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Teaching Staff

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Emily Hergott
Competitive & Recreational Instructor/Choreographer

Emily found her passion for dance at the age of 2 and has been training in, Jazz, Ballet (RAD), Progressive Ballet Technique, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, and gymnastics ever since.

Emily pursues a degree in Therapeutic Recreation at Brock University, in hopes to some day create a dance program for children with disabilities. She is dedicated to finding a space for everyone in dance. She believes dance is more than just a sport, it is an art, a tool, and a therapy. 

Throughout her fourteen years of competing, she has won many awards and scholarships at conventions, workshops, and preprofessional dance teams around the world. Emily has trained with artists such as Blake McGrath, Ian Eastwood, Stephen Boss also known as “tWitch” from The Ellen Show, his wife Allison Holker, Stacey Tookey, the Nappytabs duo, and more. Emily has a background in dance, and theatre, and has been able to indulge in some amazing opportunities such as audition in modelling, acting, and dance at the Canadian Modeling and Talent Convention, where she competed in in front of a panel of judges made up by representatives from the top 70 entertainment agencies around the world. She’s received offers to preform for the New York City Entertainment group, preform as a back up dancer in music videos for world famous artists and preform in many live theatre productions through the Royal City Musical Productions. 

 

Emily has years of teaching experience and enjoys using dance to share her passion with her students and help them unlock their full potential through nourishing their talents as dancers, as well as their growth as people.

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Maya Saggar
Competitive & Recreational Instructor/Choreographer

Maya has been involved in the dance industry for over 20 years, as a dancer, instructor and choreographer. She has trained and performed in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theatre across Canada and the United States. As an instructor/choreographer, her students have gone on to win numerous awards, scholarships and titles. 

 

Maya is well known in the dance community for her mindset on training the “whole dancer”. While Maya provides high-level technical training to dancers of all ages and disciplines, she also prioritizes developing students’ artistry, athleticism, confidence and leadership skills. By training the whole dancer, Maya is able to offer appropriate, technical and beautiful choreography to all of her students. 

 

Outside of the dance studio, Maya is a passionate educator, currently holding her Masters of Education and working towards her Doctorate in Education. As an educator, Maya is dedicated to her continued professional development. She continues to attend masterclasses, workshops, seminars and conferences to improve her artistic and teaching practice. 

 

Maya is very excited to be joining the Dancesations family and looks forward to inspiring others and sharing her passion for dance with everyone at DDA! 

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Tyler Hergott
Competitive Tap Instructor/Choreographer

Tyler started dance at the young age of three but knew he was hooked the first time he watched his older sisters on stage. Since then, dance has always been the guiding force in his life. In his time dancing, Tyler has trained in tap, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and musical theatre.

 While Tyler has trained in all styles, he has found his greatest passion in Tap dance. Tyler is drawn to the rhythms and music he can create in his movement and prides himself on his view of Tap dance as an instrument. His understanding is rooted deeply in historical and practical knowledge of the dance, passed on to him by some of the greatest tap dancers today, including: Dianne Walker, Sarah Savelli, Starinah Dixon, Sam Weber, Ray Hesselink, Maud Arnold, Mike Glenney, Randy Skinner, Gregg Russell, and Bril Barrett. Tyler's dance experience has led him far from home, having travelled to Detroit, Cleveland, and even Germany in pursuit of furthering his craft. 

Tyler was also a proud member of Team Canada for Tap, and competed in Germany at the World Tap Dance Championships, earning himself Silver and Bronze medals in the process. He's attended such workshops as: "Dianne Walker's Artists Symposium", the "Canadian Dance Expo", the "Eastern Canadian Tap Conference", "Tapperfest", and the "Toronto Rhythm Initiative Summer Intensive" and he has also completed the American Tap Dance Foundation's "Teacher Training Certificate" Program.

Tyler began teaching dance in 2019 and was immediately drawn to the growth he can help nurture in his students and the challenge of creating new ways to push his students to their full potential. He embraces a fun, upbeat classroom environment rooted in a deep respect for the dance and the history it represents. 

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Tracy Lampman
DMA, BATD, PAA, NADE

Owner/Director

Tracy Lampman has been in the dance industry for over 40 years. and has grown up in the competitive dance world as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer.  She has extensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern and Lyrical and has studied with the finest teachers and institutions in Canada and the USA.  

 

During that time Tracy became a certified dance teacher with the Canadian Dance Masters of America, Chapter 38 and The British Association of Teachers of Dance and has completed all her Ballet exams finishing with her Advanced 1 exam with the Royal Academy of Dance.  Tracy has also completed online training with the National Academy of Dance Education and is a member of Dance Ontario.  Tracy continued her dance education by completing the Professional Adjudicators Alliance program and is now working on obtaining her Progressive Ballet Technique certification levels.

 

She has taught all ages of recreational and competitive dancers across Ontario and has won numerous awards and titles across Canada and the United States for her dancing and her choreography.   Some of the outstanding awards include Top Studio Awards, Studio Spirit Awards, Top Marks of the Competition Awards, Choreography Awards, Costume Awards and Overall Winner Awards are just to name a few of Tracy’s teaching and choreography accomplishments.  Recently Tracy had one of her students represent Dancesations and Canada, on the Team Canada Show Dance Team that competed in Poland.

 

Some of Tracy's students have gone on to have professional careers in the dance industry. Some have gone on to teach at award winning studios and others have taken the big step and opened their own studios.  Blake McGrath from "So You Think You Can Dance" and Tina Pereira, Principle Dancer with the National Ballet of Canada began their dance training with Tracy.

 

Tracy graduated from Cawthra Park School of the Arts majoring in Dance and from there went on to be a Dancer with the Mississauga City Dance Company and Canada's Wonderland.

 

Tracy has a passion for dance, a love for children and enjoys teaching this wonderful art form.

 

At Dancesations Dance Academy we strive to provide quality dance education in a caring and structured environment. 

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Chantal Smith
 
Competitive & Recreational  
Instructor/Choreographer

Chantal started her dance training at the age of 3 in St.Catharines, Ontario. There she has trained competitively and performed in all styles including Jazz, Jazz Funk, Jazz Technique and flexibility, Lyrical, Ballet, Hiphop, Contemporary and Tap.

She studied under world renowned instructors and choreographers including Barry Youngblood, Christopher Smith, Scott Benson, Dustin Phillips, Liz Imperio, Ray Leeper, Denise Wall, Mia Micheals, Mark Meisner, Brian Friedman, Blake McGrath, Stacey Tookey.

After graduation Chantal continued on to start her career in dance teaching across Canada/ United States and Bermuda. She ended up settling in Whistler, British Columbia and there she taught, mentored and choreographed dancers of all ages 2yrs to adult in recreational, company, performance and competition dance at various dance schools across the Sea To Sky (Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish, Vancouver). As an Instructor/Choreographer she has won Choreography Awards and her students have gone on to win numerous awards, scholarships, working in the industry and have been accepted and moved on to continuing their dance careers at professional dance companies such as The Joffrey Academy of dance of The Joffrey Ballet, Launch Academy /The Space TV, Arts Umbrella Dance Company.

Chantal has currently relocated to St.Catharines, Ontario and has returned to her roots to further her schooling in education and dance. Chantal’s approach to teaching and choreographing is artistic, creative, technical with an eye for details, encouraging, challenging and a strong passion for movement, music and dance psychology .

Chantal has years of teaching experience.She is dedicated, loyal and has a positive outlook on the training of her students and herself as a teacher and a positive outlook on life itself .She is driven and her energy towards sharing her knowledge and artistic creations is inspiring.

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Maddison Fletcher 
Recreational Instructor

Maddison has danced competitively for over 10 years with Stars on Stage Dance and Performing arts where she found her passion for performing. Maddison has trained in Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Ballet (RAD) bringing home many overalls and special awards with her solos and group performances. 

 

Throughout her years of competing, Maddison has attended many workshops including when she traveled to New York where she learned from professional dancers and choreographers. 

 

In the summer of 2018 Maddison participated in Dance the World in Walt Disney World Resort performing in a parade though Magic Kingdom and at the World ShowPlace in Epcot. She then performed many different roles in Hamilton’s annual Nutcracker with Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts. Maddison was also a part of an International Dance Mentorship program run by Reet Roy training from professional dancers all around the world in many different styles of hip hop. 

 

Maddison is currently attending Brock University for Dramatic Arts where she continues to dance and teach with Brock Dance. 

 

At the age of 15 Maddison started helping with dance classes at all levels and styles until she began teaching at the age of 18. Maddison absolutely loves sharing her passion for dance and watching her students grow and learn. 

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Kiera Ursacki
Competitive & Recreational Instructor

Kiera started dancing at the age of 4 and started to compete at the age of 7 continuing until she was went all the was 19!

While competing Kiera won many special awards snd scholarships for performances. She was always known for her hair whips in her solos or her faces on stage.

After graduating from her super senior year she knew her time for performing was definitely not over! Kiera signed her first contract with Niagara Riverlions dance pak for the 2023 season!

She also knew after she graduated she wanted to start a career in teaching dance to the next generation.  

Currently Kiera teaches hiphop, tap and jazz and is loving every second of it.

Not only is Kiera a dance teacher she is also a hair dresser! Being able to manage both has been a blessing for her doing both things that she loves.

Kiera is so excited to be able to share her passion of performing and energy with the students!

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