Tami-Lynn Caloia

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

Tami-Lynn is proudly the owner of GLS and beginning her 26th year at Greta Leeming.  She trained extensively in Ottawa for over 20 years in all disciplines and has been teaching for over 34 years. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Helen Gagné

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

A graduate from the prestigious Royal Ballet School Teachers’ Training Course, in London, England, Helen moved to Canada in 1992, to join the Greta Leeming faculty. Over the past 25 years, Helen has had the privilege and joy of teaching and serving families within Ottawa’s dance community, both at GLS and throughout the city.

With a teaching career now spanning three decades, Mrs. Gagné continues to develop and hone her expertise by regularly attending conferences, workshops and courses, offered by today’s leading-edge professional development providers. Most recently, she qualified as an instructor of the innovative ‘Progressing Ballet Technique’ program – an exciting new teaching tool that enhances classical ballet training by developing students’ mental, physical and muscular understanding of correct alignment, proprioception and muscle-memory. She is presently one of only twenty-three Certified & Registered teachers of PBT, across Canada!

Helen has been a member of the RAD since 1984, is a Registered RAD teacher, and currently specializes in training our Vocational ballet students, entering them successfully for examinations at all levels, up to Solo Seal.  Mrs. Gagné strives to provide a positive, encouraging and hard-working class environment, as part of her on-going commitment to train up a new generation of artistically and intellectually dynamic dancers.

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.

Taylor Guzzo

(Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop)

Taylor was a dancer at Greta Leeming Studio for over fourteen years. She trained in Ballet, Jazz and Tap and was a competitive dancer since the age of nine. Taylor has successfully received her RAD Ballet and ADAPT certificates. After graduating in 2015, Taylor is currently dancing for the Carleton Ravens Dance Pak. Taylor has been teaching and assisting for several years and remains a proud member of the GLS community.

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.

Emily Milshtein

(Tap, Jazz, Ballet)

Emily has been a student at Greta Leeming for the past 14 years, training extensively in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. Since joining the GLS competitive team at age 9, she has competed all throughout the United States and Canada. She has also successfully completed various RAD and ADAPT examinations. After having assisting at Greta Leeming for many years, Emily is excited to share her knowledge and passion towards dance.

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.

Rebecca Tee

(Ballet) BScH, MSc, BEd

Rebecca is a memeber of the Royal Academy of Dance who trained and competed with GLS in ballet, tap and jazz for many years. She broadened her horizons to include in her ballet training the Russian Vaganova method while at Queen’s University.  She completed a Master’s degree in Anatomy and Physiology and uses her extensive knowledge of the body to help students better understand their muscle and bone structures in the function of dance. Rebecca also teaches ballet full-time at Canterbury High School, regularly completing professional development at Canada’s National Ballet School.

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 the Northern 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 sixteen 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 fourteenth year with the GLS team.

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.