What we are all about!

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Our Mission

We believe that dance can enhance everyone's life regardless of age, and that the dance studio is a classroom for the larger lessons of life: self-knowledge, respect and discipline. Our students are taught that to never try is to never achieve. Safety is priority, with that comes proper technique based on level and ability. Teachers make it their mission to instill confidence and healthy self-esteem which will help students in all areas of life.

Here at Step Above Dance Academy, we have a passion for the art of dance and for helping others discover their inner dancer. Are you ready to get up and move? Contact us today to learn more about our studio.

 

We offer programs in ballet, jazz, tap, acro, lyrical, musical theatre, hip hop, stretch and strengthening. Our programs are available for all ages, from free movement (2 years+) to adult (18+). 

 

Step Above Dance Academy staff teach proper technique and encourage fun and confidence in all programs. We offer many special events during the year, including "Bring A Friend", "Parent Viewing", and various holiday classes for Halloween and Christmas. 

 

Our location at 8 - 3250 Schmon Parkway features a studio,  a reception area, and a washroom. 

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Step Above Dance Academy Staff

Faculty

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Miss Lily Jones

D.M.A., Acrobatic Arts

Co-Owner & Founder/Artistic Director

Lily started ballet at the young age of 2, she then quickly added jazz, tap, acrobatics, flamenco, musical theater, lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary to her repertoire. She has completed her Intermediate Ballet Exam through Royal Academy of Dance. Lily has also attended George Brown College for the Ballet Intensive Program and Miss. Bevs for continual Acrobatics Training. Lily completed the Dance Masters Training Program at the University of Buffalo where she successfully completed her Level III and received another of many teaching certificates. Lily is also a full member of the Canadian Dance Masters of America, Canadian Chapter 38. Most recently, she has completed her training with Acrobatic Arts and is fully certified to administer examinations. While completing all these courses, Lily has also competed at multiple competitions throughout Canada and the USA receiving many awards for her performances. 

Since she has been teaching, Lily’s choreography has received special awards and overalls. 

 

Lily continues to inspire young dancers to strive to be the best they can be.

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Miss Ashlee Mein

T.D.C Certified, Alixa Flexibility (Module 1)

Co-Owner & Founder/Artistic Director

Ashlee has been following her love of dance since a young age; training in various styles such as, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, ballet and hip-hop. Advancing to a competitive level, she has competed in both regional and national level competitions in Canada and the United States, receiving numerous awards throughout her competitive dance career.


Ashlee had the amazing opportunity to travel to Riesa, Germany and compete as Team Canada at the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in 2008. She was apart of the team whom became World Champion (Junior Formation) and a silver medalist (Production). The following year she represented Canada a second time at the IDO World Ballet Championships and The IDO World Jazz/Modern Championships hosted in Niagara Falls.


At the age of 16, Ashlee began teaching dance and since then has worked with students ages 2 through adult, teaching at both a recreational and competitive level. During her university years, she was a part of the hip-hop team which competed in numerous post-secondary competitions such as Ontario University Competition of Hip-Hop, Bring Your Own Beat, The Academy of Hip-Hop Dance Competition and 180 Dance Competition.


Ashlee has completed the Tap Dance Centre teacher certification course (2019) and has currently passed her Module 1 course for Alixa Flexibility (2020). She also currently continues to take classes in the GTA. 

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Teaching Staff

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Phoebe Venditti

Recreational Instructor

Phoebe began dancing at the age of 4 doing ballet and tap and fell in love with the grace and technical side that ballet had to offer. She competed across Ontario doing ballet and pointe while she practiced other disciplines such as tap, jazz and lyrical recreationally. Phoebe is excited to continue learning through various workshops and classes while she passes on her current techniques to students at Step Above Dance Academy.

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Silvia Ferraro

Recreational & Poms Instructor

Silvia Ferraro has been a dancer for over 15 years and has performed on all different platforms from recreational to competitive to professional cheerleading with the Niagara Ice Dogs.

Silvia later continued her career in dance and accepted a directors roll as the founding director of the Niagara Lady Lions for the Niagara River Lions professional basketball team in St. Catharines and is currently the founder and Director/Head Coach of the Welland Jackfish Diamond Crew for the Welland Jackfish Baseball team.

She is honored to get to teach at Step Above Dance Academy and is looking forward to teaching her techniques to her students!

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Sasha Rothwell

Recreational Instructor

Coming Soon!

Assisting Staff

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Miss Mia

Assistant Teacher

Miss Mia has been dancing for 8 years. Over that time she has grown the the styles of ballet, jazz and tap. With her expertise in baby sitting and assisting in school, she is expanding her love of helping younger kids to the dance studio! We are so excited for her to join our teaching assistant staff and share her love of dance to the students in the ballet/tap combo class!

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Miss Emily

Assistant Teacher

Miss Emily has been dancing for 9 years, once she realized her passion, she decided to take dance to the next level by joining the Step Above Dance Academy Competitive Team in 2019. Miss Emily has taken Acrobatics, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre classes and is always ready for a challenge. Miss Emily's loves to assist to help the younger students strive for the love of dance she has. She can not wait to share her talents with our younger generation.

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Miss Jamie

Assistant Teacher

Coming Soon!

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Miss Makayla

Assistant Teacher

Miss Makayla has been dancing since the age of 4 and fell in love with ballet. She has since expanded her lessons into acro, jazz and musical theatre. Her love of dance shows every time she sets foot into the studio! With her experience with babysitting and helping her brother, she joined the teacher assistant team last year. While she continues to assist classes, she is working towards becoming a dance teacher in the future. Miss Makayla is excited to continue to share her love of dance to all the students. 

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Miss Clara

Assistant Teacher

Miss Clara is passionate in her dancing. She has been dancing for 6 years and fell in love with ballet and tap. Over the past year she has expanded her training and joined our competitive team. She loves to help kids and dance, what a better combination to join and be an assistant teacher! Clara is excited to help the 2-3 year olds in the free movement class!

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Miss Mackenzie

Assistant Teacher

Coming Soon!

Office Staff

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Nathaly Jones

Administrative Assistant

Mrs Jones has danced since she was 2 years old. She is continuing her love of dance through Step Above Dance Academy by assisting with social media, administrative work and is our studios make-up and hair stylist.