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Caroline Bauer


Junior PAVAS Program Coordinator and Dance Instructor

Caroline was formally trained in competitive rhythmic gymnastics for 9 years. As the Western Ontario's Overall champion, Caroline competed at the world championships in Europe. Caroline has completed her PAEC exams in Ballet, Tap and Jazz, and was a Studio PAVAS competitor in Acro and has won numerous awards as the highest overall soloist, in duets, and as part of a group. Caroline is a graduate of Early Childhood Education at Sheridan College which enriches her education and guidance of all her students. Since 2005, Caroline has been teaching Acro and Dance to students of all ages and has been the Junior PAVAS coordinator since 2008.

Chanelle Clarke


Dance Teacher

Chanelle started her dance training at a young age and was a successful competitive dancer for 12 years. Her training culminated with a certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and an Associate Membership with the BATD. Since 2010, Chanelle has brought to the dance students of Studio PAVAS 10 years of teaching experience in many styles of dance, such as; ballet, tap, jazz, acro and musical theatre. Chanelle's teaching style is calm and confident, she always has an easy smile and encouraging comments for her aspiring students.

Julie Goce


Dance Teacher

Julie is a French Canadian from Nigadoo, New-Brunswick who has always had love for kids and a passion for dance. She started to teach Jazz as a teenager to younger kids. She pursued dance at the Marly-le-Roi University in France. She continued to dance in Ontario and attended a few competitions with the Theatre of Dance Arts. She graduated as an Early Childhood Educator from Mothercraft College in 2012, where she was awarded the Wendy Weidman outstanding achievement award. She is registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators. She previously worked as an educator RECE at L'Ecole Ange Gabriel and as a Child Care supervisor at Preschool Petit Bateau. Presently, she is a Child Care supervisor RECE at TFS Canada's International School. She is also an official Zumba Instructor since June 2016, as well as a Zumba Kids junior instructor.

Sarah Hammond


Dance and Musical Theatre Teacher

Sarah has been with Studio PAVAS since it opened, first as a dancer and eventually a teacher. She has been a competitive dancer since the age of 6 and has studied in a variety of dance forms including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre and Lyrical. Sarah has been involved with the studio musicals for the last 10 years and Directed and choreographed 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown', 'High School Musical', and 'Seussical the Musical'.

She received her BA in child psychology and philosophy from the University of Waterloo and continued on to study at Humber College to become a Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant. Sarah worked as an OTA/PTA at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital located in Toronto, Ontario as well as Toronto East General Hospital and Sunnybrook Research Institute.

Carina Holland (on leave)

BFA New World School of the Arts, Miami, MA University of Kent, London, England

Dance Teacher

Carina has been an award winning Studio PAVAS competitive dancer for nine years, attending over 27 competitions. Besides training at Studio PAVAS, Carina also attended the Quinte Ballet School and is a dance graduate from Cawthra Park Secondary School. While at Studio PAVAS, she completed with honours, Advanced Tap, Jazz and Ballet exams. Carina has competed and been awarded numerous highest overall awards in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre for her solos, duets, trios and group performances. Carina trained in New York in 2007 and has been with Studio PAVAS for over 12 years as a student and now as a teacher. Carina is a graduate of New World School of the Arts, University of Florida and will be attending the Master's degree program at London England's Contemporary Dance, University of Kent. Carina has incredible talent and work ethic.

Mandy Lumsden

Adv Dip. Musical Theatre Performance, Acrobatic Arts Certified

Musical Theatre Teacher

Mandy began her dance journey at Dance Elite at the age of 3 and found her love of musical theatre with the Randolph Young Company in Toronto. She is trained in CDTA Ballet as well as Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Acro, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She received her Advanced Diploma in Music Theatre Performance from St. Clair College in 2012. She has received her Acrobatic Arts certification, and her Nutritional Therapist certification. Mandy has also trained in gymnastics and as a national cheerleader. Mandy has performed in many popular shows such as Cinderella, High School Musical, Footloose, and Grease, where she got the opportunity to work/train closely with So You Think You Can Dance Canada's Melissa Williams. She has had the opportunity to perform during the Pan Am games in Toronto dancing during beach volleyball, and be a part of the dance team for the Oakville Longhorns. She also had the opportunity to choreograph and perform in two pieces in Stratford's Springworks Festival in 2012. She is a dedicated teacher and loves to share her passion for performance and dance with her students.

Kerri Mezzomo


Dance Program Coordinator and Dance Teacher

Kerri is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, adjudicator, and examiner. She is a member and examiner for Dance Masters of America, Canadian Chapter # 38, Vice-President of the Performing Arts Educators of Canada (P.A.E.C.), and is presently training as a jazz and tap examiner for P.A.E.C. Kerri resides in Oakville and enjoys regional and national judging opportunities throughout Canada and the United States, and she is a teacher, choreographer, and the Dance Coordinator for Studio PAVAS in Mississauga, Ontario, since 1999.

Kerri has trained extensively in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, and musical theatre, including Edge Performing Arts Center (Los Angeles), Broadway Dance Center (New York), Quinte Ballet School, and the National Ballet School of Canada. As a dancer, Kerri was honored to perform as a guest soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, at the World's Fair in Spain, throughout North America as a National Title winning competitive dancer, and on television for Bravo!. Her work has earned her numerous choreography awards and distinctions and she continues to share her love of dance with her students who have won numerous scholarships, awards, and titles throughout Regional and National Competitions. Many of Kerri's students have gone on to professional careers in theatre, on cruise ships, and with professional dance companies in North America and Europe.

Matthew Montgomery

BFA - Performance Dance, Ryerson University, Professional Dancer

Dance Teacher

Matthew brings extensive talent and experience with him as dancer and choreographer. Matthew has worked with Dance Theatre, Typecast Dance Company, Desiraeda Dance Theatre, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Ryerson Dances, to name a few. He excels in Modern Dance and Hip Hop. Matthew has been at Studio PAVAS since 2010.

Samantha Pileggi


Dance Teacher

Samantha started dancing at the age of 3, training at the prestigious dance academy Durham Dance Centre. She is a versatile dancer trained in tap, jazz, ballet, acrobatics, contemporary, musical theatre and hip hop. She also trained at the Cardinal Carter Academy of the arts and has been in school musicals such as Seussical, Little Shop of Horrors and the Lion King. As a competitive student, Samantha competed across North America, captured many awards and titles such as Regional Dancer Of The Year for American Dance Awards and Junior Miss CanDance and also took classes from Travis Wall, Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman and Wade Robson, to name a few. Samantha has received her advanced credits in the A.D.A.P.T and R.A.D syllabus. Samantha is also a trained vocalist, singing in the Bock Children's Choir as well as receiving individualized singing lessons and has competed in singing festivals throughout Toronto. Samantha has appeared on the TV hit show Degrassi High as a dancer/cheerleader and has choreographed and taught for various studios in Toronto, Oakville and the Durham Region. She had the opportunity of adjudicating Provincials at the Performing Arts BC dance festival in Chilliwack, BC. She also teaches for the Public and Catholic district school board teaching hip hop and other genres of dance to young children and bringing dance into the school system. Samantha is currently teaching at various studios as well as having obtained her BA in psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto. Samantha believes that strong technique, individualized style and a charismatic performer makes a complete dancer.

Kate Terrio

Acrobatic Arts Certified

Dance Teacher

Kate is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, with an Honours Degree in Communication Studies. While at university, she was a valued member of the esteemed Wilfrid Laurier Competitive Dance Team. Kate has over 10 years of competitive dance training in jazz, lyrical, contemporary and acro, and is a 9 year alumni of Studio PAVAS. Kate is a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor and has been with Studio PAVAS since 2003. Her passion for dance and the performing arts finds her actively attending classes and workshops across Canada to learn and grow further as both a choreographer and an artist.

Krystal White

ACTRA Diploma/MTh-Randolph's Academy for Performing Arts, Toronto, PAEC

Dance and Musical Theatre Teacher

Krystal is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, triple threat program with a diploma in Musical Theatre. A teacher, choreographer and performer, Krystal has over 20 years of dance training, and has studied and completed exams under the BATD and RAD syllabus. Krystal's professional credits have taken her all across North America and the Caribbean and have afforded her the privilege to dance with the late Gregory Hines. Krystal continues to take classes in both Toronto and New York to stay current and grow as both a teacher and a performer. Krystal has received numerous awards as a choreographer and teacher for her Tap and Musical Theatre routines. Krystal has been with Studio PAVAS since 2007.

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