teachers

Our knowledgeable, certified and award-winning instructors provide professional training in a caring and motivational atmosphere.

Our teachers encourage every student to reach their personal best.

The teachers at Protégé Dance Company believe in positive role-modelling, love to teach and respect the needs of all!

teaching faculty

Chelsea Gibbs
B.A., M.A., D.M.A.

Christina Laramee

Chelsea Gibbs started her dance training at the young age of four in Toronto, Ontario. At the age of six she started competing and won 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,” based in Hamilton, Ontario, under the direction of, the late, Kimberley Timlock. She also successfully completed her B.A.T.D. Tap and Jazz Exams, R.A.D. Ballet Exams and her P.A.E.C. Tap Exam. She is a certified tap teacher with Dance Masters of America, Chapter #38. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 2013, and received her Master of Arts in Leadership degree from the University of Guelph in 2017. 

Chelsea’s performing highlights include: the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) in New York (own choreography), the Olympic Torch Relay Performance Team, the Canadian National Tap Team, Chicago Human Rhythms Project, Montreal Tap Fest and Corporate events. She also had the wonderful opportunity to perform with professional tap companies such as Bringing Tap Back under the direction of Everett Smith, and What’s On? Tap! under the direction of Kim Chalovich. Most recently, she was invited to perform with Andrew Prashad and Travis Knights at the Young People’s Theatre gala called, “Imaginarium: Jewel in the City.” She has also taken Master classes from tap enthusiasts such as Savion Glover, Jason Janas, Bril Barret, Starinah Dixon and Lisa La Touché. Chelsea’s mentors are Emmy award winner Ted Louis Levy, and sisters Chloe and Maud Arnold of the Syncopated Ladies. Over the years, Chelsea has appeared in numerous commercials and television shows such as “The Next Step”, “IIFA Awards”, “Breakfast Television”, “Motives and Murders” and “Voice of a Child” to name a few.

Chelsea is also passionate about adjudicating and is a proud member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance (P.A.A.). She views her adjudicating role as an empowerment platform and judges across Canada. Chelsea has and 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, as well as living her dream as a performer.


Rachel McDonald
Associate B.A.T.D. & Adv 1 Cecchetti

Rachel McDonald

Rachel McDonald is certified member of the British Association of Teachers in Dancing (B.A.T.D) and most recently completed her Advanced I Cecchetti Ballet exam.

She has performed in many shows from musicals to weddings to corporate events. She has also performed in shows including Pan Am Games opening ceremonies, a Harlem Globetrotters half time show, the Toronto Argonauts halftime shows, and A Tale of Two Cities Musical.

With over 15 years of dance training as a competitive dancer, in ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop, Rachel has been won several awards and scholarships in Ontario.

Rachel continued to study dance at The Contour Academy (Toronto, ON) and recently graduated from their two year highly intensive training program. Here she learned not only about physical and technical training but compositional techniques and sports therapy for dancers.

Rachel thoroughly enjoys teaching and looks forward to many more memories shared with the talented students at Protégé Dance Company.


Lexie Bird
Associate B.A.T.D.

Lexie Bird

At the young age of 3, Lexie started dancing better than she could walk, so much so that her competitive career had taken flight soon after when she was just 7 years old. She was known to be a well-rounded dancer immersing herself in all styles of dance inclusive of but not limited to Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Acro. Along with her passion for dance, spending most of her free time at the studio, Lexie used her acro skills to her advantage and became involved in gymnastics. During her competitive years, Lexie earned high titles along with scholarships through judges choice awards. Completing her competitive career here at Protégé Dance Company in 2012, Lexie also attained her B.A.T.D teaching examinations in acro, jazz, tap and ballet and has also trained under the Cecchetti Ballet syllabus.

Over the years Lexie has preformed in numerous galas and fundraisers including; Starlight Children’s Wish Foundation Gala, Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Gala and United Way Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser. Continuing on her performance experience in 2014, Lexie was chosen to be a member of the Toronto Argos Cheerleading team, where she performed in all CFL Argos home games and in Vancouver for the 102nd Grey Cup. The Argos' community further connected Lexie with additional opportunities stemming from entertainment companies such as Magen Boys Entertainment and Cotton Candy Events.

Currently Lexie is a second year member of Guelph University’s competitive hip-hop team: Atcha Crew.

Lexie’s love for dance continues to grow each and every day, not only does she enjoy performing but is passionate in teaching others and watching them grow.

 

Kristen Smith
Associate B.A.T.D.

Kristen Smith

Kristen began dancing at the age of three and at the age of six, her passion for dance led to a long competitive career where she earned many awards and scholarships. She competed in many genres such as jazz, tap, acro, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, and musical theatre and her passion for acro led her to pursue many years of additional gymnastics training. Kristen gained her teaching accreditation in B.A.T.D in 2012 becoming certified in jazz, tap, acro and ballet. Along with her B.A.T.D training, she has also been trained in the Cecchetti Ballet syllabus and successfully achieved her Grade Six Cecchetti Ballet.

After graduating from Protégé Dance Company in 2012, Kristen continued her competitive dance career competing on both the University of Ottawa and the University of Guelph’s competitive dance teams. During her time on the University of Ottawa dance team, she performed at the half time show of the Capital Hoops game held at the Canadian Tire Centre. Along with her competitive career, she has performed in many fundraising functions such as the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Gala and the United Way Rouge Gala. She has also performed with Ballet Jorgen in their performance of the Nutcracker. In addition, her strong stage performance was noticed and opened the doors to model for several years for Hamilton’s Theatrical Supply.

Kristen is recognized for working with our students during Protégé's Summer Acro Intensives and specialized Aerials and Tumbling classes. Her beautiful style and technical strength will inspire our students to perform with passion while executing precision. Kristen is thrilled to be joining the faculty at Protégé Dance Company and looks forward to passing on her love for dance to the next generation of dancers!

 

Alannah Morrow
Associate B.A.T.D., Level One D.M.A., Level One Acrobatic Arts

Alannah Morrow

Alannah has been dancing for the past 20 years and has been teaching dance for almost 9 years. She grew up dancing in Markham when her family moved to Oshawa. Alannah started her competitive dance career at twelve years of age, training at Theatre Dance Academy (Oshawa, ON) in many disciplines including: ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, pointe and musical theatre and was always recognized for her strong technique and showmanship qualities.

Alannah is certified with The British Association of Teachers of Dancing receiving her Associate Ballet Certificate. She has also studied under Dance Masters of America (Level One) and Acrobatic Arts (Level One).

Alannah loves teaching and watching her students grow and excel. Her students have been awarded with many Special and Top Mark Awards. In addition to her student's success, Alannah has also received Choreography Awards for her routines. Alannah is a passionate teacher who is dedicated to seeing every student achieve their personal best.

Dance has always been a huge part of Alannah's life and she is eager to share her love for dance with all her students. In addition, Alannah shares a passion for Yoga and integrates Yoga techniques into her stretch classes in dance. Alannah is looking forward to joining Protégé Dance Company.