About Us

SUHA OZLER   artistic director

Suha Ozler  (CSC-CICB  NBS TTP-dip)  began her dance training at the Istanbul City Conservatory in Turkey, and continued her dance education at The National Ballet School of Canada, George Brown College and Ryerson University Faculty of Applied Arts. Suha danced professionally with The Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Company, gaining valuable experience with famous choreographers from around the world. She has danced professionally in many classical, contemporary and modern dance pieces, including Coppelia, Don Quixote, Laila and Mecnun, Spartacus, Swan Lake, Faust, Giselle, La Bayadere, La Sylphide, Les Sylphides and The famous 3 Act Ballet by Gavin MacMillan.

Her repertoire also includes Opera Ballets such as Aida, Lucia de Lamermoor, The King and I, The Magic Flute, The Merry Widow and Turandot.

Suha had the opportunity to tour in Europe, and danced in the famous ancient Asphendos Amphi-theater in Antalya. This performance would mark the first Antalya Summer Festival, dedicated to classical Music, Ballet and Opera. Suha has also been involved in acting, modeling, choreographer and assistant choreographer for various fashion shows and music videos in Istanbul. In 1994-95 she worked with producers from Europe to put together the Vision Show, which brought the fashion world to Istanbul, showing designer clothes. In 1997 Suha returned to Canada to become a teacher.

She graduated from The National Ballet School Teacher Training Program and has achieved her associate in both Cecchetti Ballet and National Dance faculties as well as Advanced level in R.A.D. Suha has taught in various dance schools in Ontario since 1999 and is passionate about her career. She continues to pass on her knowledge as an ex-professional dancer and as a teacher. She also continues to choreograph for dance competitions and prepares children for Cecchetti Ballet exams.


 1002097_10151552889798036_1108774863_nMICHELLE SARTY~ Office Administrator

Michelle is originally from Anmapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She has been living in Toronto since 1991 and a Beacher since moving. Her dedication and exceptional organizational skills are much appreciated at the studio. Michelle is excited to be a part of BDS.



KYRA PETTICREW ~ Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Contemporary

Kyra is a local of the Beaches neighborhood and began he dancing career at the age of 3. Beginning with ballet and jazz she fostered her love for dance and began to delve into musical theatre as it combined her love for music, singing and dance together. Eventually she expanded into other styles including the study of hip-hop and contemporary and joined her studio’s dance company. As part of the company she performed in local and city-wide performances and participated in full productions of musicals including her studio’s productions of High School Musical and Hairspray, and became stage manager and costume head for later productions and dance shows.
Kyra further attended arts high school, Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts to strengthen her technique and become more versatile in styles. From this, she moved on to the University of Guelph to study English and Classical Studies although she continued to teach contemporary and ballet classes throughout this period. Now, she’s completing her Masters of Fine Arts at York University for Contemporary choreography and is extremely excited to become a part of the Beach Dance School family!

    screenshot_2016-10-30-19-05-14-1EMILY GILLINGHAM ~ Junior Ballet

Emily’s passion for ballet started at a young age. While growing up in Toronto, she would attend ballet class after school and early in the mornings on weekends. While pursuing post-secondary education, Emily was accepted into the Dance Performance Program at George Brown College. During her time there she had the opportunity to learn from several spectacular choreographers and excellent ballet teachers, furthering her dream of becoming a ballet teacher of her own. Emily is now currently enrolled in the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School. Her studies there have expanded her knowledge in the different ballet syllabi, along with the studies of National Dance, and will be a graduate of the program by June of 2018. As the Junior Ballet teacher at Beach Dance School, Emily is thrilled to share her knowledge and experience with her students.


ANN Lewis & Team ~ Argentine Tango

Tango Lesson with Ann Lewis & Team – sharing with you our passion for this social dance.
Ann Lewis has a deep passion for dance which began over 10 years ago with her first Tango lesson.  Since that time, she has deepened her knowledge by working with master tango teachers in both Toronto and Buenos Aires and has completed the DVIDA Argentine Tango syllabus in Bronze, Silver and Gold.  Ann has found this hobby as a motivation to have work life balance.  Ann is inspired, motivated and balanced by Tango.
Ann invites Master Tango Teachers to enrich the class which helps further develop and refine Tango movements and expressions.
Ann participates in dance performances – which include various corporate and charity events in Toronto.
Email Contact: tolacumparsita@gmail.com

You tube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NPkuffe-OM


VALENTINA KEALEY ~ Flamenco & Salsa  

Valentina started her dance training as a child at the Bellas Artes in Venezuela, developing a passion for dance she quickly discovered Flamenco Dance and started taking lessons at various schools. She graduated from Jesus Enrique Lozada Institute, (advertising and Marketing) in Venezuela. Valentina has attended La Macarena, Venezuela, La Girondina, Venezuela, Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, Toronto. Her vibrant personality and passion for dance and love of teaching has made Valentina popular at BDS.


KRISTY VAN HOVEN ~ is certified by the Scottish Dance Teacher’s Alliance and is a member of three prestigious international Scottish dance organizations as well as Scottish cultural societies in Canada and the United States. In addition to competing internationally for over 20 years, she has trained in dance rehabilitation and ballet. She brings her passion for arts and culture to life in her classes and provides opportunities for students show case their skills at festivals and performances throughout North America. Please feel free to contact Kristy regarding classes, dance health and injury prevention and rehabilitation, or to learn more about Scots around the world. On a more personal note she is completing her PhD in Museum Studies and Medical Humanities at the University of Leicester, you’ll have to ask her about that one! She is best reached at kvanhoven04@gmail.com