Faculty

Marina Kolotova

Owner, Artistic Director

Education:  Marina graduated from the College of Cultural Education, Head of Amateur Choreographic Group, as well as Samara's Institute of Culture with a specialization of Ballet-Master, Head of the Choreographic Group. She earned a diploma of the highest category from the Culture and Entertainment Activities Organizer and Artistic Director of an amateur dance group. One of Marina’s ballet teacher's was a student of the great Vaganova.

 

Experience: After graduation, Marina worked as a ballerina in the Volga People’s Choir and at the Academic Kuban Choir. She also travelled to Middle East where she studied belly dance at various prominent dance schools. After Marina perfected this style of dance, she went on to be the first Russian dancer who regularly performed on the most prestigious stages of Dubai. When Marina finished her career as professional dancer she began teaching. 

Fun Fact: Marina's first language is Russian!

Anastasia Kolotova

Anastasia Kolotova

Education: Anastasia's journey began as a rhythmic gymnast. After competing for seven years, and finishing her rhythmic gymnastics career at the National Canadian Junior Level, Anastasia pursued her love of performing and dance. Training at studios such as Performing Dance Arts and Art & Soul Dance Company, Anastasia began to compete and further her dance education. Competing all over Canada and USA, Anastasia has been trained in acro, jazz, contemporary, modern, ballet, tap and hip hop. She also minored in the dance program at Western University.

 

Experience: While at Western, she competed in one of Ontario's most well-known university dance teams, HEAT dance team. She currently performs all around the GTA as a dancer in D’air Dance Collective. She is also a certified Module 1 Acrobatic Arts Instructor.


Fun Fact: Anastasia is the Communications Assistant for The National Ballet of Canada.

Hanna

Begovic

Education: Hanna began her journey in dance at the young age of 3. Since then, she has trained in a large number of styles including hip hop, jazz, ballet, acro, modern and contemporary. Her love for dance intensified when she became immersed in the world of competitive dance dance, attending competitions and conventions all over North America. She completed her dance education at Art & Soul Dance Company. 

Experience: Hanna is currently in Bloom, a show produced by York Dance students. She is also a performer for the D'air Dance Collective and regularly performs all across the GTA.


Fun Fact: Hanna is Miss World Canada 2018!

Kelly Rasmussens

Education:  Kelly started her dance journey at the age of 3 focusing on ballet. Her love for dance grew when she joined the Galen Ireland School of Dance competition team, training in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and tap. Kelly is trained through the Cecchetti Society of Canada and has certificates in tap and jazz through the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Society. Kelly is currently studying Dance Education at York University where she studies ballet and modern, as well as taking classes in kinesiology and pedagogy. 

Experience: Kelly began teaching for Galen at the age of 14 in the styles of acro, tap, and jazz. In the summers, Kelly works at the Cairn Family of Camps as the music and arts director, providing arts programming for children, including dance programming. 

Fun Fact: Kelly is currently working at the Shoe Room as a pointe shoe specialist.

Zina

Begovic

Education: Zina completed her competitive training at Art and Soul Dance Company training in ballet, acro, hip hop, tap, jazz and contemporary.

Experience: Zina has recently toured Spain preforming contemporary ballet shows with Ace Dance Theatre. She has competed at the dance awards for over 4 years working with choreographers such as Teddy Forence, Travis Wall, Akira Uchida and tWitch. She also has assisted acro classes at Northern movement as well as teachers Derek Piquette and Akira Uchida. 


Fun Fact: Zina is a student at Ryerson University studying Engineering. 

Education: Zina completed her competitive training at Art and Soul Dance Company training in ballet, acro, hip hop, tap, jazz and contemporary.

Experience: Zina has recently toured Spain preforming contemporary ballet shows with Ace Dance Theatre. She has competed at the dance awards for over 4 years working with choreographers such as Teddy Forence, Travis Wall, Akira Uchida and tWitch. She also has assisted acro classes at Northern movement as well as teachers Derek Piquette and Akira Uchida. 


Fun Fact: Zina is entering her first year at Ryerson University studying Engineering. 

Zina

Begovic

Education: Sophia started dancing competitively at the age of 7. Training under many international choreographers, Sophia is trained in hip hop, ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern and tap at Art and Soul Dance Company. She has also competed and attended conventions throughout North America. 

Experience: Sophia has worked with choreographers such as Misha Gabriel, Akira Uchida, Tyce Diorio, Randi Kemper, Hefa Tuita and Tatiana Parker. She is also a member of Ace Dance Theatre, a modern contemporary company, which recently toured with in Spain. She has also assisted Shanna Cipressi, Akira Uchida and Marilynn Garcea. 


Fun Fact: Sophia is completing her post secondary education in construction engineering. 

Sophia 

Carbone

Melissa

Campitelli

Education: Melissa has been in the dance world since she was 4 years old. At 11 she started training competitively at Art and Soul Dance Company in styles like Jazz, Acro, Tap, Hip Hop and Ballet.

 

Experience: Being able to assist classes while she was dancing helped her realize that she wanted to be a dance teacher. She has taught and assisted classes all around the GTA for over six years. She hopes she will be able to share the love and passion that she has for dance with her own students. 

Fun Fact: Melissa has 5 pets.

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