faculty

DIRECTOR & OWNER

Ginette Guimond – DMA, ACTRA

Ginette has been an active member of Dance Masters of America since 1987. She is a former National Certified DMA Examiner in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Acrobatics. Ginette is also a graduate of Landmark Education - The Curriculum For Living. This year she was awarded the Mompreneur Award of Distinction Honourable mention. The award that recognizes exemplary success and leadership in a service-based industry. 

 

Ginette is very proud to be celebrating the continued success of her studio in a state of the art location and the 22nd year of Maple Academy of Dance Inc. Her outstanding reputation has allowed her to become a sought-after adjudicator in North America. She also receives “Teacher Recognition Awards” yearly for her innovative choreography and students’ outstanding technique. Ginette’s updated style and creativity has earned her numerous High Score Overall Awards at Regional and National Competitions.  

 

Her students’ achievements include winning several 1st Overall High Scores in all dance forms across Canada and the US. Her students can be seen performing in television shows including The Next Step, Backstage, commercials, music videos, movies and The Toronto Argos Cheer Team. Several of her graduating students are now certified teachers and have joined her on the faculty of Maple Academy of Dance Inc. Others have become professional performance artists or have further their studies with post-secondary education majoring in Dance at Ryerson, York University, Simon Fraser University and Ailey School/Fordham University.

 

As well as being an accomplished teacher, Ginette’s professional dance career has seen her appear in numerous Films, CBC Specials, Commercials and Music Videos. She can be seen in movies such as JailBait!, A Saintly Switch, Half Baked, Feast of All Saints and Hoop Life, as well as commercials including Levi’s and Trident. She was also a regular dancer on the weekly show, Electric Circus.

 

Ginette also has extensive experience in Sports Entertainment and has performed at NBA, NHL and NFL games. She has been a guest choreographer for the Toronto Blue Jays Dancers and is a former Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer for the Toronto Argonauts Football Club and Toronto Phantoms Arena Football Club. She is the choreographer for the Argos Alumni Cheerleaders and choreographed and performed at the 100th Grey Cup Festivities in Toronto. Other choreography credits include: Gemini Awards, NHL Awards, Walt Disney, New Jersey Turnpikes, Toronto International Auto Show, Remax and Odeon Records, just to name a few.

 

Ginette continues to attend workshops yearly in Canada and the United States to offer her students the most recent dance education. She gives her students the opportunity to work with many well-known dancers and choreographers across North America.  

 

Ginette is extremely proud of all her students’ and teachers’ accomplishments at The Maple Academy of Dance Inc. She continues to encourage and inspire everyone at the studio to pursue their dreams and empower them to achieve their goals. Ginette would like to thank every parent from the bottom of her heart for choosing Maple Academy of Dance Inc. 



STUDIO MANAGER

Stephanie Mastropaolo  Honours BA, B.ED, DMA

Stephanie started dancing at the age of 8 and has competed in both Canada and the United States. As a former Maple Academy of Dance student, she has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. Stephanie is a certified teacher and member of Dance Masters of America and she continues to attend classes, seminars, and workshops annually. Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History, English, and Women and Gender Studies. She also holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and is currently a secondary teacher with the Toronto District School Board. 

Prior to working as a secondary teacher, Stephanie taught Musical Theatre and Hip Hop workshops in schools in the York Region and Toronto District School Boards. She has also assisted with school dance teams and cheerleading. Stephanie enjoys sharing her passion and experience with students of all ages and continues to choreograph school dance performances in her current position. 

With over 20 years of dance and teaching experience combined, Stephanie brings a wealth of knowledge to her position as Studio Manager. Her exceptional organization and positive attitude make her an asset to the studio. Stephanie enjoys working with the students, parents, and staff, and is thrilled to be part of such a fantastic team! 


ARTISTIC MANAGER

Rosemarie Stea – MA, PG Dip., BFA, DMA, RAD, ISTD, ACROBATIC ARTS

Rosemarie is a Toronto-based dance artist, teacher and award-winning Choreographer. Having been taught by leading industry educators and professionals across Canada, the US,  the United Kingdom and Europe, Rosemarie holds a Masters of Arts Degree with Distinction in Contemporary Dance and a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with the EDge Company, both from the London Contemporary Dance School in London, England. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University in Theatre Performance Dance.

Throughout her career, Rosemarie has worked for and alongside choreographers and dance companies from across North America, Europe and the United Kingdom and has toured across Europe and the UK as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. She can be seen in numerous television commercials, has performed in industrials, independent feature films, music videos, live theatre and performed alongside Madonna in 2014.

Rosemarie is awarded numerous overall high scores for her routines, Teacher Recognition, Choreography and Top Teacher awards year after year for her students' exceptional technique and her original choreography. She is also on faculty at The Carret Dance Conservatory where she teaches for both the Classical Ballet and Contemporary Divisions. Her involvement in education also includes teaching for educational institutes, private dance studios and pre-professional programs across Canada including the Peel and York District School Boards, Ryerson University, the Toronto Dance Teacher Expo and Dance Attack Workshops. As a freelance artist, she has choreographed for musical ensembles, independent dance films, professional photo shoots and is a highly sought-after Adjudicator for various Regional and National dance competitions throughout Canada. Having been with the Maple Academy of Dance since it's opening in 1998, Rosemarie is honoured to share her passion year after year with her MAD family! 



Gay Bishop CDTA, ISTD, RAD

Gay  Bishop is a graduate of  Ryerson  Theatre  School. She holds her teaching diploma with RAD, is an associate  member of ISTD, and a full member of the CDTA Jazz and  Tap division. She has trained with many outstanding  teachers and choreographers, as well as participated in numerous workshops with companies such as Danny Grossmann, Ballet Jorgen and Momix. Gay has been teaching Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Tap and Jazz in Canada and the USA for over 22 years. Her students have been highly successful in competitions, and Ballet, Tap and Jazz  exams. Many of these students have gone on to pursue  successful careers in dance in post-secondary institutions, as well as performing across Canada, USA, and Europe. Her routines have been awarded many overall awards including Outstanding Choreography.

 

Gay has enjoyed being a performing member and assistant  artistic director of two movement theatre companies in the USA. Gay has thoroughly enjoyed teaching workshops and adjudicating for many studios, pageants and competitions. Miss Gay is so very proud of all the accomplishments of the competitive team at Maple Academy of Dance.


Alexandra De Luca – Honours BA Kinesiology, B.Ed, SRB

Alexandra is a graduate of the Woodbridge School of Dance. She is a certified ballet teacher by the Society of Russian Ballet. She studied at Ryerson University in the Dance Program for one year before transferring to Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. She also  trained and performed at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and was a member of the Forrester Production Company. Alexandra taught at the Woodbridge School of Dance, has completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology and Health Science with a minor in History, and has completed her Bachelor of Education at York University. She is now employed by the York Region District School Board.

 

Alexandra is very proud of all her students’ success this competitive season!


Ashley Earl  – CDTA, BATD, ACROBATIC ARTS

Ashley has extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet (RAD), Hip Hop, Lyrical, Music Theatre and Acro which have won her numerous choreography awards across Canada. Since graduating from the Sheridan College Performing Arts Program and the St. Lawrence College Music Theatre Performance Program, Ashley has taught at many studios across Ontario, and done a vast array of performing and choreography. In 2007, Ashley landed her first professional role in “The Sunshine Boys” with The Thousand Island Playhouse in Gananoque. Other favourite roles include: Matron Mama Morton in “Chicago” and Sheila Bryant in “A Chorus Line”. Ashley has choreographed for shows including: “Annie Jr”, “Peter Pan”, “Tweed the musical” and “Godspell”. Her Choreography has won her many awards including a Brampton Bloom award for Best Choreography for Annie Jr.

Most recently, Ashley has taught and choreographed at Ballare Performing Arts in Woodbridge for 9 years, 5 of which she was the Artistic Director, until the studio permanently closed its doors in June 2019. 

Ashley continues to further her dance and teaching practice by attending annual workshops. Her hopes are to remain current and relevant in the ever-changing dance world, and to continue to inspire her students to always strive for the next level. Ashley is very excited to be joining the Maple Academy of Dance team and to share her passion with the staff and students!


Lynn Gatto – Honours BA Physical Education, OGF, DMA

Lynn started dancing at the age of 6 and carried on to become a competitive dancer and gymnast. She obtained  her Bachelor of Arts with Specialized Honours in Physical Education from York University and was part of the National and Provincial award-winning competitive gymnastics team. Teaching acrobatics and numerous forms of dance for many years, she has had the honour of teaching award-winning students.

"I feel so blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to do what I am passionate about and experience the world of dance. Thank you to my MAD family. I hope that you always remember and hold dear in your heart your MAD family! Each and every one of you has been a part of my life and makes me love what I do and want to do it forever!"

Miss Lynn is honoured and privileged to work with the students, parents, teachers and staff at MAD. "May your feet take you where your heart wants to go" - anonymous


Chelsea Gibbs – BA, MA, DMA, PAA

Chelsea started competing at age six winning 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'. She has 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 obtained her Honours BA from the University of Toronto and received her MA in Leadership from the University of Guelph.   

Chelsea's performing highlights include: the International Modelling and Talent Association (NYC), the Olympic Torch Relay performance team, the Canadian National Tap team, Chicago Human Rhythms Project, Montreal Tap Fest, Bringing Tap Back, What's On? Tap!, Young People's Theatre gala, 'The Next Step', 'IIFA Awards', Breakfast Television, 'Motives and Murders' and 'Voice of a Child'. 

Chelsea is also passionate about adjudicating and is a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance. She views her adjudicating role as an empowerment platform and judges across Canada. Chelsea continues to receive the finest training and is privileged to teach and conduct intensive workshops that allow her to impart her knowledge and creativity to students. 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. Chelsea is excited to be joining the MAD family and looking forward to a fantastic season! 


Chyrelle Guimond – B.Ed.,  Honours  BA,  DMA B.Ed.,

Honours

BA, DMA

Chyrelle  has  been  a  dancer  at  the  Maple  Academy  of  Dance  since  its  opening  in  1998. She trained and competed in Jazz, Ballet, Acrobatics, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, and Contemporary. She has won numerous overall National Awards in Disney World, New York City, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Atlantic City, California and Orlando. She was also a member of the Toronto Argonauts Cheerleaders for 3 years. Chyrelle graduated from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in the Regional Arts Program for Dance in 2013.

Chyrelle recently completed the Concurrent Bachelor of Education Program at York University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in French, and a Bachelor of Education. She is also a certified member of Dance Masters of America. Chyrelle has been recognized and awarded for her Choreography and her students have won many special awards. She is thrilled to be teaching both recreational and competitive classes this year. She wishes all her students the best of luck this season!


Mackenzie Link – BFA in progress

Mackenzie began dancing at the Barrie School of Dance when she was 3 years old and continued to train and compete in various styles with Extreme Dance Connection. She has achieved numerous overall awards and scholarships at competitions across Canada and the United States. During this time, Mackenzie worked with the City of Barrie for four years and shared her love for dance through teaching children ages 2-13. Mackenzie graduated with high honours and a Specialist High Skills Major in Sport from Bear Creek Secondary School where she also received the Amanda Nicholson Memorial Scholarship, Excellence in Dance, and an "Optimism" award from the Simcoe County District School Board. She was also the M.V.P of her high school dance team for three years.     

After graduation, Mackenzie had the opportunity to train with Team Canada and competed at the IDO World Hip Hop Championships in Graz, Austria. Mackenzie is currently working towards earning her Specialized Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University, and is also dancing and choreographing for York University's competitive dance team. Mackenzie is excited to teach her students this year and share her passion of dance with others!


Antonietta Lippa – BATD

Antonietta started dancing at the age of 5 and was a former student of Maxine Ross. She participated in competitions in both Canada and the United States, winning many awards throughout her dance career. Antonietta has received training in First Aid and is presently a Teachers' Assistant at a private school where she works with childern in the preschool classroom. She has 30 years of experience working with children and teens.

Antonietta is a certified teacher with the British Association of Teachers of  Dancing and has been teaching for over 20 years; 19 of which have been with Maple Academy of Dance. She has been recognized and awarded for her choreography; her students have won special awards and have placed and won many overall awards.  Antonietta enjoys working with children of all ages and sharing her  love of dance with them. She feels fortunate to be a part of the MAD family, not only as a teacher but as a parent, and having the opportunity to work with such a great team of teachers, staff, parents, and students.

Miss Antonietta is very proud of all her students’ personal growth and accomplishments this past season!


Vanessa Notte – Honours BA, B.Ed., DMA 

Vanessa started dancing at the age of 4 in Ballet and Jazz. Sha has also studied Tap, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Modern and Musical Theatre. Vanessa has successfully competed in both Canada and the United States winning numerous 1st Overall Awards. She is a certified teacher and member of Dance Masters of America.

Vanessa graduated from York University with an Honours BA in English and Italian Studies. She has also graduated from the University of Ottawa where she completed her Bachelor of Education degree and is currently teaching with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.

Vanessa is excited to share her passion for dance and teaching with her students this season. Vanessa is very proud of all her students and would like to thank each of them for their hard work and dedication the year!


Sierra Ricci – DMA

Sierra began dancing at the age of 4 at the Maple Academy of Dance and trained for 14 years in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Pointe and Musical Theatre. She has competed in both the United States and Canada winning numerous Overall High Score Awards and Scholarships for her solos and group routines. Sierra is a graduate of St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in the Regional Arts Program for Dance, where she received awards of  excellence for Most Versatile Dancer and Technical Merit. 

Sierra is presently working towards her Bachelor of Education and Fine Arts degrees at York University. This is Sierra's second year teaching the Dance curriculum to elementary students in a York Catholic school. She is a certified member of Dance Masters of America and is excited to be teaching Recreational and Part-Time Competitive students this year. Sierra enjoys teaching dance and is very proud of her students’ accomplishments!


Jessica Rooney – DMA

Jessica started dancing at the age of 4, and over the years she has trained in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Pointe, and Musical Theatre. She has competed with the Maple Academy of Dance throughout Canada and the United States, achieving numerous overalls and high score awards for her routines.

Jessica graduated with honours from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in the Regional Arts Program for Dance. Currently, she is working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education, with specialization in both Dance and History at York University. 

Jessica loves teaching and for the past few years, she has been leading the dance team at Holy Jubilee and Cardinal Carter CHS this past year. Jessica is excited to share her passion for dance and looks forward to teaching her students!


Alexandra Scarlato – DMA, NCCP, HFFC-CPT

Alex began dancing at Maple Academy of Dance when she was 3 years old, and trained in various styles for 16 years. She has competed across Canada and the United States, winning numerous overall awards for her solos and groups, including Senior Miss Legacy in July of 2016. She is also a graduate of the Regional Arts Program in Dance at St. Elizabeth CHS. 

Alex is currently working towards earning her Specialized Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University, and is a certified member of Dance Masters of America, the Coaching Association of Canada and the Health and Fitness Federation of Canada. Continuing to pursue her love of dance, Alex dances and choreographs for the York University Competitive Dance Team, and is proud to be one of the co-captains. Alex is excited to be teaching the recreational and competitive students this season, and is very proud of their hard work and dedication!


Vanessa Sturino – BFA, DMA

Vanessa has been dancing at Maple Academy of Dance competitively since the age of 7. She has trained in Acrobatics, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Modern, and Hip Hop. She has achieved numerous overall high scoring awards and scholarships in both the United States and Canada. Vanessa graduated with honours from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in  the Regional Arts Program for Dance in 2015 and received Awards of Excellence from her teachers and peers. Vanessa recently completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at York University, graduating with honours, majoring in Dance. Currently, she is continuing her education and is attending York University working towards earning her Bachelor of Education degree. 

Vanessa dances and choreographs for the York University Competitive Dance Team and is excited to be acting as co-captain of the team. Vanessa is a certified member of Dance Masters of America and is exited to be teaching the Recreational, Part-Time and Full-Time Competitive students. She enjoys sharing her love of dance and is looking forward to teaching others.