GUEST TEACHERS… PAST & PRESENT
Ramona is a two-time Gemini nominated actor with a successful career spanning over three decades. Thirteen of those years, she owned and operated an acting studio for kids, teens and young adults. Milano’s extensive experience locally and overseas, have encompassed singing, dancing, acting and voice acting, as well as teaching, directing and producing. Recently, Milano co-starred in Norm Foster’s Storm Warning,” at the Bruce County Playhouse. Ramona can currently be seen in the film ''No Tomorrow,” MADD Canada’s 2018-2019 school assembly campaign program. You can also catch her on Netflix’s feature film “Full Out” and Disney’s “Zombies”.
Valerie is an accomplished and award winning performer, choreographer, educator who redefines the term “Triple Threat”. Her career has taken her across Canada, the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and the Caribbean. Valerie studied Musical Theatre at Sheridan College and has gone on to star in some of the world’s top musicals including: “Oz”, in the award winning Mirvish production of ‘We Will Rock You’, Dance Captain/Swing in the Broadway & Toronto companies of ‘Rock of Ages', Dance Captain/Swing in ‘Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale’ and ‘Hello Dolly’ and ‘Into the Woods’ at the Stratford Festival. Valerie is a proud member of ACTRA, CAEA, AEA and the Professional Adjudicators Alliance.
Before continuing his education at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Post graduation, he went on to pursue his MA with honours in Musical Theatre Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Conor has been performing, teaching, choreographing and dancing across the country. Some of his recent theatre credits include: Paul in A Chorus Line, As You Like It (Stratford Festival), Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Aquarius),Singin' in the Rain, Anne of Green Gables, Footloose & Damn Yankees (Drayton Entertainment), Bobby in Cabaret (Manitoba Theatre Centre).
Janet L. Castillo is a multi-talented performer, choreographer and instructor. Her training and work has taken her to Toronto, NYC, LA, and Europe. Television and film appearances include “Making it Big”, “SYTYCD” Las Vegas finalist Season 3, The Latin Grammy’s, The Drop, Jammx Kids TV Special, Take the Lead, Honey, Disband, Dance Moves, and the Toronto Show. She has worked with superstars Jennifer Lopez, Christina Milian, Jojo, Queen Latifah, Cedric the Entertainer, Hip Hop Legend Kurtis Blow, Lykke Li, Canadian Idol ‘Gary Beals’, American Idol ‘Jasmine Trias’ and recently assisted with choreography for the Pan Am Games Closing Ceremonies in Toronto.
Has been dancing, teaching and choreographing for various theatres and independent dance productions since 1990. Teaching has also been a large part of Nicola’s dance life. She has taught extensively throughout Ontario at various private dance schools, high schools (Highland JH, Windfields JH, Toronto French School, Wexford Collegiate, ESA), colleges (George Brown, Randolph Dance Academy,) and professional dance studios (Dance Teq, Toronto Dance Theatre, Ballet Creole, Metro Movement, Urban Studio Theatre) She has taught all ages and levels. Her Stratford Festival credits include choreography for “Hamlet, Fuente Ovejuna, The Liar, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, Much Ado about Nothing, The Glass Menagerie, The Count of Monte Cristo, Timon of Athens, The Donnelly’s Sticks and Stones, The Brothers Karamazov”. Nicola created and performed in Static for Spark Theatre at Harbourfront Centre and choreographed LKTYP’s Seussical, Wizard of Oz and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
Most recently completed a run of Oliver for Drayton Entertainment, and graduated Level E from Second City. He was also a member of the casting team for Mirvish Production’s The Wizard Of Oz. He began his career with the Alberta Ballet then later with Ballet North. Some past theatre credits include; Mirvish Production’s The Sound Of Music (Resident Dance Captain). Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 3 seasons at Charlottetown Festival in Anne of Green Gables, Forty Second Street and Crazy For You at Huron County Playhouse, SwingStep an original Canadian Musical and numerous others. Also a sought after teacher and adjudicator, he has adjudicated competitions across the country for over twenty years.
Bonnie has been a dance professional for more than 25 years. She trained at Claude Watson School for the Arts and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and has performed with numerous companies and artists including the Randy Glynn Dance Project, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, Marie-Josée Chartier, Linda C. Smith, Nightwood Theatre, Peter Chin and Claudia Moore. She is a multiple Dora Award nominee and grant recipient and was named one of Toronto’s “Top 5 Dancers” by Eye Weekly. Bonnie is a highly regarded contemporary dance teacher, rehearsal director, and was the Rehearsal and Associate Director of Dancemakers for nine years. Bonnie teaches regularly in Toronto at Metro Movement, GMD Studio, and in dance workshops and intensives.