Faculty

NICOLE JACKLIN BLAKE R.A.D., C.D.T.A., Jr. Int. Acrobatique

Nicole grew up competing and taking dance exams under the instruction of Joan Dorothy and Sheila Vecchiarelli at the Simcoe Dance Academy. She successfully completed exams with the Royal Academy of Dance, Imperial Society of Dance, and Canadian Dance Teachers Association in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern. Nicole began her teaching qualifications with the Royal Academy of Dance and the Canadian Dance Teachers Association in 1998 at which time she was teaching for Simcoe Dance Academy and The Village Dance and Theatre School. Recognizing a need for competitive and exam based dancing in Alliston and Tottenham she founded the Nicole Jacklin School of Dance in 1999. She has since entered hundreds of successful students into dance exams as well as choreographed numerous award winning competitive routines. Under her instruction students have auditioned and been accepted into several prestigious dance programs with the National Ballet of Canada, Sundance, Quinte Ballet School, George Brown Collage, and York University, to name a few. Nicole has over 17 years of experience educating and inspiring children in dance. She has worked with numerous dance professionals in both the commercial and classical dance. Nicole's choreography has been recognized at several competitions winning best choreography and most entertaining awards. Nicole is continuously upgrading and evolving her technical, creative, and performance skills by attending conventions, workshops, as well as finalizing her Acrobatique certification. Nicole's love of dance began when she was 5 years old, she feels incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to pass this love and passion onto her students.

Emily Bruno A.R.A.D.

Raised in Tottenham Ontario, Emily’s passion for dance started at the young age of 3. She trained at Nicole Jacklin School of Dance for 15 years and became a teacher in 2010. During this time she completed several R.A.D ballet exams including Advanced 2. She attended various summer programs including The Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, Canada’s National Ballet School and The American Ballet Theatre. After high school Emily attended George Brown College and graduated from the Dance Performance Studies program in 2015 with honours. Whilst training at George Brown, Emily had the opportunity of working with choreographers such as Derek Sangster, Dana Bondy, Darryl Tracy, Hannah Keil and Anisa Tejpar. Continuing with a professional level of training, Emily has also attended intensives such as Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, Kenny Pearl’s Emerging Artist Intensive and ProArteDanza. Here, she learned from established artists such as Bengt Jorgen, Clea Iveson, Ryan Lee, Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Sinbadinho (Gadfly) as well as Roberto Campenella, Robert Glumbek and John Ottoman. Throughout her time in Toronto Emily has performed in Fresh Blood 2015, Dance Ontario 2015 and in 2016 as a company member of Danza Corpus Canada. Emily is continuing in her dance career by training with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary, Alberta. She is also working toward completing her Junior Level Acrobatique Certification. Her future plans include becoming an R.A.D certified teacher and sharing her love of dance with her students.

THERESA LEE Canada's National Ballet School, Toronto 1997-2002

Ms. Lee’s journey began as a five-year old girl in Seoul, Korea. By the age of ten, her parents moved to Canada where she was accepted directly in Canada’s National Ballet School. It was in her six years with the National Ballet program that not only did her passion for dancing grow but so too did her dream of dancing professionally. Her dream became realized when, at the age of eighteen, she returned to Korea as the youngest performer for the Korean National Ballet Company. During this time, she performed in the Korean National Ballet’s productions of Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Symphony C among other classics. From there, Ms. Lee turned towards her education receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul Korea. After graduation, she re-directed her passion for ballet to instructing at both the Seoul Tanz Station and later the La Danse Ballet Academy in Seoul, Korea. It is here her love and passion for teaching blossomed. With great fortune, her journey came full-circle as Ms. Lee returned to Canada in 2019 and became co-owner of The Prima Ballet School in Whitby. Ms. Lee is now honoured to bring her love, skill and creativity to Nicole Jacklin School of Dance. PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS • Canada’s National Ballet School, Toronto 1997-2002 • Pacific Northwest Ballet School (Exchange Summer Program), Seattle 2001 • Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (Selected and attended as a guest student), Monte-Carlo 2002 • Korean National Ballet Company, Seoul 2002-2004 • Ewha Womans University, Seoul 2004-2008 (MAJOR IN THE INSTRUCTION OF BALLET/DANCE) • The 5th Korean Ballet Concour (Gold Award), Seoul 2007 • Seoul Tanz Station (Ballet Instructor), Seoul 2012-2014 • La Danse Ballet Academy (Ballet Instructor), Seoul 2013-2015 MAJOR PERFORMANCES • The Nutcracker by National Ballet of Canada- Hummingbird Center, Toronto • Dream Dance: Loosin Yelov in Night of the Stars- Princess of Whales Theater, Toronto • Ellas Riddle in Annual General Meeting- Betty Oliphant Theater, Toronto • Pyrrhic Dance in Spring Showcase- Betty Oliphant Theater, Toronto • Les Sylphides in Spring Showcase- Betty Oliphant Theater, Toronto • Symphony in C by Korean National Ballet- Seoul Arts Center, Seoul • Swan Lake by Korean National Ballet- Seoul Arts Center, Seoul • The Nutcracker by Korean National Ballet- Seoul Arts Center, Seoul • La fille mal Gardée by Korean National Ballet- Seoul Arts Center, Seoul • Giselle by Korean National Ballet- Seoul Arts Center, Seoul

KELSEY LEONARD Jr. Inter. Acrobatique

Kelsey has been dancing since she was old enough to stand on two feet. It all began in 1999 when Nicole Jacklin School of Dance first opened their doors. After many years of training in ballet, modern, lyrical, jazz, musical theatre, tap, acro, and hiphop, she decided to pursue dance at a competitive level. She has completed many C.D.T.A. and R.A.D. exams including her Advanced 1 R.A.D. ballet exam. At the age of 14, she became a student teacher. This experience inspired her to become a full-time teacher and competitive choreographer. On many occasions, she has won awards for her unique choreography. Kelsey has most recently been certified as a Junior Acrobatique Acro/Dance Teacher. She is working towards completing the Intermediate Acrobatique Acro/Dance Teacher certification and the I.S.S.A. personal training certification. Kelsey is very excited to be sharing her love and passion for dance with her students.

Alyssa Nunziato B.F.A.H.

Originally from Barrie, Ontario, Alyssa is an emerging choreographer, teacher and performer. She has trained in styles including RAD ballet, modern, contemporary, tap and jazz. Alyssa has recently graduated with Honours from York University with a BFA specializing in choreography and performance. She had the opportunity to train with renowned dance artists including Susan Lee, Tracey Norman, Syreeta Hector and Dr, Jennifer Bolt. In recent years she has collaborated and performed in student productions including Dance Innovations and York Dances. In Addition to performance, Alyssa has had the opportunity to work as a lighting technician for the Dance Department showcase, abunDance 2019 and will pursue lighting design in the future. Going forward Alyssa aims to create a portfolio career in performance and choreography, teaching, production and advocacy for fellow artists. She is excited to be part of the NJSD team and looking forward to sharing her love of dance with her students.

JILLIAN EISENER B.F.A., B.Ed.

Contemporary dance artist, arts-based educator and dance instructor, Jillian Eisener has a thriving passion for dance. She started dancing in her hometown of Alliston with the Nicole Jacklin School of Dance with a focus on ballet technique. She studied various forms of dance and completed several exams with the Canadian Dance Teacher's Association, and the Royal Academy of Dance. With a keen interest in expanding her dance knowledge, Eisener trained with the Quinte Ballet School, Toronto Dance Theatre and internationally at the ImPulsTanz Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria. Eisener continued her education at York University where she completed her Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in Dance. While there she found a love for contemporary and modern dance and had the opportunity to perform as a member of the York Dance Ensemble, York University's preprofessional dance company. Throughout her education, she was inspired by artists Julia Sasso, Darcey Callison, Holly Small, and John Ottmann, to name a few. Upon graduation, Jillian has continued dancing as a freelance artist, some of her jobs including working with choreographer Catherine Murray, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, and as a performer for the international hit band Dragonette. In 2014, Jillian graduated from York University's Bachelor of Education program where she focused on integrating the arts into the elementary classroom. She is now a certified teacher and hopes to continue her career teaching dance both in the studio and school setting. Sharing her passion for dance is Jillian's raison d'être and she looks forward to a long career calling out “5, 6, 7, 8!”

THERESE NICHOLAS B.F.A., B.Ed., R.A.D., I.S.T.D., C.D.T.A.

Therese has received a BFA in Dance from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Education from York University specializing in Dance. She is a fully qualified Ballet Teacher from the Royal Academy of Dance and has entered numerous students in exams who have achieved successful results. Therese has performed in various Ryerson University dance productions and danced with Carnival Cruise Lines. Therese loves challenging her students with her award winning competitive choreography and inspiring them to reach their goals and be the best they can be.