Rena brings 10 years of dance education experience with both recreational and competitive students to NDFS. Rena has been trained in Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary and Ballet and has dedicated herself to passing on her love of all genres to all ages, 3 to Adult. Rena believes in safe, structured progressions to maintain the physical well-being of her students for the rest of their lives and in such, holds certifications through Acrobatic Arts and Alixa Flexibility. Rena also attended George Brown's Commercial Dance Program broadening her performance versatility in dance, vocal performance and acting. Rena prides herself on
age appropriate, well-rehearsed choreography and her dances/dancers have received numerous awards because of this. Rena is looking forward to another amazing year with her NDFS family!
Sam has been dancing since she was 6 years old, and was a competitive dancer since she was 11 year old. Samantha has been actively working in a variety of intensive camps such as Hollywood Summer dance Tour, and Entrepreneur, Dance/Conditioning Camps. Recently, Samantha has graduated from George Brown College from their Commercial dance program. Ms. Sam will be working with our recreational division as well as the competitive, she will be making sure each student can leap to new heights. Her dancers have won numerous awards and scholarships, as she brings fresh current choreography to the stage. We welcome back Ms. Sam as this is her 3rd season with NDFS.
Taylor is a Toronto based dance artist and is a part of the 2017 graduation class from Ryerson Universities Performance Dance BFA Program, where she studied under the direction of Vicki St.Denys. She began her dance training in Stoney creek at Rythum Plus. And was a competitive dancer for 13 years, winning many awards and scholarships throughout that time. Including a scholarship to train in Paris for a week and learn from talented artists from around the world. Taylor also attended the National Ballet Schools summer program in 2006.
While attending Ryerson Taylor was the 2017 recipient of the “Theatre Dance Program” award. She has always been very driven to pursue a dance career, originally dedicating herself solely to classical ballet, but later discovered her passion for contemporary dance. Throughout her professional training she has had the pleasure of working with many prominent choreographers including James Kudelka, Peggy Baker, David Earl, Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbeck, Tori Mehaffey, William Yong and Kevin O’Day. Taylor had the privilege of being the understudy for ProArteDanza 2016/17 season and worked along side the company. She was also the recipient of the Apprentice Contract with the company in 2017. Taylor rehearsed and preformed in ProArteDanza piece titled “Op-Sha” created and choreographed by Kevin O’Day. Taylor is now currently a Company member with ProArteDanza and is working on her upcoming season with the company.
While striving to become a performing Taylor loves to teach. She is looking forward to working with the many talented dancers at Niagara Dance and Fitness and can’t wait to see what this year brings!
Kim Franic began her dance career at the age of 4. By the age of 8, she was a competitive soloist and team dancer. She represented Canada at the world level, bringing home many awards and participating in guest appearances. Kim was also graded under the RDA in Tap & Jazz and Highland SDTA. It was during her experience as a Teacher’s Assistant in her teen years that Kim decided teaching dance was her passion. She pursued dance studies at York University, Ballet Jorgen, Randolf Academy as well as countless conventions and workshops. Kim’s well-rounded dance training consists of tap, jazz, musical theatre, baton, ballet, modern, and highland dance. In 1995, Kim returned to Niagara to bring her love of dance to her community –teaching recreational and competitive classes. She founded Niagara’s Twirling Maple Leafs and became a member of TU and NBTA. In recent years, Kim has volunteered her time to teach dance at local elementary schools, youth groups, as well as assisting with school musical productions. With Kim’s 26 yrs of teaching experience, she continues to enjoy inspiring today’s dancers.
Molly has had a passion for dance since the early age of three and is trained in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and ballet (including pointe). Molly has been a proud member of the NDFS family since 2013 and has been privileged to work under the direction and guidance of Brenda. Molly has trained at NDFS and has passed all of her CDTA ballet exams with Honours. She is currently working on her Advanced ballet syllabus. Molly has been dancing competitively since the age of 8. In the last 6 years she has won numerous special awards, overalls, and scholarships in various locations such as L.A and New York City. Most recently in 2018, Molly received the “Best All Around Dancer” award at Starbeat. Molly’s numerous scholarships have given her the opportunity to work with many world renowned choreographers. Molly is now sharing her love of dance with young dancers at NDFS. She is a sweet and caring teacher who loves working with children and helping them grow as young dancers.
Emily has been dancing since the age of 2 and began competing at the age of 6. At the age of 7 Emily began training with The National Ballet of Canada in Toronto and found her love for classical ballet. While attending National Ballet Emily was given the opportunity to perform on the National Ballet stage with her fellow classmates. In addition to the intensive training at the National Ballet, Emily continued to train and compete in Jazz, Tap, and Lyrical. Emily is excited to begin teaching and choreographing with the talented student at NFDS and is ready to bring her creativity and passion to the stage through her choreography.
Anna Porterfield, Helene Lemmen, Julianna Watt, Madeleine Macdonald, Trudy VanRyn
All of these amazing dancers have been here at NDFS for at least 5 years. Each girl has such care and are role models for your younger dancers. I am very proud and lucky to have such amazing dancers apart of the NDFS family. They are passionate wanting to share their love of dance with our little dancers!