Born in Mississauga and raised in Caledon, Tania Azevedo Ferreira only discovered her passion for dance at the age of 12-the first time she ever attended a dance class-at Annemarie's Dance Academy in Orangeville, Ontario. After her first year of B.A.T.D. and R.A.D. training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical and Musical Theatre; Tania was competing both at the national and international level. In the eight years at Annemarie's Dance Academy, Tania became a certified dance instructor at the age of seventeen, and has been teaching ever since.
Before she was twenty-one years of age, Tania received a diploma from Georgian College for Business Administration and became the studio owner/principal dance instructor of Elite Dance Corps in Bradford, Ontario. With 16 successful years of operation, Elite Dance CorpsTM has won various awards, and is recognized as one of the most active participants in various local community events. Tania's students have gone on to dance with Ballet Jorgen, music videos for upcoming Canadian recording artists, Canadian National Tap/Ballet/Jazz/Modern/Showdance Teams, become certified dance instructors, and attend dance programs at well known Ontario universities.
Mrs. Ferreira is constantly strengthening her skills by attending master classes with renowned dance artists and choreographers in all disciplines of dance. Today, she is a full member with P.A.E.C. and B.A.T.D. Tania has become certified with the International Academy of Dance Adjudicators and is now a sought after adjudicator for many dance competitions across Ontario. Also added to her list of accreditations, is a Rhythm Works Integrative Dance instructor certification. This allows Miss Tania the honour of teaching dance to those with special needs. She is dedicated to continue sharing her talent and passion for dance to all and providing a dance studio with a positive atmosphere for her dance family to enjoy.
Miss Tania Azevedo Ferreira, studio director
Miss Samantha Ippolito
Following many years as an award-winning competitive dancer, Samantha's passion for teaching began to thrive. Determined to provide her students with exceptional training, she chose to further her knowledge by performing with Toronto's renowned OIP Dance Company. Samantha also achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A. with honours) in Dance from York University, where she attained the tools to understand the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching. As a certified teacher with the British Association of Teachers Dancing (B.A.T.D.), Samantha has been instructing at high profile studios throughout York Region. Her competitive work has won numerous choreography and overall awards at competitions across North America. Correspondingly, Samantha was a member of the Canadian National Tap Team that won a Gold Medal for Canada at the World Dance Championships in Reisa, Germany. Samantha is a proud member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance, qualifying her to provide professional, educated, and beneficial critiques to all dancers. Most recently, Samantha achieved a postgraduate certificate, with honours, in Children's Entertainment. Here she was introduced to a new range of enterainment platforms including film, television, books, education products, games, and interactive media that can be used to enrich more children with the art of dance.
Miss Elizabeth Miranda
Student Teacher - Russian Society Ballet
Beginning at the age of 8, Elizabeth quickly realized her passion for dance. Elizabeth trained at Elite Dance CorpsTM for two years before she began dancing competitively. Training multiple hours per week in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Acro, and Musical Theatre, Elizabeth quickly excelled as she competed across North America. Winning many overall awards and scholarships, Elizabeth also had the opportunity to a short training session at the National Ballet of Canada. Ms. Miranda has been featured in Wendy Land's music video "Don't Make Me Laugh," back-up dancing for "Marloe and the Mix," and being a part of the Lindsay Ritter Dance Company. Elizabeth has been teaching for over 5 years at Elite Dance Corps and loves every moment. She continues to further her knowledge in the art of dance by continuously taking choreography/teaching seminars and attending master classes with professional choreographers. Most recently, Miss Elizabeth obtained her certification with Rhythm Works Integrative Dance enabling her to teach dance to those with special needs. Elizabeth is passionate and dedicated to training her students to be the best they can be in a fun a loving atmosphere.
Miss Theresa Reale
Russian Society Ballet, B.A.T.D., I.S.T.D., R.A.D.
Theresa has been dancing since the age of 7 and was invited into competitive tap in her first year. She has taken part in competitions across southern Ontario, where along with ballet, tap, and jazz, she also competed in vocals and piano. Theresa was invited to study at the National Ballet School, and also studied at the Quinte Ballet School where she took classes with Celia Franca, founder of the National Ballet of Canada, Sergiu Stefanschi, artistic staff with the National Ballet of Canada, and other renowned teachers. Theresa successfully earned certifications B.A.T.D., I.S.T.D., and R.A.D. She studied at York University in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program with a major in Dance, and graduated from the Canadian College of Dance program at Ryerson University, studying under teachers Sonia Chamberlain, Florentina Lojekova, and Glen Gilmour of the National Ballet School. Theresa has taught ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical at dance schools in Waterloo, North York, Aurora, Newmarket, and Vaughan where her students entered into competitive ballet and exams. Theresa is an Associate with the Russian Society of Ballet, and is looking foward to sharing her enthusiasm for dance with all of her students this year.
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