Biographies

Teachers:

Emily Spearing:

Emily Spearing began her dance training at age 13 in London, Ontario. She competed throughout Ontario and the United States winning many awards recognizing her artistry and performance.

Emily continued her dance training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and graduated from their professional training program. There she had the opportunity to work with many of Canada’s best choreographers including Peggy Baker, Robert Desrossiers, Louis Laberge-Côté, Ofilio Sinbadino, Julia Sasso, and Darryl Tracey. She has spent her summers training with RUBBERBANDance Group and Dasein Dance Theatre.

She has performed with Gadfly, Nostos Dance Collective, Impromptu Movements, Inamorta Dance Collective, Sharing Spaces, Short Dances Small Spaces and Fever After Dark.

Emily has been teaching and choreographing for the past six years at various dance studios. She loves to inspire young dancers and is excited to be a part of the Gotta Dance team!


Kim Ganter:

Originally from Saskatchewan, Kimberley moved to Vancouver in 2010 to follow her dreams and pursue a career in dance. While in Vancouver she trained with Harbour Dance Centre’s ITP and completed two seasons performing and touring with the prestigious Source Dance Company under the direction of Joanne Pesusich.

Kimberley performed at many live events in Vancouver including Vancouver’s Gay Pride Festival with artist Sarah K, Improv Vancouver, Urban Alchemy, Vancouver International Salsa Festival and the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler, BC.

After 5 years of training, teaching and working professionally in Vancouver, and a summer training in Quebec with RubberbanDance Group, Kimberley relocated to Toronto where she continues to teach, choreograph, perform and train to push herself in her craft.

She has worked on projects with Creativiva including Ricarda’s Grand Opening, SickKids Gala and their live production of Illuminite at Yonge-Dundas Square. She also travelled with the company to Bahrain in the Middle East with their production of Cinderella.
Most recently, Kimberley performed for the 6th HUM Awards with BNF Entertainment Dubai. She will be returning for a second season of Wondersee Entertainment’s “The Great Big Boo” tour in Canada in Fall 2018. She is also a member of Knowledge Dance Company, a new contemporary dance company based out of Toronto, where she is rehearsing for shows to be performed later in 2018.

Having extensive teaching experience and choreographing for all ages all around the GTA, Kimberley is continually inspired by new people and experiences. She is excited to return to Gotta Dance this season and cannot wait to share her love and passion for dance with all the kids!


Georgi DiRocco:

Georgi DiRocco is 19 years old from Ottawa, Ontario where she grew up in the competitive dance world. Georgi has trained in styles such as ballet, contemporary, jazz, acrobatics, hip hop, partnering and floor work. Georgi has completed several R.A.D and B.A.T.D syllabus exams and has received her teaching certificate with the B.A.T.D syllabus. After going to the Canterbury High School Dance program, Georgi moved to Toronto to attend the Conteur Academy, a post-secondary training program specializing in Contemporary dance. Georgi has worked with choreographers such as Eryn Waltman, Ryan Lee, Scott Macdonald, Alysa Pires, Julia Cratchley, Dani Matte, Patrizia Ferlisi and was mentored by Brandon Croisetiere. Georgi has been choreographing around Ontario for the past 3 years and hopes to continue her love for choreographing and teaching after graduated in 2018.

Leanne Yagi:

Leanne Yagi began her dance training at the age of four, at Lori DeLuca’s Dance Place in Welland, Ontario. She graduated in 2014 from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, studying primarily performance and choreography. Since then, Leanne has performed commercially for events such as Canada’s Walk of Fame and Canadian Music Week, as well as for Wayne Gretzky’s winery opening and for the County Fair Toronto.

Leanne has experience teaching styles such as ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical for her home town studio and for high schools in the Niagara region. Leanne was part of the Toronto Blue Jays cheerleading team, and had the pleasure of dancing in the 2015 playoff games. She has performed for various companies such as Badass Babes and Army of Sass. Leanne is now focussing on teaching and choreographing, fulfilling her dreams in the art of dance.


Shannel Pearson:

Shannel’s passion for dance began at the age of three. She studied various genres, including tap, jazz, ballet, acro, lyrical & contemporary. For 14 years, Shannel danced competitively, attended workshops and auditions within Canada and the United States. She has won countless awards as a dancer and was featured on national television at one of the most prestigious dance competitions.

Shannel has over a decade of experience teaching at the competitive and recreational levels. Her students have won numerous overalls, special awards & scholarships. She has also been recognized by well-known and respected adjudicators for her choreography and creative concepts.

Shannel is excited to share her passion and knowledge for dance with her students and hopes to inspire them to achieve their best!


Mikey Rulentlez:

Michael Rulentlez, known as Rulentlez aka BoyAstro, born & raised in Toronto. With over 18 years of industry experience, 7 years of teaching (TDSB), music videos, acrobatics, martial arts, Latin dance & many others. Has traveled for dance around North America, Nicaragua, and South Korea. With a background in Early Childhood Education, extensive experience volunteering for youth functions & instructing youth adolescents for the past 7 years; He is well equipped and continues to share his knowledge of dance with the people he has the opportunity to teach. Performing across Ontario and internationally doing shows to inspire youth; He teaches workshops for all ages on hip hop culture, break dance, turntablism & musicality.


Daniel Keith Morrison:

Daniel is a professional dancer and an aspiring actor. Born and raised in Scarborough, he is best known for his musicality, unique methods of expression, events, and his wild/outspoken personality. A member of the dance crew The Moon Runners, Daniel is a b-boy who also competes in a Party Rocking Style, also known as Hip-Hop freestyle.

He has been involved in professional and competitive dancing since 2008. Within that time he has competed and won various competitions in: choreography, solo, and team battles across North America, Europe, Asia, and the UAE. When he is not training or competing, he’s either running his own dance events, or teaching people how to dance in the two styles he specializes in. His theory in dance is that dancers need to learn more than moves; they need to learn the significance and meaning behind them. His dance goals are to educate people on hip-hop dance and what it is, as well as pushing Canada to become a mecca for dance.


Paul Mula:

Paul Mula is a dancer/choreographer/instructor born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Paul joined the Clique Dance Crew in March 2013 (age 16) and began choreographing and teaching for the crew in the summer of 2016, which was also the time he started teaching hip-hop dance at ‘Gotta Dance Studio Inc’. Starting dance at the age of 11, most of his training and education is from self-practice and research. But Paul has learned a lot from working deeply with local dance artists including Esie Mensah, Shameka Blake, Leon Blackwood, and Shavar Blackwood, who he has trained under for almost 3 years (2015-2017). In the summer of 2017, Paul began teaching drop-in classes at ‘The Underground Dance Centre’. But earlier that year, Paul’s journey as an independent dance artist began, as he would produce video and stage projects that would grant him opportunities including teaching workshops in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, through the international dance camp, “The R2D Camp”. His work would also lead him to achievements such as winning “The GOAT Competition 2018” with The Clique Elite, and being selected to present a show-closing piece at “The Industry Night 2018”. Whether it is choreographing, dancing, training, or teaching, Paul’s innovative actions are strongly driven by his purpose that is: to raise the standard, in order to redefine how dance artists are respected.

Emily Gibson:

Dance became a part of Emily’s life from a very young age. She began her training in ballet, tap, and jazz. When Emily began to dance competitively, at the age of ten, she expanded her repertoire with contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre, and acrobatics. Within her time in dance studios, she has co-produced many charity dance showcases, donating all of the proceeds to foundations such as the Sick Kid’s Foundation and Make A Wish. Teaching has always been her passion as she has been assisting dance classes since 2005, both in recreational and competitive. Emily attended both George Brown College and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre to further train in dance. She is currently a member of multiple dance companies in Toronto, which perform in a range of commercial, latin, and Bollywood styles. She has also performed for international companies, such as BNF stationed in Dubai. Emily continues to train in order to grow as both a performer and teacher.

Effie Moumouris:

Effie began her dance training at the age of 4 and began competing at the age of 5 in the styles of Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Ballet, Musical Theatre, and eventually Lyrical and Hip Hop. She has attended conventions in Canada and the United States as well as performed abroad as a professional dancer. Effie began her teaching career in 2004 and has taught all ages in competitive and recreational programs. In addition to her dance training, Effie has had extensive training in gymnastics, developmental gymnastics, figure skating, as well as a schooling background in Fitness and Health.
With a strong passion for dance, Effie continues to take classes, and updates her certifications, she is determined to share her knowledge and pass her love of dance to her students.

Front Desk Staff:

Grace Chacon:

Grace has had a passion for children and the arts for the past 14 years. She studied at Humber College in the Child and Youth Work program. She began her career working for a not for profit organization for 8 years, where she started as a counselor-in-training, later working her way up to program coordinator/ camp administrator. Growing up, it was clear she has a passion and talent for music, learning how to play the piano, flute, tenor saxophone and Caribbean steel pan. Her greatest highlight from her music adventures would have been the opportunity to perform at Massey hall with selected students in the TDSB. She is currently completing her TEFL certification with the University of Toronto and is hoping to teach English as a second language in the future. Grace is excited for the adventures that await her in her new home at Gotta Dance.

Priscilla Callejas:

Priscilla is a student currently studying at York University. She is in her second year in the French studies program with a minor in Spanish and plans to become a high school French and Spanish teacher. Priscilla was in the Extended French program which she finished at Humberside C.I. She has experience volunteering at the Humberside C.I office as well as at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre where she was placed in the Ambulatory care office. She strives to learn new things daily and as a new addition to the Gotta Dance team, she is eager to help in any way.

Kayla Chacon:

Coming soon…

Kent Fletcher:

Coming soon…