JO-ANN BRYSON-KO M.B.A.T.D.

JO-ANN BRYSON-KO M.B.A.T.D.
OWNER, MARKHAM

Jo-Ann has been sharing her love of dance with students of all levels and ages for many years. She has owned KICKS DANCE STUDIO since 1984 and was recently presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for 35 years as a member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing.

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COURTNEY DRAKE A.B.A.T.D.

COURTNEY DRAKE A.B.A.T.D.
OWNER, MOUNT ALBERT
DIRECTOR, MARKHAM AND MOUNT ALBERT
RECREATIONAL AND COMPETITIVE INSTRUCTOR

Courtney is an accomplished choreographer, performer, and instructor. She is a fully qualified member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, and is the Owner/Director of KICKS Dance Studio, Markham and Mount Albert. Dance has been a big part of Courtney’s life since the young age of 3. She has received extensive dance training in all types of dance and has performed professionally across Canada, Europe and the U.S.

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COURTNEY BURNATOWSKI

COURTNEY BURNATOWSKI
COMPETITIVE TEAM DIRECTOR, STUDIO MANAGER
RECREATIONAL AND COMPETITIVE INSTRUCTOR

Courtney is well known for her outstanding choreography in lyrical, jazz, musical theatre, open, tap and hip hop. She has won several “Young Choreographer” and “Outstanding Choreography” awards for both her solo and group work. Her students continue to win many overall awards at very prestigious dance competitions.

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MORGAN VALLEE

MORGAN VALLEE
RECREATIONAL & COMPETITIVE INSTRUCTOR
COSTUME MANAGER

Dancing and singing since the age of three, Morgan discovered her passion at an early age. With 20 years of training in dance, vocal music and acting, Morgan is a Triple Threat Performer.

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MEAGHAN HOUGHTON

MEAGHAN HOUGHTON
RECREATIONAL INSTRUCTOR

Meaghan’s love and passion for dance began at the age of 2. She trained extensively at KICKS Dance Studio in various styles such as; Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Acro and Hip Hop for 16 years.

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ADAM L. TOTH

ADAM L. TOTH
BALLET MASTER

Adam L. Toth was born in Budapest, Hungary. He began his training at the Hungarian Dance Academy in 1989, and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelors and Masters in the History of Art .He also attended the North Carolina School of the Arts from 1996 to 1997, the Royal Ballet School in London for the summer of 1997, the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C. in 2000.

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PHILLIP PAYNE

PHILLIP PAYNE
BALLET MASTER

Phillip Payne began his Ballet training at the later age of 19. His first professional training program was at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada in Belleville, Ontario, under the guidance of Mercedes Bernardez and Brian Scott.

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ADRIANNE TONG, R.A.D.

ADRIANNE TONG, R.A.D.
BALLET INSTRUCTOR

Adrianne Tong began dancing at the age of seven at the School of Toronto City Ballet, where she achieved Distinction in her RAD Advanced 1 and 2 exams in classical ballet. Throughout her years of dancing, she has trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern and contemporary, and has experience in the RAD, Cecchetti and Vaganova ballet methods.

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ANGELINA LEOFANTI

ANGELINA LEOFANTI
RECREATIONAL & COMPETITIVE INSTRUCTOR

Angelina is a 21-year-old, Toronto-based dance artist, choreographer, and instructor, whose passion for dance began at a young age at KICKS! She is technically trained in the various styles of Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet, and Hip-hop, and began teaching and training young dancers at the age of 15.

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REBECCA ZIZEK

REBECCA ZIZEK
COMPETITIVE INSTRUCTOR

Rebecca has over 20 years experience as an accomplished dancer, teacher, choreographer and adjudicator from Mississauga, Ontario. Growing up in the dance world, she trained extensively in all dance styles with some of the industry’s top teachers and choreographers. In addition, she also holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from Western University. Most recently, Rebecca has presented work in New York as a featured choreographer at the APAP Showcases presented by Peridance Capezio Center 2017, as well as the Young Choreographer’s Festival in 2015.

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JADE DE LARONDE

JADE DE LARONDE
COMPETITIVE INSTRUCTOR

Jade began dancing at the age of 3 and has trained extensively in all dance styles with some of the top teachers and choreographers in the industry.

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JORDAN ROBERTSON-REID

JORDAN ROBERTSON-REID
RECREATIONAL INSTRUCTOR

Jordan has been dancing since she was 4 years old at KICKS Dance Studio. With over 12 years of performance experience, Jordan has been trained extensively in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, acro, musical theatre, song and dance, contemporary, lyrical and hip-hop.

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MARIA LEOFANTI

MARIA LEOFANTI
RECREATIONAL INSTRUCTOR

Maria Leofanti has been dancing for fourteen years; her passion for dance found at KICKS Dance Studio! As a competitive dancer, Maria has received extensive training in the various styles of jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, acro, ballet, pointe, musical theatre and hip hop, and has received numerous overall awards, special awards, and scholarships for her performances. In addition to the incredible teachers she has had the opportunity to work with and learn from at KICKS, Maria has also attended multiple workshops and conventions, including: Fresh Dance Intensive, OnTheFloor, Dance Attack and more.

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JESSICA CHOW

JESSICA CHOW
RECREATIONAL INSTRUCTOR

Jessica began dancing when she was just 3 years old. During her years at KICKS Dance Studio, Jessica received extensive training in many styles, including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre & Hip Hop.

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