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James Tedesco – Executive Director

James Tedesco – Executive Director

Since 2004, James Tedesco has produced or directed multiple projects in the media, child development, talent, dance, and entertainment industries. 

He has acted as Executive Director of several successful companies including The Grace Organization, Inspire Dance Challenge, CANi Workshops & Conventions, CAM Media, Competition WizardInspire Dance Magazine, and InspireConfidence Org.

James directly oversees talent acquisition and expertise development in most projects, Including the Certified Dance Adjudicators organization, where he acts in an agency capacity for 40 professional entertainment judges, and professional dance instructors.  

With an in-depth knowledge of child development  & children with exceptionalities, this father of three dancers enjoys experiencing the competitive dance journey with his kids who have won accolades both locally and on the world stage as well as professionally directing one of Canada’s favorite dance events.  

He has been on the stage, backstage, on the adjudication table and behind the dancers in many ways over the past several years. 

Melissa Trueman

melissa tMelissa is a wonderful Ballerina and Contemporary teacher with a strong foundational background and an absolute love of little ones.  She is co director of “FORMA” dance company, and finds creative ways to bring art and nature together as well as to express art through dance in the classroom.

 

Melissa is Acrobatic Arts Certified Module 1 certified as well as holding her ISTD teachers certification.

Robyn Tedesco – Artistic Director

Robyn Tedesco – Artistic Director

Robyn 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, Progressing Ballet Techniques, and Alexa Flexibility.

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 High School of the Performing Arts made famous as the setting of the movie “Fame” & for her participation in 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. In 2017 she was asked to adjudicate the I.D.O. Commonwealth Cup of Dance in Sun City, South Africa as the Canadian judge.  Robyn is a certified member of the Certified Dance Adjudicators International Association of  Dance Adjudicators and a partner and instructor for A.C.E. Certification of dance judges. 

Robyn is also the Director of one of Canada’s largest dance competitions, Inspire Dance Challenge as well as CANI dance workshops & conventions.

 

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.