The Dance Pointe Approach

At Dance Pointe Toronto, we offer a family oriented environment with educational and fun-filled classes to all of our students. Dance can play  a huge role in the development of your child's confidence, health and overall happiness. This is why we put our focus on growing happy and healthy dancers!

Meet Your Instructors!

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Machaela Croft

Owner & Co-Artistic Director

 

B.F.A Spec. Hons. , S.R.B Assoc. , Alixa Flexibility

Machaela is a Toronto based educator, choreographer and performer. She completed her competitive career of 12 years before continuing her dance education at York University. Machaela graduated in 2014 receiving a BFA Specialized Honours degree in Dance with a concentration on kinesiology, choreography and performance.

Machaela is proud to say she has recently become an Associate Member of the Society of Russian Ballet. She loves to share her passion for technique and artistry through the Vaganova Ballet Syllabus and exam work. She continues to train with the best choreographers in the industry furthering her technique and choreographic style. She believes this has helped her create unique and current competitive choreography for her students.

Alongside her training, Machaela has completed an editorial internship at The Dance Current Magazine here in Toronto. She has had the opportunity to be a part of a unique production in Dawson City, Yukon performing a variety of diverse dance forms including can-can, jazz, tap and ariel work. Machaela continues to perform professionally in Toronto’s dance scene, dancing consistently as a company member in TDC Entertainment. Machaela is beyond thrilled to fulfill her dream of opening her very own studio. She is proud to be able to share her passion of dance with the next generation of dancers.

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Miles Gosse

Instructor & Co-Artistic Director

 

B.F.A Spec. Hons. , B.Ed.

Miles Gosse is a dance artist based in Toronto, Ontario.  A diverse performer, choreographer, and educator, Miles began his training at Wexford Collegiate School of the Arts studying in the Musical Theatre training program, later specializing in performance dance and contemporary techniques.  He continued his dance training at York University where he graduated from the BFA Specialized Honours Dance program as well as earning his Concurrent BEd.

Professionally, Miles danced in works by Michael Caldwell, Alison Daley, Jesse Dell, Marie Lambin, Tracey Norman and The Garage Dance Collective. Miles has performed in the 60x60 Dance Festival, Nuit Blache (Toronto), Fringe Festivals (Toronto, Montreal, and Hamilton), the New Music Festival through U of T as well as Canadian Music Week. Miles' choreography has been presented in the Body Break series curated by Brandy Leary (Anandam Dance Theatre), Edge of the Sky Theatre Productions, New Blue Dance Festival, Randolph College for the Performing Arts and for acclaimed Toronto Fringe shows "WILD/WALLED" (2017) and "in threes" (2018). Miles is Co-Artistic Director and founding member of Toronto Dance Collective Half Second Echo. He teaches at Stagecoach Theatre Arts (Toronto East), Dance Pointe Toronto, Seneca College and is a guest artist at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts.

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Justine Comfort

Acro Instructor & Choreographer

 

B.F.A Spec. Hons. , B. Sc Hons. Kinesiology & Health Science

Justine Comfort is an independent dance artist based in Toronto. She is a graduate of York University where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Specialized Honours in Dance and a Disciplinary Certificate in Dance Science.  Upon graduation she received the Dance Scholars Award for her outstanding work in both practical and theoretical dance research. As a student Justine performed in works by artists such as Julia Sasso, Christopher House, Terrill Maguire, Trisha Brown, Carol Anderson, Robert Glumbek and Holly Small. Since graduating Justine has had the privilege of interpreting works by Julia Aplin, Susie Burpee, Jesse Dell, John Ottmann, Hanna Kiel, Forcier Stage Works, Rock Bottom Movement, Alison Daley and Tracey Norman. Justine is one of the founding members and artistic directors of Toronto contemporary dance collective, Half Second Echo.

As a dance educator Justine began teaching Acro at Expressions Dance Company in 2007.  Since graduating University Justine has broadened her teaching to include many other styles of dance and conditioning at several dance schools in the GTA.  She is certified to teach both Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers and Limón Modern Technique at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. In addition to teaching and performing Justine is currently completing her Bachelor of Science with Specialized Honours in Kinesiology at York University. Justine is so excited to be joining the Dance Pointe team and to share her love and passion for dance with the students at Dance Pointe Toronto!

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Melissa Truman

Ballet Instructor & Choreographer

 

B.F.A Hons. , S.R.B Assoc, Acrobatic Arts

Melissa Truman is a dancer, educator, and choreographer based in Southern Ontario. Following a 10 year long competitive career where Melissa twice won World Championship titles, as well as multiple scholarship and overall awards, she attended York University to study dance.  Melissa graduated Cum Laude in 2014, earning a BFA with Honours in Dance, focusing on dance pedagogy and somatic practices. It was at York that Melissa developed her passion for dance education, leading her to become an Associate with the Society of Russian Ballet and a certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor. Melissa has recently expanded into dance therapy, and is working with a therapist to develop a course for kids. In addition to teaching, Melissa has performed professionally, most notably working with Cirque du Soleil choreographer Debra Brown for Panamania in 2015. Melissa is the co-founder of Forma Contemporary Dance with her sister Stephanie, and is taking on a new role as a dance adjudicator, which she loves because it allows her to connect with students and be a positive voice in the dance industry. Melissa is so excited to be joining the Dance Pointe Team!

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Kay Regozo

Hip Hop Instructor & Choreographer

 

Kay is a hip hop dance educator and performance coach from Toronto. She has been competing and performing professionally for 10 years. Most of her training came from her former dance crew, Bucc N Flvr (pronounced Buck and Flavor) and continues to train under the mentorship with Lenny Len Dela Peña. 

Kay alongside with Bucc N Flvr have participated at many local dance competitions/events such as; STOMP (Champions in 2010), UNITY Charity, Bazaar, and Industry Night. Bucc N Flvr won 3rd Place at the East Coast National Hip Hop Competition held in Montreal both in 2010 and 2011. In 2015, Bucc N Flvr was featured on CBC Arts: The Exhibitionist, which is an online series that highlights artist all across Canada. Other places that Kay was able to travel to compete/perform with her former crew are Ottawa, Washington DC, Punta Cana DR, Scotland UK and Aguila ES. 

More recently, Kay has been developing her own style of dance and aspires to create with other artists. She has had the opportunity to work with Toronto Pop group, Riverse and with New York artist, Ginette Claudette. For 6 years, Kay has been teaching in schools all around the GTA, Toronto Public Library and has also taught in dance studios in Markham and in Orillia. Kay strives to preserve the hip hop culture by sharing her knowledge passed by her teachers and by her own experiences. She is excited and honoured to be the newest faculty member of Dance Pointe Toronto.

 

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Serena Henriquez

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

 

 Serena Henriquez has been dancing since the age of 2. She began her dance journey in “pre-dance” at Toronto Dance Industry and continued to study more styles as she progressed through the next 15 years of her competitive dance career. At the age of 12, Serena became an assistant teacher and continued to do so until the age of 17. To expand her knowledge in dance she attended multiple conventions and competitions every year to experience new styles and challenge herself. In 2018 Serena was accepted onto the Canadian National Tap Team, and competed at the International Dance Organization’s (IDO) World Tap Championships, bringing home two medals for Canada. She is trained extensively in all styles of dance but developed a love for tap at the age of 11 and quickly changed her main focus of study. As Serena moves onto to her post secondary education she continues to train extensively under some of Canada’s highest recognized tap dancers and choreographers. Serena recently completed the Tap Dance Centres syllabus by Kim Chalovich, a new syllabus to keep her knowledge in tap current and will be returning to the Canadian National Tap Team this year.

In her classes, students can expect a fun energetic class that creates the building blocks for strong dance technique and a passion to continue exploring new styles! Serena is very excited to be joining the Dance Pointe team and is looking forward to seeing what the year will bring!

 

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Jean Balallo

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Jean is a dancer and performer who started at the age of 3. She trained under numerous teachers in a variety of disciplines, specializing in Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary. She is also proficient in Tap, Ballet, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. Growing up she competed in several competitions, but her commitment to dance is also embraced by attending dance conventions and further becoming an assistant at her studio. After graduating from high school, her commitment to establishing herself as a performer grew greatly as she joined a professional dance company that specializes in Heels, Hip Hop and Jazz funk. She further travelled to Los Angeles to take her passion to new heights and broaden her knowledge. In this development, Jean has trained with many famous choreographers such as Dexter Carr, Hamilton Evans, Michal Hendzel and more.

Outside of dance, Jean is entering her 4th year of Kinesiology at York University with hopes of becoming a physical therapist that specializes in working with dancers.

As one of the newest editions to the Dance Pointe Faculty, Jean is very excited to share her passion for dance with others. She hopes to inspire the young dancers and create a positive and fun environment that each of her students can look forward to every week!

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Andriana Hountalas

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Andriana started her dance journey at the age of 3 in recreational classes.  She quickly developed a passion for dance and trained in a variety of disciplines, including acro, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, ballet and musical theatre. She began competing 7 years ago and has trained intensely to develop her technique and artistry. She understands the discipline and commitment required to excel and enjoys performing. As an Assistant, Andriana developed the ability to coach younger team members, helping them to go beyond their comfort zone and achieve new heights. During this time she discovered her talent for choreography and improvisation. She makes her official teaching debut this year with Dance Pointe, where she will be teaching acro, contemporary, and jazz to our students in levels 1 to 3.

Andriana is in grade 12 and will be heading to university next year to pursue the sciences.  Andriana is excited to share her experience and love of dance with our team and students.

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Kassi Paliouras

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Kassi found her love for dance at 7 years old in her first acro recreational class. After her first year in dance, she moved up to competitive, and has danced competitively for 9 years under many styles including contemporary, jazz, lyrical, ballet, acro, hip hop, tap, and musical theatre. She understands and demonstrates hard work in her classes to prepare herself for the stage. She has a passion for performing and enjoys jazz and hip hop best. This is Kassi’s second year of teaching with Dance Pointe, and will teach intermediate competitive hip hop, level 2 recreational hip hop, and level 2/3 recreational musical theatre.

Kassi is in grade 12 and will be heading to university next year to study criminology. Kassi is ecstatic to share her love and passion for dance with our team and students.

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Adriana Garcia

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Adriana started ballet at the age of 5, and rapidly joined acrobatics at the age of 6, where she discovered her love for rhythmic gymnastics, which she pursued for 8 years. She started her dance training in grade 9 at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts. She then became part of the DPT competitive team and trained in many styles including contemporary, lyrical, jazz, acrobatics, ballet, and musical theatre. Through school and competitive dance she has also found a love for performing. Adriana uses her years of training to share techniques with her students in order for them to succeed and improve rapidly.

Outside of dance, Adriana is in grade 12 and plans to go to university for business next September. She is thrilled to share her passion and skills with her students!

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