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 30 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.
(Ballet) – Registered RAD Teacher, ARAD, and Solo Seal
Debby is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa and has been teaching at GLS for past 10 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 attends courses through the year and enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of ballet to all her students.
Katelyn Armstrong has been dancing since the age of 3. She danced at Greta Leeming studio for 10 years. She has studied in multiple disciplines including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Tap, and is a graduated member of the GLS competitive team. She has passed all levels of the RAD examinations and is currently working towards her RAD Solo Seal Award this year. She has also been an assistant since the age of 12. Katelyn loves working with children and is very much looking forward to sharing her knowledge and passion towards dance.
(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.
(Jazz, Hip Hop, Stretch & Conditioning, Ballet)
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 6 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.
(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.
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
(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
(Ballet) – Dip. RBS (TTC), ARAD, RAD RTS
Helen began her full-time vocational training at the age of 8, at The Arts Educational School in Tring Park, England, where she received an intensive arts & academic education for 9 years. She then went on to attend & graduate from London’s prestigious Royal Ballet School, gaining her Teachers’ Training Course Diploma, in addition to achieving many advanced qualifications as both a dancer & teacher. After teaching in & around London, she made the move to Canada in 1992, to join the teaching faculty here at Greta Leeming Studio of Dance. Since then, Helen has had the joy & privilege of training, coaching & serving numerous dancers & their families, within Ottawa’s dance community. 28 years on, she continues to share her love & passion for Classical Ballet, teaching at several venues across the city.
With a teaching career spanning over three decades, Mrs. Gagné continues to learn & grow as a teacher! Most recently, she utilized her time away from the studio, during the COVID-related closures, to further expand the scope & breadth of her knowledge & qualifications in dance- & teaching-related subjects. During this time, Helen successfully acquired two Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid Certifications (in both Self-Care & Caring for Others); completed the RAD’s Mentoring training course; participated in the 2020 on-line series of The Royal Ballet School’s (RBS) Teachers’ Training Webinars; attended the RBS Online Summer Intensive lectures & interviews, and took part in numerous Zoom presentations & discussions, with dance professionals from across the world!
Helen has been a member of the RAD since 1984, is a Registered RAD teacher, and holds her Teaching Certificate in Benesh Movement Notation. She currently specializes in training RAD Vocational students, successfully entering them for examinations at all levels, including Solo Seal. In the studio, Mrs. Gagné is commited to providing a positive, encouraging & focused learning environment for all participants. She upholds the RBS core teaching values of Trust-Compassion-Humanity, and strives to inspire, challenge & motivate her students towards achieving their full potential. In doing so, she hopes to help nurture an intellectually engaged, & artistically dynamic, generation of performers!
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.
(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 started her dance training at GLS in Jazz, Tap and Ballet and continued her training for 15 years until graduating in 2017. She started competing in all styles at a young age and continued competing all over North America, as well as successfully completing various A.D.A.P.T and R.A.D examinations. Talia continued her dance training at Ryerson University’s School Of Performance and is now going into her 4th year of the dance program training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Urban styles.
(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 studying at Carleton University and dancing with the Carleton Ravens Dance Pak. She is excited to teach for her third year at GLS sharing her knowledge and passion towards dance.
(Ballet) – ARAD, RAD RTS, Adv. ISTD (National and Modern), Dip. Dance, Theatre Arts, Ryerson University
Tracy is originally from London, Ontario where she taught professionally for over twenty years. She is a graduate of the Ryerson University Theatre Dance program under the direction of National Ballet of Canada prima ballerina Nadia Potts. Tracy is a fully registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and teaches all levels of the RAD syllabus, as well as contemporary, jazz, tap, and acro. She appeared in several professional 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 Pink Floyd – The Wall with the Pforzheimer Ballet.
Tracy is currently the only dance teacher in Ontario who is certified to teach the acclaimed Melody Movement with Melody Bear preschool dance curriculum from the United Kingdom. She is also a certified instructor of Pilates and yoga, both of which she incorporates into her dance instruction to emphasize the fundamentals of proper body alignment, injury prevention, and core strength.
(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.
(Stretch + Conditioning, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Broadway, Lyrical/Contemporary)
After dancing competitively with GLS for over 10 years, Lauren pursued Drama & Dance at the University of Calgary. Having taken exams in RAD ballet and ADAPT Jazz (graduating with Highly Commended Plus), Lauren was also invited to study at the National Ballet School in Toronto full-time. Lauren continued to explore other forms of dance attending numerous advanced contemporary, broadway and hip hop classes with well-known choreographers throughout North America. Known for her attention to detail, passion for motivating and inspiring others, Lauren is thrilled to be back at GLS this year.
(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 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.
This 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 seventeenth year with the GLS team.