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Music with Jennifer Gasoi: Sing, move…shine!

Grammy® Award Winner and two-time JUNO nominated singer/songwriter Jennifer Gasoi is one of Canada’s most acclaimed children’s performers and recording artists. Jennifer has a unique gift for writing and performing upbeat, intelligent, jazz and world-based children’s songs that adults love too. Her ability to appeal to kids and adults alike is one of Jennifer’s most unique and endearing qualities. 

For the past 25 years Jennifer has worked with children in settings which include teaching piano, voice and song writing, working in schools, community centres, daycares and teaching mom/baby music classes. She loves to create opportunities for kids to express themselves, connect to others, and to discover the joy of music.

Jennifer’s career took off in 2005 with her debut album “Songs for You”. It was nominated for a Juno Award for Children’s Album of the Year, was awarded a coveted Gold Parent’s Choice Award and won an American Song-writing Award. From there, Jennifer started performing in bigger venues with a full band, performing throughout Canada, and in cities such as LA, New York, and Philadelphia.

Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well, Jennifer’s sophomore album, garnered glowing accolades. It is the 2014 Grammy Award Winner for Best Children’s Album of the Year, was nominated for a 2013 Juno Award for Children’s Album of the Year, and won a coveted Parent Choice Award. Jennifer was also voted 2013 Canadian Children’s Artist of the Year in the Canadian Independent Music Awards. Jennifer’s has also added an Award Winning author to her roster, with her 2016 Gold Parent Choice Award winning book – Blue and Red Make Purple, a Musical Journey with Jennifer Gasoi.

Jennifer’s website.

Préville Online! Music for Little Ones, Ukulele, Guitar, Choir

Alison Notkin is a folk-pop songwriter, guitarist and singer who was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Having spent a good amount of time during her formative years at her family’s rural homestead in Vermont, a lot of her work has been informed by a love of nature and a simple way of life, as well as the folk protest music that initially inspired her to learn guitar. Her songwriting has been infused with her musical experiences; studying and playing jazz at university, composing songs and playing in bands, and researching and writing about music in the context of her master’s thesis on the sound of political music.

Alison’s songwriting, rooted in folk music has been described as “absolument charmant” and “doux et sincère” (www.latribune.ca, April 2013) and lauded for its break from the traditional, (Alison Notkin’s) “Pull the Anchor” takes a fresh twist on the familiar convention of a spurned lover choosing the sea rather than face a former beau…” (Sing Out! Magazine, January 2008). In 2007, some of her music was recorded by The McDades for their Juno award winning album, “Bloom”. Most recently, Alison has been composing and performing music for children and parents alike about nature and the natural processes that occur during the seasons through Music By The Season, an educational program that she founded in 2013. Alison’s website.

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Voice

Zoé is a Montreal-based pianist, singer, conductor and composer/arranger. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Masters in Conducting from McGill University. She now works as music director for choirs, orchestras and various theatres. 

As a private teacher, Zoé concentrates on Classical and Broadway, which includes pop, rock and jazz. She is well versed in different styles and loves to share that musical diversity. Always one to listen to her students, Zoé adapts the lessons to their needs, whether it is to work on technique, to prepare for an audition, or simply to gain confidence singing or playing piano. She cares about the progress of her students and knows how to have fun while learning.

Voice, Triple Threat

Colin holds degrees in both music and teaching from McGill University where he is currently a graduate researcher. His voice lessons are individually tailored to each student, focusing on healthy vocal production and classical technique in a variety of popular and traditional musical genres. Colin’s pedagogical approach encourages self-sustained learning and is based firmly in the principle that everyone has a voice. Having worked for over a decade in the Montreal area as a music teacher, vocal/instrumental technician, conductor, musical director, and coach, he has drawn on his grounding to create adaptive and engaging musical experiences for his students.

Piano 

Viktor began his musical training with his parents, both professional musicians, and decided at age 12 to become a professional pianist. He is passionate about music, reading, languages and culture. Winner of numerous scholarships and prizes, including a prestigious Prix Opus in 2021, Viktor has performed as a soloist and has been interviewed for the radio and TV in Canada, Europe and the United States. Viktor completed his B.Mus. at the University of South Carolina with Prof. Marina Lomazov and his M.Mus. and Graduate Diploma in Performance at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University with Prof. Ilya Poletaev. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology researching musical style and pedagogy with Prof. Caroline Traube at the University of Montreal. In addition to his academic pursuits, Viktor is passionate about teaching and aims to combine his passions in a career in CEGEP and University-level teaching while continuing with concert performances. 

Class description: In my private classes, I teach students the fundamentals of good piano playing and musicianship: good sound, clean technique, musicality, basic theory and style. The goal in my class is for students to build self-confidence through learning how to incorporate a disciplined and regular practice schedule into their routine, setting clear objectives for themselves and being comfortable with public performance. 

Finally, I encourage my students to challenge themselves and prepare for concerts and examinations every year.

Piano

Viriginia studied music at Vincent d’indy and then completed a Bachelor of Music in performance at Concordia University. She has participated internationally, in music festivals in Italy and Spain, and she has been involved in teaching at Concordia’s summer camp. Virginia has many years of teaching experience that she draws upton to help her tailor her approach to each student’s individual needs.

Piano

Rose Nemeth graduated with a Bachelor in Music from McGill University in 1989. She enhances her teaching with games and the study of theory in her private and group piano lessons. She has students as young as 4 1/2 (some with learning challenges), youth, and adult+ ages. Rose has accompanied choirs, vocalists and instrumentalists.
 
In the 1990s she played for ballet classes, and prepared vocal students for, and performed in, “The Wizard of Oz” at Vincent Massey School, through the Arts Smart program. Rose is currently Organist at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Greenfield Park, playing for Sunday Services, Funerals and Weddings. Rose teaches privately, and at Préville Fine Arts Centre.
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Piano

A native of the capital region, Suzanne Ozorak studied piano pedagogy with Ms. Cynthia Millman-Floyd, piano with Mr. Jean-Paul Sevilla, and classical organ with Ms. Karen Holmes at the University of Ottawa. She continued her studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in the organ class of Raymond Daveluy where she was awarded a First Prize. She then went on to study with Bernard Lagaçé at Concordia University where she obtained an Artist’s Diploma in Organ Performance.

She began her musical studies at the age of 5 with the Sisters of Holy Cross. Her teaching career began at an early age, first at the Ottawa Conservatory, then at the University of Ottawa and since 1981, at the Centre d’Art de Préville. She is also an affiliated professor at Vincent d’Indy (University of Montreal).

She has been an accompanist for the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Les Grands Ballets canadiens and she accompanies opera singers. In addition to her teaching career, Ms. Ozorak is a concert organist.

Piano

Originally from Montréal, Jenny Perron began her piano studies at age four. She has participated as  a collaborative artist in prestigious competitions, recordings and recitals in Canada, the United States., France and  Taiwan. Her recitals have been broadcast on Radio-Canada FM, CBC Radio-Canada and National Public  Radio. Dr. Perron has performed in major recital halls–including Carnegie Hall, and she is also a respected and sought-after collaborative recording artist.


Dr. Perron has received scholarships and prizes from Le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the Canadian Music Competition, McGill University, The Eastman School of Music, le Centre  d’Arts Orford, and the Johannessen International School of the Arts. She obtained her  Bachelor’s Degree from McGill University, her Master’s Degree from l’Université de Montréal and her  Doctorate from The Eastman School of Music. She worked on the faculty of the School of Music at Western  Illinois University for many years, while also building an active private piano studio. Her  students have won several young artist competitions and awards. Jenny worked as a church pianist at St. Paul’s  Church in Macomb, IL for several years, and she has  recently moved back to Montréal with her husband and  three children.

Piano

Becky holds an M.Mus in piano performance from McGill University. With over a decade of professional teaching and gigging in classical and popular music styles, Becky’s lessons are stimulating and expertly adapted to each of her students. Her approach values developing music skills through creative projects that utilize improvisation, composition, arranging and artistic score interpretation alongside structured technical development. She has produced and performed numerous experimental concerts and concert series, continuing to work with new music in Montreal. Becky enjoys working as a freelance event pianist and accompanist around Montreal.

Piano

Anne-Catherine Vana started piano lessons at the age of 4. She was born in a family of musicians. She played many recitals at Western Illinois University and at various retirement homes as a community service in Macomb, IL where she grew up. She has studied piano with Jenny Perron, Yolande Gaudreau, Maurice Laforest and voice with Charolette Megginson. She has worked as a cantor at St. Paul’s Church in Macomb, IL. She has been giving piano lessons to young children for the past 3 years. She recently moved to Montreal to study at McGill University in elementary education.

Anne-Catherine is fluent in both French and English.

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Violin

A pupil of Claude Létourneau, Anne graduated from the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec in 1984 with a First Prize and went on to study in the United States and France. She has considerable experience as an orchestral musician and has toured extensively around the world. 

A freelancer in Montreal since 2001, Anne has also dedicated much of her time to teaching. She taught for ten years in a music concentration program at Marcel-Vaillancourt Elementary School in Laval. She also gives private violin lessons and continues as a freelancer in Montreal with the Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens and the Laval Symphony Orchestra.
 

Anne is both patient and demanding. She insists on a good basic technique to then be able to master the subtleties of the musical language. She has the success of her students at heart and challenges herself to see them blossom through their learning. 

Anne is interested in philosophy, in Chinese culture and has been practicing Tai Chi for a few years.

Violin, Junior String Orchestra, Adult String Orchestra

Born in the Republic of Moldova, Olga began her musical training at the age of 6 at the prestigious Sergei Rachmaninov Lyceum in Kishinev. Her first instrument, the piano, helped her to discover the world of music. However, one year later, Olga chose to learn the violin which became her instrument of choice.

During her formative years she gained extensive professional experience by giving several recitals as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra and by participating in national and international competitions.

Her career began in the Municipal Chamber Orchestra of Kishinev, where she played as a soloist, and in the Violinists Ensemble of Moldova, which presented numerous concerts in the most prestigious concert halls in Europe, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Germany and France.

Olga Semionova joined the National Chamber Orchestra and served as assistant concertmaster for several years until she immigrated to Canada in 2016. That year she entered Annick Roussin’s class in the Master in Performance Program at the Université de Montréal, which she completed with excellence. Since 2016, Olga has been a member of the Orchestre de chambre Nouvelle-Génération and performs with many Quebec ensembles, including the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Ensemble Volte, the Orchestre de l’Agora and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montérégie as part of the Festival Classica.

Olga Semionova is also passionate about teaching and transmitting her art. She teaches violin to young people at the Centre d’art de Préville and gives group classes for underprivileged children as part of the “El Sistema” project.

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Violin

Born in 1987 in Chisinau, Moldova, Anastasia began violin lessons at the age of five. The love for classical music was transmitted to her by her father, a musician in the Chisinau Opera and Ballet Orchestra. His first musical performance took place at the age of 6 on the stage at the National Palace of Moldova.

During her studies at the C. Porumbescu Music High School she often participated in concerts as well as national and international competitions. In 2007 she won the silver medal at the Kazakhstan Games, Astana.

After obtaining a BAC in performance, Anastasia continued her studies at the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts in Chisinau in the class of Boris Dubosarsky. At the same time she was hired as a violinist by the National Theater Orchestra Mihai Eminescu where she became Concertmaster thereafter.

At the age of 20, her enthusiasm and passion took her far from home and her international musical journey began with the Young Talent Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Spivakov with whom she participated in concerts at the United Nations General Assembly in New York and UNESCO in Paris.

In 2012 Anastasia moved to Montreal where she continued her career as an orchestral musician and violin teacher. Using the basics of the Russian method as well as the Suzuki method, she seeks to adapt to the needs of each student. For her, the most important thing is to make the student want to play and to show them how to love practicing the violin.

Violin

Ophélie recently moved to Montreal to study violin performance at the University of Montreal. She is a young, bilingual musician who is passionate about playing and teaching the violin to students of all ages, particularly young children.

Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Préville’s Musical Meet Up, Tutoring – Music Theory
Solon McDade loves the bass! He began playing the washtub bass as soon as he was big enough to pick it up, and later moved on to the larger upright bass.

He and his siblings were trained as musicians from a young age. They were soon playing alongside their parents in the McDade Family Band, a group that toured Canada with their own brand of Canadiana folk music at festivals and theatres throughout the 1980s and 1990s. These gigs and particularly the late-night jam sessions at folk festivals left a lasting impression on Solon. From these experiences he retained a love of music, an openness to new sounds and a vision for musical possibilities which contribute to his versatility as a performer in a variety of musical genres.

His style is described by Dirty Linen magazine as “complex and literate bass playing.” His distinctive melodic and powerful bass playing provides the foundation upon which numerous recordings have been built. Recordings that feature Solon on bass have been nominated for five Juno Awards (Bill Bourne and Shannon Johnson, Maria Dunn (twice), Susie Arioli Swing Band, The McDades). His group, The McDades, won a 2007 Juno Award and two Canadian Folk Music Awards for their album “Bloom” and his recording discography features over twenty nominations for various awards.

Not content with simply being part of the rhythm section, Solon moves freely between being the lead melodic instrument and providing rock-steady bass lines. On stage, Solon’s playful nature, ease and mischievous spirit contribute to intense and unforgettable performances.

As a leader Solon McDade released his debut album “Murals” in April 2018. Solon’s website.

Harp, Suzuki Harp

Justine Azar is a harpist from Montréal, Québec. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Université de Montréal under Caroline Lizotte in 2017. Under the same tutelage, she received a Diplômes d’Études Supérieures Spécialisées en traits d’orchestre in 2018. In 2020, she completed her Master’s degree at the University of Toronto with Judy Loman.

As an avid orchestral musician, Justine has performed with multiple ensembles such as l’Orchestre du Conservatoire de Montréal, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l’Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Contempory Music Ensemble. In 2016, she participated to the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Canada under the direction of Perry So. Justine was able to partake in a tour of Portugal where she had the opportunity to perform chamber music concerts as part of the Lisbon International Youth Music Festival.

Her passion for teaching has led her to join the Suzuki Association of the Americas in 2018. In 2019, she completed her book 1 and 2 training with Delaine Leonard Fedson. She obtained part of her training from the Virginia Suzuki summer Institute under the same advisement.

Justine’s interest for chamber music has led her to perform for various talented musicians such as Carolyn Christie, Mark Skazinetsky, Mark Fewer and Nora Shulman. As for solo performances, she participated in masterclasses with Xavier de Maistre, Jennifer Swartz, Mariko Anraku and Emmanuel Ceysson.

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Flute

Flutist and educator Danielle Barro has over 35 years of experience as a teacher, ensemble director and performer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in performance from the Université de Montréal. She perfected her flute playing by participating in numerous international workshops, studying with Raymond Guiot, Alain Marion and Andras Adorjian. She first dedicated herself to the training of young flutists at the Centre d’art de Préville and at the McGill University Conservatory. Many of her former students are now professional musicians and recognize her contribution to their development. While teaching she also trained as an opera singer and directed vocal ensembles for children and adults.

She went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in music education from the Université du Québec à Montréal and became a specialist in teaching music at the elementary level. She teaches mainly at the Laval school board, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and at the Académie Sainte-Anne. Her work as a teacher is influenced by her solid training as a musician, and by her desire to respect the rhythm and unique abilities of each student thereby creating lasting bonds.

She is currently a member of the ensemble Les flûtistes de Montréal.

Matthew-Souaid

Matthew Souaid is a young multi-wind player and composer emerging in Montreal’s music scene who specializes in Rock, Pop, Funk, Theatre, Jazz and Classical music. He has finished his studies in Jazz Performance at Vanier College and is studying Jazz Performance at McGill University. Capable of playing Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones, Flute, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, Matthew has been breaking into Montreal’s music scene playing in notable venues such as Place-Des-Arts, L’Astral, Club Soda and Metropolis. He has been seen playing and recording as a freelance musician for many Montreal artists while playing regularly with Ska-Punk group The Anti Non-Conformists, Avant-Garde Rock group The Maximum Chill and Bruce Springsteen Tribute, The Last Of The Duke Street Kings. Matthew has toured around Quebec, Ontario and the US with The Last Of The Duke Street Kings. He has also recorded and arranged brass for a ska-punk parody charted #5 for comedy on Billboards.

Alexandre Bernier

Guitar, Ukulele

Alexandre has been working as a guitar teacher for over 9 years now and is not going to stop any time soon. His teaching philosophy is based on the principle that you learn best by having fun. Each course is tailored to the specific needs of the students regardless of their difficulties. Having had students of various ages, Alexandre teaches both musical awakening and solo improvisation.

In addition to having studied music at Cégep Marie-Victorin as well as at UQAM, Alexandre has several other projects. Indeed, when he is not performing on stage, he composes pieces for acoustic guitar, analyzes chord progressions and transcribes songs. Particularly avid of Blues and Folk, he focuses especially on mastering these styles. Alexandre is also passionate about guitar making. Even before studying in the field of lutherie at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, he already had several completed Bernier guitars.

All in all, Alexandre is fascinated by his instrument, both by its structure and by its interpretation. This manifests itself in the passion he shows when he teaches.

Préville Online! Group Guitar, Group Ukulele

James Gannett is a a professional musician and educator living in the Hamilton area. After beginning to play the Double Bass at the age of 12, he has since graduated from Mohawk College’s Jazz Program in 1998, and added the Guitar, Ukulele and Electric Bass to his repertoire. James has experience in many styles of music including Jazz, Rock, Pop, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Gospel, Celtic, Classical, Funk, and Musical Theatre.

Samuel Lechasseur

Guitar, Ukulele

Born in 1996 in Alma, Lac Saint-Jean, Samuel Lechasseur was introduced to music and guitar as a teenager. He then studied at Cégep d’Alma (Technique professionnelle de musique et chanson), at the University of Montreal (Interprétation Jazz) and he is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance at McGill University. 

He is an active guitarist on the Montreal jazz scene and he is also passionate about teaching alongside his career as a jazz musician and composer. 

Samuel has played at the Festival Jazz & Blues de Saguenay, the JazzFest des jeunes du Québec and in several jazz clubs of the province with his trio, his quartet or with other musicians groups as well. He is currently working on different music projects as a leader and accompanist.

Guitar, Ukulele

Passionate about music , Robert started playing the guitar at the age of 14 and has now been a professional guitarist for several years. Later in his career, he perfected himself on the guitar alongside high-level musicians such as Pierre Coté, Yves Nadeau and Greg Amirault . Having a passion for a wide variety of musical styles, Robert has had the opportunity to perform in many contexts like jazz, blues, funk, world music, rock, country and many other music styles. He accompanied some artists including Jean-Francois Fabiano (former musical director of Robert Charlebois) where he will have the chance to discover traditional music from the Caribbean’s and

Chicago Beau (American Bluesman and harmonica player) where he will learn a lot about traditional blues. Robert also had the opportunity to perform on many Montreal stages such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Le lion d’or , Argenteuil Blues Festival, Place des Arts and He has also performed outside the country, In the Caribbeans. In addition Robert is a session musician and often performs in the studio for artists / composers for example (Album: Jean Francois Fabiano Transit 2018) and for his own project Infused Elements (Album: Insulaire). Robert has now been teaching for several years, at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels so he can teach you a lot about the instrument no matter your musical style.

Drums and Percussion

Pierre Goguen has been a music enthusiast since a young age with over 30 years of experience in his field. 

He grew up in Joliette, where, under the influence of Fathers Brunelle and Lindsay, he learned to love classical music. He participated in several competitions to earn scholarships in music camps and continued to improve as a percussionist. 

He completed his DEC in music and then went on to study for 3 years at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montreal in percussion. He toured the club circuit in the 80s in Quebec and the Maritimes with various pop-rock bands before completing his BAC in music at UQAM in drum performance. He has worked in several ensembles as a drummer and percussionist and performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival as well as in Europe.

Pierre lived in Los Angeles for 10 years where he contributed to over 400 hours of audiobook recordings as a publisher, ProTools operator and narrator. 

Pierre has been teaching drums and percussion for several years in private as well as in several schools. He has also been an instructor for rehearsal of percussion ensembles for the Orchestre Symphonique des Jeunes as well as several harmonies. Now he dedicates most of his time to teaching because that is his greatest passion.

Music Production & Studio Software

After having completed his Master’s degree in composition from the Université de Montréal, Boris Petrowski has enjoyed a successful career as a composer, sound designer, and artistic director. He is the owner and manager of MIXART Studios, and has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Michel Legrand, Alain Lefebvre, Zachary Richard, Richard Rayney (engineer for the band U2), Jean Leloup, Suzie Arioli, Chris Thomas (Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen), Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock) and many others. He has arranged songs for Martha Wainwright, Florence K, Marie-Hélène Thibert, and for the duo Jean-François Breault and Marie-Ève Janvier. He has also composed classical pieces for Alain Lefebvre, arranged for the contemporary music ensemble QAT, and has had an orchestral work premiered by the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean orchestra for the CBC.

From 2008 to 2017 Boris taught at Recording Arts Canada, giving courses in computer-assisted music, music history and sound design. He teaches all classes in both French and English.

Dance Academy Teachers

Triple Threat, Ballet, Tap, Jazz-ContemporaryDance for Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs, Summer Intensive Dance Workshops, Youth Company, Barre Sculpt

Energetic, and passionate about movement.

Jamie Malysh has been dancing for over 25 years in the styles of Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Ukrainian Dance. She moved to Montreal from British Columbia to attend L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, where she completed the professional dance program. This training allowed her to expand her technique while also offering her the opportunity to work with world-renowned teachers and choreographers.

Jamie’s professional dance career has taken her around the world. She has travelled to Kiev, Ukraine where she danced with the Virsky Ukrainian Dance Company, to Scotland and England, and all across Canada. Highlights of her career include producing and performing a full-length solo show, choreographed by Neil Sochasky in Melbourne, Australia, and dancing with Sinha Dance Company (Montreal) in collaboration with the National Ballet of Canada for the Sharing Dance project.

Jamie has a passion for teaching and inspiring dancers. In her 14 years of teaching she has managed multiple studios and has taught dancers of all ages—many of whom are now following careers with companies such as The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Alberta Ballet and companies across Europe.

Jamie’s years of training and performing have given her the tools to work with others to overcome obstacles on their own journey. Students find that Jamie not only guides them through learning to dance, but also uses dance to guide them through life—helping them develop a strong character in preparation for their future. Jamie provides leadership, understanding, compassion and inspiration to students and professionals alike,

Jazz, Contemporary, Summer Intensive Dance Workshops

In 2007 Adam began intensive training full time at the Divertimento Ballet School, where he studied Ballet, Modern and Contemporary dance. Two short years later Adam toured Europe with the prestigious dancers of the “Conservatoire de l’opéra de Paris” and the Spanish Troupe “Danz”. 

In 2010 Adam decided to further his studies and was accepted into the Ecole Supérieure De Ballet Du Québec as well as in the company “Le Jeune Ballet Du Québec” where he worked with many choreographers and teachers of great international renown, such as: Christophe Maraval, Françoise Vaussenat, Shawn Houswell, Hélène Blackburn, Éric J. Miles, Gioconda Barbuto and many others.

Adam participated in the 4th season of the television show “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” where he gained immeasurable experience and exposure. 

To date, he has studied and performed in over twenty different styles, as well as diversifying into other areas such as gymnastics, circus and theatre—all of which have contributed to Adam’s unique and memorable style.

Youth Company, Summer Intensive Dance Workshops

Neil Sochasky’s aesthetic interests lie in the relationship between ethics and action, particularly in how agency can affect personal and collective health.

For more than 20 years he has worked as a performance coach in the fields of dance, theatre and circus, helping individual artists understand how to move more efficiently, communicate more clearly, surpass stubborn technical challenges or resolve chronic injuries. He has taught on the faculties of L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, at L’École Supérieure de ballet du Québec, and as a guest at La Sorbonne, Concordia University, and Ballet Divertimento. In 2019 he was invited to analyse, document and explore the technique and pedagogy of legendary teacher and dramaturge Angelique Wilkie.

As a dancer he has performed works by Sylvain Émard, Margie Gillis, Dana Gingras, Christopher House, Ginette Laurin, and Andrew Turner (among others), touring across North and Central America, Europe, Asia and Australia. His own choreographies have been performed in Paris, in Los Angeles, in Melbourne, and in Montréal.

Ballet, Jazz/Contemporary

Sylvia Berman started her pre-professional training at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. After graduating from QBSC in 2016, Sylvia was accepted into the B.F.A. program at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase and graduated summa cum laude in May 2020. During her training at Purchase, Sylvia studied ballet, contemporary and modern techniques, as well as improvisation and choreographic composition.

As a member of the Purchase Dance Company, Sylvia performed works by George Balanchine, Bettijane Sills, Eve Chan, and Norbert De La Cruiz III. For her senior project, she performed a solo entitled “For Sylvia” by renowned Montreal choreographer, Hélène Blackburn. Sylvia also danced in numerous student works, and participated in student run shows outside of the Conservatory. She choreographed two pieces for the Dance Theater Lab stage entitled, “Taking On and Putting Off,” and “CHAOTIC NEUTRAL.”

In addition to her studies, Sylvia has attended many workshops and international summer intensives, including The Paul Taylor Summer Intensive, The Arts Umbrella International Summer Intensive, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Summer Intensive, and the Doug Varone Winter Intensive. At these intensives she performed works by renowned choreographers Paul Taylor, Crystal Pite, Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, Alonzo King, and Doug Varone.

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Senior Hip Hop

Jamie Elalouf is a professional dancer and choreographer who has appeared on stage and screen in over 20 productions, including films, television episodes and ad campaigns. You may recognize him from Ubisoft’s ad for the popular video game, Just Dance!
 
He trained in Montreal, New York and Los Angeles and he’s has had extensive teaching experience across the USA and Canada. His passion for sharing dance led him to be the founder of VISION DANCE CAMP.

Tap

Shannon started dancing in New Zealand at the age of five. Although her favourite has always been tap, she has a background in ballet, contemporary, latin, and hip hop as well. At the age of 15, Shannon was selected as a Vaudeville tap dancer in the 2005 film King Kong. After she moved to Canada in 2010 she trained at Louise La Pierre, was a part of Concordia University’s Contemporary Dance program and most recently was a dancer with Triple E Agency. Amongst her dancing, Shannon completed a Bachelor of Education at McGill and has been a part of the dance department at LaurenHill Academy for two years teaching dance to students between 12-14 years of age. Shannon has loved growing alongside her students and is looking forward to what this year holds at the Préville Dance Academy.

“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there”- T. Roosevelt

Power for you!

Christine Caron got hooked on dancing at a very young age. Participating in a recreational ballet-jazz group, then introducing dance to her high school where she also formed a group. She pursued her dream, and attended college at Cegep St-Laurent in Montreal in modern dance, then completed her bachelor’s degree at UQAM in contemporary dance performance. During her journey, she danced for the choreographers Sylvain Émard and Hélène Blackburn. After having founded a family of four children, she became involved in sharing her love of dance with children at the Maison de la Famille in Lemoyne, volunteering and offering a parent-child class called, “Dance with me.” Since 2008, she has been giving extracurricular classes at Preville Elementary School and Saint-Lambert Elementary. She has been teaching initiation to dance, ballet and hip hop at the Préville Art Center since 2014. In 2017 she began offering an exercise class for seniors that prioritizes muscle strengthening and light stretching. In 2018, she had the opportunity to teach dance to people with intellectual disabilities and autism, which was a rewarding experience. She continues to take classes to upgrade her training and in September 2020, she received the PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique) certification. Most recently, she obtained positions teaching dance at Greenfield Park International and Laurent-Benoit elementary schools . Dance is in her veins and in her heart for life!

Ballet

Maya has been involved in the performing arts since she was very young. Starting at the age of five, she trained in gymnastics, theatre and voice. As she got older, Maya chose to pursue her love for dance and has devoted herself to her training. She was a student at Tyleranne School of dance for three years and then moved to State of Motion Dance Studios. She has also attended dance conventions, where she furthered her training. Specializing in contemporary dance, Maya currently trains with Jamie Malysh at the Préville Dance Academy.
Maya’s love for dance is contagious! Her goal as an assistant and teacher is to foster a safe, non-judgemental and fun environment that allows her students to grow into the dancers and people they aspire to be. Ultimately, Maya hopes to inspire her students in the same way her instructors have inspired and encouraged her.

Hip Hop

Clare danced with the Lorraine Walker School of Dance for the past 19 years and has been teaching for the past 6. She has experience in ballet and tap, but has found her home and heart in hip hop. She is so excited to start this new chapter with Preville Dance Academy while always maintaining Lorraine’s values and the joy of dance.

Dance Academy Administrative Assitant

Natasha Lalonde is a creative and professional writing student at Concordia University with an interest in psychology and sustainability studies. She is passionate about travel, wellness, animal activism – and of course, dance! Having started her dance journey at age 14 at the Lorraine Walker School of Dance, she now teaches hip hop and tap. The school’s motto “For the Joy of Dance” is the foundation of her beliefs as a student and teacher. She hopes to continue to bring this attitude of acceptance and fun to her students, prioritizing confidence-building and love for dance above anything else.

Hip Hop

Justin taught at the Lorraine Walker School of Dance from 2017 to 2019, and is one of the founding members of the school’s competitive team. He is a well-rounded dancer with experience in hip-hop, breakdance, jazz and ballet. He was a choreographer/coach for Centennial Regional High School’s dance program. He is excited to be one of the main hip hop coaches at Preville Dance Academy.

Contemporary Dance

Born in Toronto, Canada, Dora winner Jera Wolfe is a choreographer and performer of Métis heritage and is an Associate Artist with Red Sky Performance.

His captivating choreography has awarded him the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Original Choreography for Trace. He has demonstrated an impressive repertoire of works presented by Canadian Stage, Fall For Dance North, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur, Danse Danse, and Jacob’s Pillow.

His recent works include Bare choreographed at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Trace by Red Sky Performance, and Arise for Canada’s National Ballet School, Embers for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Reliance for Ryerson University’s School of Performance.

His most recent commission FLOW opened Fall For Dance North’s virtual Signature Program. He is currently choreographing Begin Again for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, and Soul for the National Ballet of Canada.

Jera graduated from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and, since 2016, returned to the company to create new works each year.

Aside from choreography, Jera performs primarily for Red Sky Performance and has also performed with many other companies including Peggy Baker Dance Projects.

Broadway Jazz Masterclass with Michael Dauer

Michael Dauer is an international choreographer / educator based in NYC. Currently, he assists Emmy Award-Winning & Tony Award-Nominated choreographer Joshua Bergasse (Smash, On the Town), has danced for Emmy Award-Winning choreographer Tyce Diorio (SYTYCD) and was the Dance Captain for the National Tour of the hit Broadway Musical CHICAGO. As a choreographer, Michael’s work has been seen on stage at Westchester Broadway Theatre (Man of La Mancha), Teatro Peruano Japonés in Lima, Perú (Mamma Mia), as well as Steps on Broadway.

View his website: www.michaeldauer.com

Performing arts teachers

Acting for Film and Television

A francophone of Vietnamese and Quebecois heritage, Mylène Dinh-Robic was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. For over twenty years, she has been working on stage, on camera and in video games. She first played opposite actor Nicholas Campbell as Rita Mah, in the Vancouver-produced television series Da Vinci’s City Hall (CBC). She later worked in Toronto on three seasons of The Listener (CTV), in the role of Dr. Olivia Fawcett. Recently Mylène performed in Radio-Canada’s Plan B, Discussion avec mes parents and Nouvelle Adresse. She was nominated in the best supporting actress category at the 2015 Montreal ACTRA Awards for her portrayal of Beatrice ‘Bear’ Hamelin in Bravo Canada’s critically acclaimed cop drama ‘19-2,’ a role she played for all 4 seasons of the show. 

Mylène’s love of the theatre has led to some wonderful artistic opportunities over the years. In 2007, she co-produced and co-starred in a Studio 16 production of Alan Bowne’s controversial play ‘Beirut’ in Vancouver with her friend and fellow actor Adam Lolacher. Again in 2011, she co-produced and starred in a stage production of ‘Point no Point’ at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre with Noah Davis. 

In 2017 Mylène was honoured to be asked to represent and be the spokesperson for Montreal’s Festival Accès Asie. Her mother is Vietnamese and Mylène is very proud of her Vietnamese roots. 

Mylène continues using her professional platform to raise awareness about her other passions: health and wellness, safeguarding the earth’s rapidly deteriorating bio diversity, finding eco-responsible and sustainable ways to thwart climate change and finally, the eradication of all unethical treatment and cruelty towards animals all over this beautiful planet we call home.

Acting for Film and Television

A fixture on Canadian screens, Lemke has a deep and diverse collection of credits to his name that spans over 20 years as a leading actor in the Canadian film and television industry, in both English and French. He is best known as the cocky, amoral mercenary “Three” on SyFy’s hit series Dark Matter, which aired for three seasons in over 160 countries worldwide. Past projects include the hard-driving Detective Sergeant Brian Becker in CTV’s The Listener; a two-season arc on Bravo’s award-winning cop drama 19-2; as well as numerous multiple-episode arcs and guest star appearances on shows like the absurd college-comedy Blue Mountain State, and the hit action-drama Blindspot. His French language productions include regular and recurring roles in Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin, Toute la Vie, Cerebrum and 30 Vies.

Anthony is currently shooting series-regular roles on The Hardy Boys for Hulu and Autant en emportent les Framboises for Illico, both to be released in 2022.

Anthony holds degrees in both Theatre and in Law. He is a member of the Quebec Bar.

visual arts teachers

Beverly

Initiation to Art, Art for Kids, Art Horizons, Painting for Adults

Beverly Landry is a working artist specializing in painting. She studied Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and followed up with intense studies of realist painting, drawing and anatomy at the Atelier de Brésoles in Old Montréal. You can often find her in the library poring over books on the old masters and their techniques, or walking the galleries of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.

Beverly is enthusiastic about guiding her students through the process of painting from beginning to end, demonstrating techniques and helping them discover their own special talents. Her work is displayed in private collections throughout Canada and the United States, and she has been fortunate enough to have had her work purchased by the Ville de Montréal. Beverly looks forward to encouraging artists of all ages to discover and develop their own unique gifts.

Beading and Indigenous Arts

Anishinaabe multidisciplinary artist from Kitigan Zibi, Craig Commanda works through moving image, poetry, music and sound composition. For over a decade, his creative practice has enabled community engagement and travel across Turtle Island and beyond.

Craig has participated in many international artist residencies including Re(Claim) and Diverse As This Land, at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; and cultural exchange residencies in Aoteara / New Zealand, as well as in Haïti, in collaboration with LOJIQ (Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec). His work has been screened in festivals including Asinabka (unceded Algonquin territory – Ottawa, Canada); ImagiNATIVE (Toronto, Canada); Kurzfilmtage (Winterthur, Switzerland); Maoriland (Otaki, New Zealand); and the Wairoa Maori Film Festival (Nuhqkq, New Zealand).

Craig is currently studying Film Production at Concordia University and is an advocate for mental wellness and suicide prevention. His practice seeks resurgence contributing to cultural preservation and revitalization for and by Indigenous peoples. He is currently based in Tiohtiá:ke / Montréal.

Sewing and Fashion Design (beginner to advanced)

After graduating with honours from Chambly County High School and working at CN for five years, Sandra decided to follow her passion and enrolled in the Montreal Fashion Arts Academy where she spent three years learning pattern drafting, clothing construction, grading sizes, sketching models and sewing. Soon after she was hired to style and create patterns for several large volume dress manufacturers in Montreal such as Sample Dress, Wendy’s Originals and Matinee Dress to name a few. 

Sandra then returned to school to study marketing and the art of Haute Couture. She spent three years at the renowned Cotnoir Capponi school of Haute Couture where she learned the art of tie-ups in other countries and how to adapt styles to suit the Canadian market.
 
Sandra then went on to work in New York for Verly Designs, Joseph Ribkoff and Junior Sophisticates. While continuing to work in the industry, she returned to school at LaSalle College and got a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University.
 
Sandra starting teaching at the Preville Fine Arts Centre after meeting the founder, Belva Thomas. Belva asked her to create a program for children so they could learn to create their own sewing projects by learning to design, make patterns and choose the correct materials to bring their projects to life. Over the years this course has become very popular because it helps kids build confidence, learn cooperation and acquire skills in a craft that could develop into a rewarding career in the future.
Sarah-Fefer

Préville Online Visual Arts

Sarah is originally from the outskirts of Montreal, Canada, in a little town called LaPrairie. Currently, she is studying Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University with a minor in Women’s Studies.

Sarah started making art at a very young age in her grandmother’s basement. The motto that inspired her art for a long time was “make due with what you have.” In high school and CEGEP she participated in every art-related activity she could find–exponentially growing her passion for art. Today, most of her creative artwork is inspired by her studies in philosophy, history, women’s studies, and design.

Sarah creates art because it allows her to discover new things about herself and the physical world around her.

stephanie-hernandez

Préville Online Visual Arts

Stephany is a passionate art educator and artist. She has taught drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, bookmaking, visual journals, expressive arts and many other art forms. She has worked with children, teenagers, adults and seniors in community, school and private workshop settings, both in person and online. She began teaching for the Préville Fine Arts Centre in the Spring of 2020.
 
In her art classes, she introduces students to various art materials, techniques, artists and concepts with the goal of inspiring students to keep making, creating, and growing everyday as artists and as individuals. Themes and topics that she likes to explore include identity, contemporary issues, ideas from our past, the natural world, portraits, colour and colour theory, self-expression, abstract art, art history, and the elements and principles of design.

Robotics and Computer Science Teachers

Robot in a Can, Piano

Ivona is a recent Geological Engineering graduate from Queen’s University. She is passionate about using her background in engineering to teach and inspire children about robotics and STEAM. Ivona also has a passion for music. She grew up playing piano at the Niagara Conservatory of Music, where she eventually taught piano for two years. She is available to teach piano Saturday mornings and weekday evenings in the Saint-Lambert area. 

Robot in a Can, Tutoring

Ivan Ruby is a Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Technology at Concordia University. He has an academic background in Computer Science and migrated to Education to conduct research related to the role education and technology play for an empowering, accessible, and sustainable future. His current research interest is in teaching and learning of computer programming for beginners, to adapt to and address the challenges of the 21st-Century.

Robot in a Can

Marc is currently a student in the Computer Science program at Concordia University. He has a passion for robotics, which started when he was a member of the robotics club at his high school and later at CEGEP, where he built a robot to participate in the Canadian Robotics Competition. He is also passionate about teaching others, which he has done not only at Préville, but at his school as well–peer tutoring students in math and computer science courses. Marc joined the Robot in a Can team in the Spring of 2021.

Sports and Leisure Program

Chess, Tutoring 

Julien is a full-time anthropology and philosophy student at Concordia University, aspiring to become an archaeologist. He is deeply passionate about the study of history and culture, both modern and ancient.

Julien has been tutoring for the majority of his post-secondary studies, teaching French and English to his peers, as well as tutoring elementary school students in Math and French. 

He helped new Canadians learn French and English through the non-profit organization, Navy’s Language. Julien has a degree in social sciences, and would be happy to tutor in History, Geography, Ethics, French, or English up to the Cegep level. He would also be comfortable teaching math or science at the secondary Level, as he has studied entry-level calculus, chemistry and physics in Cegep. Julien also loves to tutor chess! He is a two-time chess regional finalist in Montérégie for the CSDGS school board, and  he is rated around 1900 Elo. 

Hatha Yoga for Adults

Zoubida is a business executive and Hatha yoga guide. After many years of practice, she trained in traditional Hatha Yoga at the Sivananda school in New York (spring 2017). She learns and transmits the art of balance.

Cooking Class

Jeff “The Chef” has been in the restaurant business for over six years. He has cooked for hotels and has performed high volume catering contracts for banquets, weddings and other special occasions. Jeff is a passionate and caring person who loves to teach young and old – anyone who really wants to expand their knowledge and skills – how to prepare simple and delicious recipes.

Special Needs Program

Dance for Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs

Energetic, and passionate about movement.

Jamie Malysh has been dancing for over 25 years in the styles of Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Ukrainian Dance. She moved to Montreal from British Columbia to attend L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, where she completed the professional dance program. This training allowed her to expand her technique while also offering her the opportunity to work with world-renowned teachers and choreographers.

Jamie’s professional dance career has taken her around the world. She has travelled to Kiev, Ukraine where she danced with the Virsky Ukrainian Dance Company, to Scotland and England, and all across Canada. Highlights of her career include producing and performing a full-length solo show, choreographed by Neil Sochasky in Melbourne, Australia, and dancing with Sinha Dance Company (Montreal) in collaboration with the National Ballet of Canada for the Sharing Dance project.

Jamie has a passion for teaching and inspiring dancers. In her 14 years of teaching she has managed multiple studios and has taught dancers of all ages—many of whom are now following careers with companies such as The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Alberta Ballet and companies across Europe.

Jamie’s years of training and performing have given her the tools to work with others to overcome obstacles on their own journey. Students find that Jamie not only guides them through learning to dance, but also uses dance to guide them through life—helping them develop a strong character in preparation for their future. Jamie provides leadership, understanding, compassion and inspiration to students and professionals alike.

Music and Movement for Kids with Autism, Living Out Loud (LOL) – Group Activities for Young Adults with Special Needs

Throughout Karen Natho’s career she has worked tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities, ensuring all children are provided with equal and equitable opportunities. Karen led the Easter Seals’ Camp, Merrywood, into a preeminent residential camp for children and youth with physical disabilities. She was a lead presenter for the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and has conducted seminars around the world. For seven years she worked at the Niagara Children’s Centre, creating a Recreational Therapy service for children with special needs in the Niagara region. Her work has been funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities, United Way and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Karen has received several distinctions and awards, including YWCA Women of Distinction award in Education, Training and Development. Karen currently sits on the board for both the Sport4All council, and the Niagara Summer 2021 Games, where she assists with accessibility and parasport initiatives, as well as planning for the legacy that the Games will leave in the region.

Karen now resides in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She lectures at the University of the Fraser Valley in the Department of Kinesiology and works as a musculoskeletal kinesiologist. She lives an active life training for ironman distance triathlons, hiking trails with her three amazing kids and cannon balling off her diving board.

Karen is the founder of ParaWell Play.