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About

DANCEOLOGY has been a part of the North York community for the past 28 years in the same location.

We are a dance studio that offers Recreational, Competitive and Performance classes.

We pride ourselves on offering something for every dancer, whether it is the highly trained competitive dancer or the 3 year old who is just beginning to discover the world of dance. We strive to teach students of all ages and levels that dance is more than learning routines, taking class and winning awards.

At Danceology, we do our very best to make every student  feel welcome, feel a sense of accomplishment and learn to dance regardless of their skill level.  Students form life long friendships, dance skills that are never forgotten, time management and a passion for dance.  I want each and every student to come into the studio with a positive attitude and a smile on their face and leave with at same smile and sense of accomplishment.

Important Dates

First day of classes

Thanksgiving

Bring a friend week

Winter break

March break

2021 Competition dates

Last day of classes

2021 Recital dates

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH 2020

MONDAY OCTOBER 12TH 2020

MONDAY OCTOBER 5TH – SATURDAY OCTOBER 10TH 2020

DECEMBER 21ST 2020 – JANUARY 3RD 2021

MARCH 15TH – MARCH 20TH 2021

TBA

JUNE 12TH 2021

TBA

Programs

Dance Styles

Meet  Our Staff

Shelley Anne Castro

Teacher

Shelley Anne Castro

A Toronto native, Shelley-Anne has been performing on various stages across the globe behind amazing artists. She has performed in many live televised performances including the Juno’s, Canadian Urban Music Awards, iHeart Radio Much Music Video Awards and has toured with top musicians and entertainers. Her passion for travel has lead her to the cruise industry, traveling to over 150 different countries as a dancer and singer. She was hand chosen for three different inaugural seasons and promoted to fleet Supervisor for Carnival Cruise Lines, managing casts and teaching choreography to industry talent. She was first Playlist Productions Cast Manager and Dancer/Singer in the creation of the new concept that has lead the industry and featured in many of CCL advertising and promotional content.

From a very young age, she began performing in a Caribbean cultural group while training in all disciplines. Turning her passion of performing into a fulfilling career, she was casted in Broadways Lion King and trained with many of Broadways leading directors and also worked with amazing choreographers like Paul Roberts, Lori Anne Gibson, and Fatima Robinson. Shelley-Anne’s Hip Hop foundation was developed under the direction of Luther Brown with DoDat Entertainment.

More recently she has been teaching and developing programs as a Dance Director and Educator for the Harbourfront Centre downtown Toronto. After a decade based out of Miami Florida, she is happy to call Toronto home and proud to be a part of the Danceology family.

Queenie Seguban

Teacher

Queenie Seguban

Queenie is a dance choreographer and educator committed to sharing knowledge about music and dance, as well as the many lessons she has learned throughout her dance journey. She aims to help students discover and rediscover themselves through dance and to equip them with the necessary skills, attitude and mindset to become successful in their own dance journeys.

In addition to graduating from York University with a BA in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Education, Queenie has 10 years of dance training experience in various street styles including but not limited to Hiphop, Krump, and House. With this thorough background in dance, supported by her academic qualifications, Queenie is confident in her ability to fuse varying styles of dance effortlessly into a creative piece of choreography while keeping her students engaged and challenged throughout the learning process. Queenie’s choreographic style is an amalgamation of her training influences from her dance crew DEUCEnDIP (street/commercial style fusion, 2011), from Lenny Len’s FLAVORSHOP (Toronto Hiphop, 2012), from BUCCnFLVR (Toronto Hiphop and Krump, 2017), from Jardy Santiago (House, 2020) and Buddha Stretch (New York Freestyle Hiphop, 2020).

Most recently (2019), Queenie has been featured in the CBC National News as a dance teacher and choreographer of 8 years for Outside Looking In – an Indigenous charity organization dedicated to empowering Indigenous youths through dance. Queenie is also the co-director and co-founder of the all female street/commercial dance training and mentorship program, School of Groove (2017) – a growing and evolving program dedicated to guiding and connecting the young generation of female dancers with the larger dance community.

Queenie’s desire to learn more about music and dance is a life-long journey. She believes in becoming the ‘master student’ – to master the art of learning and to always be curious about growth and bettering ourselves – not only as dancers but as human beings.

Lorena Perez

Teacher

Lorena Perez

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Lorena Perez graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, acquiring her MFA degree in dance with an emphasis in performance and pedagogy. As a member of NYU’s Second Avenue Dance Company, she performed works such as “Grace” by choreographer Ronald K Brown and was one of the dancers selected to perform this piece at Radio City Music Hall. During her time as an MFA student, Lorena had the opportunity to teach at the NYU Future Dancers and Dancemakers program and choreographed for the SADC company and various concerts at the Jack Crystal Theater. After graduating from Tisch, Lorena has performed in site specific performances by choreographer Kate Harpootlian. She also performed her first work as an apprentice with VALLETO dance company, “fresh meat” at Triskelion Arts. During her time at NYC, working as a professional dancer, instructor and choreographer, Lorena was part of the faculty at Ballet Hispánico (Emerging Teaching Artist) and also taught at Dance Management studio in New Jersey.

Throughout her life as a dancer, Lorena has performed in a variety of national and international venues from television to non-profit events, such as Nigel Lythgoe’s Dizzy Feet Foundation in Los Angeles. Moreover, she has appeared in several opening numbers in the show Dancing with the Stars, Costa Rica and has acted and danced in episodes for Costa Rican T.V. Show Dele Viaje. In 2015, she landed the role of a ‘Jet Girl’ Minnie in West Side Story, which was the first Broadway musical in Costa Rica. Before obtaining her MFA in Dance, Lorena graduated from College, earning a BA degree with high honors in Business Administration from Universidad de Costa Rica.

Lorena has more than ten years of experience teaching ballet, Jazz, contemporary and tap, and has choreographed multiple works for various studios around her country Costa Rica and NYC. She is also a T Spheres certified injury prevention instructor and is very passionate about helping her students develop healthy habits and anatomical understanding of their bodies. She currently resides in Toronto Canada and feels honored to be part of the faculty at Danceology!

Isabella Costantino

Teacher

Isabella Costantino

Isabella Costantino grew up in Toronto, Canada training at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance. There, she completed her Cecchetti ballet examinations up to Advanced II under the instruction of Sheona Bell. Isabella began her professional training at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2017, and will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance with a minor in Creative Entrepreneurship in 2021. Isabella has taught younger dancers at Branksome Hall Day Camps for the past two summers. She enjoys inspiring her younger students from all that she has learned from her dance education.

Leora Kirshenblatt

Teacher

Leora Kirshenblatt

Leora’s love for dance began at the age of four and has only continued to evolve. Growing up dancing competitively, Leora is trained in all disciplines of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Acro, Hip Hop and Modern. She has trained at the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City, and the famed Joffrey Ballet School in Los Angeles. Leora graduated with a degree in Performance Dance Studies from George Brown College. Leora has been teaching at Danceology for over ten years and has won numerous awards for her creative and innovative choreography. She has also made appearances as a dancer in both movies and live performances. Leora is a group fitness instructor at Equinox, and is Pilates Mat certified. Leora loves all things movement and finds joy in helping others find their strength through moving.

Alyssa Lue

Teacher

Alyssa Lue

Toronto-based dance artist and choreographer, Alyssa Lue, began dancing at the age of five. She trained competitively for fourteen years under the guidance of some of the industry’s top choreographers. Her passion for the art led her to attend St. Elizabeth Catholic High School, where she graduated from the Regional Arts Program at the top of her class. Currently, Alyssa is a student at York University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in dance and is currently working towards the completion of a Bachelor of Education degree. Alyssa was a member of York University’s competitive dance team, York Lions Dance Energy, for five years leading the team as their captain for two. She has performed in pieces featured in Fever After Dark, Toronto’s Choreography Ball and Toronto’s Dance Teacher’s Expo. Alyssa continues to grow as a dance artist and choreographer as she shares her passion choreographing for various students across the GTA.

Rose-Mary Harbans

Teacher

Rose-Mary Harbans

Rose-Mary Harbans is a multi-faceted performer based in Toronto. Her love for dance began at the age of six. She has nurtured her passion into a thriving career in the entertainment industry. Rose-Mary is an honours graduate of the BFA Dance program from Ryerson University’s School of Performance.
Upon completing her degree, Rose-Mary forged a path for herself in the industry, expanding her versatility as an artist by training in Brazilian Samba, House, and Afro-Caribbean dance. She worked as an apprentice to the chair of the Ryerson Dance Program, Vicki St.Denys, on her show Red, Hot, & Cool which traveled and performed throughout Greece.
Rose-Mary has performed as a dancer, singer and aerialist with Norwegian Cruise Lines, travelling throughout Asia & Alaska. Most recently, she performed in the Tony Award Winning Broadway Musical, After Midnight, choreographed by Warren  Carlyle on the Norwegian Escape.
Rose-Mary has worked with notable choreographers including Gadfly, Neil Shwartz, Patrick Parsons of Ballet Creole, William Yong, Cora Kozaris, and Shameka Blake.
When she’s not dancing, you can find her on her yoga mat, tending to her plants, or enjoying a movie with her loved ones. She is excited to be teaching at Danceology this season!

Deanna Bucco

Front Desk

Deanna Bucco

Deanna Bucco, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, began her dance training in tap, jazz, acro, ballet, hip hop, and lyrical at the age of five, and she was a student and competitive dancer at Danceology for over 17 years. Deanna graduated with honours from Ryerson University in 2019, and will be graduating this year from the Master of Teaching program at OISE at the University of Toronto. Deanna has always remained a part of the Danceology community through assisting and subbing, and has worked at our front desk for the past 4 years. She is passionate about teaching and working with students, and she is honoured to have the opportunity to share her passion both inside and outside of the studio.

Denise Mele

Director

Denise Mele

Denise Mele, originally from the United States, has been residing in Canada for the past 30 years. She now makes her home on Schomberg Ontario with her husband John and 4 children. JM, Danielle, Johnny and Nikki.

She studied with Rolann B. Evans (Miller)in her early years and the studied under the direction of David DeMarie and Leonard Castilone in Clarence Center NY in all forms of dance. After studying in New York at Broadway Dance Center, she went on to perform in various shows in the United States, the Caribbean and Canada including Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Bermuda, Reno and many others as a dancer, choreographer, dance captain and company manager. She has also been a regular adjudicator for the Miss New York State Jr. Miss Pageant. Her experiences as a performer then brought her to Canada where she opened up a dance studio. Danceology has been under the sole direction of Denise since 1992 and continues to thrive and produce well-rounded dancers.

Danceology was one of the first dance studios in the area to compete in hip hop back in the early 90’s. She started putting students in dance competition when there was not even a category for hip hop dance. She has choreographed for various pop stars for music videos and performances over the years. Her studio is always welcoming new artists for choreography and draws in names such as Luther Brown, Danny Fernandes, Trish, Tyler Medeiros, Massari, Mia Martina and many, many more. Denise is very proud of her years as a teacher and always strives to keep her students up on the latest in choreography by traveling to New York ad LA and offering workshops in the studio to her students. Her dancers are now working on cruise ships, productions shows, commercials, movies, as Raptor dancers, TVO’s Pop it, Blue Jay dancers, Shaw Festival, Stratford and current music videos.

Denise has always had a passion for teaching and working with children and continues to teach and adjudicate and pass on her love for dance to students of all ages and levels. She is very happy to be still doing what she loves to do….teach dance. 28 years of Danceology!

FAQs

Do you offer a free trial class?2020-08-20T05:19:01+00:00

Yes! We are happy to offer a free trial class to all new dancers! Sometimes dancers are not sure which form of dance they would like to try so we make it easier by allowing you to try a few classes within the first week. You must fill our a registration form at the desk and sign a waiver before attending a class.

Do you offer competitive dance?2020-08-20T05:19:50+00:00
Yes! We have two levels of competitive dance. We have pre-comp, which regquire 4 classes per week (one must be ballet). We have full time competition, which requires 6 or more classes per week (two ballet classes required)
We have a mini team of competitive dancers starting at age 6.
Do you offer recreational dance and is there a year end show?2020-08-20T05:25:43+00:00

Yes! We offer all forms of dance for all ages in recreational dance. Our classes run from September through June and we have a year end showcase for all performers! A costume for our year end show is included with your registration for the year.

What forms of dance do you offer?2020-08-20T05:26:13+00:00

Danceology offers classes in jazz, tap, ballet, acrobat, musical theater, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop and adult dance. We also have combo classes for two ages groups! 3-4 years and 4-5 years!

How much do classes cost?2020-08-20T05:26:48+00:00

The two 1 hour classes are week are recommended, as is practicing at home. As you progress through the ranks if you want more 1:1 attention we offer 30 minute private lessons which can further help hone your skills.

What is the age range at Danceology?2020-08-20T05:27:17+00:00

The majority of our students are elementary and high school students, we have dancers of all ages and skill level at Danceology. Our youngest dancers begin as early as 2.5 (they should be 3 by January of the dance year). These children need to be potty trained, and they need to be comfortable being away from their parent for the duration of the class.

What can I expect my 3 year old to learn?2020-08-20T05:27:44+00:00

They basically work on locomotor skills, pre ballet, creative movement and social interaction. Sometimes young children enjoy the rhythms of dancing at home, but it takes time for some of them to be ready for organized group activity. At this age it varies a lot from child to child. The teacher will encourage them to join the class and have fun while helping them to be a part of the class.

How do I know if my child is progressing?2020-08-20T05:28:32+00:00

We have parent watch weeks in the early winter and spring. As far as your child’s advancement, the individual teacher is the one who can best judge that in relation to the rest of the class. If you have concerns, we recommend that you schedule a time to meet with the teacher.

I was never a dancer, will this have a negative impact on my child’s ability to grasp dance concepts and develop skills?2020-08-20T05:29:03+00:00
A parent with no experience in dance has no impact on a child’s learning abilities!
Encourage your child to show you what they learned in class. Don’t force a regimented practice schedule on them at an early age. Dance is supposed to be fun!
Where can I find dance shoes, dancewear for my child?2020-08-20T05:29:45+00:00

A form with information for the proper shoes to wear for classes will be given to all registered dancers. We will recommend the best place to find the appropriate shoes. Always discuss with the teacher before purchasing the proper shoes.

When do classes begin and end?2020-08-20T05:30:13+00:00

All classes begin 1 week after public school begins in September. Our classes run like the school year and are finsihed in June. While we do accept students later in the year, it is to the student’s benefit to start at the beginning of the season.

How do I register?2020-08-20T05:30:59+00:00

Please fill out the online form attached to an email with the type of dance you are interested in taking. We will have registration dates posted on our website for in person registration as well. Auditions for our competitive team will be posted on our website shortly!

What are your payment plans? Do I have to pay for the year upfront?2020-08-20T05:31:27+00:00

We have a variety of payment options for your convenience. There is a discount for payment in full for the season. There is an installment of 4 payments and a monthly installment option. All payment options reguire attendence for the entire September through June season. All payment options include a costume, registration fee and tuition. HST is added to all payments.

Do you offer family discounts?2020-08-20T05:31:56+00:00

Yes, we offer discounts to families with more than one child. Only one discount is allowed per family. Cousins are not included. Siblings only.

Contact Us

Address

2700 Dufferin St.
Unit 4&5
Toronto, Ontario
M6B 4J3

Business Hours

Monday-Thursday  4:30pm – 10:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm

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