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Colleen Snell

Colleen is an artist thrilled by collaboration. She has devised and performed work with musicians, spoken word poets, actors, fight directors, visual artists, martial artists and artists of diverse cultural backgrounds. Colleen trained in Toronto (CCDT), at EDCM in Montreal and in London, England, where she completed a Masters Degree in Contemporary Dance with Distinction at the London Contemporary Dance School. She is the Artistic Director of Frog in Hand (highlights: Mississauga Waterfront Festival, Off the Wall Project, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Night/Shift Waterloo, Art Gallery of Ontario Massive Party, Guelph Dance Festival, Springboard Danse 2015, Creature 2016). Frog in Hand has received to MARTY awards and was one of four Canadian companies shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation’s Artists of Choice Awards. Colleen is an advanced actor-combatant/assistant fight instructor with FDC and a writer with the Dance Current. In 2016 she participated in the Creative Gesture Program at the Banff Centre, under the guidance of Michael Schumacher and Stephan Laks. Colleen is currently creating two new works with Frog in Hand with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, “Block Party” and “choose your own adventure”.

Ray Khelawan

Ray Khelawan has been dancing Ballroom and Latin styles for 10 years. She has danced various styles including Belly dancing, Bollywood, Hawaiian and Country Line Dancing. She has an honors degree in American Ballroom and Latin dance from Joy of Dance Studio in Toronto. She has taught in various places like the YMCA of Greater Toronto, Blueheel Dance Studio, Dance to the Rhythm and Arthur Murray Dance Studio. She helps run a Salsa event with the Salsa Club in Mississauga where lots of people go to enjoy Salsa and Bachata social dancing. She is currently teaching at Dance to the Rhythm in Mississauga. She has competed at an amateur level, and performed in many venues, including The Old Mill, The Madison, Ryerson Theatre, the Mississauga Waterfront Festival, Famee Furlane, and Le Dome. Currently, she enjoys social dancing and teaching people how to dance, and believes in the joy and happiness that dance brings to people's lives.

Clara Um

Clara has been intensively training in bellydancing the past 10 years. In 2007, she was accepted by The Rhythm of the Nile Dance Company under the direction of native Egyptian, Nada El Masriya. There, she specialized in Egyptian Folklore and performed with them for 2 years. She performed with BellyUp’s professional troupe, Ala Nar for 3 years and studied with the masters of bellydance in Egypt at the Nile Festival including Mahmoud Reda, Farida, Mona El Said, and Nour. She has completed Hadia’s Teacher Training in Bellydancing and is also certified as a Sexy Fit Instructor through DivaGirl Fitness. She became passionate about Latin dancing and Zumba so obtained her certification in Zumba Level 1 and 2, Toning, and Step. She also learned Polynesian dance through Pacific Magic and dabbled in hip hop and ballroom. Her strengths are her grace and ability to feel and interpret the music, as well as, her genuine love and passion of this dance. She is a generous teacher, open to sharing her knowledge with her students. Her background in nursing ensures that classes are safe and ergonomically correct and she loves to instill a sense of accomplishment for the students in every class, no matter what their skill level.

Chantal Drolet

Chantal Drolet is a certified dance teacher and choreographer. She is an experienced and friendly teacher of students 8 years or older and adults, of all capabilities who want to pursue various dance goals from recreational to competitive aspirations. Chantal is a graduate of the National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program and holds Associate levels from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) in the Cecchetti method and in National Dance (Honours) and a full member in Ballet of Performing Arts Educators of Canada (PAEC). Beginning her training in Quebec City, her passion for ballet took her through successful performances and examinations. Leveraging 25 years of experience, she focuses on creating a positive and rewarding learning environment for her students. Chantal also believes that dance, as a fitness activity for adults, provides increased health and an ability to cope with the stresses of everyday life.