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.
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.
Corina Stiles began dancing at the age of 5, after spending two hours on the edge of her seat at DancEast’s production of The Nutrcracker. She began ballet lessons with Harriet Gratian, quickly climbing the ladder and ending up in DancEast’s young company group: Performance Values. Under the instruction of Dina Leisch of the Bolshoi Ballet, she took classical ballet classes and character dance classes, and was invited to follow Leisch to Amherst, NS to study pointe work, pas de deux, jazz, character and modern. At 13, Corina attended Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School working with artistic director Arlene Minkhorst, and dance educators Mr. Slava and Claire Marshall.
Corina has competed in Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal, and the Maritimes, bringing home gold medals in ballet and character dance. She has attended workshops as a student and most recently the Toronto Dance Teacher’s Expo in August 2016 with dance educators Gerard McIsaac, Anitra Keegan, Sarah Dolan and Scott Kufske. Also in August 2016, she expanded her ballet knowledge with Dominique Turquotte of the National Ballet School of Canada. Corina began assist teaching at 16 with young children, and has since switched her focus from taking classes to teaching and doing choreography. She loves to help young dancers explore the possibilities dance has to offer and to watch them grow into beautiful artists.
Leah Wilton is a Professional Training Program student at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre (STDT). There, she has trained extensively in ballet, contemporary, Graham, and improvisation. She has performed in works by renowned choreographers such as Micheal Caldwell, Sharon Moore, and Darryl Tracy. Wilton was recognized in 2018 with an ArtsNB award for her potential as an up-and-coming artist. In 2019, she was honoured as the Performing Artist-in-Residence for the Town of Sackville, NB. Alongside performing in festivals such as Short&Sweet, Wilton has also worked backstage as part of several stage management crews. She has an intense personal curiosity in regards to teaching and choreography.
Madelyn Isenor-Ryan began dancing at the age of three at Cobequid Dance Academy (CDA), in Truro, NS where she took ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary and acro classes. Being classically trained in Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), she completed four ballet exams throughout her years at CDA; grades 2, 4 6, and intermediate. Madelyn has completed many master classes and workshops with professionals in modern dance and ballet, such as with Darryl Tracy (Toronto Dance Theatre) and Robert McCollum (Toronto Dance Theatre).
Madelyn began teaching at CDA at the age of 14 as a dance teacher assistant. By the age of 16, Madelyn was teaching young children in ballet and jazz classes until she graduated from high school. Madelyn is a student at Mount Allison University, where she is the captain of the MtA Dance Team, the ballet coach, and has also helped teaching in the MtA Dance Society for beginner and advanced ballet classes for the past three years.
Madelyn loves the freedom that dancing allows you to feel and is looking forward to being back in the studio creating for her dancers.
Marissa Lefurgey started dancing at three years old at the Atlantic Dance Academy in Amherst. She studied under Dina Leish, learning a variety of styles, but focusing mainly on Ballet. Marissa has attended and performed at many competitions including "5678 Showtime", "Thunderstruck Canada" and "VIP Dance Challenge". She took many conventions, led by well-known dance teachers: Melissa Mitro, Daniel Boa and more. At the age of 12 she took on the role of Clara in her studio's performance of "The Nutcracker". Throughout the years Marissa has also taken gymnastics, and acrobat/circus lessons.
Marissa switched to PMDS at 13 and has been taking lessons there ever since. She has studied contemporary, jazz, ballet, pointe, acro and hip hop at PMDS; and learned about artistry and teamwork. She started assisting acro and ballet classes at 14, and started teaching acro at 15. Last year she took over the acro program and taught all the classes with the help of Vita Longpré. Since then she has taught acro and jazz at summer intensives, and has choreographed solos and duos for competition. This year she will be teaching ballet and jazz for the minis. She is excited to introduce the basics of dance to this new group, and show them the joys and long-term benefits of dance.
Marissa is ready to help students grow into their full potential and enforce positive thoughts/feelings regarding the art of dance.
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.
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
Veronica Ouellette began dancing at the age of four at The Sue Fay Healy Irish Dance Studio in Ottawa. After several years of competitive highland dance, she started training with PMDS, where she has been for the past five years, studying modern, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, jazz, and street jazz. Veronica has also trained at the Toronto Dance Teacher Expo, and other various workshops with renowned professionals, including TOKYO, Liz Imperio, So You Think You Can Dance Canada runner-ups Melissa Mitro and Matt Marr, and Dance Moms Miami’s Victor Smalley. Also training under the expertise of Dominique Turcotte of Canada’s National Ballet School, Veronica received an invitation to the Barcelona dance tour at the Fredericton 5678 Showtime dance competition in 2015 and several dance World Cup invitations.
Veronica is passionate about achieving excellence as a dance educator and sharing her artistry with young dancers. Specializing in Jazz, Veronica aims to incorporate both classic Fosse and Broadway jazz techniques as well as new-wave and street movements into her classes, to create versatile, well-rounded dancers. Veronica is committed to instilling artistry, musicality, and performance skills in her students, creating not only young dancers, but young artists.