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…

Amanda Pietrantonio

Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Amanda received her dance training from Greta Leeming Studio of Dance where she trained in all disciplines from the age of 3 to 18. Amanda completed the RAD Ballet Exams, as well as the ADAPT Exams in jazz and tap.

Amanda began assisting dance classes at Greta Leeming Studio of Dance at the age of 12. From very early on she knew that this was her passion – being able to teach, mentor and help young dancers grow in the studio environment.

Amanda was recruited and moved to Toronto in 2012 to further her career as a teacher and choreographer.

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Ekaterina Kornienko

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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.

Selena Lucchese

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Melissa Craig

How long have you been with VDC?
I have been with VDC since 2003. I started as a student and now I’m a teacher!

What do you love about teaching?
I love seeing my students grow as dancers. I enjoy watching them improve year after year and seeing them achieve their goals and dreams…

Jade Whitney

Jade Whitney, Toronto-born artist, has been dancing both professionally and competitively from a young age. She has received extensive training at Vlad’s Dance Company in a variety of styles including contemporary, hip-hop, ballet, acro, tap, and more. She has worked with choreographers such as Luther Brown, The Squared Division, Bobby Newberry, Teddy Forance, Peter Chu, Emma Portner, Hani Abaza, Caroline Torti, Addy Chan, Roberto Campanella and more. Jade is a graduate of Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, where she majored in dance and vocal music. Jade has attended various summer training programs at institutions such as the Quinte Ballet School of Canada and the Ailey School Summer Intensive in NYC.

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Michael Novitski

How long have you been with VDC?
I have been at VDC since birth. I learned how to crawl, walk and dance here. This is my home.

What do you love about teaching?
I love to create and choreograph. I spend countless hours on Youtube watching dancers and choreographers who inspire me. Learning from those better than me makes me a better teacher and dancer and I hope to instil this drive in my students.

Leah Lavergne

How long have you been with VDC?
I have been teaching at VDC for 4 years.

What do you love about teaching?
Seeing my students fall in love with Ballet. I’ts not always everyone’s favorite because Ballet takes a lot of discipline and the progress is slow but when it happens it’s very special…

Megan Caines

How long have you been with VDC?
I have been with VDC for 4 years!

What do you love about teaching?
I love seeing the frustration on the childs face when they are so close to getting a new trick and all the smiles after they get it! I love watching dancers improve from the beginning to the end of the year…

Victoria Ziavras

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Genna Gibson

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Pauline Karabelas

How long have you been with VDC?

I’ve been with VDC since 2010 competing as a full-time competitive student, assistant and now teacher.

What do you love about teaching?

I love being able to provide my students with the knowledge that I have learned as a dancer and seeing them work non-stop until they succeed. It makes me thrilled to see a student improve week after week in order to achieve their goals as a dancer. I also love to create and choreograph and share my creativity with my students.

Do you have any other interests?  

I love to play soccer and have been doing it since the age of three, I am very interested in the human body and healthy nutrition, I enjoy acting and I love traveling and seeing new places.

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