Our Team

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OUR TEAM

Strictly Rhythm Dance Academy, Guelph ON

Dedicated Instructors With Years of Experience

All the instructors at the dance school bring considerable experience in competitive dance as well as musical theatre. You can count on the teaching team to encourage your child and bring out their best in a positive environment!

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Strictly Rhythm Dance Academy, Guelph ON

Meet the Director – Michelle Clark

Involved in dance for over 36 years, Michelle Clark strives for performance excellence. Michelle studied dance at Ryerson University and is a certified member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association. Throughout her years in dance, Michelle has competed and choreographed routines for competitions all over Canada and the United States and has had the honourable distinction of several prestigious dance scholarships. In addition, Michelle has choreographed and performed with dance bands as well as the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger Cats Dance Team.

Under Michelle’s direction and leadership the Strictly Rhythm competitive team continues to bring home many diamond and platinum awards. Michelle’s choreography has won numerous choreography and special awards. Michelle is also actively invovled with the recreational program. Michelle teaches all dance elements/styles.

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Kessandra Cook

Dance Instructor

Kessandra started dancing at the age of 3 and instantly fell in love with the freedom of movement that comes along with the art form. She has trained in all styles of dance. Alongside training at her studio, Kessandra also attended high school for the arts where she graduated with the Regionals Arts Program specializing in dance. In this program she was honoured to receive special roles in productions such as “The Nutcracker”, “Where the Wild Things Are”, and “The Polar Express”.

Kessandra has continued to learn and grow as both a dance and teacher by taking classes in Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York from well-known choreographers. She is inspired by how dance, as an art form, is constantly evolving.

Skylar Spratley

Dance Instructor

Skylar has been dancing for over 13 years now, which makes it such a big part of her life. She was a competitive dancer at the Theatre Dance Academy in Oshawa. In June 2018, she successfully completed her teacher’s ballet exam and became a certified member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing.

Previous to that, she had the opportunity to compete in the B.A.T.D North American scholarships against dancers from all around Canada. Additionally, she has performed in many events such as Fiesta Week for Team Canada, the Imperial Ball Arts in Motion for Pan Am Games at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto Rock halftime show, Argos halftime show, and Harlem Globetrotters halftime show, etc. She is very excited to start her next journey with us at Strictly Rhythm Dance Academy.

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Briar Dermo

Dance Instructor

Briar has been dancing for 16 years at an Elite Competitive level. Briar has won multiple scholarships, overalls and awards across Ontario during her dance career. She is a competitive dance teacher at Strictly Rhythm and brings her love of all styles of dance to everything she teaches. Briar is currently working on her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of Guelph. Dance is a huge part of Briar’s life and she brings that enthusiasm to everything she teaches her students.

Strictly Rhythm Dance Academy, Guelph ON

Darian Dermo

Dance Instructor

Darian has 18 years experience in the dance industry, 15 years dancing and 8 of them as a competitive student with SRDA. As a competitive dancer Darian travelled across Ontario winning many awards. Darian has been teaching for the last 3 years and specializes in Preschool dance. She is recognized as a Qualified ECE instructor and has her First Aid Training, Darian enjoys doing theme days and making every dance class a joy for your little dancers to attend. Darian is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Guelph in Child and Youth studies.

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Holly Reid

Dance Instructor

Holly started dancing at the very young age of 2, and has been involved with musical theatre since the age of 10. She joined Royal Canadian Musical Productions in Guelph and landed the role of Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain. Holly also had a leading role in White Christmas, and she took on three separate roles in Seussical. Those performances earned her awards for Outstanding Dance Performance from the RCMPI’s Board of Directors.

Holly is part of the studio’s recreational program, as well as a member of its competitive tap team.

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Amanda Smoskowitz

Guest Instructor

Amanda has been competing in dance since the age of 7. She has since earned many scholarships, as well as invites to prestigious dance companies across Canada and the U.S. Since her first year studying at the University of Guelph, she became part of its award-winning Gryphon Dance Pak. She takes her experience and love of dance to help her students succeed both on and off the stage. She believes in creating a fun and welcoming environment for her students to learn in.

Amber Cookson

Dance Instructor

Amber has trained at Strictly Rhythm Dance Academy since the age of 4, in all forms of dance, but especially enjoys lyrical and acro. She began competing all across Ontario at the age of 6. During her competitive years, Amber has won various overalls and special awards.

In April of 2019, Amber was invited to join and compete with World Performers Canada Inc., where will be representing Canada in Rome, Italy in 2020 at the World Competition-Dance Cup Finals. She will be training for the modern and acro team under top choreographers from across Canada.

Amber continues to train and modernize by being taught by different choreographers and attending workshops. She is excited to share her love for dance and to have the opportunity to teach others.

Emily Newton

Dance Instructor

Emily started dancing at the age of 8 at Sondra’s Tri-Dance Company in Bolton, Ontario. She quickly fell in love with the art and by age 9 was trained at the competitive level. Emily trained in all styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary and musical theatre. During her time in high school she was a part of the regional arts program where she successfully achieved awards for most outstanding achievement in her class. She also performed in productions such as “The Nutcracker” and “The Grinch”.

Emily is now in her third year at the University of Guelph in the Human Kinetics program and still continues to improve and grow as a teacher and dancer.

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Evie Prothmann

Dance Instructor

At the young age of 3, Evie started dancing at Strictly Rhythm. She trained and competed in many different styles including her favourite, tap. Having danced with Strictly Rhythm for most of her life, Evie is excited to share her love for dance with her students.

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Gabrielle Prothmann

Dance Instructor

Gabrielle danced at Strictly Rhythm for 15 years, and was a member of the competitive team for 11 years. She competed in all styles of dance over the years, one of her favourites being Tap. She was an assistant for 4 years, and now that she has graduated she is excited to be joining our teaching staff.

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We look forward to meeting you!

The instructors keep themselves updated on the newest moves and teaching techniques through workshops. Contact us today to learn more about our studio and our staff!