Justina Aveyard trained at McCarthy School of Dance since age 4. Justina has trained in many genres of dance including classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, acro, musical theatre, horton and graham, taking all of her exams from primary to advanced. Throughout her competitive dance career Justina has won numerous awards and scholarships, also winning multiple national and world titles. As a member of the Canadian National Dance Team Justina won gold in 2010 & 2011 World Cup Ballet Soloist and silver and bronze medals in the 2010-2012 World Championships in Jazz and Modern solos, along with many other group medals.Justina is currently pursuing her professional dance career having performed in many countries around the globe. She is now a second year student in the Professional Division of the internationally renowned modern dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. She was recently asked to perform in a special gala in front of guests such as Mikhail Barishnykov and was also selected to work with Frank Augustyn of the National Ballet of Canada to perform as one of his soloists in a showcase. Justina has also been chosen to participate in intensives with the National Ballet of Canada, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Justina can be seen in the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.
Melissa Truman has trained in dance since the age of 6, studying classical and contemporary ballet, jazz, Límon and Graham modern, acro, lyrical, and musical theatre techniques. Melissa excelled at dance competitions throughout her training, twice winning a World Dance Championship title in classical ballet. She has graduated Cum Laude from York University, where she acquired a BFA with Honours in Dance. While at York, Melissa achieved grades in the top percentile which have allowed her to join the Golden Key Honour Society for academic achievement. She also received multiple merit-based awards for choreography and excellence in her studies. She has completed high level ballet and jazz examinations with the CDTA and the Society of Russian Ballet. Melissa is a Student Teacher in Training with the Society of Russian Ballet and a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor. Melissa has had the opportunity to work with outstanding artists and choreographers both at York and since graduating. She has performed professionally with Mimi Starikova, and most recently, at Panamania 2015, the Pan Am/Para-Pan Am Games cultural festival in Toronto, where she worked with Patrizia Ferlisi and Emmy award winning Cirque de Soleil choreographer Debra Brown.
Katie Allen loves to dance and teach at McCarthy School of Dance. She has been training at MSD since age 3, studying Ballet/Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Acro, Hip-Hop, and Musical Theatre all at the competitive level. Katie also enjoyed being a member of the Canadian National Dance Team from 2010-2016 whereby she won various Gold, Silver, and Bronze trophies in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Modern dances in Germany and Poland. Between the World Dance Championships and her regular classes, Katie would assist and teach the Broadway Kids Summer Camps at MSD. Katie has participated in many workshops to improve her understanding of dance and enhance her teaching skills. She has also performed with Canada's Ballet Jörgen in the production of Sleeping Beauty. Katie has had the privilege of dancing under the tutelage of Matthew Clark, Breanna WIllis, and Kathrine McCarthy, all renowned Team Canada choreographers and Judges for the International Dance Organization. Recently, Katie received Honours in the CDTA Advanced Classical Ballet exam, and participated in the CDTA Teacher development course. Katie is very excited to be teaching again at MSD this year.
Christopher has been dancing for 15 years studying under multiple instructors trained in Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Tap. Chris has been training with some of Toronto's Top Hip Hop Mentors and Choreographers within The Male Initiative, OIP Dance Company and others across the GTA. Over the last three years Chris has been teaching Competitive and Recreational Hip Hop leading his students to receive numerous awards and overalls. He is driven to develop his students in such a way that they become professional individuals in all walks of life. Chris is known for his corky movement that he brings to his work alongside his free spirit and imagination.
Chris' credits include performances at Toronto Industry events such as Toronto Dance Expo Gala 2015,Toronto Fringe Festival, Choreographer's Ball ,OIP Gala for choreographers such as Shavar Blackwood, Chris Clarke, Alvin Collantes and Hayley Paone. He recently danced in Rihanna and Drakes newest video "work" feeling extremely blessed to be chosen among so many talented Toronto Artists.
Chris is an up and coming choreographer in the industry and continues to train with the best. Duarte students will feel they can tackle the true vibe of what Hip Hop is to the core while finding their own groove and style