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 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 young dancers for Cecchetti Ballet exams.
Luanne now focuses on freelance work and getting involved in fun projects in the community. Her love for the performing arts and beautiful voice has led her to be the lead singer in a local band, TIN ANNiE, which she founded in 2017 and co-manages with her guitar player. She is also a Flamenco / Salsa dancer at the school since 2016.
We are excited to have Luanna as our Office Administrator. Her exceptional attention to detail and bubbly personality is a wonderful addition to BDS staff.
Katelyn has been dancing since she was three years old and her passion and dedication towards the art form has only grown through her years of training. Katelyn graduated from Ryerson University School of Performance Dance Program 2016 with a BFA degree. There she studied under well-established Modern, Jazz and Ballet artists including Karen Duplisea (Toronto Dance Theatre), Vicki St.Denys, Nadia Potts & Tanya Evidente (Canada’s National Ballet), Robert Glumbek (ProArteDanza), and Kenny Pearl. At Ryerson Katelyn danced in a production of work by James Kudelka and also choreographed and performed her own work on the Ryerson Theatre Stage as well as performing in many other works by recognized artists. Katelyn has also expanded her dance education learning from leading dance artists through varied dance intensives such as Toronto Dance Theatre, Quinte Ballet School and The National Ballet of Canada. Katelyn has returned as a choreographer for a dance studios production of Alice in Wonderland at their ballet summer production for the past three years. She has trained in mainly RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) ballet syllabus, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary. Katelyn has performed at many events including Kiwanis Dance Festivals, the ROM in an installation work ‘ROM Revealed Ancient Greek Gallery Movement Instillation’ which was then remounted for ROM ‘Pompeii Exhibition – Dance Cycle Revised’. Katelyn’s teaching background not only involves Ballet, Modern and Acro instruction within multiple studio settings and summer intensive programs, but she has also taught Modern based movement workshops in the TDSB schools through an Ontario Arts Council (OAC) grant project as an emerging dance artist teaching grades three and four. She is a Barreworks studios ballet barre certified fitness instructor as well as Acrobatique Acro dance certified teacher and is currently teaching at studios within the city as both a dance teacher in multiple styles as well as a pre-school arts program teacher. Katelyn is very excited to be joining the Beach Dance School.
Murphy has not only trained through formal education (Unionville Arts School and Ryerson University) but have also experienced training from some of the best teachers and choreographers in the competitive dance world. She studied competitive dance and competed in all dance disciplines (jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, tap, acro, hip hop and modern) and was fortunate to win several dance scholarships, awards and titles, as well as choreography awards.
Her credits include “The Nutcracker” (National Ballet of Canada), Celebration of the Arts Gala and Dance the Dream TV pilot, as well as choreographing and appearing in several music videos. She has attended workshops with leading choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Blake McGrath, Tyce Diorio, Travis Wall and Tokyo, etc. to ensure that she is continuously growing as a choreographer and stay current with the industry. Her experience on the many sides of the dance industry (as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and adjudicator) has taught me that successful dance training requires commitment, value for teamwork and an appreciation of teachers and choreographers along with the desire to be the best that one can be.
Over the past three years she has worked (choreography, dancing and costuming) with artists such as Serena Ryder, Scott Helman, James Barker Band, Kira, Ferraro, Courage My Love, Chantal Kreviazuk, Josh Bogert, High Valley, Tebey, Caren, Kidz Bop, Dean Brody, Andy Grammar and Brett Kissel – to name a few.
As well as being an adjudicator for competitions in Toronto and throughout the GTA.
Murphy is the founder and artistic director of Analeigh Dance Company. A dance company that is for serious competitive dancers who train for competitions throughout Toronto and the GTA. Dancers also train towards to become working dancers in the industry. They are involved in dance wear shoots, films, and music videos. Recently the company placed in the top 3 highest studio out of 11 studios last season.
Murphy’s broad range of experience provides her with a unique perspective that she brings when guest teaching at studios throughout Toronto.
Murphy is excited to be apart of the Beach Dance School staff as a full time teacher. She looks forward to watching the success of her dancers throughout the season.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Balance exercises are 45 minutes in length (10:00-10:45 a.m.) – and in addition to improving balance, the combined extension stretches and standing exercises are designed to also improve posture and flexibility. Our Medley Moves classes are 60 minutes long (11:00-12:00 a.m.) and teach low impact specially-choreographed dance movements that focus on strengthening mobility and coordination AND just plain having FUN moving to music of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and some contemporary tunes, too!