Aly Niznik

Aly Niznik

Aly has been a dancer and choreographer for many years and has found her calling in life. Aly truly believes that dance is a way of life. Teaching and choreographing is truly her passion and in doing so she desires to help inspire others. Aside from being a teacher and choreographer Aly’s performance history includes music videos as well as live performances for Z103.5, dancing for “Dances of Offering” and dancing for “Women In Dance” which highlighted women dancers and choreographers with proceeds to benefit breast cancer research. Aly was also honoured when she was asked to be a judge for the "Dance the Dream" T.V. Pilot. A highlight in Aly’s life was winning the prestigious award of Young Choreographer of the Year for both junior and senior divisions at American Dance Awards for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007. She is also the recipient of the Judges Choice Choreography Award from Rhythm Dance Competition. Numerous choreography awards from many other dance competitions fill the walls and shelves as well. During Aly’s years of dancing, teaching, choreographing and judging she received the Ontario Scholarship Award for excellence in academic achievement and continued her studies onward. Aly was the winner of a public speaking contest, which took her to a national level and has helped her tremendously in her speech and delivery. Aly finds that she has a strong ability to communicate with others and is always willing to learn and grow. Aly is excited to be able to share her love of dance with all of her students.

Joseph (Yossi) Niznik

Joseph (Yossi) Niznik

Yossi has had the privilege of working the many sides of the industry as a dancer, choreographer and adjudicator. Having won many male dance titles such as Jr. Mr. Candance 1999, Master Dance of Canada and American Dance Awards Male dancer of the year, there was no doubt Yossi was born to perform. He went on to experience the elation of performing for such artists as Neil Young, Our Lady Peace, Natasha Bedingfield, Eva Avila, Shilo, Carly Rae Jepson, Suzie McNeil and the list goes on. This left Yossi grateful yet unsatisfied with only being part of the performing aspect of the dance world. Striving for perfection, Yossi decided to begin teaching and choreographing for various dance studios. Within one year, he had earned the recognition of his fellow choreographers by winning the American Dance Awards Choreographer of the Year Title for both age categories 12 and under as well as 13 and above. Yossi has learned that dance training takes a big commitment, a lot of dedication and the will to strive. He is ecstatic to share his passion of dance with all of you.

Bianca Di Domenico

Bianca Di Domenico

Bianca Di Domenico graduated from York University receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Education Diplomas. She is currently a teacher with the TCDSB and DPCDSB, teaching high school students in various subjects including dance, math, and religion. Her love for kids gives her the time and patience to work with her students and bring out their best qualities. Bianca has ballet training in R.A.D and has attended R.A.D workshops in New York. She also studied/trained in the Russian Vaganova System. She has taught at several studios within the GTA, and has been teaching at A2Y Dance Inc. since its opening day. Bianca currently teaches the Part-Time Competitive Program and enjoys developing her students’ technique and performance skills. Her choreography has been recognized for several special awards and has won many overalls at competition. Bianca is excited to continue teaching her students in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Acro, and Hip Hop, and grow as an individual and instructor.

Ashley Fenster

Ashley Fenster

Ashley was an award winning competitive dancer when she began her professional career in the entertainment industry. Over the years, she has appeared in numerous live theatrical productions and television shows and films. Ashley's many industrial shows include Disney Canada's Winnie the Pooh Friendship Day in both Toronto and Winnipeg over five summers, Sears Back to School Promotions in Toronto, Calgary, and Edmonton, Casino Rama, and Club Med in the Bahamas, to name a few. Ashley has also appeared in TV commercials for Smarties and Walmart and was seen in a number of television shows, including Baxter and the Rick Mercer Report. Her film work includes Disney and ABC's remake of The Music Man, starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth, as well as Mayhem Project's Make It Happen. Ashley's passion for performing was evidenced in her portrayals in the live theatrical productions in which she appeared. She performed as Victoria, the white cat, in Drayton Entertainment's two productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS. Also for Drayton Entertainment, Ashley was a featured performer in Swing and a Geminae in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Ashley later appeared in the Theatre Aquarius production of Seussical – The Musical. Most recently, Ashley was honoured to have performed for two seasons at the prestigious Charlottetown Festival, directed and choreographed by Anne Allen. She portrayed Gertie Pye in the Canadian classic, Anne of Green Gables, which was brought to Toronto's Elgin Theatre by Dancap Productions before moving on to Charlottetown. Ashley was also a featured performer, playing Whim, in the Charlottetown Festival's original production of Disco Cirque. Presently, Ashley teaches and choreographs for the City of Vaughan and a local Toronto dance studio. Her award winning choreography has led to invitations to guest teach and choreograph for studios in both Ontario and the United States. She has also been asked to adjudicate at several dance competitions. Currently, Ashley is enrolled at Ryerson University where she is studying to become a Registered Dietitian. Ashley is very excited to be back for another summer at A2Y!!!

Carly Carrigan

Carly Carrigan

Carly Carrigan is going into her fifth year of teaching and choreographing many different styles of dance. She has completed Advanced levels in tap, jazz and ballet through the Performing Arts Educators of Canada (P.A.E.C.). She has also received a teaching certificate through P.A.E.C. and is an Associate Member in the style of jazz. She trained at Somerville Dance Academy since the age of 8, and now teaches/choreographs in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, acrobatics, modern and hip-hop. Carly's choreography has been featured in fundraising performances, benefit concerts and competitions. Her students have won numerous awards for her choreography and their technical ability. She has assisted at workshops and continues to attend workshops and conventions to keep her choreography and teaching current. Carly also teaches in elementary schools to enhance the Arts curriculum and expose students to different styles of dance. She is going into her last year at York University completing her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Children's Studies, and finishing the Concurrent Education Program. Her goals are to continue to teach dance, and to teach in an elementary school classroom.

Larinee

Larinee Movsessian

Larinee Movsessian was born and raised in Toronto, where she began her classical training at the age of 4 with Artistic Director Nadia Veselova-Tencer (Artistic Director of Stars of the 21st Century). Throughout the years, she explored other dance styles such as Jazz, Hip hop, Contemporary, Armenian Folk Dance and Ballroom. She has danced and choreographed for many companies including: York University's Official Hip Hop Team "Stylewize", DARK Dance Company & BOSS Dance Company. Recently, Larinee choreographed for an LA artist, R-Mean, for a Genocide Awareness Concert, for Harout Bedrossian's new music video "Halala" & upcoming Toronto artist Kylie McCollough's "Love Me Like a Love Song" music video & live performance at Canada's Walk of Fame. Other credits include: Jully Black's music video "Do you Love Me" & "Bom Bom", live performance for Toronto artist Andreena Mills (choreography by Hollywood Jade), Family Channel's "The Next Step" (S4 Ep.18/19), Monsters of Hip Hop "Choreographer's Cup Los Angeles", live performance for Toronto artist DIXON (Choreography by Hollywood Jade) & Sage Harris (Choreography by Lineen Doung, for the Harry Jerome Awards), Canadian Ballet Theatre's "Nutcracker" (with the stars from Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet), Pre Juno's, opening for P.Diddy (Home Coming Tour, Toronto), opening for Karl Wolf (WinterFest), Step Up Revolution Toronto performance on Much Music (with the stars Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman), Choreographer's Ball, Fever After Dark, Bazaar & many more.

Kahlil

Kahlil Calder

Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, Kahlil Calder finished his dance studies at Canada's National Ballet School under the tutelage of Glenn Gilmour and Sergiu Stefanschi. Upon graduating, Kahlil went on to dance with the National Ballet of Canada, The Alberta Ballet, and with the International Dance Theatre in Amsterdam. With a diverse performing arts background Kahlil has engaged audiences in performances by Cirque Du Soleil, and in musical theatre works such as the Lion King and the European touring production of Best of Musicals. In 2010 Kahlil was accepted as Associate Professor in the dance department of the University of Stavanger in Norway where he taught, performed and produced works. Kahlil is a sought after teacher, coach and choreographer both nationally and internationally.

Jaqueline Brown

Jaqueline Brown

Jaqueline holds a Diploma in Performance Dance Studies, and a Certificate in the Performing Arts from George Brown College. She holds her Associate Jazz Teacher’s Certification with the BATD, and holds ballet certificates in the RAD method. Jaqueline is a company member of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers. She has worked with notable choreographers such as Susan Kendal, Maxine Heppner, Kathleen Rea, and Eroca Nicols, and performed with The Parahumans, Sophie Luxton Productions, and the York Lions Dance Team. In 2014, she studied abroad at the Vienna International Dance Festival, Impulstanz. Jaqueline is currently studying Psychology and Spanish at York University working toward her BA Honours. She hopes to inspire her students to follow their dreams, as teachers have inspired her to do so in the past.

Leon Blackwood

Leon Blackwood

Leon Blackwood began his career as a choreographer at the age of 18. Born in Toronto, his first professional job was for Universal Canada Recording Artist Keshia Chanté as Lead Choreographer for her "Solo Mobile" Canadian Tour, shortly after that he was hired to choreograph and dance for Danny Fernandes' "Rookie Of The Year" European Tour. Leon Blackwood has become one of the most sought after choreographers and artistic directors in the Toronto entertainment industry. His movements and style are beyond spectacular, powerful and captivating, which makes him a true original at his craft. As a dancer, he had the opportunity to perform and tour with countless recording artists such as Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Down With Webster, Victoria Duffield, Jully Black, Deborah Cox, Blake McGrath, Danny Fernandes and the iconic superstar herself Janet Jackson. His stage/ television and silver screen credits include "Honey","Make Your Move", "Full Out", "Frenemies", "How She Move", "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-wrecked and Heroes Reborn. You can also catch him on the upcoming Season 5 of The Next Step, in which he choreographed and also will appear on the show as a Celebrity Guest Choreographer. Leon has also personally choreographed with and worked alongside celebrity choreographers such as NappyTabs and Luther Brown on television shows and commercials including So You Think You Can Dance US, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, (commercial), KFC, and The Juno Awards. Not one to put limits on himself or the students and dancers he works with, Leon has pooled together all his knowledge, resources and his connections within the entertainment industry and teamed up with business entrepreneur Aaron Libfeld to create/Co-Found Toronto's newest and most popular dance facility in the heart of Toronto called The Underground Dance Centre.