Faculty

Certified with B.A.T.D, D.M.A, D.E.A. P.A.E.C., Acrobatic Arts, Alixa Flexibility

Shannon

Shannon Siomra

Owner

Dance Instructor

Shannon Siomra developed a love for dance at the tender age of 2. Growing up in the dance studio, Shannon trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet (R.A.D.), Lyrical, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Shannon’s talent led her to become a highly successful competitive dancer, winning awards and scholarships both in Canada and the United States. She furthered her training with C.D.T.A. and D.M.A. attending workshops taught by internationally acclaimed choreographers, which developed her vast knowledge of different teaching methods and choreography styles. During these formative years performing, competing & training, Shannon set her goals and dreams of becoming a dance teacher/choreographer and opening her own studio.
In addition to operating and teaching at her own studio, Shannon has continued her extensive training, expanding her skills in Pilate’s. As a certified Pilates & Acro instructor, Shannon looks forward to helping others develop a higher level of fitness. Her expertise and skill as both a Dance and Pilates Instructor has been recognized, as she trained the 2014 ISU Silver World Medal Synchronized Skating Champions in both Dance and Pilate’s techniques.

Marlene

Marlene Hawkins

Office Staff

Dance Instructor

Marlene Hawkins has been active in the dance community for over 30 years. Marlene has been an owner, instructor and operator of 3 very successful dance studios in the surrounding areas. She opened up her 1st studio in Oakville during the 1980’s and in the 1990’s she opened up her 2nd studio in Waterdown and in the 2000’s she opened up her 3rd studio in Burlington. Marlene is looking forward to sharing her knowledge as a respected, experienced studio owner and qualified dance instructor in the Milton Community with Dance Etc Milton alongside her daughter Shannon.

Marlene is well known for her excellence in teaching techniques with young children of all ages in Ballet, Jazz and Acro. Marlene has also been active with her other passions, she is also a certified fitness, pilates,  Zumba and Zumbatomics instructor. Her sense of humour, energy & commitment make her very popular with all of her students. Her first love is dance…after her family… Michael, Cheri, Shannon & Andrew.

Kerry

Kerry Lee Hawkins

Dance Instructor

Kerry Lee Hawkins has been involved in the world of dance since the age of three. A trained & accredited dancer in the art of tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, modern & ballet, Kerry Lee started in the world of dance and has never looked back. An accredited member of The British Association of Teachers of Dance, Dance Masters of America – (Canadian Chapter) & Dance Educators of America, Kerry trained under Brian & Faye Foley.  Kerry was a successful competitive dancer with numerous awards to her credit travelling across Canada and the United States.  Professionally Kerry Lee has performed on television and in trade shows as well as runway modeling, magazine and television ads. Her background also includes singing and dancing in various musicals across Canada. Kerry Lee owned and operated her own dance studio for over 22 years and was proud to be a motivating force behind hundreds of dancers who were successful in exams, competitions and professional work. Many of Kerry Lee’s former students have gone on to open their own dance studios, performed on television, cruise ships & on stage and screen. During her years as a studio owner, Kerry Lee was proud to be President of Dance Masters of America, Chapter 38 and was thrilled to represent Canada at many conventions and workshops in the U.S.  Kerry Lee took on another project after taking her students to many dance competitions in Canada and the U.S. In 1990 she started DANCEFEST, a dance competition with an emphasis for the positive. The motto for DANCEFEST is: “Promoting the art of dance through healthy competition”.

Rebecca

Rebecca Hewlett

Dance Instructor

Rebecca began dancing at age 4 in Stouffville, ON, where she studied jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, and acro. At a young age she began competing and traveled extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Ireland, winning numerous overall and special awards. As a teen Rebecca began to focus on acting as well as dance and she was cast in musicals such as Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, The Wizard of Oz and Oliver. She continued her training in dance, studying with the Alberta Ballet School summer program, New York City Rockettes summer training and Cirque du Soleil teachers program.More recently, Rebecca discovered a great passion for teaching dance in the classroom. It has been her main focus for the past few years. She continues to hone her skills and enhance her personal development by training with reputable dancers and choreographers such as Annie Wood, Stacey Tookey, Kendra Hughes, Gillian Clarke, Sonya Malaya, Kelby Brown and Blake McGrath. Rebecca is a certified with Acrobatic Arts Dance Instructor and Alixa Flexibility, bringing with her over 14 years of dance experience, working with children ages 3 and up teaching both competitive and recreational programs with Dance Etc Milton for the past 9 years.

Barbara Keenliside

Barbara Keenliside

Dance Instructor

Barbara’s first dance class was at the age of 3 in Burlington, Ontario. It was love at first step, and she never looked back. With over 25 years of training, she has excelled in various exams including R.A.D. ballet, C.D.T.A., and P.A.E.C ballet, jazz and tap. Barbara has also performed competitively in jazz, tap, and modern, across Ontario and the United States.

Teaching children was the natural progression for Barbara, as she graduated the ECE program with Honors from Sheridan College. During her schooling, she acquired her full teaching certificates for ballet and tap with Performing Arts Educators of Canada (P.A.E.C.) Barbara has been successful at entering students into P.A.E.C. ballet and tap examinations at all levels. Barbara enjoys choreographing competitively with awards for highest overall groups. Her dancers receive many special awards as well, her most favourite being for technique. Her dedication does not stop with children as she also choreographs for the seniors performing troupe “The Burlington Footnotes”. Her extensive dance knowledge and her kind, patient demeanor make her an inspiring teacher to children and adults alike.

Barbara is an active member of Performing Arts Educations of Canada. She has sat on the executive committee and help the tap chair position for six years. She is also an examiner for the ballet division.

When she is not on the dance floor, you can find her as a Nursery school supervisor in Burlington where she continues to follow her passion for educating creative young minds. She promotes every child to come out of their shell and be who they want to be. Children are like rainbows: “Rainbows have nothing to hide” Kermit.

Danny Fernandes

Danny Fernandes

Dance Instructor

Platinum recording artist and multiple award winner, Danny Fernandes, is one of Canada’s most exciting R&B exports. His energetic pop-infused brand of R&B have been lighting up dance floors around the world since he burst onto the scene with his debut single ‘Curious’ in 2008. The single took on a life of its own, shooting up radio singles charts, even getting picked up by a DJ in Ger- many. The excitement of the single and momentum it generated led to his debut album ‘Intro’, re- leased on universal music, and catapulting up the iTunes charts, claiming the top spot with rave reviews!

Since then Danny has been busy – touring relentlessly around the world to places like Germany (twice), Australia, Asia, the US, and Canada, sharing stages with R&B heavy hitters like Bruno Mars, Flo Rida, Akon, and Sean Kingston. Somewhere during this busy touring schedule he also managed to write and record two successful follow-up albums to ‘Intro’ – ’AutomaticLUV’, and ‘Breathe Again’.

Along the way his hard work, determination and passion for his music paid off, with numerous nominations and big wins along the way, including a tie with Canadian rock powerhouse Nickel- back for most nominations at the iHeart MuchMusic Video Awards. As Danny’s popularity has also earned him commercial success off the stage, being chosen as the face of major Canadian footwear retailer, Athletes World.

Jenna Hadden

Jenna Hadden

Dance Instructor

Jenna is currently in her fourth year at York University’s BFA Dance Program education stream, and has been training with York Lion’s Dance Energy Dance Team for the past three years as well as University of Western Ontario’s “Heat”.

Jenna has been a competitive dancer since the age of 5, training extensively in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Acro, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary and Modern. She has completed the RAD Ballet, and CDTA Ballet, Jazz and Tap exams, and received the ballet award for outstanding style and technical execution during the Vaganova Russian Ballet exams. She has won top awards and scholarships at competitions across America and has been seen on TV at both the “Regionals and National’s” on Family Channel’s “The Next Step” as well as a featured and back up dancer on “The Next Star”. She was a member of Team Canada that competed in Poland at the World Modern, Jazz and Ballet Dance Championships in 2013 and in Prague for the World Show Dance Championships in 2014.

Jenna looks forward to teaching at Dance Etc Milton, and watching the students grow as dancers!

Natalie Coffa

Natalie Coffa

Dance Instructor

Natalie Coffa is entering her 4th and final year at York University, studying dance and consecutive education. Throughout her years of training, she has won many overall and nationals titles and attended workshops all over Canada and the United States, including the prestigious Joffrey School of Dance.

Natalie is a highly trained dancer in jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, ballet and pointe. Natalie has completed the grade exam levels in Vaganova, including the Advanced 1 in R.A.D, and studies in the Cecchetti ballet syllabus at York University. Natalie also placed 3rd for her jazz solo at the Worlds Dance Competition, when she was nine years old. Natalie has also had the opportunity to have assisted many choreographers with summer workshops and choreography.

Natalie is thrilled to be joining the faculty at Dance Etc Milton and loves being part of the family atmosphere.

Katie

Katie MacLellan

Dance Instructor

Katie MacLellan began her dance training at the young age of 3, where she discovered her passion for dance. Throughout the years, she has received extensive training in ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, acro, hip hop and musical theatre, with further training at dance workshops and conventions. Katie competed in competitions across the U.S and Canada winning awards both as a soloist and as a member of the dance teams. More recently, she completed her 3 year dance program at Dance Masters of America, the most highly recognized Dance teachers’ training school in North America. Katie is a certified Acrobatic Arts Dance Instructor, with over 7 years of experience teaching dance to students from the age of two to adults, and has conducted dance workshops at the elementary and high school level. She is very passionate about dance and she brings out that passion in her students.  Katie’s focus is to encourage her students to be the best dancers they can be in a safe and fun environment and is looking forward to joining the Dance Etc. team!

Ms Beth

Dance Instructor

Ms Beth’s love of dance has inspired her throughout the years. She spent 16 years in ballet, jazz and hip hop and made an instant connection between music and movement. She attended dance competitions, workshops and exam classes growing up, acquiring different methods of learning & teaching the fundamentals of dance. Ms Beth continued dancing throughout university life, and graduated with a Masters of Education in 2009. She has effectively taken concepts, strategies and tools for teaching in the classroom and applied them in the dance studio. Ms Beth continues to pursue her dance education through professional development by attending teacher workshops, seminars, and participating in adult dance classes. Ms Beth is a Member of C.D.T.A, and has had students successfully complete their dance exams in Ballet and Jazz.

Ms Beth supports each student with her positive and loving attitude, with her goal to increase self-esteem, positive self-imaging, and build confidence in each of her students and looks forward to developing the passion of dance with Dance Etc Milton family!