Faculty

NADINE VILLA-REGUIDEL – Artistic Director/Owner ( BA, DMA, AAC)

Nadine Villa-ReguidelNadine Villa-Reguidel is a graduate from York University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. She is a certified instructor through Dance Masters of America Chapter #8 as well as certified instructor through the Acrobatic Arts Association, with over 18 years of Teaching experience. Nadine’s University education has given her intense dance training, as well as educated her in the areas of dance injuries, injury prevention and kinesiology.

Nadine is an accredited and accomplished Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer and Adjudicator. Her creativity and passion for the arts is demonstrated through her teaching and love for dance. Nadine began dancing at the age of nine and has had intense training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical and Hip Hop. As a competitive dancer Nadine competed across Canada and United States, receiving numerous awards and recognition for her achievements. Nadine has created, implemented and directed a Competitive Dance Program and in four years grew a small team of dancers into an award winning team.

Nadine continues to make her mark in the dance world with her Innovative and Outstanding Choreography. Nadine has received numerous Choreography Awards, Precision Awards, Judges Choice Awards and Overall High Scores for her Choreography, which has allowed her to gain recognition for her exceptional technical training and unique style. Nadine’s students have been International Title Winners, Scholarship Recipients, National Championship Winners, and Regional High Score Winners as well as many have continued dance in Post Secondary Education, at York University, Ryerson, National Ballet of Canada and Michigan State University.

Nadine strives to achieve the best in each student promoting strong Technique, Poise, Self-Confidence, Commitment, Dedication, in a positive manner and inspiring her students to have a love and passion for the art of dance. It has been a lifelong dream for her to own her own dance school and Nadine is thrilled to be fulfilling that dream and sharing her love of dance with her students. Nadine is honored to have been the Diamond Winner of the Oakville’s Readers Choice for BEST NEW BUSINESS OF 2014 & Platinum winner of BEST CHILDREN’S DANCE INSTRUCTION FOR 2014 & 2016, Diamond winner of BEST CHILDREN’S DANCE INSTRUCTION FOR 2015 and Nominated for the 2015 ENTREPENUER OF THE YEAR through the Oakville Chamber of Commerce.

Entering the Fifth Year as a studio owner, Miss Nadine would like to welcome you to her dance family……..Live to Dance Academy!!

 

ANNE LEWIS – Administrative Director

Anne is one of the first smiles you see when you walk in the door at Live To Dance Academy. She became involved in the dance industry when her daughter Miss Nadine switched from gymnastic to dance as a little girl, and has had much “behind the scenes” dance  mom experience throughout the years. In Anne’s words “one of the best experiences as being a Mom was the day she sat at the front desk on the opening of LTDA and could hear my daughter teaching her new students and knowing her childhood dream had finally come to fruition.” 

Of course over the years not only has Anne attended many performances of Miss Nadine’s students at Recitals, and Competition and had the pleasure to attend several competitions where Miss Nadine was one of the panel of Adjudicators.  Each of these events were special and filled her with great joy to see her daughter succeed.  “Dance provided to my daughter dancing recreational and then competitive was exactly this…Dance was a positive experience, it taught her, as it does our LTDA children confidence, teamwork, perseverance, how to balance a competitive sport with school work and the value of hard work.  Dance  teaches students  to set goals, and that reaching those goals doesn’t always come easily. It teaches them how to adapt and overcome their fears.”

Anne Lewis is an Informatics Specialist in Healthcare by day and manages our Business Office activities by night and weekends. Her previous experience includes 20+ years in Finance as an Assistant Supervisor/Team Lead.  This is a tremendous amount of work to juggle but her strong organizational skills make it look like a breeze! You will quickly learn who Anne is and will see how much she enjoys getting to know all the dance kids, moms and dads!  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask, she will promptly get back to you with the answer.  If you see Anne at the studio, give her a huge thanks for all that she does for us behind the scenes!!!  We welcome Anne for her Fifth year with us.

 

REBECCA ZIZEK – Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Zumba ( BHSc)

Rebecca Zizek - Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop Dance

Rebecca’s passion for the art of dance began 20 years ago and she began teaching and choreographing at the age of 16. She trained extensively in all dance styles as a competitive dancer, with some of the industry’s top teachers and choreographers. Throughout her dance career, she was the recipient of many awards and scholarships throughout Canada and the US. Rebecca is a member and certified teacher with Dance Masters of America and is also a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance. Rebecca has performed and choreographed for professional shows including Raise the Rhythm, Fever After Dark, Toronto Raptors Junior Dance Pak, Block Party featuring Calvin Harris, Monsterball London, Women in Dance, Ray-

Dance Gala, the Canadian National Exhibition and was a company member in POV Dance Project’s “Wireless Connection”. Rebecca’s contemporary work was one of the selected pieces to be showcased at the prestigious Young Choreographers Festival in New York City in 2015.

Rebecca was also honoured to be the recipient of the George Lon Choreography Award at the DMA Nationals 2015 in Boston, where her students were named the Grand National Champions.  While obtaining her degree in Health Sciences at Western University, Rebecca was both an executive and head choreographer of HEAT Dance Team. Her innovative choreography was awarded at varsity competitions and her leadership and artistic vision were cornerstones in bringing the team to being recognized as one of the top varsity dance teams in Ontario. Rebecca currently teaches and choreographs at several studios across Ontario. Her work with competitive students has won countless overalls, dance-off championships and highest score titles, while her artistic vision has received much acclaim and many choreography awards. Her extensive training and experience have allowed her to continue to grow as a professional and versatile dancer, teacher, choreographer and adjudicator. She believes in always remaining a student to your craft, and in constantly exploring new ways of movement and expression. Rebecca’s enthusiasm and passion as an artist is undeniable and it is her honor to be able to share this with the dance community.

We are thrilled to have Miss Rebecca part of Live To Dance Academy for her Fifth Year!!!!

 

MICHELLE GALATI – Acro, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre

Michelle GalatiMichelle is a highly accomplished dancer, teacher and adjudicator and was trained and has gone through examinations in RAD, Chechetti, BATD and ADAPT. Her performing credits include the Oscar award winning movie Chicago, Honey, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Studio 54, Music Hall (TV Mini Series), The Lion King, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kiss Me Kate, Grease, Robin Hood and Peter Pan. Michelle feels blessed to be doing what she loves and credits her competitive background for laying the foundation of her success. Michelle is a sought after adjudicator and teacher across Ontario. Michelle passion for teaching and her technical strengths have helped create strong dancers.  Michelle is a wonderful addition to our teaching team bringing years of knowledge and expertise to all the dancers here at Live To Dance Academy.

Michelle is thrilled to be contributing to the growth of this next generation of dancers and is excited to be returning to  Live To Dance Academy for her Fifth Year!

 

ANDREA LEGGATT – R.A.D. Ballet

Andrea Leggat HeadshotAndrea has dedicated her whole life to the art of dance and is classically trained in ballet, jazz and modern dance. She pursued a professional ballet career after being in the York University dance program.

Andrea is a fully certified Royal Academy of Dance Instructor with an intense passion for the art of dance. She has a thorough knowledge of technique, physiology and pedagogy. Andrea believes “to achieve your full potential, you must build a foundation.” Andrea’s early training began in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario and then progressed to the National Ballet of Canada and the Ottawa School of Ballet. She continued to study with prominent teachers such as, Robert Desrosiers, Kimberly Glasco, Che Chan, Kevin Pugh and Danny Grossman. Andrea is a graduate of the Ballet Jorgen/George Brown performing arts dance/teacher training program and has successfully trained many students in Royal Academy of Dance syllabus for fifteen years. She has entered students from Grade 1 Level up to and including Advanced 2. Andrea inspires students to both embrace the art of dance and achieve elite technique. Her students have won many top overall awards at dance competitions.

We are thrilled to have Andrea part of the Live To Dance Academy Faculty and welcome her back for her 2nd year!

 

ALEXANDREA GORDON – Jazz, Tap, Acro, Hip Hop, Lyrical

alex head shot 2016Alexandrea’s love of dance began at a very young age. She began dancing at age three and was dancing competitively by the age of 6 where she trained in jazz, acro, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, tap and ballet. Alex’s passion for dance and hard work, gave her the opportunity to compete throughout Canada and the United States winning numerous performance, overall and special awards. By the age of 8, she was awarded with the title of Mini Miss Dance of Canada Chapter 38, 2004. Alex has also trained in the Royal Academy of Dance and Chechetti ballet techniques as well as completed several examinations.  She was the Humber Dance Company, for the four years in a row and was their Dance Captain for the past three years. You will also see Alex as a 2017 Toronto Argonauts Cheerleader.

Alex is a graduate The University of Guelph-Humber in Early Childhood Education and is currently entering her first year of teachers college at McMaster University.

We welcome back Miss Alex for her Fourth Year. She is very excited about becoming a part of the Live To Dance faculty and hopes to support and inspire young dancers to be the best that they can be!

 

KAYLA LONDON – Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Ballroom ( BFA)

Kayla--headshotPerforming since the age of 3, Kayla has always loved to dance. It has been her passion and dream to share with others her love for this striking art form. As a graduate of Ryerson’s BFA Performance Dance Program, she was very fortune to work closely with many renowned instructors and choreographers such as Nadia Potts-Gomez, Vicky St. Deny, Robert Glumbeck, Tanya Evidente, Alan Kaeja, and Matjash Mrozewski. In addition to her studies at Ryerson, Kayla has also trained and performed with Limitless Productions, RS.Diva’s Entertainment, The Bermuda Civic Ballet, The Quinte Ballet School of Canada and Dance Vision Dance Camp in Las Vegas. Her performance experience includes: WE Day Waterloo, Flora and Zephyr, Copellia, Giselle, Nutcracker and many more. Instructing and inspiring kids to dance is another way she gets the opportunity to share her joy with others. Dance has and will continue to be Kayla’s life passion.

While studying at Ryerson, she also co-captained the Ryerson Rhythm Dance Pak where she choreographed competitive jazz and contemporary routines. In 2006, Kayla discovered a newfound excitement for ballroom and latin dancing. She began teaching for Fred Astaire and later for Simply Ballroom and Latin Studios. Dance has and will continue to be Kayla’s life passion.

Miss Kayla is thrilled to be returning for her Fourth Year at Live To Dance Academy!!!

 

AVERY BEATTY – Ballet, Jazz, Acro, Contemporary

Avery Lane BeattyAvery Lane Beatty found the passion for dance in her first ballet class at the age of 3. She began her training as a competitive dancer, studying all styles of dance. Avery was a student in the Associates Program at The National Ballet School of Canada for four years. During that time, she studied with The Joffrey Ballet School and performed with Ballet Jörgen as well as The National Ballet of Canada. Avery has extensive training in Ballet, Contemporary, Improv, Modern, and Body Conditioning. Ballet is her passion, and she has studied and completed exams with the RAD, Cecchetti and Vaganova syllabus. Avery has had the pleasure of training with many renowned artists, including Martine Lamy, Laurel Toto, Rex Harrington, Jonathan Renna, Davis Robertson, Sheona Bell and Eryn Waltman.

 Avery is entering her second year at The Conteur Academy, with a main focus in Ballet and new Contemporary techniques. Avery takes a special interest in building a strong technical foundation in her students, as well as the ability to explore all avenues this amazing art form has to offer.

Miss Avery takes great pride in helping her students nurture a love for dance and is very excited to be a part of the Live To Dance Academy faculty for her 2nd year!

 

 NATASHA PINNOCK – Jazz, Tap, Acro, Lyrical ( DMA, AAC, NCCP) 

Headshot - Natasha - LTDA

Natasha has always had a passion for dance and began formal dance training at the age of 8. She has trained extensively in various dance styles including Jazz, Tap, Acro & Ballet and has danced competitively throughout Canada and the United States. After her competitive dance years, Natasha spent several years as a member of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger Cat dance team, performing in Grey Cup Half Time shows and at charity and community events. She is also a former member of the NLL’s Toronto Rock dance team.

Natasha is a certified instructor with Dance Masters of America as well as with Acrobatic Arts, and has been teaching dance for over 10 years. She remains as passionate about learning the art of dance as she is about teaching, and continues to expand her dance knowledge through workshops, master classes and performance opportunities.

Natasha is excited to be a part of the Live to Dance Academy faculty and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with all of her students.

 

MICHELLE ZETTS – Jazz, Tap, Acro, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Breakdancing ( BFA, AAC, RAD Advanced 1)

Michelle Zetts HeadshotDance has been central in Michelle’s life since she was three. Ever since then, from competing in both London and Oakville as well as taking numerous exams, Michelle has made it her passion. She has a BFA from York University in the Honours Dance Program, where she danced in student shows, and was part of the York Dance Ensemble for two years. Michelle is also a certified instructor with Acrobatic Arts. It was with YDE that she had the fortune of working with renowned Canadian choreographers, including Rachel Browne, Robert Glumbeck, Yvonne Ng, Keiko Kitano, Meagan O’Shea, and Cirque du Soleil choreographer Debra Brown. She was part of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche for two years, danced at a Special Olympics fundraiser, and has performed all over the GTA. When she is not teaching, Michelle dances for choreographers in Toronto, and collaborates and produces dance films.  Michelle loves bringing her passion and enthusiasm for dance to her students, and always is in awe of how magical dance can be.

Miss Michelle looks forward to teaching at Live To Dance Academy for her Fifth Year!

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

ALEXIS MASTROMARCO – Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical

alexis mastromarcoAlexis is currently entering her Final Year at Queen’s Univeristy. She began dance at the age of three and has been dancing ever since. She started competing at the age of five and has trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop Lyrical & Contemporary. At the age of seven Alexis became an International title winner and began to make her mark in the dance world. Throughout her years of dance Alexis has always made an impression on the Judges, Teachers and Choreographers with her outstanding performance qualities and natural talent receiving consistent Overall high scores, Most Potential Dancer, National champion titles and Scholarships across Canada and the United States. Alexis has trained and completed exams in both the Royal Academy of Dance and Cechetti ballet techniques and is currently completing her last season as a competitive dancer. Alexis has had the opportunity to train and work alongside top Teachers and Choreographers from Canada and the United States which has allowed her to broaden and expand her knowledge of dance.

Since a young age, Alexis has always had a natural gift of teaching and working with children. She is an exceptional role model and loves to teach children of all ages. She takes great joy watching her students excel under her instruction and passing on her love of dance to them.

Alexis hopes to inspire her students to achieve their personal best and very excited to be part of the Live To Dance Academy teaching Faculty!

KARLY  ZIZEK – Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Acro, Hip Hop, Lyrical ( BFA) 

Karly Zizek - Headshot (2016)At the early age of 3, Karly followed in her big sister’s footsteps and stepped into her first dance classroom – she had instantly found her passion. The Mississauga native began competing at the age of 6 and extensively trained in all genres of dance including Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Acro, Musical Theatre and Modern. After receiving many acknowledgements, scholarships, and overall awards, Karly continued her practice at Ryerson University, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance.

At Ryerson, Karly had the privilege of intensely training under renowned teachers and choreographers including Robert Glumbek (Pro Arte Danza), Nadia Potts, Lauren Cook (Alias Dance Project) and John Ottmann. Karly also had the opportunity of performing in countless Ryerson productions including Ryerson Dances (2014, 2015), Choreographic Works (2013, 2014, 2016), EnChoreo (2013, 2014), Ryerson Chorographic Lab (2015), and New Voices Festival (2014, 2016). In 2014, Karly also performed an infamous piece of repertoire Maelstrom choreographed by David Earle in Kenny Pearl’s Holiday Intensive. Throughout her performance experience at Ryerson, she was able to work with distinguished choreographers such as James Kudelka, Alyssa Martin (Rock Bottom Movement), and Vicki St.Denys. Along with her Ryerson debuts, Karly has gone on to perform on international stages. Some of her most recent performances include Chasers of the Light choreographed by Rebecca Zizek (Young Choreographer’s Festival, New York City, 2015), Brand New Ancients choreographed by Justin De Bernardi (Hydrama Theatre and Arts Centre, Greece, 2014), and So Much To Say choreographed by Rebecca Zizek (Fever After Dark: Body Language, 2015). Karly has most recently been featured as a dancer and actress in the professional production Arranged Marriage choreographed by Alyssa Martin and adapted to stage by Peggy Shannon.

From charity events to music videos, Karly has begun to make her mark in the dance world by performing in a multitude of events in her favorite dance genres – Contemporary and Hip Hop. Along with her training and performance experience, Karly wishes to inspire the younger generation by teaching dance. Her enthusiasm and positivity will make any classroom a fun one, and is so excited to be able to teach and learn from the students and staff at LTDA this year.