Artists

Graduating Class of 2020

Ashley Veldboom

Ashley Veldboom is an exceptionally talented 18 year old contemporary/jazz/acro dancer from Orillia, Ontario.

She started dancing at age 3 training at Tapps Performing Arts, and danced competitively across a wide variety of genres including contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap and acrobatics for over 9 years.

In her competitive years Ashley won multiple titles and awards, including Sr Ultimate Allstar Winner at On The Floor, Sr Miss Starquest Buffalo NY, Sr Miss Candace Orillia, and the highest mark of the weekend as a solo performer at one of OnThe Floor’s Toronto events.

Her success on the competitive circuit has afforded her plenty of opportunities through the years, including being part of the 2018 View Dance Challenge Greece Performance group, where she was chosen to travel to Greece and perform with 19 other Canadian dancers on the Westin Resort in Costa Navarino.

Another major event Ashley has had the chance to participate in is On The Floor’s Gala for Sick Kids. She has now participated in this event for 4 years, alongside more than 100 other dancers and choreographers, coming together to put on a show in order to raise money for the child life department at Sick Kids Hospital.

Ashley has also been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to assist some amazing teachers at workshops and class events including On The Floor’s Back 2 Basics Workshop, where she assisted Linda Garneau, Derek Piquette, Mitchell Jackson, Angelina Leofanti and Emily Battallia.

Ashley is also a member of OPUS dance collective directed by Ashley Schofeild. She joined the group in 2019 and has had the opportunity to perform with them in “The Big Show in Toronto” and their collective performance “The Introduction”.

Most recently Ashley trained at Intrepid Dance Company in their Post Secondary Training Program from fall 2019 to spring 2021, where she learned about the dance industry from a range of expert teachers. Ashley is also teaching acrobatics and gymnastics to students in her hometown, as she is an Acrobatic Arts Certified teacher and Gymnastics Ontario certified coach.

Interested in connecting with Ashley? Contact dance@intrepiddancecompany.ca for details.

Brooke Van Dyk

Dance has always been an integral part of Toronto-based Brooke Van Dyk’s life. Growing up she spent most of her time at her mother’s dance studio, which inspired her to pursue a career as a professional dancer.

An honours graduate from Centennial College’s Dance Performance Program in 2018, Brooke also completed the Intrepid Dance Company post-secondary training program in 2020, took part in the National Ballet of Canada In-studio Summer Intensive of 2017, and has received acting and singing training from Wendy Irvine.

Brooke’s fledgling career has already seen her involvement in a number of high-profile performances, including opening for The Bare Naked Ladies at Casino Rama, the Samsung-sponsored Illuminite tree-lighting ceremony at Dundas Square in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and Downtown Vancouver charity show “H’arts for the Homeless”.

Other credits include On The Floor’s A Night for SickKids Gala, directed by Mitchell Jackson and Derek Piquette, in 2019, the opening performance at NUSKIN, choreographed by George Absi, the Centennial College Half Time Show, Lady Luck Productions’ Holiday Show, an Irish Dancing performance at the Fairmont Royal Hotel, Carnival: LA, and the SickKids Dinner Party.

Aside from her own performances, Brooke has considerable experience teaching others. She began her teaching/choreography career back in 2013, where she taught at Island Dance Studio until 2015. Next, she spent a year as teacher/choreographer with Step with Style Dance Productions, before taking on a new role with Precisions Dance Company in 2016, which she held until 2019.

Her hard work has been recognized in the form of the Jasmin Reville Cechetti Bursary in 2013, and the Be Discovered Scholarship in 2015.

As a testament to her flexibility and multi-disciplined approach to live, Brooke is Acrobatic Arts Certified, a certified Yoga Instructor, and Smart Serve certified Waitress.

With her successes to date, and training from some of the top names in the industry, like Derek Piquette, Mitchell Jackson, Linda Garneau, Kelly Shaw, Alisha Lucchese, Edgar Hpa, Angelina Leofanti, Tara Pillion, and Derick Robinson, Brooke hopes to continue to grow as a professional dancer and explore all the opportunities presented to her throughout her career.

Interested in connecting with Brooke? Contact dance@intrepiddancecompany.ca for details.

Christian Gallie

Christian Gallie’s dancing journey began with his local studio, Centre Stage Dance Studio in New Hamburg, Ontario. It’s here that he discovered his love for the art and took his first steps as a dancer, before progressing to Centre Stage’s sister studio, Unlock Unleash Control in Kitchener, between 2010 and 2013.

In 2013 Christian enrolled in Kitchener’s IN.MOTION School of the Performing Arts, where he began to see dance as a potential career opportunity in his future.

During high school, Christian spent much of his time training both inside and outside of school, becoming co-lead of one of his school’s dance teams, and finding great success in his progress. Following a successful audition for a summer training program at the National School of Ballet, Christian was offered a position to train full time with the School. However, in order to pursue a more varied selection of dance styles, he ultimately made the difficult decision to turn down their offer.

With a total of 9 years’ worth of competitive dancing under his belt already, Christian recently graduated from Intrepid Dance Company’s post-secondary training program, where he trained under names including Derek Piquette, Mitchell Jackson, Linda Garneau, Kelly Shaw, Christina Kotsopoulos, Alisha Lucchese, Edgar Hpa, Angelina Leofanti, Tara Pillion, and Derick Robinson, and is Acrobatic Arts certified.

Christian’s hard work and dedication to dance has certainly paid off, and he has been recognized with an assortment of awards including Senior Dancer of the Year from Luv 2 Dance, and Dedication to Craft Award from OSSD Dancefest.

As his career continues to flourish, Christian can already count an impressive roster of appearances in his catalogue, such as performing on the Carnival Cruise Line, at the Stratford Fringe Festival, in the Gemini Models Fashion Show, and at the Toronto Raptors’ half time show.

In 2020, Christian had the opportunity to assist choreographers Mitchell Jackson and Derek Piquette on the official music video for Ukiyo feat. Janeva - Friends, providing him with valuable experience behind the scenes on a commercial video shoot.

Christian is eager to see what the future holds for him as he continues his professional development in a variety of dance styles, and welcomes every opportunity to grow as a professional, and a person.

Interested in connecting with Christian? Contact dance@intrepiddancecompany.ca for details.

Emily Marsh

Born and raised in a small town on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Emily’s history in dance to be charted all the way back to when she was just 3 years of age.

It was during these formative years at D&R Dance Ltd. that she discovered her affinity for the performing arts, and by the age of 15 she would become a teacher at the studio, helping the next generation of youngsters to follow in her footsteps.

In addition to her dancing, Emily is a keen choreographer, always eager to learn and apply her own personal style to various styles of dance. In 2018, she was declared 1st overall winner of the Taking Steps to Fly choreography competition, which is a testament to her flourishing skills in the field.

At 18 years of age, Emily decided that it was time to look further afield in order to further her development as a dancer. She was honoured to be accepted into the inaugural year of Intrepid Dance Company’s post-secondary training program in Toronto and made the move west to join up with her fellow students.

It was here that Emily had the opportunity to train under a hugely experienced faculty that included names like Derek Piquette, Mitchell Jackson, Linda Garneau, Kelly Shaw, Alisha Lucchese, Edgar Hpa, Angelina Leofanti, Tara Pillion, and Derick Robinson.

The program also provided her with the chance to deepen her versatility training in a wide range of styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip-hop and Latin ballroom.

As a dancer, Emily is proud to have been involved in an assortment of live performances to date, including Chiaroscuro (Made with Purpose), The Rotary Show (Highland Arts Theatre), and the Rocky Horror Picture Show (The Savoy Theatre), and has been certified by Acrobatic Arts. She looks forward to showcasing her abilities in more performances in the very near future.

Passionate about dance, always eager to learn and improve, and dedicated to helping others, Emily is definitely one to watch in the years ahead.

Interested in connecting with Emily? Contact dance@intrepiddancecompany.ca for details.

Nadia Ruffieux

Nadia began dancing at the tender age of 6 at Simcoe Dance Academy, located in Bradford, Ontario.

From those earliest of days, she would ultimately spend a total of 12 years at the Academy under Sheila & Alexandra Vecchiarelli, until she turned 18.

Always eager to push herself in a bid to grow and improve as a dancer, Nadia would spend 4 of those years as a teacher/assistant, lending her experience and talent to the younger members of the Academy, always impressing with her passion for the art of dance.

As a dancer, Nadia boasts talents for a broad range of styles, including ballet, modern, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and acro, which makes her an incredibly well-rounded performer.

The versatility has served her well in her live performances, which include On The Floor’s 2018 A Night for Sick Kids Gala (directed by Mitchell Jackson and Derek Piquette), the 2015 and 2016 Bradford’s Business Awards (choreographed by Alexandra Vecchiarelli), and the Gabby’s Boutique Gala Show (also choreographed by Alexandra Vecchiarelli).

In addition to being Acrobatic Arts Certified, Nadia recently completed her training at Intrepid Dance Company, where she trained under a renowned faculty that includes Derek Piquette, Mitchell Jackson, Linda Garneau, Kelly Shaw, Alisha Lucchese, Edgar Hpa, Angelina Leofanti, Tara Pillion, Christina Kotsopoulos, and Derick Robinson.

With seven years of competitive dance under her belt, which resulted in numerous awards and recognitions, Nadia is now focusing on the next steps of her career of a professional dancer following her graduation from Intrepid Dance Company and is excited to see what the future holds for her within the dance industry.

Interested in connecting with Nadia? Contact dance@intrepiddancecompany.ca for details.

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Sabrina Laplante

A keen dancer from the age of 5, Sabrina Laplante boasts a huge amount of experience for someone at the early stages of her dance career. Her story began at ExtravaDanse Academy in Rockland, Ontario, where she spent a year between 2004 and 2005, before joining Mirage Dance Studio, where she would remain until 2010.

During the final three years of her time at Mirage, Sabrina also trained at Ecole de Danse Louise, based in Orléans, Ontario. It was during this time that she would begin to dance competitively, and truly found her passion and love for dance.

At the age of just 13, Sabrina began assisting dance classes, before becoming a fully-fledged teacher in her own right by the age of 16. She specializes in teaching hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet, acrobatic and conditioning, with a focus on strength and stretch, and is Acrobatic Arts Certified. For Sabrina, teaching isn’t just about helping her students to become better dancers, but also to grow as people, and focus on bettering themselves every day. This attitude has served Sabrina well, and her catalogue of work to date is incredibly impressive for someone so young.

Sabrina has competed and performed as far afield as New York and Toronto and can boast training under well-known industry names like Nika Kljun, Teddy Forance, Mark Meismer, and Blake McGrath, as well as completion of the Intrepid Dance Company post-secondary program, during which she learned from hugely respected industry names like Derek Piquette, Mitchell Jackson, Linda Garneau, Kelly Shaw, Alisha Lucchese, Edgar Hpa, Angelina Leofanti, Tara Pillion, and Derick Robinson. In 2019, she began cheering with the Toronto Argos, adding yet another string to her bow.

On top of her early training, Sabrina has also sought to improve her skills by taking programs at Centennial Dance College (2017-2019), Intrepid Dance Company (2019-2020), Millennium Dance Complex Toronto and LA, and Play Ground LA, which have all contributed to shaping her unique and versatile set of talents.

Away from dance, Sabrina has studied Kinesiology at York University and aims to become a physio specializing in the spine, takes her fitness very seriously and undertakes 4-6 sessions per week with her personal trainer, while also training to become a personal trainer herself, as well as a nutritionist.

Sabrina has recently been taken on by the acting and modeling agency, Angie’s AMTI, which she hopes will help her to expand her skillset and help further her career.

Interested in connecting with Sabrina? Contact dance@intrepiddancecompany.ca for details.

Saige Kaczun

Saige Kaczun, a native of Whitby, Ontario, began dancing at just 3 years of age, before starting to compete in local and regional dance competitions at the age of 8.

Since then, she has shown no signs of slowing down, with a blossoming dance career that has already taken her all over the world.

Saige has already represented her country internationally, joining Team Canada to compete as far afield as Germany and Poland.

In addition to her time with the national team, Saige has also had the opportunity to perform in Cancun, Mexico, with Five Star Dance Company, providing her with even more experience both on the stage, and in her personal life.

As proven by an impressive array of scholarships (including a CDX Scholarship in 2019, the Breaking Bounds Scholarship in both 2018 and 2019, 2018’s Ballet Stand Out Scholarship, the 2015 Captivate Dance Intensive Scholarship, and the Fresh Dance Intensive Scholarship in 2013), Saige, certified by Acrobatic Arts, is an incredibly promising dancer who is already receiving lots of recognition for her hard work and dedication.

Saige has recently graduated from Intrepid Dance Company’s post-secondary training program, which provided her with the opportunity to train under some of the industry’s top names, including Derek Piquette, Mitchell Jackson, Linda Garneau, Kelly Shaw, Alisha Lucchese, Edgar Hpa, Angelina Leofanti, Tara Pillion, and Derick Robinson.

Her time at Intrepid has also helped Saige to gain a deeper understanding of the dance industry, with the program covering additional topics as varied as audio editing, and lighting design, and her certification as a makeup artist will no doubt open even more doors for her in the future.

As her career progresses, Saige hopes to become a regular fixture on the global stage, performing to audiences worldwide, and establishing herself as a respected industry professional.

Interested in connecting with Saige? Contact dance@intrepiddancecompany.ca for details.

Taylor Flewwelling

Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Taylor Flewwelling grew up in Innisfil, taking her first dance classes at the tender age of 6.

Despite being a committed dancer for the 14 years that followed, Taylor found herself unsure of whether dance was something she wanted to pursue full-time.

Like many of her peers, she decided to take some time out to travel overseas – a decision which helped her to realize that dance is her true passion, and something she simply can’t live without.

Regardless of her own doubts at the time, it was always obvious that Taylor would make her way in the dance industry. At just 16 she began teaching at L.A. Dance Design and continues to teach there to this day.

As a competitor, she has won countless overalls, adjudicator awards, and scholarships (including the Hollywood Tour Summer Scholarship, the Raise the Barre Scholarship, and the 24Seven Dance Convention Scholarship) over the years.

Following a stint training in Hollywood, Taylor returned to Ontario to enroll in Intrepid Dance Company’s post-secondary training program, from which she graduated in 2020. During her time at Intrepid, Taylor had the honour of training under industry stalwarts like Derek Piquette, Mitchell Jackson, Linda Garneau, Kelly Shaw, Alisha Lucchese, Edgar Hpa, Angelina Leofanti, Tara Pillion, and Derick Robinson.

Taylor is also Acrobatic Arts Certified, adding yet another string to her already impressive bow.

Known among friends for her favourite quote “keep on keeping on”, it certainly looks like Taylor’s dance career is set to do just that, as she continues to grow as both a dancer and a choreographer.

Interested in connecting with Taylor? Contact dance@intrepiddancecompany.ca for details.