Meet Our Teachers

Angela prides herself on having amazing warm loving teachers who make sure each and every child feels confident in their abilities and leaves each class with a confident smile on their face!

Her staff includes 10 head teachers and many more assistant teachers between the two locations. Our dedicated teachers also run over 10 after-school and daycare dance programs in Toronto.

Head Teachers:

Jesse Catibog
Jade Douris
Meghan Bryan
Meghan Barron
Nadine Parsons
Ella Aquilla
Einav Ne’eman
Heather Brown
Danielle Parsons
Mike Smith

Assistant Teachers:

Leah Bedder
Diana Soloviev
Nikki Ehrlich
Michaela Prendergast
Hannah Flemmington
Mandy Winter
Olivia Karp
Taylor Gellatly

Office Manager:

Madison Golshani

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Angela Williams

Angela Williams, Artistic Director of Groove School of Dance and Co-owner of Zodiactors Musical Theatre Company, brings over 20 years of experience in jazz, ballet, gymnastics, hip hop, musical theatre and acro to each and every one of her students. Angela enjoys spending her summers working with Zodiac Camp overseeing the Dance and Performing Arts programs and as well as directing the performing arts plays at Camp Tamarack in Muskoka.With a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies (focusing on children with special needs) Angela also holds a Bronze Ballroom certification, has trained in dance at the Brian Foley Dance Studio and has her Ontario Gymnastics Coaching Certification.

Angela’s numerous media appearances include the Hard Rock Café Talent Show, spots on CGOH Ottawa TV, Ottawa Rogers TV Talent Focus, HGTV, Slice TV and Treehouse. Angela spent many years as a competitive gymnast and as a teen, held the accolade of third place overall provincially in Ontario. She also placed 2nd in the Ottawa Talent Search (Dance Category). For many years Angela performed as a dancer, actor and singer in a number of musical theatre productions with Company of Musical Theatre (Babies, A Chorus Line and Into the Woods).

After working as an educator in the special needs field for many years, Angela passion and love for dance led to her open her first dance studio, Act Now in Ottawa in 1995.

Upon moving to Toronto in 1997, Angela’s dream came true for a second time when she opened Groove School of Dance in 1999. Her main goal was to create a dance studio without emphasis on competition and focus on high positive nature of dance and movement – to make every dancer feel like a star!

Described by others as easy-going and always in a good mood, Angela’s caring, patient, understanding and sensitivity can be seen in each and every class she teaches. Angela teaches her staff to exuberate the same fun and laughter she does hoping to impart the gift of self-confidence on as many children as possible. Her goal at Groove and Zodiactors is to teach children to love themselves, and to follow their dreams.

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Heather Brown

Heather Brown, Head Staff and Manager the Groove School of Dance and Choreographer for Zodiactors Musical Theatre Company brings over 10 years of ballet, tap, jazz, hiphop and lyrical experience as well several years of teaching to Groove and Zodiactors. A Recreation and Leisure graduate from Algonquin College, Heather has her North American Hiphop Dance Instructor Certification (NAHDIC) and has trained in dance at the Canadian Dance Factory and at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York City. Heather prides herself in being part of numerous professional dance companies since the age of 17.

Heather is actively involved in the Culture Shock Canada Dance Troup and the Nexx Level Dance Company while also choreographing and instructing in several studios and camps across Toronto. Her talent has rewarded her in many ways including securing a spot as a back-up dancer for Marquis Hoston, Babyboy & Rachel and media appearances including Wedding SOS, opening act for FAME (2007), Party Mama’s and HGTV “Petal Pushers”.

Described as organized, sweet and having a true passion for dance, the former “Ottawatarian” says her goal at Groove and Zodiac is to share the gift and joy of dance with others. In her spare time, Heather’s true love of dance blossoms and grows as she takes part in many dance conventions – both at home and abroad.

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Danielle Parsons

Danielle Parsons, Manager and Head Staff at the Groove School of Dance, brings a combined 15 years of experience including jazz, ballet, tap and hip hop. While helping to manage Groove, Danielle’s position as Business Development Manager for The Remote Stylist, keeps her ‘on her toes’. She comes to Groove with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management as well as being an Ontario Scholar, 2003 from Leaside High School.

Danielle has appeared in the Keisha Chante music video (Been Gone) as well as being the Head Choreographer for the Leaside Spirit Squad. She led her tap and hip hop troupes to a gold medal in 2007 & 2008 as the Dance Coach for the Kiwanis Dance Festival and has even gone “International” at Walt Disney World in the International Dance Festival.

Described by others as funny and out-going with an active imagination, her zealous energy is felt the minute you walk into any one of her classes. Funny, crazy and sweet, her students look forward to seeing her smiling face each time they enter the room.

Meghan Barron

Meghan Barron is a dancer, choreographer, actor, and singer, based out of Toronto, Ontario. She holds a specialist degree in Theatre and Drama studies from the University of Toronto Mississauga, as well as an honours diploma in Professional Actor-Training from Sheridan College. Meghan has been dancing since the age of 3 in a variety of styles including: ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, hip hop, modern, and musical theatre. Her extensive training includes studies at Ana Marie Oliver School of dance where she studied under the RAD and CDTA curriculum.

Meghan is also an avid choreographer in and around the GTA. Some of her choreography credits include: String of Pearls (Theatre Erindale),Legally Blonde! The Musical ((Chicken Coop theatre), RENT (Royal City Musicla Productions), Lovelash (Entr’acte Studios), and most recently Wizard of Oz (Royal City Musical Productions).

When Meghan is not teaching or choreographing, she is fulfilling her passion by studying different modes of acting and performance. She has had the pleasure of studying under coaches such as Mairtin O’Carrigan, Renee Salewski and Bruce Clayton, and is a graduate of  The Second City’s Long Form conservatory program. Previous theatre credits include: Iris (Girl in the Goldfish Bowl), The Mouse Trap (Molly), Top Hun! The Musical (Goose), Jane Eyre (Helen Burns) and Sister Leo (Nunsens).

Jesse Catibog

JesseCatibogJesse Catibog, Head Teacher for hiphop and breakdancing, brings over 14 years of “bboying” to the Groove school and also enjoys a career of five years as a freelance designer and illustrator. He has traveled the world as a top breakdance competitor and won 1st place at the Just for Laughs B.O.T.Y. (2004 Supernaturalz).

Jesse’s past television appearances include Breakfast Television, City TV and Much Music, but his most exciting spot on live television was in October 2008 as a top 20 finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” . He has also appeared in print in the Toronto Star in August of 2005 and in the Toronto Star, Eye Weekly and Now Magazine in July 2008.

Although often described as easy-going and down-to-earth, Jesse’s serious and deep side brings a good, strong balance to his role as a teacher. He states his future ambition as wanting to open and own a combined dance studio/art gallery and leads life with a “INSPIRE – INNOVATE – MOTIVATE” mantra. In his spare time, Jesse can be found listening, drawing and ‘creating’.

Einav Ne’eman

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Einav Ne’eman, Head Teacher at Groove School of Dance, is a Radio and Television Arts Student at Ryerson University. Her love for media and the entertainment industry is rooted in years of dance and theatre performance. Her main performances training is in dance, which includes nine years of ballet training, in addition to seven years of training in tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical and contemporary at Louise Lapierre Danse in Montreal. While her main love is for dance, Einav also has a passion for dramatic and musical theatre. She has been actively involved with various community theatre production companies in both Montreal and Toronto, with most recent appearances in The Cote Saint Luc Dramatic Society’s Catch Me If You Can, Ryerson Musical Theatre Company’s Thoroughly Modern Millie and A107 Production’s Rent.

Additionally, Einav’s musical theatre choreography credits include A107 Production’s Rent and Ryerson Musical Theatre Company’s 2017 production of The Drowsy Chaperone.

Einav takes joy in sharing her love of dance with others and aims to make every student feel excited, confident and inspired, just as her past dance teachers had done for her growing up.

 

Jade Douris

Jade Douris is a Head Teacher and administrator at the Groove School of Dance. Her own dance training began over twenty years ago, and since then she has trained in both Cecchetti and Russian ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, ballroom/partnering and musical theatre. She works as an instructor at several studios in Toronto, and has choreographed professionally for many theatre and production companies.

A classically trained actor, Jade has worked extensively in the theatre industry. Recent credits include: Pinocchio, As You Like It and King Lear (Shakespeare by the Sea – Halifax, NS), A Different Kind of Job (Theatre Aquarius), Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare BASH’d), The Comedy of Errors (Dauntless City Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream andHamlet (Shakespeare at Play).

Jade loves helping people of all ages express themselves through dance…whether it’s teaching the basics of technique to our tiniest students, refining the storytelling skills of young aspiring musical theatre performers, choreographing professional actors, prepping couples for their first dance as husband and wife, or helping people keep in shape with dance fitness.

Meghan Bryan

MeghanBryanMeghan Bryan, Head Teacher at Groove School of Dance is a trained Primary Teacher with a passion in Special Education. She spends her summers directing Musical Theatre at Camp Tamarack.

She describes herself as ‘a lover of teaching’ and of performing, and always aims to put a smile on every child’s face in her classroom. In her spare time, you can find Meghan outdoors camping and canoeing or painting, reading and listening to music.

Ella Aquilla

Ella began dancing at the Groove School of Dance when she was 7 years old. She began in Ballet and Tap but quickly transitioned into Hip Hop and Breakdancing. In her early teens, Ella took a break from dancing to compete for the Airborne Trampoline Team where she was able to learn several strength and conditioning protocols and tools that would benefit her in the instruction of Acro down the road!

Ella studied at the University of Toronto and graduated with a Bachelors of Kinesiology degree. She is currently a Registered Kinesiologist who is passionate about empowering children and youth through physical activity and fun! She has recently began an Inclusive Physical Activity/ Dance program ran at Groove on Saturdays, alongside her other classes: Shake Rattle and Roll, Into the Groove, Mini Hip Hoppers, Acro Hip Hop, Cheerleading, and True Colours.

Nadine Parsons

NadineParsonsNadine brings over fifteen years of dance experience to Groove including ballet, jazz and hip hop. In addition to being one of our Head Teachers for the last 7 years, Nadine has spent many years dancing at the Parrell Dance Centre. A graduate of Fanshawe College, School of Contemporary Media, Nadine has been a wonderful resource for video, staging and set design for our many recitals and events over the years. She is currently travelling and working in Australia and Asia and we look forward to her return as a teacher in the future.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith is a Breakdance and Hip Hop teacher at Groove School of Dance.

 

Madison Golshani

Madison Golshani, Office Manager at Groove School of dance began her journey in the dance world at the age of 4. Studying at the Ontario School of Ballet, Madison focused on Ballet and Jazz. At the age of 8, Madison joined the Upper Canada Repertory Company, a Toronto-based theatre repertory company where she performed in numerous Shakespearean and Modern theatre productions across Toronto. Her most recent stage credits include Sense on The Beach (Almnae Theatre), The Great Gatsby (The Theatre Centre), and The Outsiders (George Ignatieff Theatre).

Madison also is the company Administrator and a Director for Zodiactors Musical Theatre Company. In her free time Madison Stage-manages for various theatre companies including but not limited to the Upper Canada Repertory Company, and Front of House Productions. In her free time, you can find Madison reading or pursuing her interest in Photography.