Faculty

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

Nicole has been involved in the dance community for more than thirty years. She trained in ballet, jazz, and tap at dance schools in Toronto before her acceptance into the professional training program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She completed the joint teachers training program with the National Ballet School of Canada and York University. Nicole has had the pleasure of being mentored by many acclaimed teachers including, Glenn Gilmour, Donna Krasnow, Shirley Tetreau and Brian and Faye Foley. She currently holds the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma (part A) and her Associate Diploma with the Cecchetti Society of Canada, as well as her jazz and tap certification with the Associate Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADPAT).

Before coming to Artistic Dance Scene, Nicole taught at dance schools throughout the Greater Toronto Area as well as summer classes with the American Academy of Ballet. Her students continually receive top marks on their ballet exams and gain high honors at dance competitions. She has had students go on to train with the National Ballet School, Quinte Ballet School, and the School of Alberta Ballet; as well as gain acceptance into post secondary dance programs at York University, Ryerson University and George Brown College.

Nicole believes that dance is a life long endeavor and that one should never stop learning. She is currently enjoying a renewed relationship with tap and has loved working with Kim Chalovich and the dancers of What’s On Tap. She also continues to do professional upgrading and has completed the Progressing Ballet Technique seminar, Alixa Flexibility modules 1 and 2 and Acrobatic Arts module 1 in the past year.

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 sixth 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 (Guest Choreographer)

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.

Natalie Pitton (Ballet Teacher)

N.B.S.T.T.P.(dip), ACSC-CICB, A.I.S.T.D., RYT-200 (Suspension)
Natalie is a Teacher, Choreographer, Adjudicator and Educator who celebrates her love and knowledge of dance, yoga, mindfulness & fitness, with an inspiring class and her booming energy!
Natalie has been an active member of the dance industry, within North America, for over thirty years and is trained extensively in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, and Lyrical. Natalie is a graduate of the prestigious National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, working and training under the instruction of dance experts such as Karen Kain, Mavis Staines, and the late, Glenn Gilmour. Natalie also obtains her B.F.A. (Spec.) Hons. in Dance.
Natalie is a Full Associate Member of the Cecchetti Society of Canada and a former Associate member of The International Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.), the Royal Academy of Dance (A.R.A.D.R.T.S.) and Dance Masters of America (DMA). Natalie holds her Advanced Cecchetti Diploma, National Advanced II and RAD Advanced II, with Honours. In addition to her teaching qualifications, Natalie is a qualified Health and Wellness Coach, Yoga & Suspension Yoga Instructor, Progressive Ballet Technique Instructor, and Raising the Barre Instructor.
Mrs. Pitton-Sweazey has been teaching and choreographing for competitive and recreational students for over 18 years. Her students and choreography have received “Platinum” status and have received various scholarships for their accomplishments. Many students have also continued forward in their studies to dance professionally in Companies and Professional Training Programs, such as The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Juilliard, Boston Ballet, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Quinte Ballet School, The National Ballet School, and Disney. Natalie is an active adjudicator, sharing her knowledge and passion across Canada for over 13 years. She has traveled over Canada holding many workshops in all dance forms and has also choreographed for many small performance projects across Canada. Those including pieces in; Encore Dance Production’s, The Nutcracker; Rhythm and Grace Production’s, Reflections, and creating a strong repertoire their professional archives.
Natalie’s passion for this art form holds no limits and she looks forward to continuing to share her passion with students, teachers and directors across the scene.

Michael Glenney (Tap Teacher)

Mike started dancing at the age of 6 and realized his love of the art shortly thereafter. Throughout his career, Mike has trained intensively in tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, ballet and partnering as well as performing in musical theatre and modern.
Mike is the current World Tap Dance Champion in the “Battle of the Feet”; A title which he also held in 2017. Along with his title wins, he has won a total of 12 medals in his appearances at the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany. The students Mike has trained have also had their share of success; winning Silver at the “Commonwealth Dance Cup”, and Gold at the “World Tap Dance Championships” for solos he choreographed.
Mike was a founding member of Everett Smith’s tap company “Bringing Tap Back”, has performed with Shawn Byfield’s “Funk Factory” , and he was a member of the “ONE Movement” anti-bullying performance company. Furthermore, he was recently offered a full-time artist position with the prestigious “Tapestry Dance Company” based in Austin, Texas. Other projects have included: “The Miss America Pageant”, “The Humber River Hospital Benefit”, industrial events for “McDonald’s Canada”, “Geosyntec Consulting”, and “Delta Hotels International”, and a guest solo performance with the “True Jive Pluckers” and the “Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra”.
Mike began teaching dance in 2009. He then went on to spend two years dancing aboard the “Disney Dream” and “Fantasy” cruise ships, before returning home to reignite his teaching career. Mike’s passion for working with children and youth has been a driving force in his career. Most recently Mike has become a choreographer for the “Canadian National Tap Team” for the “World Tap Dance Championships” in Germany and the “Commonwealth Dance Cup” in South Africa, and “World Performers Canada” for the “World Dance Cup” in Spain. He is also proud to have worked as a trainer and choreographer for the “German National Dance Teams” (Tap, Jazz, Contemporary), whose members will be competing Mike’s choreography at the 2019 European, and World Dance Championships.
Mike is proud to have become sought after performer, instructor, choreographer, and adjudicator throughout the GTA and beyond. Mike cherishes his time spent encouraging and inspiring his students, and imbuing them with the same love of dance and performance that has him shuffling down the street.

Alyssa Petrolo (Contemporary Teacher)

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Alyssa Petrolo is a multidisciplinary performer, choreographer and educator. She attended Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts where she studied composition, ballet, Limon and Graham-based modern. Upon graduating, Alyssa received a scholarship to Shenandoah Conservatory for the Arts in Winchester, Virginia, where she continued her training in dance education and choreography.
Alyssa also recieved a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at York University in 2016 while pursing a professional dance career in Toronto. She has performed with several Toronto-based companies including; Rutherford Movement Exchange, Jasmyn Fyffe Dance, P.O.V Dance Project, and Gadfly Dance Company.
In 2016, she participated in OpenFLR Choreographic Intensive in Florence, Italy where she worked closely with London choreographer Chris Evans (Hofesh Shechter, Gecko Theatre). In 2017, she danced for Kylie Thompson in “Versus” a dance film investigating the relationship between two opposing sides. Versus has been selected for numerous dance film festivals including; Versatility Dance Festival (Boulder, Colorado), Videoskin Film Festival (Whitehorse, Yukon) and 40 North (San Diego, California).
Over the past year, Alyssa has been touring nationally with Gadfly Dance Company directed by Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Portillo, in their production of “Klorofyl”. Alyssa aims to inspire and motivate all those who she works with, and is dedicated to a life of education in dance and art.

Natalie Coffa (Jazz/Ballet Teacher)

Natalie Coffa is currently studying Dance and Consecutive Education at York University and is heading into her 4th year is September. Part of York University’s dance team, York Lions Dance Energy, Natalie continues to striuve as a dancer winning awards at Univeristy Dance Competitions & Challenges.

A highly traied dancer in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Ballet & Pointe, Natalie also holds accredation with Honours in R.A.D., Vaganova and Cecchetti Ballet Syllabi.
A competitive dancer sonce the young age of 5, Natalie has held many titles, won many overall awards and scholarships both in Canada and the United States, and was honoured to receive a bronze medal at the World’s Dance Competition in Germany.
Natalie has also attended the prestigious Joffrey School of Dance in New York City working with the best choreographers and teachers, and applies these tool to the dancers she teaches each week.

Natalie’s love of all dance has made her the strong teacher and choreographer she is today. She is thrilled to be on staff at Artistic Dance Scene and looks forward to continuing to work with the dancers and inspire them to be the best they can be.

Lauren Rose Whyte (Acro Teacher)

Lauren Whyte is an outstanding choreographer and performer. Lauren is trained in Acro, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet and more. Gymnast at age 2 and competitive dancer at age 11, Lauren was granted many awards and titles throughout her competitive gym and dance career. She is well known for her extensive knowledge of Acro, Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical and has choreographed many award winning routines for studios across Ontario.

Lauren has worked alongside many famous choreographers, including SYTYCD stars, Mia Michaels, Hani Abaza, Melissa Mitro, Tatiana Parker, Amanda Cleghorn, Tokyo, Leon Blackwood and more. Lauren has also worked with famous choreographer Talia Favia and Hollywood choreographer/producer Paul Becker. Lauren was also a backup dancer for Serena Ryder for her Opening Performance, in the 2015 Pan Am Games, “Together We Are One”.

Lauren has been teaching both recreational and competitive dance since age 15. She has worked with all ages from mini to senior students. She is a very technical-based dancer and is constantly pushing her students to the best of their ability. She has taught everything from regular seasonal classes to teacher seminars, focusing on Acro, Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical. She encourages young dancers to explore and find new ways of moving in a safe and fun environment. Lauren is constantly learning, training and improving herself as a dancer. This is very beneficial to not only herself but to her students as she’s constantly bringing something new to the classroom. Every student who walks through her door leaves class feeling a sense of accomplishment and motivation.

Alyssa Krawchenko (Acro Teacher)

Bio and headshot coming soon…

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