Faculty


Krista Damant

Director, Business Owner for the past 16 years of Stars On Stage, Krista continues to bring her passion, love and dedication thru the arts to Caledonia and area. Having studied dance from the tender age of 3 she has continued for over 30 years learning and honing her skills all over Ontario and the United States. Krista has her Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association accreditation in Tap, and a graduate of Recreation & Leisure Studies.

She has been teaching Competitive and Recreational for over 20 years. Her students have won numerous awards in High Scores, Best Choreography, OverAlls, Most Entertaining & Most Potentials.

She has had the privilege of working with Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Barry Youngblood, Tara Jean Popovich, Gregg Russell, Chris Judd, Dave Scott and the thrill of meeting Patrick Swazye and Ben Vereen. She had performed in many Musical Theatre Productions with Hamilton Theatre Inc. and Players Guild. Krista also studied Classical Operatic Soprano for 5 years. Her love of Musical Theatre has brought a lot of joy and the thrill of seeing the Rockettes and New York and Toronto Musicals. This has added to her wealth of knowledge in the arts which in turn she has instilled into all that enter Stars on Stages door. Opening a Performing Arts studio was a dream of Krista’s since she was 10 years old. She is thrilled to be living and working here in Caledonia, being very involved within the business community and Chamber of Commerce of Caledonia.


 

Stephanie Lyel

Stephanie has been a dedicated dancer for over 25 years, and had competitively danced for over 18 years throughout Canada, United States and Germany. At the age of 15 she was chosen to represent Canada at the National Tap Championships in Reisa, Germany. The Canadian Team brought home the Gold, as well Stephanie competed solo in the adult division and placed 3rd ! Stephanie studied RAD Ballet under the wonderful tutelage of Mrs. Pauline Zamprogna and obtained her Intermediate Level RAD. She is a graduate of Guelph University with a major in Biological Sciences and Minor in Zoology. She spent those 4 years being a part of the Award Winning Dance Pak Team. She was thrilled to be part dancing with some the finest Ontario Dancers anywhere. She still dances and performs with GEOMETRIX, a dance crew run by Dustin Pym in Toronto. Stephanie is a very talented and accomplished choreographer and her students over the years have won Top Choreography awards as well as, Top Overall, Judges Choice and Special Scholarships. Miss Stephanie teaches Competitive Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop.


Lindsay Tompkins

Lindsay began dancing in Hamilton, Ontario at age 3 and competitively danced in jazz, tap, hip hop, and lyrical until age 18. She moved to Toronto where she pursued dance professionally. She has worked with artists such as Cali, Dallas Lovato, Jordan Francis, S.Davis, Billy Newton Davis, and Reverse, and was also cast as a principle dancer in the Bollywood movie The Captain. She has performed for Much Music, Molson, TD Bank, Snowball Events, Design Exchange Gala, Yorkdale Mall, Art for Heart, Touch International, Waterhouse Cooper, Toronto Bazaar, among many others. She has worked with So You Think You Can Dance Canada's Luther Brown, and many new upcoming Toronto choreographers. Miss Lindsay is a wonderful choreographer whose talents transcend to her students who have won numerous awards every year. She teaches Competitive Jazz, Lyrical, & Hip Hop.


 

Mercedes Bernardez

Mercedes, an Argentinian born Ballerina, has trained and taught Ballet all her life. She brings with her vast experience teaching all levels of students in ballet and contemporary ballet. We are so blessed and honored to have her as part of our Stars On Stage family. She has trained and taught at many professional companies in Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, and Canada.

In 1997 she moved to Canada to become Artistic Director of Quinte Ballet School of Canada (1997-2003) and Ballet Mistress for The Alberta Ballet Company (2003-2006).

She currently teaches Company Class for the National Ballet of Canada and Ballet Jorgen in Toronto.

We here at Stars On Stage offer a PreProfessional Ballet program run by Mercedes. She teaches most levels of Ballet Technique, Pointe and Guided Improvisation for creation of Choreography.


 

Natalie Katzman

Miss Natalie is a vocal major graduate of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She studied voice with Eraine SchwingBraun, mother of the famous Russell Braun who performs regularly at the Canadian Opera Company. She has performed in musicals, operas and competed for years in voice and piano. Miss Natalie has also taught workshops, camps and was the Musical Director for musicals including Cats, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fiddler On the Roof and Beauty & The Beast. Miss Natalie teaches our fabulous GLEE Club as well as Private Vocals lessons & our New popular Triple Threat classes!


 

Theresa McCormac

Miss Theresa has trained in Jazz, Tap & Theatre Dance. First a student at Stars on Stage she became an amazing Teacher's Assistant and now has been a Teacher for over 5 years. Book a birthday party with the studio and most likely Theresa will be running it! She currently studies at Redeemer College University where she is in the Concurrent Education Program. Working with children is her passion, Teacher of Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre & Lyrical and co-teacher of KinderDance!


 

Natasha Bois

Miss Natasha danced competitively in Jazz & Hip Hop for over 8 years. She trained here at Stars on Stage , winning Overall Top Marks & Special judges choice awards. Hip Hop has always been her passion. She is a Graduate of Mohawk Colleges Health, Wellness & Fitness program and will be working in the Halton Regional elementary schools.  She is also a member of the Dark Dance and Rhythm Konnexxions Crew in Toronto. She performed at the 2015 PanAm Games!  Miss Natasha teaches Hip Hop & Jazz.


 

Madison DeGelder

Miss Maddy has danced competitively for over 11 years. She’s trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Lyrical, AcroJazz & Contemporary. Her award winning solos have brought home Special Judges Choice Awards, Overall Top Scores & many scholarships. She was also a Competitive Gymnast for over 8 years and a competitive Cheerleader for over 2 years! Maddy Loves to perform! In Summer 2014 she was chosen to attend Dance Theatre USA as a Company Dancer in both Orlando & Charleston. She danced for 2 weeks straight learning from top choreographers from the US and Canada.

In summer 2016 Miss Maddy obtained her Module One Teacher's Certification In Acrobatic Arts , Professional Curriculum for Acrobatic Dance!  Miss Maddy teaches  AcroJazz, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre & Hip Hop.


 

Jose Carret

Cuban born Principal Dancer , Teacher , Choreographer Jose A. Carret is the founder Artistic Director of Danza Corpus Cuba ( 2001) and Danza Corpus Canada(2013) he has toured in Cuba, Spain, Guadalupe, Canada. He has been a Ballet Creole guest teacher and choreographer since 2008 , a modern dance teacher for the Cuban Ballet School in Hamilton (2014) and the Artistic Director of the International Summer Dance Event : Open Space Temporada in Matanzas , Cuba that takes place for a week every July.

Mr Jose was a guest dancer for Decidedly Jazz Dance Works (2004) Dance Immersion (2010, 2012), a guest teacher and choreographer for Oakville School of Dance (20078) Dance Immersion (2010, 2012) and Newton Moraes Dance Theatre (2010).

Jose choreographed more than 40 works, is an awarded principal dancer and choreographer , member of the Artists Union of Cuba (uneac) and has been teaching contemporary dance at Stars on Stage since 2014.


 

 

Jennifer Harrison 

For 20 years, Jennifer was the Owner and Artistic Director of Burlington Studio Dance (BSD).  During this time, Jennifer directed and staged numerous students productions including annual productions of The Nutcracker and Choreographic Works.  BSD also housed a successful Competitive Team winning several group awards as well as personal Choreography awards.  Many of Jennifer’s students have gone to train in Summer, Associate and Full Time Programs at prestigious schools across North America.  As Ballet Director of BSD, Jennifer successfully entered students in all levels of Ballet Exams through the Royal Academy of Dance.  She also had the privilege of teaching all genres of dance over the years and train many Teachers who have gone on to have successful careers in Dance.   
Jennifer received her formal training at the Ryerson University Theatre School under the direction of Nadia Potts, where she fell in love with Graham and Limón styles of Modern Dance.  At that time, she was fortunate enough to work with top industry leaders.  After attending Ryerson, Jennifer continued her teaching studies in Pedogogy, both RAD and Cechetti Ballet, Modern and ISTD National Dance at The Oakville School of Classical Ballet and The National Ballet School of Canada. 
As a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, Jennifer holds her Teaching Certificate and her Teaching Diploma (Distinction), specializing in Anatomy and Dance History.  She also holds Teaching Certifications with the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association (CDTA), Acrobatic Arts (Level 1) and Professional Memberships with The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), The Dance Health Alliance of Canada, Professional Adjudicators Alliance (PAA), Yoga Rocks for Kids and Barre-None (Ballet Barre Fitness Certification). 
Jennifer has had the privilege and honour to work with thousands of students over her career throughout the GTA. Always a student at heart, she still attends Professional Development and Master Classes when possible.   Now a dance adjudicator and freelance choreographer/educator, Jennifer is looking forward to inspiring our next generation of Artists in whatever capacity she can!

Erica Clause

Erica began dancing with Krista at age 3. She then took a couple years to compete in gymnastics winning many 1st overall awards and made it to provincials. She returned to Stars On Stage at age 10 to competed in acro, Jazz, hip hop, lyrical & contemporary. Bringing home many Top overall scores and Special Awards with her solos and group performances. She travelled to Orlando with Dance Theatre USA as a company dancer, studying many different styles of dance and performing with Berry Youngblood and Ryan Beck. She’s attended many dance workshops working with Mia Micheals, Brian Friedman and Nico Archambault. She’s performed at Super Crawl Art festival with hip hop DMD dance studio and takes classes to gain knowledge and experience. She has a passion for dance and has always wanted to pursue a career in dance. 

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