Aimee Hamilton Vapsva (Director/Teacher)
Aimee Hamilton Vapsva is an Honours graduate from the Dance Program at Ryerson Polytechnic University, and is a proud member of Dance Masters of America (DMA). Aimee is delighted to have realized her long-time dream of owning and operating her own dance studio.
Aimee began dancing at the age of 4 and received extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern and Musical Theatre. Her years of training earned her countless awards, scholarships and titles at competitions throughout Canada and the United States, including American Dance Awards Dancer of the Year. While at Ryerson, Aimee received the “Most Potential Dancer” scholarship and trained under the direction of Nadia Potts, former principle dancer at The National Ballet of Canada. Aimee also had the pleasure of working with acclaimed teachers, choreographers, acting coaches and vocal instructors such as Vicky St. Denys, Stelio Calagias. Karen Duplisea, Mairlyn Smith, and David Walden. Upon graduation, Aimee performed in two Broadway Revues onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines followed by 3 years, performing at Huntsville’s Deerhurst Resort in “Sing 2001”, “Excite the Night”, and “Impact”.
Aimee started sharing her love of dance with young dancers while in high school, and taught at a number of studios in the GTA throughout her academic years. Since becoming a full time dance teacher 12 years ago, Aimee has attended many teacher workshops where she has had the pleasure of taking classes from Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, and Wade Robson to name a few. Her students and choreography have won numerous overall awards at competitions in Canada and the United States, including Mini National Champions at OnStage NewYork in Orlando, Florida. Aimee’s goals as a teacher are to inspire passion for dance, to promote technique and self-confidence and to bring out the best in her students in a positive and supportive atmosphere.
Kristy Leigh Baggetta (Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary Teacher)
A dancer since the age of three, Kristy grew up in her Mother’s dance studio along with Aimee (Director of Artistic Dance Scene). Kristy is trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet (R.A.D.), Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, and Modern. A competitive dancer since the age of 6, Ms. Baggetta has been blessed with numerous awards and titles. Her love of choreography led Kristy to follow her dream and share her passion for dance with talented dancers of all ages. Ms. Baggetta is an in demand choreographer at studios across Ontario and she works with students of all ages producing award winning routines. Many of Kristy’s choreographic works have been recognized with choreographer’s awards at competitions across Canada and the U.S. Never to sit back, Kristy continues to grow and expand her art with workshops in both Canada and the U.S. Students of Kristy’s have been honoured to achieve many titles, scholarships and awards as well as being members of Canad’a world tap and jazz teams that compete in Europe each year.
“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” A motto Kristy stands by and equates with each student she guides as they follow their dream to dance.
Kristy has worked with talented teachers and choreographers over the years both in Canada and the U.S. She strives with each student to provide them with the best in dance education working closely with her students to help them achieve their goals and become the best dancers they can be.
After a very successful first 4 years at Artistic Dance Scene, Kristy is delighted and filled with excitement over what this upcoming year will bring as she continues to be an important part of the Artistic Dance Scene family.
Sarah Lauren Mackie (RAD Ballet Teacher)
Ms. Mackie began training in Royal Academy of Dance Ballet at the age of four and was most recently trained at the Oakville School of Dance. She was awarded all graded examinations from Primary through Grade Eight with honours, and vocational graded syllabus awards in Intermediate and Advanced 1. During her years of intensive ballet study, Ms. Mackie also trained in Cecchetti Method and completed her examinations from Grade 4 through Elementary.
While attending the Oakville School of Dance she performed with the Oakville Ballet Company as a Second Soloist and Corps de Ballet member, which showcased several full-length Ballets and variations inculding The Nutcracker, Giselle, La Fille Mal Gardee, Pas de Quatre, Serenade, Paquita, and Sleeping Beauty. After several years with the OBC, she decided to take her passion for ballet and education to York University where she earned her BFA in Dance. Here she studied classical ballet technique and modern, as well as dance history, kinesiology, production, composition, conditioning, performance, and more.
Sarah has successfully completed her studies with the Royal Academy of Dance has earned her certification in Ballet Teaching Studies Diploma. Ms. Mackie strives to inspire students’ personal growth and confidence, and share her enthusiasm for expression, artistry, discipline, and living a healthy and active lifestyle.
Stephanie Sturino (Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap & Acro Teacher)
Stephanie is a graduate of the Concurrent Education Program at Brock University, finishing with a double Bachelor is Education and the Arts, majoring in Drama and minoring in English. After graduating she had an unforgettable experience of teaching English in Kunshan, China! Stephanie has always had a very strong love for the Arts and her passions lie within the Dance world and Theatre. Stephanie trained as a competitive dancer at the Joanne Chapman School of Dance, receiving extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Acro, Lyrical, Tap, Hip Hop, Conremporary, and Pointe. She has also been fortunate to have taken numerous master classes with the likes of Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Blake McGrath, Nick Lazzarini, and more. Stephanie is a two-time West Coast National Showstoppers champion in both the Junior and Senior categories, and competed in various competitions all over Canada and the United States. This is Stephanie’s third year with Artistic Dance Scene and she could not be more excited to share her passion and love for dance with each and every one of her students!
Maddison Dawson (Contemporary/Ballet/Acro Teacher)
From Simcoe, Ontario, Maddison Dawson has studied at Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, and is currently at Conteur Academy in Etobicoke, Ontario. Lisa Naves Dance Company has been the foundation of her many years of dance training. Maddison has competed in many competitions and won numerous awards up to and including the International level for her dancing and choreography. She has appeared in Walk Off the Earth’s music video “Speeches”, Ryan James music video “Heights of Brooklyn” ft. Lizzy Ashleigh and on The Next Step. Throughout her time as a dancer she has performed at Ailey Citigroup and Symphony Space in New York City. She has produced work for Joffrey Ballet School’s Student Showcase. Maddison is certified in both modules of Acrobatic Arts. She believes that at the end of the day, it’s not about what you’ve done, but simply about having a healthy heart doing what you love.
Nicole Dymianiw (Competitive Tap Teacher)
Originally from Burlington, Ontario, Nicole has been performing for over 25 years. Her love of dance began at the age of 3, and her training has included many styles; Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop and Lyrical. She has competed across North America being honoured with many overall awards and scholarships along the way.
Ms. Dymianiw is sought after for her unique and innovative approach to dance, which she currently instills in the workshops and classes she instructs. She has been recognized for her excellence in choreography in regional and national competitions with her students being recipients of many overall awards and scholarships. Many of her students have gone on to pursue dance at a University level.
Nicole is currently a member of “What’s On? Tap!” under the direction of Kim Chalovich. She has also had the privilege of being a member of “Bringing Tap Back” under the direction of Everett Smith and “GeoMetriX Dance” under the direction of Dustin Pym and Natalie Brucker. Other credits include: No Secrets “Kids In America” video, “Welcome to Class”, “Tap Rocks”, Eastern Canadian Tap Conference, So Danca’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, and much more. Most recently she had the opportunity to perform alongside Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in Brampton.
In addition, Nicole is a member of the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association and a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance. Through her passion and love for dance, Nicole continues to motivate and inspire her students to become the best they can be. It is her goal to instill positive and healthy attitudes in young aspiring dancers for many years to come. She is excited to join the faculty at Artistic Dance Scene and looks forward to working with so many fabulous students.
Megan Ferris (Freelance Choreographer and Guest Teacher)
Megan began dancing at the age of three in Burlington, Ontario. She has trained extensively in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern and Musical Theatre. Over the years Megan received many overall awards, titles and scholarships for her competitive dancing. She has been teaching and choreographing in and around Ontario since 2006 and enjoys every minute of it! Her students have received various awards for their hard work, also receiving various choreography awards. Megan continues to further her love of dance and technique by attending a variety of workshops throughout Ontario and the United States.
With exciting plans to continue her ongoing learning and future development in ballet, Megan is currently pursuing her education with Canada’s National Ballet School in their Teacher Training Program. Through the program she has gained extensive education in Anatomy for Dancers, Dance History, Music Theory, National Dance, as well as R.A.D. and Cecchetti Pedagogy and training.
Eager to pass on her love of the arts to children of all ages, Megan had the pleasure of directing a summer dance and musical theatre camp in Oakville, Ontario. Prior to attending Canada’s National Ballet School, Megan graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University and hopes to use her knowledge and capability in the area of child development along with her dance experience to create an outstanding and progressive learning environment for children at Artistic Dance Scene.