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Step Above Dance Academy Staff

Faculty

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Miss Lily Guignard

D.M.A Certified(Dance Masters of America), Acrobatic Arts Certified

Owner & Founder/Artistic Director
Ballet, Acrobatics, Lyrical, Musical Theatre & Competitive Instructor 

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. Lily took her love of dance to a competitive level where she attended multiple competitions throughout Canada and the USA receiving many overalls, scholarships & special awards for her performances. 

 

Lily completed her Intermediate Ballet Exam through Royal Academy of Dance in 2014, while also attending George Brown College for the Ballet Intensive Program and many workshops for Acrobatics Training. In 2019 she completed her module 1 training with Acrobatic Arts and is fully certified to enter students into acrobatic examinations up to Level 6.

 

Lily started her Dance Masters training in 2014 with Chapter 38’s Jr. Members program. After becoming of age she attended the University of Buffalo for 3 years of their Dance Masters Training Program where she successfully completed her Level III and received another of many teaching certificates. Once completing her training she took her Dance Master Exam enrolling her as a full member of the Canadian Dance Masters of America, Canadian Chapter 38. 

Lily started her teaching career in 2014 receiving many overalls, special awards, scholarships and overall choreography awards for her competitive choreography throughout the years. Lily continues to inspire young dancers to strive to be the best they can be through structured, fun learning.

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Teaching Staff

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Miss Jessica Crook

Jazz, Lyrical & Competitive Instructor

Jessica began dancing at the age of 11 and quickly fell in love with the art of dance. Training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, pointe, and pom. She has trained and competed all over North and South Carolina and has been featured in the Columbia City Ballet Nutcracker.

 

She was a 4-year member of her high school dance team, where she attended Universal Dance Association summer dance camps, competed in local competitions, and was captain for her senior year. In 2018,

 

Jessica was a scholarship recipient for Limestone University Dance Team in South Carolina where she performed at all home football and basketball games. During her time, she also competed at the NDA College Nationals, in Daytona Beach, Florida where LUDT finished fourth in the nation in the DII hip hop category.

 

Jessica is excited to share her talents with the students of Step Above Dance Academy. 

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Miss Bailey Hurst

Free Movement, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop & Competitive Instructor

Bailey started dancing at age 9 and has been in love with everything about it ever since!  by the time she finished high school she had been training in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, musical theatre, hip hop, and lyrical! Bailey also completed Jr./Pre Intermediate Jazz and Tap Exams with the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers and Intermediate Ballet Exams with the International Dance Acclaim. Bailey has also performed in The Nutcracker many times with Footprints Dance Centre in various roles such as, Mother Ginger, The Snow Queen, Waltz of the Flowers, and The Sugar Plum Fairies! She also performed at many community events such as retirement homes and art gallerys as she is a strong believer that community comes before competition.

 

Bailey has always wanted to share her love of dance with others. When she was 12, she became an assistant dance teacher at her home studio Footprints Dance Centre in Woodstock Ontario, and assisted her teachers with many classes with many classes with children ages 3-10. When she was 17, she was promoted to summer camp employee at her home studio, putting her in charge of camp planning, choreography, and running a smooth and fun week of camp for dancers!

 

In Bailey’s grade 12 year, she founded her high schools dance team and was in charge of choreography, planning competitions, and ensuring her team was a postive and fun experiences for her teammates. The team went on to win many overalls and special awards throughout their season and represented their school in a professional and passionate matter.

 

Bailey is now about to enter her second year of studying at Brock University for Concurrent Education and is also a member of Brock Dance training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop! Bailey is very excited to be venturing on a new path with Step Above and cannot wait to make lasting memories and sharing her love of dance with other dancers!

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Miss Ella Caplan

Pre Acro, Free Movement, Grade 1/2 Ballet, Level 1 Acro Instructor

Ella has been dancing since the age of 5, falling in love with Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Ballet with all styles attributing to her love of dance as an art. Ella will be partcipating the in Pre-School Acrobatic Arts Certification this June and will be starting in the Nursing Program at Brock University this fall.

 

Ella joined the Step Above Dance Academy Competitive Team in 2023 and will be continuing to compete in 2024. Dance has been her outlet to express herself and release her emotions.

 

Ella has had past experience assiting Acrobatic classes at Step Above since 2022, she has also has experience babysitting children, helping in kindergarten classes and working with youth red cross programs.

Ella is so excited to start her dance teaching jourany this fall at Step Above.

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Miss Erin Morningstar

Mini Movers & Jr. Hip Hop, Jazz Instructor

Erin began dance at 13 years of age, she trained in Jazz and Hip Hop at a Janice Luey for 7 years until she attended Brock University for sociology. During her years at Brock University she was involved with the Junior Varsity Cheer Squad. After leaving Brock she continued her education at Niagara College in the Law Clerk program graduating in 2023.

 

She has danced for the Niagara Jackfish baseball team and is currently on the Ice Dogs Dance Team and has been with the team for the last 4 years. Erin has taken many master classes and continues to do so whenever she finds the time. She continues to teach sharing her love for dance with Step Above. 

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Miss Lily Fusco

Tap, Hip Hop, Adult & Competitive Instructor

Lily started dancing at 5 years old recreationally and began dancing competitively at the age of 8! Her favourite styles are hip-hop and tap, however she loves and has trained in a variety of styles including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, and pointe. Lily has completed up to grade 4 of the Cecchetti Ballet exam syllabus and has had the privilege of dancing in Time Square with her studio in 2018. She has also taken many workshops in the past in various styles including having the opportunity to attend a weeklong workshop in Florida working with many well know choreographers.

 

Since entering Brock University for Community Recreation in 2021, Lily has had many opportunities to dance as she is currently dancing recreationally with Brock Dance, competitively with Edge Dance Team, a university varsity level competitive team for tap, and with the Niagara River Lions Dance Pak!

 

Dancing and choreographing has always been a huge passion of Lilys. The love she has for dance is unmatched and something that she feels she will never truly be able to describe. Lily is so excited to share her passion and love for dance with the students at Step Above Dance Academy! 

Assisting Staff

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Miss Makayla

Assistant Teacher

Miss Makayla has been dancing since the age of 4 and has taken lessons in Acrobatics, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. Miss Makayla joined the Step Above Competitive Team in 2019 and expanded her acro training in 2023 by taking her Acrobatic Arts Level 1 Exam receiving a high score of 124 and finishing the exam off with an Excellent.

 

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 in 2019. While she continues to assist classes, she is working towards becoming a dance teacher in the future, participating in our Step Above Acrobatics Spot Training. Miss Makayla is excited to continue sharing her love of dance to all the students.

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Miss Emily

Assistant Teacher

Miss Emily has been dancing for 8 years in many different styles such as; Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre & Acrobatics. In 2021 Miss Emily joined the Step Above Dance Academy Competitive Team where her performances have won her Special Awards and Overalls.

 

In 2023 Miss Emily took her Acrobatic Arts Level 1 Exam passing with a high score of 140 receiving an award of Distinction. She will be studying for her Level 2 Exam this year.

 

Miss Emily has a passion for dance and is looking forward to sharing her love and knowledge with younger students. She has participated in our Step Above Acrobatics Spot Training and is ready to help with the Pre Acro class this year. 

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Office Staff

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Nathaly Jones

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Jones has danced since she was 2 years old she and continues to dance. She shows 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. This past summer Mrs. Jones completed a course through Discover Dance as an interest course. 

What we are all about!

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Our Mission

Here at Step Above Dance Academy we help develop everyone’s inner dancer, from kids to adults. We strive to build confidence and skills through supporting one another inside and outside of the studio. We believe everyone deserves a chance to express themselves with movement and be a part of the creative and beautiful world of dance. We have worked hard to make this studio a place to grow and learn in a positive, encouraging environment within our staff, as well as our students. Being founded and run by someone who started as a young student and has built their skills and passion throughout their entire life gives Step Above Dance Academy the advantage of firsthand experience and knowledge of the personal and professional rewards that can be achieved. We are about development and expression of one’s creative side no matter our strengths or weaknesses,  we all deserve to share our passion.

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. Our programs are available for all ages, from 2 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, "Studio Movie Night", "Parent Viewing Weeks", various holiday classes for Halloween and Christmas and so much more. 

 

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

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