NIAGARA ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Celebrating Over 30 Wonderful Years in the Grimsby Community!

Staff at NAPA

Our Roster of Talented Dance Instructors

Specializing in a wide variety of dance disciplines, each dance teacher at the dance studio brings passion and knowledge to their role. You can count on the instructors to help you child develop their dance skills in a fun and encouraging environment.

DIRECTOR

Sandra Hodgins

Dance Diploma, Ryerson Teaching Diploma, R.A.D. Intermediate / R.A.D. Advanced / Modern I.S.T.D. / Advanced National I.S.T.D.

Sandra has trained extensively since the age of six through examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. She was accepted through audition into the Dance Program at Ryerson where she had the privilege of working with many respected professional dancers and highly regarded Canadian Instructors.

During the past 28 years as the Director of the Academy she has had the pleasure of training and sharing her love of dance with her students. Her motto is, “Always be the best you can be!”

Miss Emily Turner

BALLET, JAZZ, MUSICAL THEATRE, LYRICAL

Emily has been a part of the NAPA dance community since she began dancing in the Kinder-Dance program at the age of three. She completed all R.A.D. ballet examinations from Grade 1 – 5 and continued training in the major division at the pre-professional levels, which included pointe.

In addition, Emily received extensive training in jazz, lyrical and musical theatre. She joined competitive teams at the Academy at age nine and represented NAPA annually achieving recognition and special awards for both group and solo performances. Emily continued her dancing at Brock University, where she was part of the competitive dance team, competing against universities across Ontario.

Emily has been teaching at NAPA for the past nine dance seasons. She has choreographed large and small group dances for entry into competitions and year-end performances. Emily’s competitive students have also won overall and adjudicators choice awards for performance and choreography. Emily has continued her professional development in dance education, attending R.A.D. workshops, working with various choreographers and attending Canada-wide teaching expos regularly.

Emily is a graduate from Brock University with an Honours Degree in Child and Youth studies and a Bachelor of Education. She has additional qualifications in special education and in kindergarten teaching. She is currently a primary school teacher with the Halton District School Board.

Miss Jessica Clout

JAZZ, LYRICAL AND HIP HOP

Jessica has been part of the NAPA dance community since the age of three. Jessica has received extensive training in jazz, musical theatre, hip-hop and lyrical.

Jessica joined NAPA competitive teams at the age of eight and has received special recognition for group and solo performances. She continued her dancing at Brock University and taught several jazz classes to university students from beginner to advanced levels.

Jessica introduced a hip-hop program for youth at a local community centre and brought the joy of dance to many.

Jessica has been teaching at the studio for seven years and enjoys sharing her passion with her students. She has won several choreography awards, special recognition, and top achievement awards. She has continued her professional development attending workshops alongside several choreographers broadening her teaching, creative approach to dance!

Miss Cait Neal

INSTRUCTOR / OFFICE ASSISTANT

Cait has been a part of the NAPA dance community since she began dancing in the Kinder-Dance program at the age of three. She completed all R.A.D. ballet examinations from Grade 1 – 5 and continued training in the major division at the pre-professional levels, which included pointe.

In addition, Cait received extensive training in jazz, lyrical and tap. She joined competitive teams at the Academy at age eight and represented NAPA annually achieving recognition and special awards for both group and solo performances. Cait has traveled to the Quinte Ballet School were she worked with choreographers such as Brian Scott.

Cait has been teaching at the Academy for eight years and enjoys teaching her students and watching them learn and embrace the love of dance. Her competitive students have won several special awards including adjudicators’ choice and choreography awards. Cait has continued her professional development, attending R.A.D workshops, working with highly-skilled choreographers and attending Canada-wide teaching expos.

As well as teaching, Cait also helps with administrative duties at the studio. Aside from her duties at the Academy, Cait is a nurse with St. Joseph’s Health Care.

Miss Kellyn Alexander

INSTRUCTOR

Kellyn has been a member of the NAPA family since 2013, starting as a dance assistant. She helped lead a number of recreational and competitive dance classes for children as young as three up to 13. She encourages dancers to overcome challenges and develop new skills.

She served as Competitive Dance Captain at the Oakville Academy for the Arts, leading 120 students and organizing events. She also has experience helping children succeed in dance, drama and visual arts in a previous role as a camp counselor. Kellyn is currently a member of the Brock Badgers Dance Pak at Brock University, training extensively for three university-wide dance competitions.

Her concurrent education includes Child and Youth Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Education, Primary/Junior at Brock.