Beth is highly trained in both gymnastics and dancing. She competed in gymnastics at both provincial and national level competitions and coached gymnastics for many years. She has her level 1 gymnastics coaching certification.
Beth grew up training and competing in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, musical theatre and acro and obtained her teacher's certification under the British Association of Teachers of Dance ("BATD") in ballet, jazz and tap.
Beth competed in dance for many years, with her acro solos winning numerous awards in Canada and the United States. Beth danced professionally for years, performing in various shows including fashion shows, industrial shows and a Coca-Cola commercial.
She was a member of the University of Western Ontario 27-time national champion cheerleading team, coached a high school cheerleading team and worked for Power Cheerleading Athletics travelling across Canada teaching cheerleading stunts, dance and tumbling.
Beth has been designated a Master Instructor and Examiner under the Arcobatique Acro Dance internationally acclaimed syllabus.
TAYLOR ROPER- JAZZ, LYRICAL, CONTEMPORARY INSTRUCTOR
For the past 20 years, Shelley has been exploring her passion for dance. Growing up in different studio competitive programs, she has years of extensive technical training in tap and jazz, ballet (R.A.D), modern, lyrical, contemporary and musical theatre dance styles. She has been fortunate enough to have studied with some of Canada’s most renowned professional teachers and performers.
Shelley is a graduate of the Ryerson University Dance Program. There she became a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance receiving her teachers certificate under the guidance of R.A.D. examiner Audrey Looker, where she also studied under former National Ballet of Canada’s Nadia Potts. Shelley has participated in many dance competitions across Canada and the United States winning numerous awards for her outstanding performances and choreography. She has also performed professionally across Ontario. Shelley is excited to be apart of the TDC team.
ADELAIDE KESLER- DIRECTOR OF BALLET
JESSE HARGRAVE - JAZZ AND LYRICAL INSTRUCTOR
BETH GLEESON- OWNER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, ACRO, JAZZ, TAP INSTRUCTOR
NIKKI EVANS- HIP HOP AND TAP INSTRUCTOR
Nicollette Evans has been dancing since she was 7 years old, She has competed and trained in tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet, point, modern, acro and hip hop. She has competed all over Canada and the United States winning numerous titles. She has come first overall at Flashdance and has placed in the top 10 at many regional and national competitions. Most recently she has also won several choreography awards for her work. Nicollette has focused herself now on hip-hop and has really been studying the culture of the style. For the past four years, her hip hop routines have received numerous overall high scores and won choreography awards. She is also very involved in choreographing for the Toronto hip hop industry.
Nicollette has been a part of performances and competitions with her Hip Hop crews (Fo’Real and UHHU) such as Beatdown, World of Dance, Festival of Dance, O.U.C.H, and many more. She is known for her energetic and hard hitting choreography as well as her individualized teaching style. Nicollette is extremely excited and enthusiastic to be part of TDC and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with our students.
JUDY NUGENT- OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Taylor Roper is a professional performer who has been dancing since the age of six. He is highly trained in jazz, tap, contemporary, ballet, acrobatics and hip hop. He also studied in the music theatre program at Wexford Collegiate Institute for the Arts. He has worked for some of the industry's leading entertainment corporations. He was a dancer and acrobat for Royal Caribbean Cruiselines on the “Mariner Of The Seas” and the “Brilliance Of The Seas”. He was also a featured dancer in the cirque inspired show “Mystic Rhythms” at Tokyo DisneySea. Taylor has also danced for Patti Wilcox from New York City and has also danced in contemporary festivals throughout Toronto.
Adelaide Kesler is from South Africa where she owned her own studio for over 35 years. She has been the Ballet Mistress for TDC for the past 19 years.
While in South Africa Adelaide was a Principal ballerina with the Cape Town Theatre Ballet Company, performed as a Principal dancer for the Norman Hartnell Fashion House (Designer to her Majesty the Queen) London England and with the Royal Ballet Company of England.
Since arriving in Canada Adelaide has been a guest teacher for a number of highly reputable studio’s in Toronto including the National Ballet School.
TDC Follows the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus. Exams are offered and are optional.
SHELLEY LOWRY- JAZZ, TAP, BALLET, MUSICAL THEATRE INSTRUCTOR
Jesse Hargraves started dancing at the age of three, and has now been a professional instructor, choreographer and dancer in and around Toronto for over seven years. Being in the industry during this time has given her opportunities to perform on television, in music videos, as a back up dancer for multiple singers and in live performances for many major events. For over two years Jesse performed around the southern United States and Caribbean in large production shows on Carnival Cruise Lines. She has gained vast experience as a versatile teacher, teaching both industry professionals as well as students at recreational/competitive studios and in workshops around the city. Jesse has also had the opportunity to choreograph for large events, including performances for clients at banquet halls, in high end restaurants, as well as a section of a show she co-choreographed in "Panamania" for the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Styles Jesse has professionally taught and performed in include hip hop, contemporary, tap, jazz, jazz funk, Las Vegas showgirl, Broadway, ballet (RAD level 2 certificate), acro, musical theatre, swing, country and samba.
Credits include: Cirque Du Soleil, Kardinal Offishall, The Tenors, Derrick Barry, Vita Chambers, Fito Blanko and more!
Judy has been working in the dance industry for over 15 years. She has 3 children that have danced and graduated from TDC (Vince Parrell's Dance Centre at that time). Judy is the caring and kind face you see in the office every day. Although Judy doesn't dance (She does pirouette though!) she is an integral part of our team. Her knowlege varies from accounting to costuming and all are done with precision!