Vlad

Born in Russia, Vlad trained at the Ballet Academy (Vaganova System) and Rimski-Corsakoff Conservatory with a major in choreography. During this time, he received full training in Musicology/Music History, Composition, Music Theory and piano (certified musician).

Prior to opening VDC, Vlad was on the dance faculty at various professional schools such as Randolph School of the Arts, Sheridan College and Dance Teq, which is located within the National Ballet of Canada…

Irina Antsiferova

My formal education as a ballet dancer started in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I danced professionally under a full time contract for 13
years (1977-1990). After defecting to Canada in 1990 I was a freelance dancer for a few years and then started to teach ballet at competitive dance studios in Ontario. In 1997 me and my husband Vlad began a new chapter in our life and opened our own studio in Richmond Hill Ontario. Since I was a young girl, I always knew dance would be a part of my life.

Over the past 18 years we have continued to grow into one of the top competitive studios in Canada, producing many successful professional dancers and choreographers.
I have extensive training and experience in cosmetology and make up. Currently working as a costumes designer for dance productions in Toronto and designing costumes for Vlad’s Dance Company.  I am an eternal student. I read a lot, love to travel and hope to semi-retire on an island somewhere while still continuing my education and inspirng others to reach for their dreams.

Matthew Caruso

Matthew is a member of the British Association of Teachers of Dance (BATD), having received his diplomas in jazz, tap and ballet. In Toronto, he has worked on various live stage shows, video and film projects including Mastercard, Bell Mobility, Hillary Duff, and the film “Hairspray”. As a teacher and choreographer, Matthew pushes his students to reach their maximum potential. His creative choreography showcases each dancer in their best light. His students are frequently recognized with Overall Top Soloist and Group awards and his creativity is often recognized with Choreography awards at the regional and national levels. Matthew is in demand as a guest teacher, choreographer and adjudicator. He strives to inspire young dancers with his enthusiasm and passion for dance.

Jenna Tabachnick

Jenna has spent a majority of her life immersed in the dance world including competitions, the commercial industry, and company work. Being trained by various studios over the years, mentors, and world renown choreographers has made her a versatile artist and prepared to share her knowledge with students. Jenna has had the pleasure of working with many dancers across the GTA teaching jazz, contemporary, conditioning, technique, and movement classes and even had the opportunity to train the Guelph Dance Pak at the University of Guelph. What makes Jenna’s classes unique is her education of anatomy, alignment, and functional movement. She is an internationally certified yoga instructor and enjoys incorporating these techniques into her classes to enhance the art of dance.

Melissa Craig (RECE)

Melissa began her dance training at the age of 4 at a small studio located in Pickering, Ontario. Starting with ballet, Melissa completed her exams in the earliest grades of the RAD syllabus and extended her dance education to include jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary & acro.

In 2003, Melissa began training extensively at Vlad’s Dance Company up until the age of 18. During this time, Melissa had the opportunity to perform in the first production of the pre-professional dance program “Bridge to Artists” & was an integral member of many award-winning routines.

Melissa graduated from Dunbarton High School in 2011 with Honours and received the overall highest dance mark. She furthered her education at Durham College and obtained her diploma in Early Childhood Education with Honours.

Currently, Melissa teaches both the recreational and part-time level programs in various styles. She has been teaching for 6 years and is looking forward to working with every child to reach their individual goals and full potential!

 

Katiana Pare

Katiana fell in love with being on stage from early on. She is a passionate performer, teacher, and storyteller originally from Ottawa, Ontario. Known for creating thought provoking and emotionally charged dances. She combines her dance education with life experience to teach her students the importance of dancing with intention.

Incredibly versatile, Katiana is qualified in the advanced ADAPT jazz and tap syllabi and trained extensively in the Royal Academy of Dance ballet syllabus. While dancing competitively for numerous years she trained and performed in all disciplines. Professionally, she has performed across Canada and the United States in live shows for Bridge Dance Concepts (Derrick Yanford), Phoenix Project Dance (Amber Perkins), Exordium Dance Collective (Tressa Wilson), and been a guest artist in benefit shows such as the Wabano Gala and Dancers Give Back. She also holds a BCom in Marketing from the University of Ottawa.

As a teacher and choreographer, Katiana strives to bring out each dancer’s personality and empower them to stretch their limits. She is a certified Yoga Tune Up instructor and incorporates her knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology in classes to prepare her students with an understanding of their muscle and bone structures and further develop their flexibility and movement. Often winning choreography awards, she is frequently brought in as a guest teacher and choreographer to set pieces for competitive dance schools and arts high schools.

Katiana looks forward to sharing her love for dance and is so excited to be joining VDC.

 

Michael Prince

Michael excels in many different areas of dance including Hip Hop, Jazz, Acrobatics, Partnering, Contemporary, Ballet, Tumbling, Musical Theatre, and Modern. He has won numerous awards including “Best Senior Dancer” at the American Dance Awards in 2018. He currently assists with Break the Floor, travelling across Canada and the United States. He was a member of the 2018 Beat Squad at Dancer Palooza in San Diego and he won many awards including young choreographer. He is a sought after teacher and choreographer. He has appeared in The Next Step and has performed in the past 13 shows with “Bridge to Artists”.

 

Brandon Croisetiere

Brandon Croisetiere began dancing at the age of 11 in Gatineau, Quebec where he trained in all disciplines of dance (jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, acro, hip-hop and contemporary). He quickly fell in love with the art and competed extensively, traveling all over North America winning major titles and overalls at regional and national competitions. Brandon was a constant convention scholarship winner at The Pulse, Jump, Candance Convention, Coastal Dance Rage and Impact. He completed his competitive career with the Canadian School of Dance where he was trained with the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT) syllabus created by Brian and Faye Foley as well as the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet.

Brandon was fortunate enough to work closely with New York City Choreographer Derrick Yanford (FOOTLOOSE, WEST SIDE STORY, BALLET HISPANICO) as a founding member of his company “Bridge Dance Concepts” in Ottawa.  Shortly after, Brandon moved to Toronto to further his career in dance. Since moving he has been able to perform choreography by Matthew Fata, Josh Assor, Alvin Collantes, Shawn Bracke and Allison Bradley in events such as Toronto’s Original Choreographer’s Ball, Bazaar, Poetry Resurrected, Raise the Rhythm and Short Dances in Small Spaces to name a few. More recently, Brandon became a member of Point of View Dance Project, a contemporary company under the artistic direction of Amy Adams and Kylie Thompson. Brandon has also assisted New York City choreographer Tom Richardson (Faculty of Intrigue Dance Convention) on numerous occasions.

Brandon is also an award winning choreographer and teacher. He is guest faculty at The Underground Dance Centre in Toronto and KaliAndrews Dance Company in Ottawa. He has taught many workshops, technique classes and at many summer intensives throughout Quebec and Ontario. Brandon’s unique sense of style, creativity, intricate movement, musicality and his power to create beautiful captivating stories within his choreography has won him multiple choreography awards at Regional and Nationals Competitions such as American Dance Awards, Kick It Up, Shine, Thunderstruck, Move, and Candance. Being recognized for his work starting at the tender age of 17, Brandon has grown into a creative genius and sought after by many competitive studios throughout Canada, giving them a unique, fresh edge to the dance scene.

Being a driven performer and distinct, unique, captivating choreographer has allowed Brandon to continuously push his boundaries and explore all sorts of movement and styles. His biggest wish is to continuously motivate and inspire his dancers by being a positive role model and sharing all of the knowledge he has gained since entering the dance industry.

 

Jean Linke

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Victoria Ziavras

Victoria Ziavras received extensive competitive dance training in a variety of styles including contemporary, ballet, jazz, musical theatre and more. She is a recent York University graduate with a double major in Dance and Psychology. Within the Faculty of Fine Arts, she specialized in various ballet dance forms, as well as modern/contemporary, performance, and choreography. Furthermore, in her undergraduate thesis, Victoria’s main focus was testing the effects of dance movement therapy on children with Autism. Victoria also has numerous years of teaching dance to children who have special needs. Nowadays, she is in the Faculty of Education studying to become a teacher in the junior and intermediate level. Victoria aspires to one day be a teacher in the arts and share her passion for dance and movement therapy in order to inspire young people.

Pauline Karabelas

"My 11 year old daughter Marlee has been a part of Vlad's Part Time Competitive team for 2 years.During that time, she has gown up immensely as a dancer, been exposed to the benefit of working within a team environment and has been supported to challenge herself in ways that have built her self esteem, athlethicism and grace. She has been taught discipline and tenacity in a fun and safe environment and I never have to encourage her to go to class; she is super excited when it's a 'dance day'. Thank you to Vlad's amazing teachers for a fantastic experience"

− Lori Schwartz

"Thank you also for pulling us aside when we needed encouragement. We appreciate your sensitivity to kids' feelings and insecurities, and ours of feeling lost and unfamiliar. You all seem to really care about helping our kids succeed, in a healthy, human way, despite all the incredible pressures"

"My husband and I are so happy with the creativity, discipline, fun and caring that Julianne is experiencing thru Vlad's. She is fit, healthy, and is even more confident and socially thriving due to the nurturing environment here. She calls all her teachers 'dance mom's, dad's and uncles'. She looks up to the juniors and seniors, who know her by name and hang out with them in the hallway and change rooms. Her own group gets along well and always linger together after classes. We call VDC our kids country club"