MEET OUR PROFESSIONAL
DANCE & MUSIC STUDIO FACULTY!
Stacey-Lea Marhue - Owner /Artistic Director (Musical Theatre, Audition Prep, & Dance)
Stacey-Lea was born & raised in Toronto, where she studied dance & theatre at Claude Watson School for the Arts and at the Ryerson University Dance/Theatre Dept. Her career as a singer,dancer, actor has taken her to Japan, Germany, South America, the Caribbean and throughout Canada and the US including Hawaii and Alaska. Stacey-Lea is a proud member of ACTRA, CAEA & AEA(the professional actor's unions for stage, theatre and film). Select stage credits include, MISS SAIGON(Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto), "THE WHO'S TOMMY"(Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Germany Production & Canadian Tour), "RENT"(Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, US & Japan Tour), "THE LION KING"(Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto), "LA CAGE"(Toronto & Canadian Tour)... among others. Not only is she comfortable on stage, but in front of the camera as well... Stacey-Lea has worked with Patti LaBelle in "SING"(Movie), Joe Mantegna in "SMALL VICES"(Movie), "Earth Final Conflict"(TV Series), "Global Domination"(Sony CD Rom) etc. You may have even seen Stacey-Lea in one of her various TV commercials selling products for Winners, KFC, Foodland Ontario, The Bay, Heinz Ketchup and more! Most recently Stacey-Lea can be heard as the vocalist portraying the character Madam Wang on the Canadian debut album of "GOLDEN LOTUS the Musical". Throughout Stacey-Lea's career she has never lost her love of teaching. She has taught dance & fitness classes for the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board, as well as many dance studios. She also enjoys choreographing for stage & TV! You may have seen her work at the Toronto International Jazz Fest, the Toronto Beaches Jazz Fest, ESA production of "RENT", Malvern CI production of "West Side Story" to name a few. Stacey-Lea hopes that all of her students walk away with a love, and deeper understanding of The Arts!
Amanda Nuttall (Dance/Musical Theatre/Acrobatics, ADTA certified)
Amanda has been dancing since the age of three. Her love of dancing guided her to a youth of dance workshops and competitions all over western Canada, into the United States, and to the IDO World Championships in Bremen, Germany. Her placing at that competition was the best of any female solo competitor from Canada. As a senior dancer Amanda was awarded scholarships to further her training and learn from choreographers in Los Angeles at The Edge Performing Arts Centre, New York at The Pulse Summer Intensive, and finally, Toronto at The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Amanda graduated from their Triple Threat training program as class valedictorian and three months later landed her first job as choreographer for a stage musical. Now working on her 10th musical production as choreographer, as well as industrial and charity projects, Amanda has established herself as one of Toronto’s up and coming choreographers! Amanda still performs as well, and can be seen on stage as well as in national commercials and film. Teaching classes here at the Beaches Dance & Music Studio allows Amanda to share her love for dance and performing with students young and old, and they constantly remind her that growing, learning and being creative is endless. Amanda is a registered ADTA (Acro Dance Teachers Association) instructor, fully certified in Junior and Intermediate levels, and soon to be in Advanced level! Here’s to another wonderful year at BDM!
Fiona Macdonald (Certified Pilates/Fitness)
Fiona began her career as a professional ballet dancer performing mostly with Anna Wyman Dance Theatre and Ballet British Columbia which took her across Canada and many parts of the world.Fiona first began studying Pilates in 1990, began her teacher training in 1996 and certified at the Dianne Miller Pilates Centre in 1997. In 2008 Fiona became a certified Pilates Method Alliance teacher. She looks forward to another year of teaching at the Beaches Dance & Music Studio!
Sarah Mills(Dance, RAD certified)
A native of Owen Sound, Sarah Mills graduated with the Certificate of Achievement from George Brown's Dance Performance Studies Program, official school of Ballet Jorgen Canada. She was a member of the George Brown Dance Ensemble, which toured around the GTA, as well as its Rehearsal Assistant in her graduating year. Sarah attended Arts Umbrella Summer Dance Intensive in Vancouver, BC for two consecutive years training with teachers such as Marc Bovin, Lesley Telford, Artemis Gordon and Glen Gilmour. Sarah also trained with Cadence Progressive Ballet for the Summer of 2012. Sarah has danced professionally with multiple Toronto companies since 2009. After completing her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies in the Fall of 2015, she received her Registered Teaching Status with the Royal Academy of Dance, an internationally recognized teaching society and ballet syllabus. Most recently Sarah was a mentorship student studying under Tara Roberts of Ontario School of Ballet and successfully completed her Advanced 1 with the RAD, third highest in the vocational syllabus.
Katrina Hindle (Dance)
From New Hamburg, Ontario Kat has been dancing since she was 3 years old and has always had a passion for being on stage. She has trained in every style from ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, acro, and musical theatre. Throughout her life she has been a competitive dancer who as a soloist has won many awards and scholarships through various competitions. Through these scholarships she was given the opportunity to train in New York City and perform on Broadway. She graduated from the Eastwood Collegiate’s Enriched Integrated Arts program as a dance, drama, and vocal major and has also performed in events with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, NIKE-HANGtime Fitness, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Since moving to Toronto Kat has also graduated from the Randolph College for the Performing Arts in their Triple Threat program. Select theatre credits include Claudia in A Glass Hive AKA The Comedy of Errors at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Bird Girl in Seussical, and Pilar in Legally Blonde:The Musical. Kat has had over 6 years of experience teaching dance and music both at the recreational and competitive level. She hopes to inspire young dancers the same way the many teachers she has worked with in her life have inspired her. Kat is thrilled to officially be joining the team here at the Beaches Dance and Music Studio!
Shannon Ezer(Dance/Musical Theatre)
Shannon Ezer proudly hails from Toronto and is a recent graduate from the St. Lawrence College Musical Theatre Performance Program. Upon graduation, she received the Rising Star award. Throughout the program and since graduation she has trained closely with, Janet Venn-Jackson, Chad McNamara, Kalie Hunter and Pill Nero. Shannon has been dancing since the age of three both recreationally and competitively. Since graduation she has performed at Dundas Square’s Christmas show, as well as performing in a promotional video for Carnival Cruise lines. Shannon has been working at the Dunblaine school for the past five years, directing and choreographing the schools musicals. She Is currently the school’s music teacher and loves working with students of all ages. In addition to her pre-training Toronto credits, she has been cast in a range of roles and ages, from Chip in Beauty and the Beast, to a featured singer in an all-female pop revue, Donatella in the Wedding Singer and Audrey in Little Shop Of Horrors. Shannon approaches her work with a positive, bubbly attitude and enjoys attacking growth opportunities with excitement.
Jocelyn Regina (Music/Musical Theatre Vocals)
Jocelyn grew up in Haliburton ON, where she developed a love for the arts early on. For as long as she can remember, she’s been singing, playing piano, dancing and performing in plays and musicals. After high school she followed her passion for performance to the Music Theatre program at Sheridan College, and subsequently to Glasgow, where she got her Master’s in Music Theatre from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Jocelyn has over 6 years experience in teaching, and is skilled in a wide variety of styles, having trained classically through RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music), as well as playing keyboards and singing with jazz bands & ensembles. She has also been writing her own music for over a decade, and performs regularly throughout Ontario with her band, Lunar Bloom, an indie/folk/pop trio that she plays piano, guitar, sings, and writes original songs with. Music is one of the greatest joys in her life, and she looks forward to sharing that joy with her students!
Andrew Dawson (Music)
Ryan Peters (Music)
Andrew Dawson is a music producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music educator from Toronto. He has been teaching piano, guitar, drums, bass and saxophone to students of all ages and abilities for over a decade. With a strong background of RCM(Royal Conservatory of Music) in classical piano, a post-secondary education in Jazz Guitar at Humber College, and a number of Pop Songs to his name, Andrew's lessons are catered individually to each student's learning style and musical interests, all the while maintaining a disciplined foundation in the rudiments. Andrew also performs regularly with the 8 piece R&B/Soul band Gold Complex on lead guitar, and collaborates with artists of many genres from around the world as a writer, producer & performer. Andrew is looking forward to teaching his music students at the Beaches Dance & Music Studio this year!
Ryan Peters is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, and songwriter from Toronto, Ontario and has been professionally teaching music since 2005. He has been accredited by Wilfrid Laurier University (Hon. B.M.Ed) and the University of Western Ontario (B.Ed), and has taught all over the world, from Ontario’s private and public schools, to the Harlem School of the Arts, NYC, and international schools in Busan, South Korea. Ryan’s teaching styles cover a wide array of genres, such as rock/blues, hip hop, classical, funk and folk, gleaned over a lifetime of performing and research. Ever since he first was able to hold an instrument at the tender age of 2, he has been exploring and learning to play musical instruments; guitar, voice, piano, drums, mandolin, ukulele, and dijireedoo being some of his most accomplished. Ryan actively performs independently and with collectives, such as 8-piece pop/R&B/funk band Slyfox, while maintaining a working career as a Toronto District School Board music teacher.