has been assisting classes from a very young age which then lead to years of teaching students of her own. She is also a certified Yoga Instructor as well as Acrobatic Arts Certified. 

Trained by Intrepid Dance Company with owners Derek Piquette and Mitchell Jackson, Linda Garnaeu and many more. Dance brings a smile to her face and gives her inspiration to continue to explore her opportunities as a professional dancer.

Christian Gallie

Training

  • Center stage dance studio (small town studio)
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  • IN.Motion School of the Performing Arts
  • Auditioned for National School of Ballet and was accepted to and trained at summer program. Was offered a position to train full time but wanted to pursue more styles of dance

Later Life/Current

  • Performing Arts high school to pursue and train in dance inside and outside of school
  • Co-lead one of my highschools dance teams
  • First Musical (Seussical The Musical)
  • Competed for a total of 9 years
  • Intrepid

Awards

  • Senior Dancer of the year (Luv 2 Dance)
  • Dedication to Craft award (OSSD Dancefest)
  • Many overalls in graduating year of competition
  • Won many scholarships for intensives throughout competitive years

Training

  • Trained with choreographers from across Canada
  • Attended many intensives and workshops (Jump, Nuvo, RME, OTF, iDance,)
  • Studios etc.

Work/Events

  • Raptors halftime
  • Gemini models fashion show
  • Performed on Carnival Cruise line
  • Stratford Fringe Festival

Emily Marsh

Emily was born and raised in a small town on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. She started dancing at the age of 3 at D&R Dance Ltd. and began teaching at 15. Growing up in the dance community she always had her sights set on the city and all its opportunities.

At the age of 18, Emily packed up and moved to Toronto to pursue a professional career in dance. There she started training under Derek Piquette, Mitchell Jackson and many other amazing faculty such as Linda Garneau and Alisha Lucchese at the Intrepid Dance Company Post Secondary Training Program.

In this program, Emily deepened her versatility training many styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, and latin ballroom. Some live performances Emily has been in include Chiaroscuro (Made with Purpose), The Rotary Show (Highland Arts Theatre), and Rocky Horror Picture Show (The Savoy Theatre). She has also assisted Thomas L. Colford (Director/Choreographer) on a regular basis on stage and film projects.

Her work was recognized as a choreographer when she was awarded 1st place overall at east coast choreographers competition “Taking Steps to Fly” 2018. Emily can not wait to share her passion with so many others and see what the dance world has in store for her.

Nadia Ruffieux

Started dance at the age of six at simcoe dance academy where she trained until age 18. Trained in various styles such as ballet, modern, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and acro.

Started assisting at the age of 13 and taught at the age of 15 until she graduated. Partook in competitive dance for seven years and won numerous awards throughout.

Training

  • Danced at simcoe dance academy for 12 years (Sheila and Alexandra Vechiarelli) in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and acro
  • Completed Rad Ballet exams up to Advanced 2 Ballet
  • Completed ISTD Modern exam up to Advanced 2
  • Intrepid Dance Company (Derek Piquette, Mitchell Jackson)
  • Acrobatic Arts

Special Skills

  • Tumbling
  • Contortion
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Cycling

Teaching

  • Taught and assisted at Simcoe Dance for five years

Live

  • OTF Gala 2018
  • Dancing at Bradford Business Awards for 2 years
  • Gabby's Boutique Gala/Anniversary Show

Sabrina Laplante

Sabrina started dancing at the age of 5 , but only started dancing competitively at the age of 10 after she discovered an unbreakable passion for dance.

Dance Style:
Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical, Broad way, Ballet, Belly Dancing, Ball Room, Acrobatic, Tap.

Teaching/Assisting:
Sabrina teaches Hip hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Acrobatic and Conditioning (strength and stretch). She started assisting at the age of 13 and started teaching by herself at the age of 16. She loves to make sure that her students not only do well, but also better theirselves every day.

Choreographing:
Sabrina started choreographing recreational dances at the age of 16, and started choregraphing competitively at 19.

Travelled for dance:
Sabrina has traveled to both Los Angeles and New York to compete, perform and to further her dance career. She also travelled to go to Generation IV and Break Through with Blake McGrath. She has learned from highly experienced industry professionals such as Nika Kljun, Teddy Forance, Mark Meismer, Blake McGrath and many more.

Dance Convention:
Jump Dance Events, VIP Dance Convention, IDance Convention, NUVO Convention.

Dance Training:
Ecole de Danse Louise, Centennial Dance College, Intrepid Dance Company, Underground, Millennium Dance Complex Toronto and LA, Play Ground LA

Charity/Gala in Ottawa and Toronto:
“Make a Wish Foundation” performance, charity functions, premiere gala award and many more

Working Out:
Sabrina has a personal Trainer and trains 4-6 times a week. She is also working on getting certified as a personal Trainer and Nutritionist.

Education
Sabrina has studied Kinesiology at York University, and her end goal is to become a physio - specializing in the spinal area.

Internship
During her internship, Sabrina learned a lot about how a dance company works, like the marketing, the financials, how to run and organize all of the open classes and programs, how to prepare a show, how to do music videos and much more. She is grateful that she had the opportunity to work with such positive and hardworking people.

Agency:
Sabrina has recently signed up with acting and modelling agency, Angie’s AMTI, to expand her skillset into the acting and modelling world. She hopes that acquiring new skills in acting and modelling can help provide her with a competitive advantage in all three industries.

Toronto Argos:
Sabrina started cheering with the Toronto Argos CFL team in 2019/2020.

Saige Kaczun

Saige began dancing at the age of three in Whitby, Ontario and started competing at the age of 8. Her competitive career has taken her all over the world, competing for Team Canada in Germany and Poland as well as performing with Five Star Dance Company in Cancun, Mexico.

Most recently Saige has been training with Intrepid Dance Company. She is not only working with top industry choreographers; such as Derek Piquette, Mitchell Jackson, Alisha Lucchese, and Linda Garneau, but also gaining knowledge in other areas like injury prevention and lighting design.

Saige is most excited to further her dance career in the commercial field and perform worldwide.


Taylor Flewwelling

Taylor was born in Newmarket ON, in August of 1999, and grew up in Innisfil ON. She started dancing at the age of 6, and has now been dancing for 14 years. Originally Taylor was unsure if she wanted to pursue dance, but after travelling overseas for a while, she realized it was her passsion, and she couldn't live without it!

At the age of 16, Taylor began to teach at L.A Dance Design, and has been there ever since.

Over the years, Taylor has won many overalls, adjudicators awards and scholarships in her competitive career, as well as overalls, adjudicators awards for pieces choreographed.

Taylor travelled to Hollywood to train, before returning to Canada to train with Intrepid Dance Company.

This inspiring professional dancer and choreographer's favourite quote is "Keep on keeping on", while she is also Acrobatic Arts Module 1 certified.