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Meet the Team

Our mission… “Inspire, Enrich and Educate”
Teaching dance to the Mississauga community since 1991.

Founder & Artistic Director

Nancy Voce

Nancy began her dance training at the age of 3 with the Audrey Meredith School of Dance in ballet, jazz, tap and acrobatics. At the age of 7, she began performing at local community events and on local television. She has trained extensively throughout North America with such well- known choreographers such Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, Ray Leeper, Gus Giordano, Nan Giordano, Joe Tremaine, Keri LaGrand, Doug Caldwell, Bob Rizzo and Frank Hatchett. At the age of 18, Nancy became of member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (C.D.T.A.); Dance Masters of America (D.M.A.), completed all her examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) and began her teaching career. Nancy attended Ryerson University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989, Food Science and Nutrition being her major area of study. In 1991 she became Director of the Mississauga School of Dance. In recent years, Nancy has adjudicated various competitive dance events sharing her knowledge and expertise with others. Her students have won many awards over the past 25 years under her guidance. Nancy Voce has devoted her life to dance and contiunes to share her love and passion with her students. In April 2008, Nancy received the ‘Fever Dance Award’ for her contributions to the dance community. In October 2010, Nancy became a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance. Nancy has recently joined and is an active member with the Dance Safe Ontario Association advocating safe practices for dance studios.

Director- Nancy Voce

Teacher/Choreographer

Ashley Voce-Gibson

Ashley began dancing at the age of 4 with the Mississauga School of Dance.  She is trained in ballet (R.A.D), jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, acro and hip hop. She has competed throughout Canada and the United States with the MSD Competitive Team where she has been awarded with many overall awards. Now as a teacher, Ashley is very committed to what she does. Having fun with her students, while bringing proper technique and creativity into the classroom, being very important to her. She will forever be a student, continuing to learn and grow as a dancer and choreographer. Ashley has recently begun her training with Acrobatic Arts (a professional certification program for Acrobatics) and has successfully completed Module One of the certification program. In addition, she has attended numerous Intensive teachers training courses in both New York City and California. She has been fortunate enough to train with Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, Ray Leeper, Paula Morgan, Denise Wall, Mandy Yip and Frank Hatchett among many others. She has also taken many classes and workshops with different artists and choreographers such as;  Joe Tremaine, the Giodano Company,  Doug Caldwell, Bobby Newberry, Teddy Forance, and Travis Wall just to name a few.  This year Ashley has become a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance, a professional company to bring knowledge and unite talent competition adjudicators. In 2016 Ashley graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Degree in both Sociology and Political Science. Ashley is very excited to begin her eighth year of teaching at the Mississauga School of Dance.

Ashley Voce- Gibson, RHN

Teacher/Choreographer

Heather Purdie

Heather started out at the age of 5 as a figure skater and gymnast. She then began dancing at the age of 8 to improve her competitive skating when she realized dance was her true passion. She danced at Lorri’s Dance Place Unlimited as a competitive dancer taking Jazz, Tap, Acro and Ballet. Heather attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts from grades 9 to 11 where she was then accepted to Silverthorn Collegiate Institute. She was a graduate of the High Performer Program for gifted athletes. Heather is also a graduate of the Computer Sales and marketing Program and the General Arts & Sciences Program at Humber College. Heather has completed her examinations through the Dance Master of America (Acro, Jazz); British Association Teachers of Dance (B.A.T.D) in Jazz, Tap and Stage; and her Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) in Ballet. Heather has been teaching for many years and is well-known in the dance world. She has taught and choreographed routines for competitive and recreational students at numerous studios all over Ontario.  She has been teaching at the Mississauga School of Dance for 15 years now.  Heather joined the teaching faculty at the Mississauga School of Dance in 2001 and commits her true passion to her students. She truly believes that dance is an expression of the soul that is hidden within us and through her guidance she teaches her students to let it all out.

Heather Purdie
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Ballet Teacher/Choreographer

Kathleen Duffy

Ms. Kathleen Duffy is an independent dance artist specializing in teaching, choreography and performance training for children aged 7 – 19 years. She received her professional dance and teacher training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and was a soloist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company from 1970 to 1981. Her 15-year performing career as an independent principal artist and Royal Winnipeg Ballet soloist spans four continents and has allowed her to work with many of the dance world’s most acclaimed choreographers, artists and teachers. She has performed leading roles for choreographers such as John Neumier, Rudy van Dantzig, Eliot Field and Agnes de Mille, while her extensive list of teachers and coaches includes such names as Dame Alicia Markova and Madame Vera Volkva. Ms. Duffy’s teaching and adjudicating credits include the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Alberta Ballet School, York University, Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, as well as Art schools, private schools and professional programs throughout Canada and the U.S. She operated her own school in Mississauga from 1987 – 2003 and served three years as Chairperson, Dance for the Mississauga Arts Awards.

Ballet Teacher/Choreographer

Mary Swierczynski

RAD RTS, CCD Dip

Mary began her dance training at the age of 5 with the Alarie School of Dance in Oakville, Ontario.  She continued her training at the Fleming School of Dance for 7 years taking classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Musical Theatre.  While there, she completed dance examinations in Ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) and Ballet and Modern with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.).  During this time Mary performed in local productions with the Oakville Players, Burloak Theatre Group, and the Brampton Musical Society. Mary began her professional teacher training at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in Toronto.  She graduated in 1987 and holds the Canadian College of Dance Teaching Diploma (C.C.D. Teaching Diploma), the Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Diploma (RAD – RTS – Registered Teacher Status) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Associate in Modern Theatre Dance (AISTD).  For 33 consecutive years, she has held teaching positions in Yellowknife, NT, Toronto, Grimsby, Oakville, and Mississauga, Ontario.  Many of her students have gone on to have careers in the dance industry as professional dancers, teachers, and studio directors.  Mary taught at the Mississauga School of Dance from 1994 to 2016.  She is happy and honoured to rejoin her esteemed colleagues in this momentous and memorable 30th Anniversary year!

Mary Swierczynski, RAD

Teacher/Choreographer

​Julia Celebre

​Julia began dance training with the City of Mississauga at the age of three and her love of dance flourished. By the age of seven, her passion for dance had grown tremendously and she began competitive dancing and continues to participate in competitions to date. She is a valuable and integral member of her Senior Dance Team at the Mississauga School of Dance.  She trained in various styles including, jazz, tap, ballet (Vaganova), lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary. She has been awarded numerous overalls, dance scholarships and special awards.  She has always been able to creatively express herself through dance.  Julia teaches at the Mississauga School of Dance and for the City of Mississauga Culture Division.  Julia finds teaching exciting and rewarding.  She encourages, inspires and demonstrates her strong technique to the dancers. Julia believes that dance should be fun and allow the students to express themselves.  Julia is excited and proud to be part of the MSD faculty.

Julia Celebre

Hip Hop Teacher/Choreographer

Elvira McLeod

Elvira McLeod is a committed dance teacher who has been in the dance world for over 15 years. Starting as a competitive dancer, her dedication while training everyday and the passion she built in dance, is what led to her personal career choice to be what it is; a dance teacher and choreographer. Elvira grew up having been trained by some of the most well known and renowned dancers and choreographers in the country. She is now the coach to competitive dance teams and is a guest choreographer and teacher around the Toronto GTA. Elvira is certified in ISSA Group Fitness Training and is currently a fitness instructor alongside her dance profession. She is an experienced choreographer in hiphop, open, jazz funk and contemporary dance styles. She has a RAD Intermediate Foundation Ballet Certificate and is skilled in teaching a broad range of dance styles with passion and individuality. Elvira has received many awards throughout the years, including special awards and scholarships for both her dancing and her choreography, receiving scholarships to AMDA and CDNC. Throughout both her performing and teaching career, she has won multiple choreography and highest scoring awards at competitions region and nation wide. She also is an experienced performer within the Toronto GTA, being featured in Toronto's 1234 DanceArts with Aim Toronto and Toronto's Rising Star. Elvira became interested in an urban fusion between hip-hop and contemporary, that incorporates the classic street styles of popping and animation with the fluidity and emotion of contemporary. After finding a unique methodology, she began to perform pieces of choreography that suited her specific style, and this was met with great success. She believes in combining creativity and passion with strength and perseverance when teaching dance, while also maintaining an open and comfortable relationship between dancers in order to allow the mental well being of students to be a priority.

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Teacher/Choreographer

​Samantha Bubnich

Samantha fell in love with dance at the age of 3, when her mother enrolled her in a ballet class at the Mississauga School of Dance. She then began her training in ballet (R.A.D),  jazz, tap, musical theatre, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, musical theatre and acrobatics. Recently, she began to expand her training in various styles of urban dance including hip hop, house and waacking. Sam has competed in various competitions across Canada and the United States, winning numerous scholarships and overall solo titles.  She has had the opportunity to take classes with many artists including; Stephanie Rutherford, Alvin Collantes, Mandy Moore, and Mia Micheals, as well as various up and coming artists from the Toronto industry. This year Sam had the pleasure of being a team member of the McMaster Dance Company where she was able to expand both her dancing and choreography.  As a dance teacher for the City of Mississauga, she has the opportunity to pass on her passion and training outside the studio. Sam is ecstatic to be part of the MSD faculty as she hopes to continue to inspire her students and share her love for dance.

Acrobatic Arts Teacher / Trainer

Julia Narvali

Julia Narvali is an independent dance artist from Toronto, ON. She started her journey through dance at the age of nine at Watts School of Dance. During her time at the studio, she studied all genres of dance. She is a graduate of George Brown College, obtaining a certificate in the Dance Performance Preparation program. Julia was trained in various genres such as modern, ballet, pointe, jazz, and hip hop. Julia has developed a love of teaching, and has received teacher training from The Acrobatic Arts level 1 and 2. Throughout her years of training and studying dance, Julia has obtained a recent Pilates reformer certification through balanced Body Pilates and is also a certified Personal Trainer through Ontario Fitness Council. Julia graduated from Humber College with a Fitness and Health Diploma. Throughout her Humber studies she received certification in resistance training, mobility/stability, and group fitness. She strives to bring motivation and education to the classroom, and continues pushing her students to discover new ways of moving their bodies and understanding on how our bodies move in there amazing ways.

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Certified Teachers in

acrobatic arts
royal academy of dance
candaian dance teachers
D.M.A.
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Address

B2- 168 Queen Street, Mississauga, Ontario L5M1K8 

Phone

905-567-5020

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