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-Hofland 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 traveled 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 for the Canadian Showdance Team. Since 2013, she has been choreographing for Team Canada Dance earning over 10 Gold Medals for Canada. 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 Flamborough community and enjoys sharing her passion as it is not a job, it is a gift.

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Irina Egorova

Ballet Director

Born in St. Petersburg Russia, Irina Egorova has been a fundamental addition to the ballet community in Canada. She migrated to Canada over 20 years ago and has since devoted her life to Dancemakerz and training some of the best dancers in the GTA. Irina has been the Team Canada Ballet choreographer for 3 years. She has earned over 20 Gold Medals for Canada, 15 Silver and several Bronze. Her dedication to her craft and strong commitment to excellence has earned her students full acceptance into prestigious school like The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The National Ballet, and Alberta Ballet. Irina travels to Japan annually to judge professional level ballet competitions and is regarded as one of the best in the Canadian industry. Students at DMZ love ballet under Irina’s direction.

 
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Janet Rempel

Administrative Assistant

 

Janet has a proven track record in business management and administration. Her focus on communication and organization ensure that the studio is continually running at peak efficiency.

Janet was a registered nurse in the neo-natal unit for more than 25 years at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Janet has been decorating and designing costumes for DMZ since the beginning. She has a fine attention to detail and a strong commitment to parent satisfaction.

 
 
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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 Canadian Ballet 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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