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 studied Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet at Canadian School of Dance for 12 years, including being a Senior member of the CSD Performing Ensemble and the CSD Competitive Team before becoming a dance teacher and choreographer with CSD. Jennifer has taken workshops with Tap Dogs, Riverdance, The Radio City Rockettes and in 2000 appeared in a music video for a Canadian singer for the song “Lately”. In 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. In 2010, Jennifer became a certified dance teacher under the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT) and since then has entered countless successful dancers to complete their ADAPT exams, including Advanced candidates. Jennifer is proud to choreograph for CSD’s full-time and part-time competitive teams. Jennifer’s work has been seen on regional and national competition stages and has won several high score overall awards at the American Dance Awards, CanDance, Onstage, Believe, Move and Thunderstruck, including High Score Junior Small Group at the American Dance Awards National Championship. Jennifer has had the opportunity to work with exceptional guest choreographers and teachers from throughout Canada and the United States. Several of her students have gone on to train and work professionally in the dance industry. In 2004, Jennifer obtained a BA Honours in Communication from the University of Ottawa. Jennifer has been a teacher with Canadian School of Dance for 20 years and enjoys teaching all ages. 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 is ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) certified. 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. Jessica has also obtained a B.Soc Bachelor of Sociology at the University of Ottawa.
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.
Emily Missios has 17 years of experience and will continue to grow and flourish with the determination her personality holds. Emily is Acrobatic Arts Certified (ACRO) and is trained in the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus, along with the A.D.A.P.T Syllabus for Jazz and Tap. She successfully completed all levels of A.D.A.P.T and completed her Advanced 2 Ballet examination. She is trained and knowledgeable in the following styles; Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Acro. In 2017, Emily performed in a Toronto Based Tap Company entitled “Rhythm and Sound”. Her knowledge of Tap has grown over the years, enabling her to offer a unique class by providing a diverse understanding of Tap. Emily competed on the CSD competitive team for many years, and has been awarded with eight regional titles, and has also won multiple high score choreography awards for the work that she has created over the past few years! Emily’s goal is to spread love through dance, she works with every dancer’s learning style to create a passion and drive that will never weaken.
Michael Missios has been studying dance for 13 years and continues everyday to gain more knowledge to pass onto upcoming dancers. He has trained in all styles of dance that CSD offers, which include: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Acro. Michael has successfully completed his A.D.A.P.T examinations for both Tap and Jazz, and has also completed the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus for his training in Ballet. He was awarded with distinction for every examination he completed and is currently training for the RAD solo seal. Michael was America’s Male Junior (2014), Teen (2016) and Senior (2019) dancer of the year at the American Dance Awards competition, and also won the Teen Mister National Title at CanDance in 2018. Michael danced in Talia Favia’s “Chapters – Volume 1” show in Los Angeles and trained with Talia who is a choreographer, dancer and artist, known for her choreography on “So You Think You Can Dance”. Michael has also gained experience in choreography, as he choreographed a large group and a portion of the finale for Canterbury High Schools Dance Night 2020. Michael’s goal is to inspire every dancer to be the best version of themselves in and outside of the studio.
Emeline grew up studying various styles of dance at CSD and was a teaching assistant in ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical for eight years before becoming a teacher. She is trained in the Royal Academy of Dance and ADAPT syllabi. Emeline was a member of CSD’s competitive team and had the opportunity to work with numerous guest teachers and choreographers. She has won many group and solo awards, and participated in local charity events, such as Dancers Give Back. Emeline is trilingual and is currently completing her Honours BA in English-Spanish-French Translation at the University of Ottawa. She has also studied early childhood education. She truly enjoys working with children and sharing her passion for dance with the next generation.
Molly Plunkett started dancing at the age of three, and is currently a valued member of the CSD competitive team. Molly is very well trained in the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus and has successfully completed her Advanced 2 Ballet examination. She is now working towards completing her A.D.A.P.T exams in Jazz and Tap, as she is at the highest level of the syllabus. Molly has trained in all styles of dance that CSD offers, which include: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Acro. In the academic world, Molly continues to be awarded with exceptionally high marks and received a 100% in her computer programming course. Recently she has been a part of organizing several fundraisers for charity through CSD, and none of this would have been possible without her help. Molly is a true asset in the office at CSD due to her professionalism and strong organization skills, and is also one of our dedicated supply teachers. Molly’s goal in the CSD atmosphere is to bring a positive energy to every dancer that walks through our doors, and makes sure they feel at home.
Xander Sen started dancing when he was 5 years old with the Ukrainian School of Dance. He then went on to study Ballet, Modern, Jazz with his primary focus towards Contemporary and Hip Hop. He was awarded scholarships to attend both The Alberta Ballet Summer Program in Calgary, Alberta and the Joffrey Experience at the Joffrey Ballet in NYC. He is a recent graduate of Canterbury High School Dance Program. He has trained and collaborated with several noted choreographers including Jeff Dimitriou, Fefe Burgos and Cat Cagliandro among others. His performance experience has varied having been cast most recently as the Mouse King and the Arabian in the Nutcracker as well as musicals and music videos. He was the featured soloist for the grand opening ceremonies at the National Arts Centre for Dignitaries including Prince Charles and the Governor General. As a choreographer Xander has had the opportunity to teach hip hop classes in the city as well as choreographing for events such as Future Shock Dance Showcase and Dancers Give Back 2020. Xander’s goal is to grow and offer his knowledge of dance to his students, hopefully inspiring and fueling their love of dance.
Samantha was trained in ballet, jazz, and contemporary for twelve years at Canadian School of Dance (CSD) in Ottawa, ON and taught there for seven years following her graduation. She has successfully completed numerous exams including her RAD Advanced II Ballet and ADAPT Advanced Jazz exams. Over the course of her training she has participated in Ballet Jorgen’s, “The Nutcracker”, attended many workshops, and competed regionally and nationally with CSDs competitive team. Samantha has won “America’s Dancer of the Year” in five regional competition, placed 3rd runner up in Candance’s national “Dancer of the Year” competition in 2009, and in the top ten of American Dance Awards national “Dancer of the Year” competition in 2010. Samantha is passionate about health and fitness and spent 5 years in the fitness industry following graduation. When she’s not at her full time job or at the gym, she can be found hanging out with her dog, Koda, and her husband, Brad