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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.
Christina, AKA Samara began her Bellydance training with Yasmina Ramsy in 1997, and performed with the Arabesque Dance Company as a lead dancer for 13yrs. Her bellydance training brought her to Egypt Turkey, U.S.A and Mexico. She has a passion for travel and continues to study with professionals. She is a graduate of Ryerson University's dance program, and is also trained in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Latin dance, Capoeira, and Flamenco.
Currently Samara enjoys sharing her passion as a freelance performer and dance instructor in Toronto. As an Actra member she has also appeared on film and TV shows such as Frankie Drake and Reign. She has performed and taught at events in Bahamas, Mexico, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and Trinidad and Tobago. She aspires to help her students celebrate their own bodies and express their own uniqueness.
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”.