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.

LINDSAY CROXALL B.F.A., Acrobatic Arts

Lindsay Croxall Lindsay began performing at a very young age in Community theatre (Theatre Ancaster), first as a dancer and then as a singer and then as a solo vocalist. Her professional debut was in 2001 at Paramount Canada’s Wonderland as a “Super-Swing” (lead singer/dancer) and dance Captain. She was nominated for “Best Female Performer” in the “Big E! Entertainment Awards” for her outstanding work at Wonderland, placing 2nd overall in the world. Lindsay is a proud Music Theatre B.F.A. Graduate of the University of Windsor in Ontario. Among other roles, she was most honoured to play the role of “The Witch” in “Into the Woods” in her final season there. Since graduating, Lindsay has been privileged to travel the world, seeing more than 80 countries, while performing on board world-cruising ships. She was a lead production performer for Celebrity cruises, but really had a great pleasure performing as a solo Cabaret artist abroad Silverseas Cruise Lines. Lindsay also conceived, co-wrote, produced, and performed in a successful two-woman Broadway revue in her hometown, Ancaster, Ontario. Most recently, Lindsay has worked consistently for both Mirvish Productions (original Canadian cast member of “We Will Rock You!” where she had the thrill of a lifetime performing live onstage with Rock Legends Brian May & Roger Taylor of QUEEN) and for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, performing roles in “Cabaret”, “West Side Story”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, “Kiss Me Kate” and “Evita!”. Recently, Lindsay was thrilled to get to play the role of “Eva Peron” eight times in the Stratford 2010 season on the Avon stage. Second only to performing, Lindsay has a great passion or teaching performing arts to people of any age! As a teenager, she started teaching dance at studios she was trained at (Pure Rhythm, Ancaster School Dance, Dance N’ Style). And at the tender age of 18, she formed her own performing arts summer camp (Stage 2) in Ancaster. Lindsay has never stopped teaching performance arts, even through her own performance career. She loves to teach workshops and classes, and has done so for high schools, dance schools, community centres and for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Along with her BFA degree in Musical Theatre, she is certified in the Acrobatic Arts syllabus and teaches Jazz , Ballet, Caontemprary/ Lyrical, Tap and Advanced Vocals Studies. “There is something special about passing the torch; passing the love of performing down to another generation of hopeful and enthusiastic entertainers! It’s a goal of mine to inspire at least one person in each class to want to pursue dance or theatre in their lives. I also find great joy in watching the faces of kids light up when they finally ‘get it’ or understand that they can do something really well that they thought they couldn’t do before. Most often, I find more satisfaction in teaching than I do performing myself!”

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.

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MS. TESSA

MS. OLIVIA