Director & Founder
Christine Walker recently won "Best Dance Instructor" with the Toronto Star 2019 for the Reader's Choice Awards with St. Clair Dance Collective. She is a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer, actor & model with over 20 years of dance experience. She began her training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary at Sheila Parkins School of Dance, Ethel Bruneau’s Tap School & Ballet Divertimento. Walker then moved to Toronto and graduated from Ryerson University with a BFA in Dance (2013).
Christine has performed in contemporary dance with junior company in T-Danz Festival (2009) in France & Spain, performed with the Stella Adler’s Studio of Acting with the MADAIR project in NYC (2010) and worked with Louise Bedard at Springboard Danse Montreal (2010). She was an actress and dancer in Naught Theatre Company, Something is Wrong, in Toronto (2013). She has performed in music video 'This Wild Heart' by The Nursery and most recently dancer in music video by Hollerado (2017).
She worked as a professional dancer with Creativiva (2015-16), Bash Fx and Kulkat Entertainment (2018). A winner in Latin Ballroom in Bronze & Silver with Canada Dance Council (2016), and most proudly a hip hop dancer for the Opening Ceremonies for the Pan AM Games with Cirque du Soleil in Toronto (2015). She also was featured in a photoshoot for Seed9 magazine “Poor But Sexy” in Toronto.
She has also trained at many renowned summer camps such as Perry Mansfield, USA (on scholarship) with works by Nicholas Villeneuve & Sidra Bell; Domaine Forget, CAN with works by Edgar Zendejas; Broadway Theatre Project, USA, O Vertigo, CAN, Movement Invention Project, NYC & Kenny Pearl’s Emerging Artist’s Intensive, CAN.
With a passion in teaching, Miss Walker has taught in over 250 public/private schools, dance studios, community centres, daycares and arts camps teaching well over 1000 students in dance education. Her mission is to provide high-quality dance classes to all ages and abilities!
“A true educator at heart, Christine is bright, cheerful, charismatic and has a special talent for encouraging and inspiring others” – Former Colleague, Dance Instructor.
Allie began dancing at the age of 2 starting with ballet class. At age 4, she had joined a competitive team and extended her training to include jazz, acro, lyrical/contemporary, tap, pointe, hip hop,
musical theatre, and modern. Allie has had the opportunity to attend many competitions throughout North America.
She is an award-winning dancer receiving numerous overalls, dance scholarships and special awards. Allie has completed RAD ballet exams from Primary to Grade 5 and Intermediate Foundation to Advanced 2 and continues her ballet training with professionals in the GTA. Allie has had the opportunity to train with Canada’s Ballet Jorgen and continues to take ballet intensives at The National Ballet.
Allie has been an assistant instructor in both competitive & recreational classes since 2011 and in September 2014, she became a certified instructor. She is an Associate Member of the BATD in Stage (Jazz & Tap) and Acrobatics/Gymnastics. Allie is
certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, Acrobatic Arts, and Dance Mechanics for dance anatomy and injury prevention. She is currently training for her Registered Teacher Status with the RAD.
Allie has trained students at the competitive and recreational levels and her students have had amazing success, winning overalls and special awards at numerous competitions throughout
Canada. Allie’s goal for all of her students is to instill a lifelong passion for movement and creativity
Deanna LeFort’s love for dance began at a very young age through her classical training in Ballet. Training under Stephanie Landry and Wendy Holt, Deanna successfully achieved all of her Royal Academy of Dance Examinations, including her Advanced 2. She progressed by adding Jazz and Tap to her technical repertoire, and was a competitive dancer in Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. Deanna became a dance assistant at the age of 12 and has 4 years of experience teaching children from 2 to 18 years of age. She is also a member of the BATD, as she completed her Teacher’s Associate Jazz and Tap examinations.
Deanna is currently studying at York University in the Psychology and Education programs. She is Co-Captain and Choreographer of Rise Dance Company, a team that competes annually with Universities across Ontario and Quebec. This team has enabled Deanna to further pursue her love for dance and learn new ways to express herself and the stories of others through movement.
Dance has led Deanna to her love for teaching both in dance and academics. She believes that every child learns in a unique way and is dedicated as a teacher to help each dancer flourish into the best dancer and person they can be. She is passionate about making dance more accessible and focuses on inclusion in her dance classrooms, believing every child should have the opportunity to dance.
Rachel has always loved music, dance and theatre since she was a young child. She started ballet and tap at the tender age of 3. Throughout her training years she completed her Cecchetti Ballet exams from grade one to advanced one, as well as ISTD Tap exams from grade one to intermediate. She was part of two youth dance companies, Helix Dance Theatre and Eclat Youth Dance Company on Vancouver Island, where she grew up. This allowed her to work with many guest artists and choreographers such as Monica Proenca and Davi Rodrigues. Rachel also attended the Goh Ballet summer programs in 2014 and 2015.
She grew up in a studio environment, as her mum is a ballet teacher, therefore she was always assisting and being a role model for the younger kids classes. Rachel started teaching children’s ballet and substituting for older kids classes at the age of 14.
When she was 16 she moved to Toronto to attend the two year Performance Studies Program, at George Brown College. She graduated in 2018 with honours, and proceeded into Canada’s Ballet Jorgen’s Mentorship program. This unique opportunity allowed her to work in the company for a year, touring with Nutcracker & performing in Coppelia. During her time as a Mentorship student she had the opportunity to have one on one coaching with Svea Eklof, former principal dancer of Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Rachel also got to work with Alyssa Pires, who choreographed a piece on her and the other mentor students.
Just before completing her Mentorship she got to be a part of the Chimera Project, which is directed by Malgorzata Nowacka- May. They explored with combining classical ballet with Native Hoop dance and partnering. Then to finish off the season she worked with Ballet Jorgen on their Ballet 101 program. This was such a wonderful experience, as she got to teach children from all over Ontario about the love of dance.
Rachel also attended Canada’s Ballet Jorgen’s summer dance intensives in 2016 and 2017. This lead to her becoming a chaperone and leader for the kids in the summer intensives.
Then in November of 2019 Rachel moved to Montreal for a contract in Ballet Ouest’s production of the Nutcracker. During her time touring in Quebec she danced the roles of Snow, Chinese and Waltz of the flowers.
Next she is looking at becoming certified in Pilates, as it’s something she’s passionate about. Rachel is excited to share her love and knowledge for dance with all her students. Expressing yourself through music and movement is so powerful. She loves watching her students grow through creativity.
Hip Hop Teacher
Emilie Kirchgesner is thrilled to join the staff as a hip hop teacher for the St. Clair Dance Collective. Emilie has been dancing, singing, and acting since the age of 3. She grew up dancing competitively in every style, and trained in several musical theatre intensives in New York and Los Angeles. She has been fortunate to train under numerous Broadway actors and choreographers. Emilie was very involved in the Arts in high school while completing her advanced tap and advanced 1 ballet exams. After high school, Emilie moved from Saskatoon to Toronto to attend Randolph Academy and was able to perform at Canada’s Wonderland for two seasons (Halloween Haunt and Winterfest).
Emilie’s passion for hip hop and urban style has landed her several roles in music videos, acting commercials, guest workshops, fashion shoots, and an agency signing. She has also developed her own merchandise (emrosemerch.com) and continues to collaborate with other artists, musicians, dancers, and choreographers on numerous projects.
Emilie continues to push the boundaries of her choreography, and at 20 years old, sees endless possibilities for her dance and performance. She wants to instill her passion and love of dance and movement in all of the students, and hopes that they see the joy and excitement dance brings her. She has taught and/or assisted at many different drop-in, competitive, and recreational studios. She loves the challenge that teaching presents to her, and brings experience teaching dancers of all ages, physically challenged, privates, and large groups. Emilie plans to attend college in fashion design in 2021, while continuing to create, model, and express her passion for performance.
Hip Hop & Tiny Tots Teacher
Krista Newey is a dancer and choreographer based in Toronto. She began her dance training at Island Dance Studio in Port Perry where she trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz, and tap. Krista’s love for dance and performance lead her to Ryerson University where she graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Dance. During her time at Ryerson, Krista became increasingly interested in choreography and contemporary dance. She started teaching dance in the summers between school, becoming Head of Dance and Drama at Camp Tapawingo. It was there that she found a passion for teaching dance in many different styles at many different levels.
Krista has continued her pursuit in performing, choreographing and teaching after graduating from Ryerson. Krista has performed with Rock Bottom Movement, Alias Dance Project, The Garage, Frog In Hand, and Kylie Thompson Dance. She is also an active member in Nostos Collectives; an emerging artist collective where she is a performer and choreographer. Krista’s choreography has appeared in TOES for Dance’s IGNITE summer intensive, Ryerson Choreographic Works, Ryerson’s New Voices Festival, Dance Matters, The Garage studio showings, K’aeja D’Dance’s Wind Down Dance, Toronto Fringe, and with Nostos Collectives.
Krista has a passion for teaching in all dance styles and believes that joy, imagination, and creativity can be found in every category. From hip hop to jazz, improvisation to dance composition, Krista is always excited to share her love of dance no matter what form it comes in!
Mini Hop & Tiny Tots Teacher
Grace Sun first experienced the joy of dance 16 years ago and hasn’t stopped dancing since. She started with ballet, in which she has trained and achieved certifications in RAD, Russian Ballet Society, and Chechetti programs. She has competed and trained in jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, song and dance, open, acro, and hip hop at a variety of studios, most recently with Vlad’s Dance Company and Dance Sensation Inc, both in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Her competitive career has won her many awards. In 2020, she won Senior Solo Dance World Champion and a Gold Medal representing Team Canada at the World Championships of
Performing Arts and was also a senior finalist in the CNE Rising Star Competition. She has won scholarships for the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School that allowed her to train in their Jazz and
Contemporary summer intensive and Musical Theatre summer intensive in New York City, where she was offered admission into Joffrey’s full-year trainee program. Grace has also performed in Toronto events such as Let the Elephants Dance (benefiting Canadian Mental Health Association and Kids Help Phone), multiple New Horizon Canada-HK Horizon Lions Club Galas (benefitting The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation), Markham Taste of Asia festival, and Choreoball Toronto - Summer. She currently continues her competitive dance career on Ryerson University’s Dance Pak team as she studies in Ryerson’s well-regarded RTA Media Production program.
In addition to competing, Grace has experience teaching ages 2 and a half to 15 in a variety of dance genres through acting as dance captain in theatre productions, volunteering in multiple
assistant teaching positions, working as head counselor and choreographer at performing arts summer camps, and teaching at multiple competitive studios. Her experience teaching at schools of varying levels and objectives has allowed her to develop a teaching style that is adaptable and unique. She uses tools from her training in other passions such as music, theatre, and film to enrich her dance class curriculum. Her main goal as a teacher is to provide a safe environment for dancers to grow and have fun. She hopes that she can help make dance education more accessible, promote mental and physical well-being, and bring the joy of dance to everyone!
Mini Hop, Obstacle Course & Tiny Tots Teacher
Alex Berry is an emerging Toronto based artist. She started training in ballet at the age of 2 at PSB Dance Academy and has further training in: contemporary, jazz, modern, pointe, musical theatre and improvisation. Alex has been teaching dance and movement based classes to kids ages 18 months to 18 years old for the past 5 years. She is a graduate of Cardinal Carter Academy for the Art’s dance program (2016), and a recent graduate of Ryerson School of Performance obtaining her BFA in dance (2020), Alex has trained in many classical dance styles, as well as acting and vocals.
Alex has performed in Charles Moulton’s 72 Person Ball Pass presented by Fall for Dance North (2017) and performed a work by Dasein Dance as part of the Guelph Dance Festival and Parodos Festival (2019). Under the direction of Ryerson, Alex Berry has had the opportunity to perform contemporary works by choreographers such as: Ben Landsberg: An Injury to One is an Injury to All (2018), and Peter Chin: InMense (2018). As well as having performed a classical jazz work by Vicki St. Denys: Brubeck (2019).
She has also trained at several renowned summer programs throughout her years, from: The National Ballet of Canada’s Summer Intensive; Peggy Baker’s Summer Intensive; as well as training in the Metamorphosis Method.
Having an artistic mind, when she is not dancing Alex spends her time on other creative projects, with a passion for sewing costumes, design and photography. Alex is appreciated for her exceptional memory; she enjoys patterns and how it can entice both a dancer and an audience member. Alex is excited to join the St Clair Dance Collective team and to bring both her love of dance and movement as well as teaching to all of her classes. She cannot wait to share her joy of movement and is ready to inspire and be inspired by the next generation of dance artists.