Tami-Lynn Caloia

Owner/Director, Accredited A.D.A.P.T. Teacher, RAD Member

Tami-Lynn is proudly the owner of GLS and celebrating her 25th year at Greta Leeming.  She has trained extensively in Ottawa for over 20 years in all disciplines and has been teaching for 34 years inclusively. Tami-Lynn has a well-earned reputation for her high quality teaching and choreography skills. She supports and has worked with local community theatre and keeps the studio involved in in supporting local charities. Many of Tami-Lynn’s students and graduates of the school go on to enjoy their own success on stage and screen or as teaching professionals themselves. Tami-Lynn is also an experienced and highly regarded adjudicator, and motivator and is inspired by watching young people flourish as they discover their natural rhythm through dance.

Deborah Armstrong

(Ballet) Registered RAD Teacher, ARAD and Solo Seal

Debby is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa and joined GLS in November 2009. She was trained in the RAD method receiving her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) with distinction. She also trained in Cecchetti method up to advanced level, studied Contempary and Spanish Dance and is a qualified Reebok Fitness Instructor. She danced professionally for ten years with The State Theatre Ballet Company (formerly PACT) in Pretoria, South Africa. She worked her way up to Senior Soloist level, dancing in many corps de ballet, solo and principal roles. Some of her repertoire roles include Swan lake, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphide, Rubies, Agon, La Bayadere, Lamberena & Company B. After retiring from the stage she owned and directed her own studio for 10 years entering students for RAD Exams, Competitions and Bursaries before moving to Canada. With GLS Debby teachers ballet to all ages and choreographs for our competitive team and recital.

Helen Gagné

(Ballet) – RAD Registered Teacher, Dip. RBS (TTC), ARAD

Trained in England, Helen attended The Arts Educational School (Tring Park) for 9 years as a full-time vocational student, and later graduated from the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London.
Though her first love has always been Ballet, Helen’s intensive, all-round training resulted in success in many genres. A highly qualified dancer and teacher, she holds Advanced Executant certificates in Classical Ballet (both RAD and Cecchetti methods), ADAPT Jazz, ISTD Modern, ISTD National Character Dance, as well as a variety of teaching certificates!

In 1986, Helen became the recipient of the coveted Cecchetti Scholarship Award, remaining a Scholar for the 3 years that followed. She also went on to win the AES Ballet Cup (1987, 1988) as well as receiving a number of Academic Achievement awards at that time, too.
Moving to Canada in 1992, Mrs. Gagné joined the Greta Leeming faculty, and has served the students and families of GLS ever since! In the early days, she had the opportunity to prepare students for examinations in the RAD Ballet, ADAPT Jazz & Tap, and ISTD National Character Dance syllabi, as well as choreographing for competitions and recitals. Helen also had the privilege of gracing Ottawa’s NAC stage, for the Ottawa Ballet Company’s 1992 and 1993 Christmas productions of “The Tin Soldier”. In 1994, Helen co-founded and established our July Dance Camp Program, leading and directing it for a number of years. With a teaching career now spanning over 28 years, Mrs. Gagné has been a member of the RAD since 1984, is a Registered RAD teacher, and currently specializes in training our Vocational ballet students. She also holds her Teacher’s Diploma in Benesh Movement Notation, from the Benesh Institute of Choreology.

This 2016/17 season will be extra special to Mrs. Gagné, since it marks her 25th year of teaching the students here at GLS!!!

Jennifer Cameron

(Jazz) B.Ed., Accredited A.D.A.P.T. Teacher

Jen is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance. She trained at GLS for 17 years in Ballet, Jazz and Tap and competed for our own GLS competitive team. Throughout the years, Jen has attained much success through her competitive work and choreography. She is also recognized for achieving excellence through her examination work and ADAPT training.

Ping Feng

Ballet

Graduted from the School of Beijing Dance Academy, Mr. Feng joined the Beijing Dance Academy Ballet Company in 1979 and was the soloist in the company. He started ballet teaching and choreograph while studying in the Beijing Dance Academy towards his BA degree in Dance. After he came to Canada, Mr. Feng danced with Ottawa Ballet and Ballets Jazz de Montreal for many years. He taught company ballet class while in Ballets Jazz. Mr. Feng has been teaching at GLS for over 15 years.

Louise Darling

(Ballet), B.A., Registered Teacher R.A.D. Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor

A well established Ballet teacher in the Ottawa area for over 30 years, Louise is delighted to be entering her 9th year teaching at GLS. Louise is a Registered Teacher and Full Member of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), holds her RAD Teaching Diploma as well as her B.A. in Psychology and Law. She is fluently bilingual in English and French. As a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor for 18 years and in keeping with her ever present passion to further her own teaching skills, Louise is proud to have recently completed her Total Barre Foundation Pilates certification, adding innovative techniques to her Ballet teaching repertoire. From an early age, Louise has always wanted to share her passion for dance through teaching. Over the years, she has attended countless courses and workshops given by leaders in the dance industry from around the globe. Louise is devoted to nurturing her students to develop their full potential as unique individuals. Many of her students have gone on to enjoy successful careers in dance, teaching and the Performing Arts.

Meghan Fannin

(Jazz, Lyric/Contemporary, Ballet)

Meghan began her training with Shelley’s Dance Company in Edmonton, Alberta with Shelley Tookey. Her expansive experience includes numerous years studying jazz, ballet, lyrical, tap, contemporary and musical theater, with completion of honors in RAD level of Advanced. She competed throughout Canada and the United States where she won many National Titles, awards and scholarships. Not only is she well versed in the dance world but she also has trained expansively in aerial arts, partnering and competed with Miss Teen Canada and Miss Canada as well as sitting on many judging panels including Artists Emerge, Dancing From the Heart, Youth Talent Explosion and Dance Power. Meghan’s dedication and motivation has helped her students achieve many top awards, titles and scholarships. Upon completing several years working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines she made the move to study in Ottawa and is now a Registered Dental Hygienist in the City of Ottawa.

Philippa Twigg

(Ballet) B.A.(Hon.) The Art and Teaching of Ballet, Registered Teacher R.A.D., L.R.A.D.

Hailing originally from the UK, Miss Philippa started dance at the age of three and immediately fell in love.  Achieving a rank of Advanced in the RAD syllabus, Miss Philippa also earned a degree in the Art and Teaching of Ballet from the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance in London, UK and received the designation of Licentiate of the R.A.D. Leaving her native country, she travelled to Thompson, MB and became the assistant director of theNorthern Ballet Academy. After two years, she moved again, this time to Ottawa and joined the Greta Leeming Studio of dance. Miss Philippa is trained in RAD ballet, Laban and Benesh Notation, ISTD Modern & ISTD Tap and has taught/choreographed for competitions, recitals and theatre performances in the UK and Canada for the past fifteen years. She has taught Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theatre & Pilates in addition to Ballet. Miss Philippa was also the choreographer for the Savoy Society of Ottawa. Some of her works include Iolanthe, Don Giovanni, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, Ruddygore and A Christmas Dream.  Miss Philippa attended the first Royal Academy of Dance, Dance Teacher Conference, En Avant held in Toronto, August 2016 she took part in many classes and discussions with teachers from 11 different countries presented by many sought after teachers in the industry amongst them, Karen Kain (Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada), Li Cunxin (Mao’s Last Dancer) and Lynn Wallis (Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Dance) Miss Philippa is proud, excited and inspired to be going into her twelth year with the GLS team.

Sofia Ferrarotto-Epifano

Professional Dancer/Aerialist, Full Member R.A.D, (Ballet), A.D.A.P.T. Adv. (Jazz & Tap)

Sofia trained for 15 years at our studio in Ballet, Jazz & Tap and became a professional dancer, trained aerialist (Cirque du Soleil) & choreographer. She has worked for Tokyo Disney Sea, Japan as a featured soloist and has travelled around the world dancing for Celebrity Cruise Lines. She performed in a Hip Hop production at the Sands Casino in Macau, China as well as in a music video for the artist ˜Seal’ and being featured in a ˜Doritos’ commercial. While at our studio, she won the ADA National Title of Senior Dancer of the Year, Can-Dance National Teen & National Senior Dancer and Young Choreographer Award. Along with teaching various dance workshops, Sofia’s professional career has led her to be featured in numerous TV & magazine advertisements around the world. Sofia is now the director/owner of her own Fitness Studio: SoFIT Health & Wellness where she does personal training, nutrition consulting, personalized meal plans, pre and post natal training,  group fitness classes as well as sports specific classes for dancers. www.sofitonline.com

Haley Forestell

(Jazz, Lyric/Contemporary)

Haley was a dancer at GLS since the age of 3 and trained and competed in all styles of dance. She successfully obtained her RAD Advanced 1 and Grade 8 Ballet certificates, and was a proud member of the GLS competitive team for 8 years. After graduating in 2014, Haley continues to dance with the University of Ottawa, and is proud to remain a part of the GLS team. She thoroughly enjoys  sharing her love and passion for dance.

Taylor Guzzo

(Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop)

Taylor was a dancer at Greta Leeming Studio for over 14 years. She trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Lyrical throughout the years and was a competitive dancer since the age of nine. Taylor has received her R.A.D. Grade 8 Ballet and Advanced Foundation certificates. She was the leader and choreographer of her high school dance team and also assisted with ballet at GLS. She is currently studying Multimedia and Design at Carleton University.

Dominic Gibson

(Jazz) A.D.A.P.T

Dominic first trained as a competitive gymnast for 5 years before starting dance at the age of 12. She trained at GLS in ballet, jazz and tap for 6 years, attaining Advanced levels in all disciplines. Throughout university, Dominic was part of the University of Ottawa Dance Team and now choreographs for the team. Dominic has been teaching and choreographing for the studio for many years and was awarded Young Choreographer of the Year consecutively for three years. She is fully bilingual in French and English.

Kimberley Im

(Tap) E.C.E., Accredited A.D.A.P.T. Teacher

Kim has trained extensively in Tap, Jazz and Ballet at our studio and been teaching at GLS for 16 years. Many of her students have been very successful in examinations and competitions. Kim was awarded Young Choreographer of the Year consecutively for three years in addition to many other accolades and is a multiple Dance off winner. She continues to be recognized for her outstanding choreography and was most recently awarded “America’s Choreographer of the Year” at the ADA Nationals in 2014.

Leslie Jaeggin

(Ballet) B.A.(Hon.), B. Ed., A.D.I.S.T.D. , Full Member R.A.D.,

Leslie has taught Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Musical Theatre & Hip Hop in Ottawa & Toronto area for 18 years. Leslie has trained in London, England and attended workshops in NYC and Toronto. Leslie is currently a co-director of a dance program at a local high school. She has enjoyed great success competitively and has been a proud GLS teacher for over 10 years.

Grace Myles

(Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop) A.D.A.P.T  R.A.D

Grace is a proud GLS alumnus. She trained for many years in many disciplines (RAD and ADAPT) and continued to train and compete for four years as part of the Nipissing University Dance Team in North Bay. She has been teaching dance in the Ottawa and North Bay areas for 7 years now. Grace is also the co-coordinator of the GLS July Dance Camp.

Hope Myles

(Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop) A.D.A.P.T  R.A.D

Hope has danced at Greta Leeming for 12 years and competed for 8 years. She is trained in ADAPT and RAD and has been teaching in the Ottawa area for 5 years. She is also a teacher at our GLS July dance camp. She is delighted to be a part of our staff team and excited for the year to come.

Rebecca Tee

(Ballet) BScH, MSc, BEd

Rebecca grew up dancing and competing in ballet, jazz and tap for many years before broadening her dance horizons at Queen’s University, where she began choreographing. She completed a Master’s degree in Anatomy and Physiology and uses her extensive knowledge of the human body to help students better understand their muscle and bone structures and functions in dance. Rebecca has been teaching and choreographing for competitive students in Ottawa for 9 years. She also teaches classical ballet at Canterbury High School, a performing arts school. She is thrilled to start working with dancers at GLS and to be “back home”.

Diana Vigliotti

(Tap, Jazz, Ballet) A.D.A.P.T

Diana has been dancing at GLS since the age of 3. She successfully received her Grade 8 Ballet RAD Certificate and completed her Advanced ADAPT Certificate in both Tap and Jazz. Diana has been teaching for several years and a member of the GLS competitive team for 10 years.

Keri Woodside

(Jazz, Tap, Lyric/Contemporary)

Coming to us from Markham, Ontario, Keri began dancing at the early of age of 3 where she trained extensively in all disciplines including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro & Lyrical/Contemporary dance. As her skills developed so did her love and passion for dance. Over the years, Keri has had the privilege of studying with many great teachers and choreographers at various workshops and conventions across Canada and the United States and continues to focus on continuing her education in dance. Keri began teaching and choreographing at a very young age, and has been teaching in the Greater Toronto Area for over 15 years. She has since been recognized at various competitions for her outstanding and unique choreography as well as her ability to teach perfected technique and performance skills. Over the years, many of her students have taken home high score performance, judges choice, and choreography awards. Today she brings enthusiasm and knowledge to the art of dance, and is thrilled to be in Ottawa and part of the GLS team.