Dance Instructors

OWNER/DIRECTOR SARAH SORDONI

Miss Sarah began her performing career as a young pianist at the age of four competing and studying with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Sarah won many top awards and scholarships throughout her piano career and has always scored first class honours or first class honours with distinction on all of her Royal Conservatory Piano Exams. At the age of ten, Sarah composed her first piano piece entitled “Storm” and won first place in her age category in a song writing competition. This song is published in a song book in the Thunder Bay public library. Sarah has continued to compose music throughout the years and has won acclaim and awards for her work. Sarah trained with Laurene Winkler in Stirling, Ontario. Laurene was trained in Paris, France.

In addition to piano, Sarah has been dancing and performing since the age of four competing in numerous competitions across Canada and the United States winning many awards. Sarah began her training in Thunder Bay at Fay Gleeson Dance Centre. She was the youngest member of the competitive team. Sarah had the opportunity to train at both the world renowned Quinte Ballet School in Belleville, Ontario and in Ryerson’s Theatre-Dance program under the direction of Nadia Potts, former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada. Sarah earned her B.F A, was one of only 15 graduates in her year and was one of only two to graduate with a performing job waiting. During her time at Ryerson, Sarah had the opportunity to work with many of Canada’s top choreographers and vocal instructors including, Robert Desrosiers, Bill James, Vicki St Denys, Karen Duplisea, Stelio Calagias, CORPUS, Shawn Byfield, David Walden and Diana Yampolsky to name a few. Sarah had numerous opportunities to dance new pieces by these renowned choreographers and to showcase her own choreographic talent throughout her four years in the program.

Sarah has numerous stage and television credits to her name that have taken her across Canada and to New York City. Some favourite credits include Little Red Riding Hood (role of Little Red)/Stirling Festival Theatre, Impact at Deerhurst Resort (lead singer/dancer and poster girl), Prix Alliance (dancer for Robert Desrosiers)/Harbourfront Centre Toronto, Homegrown Café (dancer)/CJOH TV Ottawa, Cinderella (ensemble)/Stirling Festival Theatre, Beauty and the Beast (Enchantress/Belle Understudy)/Stagewest Mississauga, CATS (Victoria/Griddlebone and assistant choreographer)/Stirling Fesitval Theatre, Whitney Smith Big Band(singer for CD release party)/New York City.

Sarah hopes that her love and passion for dance and performance inspires her students to love the arts as much as she does and wishes the students of Live Dream Dance Performing Arts Studio Inc. a fantastic season! Reach for your Dreams!

JACQUES MONFISTON (Guest Choreographer)

Jacques Monfiston started dancing at the age of 7. He fell in love with the sport the day he stepped into a dance class at the Ottawa Dance Academy under the direction of Deborah Lamothe.

After attending Ottawa University and taking a long break of over 10 years, he decided to train again at the age of 25 at Greta Leeming Studio of Dance. One of his many highlights has been to represent Canada at the World Dance Championships. As a member of the Canadian National Tap Team, he had the honor of being awarded the gold medal for Canada. He danced to a wonderful routine called "5 Guys Named Moe" choreographed by renown choreographer Matthew Clark. Jacques' professional work includes traveling the world as an entertainer with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Costa Crociere Inc. He adjudicated regional competitions for the Canadian National Dance Championships and was the 1st Canadian judge at the 2001 World Jazz Dance Competition and also adjudicated the 2002 World Tap Dance and Show Dance Championships in Germany.

Jacques continues to improve his talent by being on scholarship to two leading Performing Arts Training Centers. He has taken numerous dance classes at Edge Performing Arts Center, Broadway Dance Center, Steps and also has worked with some of L.A. and New York City's top choreographers. Jacques was also part of the inaugural dance company Helix Dance Project in Toronto under the direction of Linda Garneau. He was also in numerous commercials, industrials such as Bell Mobility, Coca Cola and Radio Shack to name a few. Jacques was also in South Africa where he conducted workshops and choreographed numerous dance routines. Jacques also teaches, conducts workshops and does competitive choreography for various studios world wide. Jacques made Tokyo, Japan his home for over 2 years working for Walt Disney at the Broadway Music Theatre. He was also in musicals/plays such as My Fair Lady, Cats,Cyrano De Bergerac and most recently the smash hit West Side Story at the Stratford Festival Theatre. Jacques was recently in Germany, Poland, China and Japan where again he was the 2009 Canadian Judge at the World Tap, Modern and Jazz Dance Championships. He also conducted workshops, did some choreo and a bit of modeling during his travels in Europe and Asia. Jacques was also a featured dancer in the smash hit show Dance Legends in Grand Bend. He is choreographing for the 2010-2011 Canadian National Jazz Team this year representing Canada at the World Dance Championships in Poland. Jacques is also co-directing A Chorus Line with Faye Rauw for the Toronto Theatre Company and was selected by the Toronto District School Board to be a Dance Mentor for a project called Dare To Dance. On top of his busy schedule, he continues to teach at numerous dance studios, schools and conventions across the country.

STEPHANIE MARCHESSAULT (BFA)

Stephanie is a multi-disciplinary dancer and choreographer. Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance from Ryerson University. She was the recipient of the Dean's Award for her class of 2010. Upon graduating, Stephanie danced aboard Carnival Cruise Lines as a lead dancer travelling throughout the Caribbean. Stephanie has a strong passion for teaching and choreography. She and her students have received countless awards including Overalls, Choreography Awards and Dance Off Champion Titles. Her repertoire includes; Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Stephanie has had the pleasure of working with some renowned choreographers and teachers, Nadia Potts, Vicki St. Denys, Darryl Tracey, Mia Michaels, Denise Wall and The legendary Radio City Rockettes, to name a few. She continues to attend workshops to ensure personal growth and expand her knowledge to her students. Stephanie looks forward to sharing her passion for dance while challenging her students to the next level technically and artistically.

NICOLE MARSH

Nicole Marsh began her career as a dancer at the early age of three. With over 11 years experience as a competitive dancer at The Dance PAC in Mississauga, Nicole was a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards as a soloist including Overall High Score Jazz, Senior Overall Soloist and a finalist in the CNE’s Rising Star contest. Nicole was also a professional dancer for Canada’s Wonderland Nickelodeon Parade. Nicole is a certified Jazz instructor through C.D.T.A. As well, she will be receiving her acro teaching certification through Acrobatic Arts Canada this coming year.

Furthuring her study of dance, Nicole attended Cawthra Park Secondary School majoring in dance studies. As a member of Cawthra’s Repertoire Ensemble, Nicole was given the opportunity to travel and perform in New York City including the famous Alvin Ailey Centre for Performing Arts. Nicole was a recipient of numerous awards while attending Cawthra Park, including Overall Senior Dance Achievement. While attending McMaster University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Honours, majoring in Political Science and Communications studies, Nicole was a member of McMaster’s Dance Company and McMaster Verve Dance Team competing in numerous university dance competitions.

As a dance teacher and choreographer, Nicole enjoys working with both competitive and recreational students. Her love for dance and creative choreography has awarded her routines numerous overalls and scholarships such as Excellence in Choreography, Junior and Intermediate Dance Off Champions, Overall Soloist, Highest Overall Duet/Trio, and Overall High Scoring routine. With extensive training in contemporary dance as well as jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap and acrobatics, her diversity in dance styles provides her students the opportunity to study all genres of dance.

KAYLEIGH NEDDOW

Kayleigh began dancing at the age of 3, training in the disciplines of ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hiphop, tap and contemporary dance.

After attending a 4 week intensive training program at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada, she was accepted into their professional full-time program. She has successfully completed ballet exams through the Society of Russian Ballet (Vaganova).

Over the years Kayleigh has received numerous special awards and scholarships including the Paris Summer Dance Tour, Pacific Coast Dancefest held in CA and Break the Floor Productions. Kayleigh was also awarded the position of iDance Convention 2009 Protege and senior Hall of Fame Inductee for her solo which appears on the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge website for 2007/2008. This title gave her the opportunity of working with Sonya Tayeh from So You Think You Can Dance.

Kayleigh has represented Canada on the World Canadian Showdance Team in Germany as well as the International Dance Organizations World Championships for jazz and ballet. She participated in Point Park Internation Summer Intensive six week program taught by internationally recognized artists.

From the age of 16, Kayleigh has been teaching. Her students and choreography have won many special awards and overall titles at many competitions.

Kayleigh has completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in the dance division at Point Park University, Conservatory of the Arts in Pittsburgh with scholarship training intensively through all forms of dance. At Point Park Kayleigh had many opportunities to work with choreographers such as Sidra Bell, Kiesha Lalama-White, Douglas Bentz, Garfield Lemonius, Ronald Tassone, and many more.

Currently, Kayleigh is studying a Master's Degree in Movement and Expressive Therapy: Specialization in Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University. She is excited to share the knowledge she has gained and experiences from both degrees with the students at Live Dream Dance.

MEGHAN NEALE

Meghan has been following her love of dance since the age of 3 and competing since the age of 7, training in various styles such as, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, ballet and pointe. Competing at both regional and national level competitions in Canada and the United States, she has received numerous awards throughout her competitive dance career. In 2009 Meghan had the amazing opportunity to represent Canada at the IDO World Ballet Championships and The IDO World Jazz/Modern Championships hosted in Niagara Falls.

At the age of 16, Meghan began teaching dance and since then has worked with students ages 3 through 25, teaching at both a studio and university level. Meghan is currently enrolled in the Concurrent Education (teaching) program at Brock University and will be completing her Teachers College year this coming fall. Meghan strives to demonstrate her great love for, and strength in teaching both academically and artistically and hopes to create a strong learning environment for her students at Live Dream Dance, to help each child grow and succeed both in dance and other aspect of their lives. Meghan is always open to new challenges and hopes to enlighten here students and pass on her love for dance to each and every one of them.

MICHAEL GLENNEY

Mike starting dancing at the age of 6 and realized his love of the sport shortly thereafter. He kicked off his competitive career by earning Novice overalls at every competition he attended. Throughout his career, Mike has trained extensively in tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, ballet and partnering as well as performing in musical theatre and modern. During his 12 years of competition, Mike won numerous overall awards and titles including but not limited to: Mr. Bedazzled, Champion of Champions and Dynamic Dancer Awards (Highest mark of the competition). Additionally, he has won the Be Discovered, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, OIP Intensive, and Tiffany McLean’s Jazz Intensive scholarships. Mike was also invited to join the Canadian National Tap Team and the Canadian National Hip Hop team. While competing in Germany at the World Tap Dance Championships, Mike brought home the Gold medal for his duet and Gold and Silver medals for the group routines.

Mike has performed with Shawn Byfield’s “Funk Factory” and was a founding member of Everett Smith’s tap company “Bringing Tap Back”. He has performed with the company in such shows as: “Creating Monsters”, “A Day Through Rhythm and Sound”, and “Tap Talk” as a principle dancer and soloist. Other projects have included: The Humber River Hospital Benefit, the Kitchener-Waterloo Choreographer’s Ball, Hamilton’s “The Nutcracker”, McDonald’s Canada National Conference, and a guest performance with the True Jive Pluckers and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. His passion for working with children and youth has lead him to mentor as a Youth Facilitator with the Kiwanis “Key Leader” program, and as a workshop leader and guest speaker at the Kids4Kids summer leadership camp. After having assisted for many years, Mike began teaching dance in 2009 . He has spent the last two years dancing aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise ships and is very excited to join the faculty of LDD where he can pass on his experience and love of the art of dance.

AMBITIOUS ANTHONY

“Why settle for less? Be Ambitious!”

Creative Director/Choreographer/Mentor/Public Speaker

With over 10 years experience in the dance industry, Ambitious Anthony does nothing less than inspire every dancer he works with. In March of 2010 he created Ambitious Movement (AM). AM was his vision to bring professional trainers in street dance (Waving, Popping, Tutting, Breaking, House) mixed with his hiphop choreography to dancers, developing a strong foundation in hiphop and street dance technique. With the idea that if a dancer wanted to pursue a professional, AM would aid them in getting the professional tools (Head shots, body shots, resume, etc.) needed to achieve their goals. 

Since then AM was the runner up of Much Music's New.Music.Live Best Dance Crew, been featured dancers on Family channels “The Next Step”, Xbox's Dance Central commercial, Toronto Public Health commercial, Champlin’s Ice commercial, We Day Toronto and most recently the hype crew for New Year’s Eve at Mississauga’s Celebration Square.

In looking for new ways to inspire dancers Ambitious Anthony collaborated with Michael Meadows and Chris Hinds to create Step Up Dance Camp (SUDC). SUDC is a 3 week intensive that gives studio and street dancers an opportunity to know what it’s like to be a part of a professional on stage production. Teaching each dancer that it’s not about where you start, it’s about the journey and how you finish that counts.

“Why settle for less? Be ambitious!” This is not only his company slogan but his way of life that he aims to pass on to every dancer he works with.

GWEN FLEISCH

Gwen was born in South Africa and received most of her dance training there.

Gwen was a principal dancer with PACT National Ballet Company of South Africa where she performed the lead roles in “Romeo and Juliet”, ”Swan Lake”, ”Coppelia”, ”La Fille Mal Garde”, “Giselle” and Rosalinda. She toured with her Company in Spain where the Company was invited to perform at the International Dance Festival.

As well as managing her own ballet studios, Gwen has taught at the South African Theatre Institute and has served on the executive of the Royal Academy of Dance in Johannesburg. She has served as an adjudicator at many dance festivals and has choreographed for the Johannesburg Youth Ballet.  Gwen was Coordinator and Stage Manager for “Bouquet of Dance 1993” and “Gems of Dance 1995” fund raising performances for the Royal Academy of Dance in Johannesburg.

Gwen has achieved honors standing on the Cecchetti Dance Society Examination, the Royal Academy of Dance Examination and “Passed with Distinction”, the Royal Academy of Dance Anatomy Examination and the Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Examination.

She is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance and a past member of the National Society of Dance Teachers, the Cecchetti Society of Southern Africa (affiliated with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) and the Spanish Dance Society.

Innovative choreography and joy of movement are hallmarks of her choreography today.

Her goal, when teaching, is to pass on her knowledge to this generation and her passion is to see her students learn to love ballet, theatre and all the arts as much as she does.

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Gymnastics Instructors

JENN SIREN - Head Gymnastics Coach

Jennifer began as an artistic gymnast at the age of 4.  However, her greatest achievements came as a teenager after her natural flexibility was recognized by Marta Selmeczi (Recognized by Gymnastics Canada in 2015, for her life time contributions to gymnastics), and she was recruited to  be a member of the Rhythmic Waves Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (AGG) team.  This team went on to represent Canada at the AGG World Championships in Prague, Czech republic (2002), Graz, Austria (2003), and Copenhagen, Denmark (2005).

As a coach, Jennifer began teaching children and encouraging involvement with gymnastics at the age of 16.  Since then she has contributed to recreational programming at several well established Gymnastics Clubs as well as coaching both rhythmic and artistic athletes at the competitive level. Over the years Jennifer has obtained the following certifications:

  • NCCP Level 2 Women's Artisitic
  • NCCP Level 2 Rhythmic
  • NCCP Level 2 Trampoline (Trained)
  • Risk Management
  • Standard First Aid/CPR/AED

SHANNON COOPER - Gymnastics Coach

 

WILLIAM ALBERT - Gymnastics Coach

Will has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for the last 16 years. He has competed both collegiately, nationally and internationally at competitions such as NCAA Championships, Canadian National Championships, PanAm Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships. Will loves the sport of gymnastics and is excited to teach and train the next generation of gymnasts.

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Martial Arts Instructor

BARB ROTHWELL

  • • Head Instructor and Owner of Rothwell's Martial Arts
  • • 4nd Dan Shotokan
  • • Sensei Barb started her training in 1996 with Kennedy's Martial Arts under Sensei Ralph Kennedy and Shihan Gus Paolone
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