FACULTY AND STAFF

Mrs. Angela Prosser
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/MANAGER, ADAPT Cert, ADAPT Examiner; M.L.D.M.A
hooferspa66@gmail.com
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.

Miss Chelsey Prosser
COMPETITIVE DIRECTOR/INSTRUCTOR - Tap & Jazz ADAPT Cert & A.R.A.D.
Chelsey is a certified instructor with both the RAD and ADAPT teaching curriculums. Having taught over the past 12 years at studios in both the Durham and GTA area, Chelsey's home base is here at Hoofers as Competitive Director for the many teams we provide opportunities to. From recreational/pre competitive dancers to elite level competitors Chelsey keeps her eye out for those showing promise and determination in all genres of dance!

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. ballet exams and attaining her Advanced Two with Distinction, she continued on to participate in the Solo Seal Exam and The Genee International Ballet Competition held in Toronto in 2008.

Chelsey was also accepted to the National Ballet School and Royal Winnipeg summer intensive professional programs along with Ryerson University's Dance Program as a student.

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.

Setting her performing career aside, 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.

As an enthusiastic and disciplined teacher and choreographer, Chelsey demonstrates with precise technique and works to instill strong performance skills to allow her students to set their passion in motion on the stage. It is with great pride as she watches the growth of her students year after year.

Miss Rachel Parish
ACRO HEAD COACH/CHOREOGRAPHER/INSTRUCTOR - Tap & Jazz ADAPT Cert.
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.

Miss Ashley Schofield
COMPETITIVE TEAM CHOREOGRAPHER/INSTRUCTOR - Tap & Jazz ADAPT Cert.
Ashley Schofield is a passionate, motivated choreographer and teacher from Toronto, ON and has danced and performed for over twenty years. Miss Schofield has trained across North America with notable teachers and choreographers. She is a certified ADAPT and PBT teacher.

Ashley attended, by audition, 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 nationally recognized professional, Nelly van Bommel.

Currently, Ashley is the founder and choreographer of Opus Dance Collective, a pre-professional/professional company of dancers, who debuted at the Capezio ACE Awards in Los Angeles, California in 2015. They have since continued to train and perform across Canada and the US, most recently competing on NBC's World of Dance. Opus proudly presented their first self-produced show Volume 1: FORE/word at the Winchester Street Theatre in Toronto, Canada this past summer.

Ashley has been recognized for her creative concepts, artistry and choreography at both national and international levels of competition and it can be seen on NBC’s World of Dance Season 2, as her dancers battle it out amongst the top dancers in the world. Her competitive choreography has been displayed across Canada and the US at the YAGP Finals in NYC, in the Top 10 at the Dance Awards, charitable events and fundraisers, fashion shows, promotional teams representing both retail and media companies, along with numerous studio regional and national competitions. She also takes part in many annual industry events including the Choreographer’s Ball, Hit The Floor All-Star Showcase, and 60x60 Toronto. Ashley is a two-time Capezio ACE Awards finalist and has displayed her work at the prestigious choreographer’s competition in New York City and Los Angeles, California.

Mrs. Fritha King
BALLET DEPT - R.A.D. Cert & Mentor
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.

Miss Vanessa Stead
Competitive/Recreational Instructor - Tap & Jazz ADAPT Cert.
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 Madison Mapes
Office Admin / Teacher (A.D.A.P.T. & Acrobatic Arts Module 1)
Miss Madison has loved dancing since she joined Hoofers at the age of 4. She became competitive shortly after and was successful and passionate about being a dancer until she graduated high school. Along the way she completed multiple ballet exams and her Intermediate 3 jazz and tap exams. After teaching her first class, Miss Madison knew it was the right career for her. Madison has always been interested in making an impact on children and what could possibly be better than doing it as a dance teacher? In the summer of 2021 Miss Madison completed her ADAPT teacher training to be fully certified in the jazz and tap cirriculum and received her Acrobatic Arts Teacher Training Module 1 for Acro. She achieved her BA.H in Psychology from York University in June 2020 and is in the process of becoming an Early Childhood Educator through St Lawrence College Online Program. Using what she has learned in her education and her strong love for children she is excited to see where being a dance teacher can take her. She loves teaching Hoofers dancers including dancers in Born This Way- Dance Inclusion Program.

Miss Jennifer Jealouse
Recreational/Competitive Tap, Jazz, Ballet Instructor (A.D.A.P.T. Cert.)
Jennifer has a strong passion, not for only dance, but also for children. She recently
graduated from the A.D.A.P.T. Teacher Training Program in both Tap and Jazz.
Jennifer has been involved in dance since the age of three and throughout her time as a dancer at Hoofers she completed all of her examinations including, her Advanced Two Ballet exam and her Intermediate Three Jazz and Tap exams. While a full time competitive dancer, Jennifer was accepted into and attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Summer Intensive program.
Jennifer is currently enrolled in Kinesiology at Ontario Tech University, which has been very beneficial when teaching, and she plans on getting her Masters in Occupational Therapy to continue with her passion of movement. Jennifer is excited to continue working with the Hoofers and Born This Way dancers!

Miss Nicole Alison
Recreational Instructor - Tap & Jazz ADAPT Cert.
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!


Miss Jillian Jealouse
Jr Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Acro Instructor
Jillian has a great passion for dance and children. She has been involved in dance since the age of three and has been at Hoofers since the age of five. Jillian has completed her jazz and tap exams up to Intermediate 2 and her ballet exams up to Advanced 1. She is currently training at the Intermediate 3 level in jazz and tap and Advanced 2 level in ballet. She hopes to complete those exams in the near future. Jillian is a full time senior competitive dancer at Hoofers and has done well with both groups and solos at competitions over the years. Jillian is also a teacher’s assistant at Hoofers and has been for many years. Jillian has had the privilege to learn from a variety of Hoofers staff in different styles and levels. She has had many opportunities to work with children in and outside of the studio and continues to love it.

After high school, Jillian is hoping to get accepted into university for Nursing as she hopes to become an oncology nurse. Jillian is very excited to work with the dancers this season at Hoofers!

Miss Mhairi Rothery
HPA Grad - University Student
We are excited to have Miss Mhairi back at the studio this season as both an assistant to the teachers and supply staff!
Her years with us at Hoofers brought smiles to everyone with her positive dispostion and love for dance. Her success as a competitive dancer will always be a prideful journey taken with her teachers and she is thrilled to be back to inspire our young dancers!

Rebecca Zizek
Guest Teacher/Workshops/Intensives
Rebecca is a versatile, passionate and award-winning choreographer, teacher and
adjudicator based out of Toronto, Ontario. She is no stranger to the world of competitive
dance, having trained as a multi-disciplinary dancer by some of the industry’s best.
Rebecca is an established freelance guest teacher and choreographer and is in constant
demand at studios, intensives and conventions across Canada, with her work receiving
much acclaim. She also holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and Dance Minor
from Western University. Rebecca has been a featured choreographer at the APAP Dance
Showcases presented by Peridance Capezio Center (New York City) and the Young
Choreographer’s Festival in 2015 (New York City). Rebecca is a choreographer and
collaborator with Creativiva Inc., creating work for international stages, including
productions and events in Toronto, Asia and South America. She has choreographed and
performed for many professional, commercial and corporate shows and festivals
throughout North America. Rebecca was the choreographer and director of movement for
independent dance film White Flag which was screened at Portland Dance Film Festival
(Portland), Ryerson GLARE Festival (Toronto), Toronto Youth Shorts Festival and 300
Seconds Short Film Festival where it was a finalist for Best Music Video. Rebecca has
been recognized for her innovative choreography, receiving countless awards for her
vision and creativity. Many of her students have gone on to pursue professional dance
careers, with students training at Joffrey Ballet School (New York City), Toronto Dance
Theatre and performance dance programs at Ryerson University, York University and
George Brown College. Rebecca is deeply passionate about teaching and mentoring the
next generation of dancers.

Renee Smith
Guest Teacher/Workshops/Intensives
Renee Smith is a Black and Metis Ontario based artist. At a young age, she quickly developed an interest in movement detail, versatility, and how dance is a unique and personal expression.

Ms. Smith trains, choreographs, and teaches in various styles such as: Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Acro, Tap, Hip Hop, and Fusion Styles; Receiving performance and choreographic opportunities in NYC, Toronto, GTA gala’s, television, and within film industry. Renee has recently graduated from Ryerson (X) Universities dance program with a BFA degree.

Renee is currently teaching for studios in the GTA, lined up as a teacher for various intensives this coming summer, and is a selected choreographer for the up-coming show, ‘Presence’, under Peggy Baker this September 2022. She continues to explore and translate new ways of moving in her practices while sharing her love and knowledge with others along the way.

Miss Faith Jade
Guest Hip Hop Teacher/Choreographer
Faith Jade is a dance artist, choreographer and teacher, from Whitby, ON. Her passion for arts education, creation and direction stem from a desire to create safe spaces for intersectional identities to express themselves through movement. Faith is deeply passionate about using her gift to create and hold space for underrepresented voices. Her passion is enriched by a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in dance education and a BEd (Bachelor of Education) both from York University. In 2020, she showcased her work in HER Creative TO, a multidisciplinary woman's art event based in Toronto and most recently showcased a piece of choreography in Let The Elephants Dance 2022 to raise awareness for mental health.

Faith is working to create her brand as a Hip-Hop Dance Educator across the GTA, working with various dance studios, high school dance programs and drop-in programs to build a cohesive and foundational hip-hop curriculum for movers of all ages.

While continuing to advance her career as an Arts Educator, she simultaneously continues to pursue her passion as a dancer within the Toronto dance industry by working professionally and commercially as a dance artist.