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.
Kristy has been teaching at Artistic Dance Scene from the beginning and is filled with excitement over what this upcoming year will bring as she continues to be an important part of the Artistic Dance Scene family.
Nicole Marrello (Cecchetti Ballet) – BA, TTP (Dip) – NBS, CSC-CICB
Bio and headshot coming soon…
Heather Jones-Foster (Cecchetti Ballet) – ACSC-CICB
Heather received her professional ballet training at L’Ecole Superieure de Ballet du Quebec (official school of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens), The School of Dance – Professional Program, and on scholarship at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Professional Division. She received further professional training in the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet, contemporary ballet and modern dance through Arts Umbrella’s Senior Professional Dance Professional Dance Program and Performing Company (Vancouver, BC). Heather received her diploma in Contemporary Dance Performance through Main Dance Vancouver’s Artist In Residency Program. Heather is an associate member of the Cecchetti Society of Canada and studied Classical Ballet and Cecchetti Method Ballet pedagogy at Canada’s National Ballet School.
As a teacher, Heather emphasizes correct alignment, discipline, flow of movement and artistry. Heather believes passionately in the innate intelligence of all young people and the importance of critical thinking, creativity, and a non-competitive environment in the dance class. She looks forward to passing on her knowledge to dancers at ADS.
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, Contemporary, 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 fourth 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.
Shannon Bray (Ballet Teacher)
Shannon Bray grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She trained and competed in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and modern dance forms. While competing in multiple styles of dance, Shannon always strove to improve. She attended summer intensives at Alberta Ballet School taking classes in Ballet, Character and Repertoire. She also completed ADAPT Jazz and Tap exams and achieved her RAD Advanced Two Ballet certificate.
Shannon loves sharing her knowledge of dance with the community. She has choreographed for multiple show choirs and musical groups in Saskatoon, thoroughly enjoying choreographing The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof and Little Shop of Horrors. As well as choreographing musicals, Shannon helped develop a non-profit dance company to support children in the Arts. Shannon choreographed and danced in all three productions helping to raise funds so children in Saskatchewan could take art lesson regardless of their financial ability.
Shannon has always had a love of teaching, which is what led her to complete her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She applies the knowledge of early childhood development and different learning styles to her dance teaching in order to provide creative learning environments for dance. Shannon has had the pleasure of working at a Competitive studio in Saskatoon for five years, teaching RAD Ballet. She has helped prepare students for their Inter Foundation Exams and specialized in teaching Pre-Primary to Grade 1 classes. She has also spent five years of teaching non-profit community ballet classes. Shannon is currently studying at the National Ballet School of Canada in its Teacher Training Program. She is very excited to share her passion for learning and ballet with students at Artistic Dance Scene for her second year.
Paula Skimin (Tap Teacher)
Paula Skimin is a multi-faceted dancer, choreographer, adjudicator and educator trained in Jazz, Ballet and Tap. She founded the Toronto based tap dance company Turn On the Tap in 1997. As artistic director Paula produced many productions featuring original scores, collaborating with various mediums fusing her art form making her a progressive performance artist.
Her teaching has reached dancers throughout Canada and the U.S. She has worked as a Principal Artist with Learning Through the Arts, an education program associated with the Royal Conservatory of Music, with SERC a research centre for creative aging, and taught workshops at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education associated with the University of Toronto. Paula is now teaching body awareness to singers, actors and musicians studying in post-secondary programs such as Opera Performance at the University of Toronto.
Paula looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion with dancers at Artistic Dance Scene.