2019 Summer Dance Intensive Faculty

Kate Kernaghan
Director, In Studio

Junior Level Ballet Technique, Jazz and Classical Repertoire

A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, Kate Kernaghan received her Royal Academy of Dance Teacher’s Certificate, as well as her Associate from the Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dancing. She is also a Fletcher Pilates Licensed provider as well as a CanFit Pro Personal Trainer. Having had former students go onto Canada's National Ballet School, The Ailey School, the School of Alberta Ballet and Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Ms. Kernaghan’s dedication to teaching and to her students never goes unnoticed. Ms. Kernaghan’s wealth of teaching experience in both the dance and fitness community lend to her confident, dynamic yet caring teaching style.

Jonathan Arsenault
Senior Level Jazz Technique and Choreography

Jonathan ArsenaultJonathan Arsenault was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario. A dedicated and passionate dancer, teacher and choreographer, Jonathan started training at the age of 14, following several years of dancing competitively he made the decision to take the next steps towards a career in dance. Jonathan went on to train with world renowned teachers and choreographers. He has trained in New York City, at the prestigious Broadway Dance Centre, as well as in Los Angeles at Edge Performing Arts Center, Millennium Dance Complex and Debbie Reynolds Studio. Jonathan has spent the last 10 years performing for productions such as Cirque du Soleil, Frank Marino and in the Donny & Marie Show. In his most recent Canadian appearance, Jonathan was a Top 12 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 3. Jonathan has also had the honor of performing with the Canadian Opera Company. His talent has landed him principal roles in commercials for Baskin Robbins, Toyota, the movie Shark Tale, Gap, and Joe Fresh Style.

Shavar Blackwood
Junior and Senior Level Hip Hop

Shavar BlackwoodShavar "Caution" Blackwood has had the opportunity to work with choreographers and performers such as Allen Kaeja, Luther Brown, Sean Cheeseman, Siona Jackson, Mandy Moore, and Bill T Jones.

His passion for dance lets him take his ideas of the hip-hop culture to the next level by fusing it with different forms of dance such as Contemporary, House, Vogue, Popping, & Krump. These principles allowed him to achieve a Top 14 spot on Season 3 of “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”, danced in the lifetime movie “Aaliyah The Princess of R&B”, the Family Channel’s “Naturally Sadie”, and perform with artists such as Cascada, Mcfly, George Nozuka, Divine Brown, and Jacksoul.

Shavar has taught for many institutions: Canada’s National Ballet School, City Dance Corps, OIP Dance Centre, among others. He has choreographed for events such as Sick Kids Canada, Toronto’s Choreographers’ Ball, Bazaar, Fever, TDSB Martin Luther King Remembrance Day celebration at Roy Thompson Hall, and was the winner of Manifesto Dance Competition.

Tanya Howard
Senior Level Ballet Technique, Pointe, and Classical Repertoire

Tanya Howard

Tanya Howard was born in Uitenhage, South Africa and trained at The National School of the Arts in South Africa and Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1998 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2007.

Ms. Howard’s repertoire includes Alice and the Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Stepsister in Cinderella, Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, Summer and Autumn in The Four Seasons, La Rose in the world premiere of Le Petit Prince and the female lead in Voluntaries. Her repertoire also includes feature roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote, The Taming of the Shrew, Frame by Frame, Les Sylphides, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Elite Syncopations, Serenade, Jewels, Symphony in C, Monotones II, Désir, The Four Temperaments, Glass Pieces, Chroma, Genus and The Second Detail

In 2016, Ms. Howard was awarded the David Tory Award, and was awarded the William Marrié Award for Dramatic Excellence for her role as the Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 2011.

Sasha Ludivicius
Senior Level Contemporary

Sasha LudiviciusSasha Ludavicius was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She studied ballet internationally, but discovered her passion for contemporary dance in Montreal at Ballet Divertimento. Ludavicius was the recipient of the SIP program Apprenticeship Award, and apprenticed with ProArteDanza during their fall season 2015. In 2016, she graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Currently, this is her third season performing with ProArteDanza. Ludavicius was selected to be apart of the 2017/18 RBC Emerging Artists Project with Peggy Baker Dance Projects. It was a pleasure for her to work alongside Peggy Baker and her company members during their 2017/18 season. Furthermore, she is a freelance contemporary teacher in Toronto, teaching at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and In Studio. In August of 2018, she was the rehearsal director and chaperone for ProArteDanza’s Aspirante SIP Dancers. Aside from teaching dance, she is a certified yoga instructor offering classes at IAM Yoga, UrbanCore gym and in corporate settings.

Megan Nadain
Junior Level Contemporary

Megan NadainMegan Nadain, a native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, is a Toronto-based dancer, choreographer and dance educator. She is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, for which she received scholarships from the School, the Hnatyshyn Foundation and the BC Arts Council. She is a company member with Dancetheatre David Earle, and has worked independently with Darryl Tracy, inDANCE, Toronto Heritage Dance and Event Horizon Dance. In the summer of 2014, she performed with Dancetheatre David Earle in Dusseldorf, Germany at the tanzmesse dance festival. She is a faculty member at the School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and she directs the Core Apprentices for the CCDT Company. She also teaches and rehearsal directs at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and teaches in several high schools in Toronto.

Andrea Olteanu
Senior Level Ballet Technique, Pointe and Classical Repertoire

Andreea OlteanuAndreea Olteanu was born in Bucharest, Romania and trained at The Ballet School of Romania (formerly George Enescu), Canada’s National Ballet School, Quinte Ballet School in Belleville, Ontario and the Summer Professional Dance Program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta. She joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 1998 and became a member of the Corps de Ballet in 1999.

Ms. Olteanu’s repertoire includes Hungarian Princess in Swan Lake and Sheep and Baba in The Nutcracker, as well as roles in Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle, Onegin, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Le Petit Prince, The Winter’s Tale, The Taming of the Shrew, La Sylphide, Jewels, Etudes, Les Sylphides, The Firebird, An Italian Straw Hat, Nijinsky, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Seagull, Manon, Carmen, Madame Butterfly, The Four Temperaments, Theme and Variations, Symphony in C, the second detail, The Four Seasons, Glass Pieces, West Side Story Suite, Symphony #9, Carousel (A Dance) and Emergence.

Ms. Olteanu’s film work includes the CBC Television production of Canada: A People’s History, Episode 8 and Bravo! TV’s The Firebird.

Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Junior Level Coordinator
Junior Level Ballet Technique and Classical Repertoire

Alejandra Perez-Gomez was born in Toronto, Ontario and trained at L'École Supérieure de ballet du Québec in Montréal, the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco and San Francisco Ballet School in California. Ms. Perez-Gomez joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1998, became a Second Soloist in 2006 and was promoted to Principal Character Artist in 2013.

Ms. Perez-Gomez’s repertoire includes Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, Stepmother and Stepsister in Cinderella, Baba in The Nutcracker and Gertrude in Hamlet. Her repertoire also includes Swan Lake, Onegin, Don Quixote, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, An Italian Straw Hat, The Seagull, The Four Temperaments, Désir, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Jewels, The Four Seasons, …black night’s bright day …, There, below and Emergence.

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