NANCY PIDGEON - B.A. (Carleton) TTP-Dip. (NBS), LISTID (Cecchetti) Registered Teacher Royal Academy of Dance
Nancy Pidgeon’s early training was in the method of the Royal Academy of Dance. She completed her intermediate Executant Examination and later went on to achieve her RAD Teaching Diploma. She graduated from the Teacher Training Program of the National Ballet School in 1983 after completing the National Dance Branch Elementary and intermediate with Honours (ISTD), the Intermediate Cecchetti Ballet Exam and the Associate Level Teaching Exam with Distinction (ISTD). Nancy spent another year at the National Ballet School working as an Assistant Teacher and completed her Licentiate Level Teaching Exam. Since her return to Ottawa, her teaching experience has been diverse and extensive. In 1986 she and three partners established National Capital Dance Educators and she worked there for fifteen years as well as in a variety of other dance schools in the Ottawa area. In addition, Nancy has examined at Canterbury High School and at l’École Secondaire de la Salle. She is a frequent guest teacher at the Cecchetti Seminars offered in Toronto on a bi-annual basis and she regularly attends the NBS Teaching Seminars featuring the work of Irene Dowd.
Jennifer has danced for 18 years, studying Tap, Jazz, and Ballet. She was a member of CSD’s Performing Ensemble and the CSD Competitive Team and spent five years as a teaching assistant before becoming a dance teacher with CSD. Jennifer has taken workshops with Tap Dogs and Riverdance and appeared as a featured performing in a music video. Jennifer won the Senior Tap Award in 1998, her high school Dance Award, and the Senior Overall Dance Aware in 1999. In the summer of 2002, she danced in Las Vegas with the CSD Competitive team and was the Captain of the Canadian Dance Team at Footloose International Dance Championships. As a choreographer, Jennifer’s work has been seen on International Competition stages and have won several regional high score overall awards at the American Dance Awards, CanDance, and Footloose International Dance Championships including High Score Overall Junior Duet/Trio in 2004, and High Score Overall Novice Intermediate Duet/Trio in 2007. In 2004, Jennifer obtained a B.A. Honours in Communication from the University of Ottawa. Jennifer enjoys teaching all ages and believes that for any age, dance is an expression of feelings and emotions. Jennifer believes that the bonds, friendships, and memories that are created through dance will last forever and her passion for dance will continue to shine through her students.
Jessica trained in Ballet, Tap and Jazz for eleven years at the Canadian School of Dance (CSD) and was a teaching assistant in all disciplines for seven years before becoming a teacher with CSD. She was a member of the CSD Performing Ensemble and a senior member of the Competitive dance team. As a student and assistant teacher, Jessica attended CSD’s intensive Summer Convention, working with many guest teachers and choreographers. Jessica has also assisted with and taught at CSD’s Summer Camp and March Break Recreational Camp. Jessica has participated in many regional and international dance competitions, performed in Ballet Jorgen’s “The Nutcracker” at Centrepointe Theatre for four years, and participated in Project Hellas, a fundraiser for CHEO also held at Centrepointe Theatre. One of her adventures was starting a dance team at Monsignor Paul Baxter Elementary School in Barrhaven where Jessica, along with two other dancers, taught over 50 students aged 10 to 12 years old.
Samantha trained in Ballet and Jazz at the Canadian School of Dance for twelve years. She has successfully completed numerous exams including her RAD Advanced II Exam and ADAPT Advanced Jazz exam. Over the course of her training she has participated in the Ballet Jorgen’s, “The Nutcracker”, attended many dance workshops, and competed regionally and nationally with CSD’s competitive dance team. Samantha has won “America’s Dancer of the Year” in five regional competitions and in her final year was awarded top ten at the American Dance Awards national competition.
Katiana completed the ADAPT syllabus as an advanced Jazz and Tap dancer while training at the Canadian School of Dance. Her strong work ethic and motivated attitude has led her to win regional Dancer of the Year awards at both CanDance and American Dance Awards. In 2010, she was the senior Jazz class winner and placed 3rd overall at the American Dance Awards National Dancer of the Year Titles competition. Her performance and technical skills have enabled her to win multiple scholarships to dance conventions and Millennium Dance Complex in LA. Katiana’s love and passion for the art continues to grow as she matures from a dancer into a teacher and choreographer.
Lauren Woods is Acrobatic Arts Certified (ACRO) and is trained in the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus as well as in A.D.A.P.T. Jazz and Tap; completing the advanced levels in both syllabuses. She grew up training at the Canadian School of Dance and started her journey in dance at the age of 4. Over those years she had the opportunity to train at the National Ballet School of Canada in their full-time professional program, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s summer school program, perform with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens in “The Nutcracker“ as well as perform the role of Clara in Ballet Jorgen’s “The Nutcracker“. More recently Lauren worked professionally as a Dancer/Dance Captain for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Dancer/Aerialist/ Character Performer for Disney Cruise Line travelling the world for over seven years. Lauren was a member of the Canadian School of Dance Competitive Team and has received awards such as American Dance Awards Regional Dancer of the Year, and Senior Miss CanDance. Lauren also completed her studies to be an Early Childhood Educator.
As a choreographer and performer, Simon Beckett entered the dance world at the age of 14. Starting in studio, he became well versed in Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary to name a few. During this time is when Simon discovered his love for Hip Hop and the Urban street styles. After a short 3 years of maturation and development, he began competing at age 17; very quickly becoming recognized as an outstanding performer with a captivating stage presence. He has since focused much of his training and creativity into the styles of Popping and Hip Hop.
While attending College, he wasted very little time entering the Ottawa dance scene. Since his arrival, he has performed at multiple events and shows throughout the city. His performance credentials include CTV Ottawa, Children’s Wish Foundation Gala, Richard Robertson Grande Premiere 2014. Simon has since become one of the most widely known and sought-after Teacher and Choreographer in the Ottawa area. His most recent work has been with Montreal Pop Artist Nadia Dolce and her music video “I Wanna Dance with you”.
Given his background and experience within the dance Industry and Street community, he brings a unique style in creating high energy and entertaining choreography. One of his main aspirations is to humbly teach the next generation of dancers and performers in hopes to pass on the history, knowledge, and experience he has acquired.