Unit #5 - 205 Champagne Dr, Toronto, ON info@masterdanceacademy.com

Faculty

MONICA SZABO-GOTTARDO
Owner / Director / Educator
Monica Christina Gottardo is the founder and leader of Master Dance Academy. Her new facility opens in September of 2016 where she is excited to 'bring together' her knowledge and best experiences as an accomplished dance competitor and instructor. Her outlook and guiding principle for the dance school is based on providing a professional atmosphere, fostering childhood development and nurturing sheer enjoyment of dance. Having danced since the age of three Monica has been committed to the art form for her entire life.

Monica graduated from Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts with honors in 2002 majoring in Dance. She then went on to study Kinesiology and earned her certification as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. Her belief in dance as a comprehensive expression of athleticism, grace and skill, has created a studio that welcomes everyone and allows them to express themselves in a supportive and nurturing environment.
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CHELSEA GIBBS
Tap & Musical Theatre
Chelsea Gibbs started her dance training at the young age of four. At the age of six she joined a competitive team, where she won numerous special and overall awards for her performances. At age eleven, she was the youngest to audition and become a member of the semi-professional tap company “iTap Youth Company,” based in Hamilton, Ontario, under the direction of, the late, Kimberley Timlock. She also successfully completed her B.A.T.D. Tap and Jazz Exams, R.A.D. Ballet Exams and her P.A.E.C. Tap Exam.

Chelsea has and continues to receive the finest training and is privileged to teach, adjudicate and conduct intensive workshops that allow her to impart her knowledge and creativity to students in the GTA and surrounding areas. With her knowledge, expertise and passion for dance, Chelsea’s goal is to continue to inspire and ignite the passion of dance within her students, as well as living her dream as a performer.
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EMILIO COLALILLO
DANCE INSTRUCTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER
Emilio Colalillo is a Toronto based professional dancer and choreographer. Colalillo studied classical ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary dance and received his BFA degree in Performance Dance from Ryerson University. As a dancer he has toured the world internationally with Corpus Dance Projects, Creativiva and his own company emiMOTION to Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America.

He is the founder of emiMOTION, a contemporary based dance company that performs internationally as well as here in Toronto. Dance is his passion which led him to explore his creativity and become a choreographer. He is the founder of emiMOTION, a contemporary based dance company that performs internationally as well as here in Toronto. Colalillo has choreographed 5 full length dance works known for his use of physicality, emotion and avant garde nature.
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ANDREEA SEMINARA
Instructor / Fitness Coach
Andreea Seminara has been in the dance and fitness industry for over 30 years. She was enrolled at a very young age to The Ballet school in her her home town of Sinaia, Romania. Graduating from the prestigious Liceul de Coregrafie si Arta Dramatica O' Stroia, she was accepted as one of the principal dancers at Bucharest National Opera Ballet Company.

She is currently the Head Dance and Arts Coordinator for the York Region School Board, teaches and organizes all the arts programs across the district as well as the York Region District after school programs. Her classes build foundation and core strength for your child and allow for the individuality of each dancer to developed on its own.
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SHANE SIMPSON
Actor / Dancer
Dancing around the house at the age of seven, Shane would imitate music videos in front of friends and family. With an obvious desire to dance, Shane’s mother signed him up for lessons and they’ve never looked back. Shane trained at five different studios practicing hip-hop, acrobatics, lyrical, tap, ballet and modern. 

Shane says he would most like to follow in the dance steps of Gene Kelly.

Shane says his biggest accomplishment to date is making SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA’s Top 22. “Making Season 4’s Top 22 has showed me that hard work does pay off and I can do anything I put my mind to,” said Shane.

 Shane says he loves travelling and is extremely into fashion.
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YULIYA SHLYKOVA
Dance Instructor
Yuliya is a former Ukrainian rhythmic gymnast and winner of many national and international competitions. She graduated from the National University of Physical Culture and Sport of Ukraine in 2001 with a specialist degree.

She is a ‘N.C.C.P Gymnastics of Ontario’ certified (level 3) coach in rhythmic gymnastics since August 2011. And a certified rhythmic gymnastics “club judge” since December 2013.

Yuliya has been working as a rhythmic gymnastics coach with different levels of gymnasts in the ‘Kalev Estienne RG Club’ of Thornhill and supporting provincial national level gymnasts at ‘Trillium Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy’ of North York.
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JORDAN FRANCIS
Hip-Hop Instructor/Director
Jordan showed signs of talent at a very young age . He captured the interest of directors and photographers early in life doing various print jobs and commercials. At the age of ten he landed the leading role of “YoungSimba” in Disneys “The Lion King,” that’s when he really fell in love with performing live.

When he was only eleven years old Jordan went on to writing music, one of his first songs “No Matter” made his hometown radio stations cd compilation volume 1, he also wrote a song for a local rapper that can be heard in the feature film “How She Move”...Trained in all types dance from Ballet, Jazz,Tap,Lyrical,Modern and Hip Hop…Jordan has won various awards and scholarships for his dancing across Canada and the U.S.

Master Guest Instructors


BLAKE MCGRATH
Master Coreographer
Blake McGrath was born on November 21, 1983 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. He is known for his work on So You Think You Can Dance Canada (2008), Britney Spears Live from Miami (2004) and 2011 MuchMusic Awards (2011). Blake McGrath has caught the attention of audiences around the world with his memorable and fiery jazz/contemporay performances.

This Canadian-born superstar danced and worked alongside some of the biggest recording icons in the world.
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MELLISSA SANDIV
Actress
Melissa Sandvig was born on April 30, 1980 in Torrance, California, USA. She is an actress, known for So You Think You Can Dance (2005), Eidola (2012) and Party Like the Rich and Famous (2012).

Melissa has been dancing for most of her life. She has danced with the Milwaukee Ballet Company, LA Opera, Long Beach Ballet and Helios Dance Theater. A highlight for Melissa was performing “Le Coeur Illumine” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
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ROMINA D'UGO
Actress / Dancer
Gemini Award Nominated actress/dancer Romina D'Ugo is a graduate of the prestigious triple threat Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College. Her career began when she graduated early to play a supporting role in the Universal Pictures film How She Move.

She became a household name when she earned a spot as one of the Top 20 dancers on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. She then went on to star opposite Justin Chatwin in the feature film, Funkytown.
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