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Alyssa Mueller – Student Mentor & Choreographer

Alyssa Mueller – Student Mentor & Choreographer

Move With Grace is pleased to announce the appointment of Alyssa Mueller as this year’s Student Choreographer and Mentor.  Alyssa is a senior dancer on the Move With Grace Cambridge competitive team and is currently in Grade 11.  Alyssa was sited as a great youth leader and she has assisted in dance classes for Miss Robyn for three years.

Every year Move With Grace opens up an opportunity spot for a Student mentored choreography working directly with Miss Robyn and a competitive choreography of Mini or Junior age level.  Alyssa applied for the position in 2012 and was considered against several other candidates.

She is busy choreographing a Boy’s Lyrical piece with great enthusiasm and excitement from the 5  students participating.

 

Congratulations Alyssa!!

Kiana Tucker

Kiana Tucker Instructor at Move With Grace Dance StiudiosKiana is a rising star as a teacher and choreographer with a strong specialization in Tap, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet.  A national championship level dancer, and performer, she works closely as a teaching assistant to Jay T. Schramek and Gerrard McIsaac.  

Kristen Tschirhart

Kristen Tschirhart

A former Move With Grace dancer herself, Kristen has been dancing since the age of three and has trained extensively in jazz, ballet, tap, modern, lyrical/ contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre. Kristen is a graduate of the Arts Program at Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener where she majored in dance, dramatic arts, and music. Not only did Kristen choreograph and perform extensively throughout her four years at Eastwood, she was a member of the Kinesis Dance Company, a modern based company under the direction of Janis Price. With Kinesis, Kristen has had many opportunities to perform throughout Southwestern Ontario.

 

Further, In 2012, Kristen graduated from York University with a bachelor of fine arts in dance with honours specializing in choreography and performance. She is also a certified instructor with Acrobatic Arts.  At York, she had the opportunity of training with some of the best names in Canadian contemporary and ballet dance, as well as performing some of their pieces. Moreover, Kristen was fortunate enough to participate in choreography and performance classes, where she not only choreographed for students, but also was a dancer for other pieces throughout her four years. In her final year, she was a member of York Dance Ensemble- a pre- professional company under the direction of Holly Small. With York Dance Ensemble, Kristen was fortunate enough to tour throughout Ontario performing for not only sold out crowds in Sudbury, Toronto, and Guelph, but for David Earle himself.

 

A 2014 graduate from Conestoga College’s business program with distinction, Kristen is very excited to be back at Move With Grace and to share her passion of dance with others.

Robyn Tedesco – Artistic Director

Robyn Tedesco – Artistic Director

robynheadshotRobyn is a seasoned veteran of the performance industry with over 30 years of professional experience in both teaching and stage.  Classically educated in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz & tap she attended both Ryerson University and the University of Waterloo attaining a BA (Dance)  Her training has included studying the Cecchetti Method at the National Ballet of Canada, Royal Academy of Dance, CDTA Ballet, ADAPT Jazz and Tap; and recently both levels 1 & 2 Acrobatic Arts Certification.

Her performance, acting and choreographic credits include roles in plays such as “Grease the Musical,” “The Bacchae,” the movie “One Magic Christmas,” “Music Box Dancer” with Frank Mills and many more.  She has been twice recognized by the Government of  Canada for Contribution to the Arts in a cultural exchange with The New York School of the Performing Arts and her participation representing Canada in the 1988 Louisiana World’s Fair.

She has provided expert instruction at conferences and conventions for Performing Arts Educators of Canada, British Association of Teachers of Dance and the Canadian Dance Teachers Association.

Adjudication credits include over 50 different festivals and events for major competitions across Canada. Robyn is a certified member of the International Association of  Dance Adjudicators and a partner and instructor for A.C.E. Certification of dance judges.

 

Sarah Chapman

Sarah Chapman Acrobatics Instructor at Move With Grace Dance StudiosSarah is a seasoned coach, athlete and choreographer having started her career as a promising gymnast and olympic hopeful.  After suffering an injury during the Olympic team trials, Sarah decided to focus her efforts on the coaching elements of development and assisting other gymnasts in following their dreams.  After several years of advanced level coaching for a local Cambridge gymnastics club and as a consulting coach for a national cheer organization, Sarah has decided to transition her skills into Acrobatics instruction.  Mrs. Chapman enjoys certifications both as an advanced level gymnastics coach but also as a certified member of Acrobatic Arts and is thrilled to be passing her experience on the the students of Move With Grace.

Madison Rath

Madison Rath

Madison Rath – BFA dance

Teacher Choreographer
Madi Rath – Teacher Choreographer

Madison has been dancing since the age of two. She grew up in Ancaster Ontario where she danced competitively for 16 years. Madison has trained in several dance styles such as Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Musical theatre and Modern dance. During her years competing she has won numerous awards and titles throughout both regional and national competitions across Canada. Madison worked with the Hamilton Ballet Youth Ensemble in her teenage years and performed in the Cuban Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker”. Madison has been teaching competitively for 5 years now and her routines and choreography have won and been recognized for many special awards and overalls. She was recognized for top choreography awards throughout 2013 & 2014 dance seasons and was awarded as a top young choreographer at Shine dance regionals in 2015.

Madison has completed her BFA Honours in Dance (Specialty in contemporary dance and choreography) at York University. She has choreographed for several contemporary dance shows at York University over the years including 2013’s York Dances, and 2015 Dance Innovations receiving honours in the choreography specialty. Madison is excited to share her passion for dance with the students of Move with Grace.

Teacher Choreographer

Shayla Walker

Shayla Walker

Shayla Walker

Shayla Walker

Known for exquisite technique and for her grace, Shayla Walker has transformed her small town upbringing into an outgoing, inspiring dancer and teacher. Shayla made her first steps into the dance studio at the age of 3 where she began training with some of the GTA’s greatest dance teachers and choreographers. She was given many opportunities to showcase her talent throughout her studio years while also travelling across Canada and the USA attending many different workshops and being exposed to remarkable choreographers. Shayla’s first professional debut opportunity came while performing in New York City, showcasing her exciting and frivolous talent at Jump Nationals VIP Winner showcase at Radio City Music Hall. Shayla poised the stage in The Conteur Academy’s inaugural productions of “Frames” and “ Fill in the Blanks” under the artistic direction of Eryn Waltman. Not only a dancer, but as well a creator, Shayla Walker aspires to produce innovative and inspiring choreography for all of her dance students through her choreographic choices. Throughout her time teaching, Shayla’s choreography has been awarded numerous overalls, some of which include winning the Highest Overall mark of the competition. Shayla prides herself on being accredited with her B.A.T.D. dance teaching certification, A.C.E adjudicator’s certification of excellence and is currently enrolled in D.M.A TTS program. She strives to maintain a professional approach in all of her endeavors. As a recent graduate from The Conteur Academy, Shayla is determined to change the world of teaching and choreography for emerging dancers. Shayla is filled with youthful exuberance and exudes a passion for the dance industry, which has led her to her next challenge teaching future and current talent, which will ultimately provide her the outlet to combine all of her years of experience and dance technique into the ability to pass on her passion with the upmost accuracy and professionalism.

Eric Oleskiw

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Eric Oleskiw

is an A.C.E. certified dance adjudicator. He trained at the New York City campus of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Having been a dance educator for 11 years, Eric’s works have been seen on stage including work with recording artists Julie Black, Debra Cox and Kristina Maria. He has also been seen on television and film including Slice TV’s Party Mama’s, Fraud Squad, Dance Yourself Clean and various music videos. Eric still performs professionally in stage and theatre. He is looking forward to sharing his passion and wisdom of dance with a new generation of talented athletes and artists.

Eric specializes in professional musical theatre, vocal, performance and dance training. He choreographs award winning song & dance as well as funk, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz and Lyrical