Staff

Miss Tara – Director / Choreographer

Tara Lee Vaillancourt has been dancing since the young age of three. Following dance disciplines such as jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern and hip hop, she was the recipient of many dance awards and ballet seminar scholarships. Having been part of the Teacher Training Program (TTP) at the National Ballet School of Canada, Tara brings forth her high dance skills and abilities to students. Being a high skilled and technically sound dancer has allowed her to grow into a knowledgeable and encouraging teacher. She is currently working towards her Yoga Teacher certification. Tara couldn’t be happier about the upcoming dance year as she is looking forward to bringing all of her dance expertise forth in order to make dance a rewarding and positive experience for all!

Miss Jayde – Director / Choreographer

Growing up as a competitive dancer, Jayde Vaillancourt has been dancing since the age of seven. Having focused on disciplines which encompass the realms of tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, and modern, she has evolved into an enthusiastic teacher and creative choreographer. A graduate of the Faculty of Education with an additional qualification in Dance Education, Jayde has acquired a variety of teaching tools, which enable her to instruct students of all ages and abilities. Over the years, Jayde has choreographed multiple award winning numbers and has been honoured in regards to “Outstanding Choreography” awards. Jayde is involved with local theatre; choreographing several Summer Challenge productions. She currently teaches Dance and French at St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Secondary School and is also the Director, Teacher and Choreographer for both recreational and competitive programs at Dance Expressions. Jayde is very excited for the upcoming dance year as she wants to pass on her love of dance to her students and help them reach their full dancer potential!

Miss Evelina

Evelina Sushko began dancing at the age of five. She graduated from Kiev State Choreographic College with gold medal and diploma with honours and continued her studies at the National University of Culture and Arts, ‘Professional Ballet Teacher and Choreographer’ program. During these years she was a receiver of the Government and Presidential Scholarships as well as an award-winner and finalist of such prestigious international ballet competitions as “Prix de Lausanne” in Lausanne, Switzerland, among others. In 2001 Evelina joined the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Ukraine, where she performed major roles in a wide range of classical and neo-classical performances, including Lilac Fairy in “The Sleeping Beauty”, Myrtha in “Giselle” and many more. In 2003 Evelina moved to Canada to become one of the leading dancers of the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. During the next eight years she performed leading and soloist roles in all the performances of the ABTC (Fidelio and Leonora in “Fidelio”, Donna Julia in “Don Juan”, Prima Donna in “The Phantom of the Opera” and others) and toured with the company extensively across Canada, the US and Europe (France, Belgium, Switzerland among other countries). In 2011, upon leaving the company, Evelina received an Honorary Citizenship of Moncton, New Brunswick, from the Mayor of the city George LeBlanc in recognition of her achievements in the world of dance. Evelina is thrilled for another year at Dance Expressions and is looking forward to sharing her passion for dance and her experience with all of our students!

Miss Taryn

Taryn Ross began dancing at the age of three. Growing up as a competitive dancer she has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, and modern, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop, and has received her teachers diploma from the British Association. Taryn has had the privilege of dancing with the Moscow ballet company in the production of The Nutcracker in 2010. In 2013, Taryn received a scholarship for a summer camp in Toronto training with The National Ballet Company. Currently Taryn is enrolled at Nipissing University and is the Co-captain on the Nipissing Competitive Dance Team. Taryn is very excited to start teaching at Dance Expressions and share her acquired knowledge with the students to help the dancers grow.

Miss Beverly

Ms. Bev is happy to be returning to Dance X for her 3rd year, she is a Ballet, Jazz, & Creative Movement teacher. She started her love for dancing at the age of 3. She has studied many disciplines including; Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Hip Hop. She was a competition dancer and attended many summer intensives throughout the years. She has performed various roles with the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in the Nutcracker, Snow White and other performances. Bev moved to North Bay in 2012 from her hometown in Pennsylvania. She has been a dance teacher since 2005. She enjoys working with the younger students and building solid foundation blocks for their future dance career. Bev likes to always encourage her students to reach for their dreams and set their goals high.