Faculty


Hilary Whittaker

Hilary Whittaker

Director of Operations

Hilary Whittaker has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She has had an active role with The Bradford School of Dance Inc. as a student, teacher and performance coordinator since 2000. Hilary took on the role of Director of Operations with the expansion of The Bradford School of Dance Inc. in 2004. As Director of Operations she ensures the goals and philosophies of The Bradford School of Dance Inc. are being carried out. Ms Whittaker provides parents and students with an open office policy for better communication. Hilary is an associate member with the Society of Russian Ballet, a Stott pilates instructor and continues to develop her teaching and pedagogical skills by attending advanced classes, conferences and seminars. Hilary has received Choreography awards along with Teacher of the Year Awards. Ms. Whittaker brings enthusiasm, encouragement, knowledge and joy to each of her classes.

2018/2019 Classes:

  • Ballet Exam Level 2, 4 and Pre-Elementary
  • Kindermovers – Saturday 10:15
  • Ballet/Jazz – Saturday
  • Primary Tap
  • Competitive Solos, Duets and Groups
Jane Pound

Jane Pound

Artistic Director

Jane founded The Bradford School of Dance Inc. in 1998 and continues as Artistic Director and Ballet instructor.  Ms Pound danced professionally as a classical ballerina with companies and freelance choreographers in Canada and the U.S. She received her advanced training and teaching qualifications at the National Ballet School of Canada in Cecchetti, National Dance and Russian Style Ballet (Vaganova). She is the Chair of The Society of Russian Ballet, an executive member and is also an Examiner.  Jane remains actively involved in the dance community by instructing and coaching teachers, student teachers, national level skaters and national level gymnasts. This, added to over 35 years teaching experience, provides healthy technical training to all stages of the students’ development.

2018/2019 Classes:

  • Adult Ballet
  • Small class and Private training
  • Competitive Solos
Alexandra Herrington

Alexandra Herrington

Alex began her dance training at an early age studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Musical Theatre at Jaymor School of Dance. Her love of classical dance led Alex to train also at the Martha Hicks School of Ballet and Performing Dance Arts. She was a competitive dancer at PDA for a number of years and also performed with the Motus O Theatre Group and BYS Productions.
A popular teacher & choreographer Alex’s repertoire also includes sharing her love of dance with the local school boards. In her spare time, Alex volunteers with Art for All, a program bringing visual and performance arts to students of all abilities.
Alex graduated from the University of Guelph, where she studied her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and French Literature. She also holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education and is currently a member of the Coaching Association of Canada through the NCCP. Forever a student, Alex continues to increase her knowledge by becoming a certified member of Acrobatique AcroDance Syllabus and Aaron Tolson’s SolePower Fitness. She continues to train in Canada and the US, dancing with Shawn Byfield, David Cox, Aaron Tolson and Allison Toffan..

2018/2019 Classes:

  • Competitive Solos, Duets/Trios and Groups
Jenna D’Antimo

Jenna D’Antimo

Competitive and Recreational Teacher

Jenna D’Antimo began dancing as a very young child.  She quickly demonstrated the love and determination required to be a competitive dancer.  Jenna has a true passion for ballet.  With very successful results in all of her ballet exams including her Advanced Society of Russian Ballet exam, Ms D’Antimo chose to continue her dance training in the very prestigious George Brown College’s Classical Ballet and Contemporary program partnered with Ballet Jorgen where she is currently studying.

Jenna brings a youthful energy to her classes and is inspiring to students from beginner to senior.

2018/2019 Classes:

  • Kindermovers Saturday 9:30 and 11:00
  • Acro/Jazz Saturday
  • Junior/Intermediate Jazz/Lyrical
Jeannine Jocelyn Clayton

Jeannine Jocelyn Clayton

Competitive Teacher

Jeannine Jocelyn Clayton received most of her formal dance training from Darlene Ceglia and the faculty at the University of Buffalo, where she graduated with honours,  a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Following University, Jeannine spent seven years dancing professionally in Chicago, Illinois.  Performing with Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, the Willingham Project and Thodos Dance Chicago, Jeannine has worked with renowned choreographers such as Randy Duncan, Lar Lubovitch and Ann Reinking.  She has also had the honour of dancing for Maurice Hines, and perform works by both Mia Michaels and Gus Giordano.

Jeannine travels extensively throughout the United States and Canada, teaching master classes, setting choreographic works, and adjudicating for various dance conventions and festivals.  She has choreographed in the Young Choreographer’s Showcase, New Dances, and has set new works on several Youth Companies.  Her work entitled “Enchanted,” is currently in the repertoire of Thodos Dance Chicago.

Jeannine has been a teacher of all forms of dance for the last eighteen years—her sheer determination, energetic enthusiasm, and pure passion for this art form shows in all that she does.  Jeannine truly enjoys sharing her knowledge of dance with all age groups and abilities, and with all who share her same passion and love for the art of dance!

2018/2019 Classes:

  • Contemporary Technique
  • Competitive Solos and Duets/Trios
  • Intermediate and Senior Competitive Groups
Vanessa Thompkins

Vanessa Thompkins

Competitive and Recreational Teacher

Vanessa has been dancing since she was just three years old. She began with ballet, but she then expanded her repertoire to include jazz, tap, and musical theatre. She quickly developed a strong passion for tap dancing. Vanessa has completed her tap exams receiving honourable distinction. She has also been a competitive dancer since the age of eleven. She has received multiple special awards from competitions all over Ontario. She was named “Soloist of the Year” in 2004.

Vanessa is a high school teacher. She is qualified to teach math, physics, and dance at the high school level. As well, Ms. Crutchley coaches her school’s very successful and dedicated dance team.
She is very excited to bring her experience and passion for dance to the Bradford School of Dance. Vanessa is known for her positive energy and her modern flare on traditional tap dancing.

2018/2019 Classes:

  • Novice, Junior, Intermediate and Senior Tap
  • Competitive Tap Groups
  • Competitive Tap Solos/Duets
  • Adult Tap
Natasha Booth

Natasha Booth

Miss. Natasha began dancing at the age of 3 throughout various studios and programs in Barrie, ON. Completing many of her C.D.T.A Jazz, R.A.D Ballet and S.R.B. Ballet examinations, she fell in love with the art of dance. At the age of 8 Natasha began to dance competitively which fuelled her passion to share dance with others around her. She led both her elementary and high school dance teams, which also led her to becoming a dance assistant throughout her secondary school days. In 2009, upon graduating high school Natasha continued her education with Laurentian University via Georgian College receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Studies. Natasha strives to bring a positive and fun-filled energy to her classes as well as a love and respect for the art of dance. Today Natasha can be found as a resident dance instructor, teaching both recreational and competitive classes. In 2014 she joined Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, a not-for-profit professional dance company based in Simcoe County, as a Company Member and Outreach Coordinator. Natasha is currently working towards obtaining her Teacher-In-Training Certification with the Society of Russian Ballet. She also continues her training in dance by performing with SCD and through attending various workshops and teaching seminars. Natasha also occupies her time teaching English at a local tutoring center, working with local charities, and volunteering at various elementary schools within Barrie.

 

2018/2019 Classes:

  • Ballet Level 1 and 3
  • Novice Jazz
  • Lyrical Technique
  • Competitive Solos, Duets and Groups
Breeanna Booth

Breeanna Booth

Breeanna has been dancing since the age of three, studying in almost every style of dance. Since the age of 10 she has danced competitively, winning many trophies, medals and plaques. Breeanna’s true passion is in the acting world where she attended college to pursue this art. Her accomplishments in this field include many roles in different student films, feature films, and working on many different television series.

Breeanna continues to pursue her love of dance by attending workshops, dance auditions, and dancing on television shows.  She brings lots of energy and positivity to her classes and thoroughly enjoys watching the progress of her students!

2018/2019 Classes:

  • Kindermovers Monday
  • Junior Jazz
  • Novice and Junior Musical Theatre
  • Junior, Intermediate and Senior Competitive Solos and Groups
Michelle Zetts

Michelle Zetts

Recreational Teacher

Michelle has continually made dance central to her life. From an early age she competed in London, Ontario and Oakville, Ontario, as well as completed exams in both B.A.T.D. and R.A.D. – finishing her Advanced One when she was 17. She went on to pursue an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at York University, where she was fortunate to be able to work with renowned choreographers – such as Rachel Browne, Robert Glumbeck, Yvonne Ng, Biba Bell, and Cirque du Soleil’s choreographer Debra Brown – as part of the York Dance Ensemble. She continued to perform professionally before realizing her passion was in teaching. She is certified in both Modules of Acrobatic Arts, and has trained with Cirque du Soleil performers such as Meaghan Wegg and Joey Arrigo. Michelle strives in her teaching throughout the GTA to create inclusive and supportive classes to help her dancers thrive.

 

2018/2019 Classes:

  • Novice, Junior and Intermediate and Senior Acro
  • Acro/Jazz – Wednesday
  • Novice and Junior/Intermediate Hip Hop
  • Competitive Solos, Duets/Trios and Groups
Kallie Milleman

Kallie Milleman

Recreational and Competitive Teacher

Kallie Milleman danced for 16 years which inspired her to pursue a career in the performing arts. She was a student at the Bradford School of Dance for many years. Kallie began volunteering at the studio while in highschool, this led her to become an intern at the studio and a dance teacher.

Kallie is a graduate of the Humber Theatre Performance program. She studied acting to improve her performance skills. Her love for dance and years of experience served her well when working with Varrick Grimes on a physical theatre show in the spring of 2012 and 2013. Kallie enjoyed expanding her ideas of connecting dance and movement to theatre through action.

Since graduating, Kallie has performed at 4th Line Theatre in The Real McCoy. Kallie hopes to bring her skills and experience to the classroom in order to help students achieve their performance goals.

2018/2019 Classes:

  • Substitute Teacher
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