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Dance Pointe Toronto

Our Instructors

Empowering the next generation of dancers

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 our team

OF PROFESSIONAL DANCE INSTRUCTORS

Machaela Croft

Owner & Co-Artistic Director

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

Machaela, a Toronto-based educator, choreographer, and performer with a BFA Specialized Honours degree in Dance from York University, is renowned for her 12-year competitive career and a focus on kinesiology, choreography, and performance. Recently, she became an Associate Member of the Society of Russian Ballet, embracing the Vaganova Ballet Syllabus for both technique and artistry. Continuously advancing her skills with top choreographers, Machaela excels in creating innovative competitive choreography. Her diverse experiences include an editorial internship at The Dance Current Magazine in Toronto, performing in Dawson City, Yukon in dance forms like can-can, jazz, tap, and ariel work, and consistently performing as a company member in TDC Entertainment. Fulfilling her dream, Machaela is excited to open her own studio, sharing her dance passion with the next generation.

Miles Gosse

Co-Artistic Director & Instructor

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

Machaela, a Toronto-based educator, choreographer, and performer with a BFA Specialized Honours degree in Dance from York University, is renowned for her 12-year competitive career and a focus on kinesiology, choreography, and performance. Recently, she became an Associate Member of the Society of Russian Ballet, embracing the Vaganova Ballet Syllabus for both technique and artistry. Continuously advancing her skills with top choreographers, Machaela excels in creating innovative competitive choreography. Her diverse experiences include an editorial internship at The Dance Current Magazine in Toronto, performing in Dawson City, Yukon in dance forms like can-can, jazz, tap, and ariel work, and consistently performing as a company member in TDC Entertainment. Fulfilling her dream, Machaela is excited to open her own studio, sharing her dance passion with the next generation.

Justine Comfort

Acro Instructor & Choreographer

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

Justine Comfort, a Toronto-based independent dance artist, graduated from York University with a BFA in Dance and a certificate in Dance Science, earning the Dance Scholars Award. She has performed in works by renowned artists and interpreted pieces by Julia Aplin, Susie Burpee, and others. A founding member of Half Second Echo, Justine began her teaching career in Acro at Expressions Dance Company in 2007 and now teaches various dance styles and conditioning across the GTA. Certified in Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers and Limón Modern Technique, she's completing a BSc in Kinesiology at York University. Justine is enthusiastic and eager to share her passion for dance with students.

Melissa Truman

Ballet Instructor & Choreographer

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

Melissa Truman, a Southern Ontario-based dancer, educator, and choreographer, boasts a distinguished 10-year competitive career, including World Championship titles and multiple awards. A York University alumna, she graduated Cum Laude in 2014 with a BFA in Dance, focusing on dance pedagogy and somatic practices. Her passion for dance education led her to become an Associate with the Society of Russian Ballet and a certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor. Melissa is also venturing into dance therapy, collaborating on a course for kids. She has performed professionally, including for Cirque du Soleil's Debra Brown. Co-founder of Forma Contemporary Dance and a new dance adjudicator, Melissa loves being part of the Dance Pointe Team, eager to inspire and guide young dancers.

Serena Henriquez

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Serena Henriquez's dance journey began at age 2 with “pre-dance” at Toronto Dance Industry, evolving through 15 years of competitive dance. By 12, she was an assistant teacher, continually expanding her dance repertoire through conventions and competitions. In 2018, Serena joined the Canadian National Tap Team, winning two medals at the IDO World Tap Championships. Although trained in various styles, her love for tap emerged at 11, leading her to train under renowned Canadian tap artists. She recently completed the Tap Dance Centre's syllabus by Kim Chalovich to stay updated in tap. Serena's classes promise fun, energy, and foundational dance techniques. Excited to join Dance Pointe, she looks forward to an inspiring year ahead.

Jean Balallo

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Jean, who started dancing at age 3, excelled in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and other styles, competing and assisting at her studio. Post-high school, she joined a professional dance company and trained in Los Angeles with top choreographers. Currently studying Kinesiology at York University, Jean aims to specialize in physical therapy for dancers. She's thrilled to join Dance Pointe Faculty, eager to inspire young dancers in a positive, fun environment.

Kylie Thompson

Hip Hop Instructor & Choreographer

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Kylie Thompson (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary performer, creator and educator residing in Toronto, Ontario, her credits including the Barenaked Ladies, the Garage, Gadfly Dance Company, TIFF, Hit and Run Productions, Dance: Made in Canada Festival, Toronto Fringe and more. She considers herself an ally to the BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities and is committed to ongoing education, conversation and action towards equality and de-colonization of Western Dance practices.

Marisa Rubiales Yepes

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Marisa began dancing at four and trained in ballet at Dancercise, Brampton, excelling in Royal Academy of Dance exams. At 10, she discovered her passion for the stage, enjoying various dance styles. She further honed her skills in the Regional Art Program at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, also studying musical theatre and vocal training. Marisa assisted in Ballet and Jazz classes and choreographed for her high school. Holding a Bachelor's in Media Studies and Communications from Western University, she now balances roles as a hair and makeup artist in the Toronto Film Industry and as a dance instructor and choreographer.

Gerard McIsaac

Ballet Master & Choreographer

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

As a distinguished alumnus of Canada’s National Ballet School and a celebrated Professional Dance Educator, Mr. McIsaac is renowned in North America's dance community. With over 25 years as a Professional Dance Adjudicator, his expertise in elevating dancers' technical and performance skills is highly sought after. He serves as the Resident Ballet Master in Greater Toronto, mentoring students and leading participants in prestigious competitions like YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX and RAD SOLO SEAL. His company, DANCE DIRECTION, offers private instruction and teacher-training seminars, and he's developed a unique ballet/dance evaluation program used by numerous dance institutions. Mr. McIsaac's impressive credentials include various teaching certifications and notable awards for outstanding teaching. His extensive performance career spans Broadway Musicals, West End productions, and international tours, contributing to his reputation as a passionate and dedicated figure in the dance world.

Jane Ongaro

Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Acrobatique Acro Dance Instructor

Jane Ongaro began dancing at the age of 3. She continued to train into highschool, training in all styles of dance with a focus on acro. Jane also trained in R.A.D ballet and completed many examinations into the advanced levels. Jane began teaching in 2010 in both recreational and competitive programs to students aged 3 to adult. Her competitive routines achieved many overall awards as well as choreography recognition for many dances over the years. In addition to teaching she also worked with TDC Entertainment in Toronto performing in many shows around the GTA, some of those shows include performing at the opening ceremony of the 2016 inactus World Cup, Toronto illuminite, the grand opening of terminal 3 at Pearson international airport and many more. Her love and passion for the art of dance is equal to the love she has for her students. She is beyond excited to be a part of the Dance Pointe Faculty.