Founder/Artistic DirectorVitek Wincza graduated as a professional dancer from the State Ballet School in Gdansk, Poland. He has performed for the Musical Theatre of Gdynia, Poland; The Grand Opera; the Ballet Theatre of Lodz, Poland; and the National Dance Company “Mazowsze” where he toured throughout North America. After several successful performances in Hamilton Place, he decided to stay permanently in Canada. In 1982, after his defection, he ran and operated his own dance school in Burlington and Hamilton area. He is a dancer, choreographer, producer, and arts educator.
Sharon Denise van Es
Faculty – Ballet
Sharon Denise studied teaching, performance and anatomy at York University (Honours) She is also a graduate from Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, the foremost ballet teacher training program in the country. She is qualified to teach all levels of Ballet, Pointe, and choreography. Sharon Denise is passionate about helping children in developing healthy dance skills while at the same time fostering a love of dance. She is looking forward to working with everyone in the upcoming year!
Faculty – Ballet
Eleanor Bull is a former professional who received her ballet training at Canada’s National Ballet School. During her career she danced with the renowned Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Washington, and then continued on to dance with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre before moving back to Toronto. In 2012 she toured across Canada with Ballet Jorgen dancing soloist roles in their production of Swan Lake. She also danced in the corps de ballet with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens for their Nutcracker.
In 2016 Eleanor graduated from the Teacher Training Program at NBS. Eleanor believes in nurturing strong artists as well as providing a technical foundation that will enhance expression.
Faculty – Modern (Sub for Mat Leave)
Alexandria DiFazio was born in Hamilton, Ontario. She began her training at a young age at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, gaining extensive training in the Russian ballet style, jazz and contemporary dance forms. She then pursued a variety of other dance forms, including tap, modern, lyrical, and hip-hop. Alexandria completed her undergrad at York University, where she gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Specialized Honours in Dance. She was a member of the York Dance Ensemble for the 2013-2014 season, performing in new works by choreographers Marie France Forcier, Julia Sasso, Holly Small, and Montreal’s Tentacle Tribe. During her final year at York, Alexandria choreographed a contemporary piece entitled The Letter. The Letter was chosen by York faculty members to represent York at Fresh Blood 2014, a showcase for emerging choreographers. Alexandria’s piece was presented at Harbourfront Center, in association with The Chimera Project, as part of the Next Steps Series 2013-2014.
Alexandria has performed in the 2016 Frostbites Festival in a piece entitled Deva (Alyssa Nedich) and danced in the Soil music video (Alyssa Nedich) performed by the band Of Us Giants. She has participated in years of performances during the Supercrawl Festival and is currently rehearsing for a piece choreographed by Alyssa Nedich, entitled Communal Solace, which will be showcased at the Art Gallery of Hamilton during the 2017 Frostbites Festival. She is also a professional CFL Cheerleader with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. As an active member of the team, she participates in numerous promotional events in the community and performs at all home games. She participated in the 103rd and 104th Grey Cup Festivals, as well as danced alongside musical artists Alessia Cara, Dean Brody, and One Republic.
Alexandria is also a certified teacher (Ontario College of Teachers). She completed a Bachelor of Education from Brock University in Music-Vocal. In addition to her passion for dance, she also shares a passion for music. She is trained in pop and classical vocal music, and has been playing piano for the past eight years.
Alexandria plans to pursue a career in education, as well as a professional dance artist and choreographer.
Faculty – Modern/ Education Programs (On Mat Leave)
Julia Garlisi has been performing with Dancetheatre David Earle since 2003. She is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre Professional Training Program. Along with being a Senior Dance Artist of Dancetheatre David Earle (DtDE) she has the pleasure of working with numerous Canadian companies, choreographers, film directors, and music producers. Independently, Julia has been fortunate to work with Denise Duric, Janet Johnson, Newton Moraes, Suzette Sherman, Lacey Smith, Toronto Heritage Dance, and The Niagara Dance Company. Choreographically, her work has been commissioned for Guelph Dance Festival, Stratford Spring Works Indie Theatre & Art Festival, DtDE, The Suzuki String School, and Dusk Dances Hamilton. Internationally Julia had the opportunity to showcase her solo in Italy, Austria, and Germany.
Julia also has an active life teaching and passing along the principles of Modern Dance. She teaches adult community classes and private school students technique and repertory at DtDE, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, and the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts.
Faculty – Ballet/Hip Hop/Jazz
Daring to follow her artistic dreams, Alyssa Nedich has been working as a choreographer, director and dance instructor for six years. Always willing to try something new, Alyssa has developed a versatile portfolio with experience in competitions, classrooms, theatres and on movie sets. She can be seen on stages and screens across Canada, as well as sitting on the other side creating, curating and developing new work.
Most recently, Alyssa choreographed and produced a twenty-minute performance piece Deva, for the 2016 Frostbites Festival, which received outstanding reviews in The Hamilton Spectator and Hamilton View. In the past year Alyssa has worked with notable choreographers like Melissa Jane Shaw, and Learie Mc Nicholls. Specifically, Alyssa was honored with the opportunity to choreograph for Learie Mc Nicholls’ Little Dances Big Stage and was hand-picked to perform a solo choreographed by Nicholls. She has also played Agnes in Gypsy and Grandma Addams in Addam’s Family during Hammer Entertainment’s 2014-2015 season.You can catch Alyssa as a dancer on screen in the new country movie musical Country Crush.
Faculty – Hip Hop
Josh Court is well known performer and educator here in Hamilton. He is the co-founder of Defining Movement dance company and has been teaching an choreographing for the last 7 years. Josh has performed and choreographed for events such as Supercrawl , the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s World Film Festival and more. As a dance educator, Josh has been involved with teaching at elementary and secondary schools across Hamilton and the surrounding area, as well as working with local youth organizations.
Faculty – Jazz/Tap/Ballet
Tanya discovered her love of dance at age 7 in Welland Ontario after years of mimicking her older sisters. She was not a natural talent, but was determined to pursue her passion for it. She attended Summer Intensives at Quinte Ballet School and The Nashville Ballet and was a corps member and soloist with both with the Buffalo City Ballet Company under the Direction of Marvin Askew and the Niagara Civic Ballet Company under the Direction of Beverly Feder F.I.S.T.D. As she continued her training, she had the opportunity to perform with the Danny Grossman Dance Company during their Niagara Residency Program. She then continued her studies at Ryerson University graduating with Honours from the Theatre Dance Program. After she graduated in 2000, Tanya joined Jean Ann Ryan Productions, where she was Dance Captain aboard several cruise ships for Norwegian, and Regal Cruise Lines. Tanya had the opportunity to choreograph a new show for the cruise ships fall foliage tour through the Maritimes & St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada.
She decided to take a break from traveling and try her hand at teaching for a while. She travelled to Medicine Hat Alberta to begin teaching at the Medicine Hat College Conservatory of Music and Dance. This is where she discovered her love of sharing her passion for dance with future generations of dancers. Tanya became the director of the dance program shortly after arriving and built a strong competitive and recreational program within the conservatory. Students of hers have been accepted into professional programs such as Ryerson University, York University, AMDA, George Brown, University of Calgary, National Ballet School, and Quinte Ballet and more.
Tanya currently holds her Intermediate Certificate in both Cecchetti, and R.A.D. ballet, and is an ADAPT certified instructor.