KATHIE ALLISON-MAVES

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, STUDIO OWNER:

kathieMiss Kathie began her lifetime love of dance at the age of 2 with a ballet class taught in a church basement. Since then, her experience has taken her through tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, baton, hip hop, acro and musical theatre. She has a BA from McMaster University in business and marketing. Her extensive teaching career in dance began with Barbara Kenyeres at Starlight Dance Studio as a class assistant, moving to a teaching position, assisting at Miss Bev’s Dance Studio in NFNY, assisting and dancing at Studio 33 in Hamilton Ontario. Running dance workshops in Hamilton, Grimsby, NFNY, The DSBN, NCDSB, Ridley College and in Winnipeg. Miss Kathie has provided choreography for many elementary school concerts in the area and her mission is to bring dance and the joy it gives her to everyone possible. Her positive and energetic style is contagious and will always make your day a little brighter.... “JUST DANCE” ....it will make life better!!! =)

AMANDA BRUTON

COMPETITIVE COORDINATOR


amandaAmanda’s love for dance began at a very young age. What started out as an extracurricular activity at the age of 2 quickly changed into a passion and dance became a very important part of her life. Amanda joined a competitive dance team at the age of 8 and continued to dance competitively for ten years. During this time, she traveled around the world, representing Canada at World Championships on several different Canadian Dance teams. Always eager to further her dance education, Amanda attended the Quinte Ballet School and The National Ballet of Canada’s summer programs and intensives. While teaching and sharing her love of dance to young dancers, Amanda studied in the Performance Dance Program at Ryerson University. Her passion for dance and teaching young children led Amanda to continue her studies and she received her Masters in Education from Niagara University. Now , six years into her dance teaching career, Amanda continues to further her dance education by attending workshops and programs so that she is able to provide quality technique and current material for her students. As a young choreographer, Amanda has won numerous choreography awards while her students have won many high score and overall awards, as well as many special Judges Awards. Amanda is very proud to be a teacher and choreographer in genres such as Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical and Jazz at Miss Kathie’s Just Dance Academy.

FELICIA MASTROMATTEO

COMPETITIVE COORDINATOR

feleciaFelicia began dancing at the age of 3, and has been fully submersed in the culture since then. As a competitive dancer for 8 years, she fell in love with the creativity and discipline it instilled in her, and she knew her journey in the dance world was truly just beginning. She was accepted into the dance programs at York & Concordia University, however she knew her true passion was in the growth and development of children, which lead her to the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training Program (levels I & II graduate). Felicia is a successful teacher and choreographer, often being recognized for her clean and crisp routines. Her students have won numerous overall high score awards both in solos and groups, and have been selected as scholarship recipients. She also has students who were chosen to represent Team Canada in tap, jazz & showdance. Felicia has received multiple choreography awards both in Canada and the United States with recognition for routines in jazz & contemporary. In 2012 she was granted the opportunity to choreograph for Canada’s Walk of Fame, emerging artists showcase. Felicia is delighted to join the team at MKJDA, and is looking forward to educating, inspiring and creating with her fellow faculty and students.

ALI LEEMET

DMA teaching Level 1, competitive and recital program teacher.

ali newAli took her first dance class at the age of 2 ½ and from her first moment on stage she knew that dance was going to always be a part of her life. Ali was a competitive dancer for fourteen years and was a part of many groups, duets and trios during that time. She furthered her learning of dance when she went to Rythum Plus Dance Studio where she worked with a dedicated, talented group of teachers there. She has been a part of many workshops including CDMA , So You Think You Can Dance and Triple Threat just to name a few. She has had the opportunity to work with a number of different choreographers as well like Blake Mc Grath. Starting at the age of 10, Ali started assisting and working with younger students in all disciplines. Ali has taken training in tap, ballet, contemporary, musical theatre, hip hop and lyrical. She is thrilled with this opportunity to be able to continue to share her passion of dance with others.

KAILEY LEEMET

DMA teaching Level 1, Teaching apprentice. 

kaileyKailey has been involved in dance since the age of 2 and has never looked back. After having her first solo at the age of 5, Kailey knew that dance was going to be a part of her life forever. Kailey has been a competitive dancer for fourteen years and brings a wealth of experience and skills to our studio. She was fortunate to work with a dedicated staff at Rythum Plus who furthered her skills in ballet, hiphop, tap, lyrical and contemporary. She has won numerous overall and special awards at competitions and recently was a representative on the Canadian National Tap Team and brought home a silver medal. She also travelled to New York to compete in the IMTA convention and received an opportunity to be a part of a talent agency there. She has competed at CDMA pageants and the Dance Canada pageants as well. She has worked with many recognized choreographers such as Blake McGrath, Danny Lawn, and many others who have helped to further refine and add to her knowledge base. Kailey is thrilled to be part of Miss Kathie’s Just Dance staff and looks forward to working with the students to share her passion for dance.

Matt "Baby Boy" Cruz

Hip Hop Instructor

mattAlso known as "Babyboy" Matthew was born in Quezon City, Philippines (Moved to Canada at the age of 11) where he began street dancing. Dancing/training on concrete and various places (Battles/Cyphers). The life as a street dancer was very limited without a consistent training facility, and also the reputation as one wasn't very well recieved either. The Hip Hop culture wasn't spread out as far as it is now so he spent many years in the underground scene, practicing and fully understanding the culture. Truly, his career only began when he Co founded the Bucc N Flvr DANCE CREW in 2009, where the calibre and body of work had reached a new level, representing for Toronto, and Canada as a whole. Collaborating with various artists from local to international artists. Facilitating, mentoring and teaching workshops all across the country. Keeping true to the street dance and hip hop culture with traditional methods and ways of training, and always being in the mindset of a student. Matthew aims to maintain and carry on tradition for the love of the Hip Hop culture and the people.

Profile:

  • Flavorshop Student since 2010 under the tutelage of international choreographer Lenny Dela Pena aka "Lenny Len"
  • Founder of Bucc N Flvr Crew (since 09)
  • winners of Much Music's Dance Crews 2012.
  • UDO Canadian Champions 2012 Represented Canada for UDO Worlds (England)
  • Blackout 2k11 Champions (Mtl)
  • STOMP 2010 champions (Tor)
  • Performed for Recording Artist Kreesha Turner (TIFF) & (Nick Cannon charity event Hard Rock Cafe NYC)
  • Much Music's NewMusicLive (NML Battlez, NML dance crews, Step up revolution promo episode)
  • Breakfast Television (Tor)
  • CBC (The Exhibitionists)

Kailey Kelly

COMPETITIVE HIP-HOP INSTRUCTOR:

kailey kelly

Kailey began dancing at the age of three, and joined a competitive team for 11 years following. She trained in wide range of styles, however her passion always remained with hip-hop. Through attending various workshops, and working with diverse choreographers, Kailey has learned to appreciate the diversity of the hip-hop genre, and the opportunity that it presents for individual dancers to add their own unique style to a piece of choreography. Kailey was given a “Love Your Style” award from well-known choreographer and So You Think You Can Dance Canada judge Tre Armstrong, as well as a scholarship from choreographer GiGi Torres to attend a dance convention in Las Vegas. In Vegas, Kailey trained with hip-hop professionals who have been recognized on shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew. With a select hip-hop team, Kailey competed at the 2011 and 2012 Canadian Street Dance Championships where her group qualified for World’s with several routines, both years. She also competed at the UDO competition in Montreal the same year. In 2013, Kailey decided to shift her focus from dance, to post-secondary education. While pursuing an Honours degree in both Sociology and Women & Gender studies, she maintained dance in her life by participating in Brock University’s Live 4 Dance club, and competed at the Ontario University Competition of Hip-Hop. Before attending university, Kailey assisted with teaching dance for five years, and now she is looking forward to continuing this rewarding experience with the MKJDA family!