FACULTY AND STAFF
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, A.D.A.P.T., M.L.D.M.A
Owner and Artistic Director of Hoofers Performing Arts, Angela has 30+ years of teaching experience.
With accreditation in the Tap and Jazz A.D.A.P.T. curriculm and certification with Dance Masters of America, she is highly respected amongst her peers in the dance profession and continues to teach and share her passion and enthusiasm for dance!
Having been appointed as a tap and jazz examiner on the panel of A.D.A.P.T., Angela looks forward to sharing her knowledge not only with her own students but those across Canada and most recently overseas.
Having been in business in Oshawa for the past 20 years Angela now spends most of her time working to continue to offer quality instruction by her outstanding staff. With a completely open door policy you can be sure any questions you have will be answered personally and promptly!
As a former choreographer her work has been recognized and awarded many overall high scoring awards and scholarships. She has had students go on to professional careers as performers, teachers and choreographers both here in Canada and Internationally!
Her love for both dance and children is infectious and encourages a strong sense of self esteem and team building in others.
Chelsey is a sought out teacher and choreographer in the GTA having attained her A.R.A.D. certification. Throughout her training with the ADAPT syllabus for tap and jazz, she also trained in lyrical/contemporary, acro, musical theatre and vocal. Having excelled in the R.A.D. exams and attaining her Advanced Two with Distinction, she continued to participate in the Solo Seal Exam and The Genee International Ballet Competition held in Toronto in 2008.
Chelsey has also previously been accepted to the National Ballet School and Royal Winnipeg summer intensive professional programs along with Ryerson University's Dance Program. As a former competitive student Chelsey was known for her outstanding performances in all genres and won numerous overalls and scholarships enabling her to further her realm of experience in the industry.
While working and training professionally, Chelsey resided in New York City participating at Step's On Broadway where she had the opportunity to train with many teaching professionals and performed with Royal Carribean Cruise Lines as a dancer in their production shows.
Having taught for many years both recreationally and competitively, Chelsey's students have won many overall awards from the Mini to Senior Divisions, choreography awards and have had many students receive outstanding examination marks along with acceptances to many private ballet schools.
Chelsey is an enthusiastic teacher and choreographer who demonstrates with precise technique and instills a love for dance among her students. Her passion for dance and performance is contagious among her students and she takes great pride in their accomplishments!
As a student from Hoofers since the age of 3, Chelsey has a great passion for teaching especially right here where she grew up!
Rachel is an accomplished performer, teacher and choreographer and has been involved in the dance community since the age of three. She has extensive training in the areas of R.A.D ballet, jazz, tap, acro, lyrical and hip hop. Rachel continues to update and train by attending professional dance conventions and classes. As a competitive dancer, Rachel has had the opportunity to compete across Canada and the United States winning numerous awards and scholarships for her outstanding performances. Having completed the teacher training program under the direction of Bryan and Faye Foley, she is a full member of the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT). As a teacher and choreographer, Rachel has helped her students to many great accomplishments including becoming members of the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak, Toronto Marlies Dance Team, Stratford Festival, and countless competitive overall awards and scholarships including pageant title winners and placements. Rachel has had her choreography chosen to represent Canada at the World Ballet and Jazz Championships in New York City and has had the pleasure of watching her students graduate to go on to professional careers of their own. Rachel currently teaches and choreographs for studios in the GTA and is also on staff with the Durham District Catholic School Board teaching the Performing Arts Dance Program to Grades 9 through 12.
Ashley is a passionate and motivated teacher and choreographer, and has danced for over twenty years. Her personal competitive achievements as a student have extended into the United States, as well as in Canada, winning numerous overall awards and championships. Miss Schofield has trained across North America with notable teachers and choreographers, and has memorable performing experiences in Las Vegas, New York City and LA. Ashley now passes her love of dance onto her students across the GTA, as well as her university varsity team at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She has been both a guest choreographer and head coach of the team for the past four years.
Ashley is an award winning choreographer with her competitive work and many of her students have won many titles, pageants, dance-offs and overalls. Ashley's choreography was chosen in New York City as "Best In Show" at Broadway Dance Center's AIM Invitational competition , and more recently one of her contemporary soloists was selected as a top finalist at the 2013 and 2014 Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) semi-finals in the US. Her senior and graduated students can be seen working professionally in commercials, Stratford musicals, Mirvish productions, and on Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Lines. Along with studio choreography and UOIT's Varsity Dance Team, Ashley has also choreographed for lululemon athletica in-store promotions, Lakeridge Health fashion shows and fundraisers, and many other promotional teams. Ashley was recently selected by audition to attend the National Choreographer's Intensive at Utah Valley University. While in attendance, she had the opportunity to work, study and create under the guidance of internationally recognized professionals Nelly van Bommel and Rob Wood.
Miss Schofield continues to train and modernize by attending professional dance conventions, teacher's seminars and master classes across Canada and the US. Having compl eted the teacher training program under the direction of Bryan and Faye Foley, she is a full member of the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT).
R.A.D. Head of Ballet Dept.
Mrs. Fritha King is a highly sought after R.A.D. Certified Teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience. She has both performed professionally across Europe and Canada as well as having choreographed and produced several full length ballets. With a creative drive and love of ballet, students will achieve great personal accomplishment under her guidance. Students have carried on towards gaining teaching certification and many of her current and former students have won overall awards for technical performances and choreography at competition as well as having been accepted into both the summer and fulltime academic programs at the National Ballet School and Quinte Ballet School.
Samantha Vrana (RAD-RTS, ARAD, TTP Dip, NBS)
Having danced from the age of three, Samantha has both studied and competed in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern and Contemporary forms of dance. Samantha is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. Here she achieved her Royal Academy of Dance teaching certification. Samantha's course of studies included; Royal Academy of Dance ballet, Cecchetti ballet and National Ballet School Syllabus. She also has an extensive knowledge of character and historical folk dancing. In 2013, The Royal Academy of Dance awarded her Advanced II standing with distinction. Samantha has also completed exams in A.D.A.P.T jazz and tap syllabus.
As a young adult she continued to challenge her abilities, competing at the Youth America Grand Prix in Rhode Island and The ACE Capezio Awards at the Dance Teacher Summit in New York where she danced as a finalist as part of The Opus Dance Collective.
While completing her course of studies at Canada’s National Ballet School Teacher Training Program, Samantha has been an active dance teacher in the Durham Region and has traveled to Saskatchewan to share dance with students in small communities. She always looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with new students.
Katelyn has trained at Hoofer's since she was 8 years old. While dancing at Hoofer's Katelyn was proud to dance for the Toronto Raptor's Dance Pak, appear in many commercials, dance at Chris Brown's concert as one of the finalists in Canada's Next Hip Hop Legend, achieve her Advanced 2 Ballet and also achieve her advance levels in jazz and tap ( A.D.A.P.T). During her competitive career she is proud to say that she was crowned Senior Miss Can Dance 2006, awarded scholarships and many overall awards. When she was heading to end of her competitive career she decided that she wanted to continue on with performing. Katelyn went on to study at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. At Randolph Katelyn performed in Killing Game (various characters), Smile (Valerie), at the Dance Ontario Showcase and as an actor for a fundrasier for the Canadian Opera Company. Katelyn graduated in August 2009 and less than a month later Katelyn was hired for the Toronto Marlies' Dance Team. In this past year Katelyn was seen in High School Musical 2 as Taylor (Toronto Centre for the Arts), tapping on MTV, dancing for the Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum and dancing for fundraisers. Katelyn also has many upcoming events that she is currently rehearsing for. Katelyn also has a love for teaching and in this past year she choreographed for Sinclair Secondary School and St. Mary's High School. She has also taught workshops at Sinclair. Katelyn is very happy to be a guest instructor at Hoofer's so she can spread what she loves to do.
Vanessa has been training in dance since the age of three and competing since the age of ten. Her hard work, versatility and style have led her to become a very accomplished competitive dancer, having won many overall awards, titles and numerous scholarships throughout North America. Vanessa also competed Internationally with the Canadian National Showdance Team, representing Canada at the IDO World Championships in Reisa, Germany. Some of Vanessa's training includes Broadway Dance Centre and Steps on Broadway in NYC as well as training with many renowned choreographers at workshops and conventions throughout North America.
Vanessa has extensive training in ballet (R.A.D. Advanced level 2), jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap and ballroom. Along with receiving top marks on her A.D.A.P.T. Tap and Jazz Exams, she is also a full member of the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers having graduated from the A.D.A.P.T. Teacher Training program in both Tap and Jazz. Her teaching experience includes studios in Durham and across the GTA where she has provided guest/substitute and permanent teaching along with choreography for year-end shows and competitions.
Other credits include National talent winner and finalist at the 2010 Miss Teen Canada Pageant and performer and assistant choreographer in "Anne of Green Gables".
On a professional level, Vanessa had a supporting role in the YTV Movie "King of the Camp" and appeared as a tap dancer in the television series "Warehouse 13". She has also completed two contracts as a dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Freedom of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas. Some other opportunities have included the Toronto Choreographer's Ball, Fever after Dark and several corporate gigs around Toronto. Vanessa has also had the opportunity of performing at the 2014 Capezio Ace Awards in NYC and the 2015 Capezio Ace Awards in Long Beach, CA.
Vanessa is very excited to be back at Hoofers where she grew up and looks forward to sharing her creativity and passion for dance with her students.
Miss Ashley (H.B.Sc) has recently completed her honours bachelor of science in psychology and plans to pursue her Masters and PhD in the future. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and has been a proud member of the Hoofers family for 8 years, teaching for 5. Having completed the entire graded stream of the R.A.D. syllabus as well as some major examinations, Ashley enjoys sharing what she has learned with her students in order to help them succeed and achieve their full potential. Ashley has the distinct pleasure of teaching the full age range of Hoofers students from those in her Creative Movement classes to her students in her Ladies Ballet class. Her greatest pleasure as a teacher comes when she can share in the love of dance with her students.
Nicole has always had a natural passion for dance, which she started at the age of eight. She began dancing competitively a year later throughout Canada and the United States, achieving many awards including First Overall Jr. Soloist.
Nicole recently graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology where she was a member of the UOIT Ridgeback Varsity Dance Pak for three years, and was awarded Dance Team Freshman Athlete of the year. Along the way, Nicole expanded her love of performing to the theatre where she was a principal dancer in the Oshawa Little Theatre's production of Glee. For the last six years Nicole has been teaching throughout the Durham Region, earning many overall and special awards for her choreography with her Mini and Junior dancers. This summer Nicole graduated from the ADAPT Teacher’s Training Program earning her Certification in both Tap and Jazz. Nicole is very excited to share her passion for dance with her students here at Hoofers!
Having danced since the age of four, Meaghan has studied in various genres of dance: Ballet, tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary. Meaghan has successfully completed her A.D.A.P.T. Tap and Jazz examinations and her R.A.D. Intermediate Ballet examinations.
While pursuing her post secondary studies, Meaghan taught at Barbra Treleaven School of Dance in North Bay. For two years, Meaghan specialized in teaching Acro, Contemporary, Tap and Jazz to various levels and age groups. In 2015, Meaghan choreographed a competitive acro small group and a contemporary duet which won second overall.
Meaghan currently attends Durham College and is entering her fourth year of studies. She continues to demonstrate her passion for dance by teaching during the year.
This past summer, Meaghan taught dance to individuals with special needs at an overnight camp. She is always looking to share her passion and dedication towards dance with her students.
Christyna found her love for dance at the young age of two. Throughout her highschool years her love broadened from the studio to the theatre where she performed in many shows around the gta. After returning from college she switched from performing to choreographing shows for both youth and adult productions around durham. Her choreography has been labeled as creative and outside the box and had won awards numerous awards over the years. She is excited to bring her love for dance and teaching to Hoofers this year.
Chloe Pellegrino has been dancing for 13yrs and competitively for 10yrs. She has completed her Advanced 1 RAD ballet exam as well as the Inter 3 jazz and tap exams. She currently takes classes in lyrical, contemporary, jazz, ballet, and acro.
Her passion and love for both dance and children brings a great addition to the staff at Hoofers having had many years of teacher training and assisting at the studio.
Chloe has won many overall awards and special acknowledgements throughout her dance career including placements in pageant. She has also had the opportunity to perform and train with a performing arts group, participating in broadway classes in New York, performing at the Parliament building as well as the Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery. Chloe looks forward to many more years in the dance industry both professionally as a dancer and teaching!
We are excited to have graduate Madison Mapes back with us this season as an office assistant and supply teacher!
Madison danced with the studio from the age of 5 in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and contemporary and had a very susccessful competitive experience. Her passion for dance and love for children currently has Madison attending York University full time for psychology. Her plan is to attend teachers college and become a high school social science and dance teacher. Her further goals�are to go through to be a guidance counsellor but continue teaching the arts program at the school.