Courta Smith, Education Coodinator
Courta danced in Ontario, Canada at various dance studios in recreational, competitive, and exam dance until creating the not-for-profit program Acadia Dance Collective Community in Wolfville, Nova Scotia while completing degrees in Kinesiology and in Arts (Sociology). Courta spent over a decade dancing, teaching, and creating connections all over Nova Scotia until returning to family in Ontario. She taught at awesome studios for some truly talented dancers while also becoming an Affiliate Member of the Society of Russian Ballet and a Fitness Instructor. She became the consultant for ADCC, created and taught fitness classes, taught in Acadia University’s School of Music, and worked as a rehab therapist while presenting health & wellness segments on Rogers TV's Healthy Living. Courta is excited to bring together her knowledge, skills, and passion for dance, well-living, and health promotion to Soul To Sole Dance Inc – S2SD engages the community with a focus on the important mind, body, soul connection that is inextricably linked in the art of dance. In addition to dancing, Courta practices yoga, enjoys strength and conditioning training and gardens when the Canadian weather permits! She loves learning about health and fitness, and loves growing and eating food! As the owner and Education Coordinator at S2SD Courta is passionate about sharing educational opportunities for teachers and students to create the most balanced experiences for all dancers!
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Ming Bérubé-Sam, Yoga For Dance
Movement has always been in Ming’s life; she has danced and figure skated since she young. Ming’s mother is a Registered Yoga Teacher and started doing yoga with her when she was a baby. Ming developed a deep interest for anatomy and body alignment at a young age. It was not until her late teens that Ming truly discovered her love of yoga. She was in intense dance training when she was injured and unable to complete her program at l’Ecole de Danse Contemporaine. Ming turned to yoga to rehabilitate her body and found where her passions truly lay. Ming became a Canadian Alliance recognized Yoga Teacher in 2013; her vision is to pass her love of yoga onto others, as well as to support her students to become aware of their physical and mental alignment. As well as teaching yoga, Ming works at Lululemon where she organizes community classes. You can find Ming getting sweaty in classes and workshops all over Montreal. Ming is a very playful yogi, and has recently started to explore the world of acro-yoga. If you’re lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of her standing on her head in a onesie. Ming specialises in designing yoga for dancers for Soul to Sole Dance and is excited to share her passion with you.
Le mouvement a toujours fait partie de la vie de Ming, que ce soit par le biais de la danse ou du patin artistique que Ming pratique depuis sa plus tendre enfance. Sa mère est professeure de yoga certifiée et elle a commencé à faire du yoga avec Ming depuis qu’elle est toute petite. Ming a développé très tôt une passion pour l’anatomie et l’alignement corporel. Alors qu’elle entreprenait des études en danse, Ming s’est blessée et a dû interrompre son programme. Ming s’est tourné vers le yoga pour faciliter sa réhabilitation, et c’est ainsi qu’elle a découvert sa grande passion pour le yoga. Ming est devenu professeure de yoga certifiée par Alliance Canada en 2013. Elle veut partager son amour du yoga avec ses étudiants, de même que les aider à prendre conscience de leur alignement corporel et mental. En plus d’enseigner le yoga, Ming travaille chez Lululemon, où elle organise les cours communautaires. Vous pouvez retrouver Ming, en sueur, dans différentes classes et ateliers un peu partout dans Montréal. Ming aime jouer avec le yoga et récemment elle a commencé à explorer le monde du yoga acrobatique. Si vous êtes chanceux, vous la verrez peut-être se tenant debout sur la tête dans le confort de son pyjama à pattes!
Katelyn Schofield, Choreography
Katelyn is originally from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. Katelyn started her dancing career at the age of 15, training at DansXpress Dance Centre and Precision Dance Company. Katelyn has worked with many dancers and #choreographers including So You Think You Can Dance’s Stacey Tookey and Vincent Desjardins, Toronto’s Lenny De La Pena (Lenny Len), and many more. Katelyn is now an up and coming competitive choreographer and has accumulated top mark awards, honorable mention awards, runner-up overall awards at competitions. While in Wolfville, NS, Katelyn instructed and choreographed for 4 dance schools including ADCCommunity where she was the competitive coordinator. Katelyn has also choreographed for 3 theatre companies and 6 major productions, including Anne of Green Gables and Peter Pan. Katelyn has taught students ranging from ages 3 to 50 plus! Her specialties include Acro, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Street Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hiphop and Breakdance. Katelyn is excited to bring her competitive experience and knowledge to Soul To Sole Dance. As the competitive coordinator at S2SD, her goal is to share her knowledge and love of dance with her community, and to promote respect and appreciation for the art of dance through positive competition experiences. Katelyn is also the gorgeous dancer in green in S2SD’s pics!
Christopher Knowles, Tech & Choreo
Christopher Knowles was born in Miramichi, New Brunswick, and started dancing at a very young age. Growing up, he was a student teacher and choreographed his own works, performing them across the east coast and abroad. In 2008, Chris was chosen train in London, England with some of the world’s best choreographers in classes with the cast of WICKED the musical.
At 18 he moved to Toronto to study dance at George Brown College where he achieved highly in choreography. After graduating became the Artistic Director of Precision Dance Company. While at PDC, Christopher earned awards for his choreographic work. In 2014 Chris co-created a Canadian East Coast event called “The Entity Tour” that inspires and trains students every summer in various cities! Recently, Christopher had the opportunity to choreograph for George Brown College students where his work was performed at the show “Unleashed.” He was honored to create work at “Toronto’s Choreographers Ball ” ,“Fever After Dark “ as well as “Dance Weekend” for Dance Ontario - all events showcasing Toronto’s professional working talent in the industry.
Chris has had the opportunity to teach at professional training venues such as “Metro Movement”, “RIGHTFOOT DANCE STUDIO”, and “The Underground”. Chris is working full time at “City Dance Corps” downtown Toronto.
Creating stories through movement and watching them come to life is his calling. He brings passion, technique, and energy to everything he does. Dance is his life and he is poised to share his knowledge and skill with those who share the same passion!
Brittany Lavigne, Performance, Industry Dance, Barre Instructor
Brittany works as a full-time movement instructor in the GTA and studio owner in Barrie, ON. Her passion for music and movement are undeniable as she fell in love with dance at a young age. Brittany received most of her formal dance training with The National Ballet School, and most recently George Brown College, graduating from their triple threat Commercial Dance Program. Brittany has had the privilege to train with some of the industry’s most sought after instructors and choreographers, dancing in music videos, live back up dancing and many more events! Brittany is the founder of BarreEssentials- a pilates, yoga, dance inspired workout. She now enjoys instructing and sharing her knowledge with students at various studios across Ontario, teaching guest workshops as well as regular classes at studios in Barrie and the Toronto area.
Brittany Brie D'Amico, Pilates For Dance
Brittany Brie's experience, passion for movement, and love of helping others have all driven her to develop classes that inspire, challenge and motivate. As a graduate of York University's Dance program, Brittany Brie learned the significance of caring for her body. As a professional dancer, she quickly realized that the demands of her craft required not only a conditioned body but a healthy, focused mind as well. In 2014, Brittany Brie put her dance career on hold in order to further pursue another passion: health & fitness. She has completed her Pilates Mat and Reformer certifications through Body Harmonics and is based in Toronto. On a more serious note Brittany Brie loves cupcakes, anything pink, RnB music, and a really good belly laugh.