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

Christina Laramee
Associate B.A.T.D.

Christina Laramee

Christina has been dancing since the age of four, where she found her passion and love for the arts through dance. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, acrobatics, hip hop and bollywood and has been a competitive dancer since the age of eight.

Christina was an award winning choreographer for the Brock University dance team where she taught competitively for four years. In addition, she was also the Vice-President of the Brock University Dance Club consisting of 350 members for one year, and the President of the club the following year. It is with this team that Christina grew her love and appreciation for the art of dance.

Christina graduated from Brock University with Honours with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education and is a Certified Teacher for Ontario. She has also just finished her Masters Degree in Education at OISE, University in Toronto where she continues to learn and grow as a learner. Christina is a certified teacher with The British Association of Teachers of Dancing (B.A.T.D.) in Ballet and continues to teach dance within her classroom and as an enrichment teacher for “The Travelling Stage” bringing the arts into the classroom.

Christina is an ongoing learner, and continues to take drop-in classes and workshops wherever she can to strengthen her knowledge for the art. Christina is excited to be a part of the Protégé family and Protégé Dance Company is equally as proud to have Christina on faculty; where she will brighten each of her classes with her contagious smile and positive attitude while continuing to enrich our programs here at the studio.


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.


Madison Mapes
Int. 3 A.D.A.P.T. & Adv. 2 R.A.D.

Rachel McDonald

Madison started dancing at the age of 2, following in her older cousin’s footsteps. When Madison’s parents realized her love for dance, they had to put her in all of the genres available at that time, which were tap, jazz and ballet. Not long after at the age of 6, she started training for competitions. Throughout her competitive dance training she competed in the following genres: jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, and hip hop.

During her years as a competitive dancer Madison has also completed A.D.A.P.T tap and jazz exams completing at the Intermediate 3 level. She has R.A.D training and exams through to grade 8. She has also trained in the RAD syllabus including the following; Intermediate foundation, Intermediate, and Advance 1 and 2 in ballet. Competitive dance helped Madison learn the following skills that she will use as part of the faculty; teamwork, dedication, time management, and confidence.

Madison has received many awards, her favourite one being called “pure enjoyment” stating exactly how she feels performing on the stage. She is planning on taking the A.D.A.P.T teacher training course for three consecutive summers, staring in summer 2018.  

Madison has choreography experience with musicals and dancing; highlighting her choreography of the entire “Legally Blonde: The Musical” which is a very heavy dance musical with experienced and non-experienced dancers. Madison is currently enrolled in York University, to pursue her dream of becoming a dance/social science/English teacher in high school.

Madison has a passion for dance and working with children. She is very excited to join the faculty at Protégé Dance Company for the upcoming season to gain experience and pass along her skills and passion for dance to younger dancers. She will bring her smile, technique and positive energy to each class and is excited to pass those traits onto her dancers!

 


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.