ODCS Faculty 2017/18

Judith Davies, Founder
Judith Davies, Founder
Ping Feng
Ping Feng
Natalie Doyle
Natalie Doyle
Francisca  Filleul
Francisca Filleul
Maki Kabayama
Maki Kabayama
Sofia Tsolis
Sofia Tsolis
Tirene Paget
Tirene Paget
Jordan Samonas
Jordan Samonas
Daphne Paquette
Daphne Paquette

Guest Teachers

Sonia Awad
Sonia Awad
Mariah-Jane Thies
Mariah-Jane Thies
Marc Bertrand
Marc Bertrand
Karen Zissoff
Karen Zissoff
Bradley Sykes
Bradley Sykes
Andrea Hacqoil
Andrea Hacqoil
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Cathy Kyle Fenton
Christine Claire
Christine Claire
Alex Forster
Alex Forster
Emily Gagné
Emily Gagné
Rocky Gagné
Rocky Gagné
Allison Burns
Allison Burns
Leya Vandewaeter
Leya Vandewaeter

Resident Teachers
Heather King-Andrews
Heather King-Andrews
Stephanie Thomson
Stephanie Thomson
Kate Bowie
Kate Bowie
Olivia Chiasson
Olivia Chiasson
Nina Hadzimustafic
Nina Hadzimustafic



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Judith Davies, Founder

Judith Davies
Director / Founder

B.A. in Fine Arts (Concordia University); RTC, TD (Dist.), Teacher & Life Member Royal Academy of Dance, Member of the Society for Canadian Dance Studies. Founder/Director, ODCS. Founder/Director of the ODCS/Greenboro CCA Dance Programme; Artistic Director Ottawa Dance Theater 1976-1986, student apprentice, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens; Contemporary Dance Training, Martha Graham; Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Alvin Ailey; Performance with Judy Jarvis Dance Theater Company, Toronto; recipient of two Ontario Arts Council Choreographic Awards, Former students have been accepted by the National Ballet School, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Toronto Dance Theater and Dance departments of major universities
Ms. Davies taught the Extracurricular Dance Program for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, from 1991 to 2006 and is Dance Coordinator at Greenboro C.C. She has been Artist in Residence at Dancers, Inc. & Dance Scholars, Memphis, TN, USA from 1990-present.

Ms. Davies was recently presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her contribution to Dance.


Ping Feng

Ping Feng
Formerly Soloist, Ottawa Ballet
Mr. Feng is a graduate of the Beijing Dance Academy, and holds a B. A in. Dance Ed. from Beijing University. His professional performing experience includes the Beijing Dance Academy Ballet Company (Central Ballet of China) and Les Ballets Jazz of Montreal, Theatre Ballet, Ottawa Ballet 1990-92. He has danced principal roles, and has extensive teaching experience in both Classical Ballet & Character. Mr. Feng has been on faculty at ODCS since 1992 and is guest teacher with several Ottawa area schools. He recently was guest teacher in Beijing at his former school, the Beijing Dance Academy.

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Natalie Doyle
Graduate, National Ballet School - Teacher's Training Program. Associate I.S.T.D. (Ceccetti and National). Advanced CDTA-TAP
Natalie also holds a Dlp. SSW. She received her early training in Dance In Toronto before attending the NBS. She has an extensive teaching background in recreational and training programs in Dance In Toronto. Now residing in Ottawa, Natalie has been on the teaching staff of the Greenboro Dance Program for three years, where she has conducted classes for Pre-Schoolers to RAD grades.
Natalie has been on the faculty with ODCS since 2008, teaching at both Central and the Greenboro locations. She continues to conduct classes from Pre-Ballet to Pre-Professional (Advanced) levels as well as Tap.

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Francisca Filleul
Associate, I.S.T.D. (Cecchetti Society Branch) Graduate, National Ballet School of Canada, and Teacher Training Program of the National Ballet School
Francisca received her early training with ODCS as well as Intensive Studies with School of American Ballet, N.Y.C. and Harkness Ballet School N.Y.C. Her extensive teaching experience also includes Creative Movement Programs in Ottawa. Professional Performance with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Metropolitan Opera Company and Berlin Opera Ballet. Artist in Residence of Dancers, Inc. & Dance Scholars (Memphis, TN), 2000-present.
Ms. Filleul also guest teaches at Canterbury High School and ther dance program at Ecole Secondaire de Lasalle. She is on faculty as well with L'Academie de Dance de L'Outaouais.

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Maki Kabayama
A.I.S.T.D. (Cecchetti Society Branch)
Maki is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada, and danced with the National Ballet of Canada, performing major Classical works including Rudolf Nureyev's production of "The Sleeping Beauty". She has also performed internationally, including Australia and the Netherlands, returning to Ottawa as a guest teacher with ODCS and performing with Ottawa Dance Theatre in 1977. She has subsequently taught ballet for the Groupe de la Place Royale and from 1989-2005 has resided and taught in Cincinnati, Ohio, US,. In Cincinnati, as well as directing her own school, she has worked with numerous Educational programs and with professional companies. Maki and her husband, Nicholas Hilferink are also highly regarded teachers of International Folk Dance. They both now reside in Ottawa.
Maki has been on faculty with ODCS since 2006.


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Sofia Tsolis
B.A. in Dance with Theatre major, Netherlands. Master's Degree in Choreography form Theatre Academy of Helsinki, Finland
Ms. Tsolis' professional training includes Ballet and the contemporary techniques of Cunningham, Graham, Limon and Simonson (Jazz). Performance and advanced study with companies in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Belgium, Finland and England. She has choreographed for numerous festivals and companies and has collaborated with theatre and other inter-disciplinary projects, and has taught and choreographed for children's and students' projects in Europe. Currently specializing in Modern, contemporary repertoire, improvisation and composition.

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Tirene Padget
(B.A. , Dance Education, York University, Dip.Teacher Training, Maritime Conservatory for Performing Arts, Alumni Award, CDTA, specializing in Jazz. Registered in Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, RAD. Formerly on faculty with Pia Buaman Studio, Toronto, this is Tirene's 4th year with ODCS, teaching both RAD Ballet exam preparation as well as Intermediate and Advanced Modern technique.
Originally from the Maritimes, Tirene trained with the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts where she received her Teacher Training Diploma in Ballet and Stage along with two scholarships and three alumni awards. She went on to complete her BA in Dance Science and Education at York University as she concurrently completed her Advanced 2 level exam with Royal Academy of Dance. Tirene has completed examinations in RAD, Cecchetti, C.D.T.A., and Russian styles of ballet and has also danced professionally with Kinetic Studio in Halifax, NS. As former Director of the Ballet program at the Dance Shoppe in Toronto, Tirene has gone on to teach and choreograph at both recreational and competitive levels.  

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Jordan Samonas
B.A. Hons.Psychology, Cert,P.A.E.C.(Instructors) Tap
Currently completing a Masters in Education degree, Jordan has extensive performing experience in Contemporary, Lyrical,Jazz, and Musical Theatre. She was a member of the Canadian National Tap and Jazz team 2006.Her teaching experience includes recreational classes as well as an instructer and choreographer at Ottawa U., and University of Guelph Athletic Centre where she developed classes for inclusion in the Athletic program. Jordan conducts Guest classes in contemporary idioms at ODCS.
Jordan is currently on sabbatical for academic year 2017.


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Sonia Awad
Sonia Awad  is currently teaching and performing with Culture Shock in Ottawa. She has an illustrious performing career representing Canada  at the Music and Arts festival in Beijing, and has performed with major companies in Canada, such as Dance Kraze Productions, and Urban Groove.

She holds a certificate in Commercial Dance Studies from George Brown College, Intermdiate 3 ADAPT Jazz, Elementary Cecchetti and is a student member of the RAD.

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Mariah-Jane Thies
Ms. Thies is a registered teacher, mentor and Supervisor with the Royal Academy of Dance. She is a graduate in dance education from Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton, and is certified in Bill Evans (contemporary) Technique, based on Bartenieff Movement, Fundamentals and Laban Movement Analysis. She has also done specialized training in Theory of Multiple Intelligence in which she conducts workshops as a teaching tool for students of all ages, and has performed in and choreographed for numerous productions such as Hairspray and A Chorus Line on the West Coast. Her teaching specializes in diagnosing root causes leading to dance injuries, has developed unique methods of corrective work and continues to be recognized throughout the North American Dance education community.

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Olivia Chiasson
ARAD;
Olivia is a graduate of the ODCS Intensive Study Program, achieving Distinction in all of her RAD Ballet examinations to Advance I. She is also a certified aquatics instructor and holds the Grade 8 in piano. Olivia's pre-professional training includes Ballet Jörgen of Toronto. She continued to pursue her passion for dance and working with children while studing for a BA in Music at University of Ottawa.

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Marc Bertrand
BFA, Ecole Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris-Marcel Marceau
M.Bertrand has studied under the famed mime artist Marcel Marceau, and has performed extensively across Canada, conducting workshops for both elementary and High schools. His professional resume includes acting as a consultant and assisting in the production of ODCS childrens' ballets for the year end performances since 2008, as well as teaching workshops in Mime amd Mask.


Cathy Kyle Fenton
Choreographer, Performer, Teacher, Contemporary Dance
Ms. Kyle received her training with ODCS, Le Groupe de la Place Royal and MUDRA (Belgium).
Since that time she has performed extensively with Dance Makers (Toronto) and Le Groupe, touring internationally. She has received numerous awards and grants including the
Eric Bruhn Memorial Award, Floyd Chalmers Performing Arts award and Canada Council awards. She has performed in works by James Kudelka, Christopher House, Carol Anderson and Bill James, among others, and studied with such luminaries as Peggy Baker, Irene Dowd, and Lar Lubovitch. Cathy has received grants for residencies in schools throughout the Outouais, conducting classes in Modern Dance and Creative Movement. She has guest taught with ODCS throughout her career, and currently resides in Buckingham QC.

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Karen Zissoff
B.A. (Dance - York U.) T.C., T.D. Royal Academy Dance, International Dancer, Teacher, critically acclaimed Choreographer.
Artistic Director of Dancers Inc., and Dance Scholars, Memphis, TN.
Guest teacher, Tennessee Ballet and Memphis Ballet. ODCS Summer Guest Artist in Residence since 1998.

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Bradley Sykes
B.A, M.A :Graduate ODCS, Graduate RWB school(distinction), Performance includes Les Grand
Ballets Canadiens, RWB, and Iceland Dance Co among others.
Mr. Sykes has taught for National Ballet School of Iceland.

Mr.Sykes will be a guest teacher with ODCS this fall.

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Andrea Hacquoil
A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, Andrea pursued her dance career with The National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Berlin Ballet and John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet. Since her retirement, she has taught in both private and group settings, delighting in sharing her passion for precision, fluidity and expressivity in her students.

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Christine Claire
International Ballet mistress and repetetrice, Christine Claire taught daily classes in Advanced ballet, pointe and repertoire at ODCS during the intensive "Dance in the City" Summer School, Aug 5-15.

Ms. Claire originally trained in Paris, coming to Canada to study with the Ecole Superieure des Grands Ballets Canadiens. She was accepted into the company where she performed as a soloist and eventually also performed as a guest artist with acclaimed international ballet companies.


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Heather King-Andrews
(B.Sc. Psychology, RAD-Gr.8 Award, Dance Staff at Greenboro), BA(Hons.) Psychology, M.Ed.Educational Counselling-Ottawa U., Gr.8 Award ,Inter., member Royal Academy of Dance.

Heather completed the Intensive Course of Study with ODCS and continues to pursue advanced study in Contemporary idioms as well. She has appeared as the Nurse in Les Grands Ballets Canadiens production of The Nutcracker . She has also studied extensively dramatic Arts and Theatre at Ottawa U. and Ottawa School of Speech and Drama. When Heather is not teaching dance she enjoys working in mental health research and Psychotherapy. This is Heather's 6th year teaching with ODCS.

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Stephanie Thomson
B.A.(Hons) Psychology, Ottawa U.,Graduate, Dance, Canterbury H.S. for the Performing Arts, RAD Grade 8 Award,Certified Instructor's- Zumba, Zumba Toning and Zumba Kids) Intensive study graduate, ODCS with advanced training in jazz, ballet and Contemporary Dance. Stephanie has been with ODCS as an assistant teacher for 3 years and as a resident teacher since 2012.

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Leya Vandewaeter

(Assoc., BATD  (Acrobatic Dance) member, RAD (Adv),  formerly student, National Ballet School of Canada, Graduate, ODCS Intensive Study, Student, L'Ecole De Cirque, Cirque de Soleil , Mtl.)

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Kate Bowie
Kate is currently completing completing her B.S.S. with a Major in Political Science and a minor in Global Studies. She has completed her Graded exams and Intermediate vocational certifications with the Royal Academy of Dance. Kate is also a member of the Royal Academy of Dance. She has over fifteen years of experience dancing with ODCS. Kate has been working with, and assisting the students of ODCS for many years.

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Alex Forster
Classes in Broadway Jazz with Alex Forster, Head of Dance Department, American Musical Theatre Academy (AMTA) London, England.
Performance credits include dance captain for
We Will Rock You, Rent, Cats, Les Miserables. Alex's formidable teaching career includes Pineapple Dance (London), RADA, Bristol Old Vic, among others.

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Emily Gagné
Toronto native Emily Gagné completed her dance training at Ballet Divertimento in the Vaganova method and spent her summers training at Springboard Danse Montreal, The National Ballet School of Canada, The Banff Centre, and at NYU’s Tisch School.

At the beginning of her career, Emily apprenticed for Rebecca Kelly Ballet New York and Cas Public in Montreal. She danced for ezdanza under the artistic direction of Edgar Zendejas from 2010-2014 and worked for MOVE: the company in Vancouver in 2011. In 2014, she was featured in Ballet Ouest de Montreal’s new creation Couples, and David Pressault’s A Melancholic Journal.

Emily has had the pleasure of performing nationally and internationally the works of Edgar Zendejas, Joshua Beamish, Helene Blackburn, Gioconda Barbuto, Idan Shirabi, Liliane Moussa, Benjamin Landsberg, Claude Caron, Chantal Caron and David Pressault. Emily has completed her second season with Fleuve Espace Danse and is currently collaborating on a film with director and choreographer, Chantal Caron.


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Rocky Gagné
Rocky Leduc Gagné trained at The Quinte Ballet School in Belleville, ON where he studied the Cecchetti method. He has appeared in featured roles in the late Brian Macdonald’s Aimez-Vous Bach and Tam Ti Delam, D.A. Hoskins’ Configurations of the Body and Sabrina Matthews’ Losing Ground at The Banff Centre. Rocky’s classical repertoire includes the pas de deux from Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire and Swan Lake.

As a member of the Ballet Festival at
The Banff Centre, Rocky has danced works by George Balanchine, Brian Macdonald, Gioconda Barbuto, Simone Orlando and Sabrina Matthews. Rocky joined Ballet Kelowna from 2003 to 2008. During that time, he was named Ambassadeur of Baie Comeau for his excellence in the arts. Rocky studied to become a certified paramedic while pursuing his dance career, working simultaneously in Manic Five and dancing with contemporary company Cas Public from 2009 to 2012. Rocky was featured in the internationally acclaimed show Danse Lhasa Danse and in 2013, he appeared as a guest artist with his wife in ezdanza’s pas de deux Rastay. Since his retirement, Rocky has returned to school to complete a three-year fireman program. He may be retired from the stage, but he still dances for his wife in the kitchen. She is his best audience.

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Nina Hadzimustafic
Nina has completed the R.A.D. vocational syllabus Advanced 1 ballet exam as well as the graded syllabus through extensive study with ODCS. She has been a member of the Royal Academy of Dance for 3 years. Nina has also received a fine arts dance diploma with distinction in the Canterbury High School Arts Programme. She has completed Grade 10 piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music and additionally teaches piano when she is not teaching dance. Nina is currently completing an Honours B.Sc. with Specialization in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa.

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Daphne Paquette
Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Daphné moved to Vancouver to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance at Simon Fraser University. While there, she worked under the tutelage of various professors and industry professionals, including Rob Kitsos, Megan Walker-Straight, Judith Garay and 605 Collective.

Daphné is accredited with The Royal Academy of Dance and holds a diploma from the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School where she studied character, national dance, music, anatomy, conditioning for dancers, Benesh notation and dance history. Daphné is a passionate teacher who aims to share her love of dance with all her students.


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Allison Burns
ODCS is delighted to welcome back ODCS alumnus Allison Burns as guest artist this Spring. Allison is replacing Sofia Tsolis who is on maternity leave. Allison is teaching classes in Contemporary Dance.
Allison graduated in Dance from Concordia U with Distinction and since then has acted as a producer, choreographer, teacher and performer. Her credits include performance with the touring company of Coming and Going, co-founder and producer of the Bouge d'ici Dance Festival, and many other award-winning productions/choreographies.