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., PAA

Christina Laramee

Chelsea Gibbs started her dance training at the young age of four in Toronto, Ontario at the Sandra Amodeo Dance Studio. 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. In 2018, 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. To further her professional development, Chelsea attended The Dance Teacher Summit in Long Beach, CA (2017), Broadway Dance Center’s Dance Teacher Workshop in Manhattan, New York (2018), the Toronto Teacher Expo (2019), and Jump Start Dance Intensive where she took classes from Rebecca Davies, and Krista and Autumn Miller (2019).

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.

Candice Helm
FCC-CICB, TTP Dip. (NBS)

Rachel McDonald

Ms. Helm received her professional training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division, and Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. She has Fellowship standing with the Cecchetti Society of Canada, and has an extensive background in music. Ms. Helm has worked as a ballet accompanist and teaches music for dancers and teachers. Her classes are considered to be technique-based and fast-paced, with a strong musical focus.

Teaching credits include York University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto’s Hart House, Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, the Quinte Ballet School of Canada, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, and Metro Movement. Ms. Helm also regularly teaches children’s classes and is invited to adjudicate and guest teach across Canada. We are very honoured to have Ms. Helm join our faculty this year, as she is equally excited to join Protégé Dance Company.

 

 

Cristina Sergi
Associate B.A.T.D. Open, Level One Acrobatic Arts

Alannah Morrow
Cristina Sergi is an accomplished dancer and instructor with more than 16 years of teaching experience. Her outlook and guiding principle for the dance class is based on providing a professional atmosphere, fostering childhood development and nurturing the sheer enjoyment of dance.

Having danced since the age of three, Cristina has been committed to the art form for her entire life. At six years old she began dancing competitively, participating in competitions throughout North America, winning numerous awards and scholarships. She also participated in multiple Dance Masters of America (DMA) pageants with notable finishes. But, unsatisfied by competition alone, Cristina challenged her skills and knowledge by assisting with instruction at the age of 14. By 18, she became a professional dance instructor (British Association of Teachers of Dancing), solidifying her dream to teach.

She went on to become a certified school teacher. With all of the necessary tools to become a well-rounded dance teacher, Cristina brought her vision into reality teaching across Canada.

Her belief in dance as a comprehensive expression of athleticism, grace and skill, has created an environment that welcomes even the most timid dancer and allows them to express themselves in an environment is focused on individual growth.

Cristina’s years of competitive experience have also provided her the insight to know what shapes a successful competitor for those who do wish to dance among the best in the industry. Miss Cristina is thrilled to join Protégé Dance Company this year.

Emily Xavier
Centennial College Dance Performance Diploma

Alannah Morrow

Emily is a young and aspiring artist, mover and choreographer. Falling in love with the craft at a young age, Emily continues to grow and become inspired everyday. Having a strong studio background, teaching both recreationally and competitively, she recently graduated from Centennial College’s Dance Performance Program and is certified within The Professional Adjudicators Alliance.

Emily has trained in multiple styles of dance including: Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary/Modern, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Cultural, Pas De Deux/Partnering, and Musical Theatre. She is an artistically unique mover who finds new ways to explore within one's mind and body. Emily approaches movement with an open and experimental mind, challenging others to do the same. Emily’s style comes with not only hard work and dedication, but is fun and energetic! Emily is ecstatic to be a part of Protégé Dance Company's teaching faculty this Fall and looks forward to inspiring each and every student in all of her classes.