studio faculty

Our incredible teachers and staff are what makes Dancemakerz a fun and special place to be. Their tireless dedication ensures a fun and rewarding experience for every student.

 
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Christie

 

McKay Hofland

Studio Director

Christie McKay is a versatile choreographer and is the successful owner of Dancemakerz in Waterdown. Christie was trained by Mr. Matthew Clark who helped her reach her goals. She has travelled internationally competing and judging in all dance disciplines. In 1997 and 1998 Christie was a member of the USA and Canadian Tap Team. In 1998 she was invited to participate on broadway for National Tap Dance Day, with Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, and Buster Brown to name a few. Christie has performed on Breakfast Television and for audiences all over the world. In 2008 Christie choreographed the Canadian Showdance Team alongside Allain Lupien, and her children's duet won the World Champion title. In 2013, she was asked to choreograph for The Canadian Tap Team. Christie took her International Judging Course in Niagara Falls in 2009 and is now a qualified judge for the International Dance Organization. Christie is committed to the community and her students. Sharing her passion is not a job, it is a gift.

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Irina Egorova

 Ballet Director

Biography coming soon!

 
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Olivia Dennison

Choreographer

Olivia is an eager and growing choreographer who excels in teaching various disciplines of dance, sharing her knowledge, technique, and creativity with the students at Dancemakerz. Her students and choreography have competed and won a number of special awards and overalls at many competitions. She was also presented with an Excellence in Teaching award at a prestigious national finals competition in Orlando, Florida. Olivia has been training in various disciplines of dance since the age of four and was competitively trained under the direction of Christie McKay and Irina Egorova since the age of 8. During her 12 years of competing, Olivia was awarded many overall high scores and special judges awards.

At the age of ten Olivia trained with the Hamilton Youth Ensemble and performed with the Cuban Ballet Company in The Nutcracker. She also auditioned and took part in an intensive training program with The Quinte Ballet School of Canada and was accepted into their professional full-time program. She later auditioned and did intensive training with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. In 2007, Olivia represented Canada as a soloist and group member at the International Dance Organization's world championships held in Germany. She placed in the top 9 with her solo competing against 53 other dancers representing 22 different countries. In 2010, Olivia auditioned for the Professional Performance Dance program at Point Park University and Ryerson University, she was accepted into both. Currently, Olivia continues to share her great passion for teaching with her students and plans to learn and grow through her experiences as a young choreographer at Dancemakerz!

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Janet Rempel

Administrative Assistant

Biography Coming Soon!