At NAPA we have a fantastic team of teachers whose passion is to share their love of dance with others. Our teachers love what they do and always go above and beyond to help our dancers be the very best they can be.  


Sandra Hodgins

Director

Dance Diploma, Ryerson Teaching Diploma, R.A.D. Intermediate R.A.D. Advanced Modern I.S.T.D. Advanced National I.S.T.D.



Sandra has trained extensively since the age of six through examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teacher's of Dance. She was accepted through audition into the Dance Program at Ryerson where she had the privilege of working with many respected professional dancers and highly regarded Canadian Instructors.

 

During the past 28 years as the Director of the Academy she

has had the pleasure of training and sharing her love of dance with her students.  Her motto is:

 

"Always be the best you can be"


Miss Emily Turner

Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical,

OCT



Emily has been a part of the NAPA dance community since she began dancing in the Kinder-Dance program at the age of three.  She completed all R.A.D. ballet examinations from Grade 1 - 5 and continued training in the major division at the pre-professional levels which included pointe.

 

In addition, Emily received extensive training in jazz, lyrical and musical theatre. She joined competitive teams at the Academy at age nine and represented NAPA annually achieving recognition and special awards for both group and solo performances. Emily continued her dancing at Brock University, where she was part of the competitive dance team, competing against universities across Ontario.

 

Emily has been teaching at NAPA for the past 9 dance seasons. She has choreographed large and small group dances for entry into competitions and year-end performances. Emily’s competitive students have also won overall and adjudicators choice awards for performance and choreography. Emily has continued her professional development in dance education, attending R.A.D workshops, working with various choreographers and attending Canada wide teaching expos regularly.


Emily is a graduate from Brock University with an Honours Degree in Child and Youth studies and a Bachelor of Education. She has additional qualifications in special education and in  kindergarten teaching.  She is currently a Primary Teacher with the Halton District School Board.






Miss Jessica Clout

Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop


 

Jessica has been part of the NAPA dance community since the age of 3. Jessica has received extensive training in jazz, musical theatre, hip hop and lyrical.


Jessica joined NAPA competitive teams at the age of eight and has received special recognition for group and solo performances. Jessica continued her dancing at Brock University and taught several jazz classes to university students from beginer to advanced levels.


Jessica introduced a hip hop program for youth at a local community centre and brought the joy of dance to several indivduals.


Jessica has been teaching at the studio for 7 years and enjoys sharing her passion with her students. She has won several choreography awards, special recognition and top achievement awards. Jessica has continued her professional development attending workshops working with several choreographers broadening her teaching, creative approach to dance!



Miss Cait Neal

 Instructor/ Office Assistant



Cait has been a part of the NAPA dance community since she began dancing in the Kinder-Dance program at the age of three.  She completed all R.A.D. ballet examinations from Grade 1 - 5 and continued training in the major division at the pre-professional levels which included pointe.

 

In addition, Cait received extensive training in jazz, lyrical and tap. She joined competitive teams at the Academy at age eight and represented NAPA annually achieving recognition and special awards for both group and solo performances. Cait has traveled to the Quinte Ballet School were she worked with choreographers such as Brian Scott.

 

 Cait has been teaching at the Academy for 8 years and enjoys teaching her students and watching them learn and embrace the love of dance. Her competitive students have won several special awards including adjudicators choice and choreography awards. Cait has continued her professional development, attending R.A.D workshops, working with highly skilled choreographers and attending Canada wide teaching expos.

 
As well as teaching, Cait also helps with administrative duties at the studio.


Along with her duties at the Academy, Cait is a nurse with St. Joseph's Health Care.


Miss Emily Basic

Hip Hop



Emily has been dancing at NAPA since she was 3 starting out as a kinder-dancer herself. She has received extensive training in ballet completing her RAD ballet examinations from grade 1-5. Emily has also trained in lyrical, jazz, hip-hop and musical theatre, earning top scores, special awards and special recognition at several competitions.


Emily assisted in the ballet and jazz programs for many years at NAPA and this will be Emily's fifth year teaching at the Academy. Her competitive choreography has won special recognition and she is creative, dedicated member of our team!


Emily is currently attending Brock University where she is studying an Honours degree in Geography with a focus on Geomatics. Emily is currently a member of the Brock dance, Varsity, Competitive dance  team, competing in various styles of dance across Ontario.


Miss Kaylie Estrela

Tap, Ballet, Jazz


Kaylie began her dance career at a young age in many styles of dances, including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary

and pointe. As a young dancer Kaylie had the opportunity to dance with Quinte Ballet School, as well as the National Ballet of Canada in both their professional training programs.


Kaylie has won several awards as a dancer including overalls in various disciplines of dance. As well as completing her both her RAD and BATD examinations. Kaylie has had several parts in dance performances such as the Nutcracker (National Ballet of Canada), Swan Lake (Quinte Ballet School) and had the lead role in The Next Generation Company Show "Inspire"

Kaylie is currently attending Brock University where she is studying 'Education'. She is currently a member of the Brock Varsity Dance team. She is also a member of 'Brock Dance Pak'  where she holds the title of 'President' for the 2018-2019 season.