Faculty

Meet our team of highly qualified dance instructors

Kelsey Allen

BA, AACM1 (Owner & Artistic Director)

Kelsey has been dancing for over 25 years and her teaching career has been thriving for almost a decade. She is the proud Owner & Artistic Director of Connections Dance Collective and also works as a freelance teacher and choreographer in Guelph and the surrounding area. Kelsey has a broad background in a variety of disciplines, including hip hop, jazz funk, jazz, acro, musical theatre, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. In her youth, she competed across Ontario, winning many awards and scholarships for her charisma and performance quality, specifically in urban styles. While attending university in Hamilton, Kelsey was a member of the McMaster University Dance Club as well as the Director of the McMaster Dance Company. In her professional career, she has been the proud recipient of many choreography and special awards for her uniquely themed routines and dedication to teaching true hip hop movement and culture in her classes. She is a certified Zumba and and Acrobatic Arts instructor and is known for her lightheartedness, humour, and warm nature.

Nicole Clinton

PMT, ADAPT

    Born and raised in the small town of Ayr, Ontario, Nicole began her dancing career at the age of 3 in Paris, Ontario.  Across the years, Nicole travelled wherever her love for dance took her, from Burlington to Kitchener and ended her competitive career where she started, in Paris, Ontario.  Over the years, Nicole gained experience and completed exams both in Russian and RAD Ballet.  Nicole has also trained under the professional hand of Miss Paula Morgan of L.A.  Miss Paula has her own technique which consists of three levels and Nicole has been training and working with this technique since the age of 10.  Nicole has attended many workshops and training classes to improve her passion for dance and along with that she has travelled to New York City and taken classes at Steps on Broadway and has also travelled with Carnival Cruise Lines and performed with them.  Nicole has also performed with the Toronto Raptors at half time and is looking forward to similar opportunities in the near future.  Currently, Nicole gives her teaching time full-time to the dancers at Dimensions in Dance.  In 2015, Nicole received the Young Choreographers Award at the age of 17 from Shine Dance Competition receiving a score of 95+ in the senior category. Nicole’s students have competed at numerous national competitions, achieving many titles with her choreography.  Nicole’s students are attending The Dance Awards this summer in Orlando, Florida, where they have been selected to compete for the title of Best Dancer 2019.  Nicole’s students have also been invited to exciting opportunities such as Stacey Tookey’s Camp Protégé and have received numerous scholarships for Dancer Palooza conventions with pieces choreographed by Nicole.  Nicole is currently working towards becoming a fully certified ADAPT teacher, having just completed Year 2 in July 2018 and she will be fully certified in summer 2019! Nicole is also a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance run by Mr. Scott Kufske!  

Melanie April

MDW, RAD, AAC1

Melanie began ballet lessons in her hometown, Harriston, at the age of four. She went on to train in several additional dance styles for many years and especially enjoyed taking dance intensives with professional contemporary dancers and choreographers each summer in Montreal. Melanie attained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Waterloo, and has attended many teacher training workshops and courses such as ADAPT and those offered at The National Ballet School. She is one of only two Canadians certified in the Maor Dance Workout (MDW), (a dynamic and unique training course which builds strength, flexibility and a strong sense of balance), and is also a certified Acrobatic Dance instructor (AAC). Melanie has trained many students for dance exams and competitions and has received numerous awards for her choreography. She is known for encouraging all of her students to have fun and keep striving, and for her loud and excited dance teacher’s voice.

Sophie Mlodzik

Recreational Instructor

Bio coming soon.

Sara Pica

Recreational Instructor

Bio coming soon.

 

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