ODCS Faculty 2020

Judith Davies, Founder
Judith Davies, Founder
Ping Feng
Ping Feng
Francisca  Filleul
Francisca Filleul
Maki Kabayama
Maki Kabayama
Tracy Mitchell
Tracy Mitchell
Sofia Tsolis
Sofia Tsolis
Jordan Samonas
Jordan Samonas
Daphne Paquette
Daphne Paquette
Astrid Ahlgren
Astrid Ahlgren

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
Christine Claire
Christine Claire
Emily Gagné
Emily Gagné
Rocky Gagné
Rocky Gagné
Allison Burns
Allison Burns
Tirene Paget
Tirene Paget
Natalie Doyle
Natalie Doyle
Alex Forster
Rosanna Hoult
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Adrianna Kasyanenko
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Rosemary Mclaughlin
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Suzanne Caple
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Igor Chornovol

Resident Teachers
Abbie Metcalfe
Abbie Metcalfe
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Maxim Elman



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Judith Davies, Founder

Judith Davies
Artistic 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. She has been Artist in Residence at Dancers, Inc. & Dance Scholars, Memphis, TN, USA from 1990-present.

Judith Davies spoke at the Canadian Dance Studies Conference in 2010; read her presentation, Emergence of New Dance in Ottawa: A City Awakening 1970-80 on the History page .

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 Education 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 is currently the educational co-ordinator for ODCS Partnership Programs at DLS.

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.
Maki will condust Master Classes during the 2019-20 season(TBA).


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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.

Tracy Mitchell

Tracy Mitchell
(ARAD, RTS, Royal Academy of Dance, Adv. I.S.T.D. (National and Modern), Dip. Dance, Theatre Arts Dept., Ryerson U).

Ms. Mitchell joined Faculty in 2019/20 and continues to teach all levels of RAD, as well as Junior Pre-Ballet.

Ms. Mitchell is also the
Administrator of ODCS & is Associate Artistic Director.

Ms. Mitchell directed her own school in London, ON for a number of years prior to her move to Ottawa. She performed professionally in Toronto, and with the Pforzheimer Ballet (Germany).

Her performance credits include roles in "Coppelia", "Cinderella" and an original dance adaptation of "Pink Floyd - The Wall" while with the Pforzheimer Ballet. Her contemporary credits include "Kiss Me Kate" and "Jesus Christ Superstar".

Ms. Mitchell is also a certified teacher of the acclaimed Melody Movement with Melody Bear Pre-school curriculum, as well as holding certification in Pilates and Yoga.


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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.


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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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Rosemary Mclaughlin
A long-time teacher of ballet, Rosemary holds Associate level accreditation with the Society of Russian Ballet (Vaganova). She received her early training from Nesta Toumine, one of the founders of the Society and former member of the famed Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. At fourteen, Rosemary was accepted to the school of the National Ballet of Canada, but elected to remain with Madame Toumine. She then went on to train professionally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet of Canada. There she trained with Vera Volkova, protégé of Agrippina Vaganova, founder of the Russian method of classical ballet training. Rosemary continues to educate and upgrade as a teacher each summer (Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Vladimir Issaev – Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida).

For Rosemary, sharing her knowledge and guiding students in their technical execution, artistic expression, and self-discovery through dance is integral to her.


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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.

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Abbie Metcalfe
Abbie is an alumnus of ODCS where she gained the RAD Advanced 1 examination certificate With Distinction. Abbie 's further studies include the National Ballet School of Canada and École supérieure de ballet du Québec, where she was also offered a full time position.

Further studies in Alberta led to gaining the
Level 7 Vagonova certification and the teacher's certificate in Acrobatique. While out west Abbie continued to instruct children as co-director of a dance studio in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Currently Abbie is enrolled at the
York University Dance program specializing in performance and choreography. ODCS is delighted to welcome Abbie back where her creativity and enthusiasm spills over into her classes for young children.



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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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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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Adrianna Kasyanenko

ODCS is delighted to welcome Adrianna Kasyanenko, who will offer Hip Hop classes to teens.

Adrianna has taught Contemporary styles, including Jazz, Hip Hop as well as choreographing numerous events in Israel since 2005.

Her high energy classes have an international flavour and will challenge dancers from age 12 to 18 years.

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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.


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Astrid Ahlgren
Certified Pilates Instructor. Astrid is a former federal public service executive who has practiced Pilates since 2002. She graduated from the Fletcher Comprehensive Program in 2012. She augments her formal Pilates training with ongoing professional development and has incorporated the Franklin Method, myofascial release and stretching, Pfilates ELDOA (spinal decompression) and other techniques into her teaching. She has been a member of the Pilates Method Alliance, an internationally-recognized certification body since 2011. We are delighted to welcome Astrid as a full faculty member of ODCS where she has been teaching Pilates to ODCS dance students since 2015.

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Rosanna Hoult
Welcome ODCS's newest Guest Artist, Rosanna Hoult!

A triple threat performer and teacher, Rosie graduated with First Class Honours from the London Studio Centre. She also holds the Advanced certificate of the RAD in Ballet and won the Sheila O"Neill award for excellence in Musical Theatre.

A recipient of the Critics' Choice award, Rosie has performed as a dancer, singer and actress in numerous TV, Film, BBC and theatre productions. Among her credits are such musicals as
Sweet Charity, Fame, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat. Rosie has also actively taught students of all ages for the past 7 years in Great Britain.



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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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Suzanne Caple
Registered Teacher, Royal Academy of Dance, RTS,TC, AISTD

Suzanne studied under her mother, Marcia Caple, an examiner for the RAD, in Kanata. She subsequently studied French and linguistics at Carleton U., and then graduated from The Ontario Dance Teachers Training Academy in Oakville. From there Suzanne did further studies in England where she was awarded an Associate, ISTD in Modern Dance. Returning to Canada Suzanne has taught and choreographed for Goh Ballet, and Pacific Dance Arts among others on the west coast including coaching Canadian National figure skating champion at the time, Emanuel Sandhu.
Returning to Ottawa, Suzanne directed and taught for Kanata Ballet School until 2017 when she closed the school. Since then Suzanne has continued to teach for accredited RAD schools throughout the Ottawa region. ODCS welcomes Suzanne.


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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.

This is Daphne's 5th year with ODCS.


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Igor Chornovol
Igor trained in the professional program of the Ukrainian National Ballet Academy in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He was mentored there by an elite generation of teachers and dancers and performed principal roles at the Kharkiv Opera Theatre and the Kiev National Ballet. He subsequently emigrated to Canada joining the Alberta Ballet Company as soloist where he continued to perform a number of principal roles. Igor retired to Ottawa to study and to assume a teaching position with Dance Educators, under the direction of Merle Adam. With the closure of the Dance Educators this Summer, ODCS welcomes Igor to our faculty.

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Maxim Elman
Maxim received his early training in Ottawa and was subsequently accepted to the professional Training program at Goh Ballet School in Vancouver. He subsequently was accepted into their Junior company, touring and dancing in a number of solo roles. While resident at the school, Maxim also was a teaching assistant, in both ballet and contemporary dance styles. He joined ODCS this summer 2020 as a an assistant teacher for Summer Intensive "Dance in the City", working with both level 11-111 and level IV programs.

Maxim will continue to both teach and assist while also attending Carleton University.



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