Owner/ Artistic Director & Instructor
Cassiah has been a successful performer/dancer since the age of 2, competing internationally in Beauty Pageants and Talent Shows across the country. She has won such titles as Little Miss Canada, Miss Cover Girl, Miss Shinning Star, and International Royalty. At the age of 13, Cassiah underwent a teaching apprenticeship training program and began teaching dance. She has excelled as a competitive dancer, choreographer and teacher, with her strengths highlighted in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Musical Theatre and Hip-Hop. Cassiah has also worked with National and Provincial Gymnasts choreographing floor routines, beam routines, and creating poise in their overall presentations. She is a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance, and has started adjudicating dance and talent competitions across Canada.
Cassiah has obtained her BA Honors in Drama & Communications, Media and Film, as well as her Bachelor of Education teaching diploma. Cassiah has graduated with a gold seal from the ADAPT syllabus teachers training program, where she completed an extensive 3 years of training, under the direction of Brian and Faye Foley in the styles of Tap and Jazz. She also has a very extensive Acro background and has been named a Master Instructor/ Examiner for the Acrobatique AcroDance Syllabus.
Sensei Nathan has been studying Isshinryu Karate for over 30 years. He trained and studied at Windsor Essex Martial Arts, and at the age of 16 he was awarded his first degree Black belt. His Sensei and Father Mr Gary Pryor, is one of the biggest reasons Nathan has decided to continue teaching Karate. His father has been a huge inspiration to him, and he has learned numerous life lessons through the discipline of Karate. He has decided to pay tribute to his dad and name his Karate club “Otosan” meaning Father.
Nathan is very excited to be part of the Cassiah’s Dance Company faculty, and even more excited to bring the Martial Art of Isshinryu to the Leamington facility. He hopes that he can inspire a love for Karate to his students, the same way that his father was able to inspire him.
Miss Courtney began her journey into the dance world at the age of five. For eight years thereafter, she was trained with the BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dancing) in the styles of Jazz; Tap; Freestyle/Hip Hop and Ballet – receiving Honours seven times in the yearly examinations! Miss Courtney’s love of Tap was recognized by her examiners and she thus was nominated to audition for the BATD Stage/Tap Scholarships in both 2005 and 2009. Also in 2005, Miss Courtney was selected by a panel of judges to showcase her own Hip Hop solo choreography at the Be Discovered “You Can Dance” Talent Showcase. Since 2006, Miss Courtney has also had the privilege to expand her dance knowledge by attending sessions and workshops in the styles of Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary/Lyrical and Hip Hop with instructors such as tWitch, Stacey Tookey, The Tap Dogs, Bree Wasylenko, Alexandra Crenian, Miles Faber, Stephanie Rutherford and more.
In addition, Courtney attended 1st Year ADAPT Teacher’s Training in Junior Level Tap and Jazz, as well as the Acrobatique Certification Program in 2014 and received Zumba Certification in August 2017. Miss Courtney has also had the privilege to both choreograph and perform at the competitive level receiving numerous awards such as Judges’ Choice, 1st Place Overall Large Groups/Lines, 1st Place Overall Senior Duets/Trios and Teacher Choreography Award! In 2013 and 2014, respectively, she received a scholarship to Step Up Dance Camp for Triple Diamond Performance “Invaders” and 1st Place Overall Musical Theatre Award for Song & Dance Duet “It’s A Fine Life”.
In the 2017-18 season at CDC, Miss Courtney was happy to put her experience as a singer/songwriter to use by adding vocal lessons into her Musical Theatre classes. She looks forward to continuing to expand her students’ knowledge of both dance and the music behind it in the coming season. “Through dance, children learn valuable life lessons and acquire life skills which will help them succeed in any and all areas of life. No matter where life takes you after graduation, dance is a practical, creative, healthy, and beautiful assistant to the challenges of growing up.”
Dance Instructor & Competitive Coach
Avery has been dancing since the age of 2, when she took her first dance class, and fell in love with Dance. Over the years, she has studied many dance styles, including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Heels, Musical Theatre and Partnering. Avery was a competitive dancer for a number of years, and has had the opportunity to learn from several outstanding teachers during that time, including Shannon Mathers, Brian Freedman, Ian Eastwood, Blake McGrath, Tara Jean Popowich and Etc.
Avery is a sought-after teacher and choreographer, winning numerous awards for her work. Along with choreographing competitive group dances, solos and duets, she has also choreographed for UCC cheer team, the UCC musical and the Ridge Players Production of Beauty and the Beast. In June of 2018 Avery received her diploma for Occupational and Physiotherapy Assistant, and we wish her luck as she completes her post grad work in Autism and Behavioural Science this year. Avery looks forward to furthering her teaching experience. She is thrilled to to be a faculty member at Cassiah’s Dance Company and looks forward to sharing the love of dance while helping each student grow as a dancer and a person.
Hannah discovered her love for dance at the young age of 3. She trained primarily in Ballet, and soon began learning more styles including Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern and Contemporary. She has extended her dance training by attending workshops with instructors such as Miles Faber, Alex Crenian, Bree Wesylenko, and Hayley Paone. Along with dance training, Hannah learned about performance through drama classes.
In her years dancing competitively, Hannah was honoured to receive several awards for her performances in solos, duets, and groups. Among these she was chosen to receive a signature award for demonstrating her passion for dance in her solo and duet performances, and a scholarship for her Pointe choreography. Hannah was also recognized for showing teamwork and being a leader as a senior student on the competitive team.
Hannah began her teaching career at the age of 16 as an assistant instructor at the studio, and a dance instructor for a local daycare program. While attending college in Kitchener, she taught Ballet and Jazz classes. Hannah enjoys working with enthusiastic dancers of all ages and abilities. She is looking forward to joining Cassiah’s Dance Company and helping each student as they grow and learn.
Dance Instructor & Competitive Coach
Sarah Coulter is a trained dancer and experienced teacher. She has been trained primarily in Hip Hop, but has been educated in many dance forms such as ballet, jazz, lyrical and break dancing.
Sarah has been dancing for over 10 years both recreationally and competitively. She is currently working on her undergrad degree in London and will be starting teachers college next year. While in school Sarah continues to educate her self in dance by taking a number of workshops and classes as well as teaching at the YMCA.
Introduced to dance while at a small studio in Blenheim, Sarah learned motivation, determination and found a love of dance through her years of competition and teaching. She expanded her dance knowledge by attending workshops like Nuvo, and the Pulse and Dance Attack, taking classes from instructors such as Twitch, Miles Faber, Alex Crenian, Joshua Allen, Mia Michaels and Travis Wall.
Sarah wishes only to continue teaching and sharing her love for expression through dance as she dances with Cassiah’s Dance Company.
Rachel has been dancing since the age of 3, falling in love with the art very quickly. She has been trained by many dance instructors from all over the country, making her background in dance widely ranged. She has been a very successful competitive dancer for 8 years and has trained intensively in the styles of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemp/ Lyrical, and Hiphop.
Rachel has won many awards over the years for her love and passion for dance, and is currently the Fever International Improv 1st place champion.
Rachel has worked for Dance Attack Workshops for many years, giving her the opportunity to attend classes from top artists such as Tara – Jean Popowich, Twitch, Boneless, Jay T Schramek and many more. She has performed in two musicals ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Night of a Thousand Stars’ and was also the head choreographer for her school play in 2017.
Rachel loves teaching and sharing her passion for dance with other students, as well as still continuing to learn herself. She is excited to be part of the Cassiah’s Dance Company faculty, and hope’s she can inspire others to love the art of dance as much as she does.
Angela began her journey into the world of gymnastics at the age of 7 here in Leamington Ontario, where she competed both recreationally and competitively. She quickly discovered a passion for the sport of gymnastics, tumbling, and dance that has lasted well into her adult years.
Angela has been involved with coaching Gymnastics since 2007, working alongside athletes from the age of 18 months (Parent and Tot classes) all the way up to 18 years (High school aged athletes), and about every age in between. During these years, Angela has coached recreational classes, high-school gymnastics teams to OFSAA Gold, and pre-provincial and provincial-level competitors to many successful competition finishes. She has supported many gymnasts to perform and compete at various showcases, demonstrations, and competitions all across Ontario. Angela holds her Level 2 Qualification from the NCCP, National Coach Certification Program, both in Multi-Sports and specifically in Gymnastics and Trampoline. She has also successfully completed several coaching workshops and courses including Making Ethical Decisions, Designing a Basic Sport Program, and completing both the Technical and Practical components of the NCCP Level 2 Gymnastics Course.
Angela focuses on teaching gymnastics and tumbling skills in a fun and progressive way. She believes in allowing her students to discover their talents and capabilities by encouraging a strong work ethic and effort while having fun during classes. Angela graduated with honours from the University of Windsor with her Bachelor of Arts in English: Language and Literature, and her Bachelor of Education in 2009. Since 2009, Angela has worked for the WECDSB, most recently as a Kindergarten teacher here in Leamington. Angela strives to create a fun, energetic, and challenging learning environment for the learners across all walks of her career: students, gymnasts, and dancers alike.
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