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CHANTAL BAUDOUIN was born in Dieppe NB and took her first dance classes at École DansEncorps. Ten years later, as a member of DansEncorps Company, she toured New Brunswick and performed nationally and internationally several times (Brazil, Netherlands, Jamaica). In 2005, Chantal represented Canada at les Jeux de la Francophonie in Niger. After graduating from high school and I.B. with excellence, she continued her dance studies at The School of Toronto Dance Theater. In 2012, Chantal graduated from the Professional Training Program with a background in Graham technique and studied various styles such as Horton, Limòn and classical ballet. Chantal was fortunate to work with choreographers such as Serge Bennathan, Anna Blewchamp, Christopher House and Gerry Trentham. She apprenticed with Toronto Dance Theater for their 2012-2013 season and had the opportunity to work with Thomas Hauert on the creation of Pawn Skaters. In 2013, she danced for ProjectLIMB in Gabriel Forestieri's Glass Jaw show in New York. In 2014, Chantal joined the DansEncorps team as a member of the Company, happy to have participated in the tour L'école buissonnière (33 shows in the Atlantic). Chantal also dances with PPS Danse (Montreal) and Code Universel (Quebec). Parallel to her career as a performer, she is also a teacher at École DansEncorps. Currently, Chantal is touring with PPS Danse, offering cultural mediation workshops in elementary schools and working on a new creation with Vazari Dance Projects (Toronto). In 2018, she participated in the Hong Kong Arts Festival in the section: Artist in Residence (PPS Dance) and won the Éloizes Award: Artist of the Year in Dance.

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VANESSA CHIASSON is native to Moncton NB and is a graduate of the Professional Training Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She had been an integral part of their diverse and lively class of 2017. Vanessa feels lucky that she had fantastic opportunities to train and dance growing up in New Brunswick. She started dancing when she was really young – her mom signed her up for dance classes at the age of two. She danced at DancEast, performing in showcases and concerts (including the perennial favourite, The Nutcracker) into her teenage years. At 14, Vanessa attended the Academy of Classical Ballet and Modern Dances to intensify her ballet training in preparation for her audition for Quinte Ballet School. Afterwards, she continued on to the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Today she is very much looking forward to returning to our summer intensive for her second year and sharing her wealth of knowledge with us.

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SAMI "SLYNKS" ELKOUT started breaking in 2001 when he would teach himself moves off of a website called Breakdance.com. He later began classes with Ben Jammin and Universal Will of the Canadian Floor Masters (one of Canada’s oldest Breaking Crews). He has been featured on the first and second season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, after making it to the finals week. He later attended Algonquin College for business administration, where he began organizing practices at the college and later becoming a founding and member and manager of Ottawa based breaking group, the BreadCrumbs Crew. His crew has performed all over Ottawa including for Giant Tiger, The NHL Fan Fair, The Ottawa Senators, and many community events. His crew also began traveling Canada and competing in many events including Klondike Heat in the Yukon. He latter took on the role of event coordinator for a large street dance forum called Cypher for Change. This event brought breakers from all over Canada to the Yukon to compete, learn, and share stories in the hopes to create a national community. After returning home to Ottawa he realized that the community at home wasn’t united, and set out to change that. In May 2011 he opened Ottawa’s first street dance studio, The Flava Factory, and has been able to create new opportunities for street dancers as well as provide quality lessons to the Nations Capital. He is also the Dance Director for the House of Paint Festival of  Urban Arts and Culture, the largest four elements hip hop festival in Canada. Through this position he has been able to create opportunities for other dancers around Canada. Sami continues to push himself as a dancer, facilitator, and instructor.

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STEPHANIE MITRO is a dancer from Toronto, ON with a focus on contemporary, jazz, ballet, modern, tap, acro and hip-hop dance. Dancing since the age of 3, she has competed around Canada and in the United States. Stephanie graduated from Ryerson University with a BFA degree in Theatre Performance Dance in 2008, completed the Pre-Professional program at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in 2009, and worked for small contemporary companies in Vancouver, BC. She has been privileged to work with a number of well-known choreographers and musical artists from all around North America and Europe. Additionally, she continues to work in the commercial and industrial dance industry. As a choreographer, her work has been presented in Choreographic Works, 2006, 2007, 2008; New Voices 2008 (Ryerson University); Footprints (Decidedly Jazz Danceworks); Atlantic Fringe Festival -Wish.Desire.Vow.; and in many competitive studios, workshops, and festivals across Canada. Stephanie is also a co-founder of Votive Dance Company in Halifax, NS.

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BRITTANY O'SULLIVAN recently relocated to Charlottetown PEI from Fredericton N.B. Having been dancing for several years, her strengths are in jazz, contemporary and hip-hop. She has also trained in ballet, tap and musical theatre. She grew up dancing in a competitive atmosphere with the X-treme Dance studio in Fredericton. After graduating high school, she continued to dance through out University with the University of New-Brunswick dance team. With this team she won two bids to the USASF dance worlds in Orlando Florida. She performed at Disney World along side dancers from all over the world. After graduating with a BSc in Sciences, Brittany went on to teach dance at Dance Fredericton. Here she was the assistant director of the competitive dance program. Her dancers have competed around the east coast, in Quebec and in the states winning numerous awards. These include overall titles, choreography awards, judge’s choice awards, scholarships and cash prizes.

Dance has always been a huge part of her life and a creative outlet. She absolutely loves learning, sharing and growing with her students.  Brittany is a certified yoga teacher with over 600 hours of training. She feels incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share her endless energy and passion for dance and movement.

 

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MARISSA PROFITT has been dancing since a very young age. She began training at the Summerside School of Dance, and soon discovered that dance was a great passion of hers after having been enrolled in ballet and jazz programs. A few years later, Marissa joined the Dance Virtuosa program taking a vast array of classes. Shortly after, she became a demonstrator and teaching assistant, helping the younger students and eventually began teaching intro levels. Marissa now loves teaching and is looking forward to another year of dance and sharing her passion with the students at Dance Virtuosa.