- Primary, Novice and Junior Hip Hop – Thursday
- Competitive Solos, Duets, Trios and Groups
Abigail has been dancing for nineteen years, ten of which she performed as a competitive dancer. She has trained in many dance styles including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, musical theatre and contemporary. As a competitive dancer Abigail won many awards for excellence in technique and artistry. Abigail’s passion for dance has led her to pursue a career in the field of dance education.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with honours in Dance from York University. In addition, Abigail is currently working towards achieving her teaching certification with the A.D.A.P.T association and is a registered junior level teacher with Acrobatique.
Abigail has been teaching dance since the age of fifteen, as well as guest teaching at classes and workshops throughout the GTA. She has instructed children ranging from the ages of two to eighteen. She strives to continuously improve herself as both a dance teacher and educator by attending dance teacher workshops and conventions and learning from some of the top dance educators in North America. Abigail has also assisted her students in achieving many great accomplishments, including high scores, acceptances to university dance programs, and national titles. Her choreography has won numerous awards for its innovation and creativity, and has been recognized for its age appropriate content. Abigail is thrilled to be working with the talented students at the Bradford School of Dance, and cannot wait to share her passion and love for dance with all of her students.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Glynnis DuBois began dancing as an adult. Although she had always had a great love for dance, the opportunity did not arise until her children were avid dancers. Since then, she has continued to attend ballet classes and has gone on to become a Kinderdance instructor.
As a paediatric nurse, and speech-language pathologist, Glynnis has a deep understanding of the importance of music and movement for children in the development of motor, language and social skills. Having spent the past 30+ years working with children (both typically developing and those with challenges) and their families, she has great respect for the ability of dance to incorporate many of the skills necessary for life-confidence, resiliency and empowerment . Her goal is to continue to build these skills with the children in her Kinderdance classes.
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.