Rebecca has been dancing since the age of 4, and has extensively trained in many disciplines including Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Acro, Musical Theatre and Ballet. Her early dance career had her competing at a high level for many years across North America. Rebecca spent many of her summers training at different workshops and intensives with many well known teachers such as Annie Wood, Stacey Tookey, Gillian Clarke, Sonya Malaya, Kelby Brown and Blake McGrath.
At an early age, Rebecca realized that her passion lied with teaching and she quickly made the switch from performing on stage, to being in the studio getting students ready to perform on stage themselves. She has been teaching for over 15 years and has helped students grow in many dance disciplines. Her students have won potential and overall awards and she has won awards for choreography and costuming. Rebecca is certified with Acrobatic Arts (AA2) as well as multiple levels with Alixa Flexibility.
Rebecca has been teaching at Dance Etc Milton since its inception, and is delighted to take on a new role as of October 2020 as Owner and Artistic Director. She is excited to watch the studio continue to grow and watch students pursue excellence in the arts and following their passion.
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 Lee Hawkins
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”.
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 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.
Beatrice received her dance education at Lois Laxton Dance Studio where she completed her advanced PAEC examinations in ballet, jazz, and tap. In 2014, Beatrice began teaching at the studio at both a recreational and competitive level in the styles of ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, hip hop, and musical theatre. As a member of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), Beatrice has appeared in television shows such as “How to be Indy” and “Skatoony” and commercials for Canadian Tire, Maple Leaf Chicken, and Smart Bread. In addition, Beatrice has played the roles of Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Beatrice is very excited to begin a new chapter of her dance life and share her love of dance with Dance Etc. family!
Rebecca’s love for dance started at the young age of three years. Training in Hamilton, Ontario Rebecca trained hard and was a highly competitive dancer by the age of seven. She moved to a studio in Oakville to train at a higher level and was awarded with numerous awards at competitions including scholarships, titles and overall awards.
Trained in all dance forms Rebecca is an accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer. Ballet training includes both R.A.D. and Cecchetti levels. Rebecca’s love for the stage is evident in choreography reels and pictures from her years of competing.
Rebecca is now enrolled at McMaster University working towards her MBA.
Teaching and choreographing is a passion for Rebecca and she is thrilled to inspire students as a staff member at Dance Etc. Milton. She is hoping to pass on her love of dance to all her students and looks forward to witnessing their growth and success.
Brianna Finucan has graduated from York University with her BFA in dance, and is now completing her BEd in teacher’s college, at York University. Throughout her years as a dancer she was taught and trained by many great artists, while also attending many workshops and competitions all over the world. She received many overalls, and scholarships at Jump conventions and was qualified to compete at the Top 20 Best Dancer Awards in New York City.
Brianna began dancing at the age of four and has had the opportunity to train in many styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Acro, Lyrical, Open, Contemporary and Pointe. She completed all grade level exams and trained for her Advanced 1 in the Cecchetti ballet syllabus and continues to train in this syllabus at York University. While at York University Brianna has also had the opportunity to train and compete with their competitive dance team, York Lion’s Dance Energy. She continues to train, as well as teach and assist many choreographers.
Brianna is very excited to be a part of the Dance Etc Milton family and can’t wait to see what the future has instore for both her, and her students!
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!