July 26, 2017

Teachers

Chrystal Mazzotta
DMA (Dance Masters of America), IADA (International Academy of Dance Adjudicators),
Society of Russian Ballet
Owner/Director/Teacher

Chrystal Mazzotta has been dancing since her first steps. At the young age of two she began her formal dance life with Ballet. At five years old she began taking her Ballet exams and continued to progress through them until the age of sixteen. Her love of dance quickly flourished and just a couple of years after starting Ballet, Chrystal was introduced to Jazz and Tap, and a few years after that, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Acro. Training at some of the top studios in North America, she excelled in these forms of dance winning many titles and appearing on numerous television shows. At the age of sixteen, Chrystal taught and choreographed her first class. This rewarding experience encouraged her to keep teaching and choreographing as she took her own advanced dance classes. After high school, Chrystal decided to continue her dance education at Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts where her classes expanded to included vocals and acting.

Dance was always Chrystal’s first love and therefore, to share her knowledge and passion, she decided to take the route of teacher/choreographer. Going through Dance Masters of America to become a certified dance instructor, she also expanded to become a certified adjudicator through IADA (International Academy of Dance Adjudicators), judging countless competitions including national finals. Understanding that dance is a constant learning, changing, evolving art form, Chrystal continues to take classes under top choreographers across Canada and the United States. Since 2001, Chrystal has accumulated numerous awards for outstanding choreography. Her choreography continues to win overall titles, and she continues to be a sought after choreographer for master classes throughout Canada and the United States. Her students have been well trained and many have excelled in dance, continuing on to dance institutes, touring with cruise ships, and dance teams such as the Toronto Argos Cheerleaders; some even becoming up and coming choreographers themselves! Chrystal is beyond proud of all her students and could not be happier owning GDS.

Renee Gratton
BA, Dance,
Society of Russian Ballet
Teacher

Renee Gratton is a graduate of York University, majoring in Dance. Renee first discovered her love for dance at the age of four at The Georgetown Dance Company where she trained in jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, hip hop and acro. In high school, Renee attended Saint-Thomas Aquinas Secondary School where she was enrolled in the Performing Arts program for dance for four years.

Renee has been a member of the Toronto Argonauts Cheerleading team for the past four seasons where she has had the opportunity to perform with numerous artists such as Kardinal Official, Karl Wolf, Tim Hicks, Jarvis Church, Hedley, Raghav, Brett Kissel and Dallas Smith. She has also performed at the 99th, 100th, 101st and 102nd Grey Cup games. Renee loves sharing her passion for dance with her students and always promotes a positive, hard working and fun attitude!

Shayla Walker
BATD, DMA TTS, Acrobatic Arts Lvl 1
Teacher

Known for exquisite technique and her grace, Shayla Walker, has transformed her small town upbringing into an outgoing, inspiring dancer and teacher. Shayla made her first steps into the dance studio at the age of 3 where she began training with some of the GTA’s greatest dance teachers and choreographers. She was given many opportunities to showcase her talent throughout her studio years while also travelling across Canada and the USA attending many different workshops and being exposed to remarkable choreographers. Shayla’s first pre-professional debut opportunity came while performing in New York City, showcasing her exciting and frivolous talent at Jump Nationals VIP Winner showcase at Radio City Music Hall. Shayla graced the stage in The Conteur Academy’s inaugural productions of “Frames” and “Fill in the Blanks” under the artistic direction of Eryn Waltman. Where she was part of the first graduating class of The Conteur Academy. Shayla prides herself on being accredited with her B.A.T.D. dance teaching certification, D.M.A TTS program and Acrobatic Arts level 1 certified. She strives to maintain a professional approach in all of her endeavors, which has led her to her next challenge of judging future and current talent. This has provided her the outlet to combine all of her years of experience and dance technique with the upmost accuracy and professionalism. Ms. Shayla loves teaching and inspiring dancers of all ages and is excited to be sharing her love of dance with everyone at GDC.

Shonaugh Berry
Teacher

Kerri Weatherhead
Teacher

Our Other Teachers …

Assistant Teachers Jr. Assistants Reception
Allison Laurie
Caite Theodore
Emma Hopson
Nicole Laurie
Zoe Gingrich
Isabelle Annett
Brodie Unsworth
Sierra Anderton
Erynne Scott
Stephanie Scott