faculty

DIRECTOR & OWNER

Ginette Guimond – DMA, ACTRA

Ginette has been an active member of Dance Masters of America since 1987. She is a National Certified DMA Examiner in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Acrobatics. She is also a member of Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the union for professional performers. Ginette is also a graduate of Landmark Education – The Curriculum For Living.  

Ginette is very proud to be celebrating the continued success of her studio in a state of the art location and the 20th 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 motivate everyone at the studio to pursue their dreams and inspire 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 dance teacher and member of Dance Masters of America. She continues to attend classes, seminars and workshops yearly. Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History. 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 across the York District School Board and Toronto District School Board. 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 new position as Studio Manager. She has been an office staff member for several years and has previous experience as an administrative assistant. 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

Rosemarie is a Toronto-based dance artist, teacher and award-winning Choreographer. Having been taught by leading industry educators and professionals across Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe, Rosemarie holds a Master 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’s high acclaim awards her numerous Overall High scoring routines, Teacher Recognition, Choreography and Top Teacher awards year after year. 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 Ontario. 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 the 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 participating in numerous workshops with companies such as Danny Grossman, 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 an 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.

 

Samantha BuccellaBComm., DMA

Samantha has been a student at the Maple Academy of Dance since its opening in 1998. She began competinat the early age of 5 and continued for 13 years.  She trained and competed in Jazz, Ballet, Acrobatics, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Modern, Pointe and Contemporary, where she achieved numerous 1st Overall High Score Awards in both Canada and the United States for her Solos and Group Routines. Samantha graduated from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in the Regional Arts Program for Dance and has completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree at Ryerson University. Samantha is so proud of her student’s achievements and looks forward to another great season!  

 

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 Arts in 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. 

 

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. She is so very proud of her students’ achievements for the 2016-2017 season. She has won numerous Teacher Recognition Awards, Choreography Awards, Highest Score Awards, and Overall Top Place Awards. She wishes all her students the best of luck at this year’s recital and, to the graduating students, good luck on all their future endeavours. Miss Lynn is honoured and privileged to work with the students, parents, teachers and staff at MAD.

 

Chyrelle Guimond – DMA

Chyrelle graduated from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School and the Regional Arts Program in Dance in 2013. She has completed her fourth year at York University in the Concurrent Bachelor of Education Program majoring in French and had the opportunity to study in France for a summer. She has been a dancer at MAD since its opening in 1998. She trained and competed in Jazz, Ballet, Acrobatics, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, and Contemporary, and has won numerous overall National Awards in Disney World, New York City, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Atlantic City, Disneyland California and Orlando. Chyrelle is proud to be a member of the Toronto Argonauts Cheerleader Team. Chyrelle is a certified member of Dance Masters of America and she is thrilled to be teaching both Recreational and Competitive classes this year. 

 

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 is a certified teacher with the British Association of Teachers of Dance and has been teaching over 20 years; 17 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 overall awards. Miss Antonietta is very proud of all her students' accomplishments and awards this competition season. She is presently a Teachers' Assistant at a Private School and teaches in the Preschool classroom. Antonietta enjoys working with children of all ages and sharing her love of dance with them. She feels fortunate to be part of the M.A.D 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. 

 

Emma Messager – DMA

Emma started dancing at Maple Academy of Dance in 2002 at the age of 4. Shortly after, she was invited to join the competitive program and over the next 14 years competed in all disciplines of dance.  Over the years she has competed all across North America winning numerous overall high score awards for her solos and group routines. In 2016, she graduated with honours from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School’s Regional Art Program for Dance. While in pursuit of her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours) Degree at Seneca/York, Emma is happy continuing to dance as a new member of the Toronto Argonauts cheerleaders.  Emma is grateful for the opportunity to be joining the teaching staff at M.A.D. this year, and is excited about sharing her passion for dance. 

 

Teresa Nelson-Whaley – DMA, B.Ed.

Teresa is a graduate student at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts.  She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre.  Teresa has successfully competed in many Regional and National Competitions winning numerous awards.  She has participated in several professional workshops such as Tap Dogs, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Steps on Broadway and Be Discovered.  Teresa is a certified teacher and member of Dance Masters of America.  She is presently an elementary school teacher with the Halton District School Board.  Teresa is proud of her students’ achievements this year including winning numerous Overall Top Place Awards.    

 

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

Vanessa started dancing at the age of 4 in Ballet and Jazz.  She has also studied Tap, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Modern and Musical Theatre.  Vanessa has successfully competed in many competitions in both Canada and the US 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.  Vanessa is very proud of all her students and would like to thank all her students for their hard work and dedication.  

 

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.  Sierra 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.  She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Education and Fine Arts degrees at York University.  Sierra enjoys teaching dance and is very proud of her students’ accomplishments! 

 

Jessica Rooney – DMA

Jessica started dancing at the age of 4, and has trained for 17 years in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Pointe, and Musical Theatre. She has competed with 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 has been leading the dance team at Cardinal Carter C.H.S this past year. Jessica is excited to share her passion for dance and looks forward to teaching her students!

 
 

Alexandra Scarlato – DMA

Alex began dancing at Maple Academy of Dance when she was 3 years old, and recently graduated from the competitive program after training in various styles for 15 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. Alex is also a graduate of the Regional Arts Program in Dance at St. Elizabeth CHS and is also a certified Canfitpro Personal Trainer Specialist. She is currently working towards obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. Alex is very excited to be joining the MAD staff this season, teaching the recreational students, and is very proud of all that her students have accomplished!

 

Vanessa Sturino – DMA

Vanessa has been dancing at Maple Academy of Dance competitively since the age of 7.  She is trained in Acro, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Modern and Hip-Hop.  She has achieved numerous 1st Overall and High Scoring National awards in Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Atlantic City, Florida, and California.  Vanessa graduated from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in the Regional Arts Program in Dance in 2015 with honors and received Awards of Excellence from her teachers and peers.  She is currently attending York University earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Dance and is also in the Faculty of Education Program. Vanessa enjoys sharing her love for dance and is looking forward to teaching others!