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.
Ginny started dancing at the age of 3 and absolutely fell in love with it. When she was 8 years old, she joined the competitive dance team and continued up until she graduated from high school. Ginny is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre.
Ginny attended Wilfrid Laurier University and joined their Recreational Dance Program in her first year. In her second year, she took on an instructor role and started teaching Intermediate Lyrical. She held this position for 2 years, and then moved on to teaching Intermediate Contemporary for another 2 years. At the end of Ginny’s first year as an instructor, she was awarded the “Golden Hawk Award of Excellence” for being the “Instructor of the Year”.
In Ginny’s fourth and fifth years of university, she took on the role of “Head Dance Instructor”, helping to lead a team of over 20 instructors. This role was incredibly fulfilling, as Ginny loves being a leader in the dance community.
Upon graduating, Ginny started teaching dance at a studio in KW that caters to adults. This has been an amazing experience for her as she loves watching people who have danced for a while continue to pursue their passion, as well as she loves welcoming people into her class that have never danced before.
Growing up, Ginny’s number one passion had always been dance. She never thought she could love anything as much as she loved dancing, until she started teaching. Her favourite thing about teaching is watching her dancers grow, gain confidence in themselves, and seeing them express themselves through movement.
Ginny’s classes are always welcoming, inclusive, fun, positive, and she will always without a doubt be your biggest cheerleader!!!
Reception & Dance Teacher
Sachie was originally a street dancer and spent over 10 years as a professional Hip hop dancer. Sachie was hired as an instructor for age 4 to 20, teaching all levels from beginner to advanced at Avex Management Inc., the leading name in the Japanese music industry. Sachie produced quality professional dancers and artists. In addition to dancing and teaching, Sachie collaborated with large companies as a consultant.
Instructor: Taught 14 dance classes a week
Performer: Appeared on Music TV, commercials, dance events and magazines
Choreographer: Involved with many major companies and managing various stage projects
Designer: Designed stage costumes and official goods
Titles: Received awards for HipHop Dance competitions
Certificate: Instructor for JSDA(Japan Street Dance Association)
Organizer: Energized the Tokyo dance scene by bi-monthly dance events in the night club for a year
Volunteer: Helped the communities affected by the earthquake, Tsunami with Dance exercise event
Judger: evaluated and provided commentary to prospective competition winners
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.
Mei Miyazawa is a Toronto-based Japanese dancer/teacher/actor. Born and raised in Tokyo, Mei was always exposed to various art scenes. Her formal jazz and ballet training began at the age of three in Tokyo, Japan. In 2014, she moved to Canada on her own, to continue her dance studies at Quinte Ballet School of Canada in Belleville, Ontario. She trained in the Professional Training Division and added hip hop and modern dance to her growing list of passions. She then attended Cardinal Carter Academy of the Arts and Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts to expand her knowledge further in dance and theatre. Mei is a 2020 graduate of the Music Theatre Performance Program at St. Lawrence College in Brockville.
Her former performance credits include: Sweet Charity (Helene), The Little Mermaid (Atina/asst. dance captain), Jesus Christ Superstar (Soul girl/Herod’s dancer/ensemble), The Addams Family (ensemble), as well as dancing in films such as The Swan (as one of the ballerinas), and some music videos. She has performed for Wavestage Theatre, Pirate Life Theatre, Shadowpath Theatre, EveryBODY on Stage, Toronto Fringe Festival, as well as major films such as The Swan, and some music videos. Her former performance credits include: Chicago (merry murderess), Cell Block Tango MV (dancer), Sweet Charity (Helene), The Little Mermaid (Atina/dance captain), Jesus Christ Superstar (ensemble), and The Addams Family (ensemble)
She has taught kids and adults dance classes at multiple studios in Toronto and Brockville, Ontario, and her dance styles include but are not limited to ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, Broadway jazz, contemporary, and urban. Mei is an ADAPT certified dance instructor. She has also choreographed numerous dance/movement pieces for shows and events such as Dancing Stars of Leeds Grenville 2019.
Sadie Stratford is a ballet and hip hop teacher and choreographer from Toronto, Ontario. She is a graduate of The National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. She trained competitively in various genres prior to transitioning into teaching as well as directed and choreographed for the Northumberland Players Youth Theatre Programs. She is well versed in several genres of dance but specializes in ballet. Ms. Sadie is also a huge advocate for body positivity in the dance community and tries to incorporate the idea of self-love and positivity into all of her dance classes.
Dance Fit Instructor
As a child Jenny found her passion for singing and dancing early on in life, entertaining family and friends on her homemade stages (usually the kitchen tables).
Jenny is known for her high energy, she has the ability to get people out of their comfort zone, let go and have fun with her. She has performed in Disney World in Orlando, Asia and Africa and across North America.
She has been working as a personal trainer and fitness instructor since 2011. She loves helping people move and feel strong in their bodies. Music and Movement is life! And Jenny loves to see people light up while doing good for their mental and physical health.
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!
Mackenzie Grantham (she/her) is a mover, educator, and creator. Born and raised in British Columbia, she has been dancing since the age of six. Growing up in a small town gave Mackenzie an unconventional emergence into the world of dance. This setting allowed for her to learn that dance was not solely about the technique, but the spirit and passion it invoked within. Mackenzie now fights to build this sense of community and humanize every studio she has the pleasure of connecting with, using her positive and inclusive teaching methods.
Growing up Mackenzie competed and attended various competitions and conventions in her native Kootenay region, across the Okanagan, and Alberta. With the highlight of her competitive dance career being the honour of representing Shine Dance Festival as Dancer of The Year in the 2019-2020 season. This award was chosen from amongst the highest scoring solos of the multiple festivals hosted across BC. Mackenzie was recognized for her focus, hard work, dedication, and commitment to being a role model for upcoming dancers in her community.
Mackenzie has been assisting dance classes since her early days, and began teaching and choreographing at the young age of 16. With experience in styles of modern, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, tap, and musical theatre, her expertise lies in acrobatics. She has choreographed on ages ranging from 7 to 17, working with large groups as well as solo dancers, ranging from beginner to advanced levels, in the styles of acro, jazz, and lyrical. Mackenzie has trained with highly sought after artists such as Shawna Sloan, Tracey Norman, Jennifer Bolt, Susan Lee, Terrill Maguire, and Stelio Calagias.
After high school Mackenzie was accepted into York University, choosing this path in her career due to her desire to grow not only her dance training, but to hone and develop a deeper understanding of the foundations of dance and choreography.
She is now currently enrolled in the BFA Dance program at York University in which she is in her third year of the choreography/performance stream. With hopes of continuing her dance education in as many diverse and contrasting ways, Mackenzie hopes to find her niche not only within her performance, but her teachings as well.
Tracy has had extensive training in the entertainment business.
As a child she studied jazz and tap in Montreal, Canada for several years before becoming a ballet and tap assistant instructor for toddlers. She then joined the prestigious musical theatre company Children’s Creations based in Montreal and Toronto.
Tracy performed alongside actors who would eventually star in
such films as X-Men, The Expanse and 300. While there Tracy performed in multiple Musicals, two of which she assistant
choreographed and one of which she co-wrote. She toured the U.S and Canada with the company and also recorded a live album.
Upon moving to Boston, Tracy continued her extensive training in Acting, Dance and Voice. She pursued her vocal training and was also a member of the local all-girls pop group Novelty. For two years she studied Hip Hop at the prestigious Jeanette Neill Dance
Studio in Boston and became a member of Boston Casting and CP Casting where she took several acting classes.
Tracy was then selected from over one hundred dancers in an open call audition to be a regular on MTV's popular TV show Club MTV In New York City and was a cast member until the show ended in 1993. She appeared in two national television commercials and has been an extra in several major films including Fever Pitch with Jimmy Fallon, The Fighter and Ted with Mark Wahlberg, The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington and Joy starring Robert DeNiro and Jennifer Lawrence.
Tracy returned to teaching in 2007 and taught competitive Jr. & Sr. Hip Hop, Vocals and Musical Theater where her Musical Theater Team's performance of Hairspray won Platinum, highest overall score and came in second at nationals. She has done extensive voiceover work for several US radio stations and has been a vocal instructor and performance and acting coach for six years. One of Tracy's former vocal students Kara Hayward stars in the Oscar nominated films Moonrise Kingdom and Manchester by the Sea.
Throughout this, Tracy has also maintained steady employment working in the Music Industry for Capitol Records, starting her own artist management company and dance studio as well as working in the radio business.
Tracy teaches Vocals, Acting, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Lyrical, tap, jazz and ballet to the 2-17 years age group and competitive teams.
Sofia started dancing at the age of three and has loved it ever since. She received pre-professional ballet training in the Philippines, with Dance Theatre Manille, Ballet Philippines, and Philippine Ballet Theatre.
She has also had the privilege of attending dance programs at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
In 2018, Sofia moved to Canada to pursue her post-secondary studies at the University of Toronto and is graduating with a Double Major in Neuroscience and Psychology, Minor in Education & Society.
She is passionate about education and dance (especially when put together!) and hopes to pursue a career as an educator.
Caroline was born and raised in Toronto and has been dancing for as long as she can remember! She started off with ballet, before moving into Jazz, and Tap, which led her to discover her passion for Musical Theatre.
She did musicals all throughout her adolescence and into her teens, and continued to do so alongside dance at her high school: Rosedale Heights School of the Arts. From there, Caroline went on to college where she graduated from St. Lawrence College’s Musical Theatre Performance Program.
Since then, Caroline has moved back to the city where she started her dance teaching journey. She is so excited to be a part of the SCDC family, where she gets to combine her passions of dancing and teaching together and help kids discover these passions as well!