Tami-Lynn Caloia

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

Tami-Lynn proudly took over the reigns of GLS in 2011 but began her affiliation with the studio 34 years ago. Prior to that she trained extensively in Ottawa for 20+ years in all disciplines and has been teaching for over 35 years. Tami-Lynn has a well-earned reputation for her effective and high quality teaching style and is an award winning choreographer. She supports and has worked with local community theatre and keeps the studio involved in supporting local charities. Countless of Tami-Lynn’s students and graduates of the school have gone on to enjoy their own success on stage and screen, dance companies and as teaching professionals themselves. Tami-Lynn is also an experienced and highly regarded adjudicator and motivator, and she 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 has been teaching at GLS for past 11 years. She has 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 Contempory 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 Sylphides, Rubies, Agon, La Bayadere, Lamberena, and 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 teaches ballet to all ages and choreographs for our competitive team. She enjoys teaching students how to use the science of the body in relation to dance. She attends courses for her CPD through the year and enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of ballet to all her students. Debby is proud of many students who have moved onto ballet schools within Canada & the USA to professional dance & teaching programs of whom she has taught.

This year Debby will be representing GLS in teaching Ballet Classes at The March-Kanata Skating Club .

Debby believes ballet is beautiful, limitless, pure, technical, and passionate. It teaches us many things including poise, posture, grace, balance,patience, confidence, creative expression and it should bring Joy to your soul.

“Positive practice gives positive results”
-Ms Debby

Katelyn Armstrong

(Ballet)

Katelyn has been dancing since the age of three. She danced at GLS for 10 years and graduated in 2019. She has trained in multiple disciplines including ballet, jazz, contemporary, and modern. She has successfully completed all her R.A.D ballet examinations from Pre-Primary to Advanced 2. She has also successfully completed various A.D.A.P.T examinations. She was a member of the competitive team, competing in various styles throughout Canada and the United States. She plans to continue furthering her dance training and knowledge by attending courses and completing her R.A.D teachers. In September, Katelyn will be attending Carleton University. Katelyn loves working with children and is very much looking forward to sharing her knowledge and passion towards dance.

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. For the past 20 years, she has been dedicated to helping teach her students to reach their full potential while instilling a love for dance.

Celina D'Orazio

(Jazz, Hip Hop, Stretch & Conditioning, Ballet), B. FA
Celina is a proud GLS alumni who trained extensively for 15 years in genres such as Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical & Contemporary. She joined the GLS competitive team at the age of 8 and has competed all throughout the United States and Canada. She has also successfully completed various RAD and ADAPT examinations. Celina then pursued her training at Ryerson University in their Performance Dance program. Celina has performed on several renowned stages by many famous choreographers and has been recognized for her outstanding work as a performer and choreographer. Celina is the Lipson Family Endowment 2020 Award winner for her excellence in Choreography and Performance. After graduating with distinction from Ryerson University’s Performance Dance Program with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and Minor in English, Celina has decided to continue her education at York University in their Consecutive Education Program (B.Ed). Celina has been teaching dance in Ottawa, Toronto, and North Bay for 7 years. She is also the GLS Dance Camp Director and Coordinator. In the summer of 2019, Celina volunteered in Colombia, South America to teach children and adults in underserved communities. Celina is very passionate about her craft as a teacher and choreographer and hopes to share her love for dance with all her students.

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.

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, Tap, Lyric/Contemporary)

Haley trained at GLS for over 14 years in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Contemporary. She successfully obtained her RAD and ADAPT certificates, and was a proud member of the GLS competitive team for 8 years. After graduating in 2014, Haley continued to dance with the University of Ottawa Competitive Dance Team as team captain and choreographer, and danced professionally at Escapade Music Festival in 2017 and 2018. She has been teaching at GLS since 2015 and looks forward to sharing her passion for dance for many years to come.

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.

Talia Landau

(Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop), B.FA in Dance Performance

Talia started her dance training at GLS in Jazz, Tap and Ballet and continued training for over 10 years, until graduating in 2017. She joined the competitive team at a young age, competing in all styles and throughout Canada and the United States, as well as successfully completing various ADAPT and RAD examinations. After graduating, Talia went on to pursue her dance training and is now a recent graduate of Ryerson University’s School Of Performance, Dance Program. The program’s main focuses are Ballet, Modern/Contemporary and Jazz and allowed many performance opportunities and the chance to work with renowned choreographers. Talia is now starting school at Algonquin College in the Massage Therapy program where she hopes to bring some of that knowledge and pass it a long to students in her dance classes. Talia is happy to be back teaching at GLS!

Emily Milshtein

(Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop)

Emily has been a student at Greta Leeming for the past 14 years, having trained extensively in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary. Since joining the GLS competitive team at the age of 9, she has competed all throughout the United States and Canada. She has also successfully completed various RAD and ADAPT examinations. Since graduating, Emily is going into her final year at Carleton University and dancing with the Carleton Ravens Dance Pak. She is excited to teach for her fifth year at GLS sharing her knowledge and passion towards dance.

Tracy Mitchell

(Ballet) – ARAD, RAD RTS, Adv. ISTD (National and Modern), Dip. Dance, Theatre Arts, Ryerson University

Tracy is proud to be returning to GLS for her fourth season. Originally from London, Ontario, she has taught professionally for over twenty years. Tracy is a graduate of the Ryerson University Theatre Dance program in Toronto, where she studied under the direction of National Ballet of Canada prima ballerina Nadia Potts. She is a fully registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and teaches all levels of the RAD syllabus, and has also served as a ballet and movement coach for several professional theatre productions. Tracy appeared in several dance productions in Toronto before moving to Stuttgart, Germany to perform with the Pforzheimer Ballet under balletmaster Anthony Sterago. Her performance credits include roles in Coppelia, Cinderella, Die Fledermaus, Kiss Me, Kate, and Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as an original ballet/modern dance adaptation of the rock musical Pink Floyd – The Wall with the Pforzheimer Ballet.

Tracy is also a certified instructor of Pilates and yoga, both of which she incorporates into her ballet instruction to emphasize the fundamentals of proper body alignment, injury prevention, and core strength. As well, she holds credentials in ISTD Modern and Acro, and was one of the first instructors in Canada to be certified in the acclaimed Melody Movement preschool ballet program from England.

Lauren Plante

(Stretch + Conditioning, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Broadway, Lyrical/Contemporary)

Incredibly passionate about movement, Lauren first fell in love with dance at the age of 3. She was trained at GLS and danced on the Competitive Team for over 10 years winning several overall awards, scholarships and titles. Receiving Honours and Highly Commended Plus in RAD Ballet and ADAPT Jazz examinations, she was also accepted into the full time National Ballet School program in Toronto. Lauren went on to study Drama & Dance at the University of Calgary and continued to explore other forms of movement by attending various classes with well-known educators throughout North America (most recently at Rutherford Movement Exchange’s Summer 2020 Program). Lauren’s love of movement eventually led her to become a fitness instructor, personal trainer and dance teacher (this will be her third year at GLS). Known for her attention to detail, passion for motivating and inspiring others, Lauren is thrilled to be able to continue to share her passion of movement with her students.

Philippa Twigg

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

Originally from the UK, Ms Philippa started dance at the age of three and immediately fell in love. After achieving all of her RAD ballet exams, Ms Philippa 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 to Ottawa and joined the Greta Leeming Studio of Dance.

Ms Philippa is trained in RAD ballet, Laban and Benesh Notation, ISTD Modern & ISTD Tap. In addition to Ballet, Ms Philippa has taught/choreographed Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theatre & Pilates for competitions, recitals and theatre performances in the UK and Canada for the past twenty one years. Ms 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.

As part of her professional development, Ms Philippa attended the first Royal Academy of Dance, Dance Teacher Conference, En Avant, in Toronto 2016. This included classes and discussions with instructors from 11 different countries including talks by Karen Kain (Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada), Li Cunxin (Mao’s Last Dancer and Artistic director of the Australian Ballet) and Lynn Wallis (Former Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Dance). Ms Philippa also attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Teacher Training Course in July 2018.

Last year, she has utilized her time away from the studio during COVID, to further expand her knowledge and qualifications in dance and teaching related courses. Ms Philippa has participated in the 2020 on-line series of The Royal Ballet School’s (RBS) Teachers’ Training Webinars; attended the RBS Online Summer Intensive lectures and interviews, and took part in numerous Zoom presentations and discussions, in collaboration with many sort after dance professionals from across the world!

Most recently Ms Philippa has become a certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) instructor. She is excited to incorporate all this learning into her teaching.

Ms Philippa is proud, excited and inspired to be going into her eighteenth year with the GLS team.