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Alumni

Daniel Celebre

Daniel Celebre (pronounced “Chellibray”), also known as Da FunkyMystic, was inspired to dance professionally by Michael Jackson‘s performances. He started dancing at age 4 and acting at 17 and, besides performing in dances, his credits also include TV commercials and Honey in 2003 and The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

Daniel Celebre was hired as a principal dancer for Michael Jackson’s This Is It concert tour that was cancelled 18 days before its first show when Jackson died on June 25, 2009. He also appears prominently in the ensuing This Is It film also released in 2009. He was also featured on The Ellen Show with dancer Shannon Holtzapffel and appeared with the Top 10 Michael Jackson dancers Daniel Yao, Nicholas Bass, Mekia Cox, Christopher Grant, Misha Hamilton, Shannon Holtzapffel, Devin Jamieson, Charles Klapow, Dres Reid, Danielle Rueda Watts, Tyne Stecklein, Timor Steffens.

In the Philippines, Daniel Celebre alongside Travis Payne and Dres Reid took part in a collective dance to They Don’t Care About Us with intro from “Bad” with the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) dancing inmates on January 19, 2010. The dance was specially choreographed by Travis Payne, the Michael Jackson choreographer and associate director of This Is It through an initiative of “Sony Pictures Home Entertainment”. The clip went live on YouTube, Yahoo and TMZ and immediately captured more than 3 million views within 1 week of its release online.


Jordan Francis

Jordan aka Jman showed signs of  talent at a very young age. He captured the interest of directors and photographers early  in life  doing various print jobs and commercials. At the age of seven he landed the role of the mischievous “Shuggie”  on an episode of “Real Kids Real Adventures” he took a break from television and went on to do live Broadway shows including the leading role of  “YoungSimba” in Disneys “The Lion King,”  that’s when he really fell in love with performing live.

When he was only eleven years old Jordan went on to writing music, one of his first songs “No Matter” made his hometown radio stations cd compilation volume 1, he also recently wrote a song for a local rapper that  can be heard in the feature film”How She Move” .. Jordan has also won various awards and scholarships for his dancing across Canada and the U.S. and in 2006 he held the title of chorographer of the year at the IPD showcase and has recently added three more choreographer awards to his credits including (young choreographer 2008), his dancing has landed him roles in movies such as “Honey” starring Jessica Alba and Missy Elliott and “Music Man” starring Mathew Broderick..

Jordan is also a well known lead voice actor his voice can be heard  on the Kids WB, The learning Channel(TLC) and most recently teletoon where he will be going on to his fourth season recording the voice of Jamie James in the hit series show “Carl Squared.”  Sky is the limit for this very talented young man at the age 16   he has already accomplished  so  much.. singer/songwriter/dancer/actor/rapper and choreographer. Look out for Camp Rock June 2008 where he plays the role of Barron . His voice can be heard on three songs on the Camp Rock soundtrack..”Hasta La Vista”, “We Rock,” and “Start the Party” in which he sings solo.


Adam Lopapa

As a young aspiring dancer, Adam LoPapa, since the age of eight has been attending Performing Dance Arts and has been training as a dancer in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Modern, Partnering / Lifting and Contemporary.

After winning such awards as Teen Dancer of the Year 2009, Teen Mr. Show Biz 2009, and receiving a Clear Talent Group Award, he has pursued his passion for dance by contributing to such stage performances as John McDermott – A Time To Remember, The Nutcracker for the National Ballet of Canada, and most recently The Bell Celebrity Gala 2010.

At the young age of 19 his career as a dancer has extend from the stages of theater to film and television, where he has performed on Camp Rock 2 – The Final Jam, So You Think You Can Dance Canada Promo, High School Musical Promo, and most recently danced for and assisted choreographer Dave Campbell for YTV’s The Next Star Finale.

He has worked with choreographers Blake McGrath, Tyce Diorio, Luther Brown and many other industry experts. He wishes to pursue his career as a dancer and perfect his skills in order to become a professional dancer, and later to become a choreographer as well as producer/ director.


Amanda Cleghorn

Born to perform and entertain, Amanda took her first dance steps at the age of four. For fifteen years she trained extensively in ballet and pointe, modern, lyrical/contemporary, jazz, hip hop, tap, musical theatre, acro, and lifting and partnering. Amanda began her training at JoAnne Chapman School of Dance in Mississauga, Ontario where she gained a solid foundation in technique. She furthered her training at Vlad’s Dance Company in Markham, Ontario for one year, and then at Performing Dance Arts (PDA) in Woodbridge, Ontario for six years. Amanda attributes her entry into the professional dance industry to PDA, owing much of her success to the studio.

In June 2009, Amanda graduated as a dance major from the arts program at Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. Some of her many accomplishments in the competitive dance world include winning Dancer of the Year and The George Lon Memorial Award 2008/2009 at American Dance Awards. She has had the opportunity to assist renowned choreographers such as Tyce Diorio at a national dance convention, and Mia Michaels for So You Think You Can Dance Canada (SYTYCDC) Season 2.

Not only did Amanda find tremendous success in competitive dance, but she also continues to dabble in the enterprise of commercial dance. You may have seen her as a “Camp Star” hip-hop dancer in the Disney Family Channel movie, Camp Rock 2 – The Final Jam choreographed by Rosero McCoy and Chuck Maldonado from Stomp the Yard. Amanda was a principal dancer in the promo-commercial for Season 1 of SYTYCDC choreographed by Blake McGrath; and a tap and hip-hop dancer in the Bravo Fact documentary, “All I Wanna Do Is Just Have Some Fun,” choreographed by Shawn Byfield, Linda Garneau and Luther Brown, and directed by Clarence Ford. You can also see her as a hip-hop dancer in the major feature film Honey, starring Jessica Alba, choreographed by Luther Brown and Laurie Ann Gibson. She danced live with recording artist Elise Estrada on “Much on Demand” in Toronto in 2009.

Most notably, Amanda appeared on SYTYCDC Season 3, finishing in the Top 2 as Canada’s favourite female dancer. Her appearance on the show gained her the privilege of working with choreographers like Mia Michaels, Blake McGrath, Luther Brown, Stacey Tookey, Tony Meredith and Melanie LePatin, Jean Marc Genereux, Sergio Trujillo, Melissa Williams, Bill T. Jones, Longinus Fernandes, Gustavo Vargas, Sabrina Matthews, Sean Cheesman and Sho-Tyme. In addition to strengthening her core dance genres, she learned new types of dance including the tango, cha cha, salsa, quick step, house, afro-jazz, broadway and bollywood. Amanda describes the show as ‘an experience of a lifetime.’ She plans on continuing to push towards a productive career in dance, as well as in acting and singing. The entertainment industry is where she belongs; her love for all forms of art is second to none. Amanda truly lives for an audience, to perform on stage and in front of the camera.


Romina D'Ugo

Romina D’Ugo is no stranger to the stage. A Toronto-born actor, Romina is a graduate of Sheridan Institute’s Musical Theatre – Performance program.

Even though she knew the So You Think You Can Dance Canada experience would push her to develop her skills, Romina didn’t anticipate it being such a life-changing endeavour. “It challenged me to push through my fears and transform them into personal achievement and growth.”

Her hard work paid off, as Romina was named part of the So You Think You Can Dance Canada Top 20. “I felt pale and weak, but when I heard those words I thought I was going to leap out of my skin!”

Romina looks to her family and friends for inspiration, crediting her Mom for forcing her to take dance lessons. “Having such a smart and talented family forced me to excel in everything I did, from being a straight-A student to a hard-working entertainer.” But it was her sisters that kept her dancing; being the youngest, Romina looked up to everything they did. At age nine, she started taking jazz classes and picked up tap and ballet a year later, traveling across the country participating in dance competitions. She went on to attend Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, majoring in dance, before attending college.

But it was a couple of years ago that Romina fell in love with her favourite style of dance, salsa. After going to a salsa club with her sister, Romina quickly realized this was for her and found herself a partner. “The passion I feel when I dance salsa is like no other.”

If she could perform with any dancer, Romina would kick her heels with one of Broadway’s best, Chita Rivera. Playing her dream role though is foremost on her agenda: “I would love to perform the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago on Broadway, with Chita Rivera sitting in the front row!”

Aside from aspiring to achieve Chita Rivera’s success, Romina also looks to the careers of theatre veteran and actress Bebe Neuwirth and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. The fact that all three women have performed the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago is just icing on the cake. “I’m a little obsessed!”

Romina plans to bring that “jazz hot” flare to this year’s competition. “Viewers can always count on me for 100% hard work and passion.


Sherisse Springer

Sherisse started dancing at the age of 4 in her hometown of Brampton, where she became a competitive dancer in the disciplines of Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Acrobatics, Gymnastics, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Her training started at various studios in the Toronto area and continued at Mayfield Secondary School of the Arts where she also learned Modern dance to add to her repertoire through a dance major and minored in Vocal Music and Drama.

Prior to joining Cirque du Soleil, Sherisse has expanded her horizons to include her expertise in Music Videos for artists such as Jully Black, Robbie Williams and Rhianna. Her film credits include Hairspray, Once Upon a Mattress, On the “L”, Ruby’s Bucket of Blood, and Mr. Bojangles where she had the chance to work with Gregory Hines. Her musical theatre credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, and she is currently the understudy for the lead role of Crimson inCirque Du Soleil’s Criss Angel Believe in Las Vegas.

 

 


Sheri Godfrey

Sheri was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her professional acting, dancing and modeling career led her to New York, Las Vegas and her current home of Los Angeles.

She was thrilled to work on Canada’s first and third season of “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” as an assistant choreographer to Gustavo Vargas.

In Las Vegas Sheri was the lead Dancer and the Dance Captain for the NEW Show in The Sky at The Rio Resort and Casino.  She also played TINA in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding at Planet Hollywood.  Dancing the Flamenco, Mambo and Salsa for international star CHARO is an ongoing touring show performed monthly.

Feature films include CHICAGO, HAIRSPRAY and her personal favorite with Matthew Broderick in THE MUSIC MAN.  Some of her tv credits include Guiding Light, Law & Order, Disney, VH1 and MTV.  She also has extensive credits in commercials, editorials and industrials.

Sheri is a master Teacher and judge on National Circuits.  Dedicated to pushing her own boundaries in choreography, she workshops her unique style in training institutions, pageants and corporate events.

Currently Sheri is honored to be choreographing burlesque sweetheart TALI DE MAR’s new show at The Federal Bar, North Hollywood!!! She also continues to study the American International Ballroom Syllabus with champion Jonathon Doone.


Ethan Lafleur

Ethan hails from Brampton, Ontario where he began dancing at the age of four. He trained and competed with Performing Dance Arts in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, acrobatics, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, partnering and adagio taking him all across North America. In 2006, he travelled to the south coast of Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco as part of a dance team selected to represent Canadian talent.

After graduating with honours from the Regional Arts Program at Mayfield Secondary School, Ethan then went on to win the international title of Dancer Of The Year 2008 at the American Dance Awards National Finals. He continued his dance education in the Professional Training Program at the School Of Toronto Dance Theatre until he decided to pursue dance professionally as part of Linda Garneau’s Helix Dance Project in the production Rain:Life In Full Bloom. Most recently Ethan was proud to be a part of the Canadian Stage Premiere Of Disney’s High School Musical at the Neptune Theatre under the direction of David Connolly where he played Riley.

Aside from performing, Ethan also teaches and choreographs. He began assisting teachers at his studio at a young age before taking on classes of his own. He has taught students ranging in age from 2 to 18 at the Brampton YMCA, Performing Dance Arts, Ontario School Of Ballet, Just Dance and DLM. His work as a choreographer for competitive routines has even won him the title of Young Choreographer of the Year twice.


Jessica Keeling

Jessica was born and raised in Ajax, Ontario, but her talent has taken her around the world. Trained in all forms of dance including gymnastics, Jessica has been dancing since the age of 4. Numerous dance competitions and corporate shows convinced her that she wanted to be on the professional stage.

Her career has taken her from musical reviews in Tokyo Disneyland to the Stratford Festival stage in West Side Story to several highly acclaimed shows with Helix Dance Project. In between live shows, Jessica has appeared in the feature films Hairspray, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, The Other Me and most recently the independent feature Becoming.

Jessica is a true free spirit, and aside from her love of performing, she has a keen interest in Yoga as well as Travel and Adventure.

 

 

 


Clyde Alves

Clyde Alves is a Canadian dancer, actor and singer. Alves appeared on Broadway in The Music Man in the Susan Stroman revival (2000) as Tommy Djilas, winning the Fred Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer. He repeated his role in the ABC television special of The Music Man which aired in 2003.

He has also appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Hairspray, Oklahoma! as Jess (2002) and as Mike in the 2008-09 tour of A Chorus Line. Alves also appeared in the Off-Broadway musical Boobs! The Musical and Altar Boyz as Juan. Alves was in the Tony winning revival of Anything Goes with Sutton Foster and Joel Grey. Currently, he is in the 2014 Broadway revival of On The Town. He is married to Robyn Hurder.

 

 

 

 


Tessa Alves

At Performing Dance Arts, we pride ourselves on producing some of Canada’s best dancers at our dance studio in Vaughan. Tessa Alves is no exception. Since graduating from our program, Tessa has gone on to star in West Side Story at the Stratford Festival and Rock of Ages on Broadway! Alves, a native of Brampton, Ontario, has been dancing since she was five years old, starting with ballet lessons.

Alves is a true “triple threat,” singing, dancing and acting. She played Sherrie in Rock of Ages and Anita in West Side Story; Anita is a significant character, and Alves was just 23 when she took on the role! Luckily, she had the support of her fellow cast members. She made the transition from being a cast member of the Toronto production of Rock of Ages to the cast for the Broadway show in NYC, which was a huge step for her, since Broadway is considered to be the Mecca for singers and dancers. The fact that she had played the same role for over 50 performances helped with the transition. Working in NYC also presented Alves with the opportunity to dance in Times Square on New Year’s Eve in 2011. Performing in front of just under 600 people at the Helen Hayes Theatre to sharing the stage with international superstars like Lady Gaga in front of well over one million people at one of the best known New Year’s Eve celebrations on the planet was quite a huge transition!

Alves credits working in NYC with improving her drive to succeed. People come to the “City That Never Sleeps” from around the world with the intention to succeed, so she was able to feed off this competitive spirit to push herself further. While West Side Story and Rock of Ages are the two most significant roles that Alves has had since graduating from our dance studio in Vaughan, she also has an impressive list of roles that includes parts in A Funny Thing Happened…, Cabaret, My One and Only, and Oklahoma!. Alves’s theatre credits also include parts in Cinderella, Sweet Charity, Cats, and Beauty and the Beast. This is an impressive list of achievements for someone who graduated from our humble dance studio in Vaughan!


Performing Dance Arts

Looking for a Vaughan dance studio that provides professional dance training to kids in a caring and relaxed atmosphere? Welcome to Performing Dance Arts, one of the leading dance studios for kids in Vaughan. Established in 1986, Performing Dance Arts has become a reliable name for high-quality dance training at both the recreational and competitive level. Our extensive dance programs include jazz, tap, ballet, acro, lyrical, and hip-hop classes that promote coordination, creativity, self-confidence, and a healthy mind and body. We believe that with the right guidance and support, every student can achieve their personal goals while developing lasting and supportive friendships. Call us today at 905-856-1030!

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