Renée Rioux began studying ballet at a young age, and was later introduced to the Martha Graham technique of modern dance under the tutelage of Suzan Daniels, and the Luigi Jazz technique under the instruction of Harriet Gratian from DancEast, in Moncton, NB. Her career took off by studying with Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal, amongst many talented dancers and artists, including André Lucas in Jazz and Douglas Dunn in Limon. Throughout the 80s she studied with some of Canada’s founding modern dance icons including Linda Rabin and Candace Loubert from the Linda Rabin in Montreal. Renée has also worked alongside David Earl and Patricia Beatty from Toronto Dance Theatre in Toronto, and Andrea Smith, founder of DanceMakers. During her training, she began teaching at DancEncorps in Moncton, NB returning periodically to take on the position of head modern dance teacher.
Renée danced professionally with the Paula Ross Dance Company touring BC, Ontario and Québec. She then joined the Julie West Dance Company in Ottawa and performed in the renowned “Festival International de Dance” in Montréal, and spent a month as artist in residence in France working on West’s new creation “Triad”. Renée opened her own dance studio in Memramcook, NB, with satellite schools in Sackville, NB and Amherst, NS known as The Renée Rioux School of Dance. In 2007 she closed her schools and began working with L’Academie de Ballet Classique where she remained as the Contemporary Dance Instructor until 2016. She continued to teach in Sackville to a small group of young dancers and women. Her adult group, along with her young dancers were the inspiration to re-open a Dance Studio in Sackville in 2014.
Teacher - Acro
Aiden Dugas began dancing at Perpetual Motion in January of 2020 after being scouted from his school’s performance of “Broadway Highlights”.
Prior to enrolling in Perpetual Motion, Aiden’s dance experience came from performing in musicals. In May 2019, Aiden played the role of “Donkey” in “Shrek the Musical”. In December 2019, he starred in “Broadway Highlights” and was part of “Corus Line” and was a feature character named “Danny Zuko”. He also took part in a cheerleading club where he focused on flexibility, strength training and stunts.
In the spring of 2021 Aiden won a gold medal for his lyrical duet with Naiya Istvanffy “Incomplete” at Dance Quest Nationals in Saint John, New Brunswick. In the fall of 2021, he receives a gold medal for his first contemporary solo “For Islands Fires and Family”. He’s participated in multiple Perpetual Motion Troupe Showcases. Most recently he was featured as “the Coachman” in the production of “Pinocchio”. Aiden continues to pursue his passion for dance in Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Contemporary and is a proud member of the Perpetual Motion Elite program.
Aiden loves to share his passion for dance and art with his young Acro students and is looking forward to the 2022 and 2023 dance season!
Teacher and Assistant Teacher - Hip Hop, Ballet
Claire Reinsborough-Wadden began her dance journey at age four, participating in weekly ballet lessons. Eventually, her passion for dance led her to find Perpetual Motion Dance Studio. She enrolled in leisure classes and began with jazz and hip hop. After performing in the annual Christmas show, Claire was invited to join the junior troupe and become an official member of PMDS. Jumping with joy, she eagerly accepted the invite. Since enrolling in troupe, she has trained in various styles such as ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical/modern contemporary, hip hop, breakdance and tap. She has showcased all those styles in three productions of “Alice: A Dance Tale” and “Pinocchio”.
Currently in senior troupe, Claire has been taught by many talented dancers such as Phil Orsano, Isabo Leblanc, Amey Rahey, Alyson Miller, and Jennifer Mandoza. Her love for hip hop grew stronger, so Claire signed up for an intensive at Danse Chaos Dance. Therefor training in styles such as krump, house, breakdance, street jazz and lyrical taught by Marco Dupuis, Janique Sivret, Karine Laplante, Terry Du and many more. Claire has even competed at Millenium, Dance Quest Canada and 5678 Showtime. With her first solo ever, Claire received a scholarship to return at Dance Quest the following year and a special award for a duet with Nina Lundrigan. She took part in conventions at 5678 Showtime from stunning dancers including Giula Tripoli, Daniel Boa and Carley Cofield.
During the 2018-2019 school year, she was given the role of choreographing for Marshview Middle School’s production of “Shrek the Musical”. It was an amazing opportunity to express her creative side and become closer with her fellow peers. Claire has assisted Veronica Oulette and Gretchen De Asis Mejorada and is now taking on the role of a hip hop teacher at the PMDS. She can’t wait to inspire her students and be a part of their individual dance journeys.
Teacher - Lyrical, Jazz
Clara was first introduced to ballet and tap at the age of 4, while living in Newfoundland, where her admiration of dance began. After moving to Sackville in the summer of 2014, she rediscovered her love for the sport. In May of 2015, Clara saw her first dance production; Alice a Dance Tale which inspired her to pursue dance more seriously.
She enrolled in the leisure jazz program at Perpetual Motion Dance Studio Inc. in the fall of 2015 and performed in the Christmas Demo in winter 2015. Thus began her passion for dance. In the spring of 2016, Clara performed in Alice a Dance Tale. The following fall, she joined the Novice Troupe and kept growing as a dancer and performer. Clara soon receives leading roles in productions such as the Kitten in Alice a Dance Tale and Candlewick in Pinocchio, 2022.
From 2016 to 2019, she participated in dance competitions such as 5678 Showtime and Dance Quest Nationals. In the fall of 2019, Clara competed with her own self choreographed musical theatre solo at Dance Quest National and won a prestigious scholarship for a summer dance training program in Musical Theatre, in New York city, New York. She went on to win multiple golds and silvers in this category.
Clara continues to perfect her training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Acro, Hip Hop, Bollywood, Heels and Pointe. She has been an assistant teacher and teacher in Hip Hop, Jazz and Lyrical for the past 3 years. This year she will continue to perfect her craft as a choreographer choreographing solos for younger dancers to compete in Dance Quest Nationals 2022. Clara is a passionate performer and teacher.
Assistant Teacher - Creative Movement
Delaney Tree started dancing at the age of 4 at Yarmouth Dance Academy in Yarmouth Nova Scotia where she studied ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap. Delaney was also a member of Kidzact where she perfected her skills in acrobatics and breakdancing. In 2014, she participated in her first dance competition bringing back two high silver medals. In 2017, she played the role of Clara in the Nutcracker ballet.
2018–2020, Delaney became a member of the Perpetual Motion Dance Troupe. There she continued to hone her skills in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and hip hop. In 2018, she participated in Dance Quest Nationals in Saint John, New Brunswick and received two gold medals and one silver medal.
In 2020, she joined the Atlantic Dance Academy in Amherst, to focus mainly on her ballet technique. She competed at The View dance competition in May 2022 and received three high golds medals.
Delaney will be joining Perpetual Motion’s Elite program for their 2022–2023 season! She is very excited to be the assistant teacher for the Creative Movement Leisure Program. Delany hopes to become a ballet teacher someday.
Assistant Teacher - Acro
Delia Beisser-Jackson started her training as a gymnast with Cangym’s badge program, Windsor Gymnastics and Moncton’s Beausejour Gymnos Gymnastics completing level 11. Delia is presently an assistant teacher to the Acro dance program at Perpetual Motion where she shares her vast experience in gymnastic and dance.
At age thirteen, she joined Perpetual Motion Dance Studio Inc. In 2019, she became a member of the Junior Perpetual Motion Dance Troupe program and studied in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern and Hip Hop. Delia quickly moved up to the Elite troupe program.
Delia participated in Dance Quest Nationals competition in Saint-John, New-Brunswick with her teammates and was rewarded multiple gold, silver and bronze medals. She performed in various shows such as the yearly Troupe Showcases, Alice a Dance Tale, Spotlight produced by the Mount Alison Varsity Dance Team and more recently Pinocchio.
Being an active member of the dance community is a wonderful experience and Delia wishes to inspire younger members of Perpetual Motion to love their dance journey as well.
Teacher - Hip Hop
Gabriele Akerley is a dancer/choreographer currently based out of Moncton, NB. Gab's journey with dance started at age 2 and she has developed a well-rounded repertoire of many styles along the way. She began training and competing with the Academy of Classical Ballet and Modern Dance in Dieppe, New Brunswick until shifting her focus to hip hop, and her residence to Halifax, Nova Scotia. While in Halifax, Gabriele trained and performed with the DAL Dance Team and The Woods hip hop company and worked as a choreographer for Elle Dance Academy. Since then, she’s been teaching various pop-up classes around the Maritimes. She values persistence, celebrates creativity, encourages individualism and empowerment, and believes it's important to "take every move and make it your own". Come groove with Gab!
Teacher - Ballet, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Jasmine began her dance journey when she was three years old. At the age of 11, she joined the Youth Theatre troupe at the Academy of classical Ballet and Modern dances (ABCDM) and trained seriously in ballet/pointe, hip hop, jazz, contemporary/lyrical/modern and tap. The Youth Theatre program allowed her to perform in numerous Nutcracker presentations at the Capitol Theatre, dance at local community events and compete in many dance competitions. Since the age of 14, Jasmine has been teaching ballet, lyrical, jazz and hip hop at ABCDM. In the fall of 2022, she will be dancing with the professional troupe at ABCDM. For Jasmine, dancing is one of the best therapies to cope with everyday challenges.
From a very young age, she knew that dancing was a passion. Dancing allows Jasmine to express herself without judgment and have fun. Her love for dance, her dynamism, her creativity, and her many years of training in all styles of dance have made her an amazing dancer and excellent dance teacher. Furthermore, Jasmine is enrolled in a bachelor’s degree in secondary education at l’Université de Moncton and she is a swimming instructor at the Dieppe Aquatic Centre.
Keiara began dancing when she was 8 years old. She started with leisure program classes taking Hip Hop than jazz classes. She immediately fell in love with dance and soon joined the Perpetual Motion dance troupe. Keiara is experienced in many different styles including ballet, contemporary, lyrical, tap and breakdancing. She loves to choreograph in her spare time. She has competed in Dance Quest National in Saint John, New Brunswick with contemporary and lyrical solos as well as in group pieces. She is very excited to share her passion for dance.
Teacher - Jazz
Marissa Lefurgey began dancing at the age of 3 at Atlantic Dance Academy under the instruction of Dina Leisch. She performed in the Academy’s production of Nutcracker every year and played the role of Clara when she was 12 years old. This is where she received her base ballet skills and a taste of performing.
At the age of 13 Marissa moved to Sackville, NB where she started dancing at Perpetual Motion Dance Studio Inc. It was here where she furthered her ballet practice and started taking contemporary, jazz and acro classes. At PMDS Marissa has danced under the instruction of Amey Rahey, Phil Orsano, Isabo Leblanc and other well established dance teachers. She has also taken classes at L’Academie de Ballet Clasiques et Danses Modernes where she trained under the instruction of Allison Miller and others. Marissa performed in Perpetual Motion’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” where she took on the role of ‘Cheshire Cat’ and performed a cerceaux routine at the age of 15. She also took on the role of ‘Pinnochio’ in PMDS’s show in 2019.
Marissa started her teaching journey when she started dancing at PMDS. She assisted Corina Stiles and Emily Wheaton during their ballet and acro classes. At 16 years old she started teaching the acro classes at the studio. She choreographed for “Alice in Wonderland” as well as for “Pinnochio”. She has also taught the mini troupe their jazz and ballet classes. Since then, she has been dancing at Mount Allison University and attended multiple competitions. She has choreographed competition solos and duos for many years.
This year she will be teaching jazz to the Elites and Seniors. She cannot wait to share her passion and love of dance with her students this year. She hopes to help them evolve into their most creative and authentic selves.
Teacher - Lyrical, Jazz
Naiya started dancing when they were six and joined Perpetual Motion Dance Studio Inc.’s Junior Troupe program when they were eight. Over their many years at the studio, Naiya performed in multiple shows and productions namely Alice a Dance Tale and Pinocchio taking on lead roles such as the music box dancer and Jiminy Cricket. Additionally, they have had the exciting opportunity of competing in various dance competitions such as 5678 Showtime, Millennium Dance, and Dance Quest Nationals bringing home gold medals and special mentions.
In 2019, Naiya was chosen to participate in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Summer Program, one of only two individuals accepted from the Province of New Brunswick and were recipients of a $2000.00 scholarship. Naiya was also invited to join the World Performers of Canada Dance Team in 2023.
Naiya started as an assistant teacher for the Creative Movement program and moved on to teach Mini, Novice, Junior, and Senior troupe levels in jazz and lyrical. Naiya is now a proud member of the Elite Troupe Program and is thrilled to be able to continue to share their passion with younger dancers.
Nina Lundrigan began dancing at the age of three at Dance Fredericton. Later moving to Sackville, she first danced under the tutelage of Evelyn Germaine. In 2014, she watched Perpetual Motion’s first ever Holiday Demonstration in the TRHS gymnasium and was instantly hooked. Since performing in the first Alice: A Dance Tale in 2015, she has found her love for dance by studying numerous styles at PMDS such as ballet, pointe, contemporary/lyrical, jazz, hip hop, and tap. Now a Senior troupe member, Nina has trained with talented artists (including Phil Orsano, Jennifer Mandoza, Amey Rahey, Breanna Hall, Alyson Miller, and Isabo Leblanc). She has attended various Maritime dance competitions such as 5678 Showtime, Millenium, and Dance Quest, even receiving an invitation to the Dance World Cup in 2016 and to the Dance Odyssey in 2020. Meanwhile, throughout her 5+ years as a troupe dancer, she has trained to become a teacher to share her passion. Assisting with Creative Movement soon progressed to demonstrating for the Novices and later becoming a full teacher at PMDS. She has experience teaching Creative Movement to ballet to jazz. Her goal is to help young dancers’ find their musicality and artistry, demonstrating the power of dance as an art form.
Teacher and Assistant Teacher – Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet
Norah Wilson had a passion for performing since the day she was born and started dancing at the age of 4 under the tutelage of Evelyn Germaine. She began taking classes in Highland dance with Michelle Dobbin in the first grade and continued through elementary school. Norah began dancing at Perpetual Motion Dance Studio Inc. in 2015 studying Jazz taught by Shanelle Akerley. She performed in all four Alice a Dance Tale productions. She moved from the leisure program to the troupe in January 2017 and is now a proud member of the Elite troupe program.
Norah has trained with talented artists including Phil Orsano, Amey Rahey, Isabo LeBlanc, and Alyson Miller. She competed in the Saint John’s Dance Quest Nationals competitions. Norah played Honest John, one of the main characters in this season’s production of Pinocchio presented at Convocation Hall, Sackville, New-Brunswick.
Throughout her lifetime, Norah has studied various forms of dance including tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet, pointe, acro, highland, and improv. She hopes to inspire young dancers to express themselves freely through motion and to be confident in their own bodies.
Assistant Teacher – Creative Movement, Hip Hop, Lyrical
Paige MacLellan started dancing at age twelve in the leisure program Acro class at Perpetual Motion Dance Studio Inc, Sackville, New Brunswick. Paige was inspired by the other dancers in her Acro class to sign up for the Troupe program. In January 2018, she became a member of the Junior troupe, where she focused on Jazz, Contemporary, and Ballet as well as Hip Hop, Lyrical and Modern.
Paige became an assisting teacher in January of 2020, assisting Creative Movement, Hip Hop, and Lyrical classes. Paige loves assisting and sharing her passion and looks forward to watching her students grow.
Teacher - Ballet
Sergiy started his ballet training at the age of six, and after moving to Kiev, the Capital of Ukraine, he completed his studies and became a Professional Ballet Dancer. Up on his graduation from the Kiev State Choreographic College he was invited to join State Academic Theatre of Ballet under the direction of Boris Eifman, aka Eifman Ballet, based in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation.
One year later Sergiy was invited to join Ballet Oficial de la Provincia de Córdoba in Argentina as a guest dancer and then held an open audition to join the company where afterwards he danced all the ongoing repertoire as the "Nutcracker" , "Paquita" , "Giselle", "Swan Lake" , "Carmen-Suite" among other works as a Principal and Soloist.
After three very productive years in Argentina he was contracted to join then Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, now rebranded as Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada, where he remained for the remainder of his dancing career performing across Canada, the USA and Europe.
Recently retired from dancing, Sergiy is working as a Vaganova Style ballet technique teacher/coach.
Photo credit: Sasha Onyshchenko, Kravetz Photographics
Teacher - Lyrical, Jazz
Teacher - Breakdancing
FaithOne began b-boying in 2000 in Hazelton British Columbia. After graduating from high school in 2002 he moved to Newmarket Ontario where he was introduced to the Toronto breaking scene. A few years later FaithOne decided to venture off to the east coast finding himself in Moncton New Brunswick where he shortly became affiliated with a local rap artist Nayles and becoming a member of Floor Elements Crew. FaithOne began competing in the Atlantic breaking scene 2008 where he and his partner B-Boy Method journeyed all over Atlantic Canada competing against dancers far and wide from 2008 - 2011 placing Top 3 in almost every competition. His knowledge of the dance comes from teachers and well respected pioneers such as Crazy Legs, Y-Not, Poe One, Mr. Wiggles, Frost, Profo-Won, Lynx, Crazy Smooth, Kid Glyde, Puzzles, and Lenny Len just to name a few. Currently FaithOne can be found judging local breaking battles, or volunteering with youth programs and teaching fundamental breaking classes at varies dance school all over the greater Moncton area. Also with the strength of Pascal Ross-Marquette “DJ Metaphyzik” also a member of Floor Elements Crew together he hopes to continue to bring hip hop culture and elements properly into schools and communities to better educate the masses on the importance of the culture and its roots.