Turning Pointe is proud to have an extremely talented and diverse staff, working both in the classroom as well as in the office. Our staff is passionate about dance and work towards creating a positive dance experience for all of our students. We ensure that our teachers are technically trained and have the skills to create a safe learning environment.
Jenn has formal dance training since the age of 5, starting with R.A.D. Ballet and eventually branching out to Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Piano - and by the age of 18 was a certified Ballet Teacher with the CDTA and PAEC associations. She is a classically trained actor, with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from York University's Acting Conservatory Program - and was a professional actor and dancer for over 5 years in Toronto. In addition to her dance teaching experience that spans over a decade, she also has extensive experience in administrative management at dance studios in Ontario and B.C., as well as private schools and various small businesses. She loves being a part of the Turning Pointe team!!
Since a young age, Katelyn Docherty found a true passion and appreciation for all art forms. She was drawn towards numerous arts disciplines and attended Claude Watson School for the Arts in both elementary and high school. Similtaneously, she attended Performing Dance Arts where she trained intensively and competed in jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, and lyrical. Following high school Katelyn knew she wanted to continue her studies in dance. She always had a strong interest for creative process and attended a university where that was the primary focus. She graduated in 2012 with Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance and a minor in History from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. After graduating, Katelyn shifted her focus to teaching and was employed by numerous institutions across the Greater Toronto Area. Katelyn is thrilled to be both working full-time in Turning Pointe's office, as well as teaching!
Jacques Monfiston is an International Adjudicator, Choreographer, Teacher and Professional Dancer. Most recent shows include: Dance Legends, Annie, Guy and Dolls, Cats and West Side Story at the Stratford Festival. 5 time Gold Award Winner Team Canada National Choreographer at the World Dance Championships. Jacques is also a Dance Mentor for the Toronto District School Board and continues to expand his knowledge and experience by still performing, actively taking dance classes and conducting master classes around the world. Live, Love, Dance!!! www.jacquesmonfiston.com
Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Jamie has danced for MADONNA, ARIANA GRANDE, NICK JONAS, KIESZA, DEMI LOVATO, The JONAS BROTHERS, VITA CHAMBERS, THE VIOLENT FEMMES, SHILOH, and many more. On screen you can see Jamie as a featured dancer in Disney's CAMP ROCK 2. Some of his notable accomplishments include appearing as one of the top 5 male Triple Threat finalists on CBC's hit reality TV series, "TRIPLE SENSATION,” as well as performing alongside George Wendt (Norm from Cheers) in HAIRSPRAY (Charlottetown Festival). Film/Video credits include leading roles in the award winning History Television feature, "Death or Canada," TVO’s “Explore My World,” CBC's "Breakout!," and MUCH MUSIC’s “MMVA’s.” Commercial appearances include "America's Best Dance Crew" (MUCHMUSIC)," Best Buy" (CTV/A CHANNEL), "Elections Canada" (MUCHMUSIC) and many more. His newest CHOREOGRAPHIC endeavor has him developing, producing, and choreographing LIVE tours and commercial appearances for the MINI POP KIDS.
An accomplished performer, Tracy has appeared in many Stage productions including A Day In Hollywood/ A Night In The Ukraine(Nina), A Chorus Line (Cassie), La Cage Aux Folles (Anne), California Suite (Gert), and has performed at Canada’s Wonderland, C.N.E., and Walt Disney World’s Epcot. Tracy is former member of T.O. Tap, a professional tap company formed by renowned tap choreographer Marion Hopkins. Some of Tracy’s choreographic credits include A Day In Hollywood/A Night In The Ukraine, Anything Goes, And The Winner Is…, Sound of Music, to name a few. In 2009 Tracy was fortunate to have the opportunity to choreograph the Toronto premier of “Hey Marilyn”, a musical based on the life and career of Marilyn Monroe at The Jane Mallet theatre in Toronto. Tracy’s choreography has been seen all over the world including, Walt Disney World, Carnival Cruise Lines, Spain and Japan. Tracy has over 20 years of teaching behind her. Her students have won many top honors at regional, national and international competitions and many have gone on to dance professionally throughout North America. She is a fully certified Dance Teacher through the ADAPT Syllabus founded by Brian and Faye Folley. Tracy has taught at numerous studios, and Post Secondary Educational Institutions throughout Ontario. Tracy adjudicates for many competitions across North America and enjoys teaching at Turning Pointe Academy.
Brandon Croisetiere began dancing at the age of 11 in Gatineau, Quebec where he trained in all disciplines of dance (jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, acro, hip-hop and contemporary). He quickly fell in love with the art and competed extensively, traveling all over North America winning major titles and overalls at regional and national competitions. Brandon was a constant convention scholarship winner at The Pulse, Jump, Candance Convention, Coastal Dance Rage and Impact. He completed his competitive career with the Canadian School of Dance where he was trained with the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT) syllabus created by Brian and Faye Foley as well as the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet.
Brandon was fortunate enough to work closely with New York City Choreographer Derrick Yanford (FOOTLOOSE, WEST SIDE STORY, BALLET HISPANICO) as a founding member of his company “Bridge Dance Concepts” in Ottawa. Shortly after, Brandon moved to Toronto to further his career in dance. Since moving he has been able to perform choreography by Matthew Fata, Josh Assor, Alvin Collantes, Shawn Bracke and Allison Bradley in events such as Toronto’s Original Choreographer’s Ball, Bazaar, Poetry Resurrected, Raise the Rhythm and Short Dances in Small Spaces to name a few. More recently, Brandon became a member of Point of View Dance Project, a contemporary company under the artistic direction of Amy Adams and Kylie Thompson. Brandon has also assisted New York City choreographer Tom Richardson (Faculty of Intrigue Dance Convention) on numerous occasions.
Brandon is also an award winning choreographer and teacher. He is guest faculty at The Underground Dance Centre in Toronto and KaliAndrews Dance Company in Ottawa. He has taught many workshops, technique classes and at many summer intensives throughout Quebec and Ontario. Brandon’s unique sense of style, creativity, intricate movement, musicality and his power to create beautiful captivating stories within his choreography has won him multiple choreography awards at Regional and Nationals Competitions such as American Dance Awards, Kick It Up, Shine, Thunderstruck, Move, and Candance. Being recognized for his work starting at the tender age of 17, Brandon has grown into a creative genius and sought after by many competitive studios throughout Canada, giving them a unique, fresh edge to the dance scene.
Being a driven performer and distinct, unique, captivating choreographer has allowed Brandon to continuously push his boundaries and explore all sorts of movement and styles. His biggest wish is to continuously motivate and inspire his dancers by being a positive role model and sharing all of the knowledge he has gained since entering the dance industry.
Jordana Rosenberg’s dance career began with 15 years of competitive dance training and then continued with 14 years of teaching across the GTA and Canada, as well she has had the opportunity to adjudicate across Ontario, Canada & the United States. Jordana has experience in many dance disciplines, excelling in acro, contemporary, jazz, and lyrical. During her career she has had a number of performance opportunities, including being a member of the first Canadian Showdance Team that travelled to Germany, representing Canada at the International Dance Organization. Jordana has her B.A.T.D stage associate level as well as her International Academy of Dance Adjudicators certificate, a N.C.C.P Level 1 Gymnastics and a Sports Administration diploma from Durham College.
Gwen Bloom has over 35 years of dance experience as an award winning performer, teacher, choreographer and examiner. As a performer she has been on the Juno Awards, TV specials and on stage at Deerhurst Inn and the Skyline Hotel to name a few. Gwen's extensive teaching background ranges from the studio environment to the post secondary level where she taught at Sheridan College in the Music Theatre program heading up the dance department for 10 years while teaching and choreographing for The Royal Conservatory of Music. Her choreography credits include The Argo Cheerleaders, An Evening at Le Cage, CNE Grandstand, Legends in Concert and many musicals. Gwen is a very proud examiner with Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers association (ADAPT).
Breanne is a graduate of the University of Calgary, where she received her B.A. in Dance and Communications. Her training began at the Star Baton and Dance Company where she trained extensively in Ballet (R.A.D), Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Acrobatics. She won many awards as a competitive dancer, in addition to the successful completion of ADAPT examinations. Upon graduation, she continued her dance education, studying the likes of Martha Graham and José Limón, both performing and attending workshops. During that time, she also fell in love with teaching, and has been passionately instructing and choreographing ever since. Breanne is thrilled to be part of the talented Turning Pointe Faculty!
Jennifer Templeton is a graduate from the joint program at York University and Canada's National Ballet School. Currently she holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Dance, her NBS-TTP Dip, Registered Teaching Status with the RAD, as well as Associates Status with other teaching certifications in National Dance (AISTD) and Jazz and Tap (ABATD). Jennifer successfully completed her Bachelor of Education with a specialty in Fine Arts.
Clara has been involved with all aspects of the arts since the young age of 2. She recently just completed her undergraduate degree in Performance Dance at Ryerson University. She has studied Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Acrobatics, Contemporary and Modern and has travelled across the world taking workshops and classes in places like New York, Boston, Orlando, Toronto and Poland. She has also been featured on Much Music for Shawn Desman’s movie ALIVE, the Halloween episode of Electric Circus as well as their Big Jingle dance competition at the Air Canada Centre. Clara has had the opportunity to dance in Europe representing Canada at the Mikolajki World Cup Championships where she won the Gold medals in both Jazz and Modern. Clara continues to find herself performing throughout the industry and loves sharing her passion for dance by teaching at Dance Masters of America conventions and studios all over the United States and Canada. She is very excited to be a part the Turning Pointe team!
As an Algonquin native from Pikwakanagan First Nations, Touwanna-Shell began dancing at the age of 3 taking part in Pikwakanagan’s Traditional Powwows. From there her love of dance and movement drove her to begin formal dance training at the age of 7 in her hometown of Brockville, Ontario under the instruction of Mr. Diego Arvelo. Touwanna-Shell joined the Ryerson dance program in 2008 and in June 2012 completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance. While at Ryerson she has had the opportunity to work with such esteemed choreographers as Kate Hilliard and Allen Kaeja as well as creating and performing her own work. In October 2012 she appeared in her first professional work “I’m not the Indian you had in mind” Choreographed by Carlos Rivera. She has worked with Lickety Split Entertainment under the direction of Artistic Director Clayton Scott. Touwanna is excited to be part of the Turning Pointe Academy and share her love of creativity and movement with her students.
Bronwyn started training in ballet at the age of 4, and later added modern, lyrical, jazz and contemporary. She has trained at such schools as Cristina Pora Balaceanu School of Classical Ballet, School of Classical and Contemporary Ballet, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Quinte Ballet School and L‘Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec. Bronwyn attended Cawthra Park Secondary School for the Arts as a dance major and later went on the complete her Royal Academy of Dancing Teachers Certificate through George Brown College. Bronwyn holds her Advanced 1 Ballet in RAD and her Intermediate Ballet in CDTA.
Bronwyn has performed and toured with various dance companies including; The Toronto Youth Dance Ensemble, Ballet Jorgen, Corpus, DLNW and Artists’ Play Collective, as well as performing as an independent dancer at Ffida and various Toronto venues. She has also performed for numerous bands throughout the GTA.
Bronwyn has been teaching for 18 years and enjoys passing on her knowledge and experience to her students. She has successfully entered many students in their RAD ballet exams in both graded and vocational levels as well as receiving awards for her choreography at regional competitions.
Amanda Gaskin is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program in joint with York University’s Dance Program. Ms. Gaskin has a training background in the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) syllabus. She has a great passion in working with students and helping them achieve their goals as young dancers. She is delighted to continue to work with the students of Turning Pointe Academy of Dance.
Jenna began her dance training at the age of 4. She danced competitively in tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, hiphop and acrobatics and won countless awards for her solos in tap and jazz. In her senior year she placed 1rst runner up at American Dance Awards for her tap solo and went to nationals. At the age of 17 she began teaching dance at a competitive level. She continued her love of dance by joining the Carleton University Dance Team for 3 consecutive years. During her time as a University Student where she was studying Legal Studies, she taught hip-hop classes in the athletics department. Currently, she lives in Toronto, Ontario dancing and acting professionally. Jenna has worked with countless artists including Juno Award Nominee Vita Chambers. Vita Chambers’ Fix You tour allowed Jenna to perform on City TV’s Breakfast Television. She has also danced backup for Drake, The Weeknd, Kardinal Offishal, Anastasia A and for Hedley on the 2014 Much Music Video Awards. Most recently she was a dancer in Shawn Mendes’s “Something Big” music video. Jenna will continue devoting her life to art because she cannot imagine life without it.
Kristen Mason graduated from Canada's National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program in 2006, where she gained Registered Teaching Status. Soon after graduation Kristen accepted a teaching position in Ayr, Scotland where she taught RAD ballet for three years. While in Scotland, Kristen was fortunate enough to participate in the piloting process for the new RAD Pre-Primary and Primary in Dance syllabus. One of her students was chosen to perform onstage in London, England at the international launch of the syllabus. After returning to Toronto to finish her University Degree, Kristen continued to teach at Canada’s National Ballet School in the Associates Program. Currently she also teaches in the Teacher Training Program. Kristen is thrilled to be part of the Turning Pointe team!
Liisa Smith grew up dancing in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and finds she misses the wide-open skies from time to time. After relocating to Karachi, Pakistan and Zug, Switzerland, Liisa settled in Toronto to create, perform, and teach dance. Liisa is Co-Artistic Director of the performance company random acts of dance and has taught at Turning Pointe since September 2008. Her favourite pastime is playing games so she has five dice and a deck of cards in her purse at all times.
Marilyn Toomsalu has loved dance and gymnastics from a young age. She began her training in competitive gymnastics and switched to serious dance training later, though she had been dancing recreationally for quite a while. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at York University and simultaneously studied coaching and teaching in both gymnastics and dance. Marilyn is also a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Toronto. Marilyn has been teaching acro, tap and jazz for over ten years.
Krystal Ortaleza has been studying dance from the age of six at Turning Pointe Academy of Dance. She has studied a wide variety of styles including jazz, tap, ballet, and hip hop. She has training in both the PAEC and ADAPT syllabuses. She also was a student at Claude Watson School for the Arts. She is currently a student of the University of Toronto and is a member of their dance team.
Amanda was a classically trained dancer growing up in London, Ontario. She is now an Occupational Therapist - and with the Ballerina Dreams program, she bridges the gap between her love for dance and the hurdles of physical disabilities. Turning Pointe cherishes having Amanda direct and teach this class for our passionate young dancers - not matter what their ability!
Deanna is a long time member of the Turning Pointe family - and continues to spread her love of dance with dancers of all ages and levels of experience in Jazz, Tap, and Primary divisions.