2018 Summer Dance Intensive Faculty

Kate Kernaghan
Director, In Studio

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.

Shavar Blackwood

Karen AndrewShavar "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.

Megan Nadain

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.

Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Junior Summer Dance Intensive Coordinator

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.

Jarrett Siddall

Born in Grande Prairie AB, Jarrett Siddall began his career with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and Citie Ballet in Edmonton AB. In 2009 he began training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where he was awarded the Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artist Grant in contemporary dance in 2010. After graduating in 2012, Jarrett joined Toronto Dance Theatre. Alongside TDT, Jarrett performs with Vazari Dance Projects and in other independent works.

Julie Tomaino

Julie TomainoJulie is an award-winning choreographer, teacher and former Radio City Rockette. Her directing and choreography credits include; Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Globe Theatre); We Will Rock You (Magnus), 42nd Street (Studio 58), How to Succeed, Chess (Theatre Sheridan); From Here to Eternity, Cabaret, On the Town, Saturday Night Fever (Finger Lakes), Mamma Mia & Singin in the Rain (Port Hope), Mary Poppins (WCT/Persephone), Footloose (Chemainus), and Sleeping Beauty, The Ross Petty Panto. Julie was the choreographer for the movie-remake of Beaches, starring Idina Menzel. Julie has also had the pleasure of being involved with choreographing for film and television including; Some Assembly Required (YTV), Package Deal (cityTV). Julie also played Margie in the television remake of Bye Bye Birdie, starring Vanessa Williams and Jason Alexander. She is part-time faculty at Sheridan College.

Senior Level

Tiffany Mosher

Tiffany MosherTiffany Mosher was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and trained at the Scotia Dance Studios in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Canada’s National Ballet School. Ms. Mosher joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1999 as a RBC Apprentice and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2013.

Ms. Mosher’s repertoire includes the Spanish Princess in Swan Lake, First and Second Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Baba, Bee and Sheep in The Nutcracker and Anita in West Side Story Suite, Stepsister in Cinderella and Vaniteuse in Le Petit Prince. She has also danced roles in Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Onegin, Giselle, Pinocchio, Don Quixote, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Madame Butterfly, Carmen, The Firebird, Nijinsky, Manon, Genus, The Four Seasons, The Dream, Les Sylphides, Song of the Earth, Glass Pieces, Hamlet, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Jewels, The Four Temperaments, Symphony in C, Theme and Variations, Apollo, In The Upper Room, Carousel (A Dance), Emergence and 24 Preludes by Chopin.

Ms. Mosher was awarded the Peter Dwyer Award in 1999 while a student at Canada’s National Ballet School.

Andrea Olteanu

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.

Iain Rowe, M.F.A.

Iain RoweIain Rowe was born and raised in Canada and trained at Canada's National Ballet School. Following his graduation in 2004 he went on to join the Royal Danish Ballet where he performed in a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire including world premiere's by Jiří Kylián and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. An increasing interest in both choreography and teaching brought him to New York City in 2010. It was here that he attained his Master's Degree in theatre performance with focus on choreographic studies from New York University. Since returning to Canada he has worked with a number of arts organizations including The National Ballet of Canada,The Canada Council for the Arts, Ballet Jörgen and Ryerson University.

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