Our Faculty

Briana Lynch BFA hons.
President, Artistic Director, Creative Movement, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Contemporary

Briana Lynch began her dance career at the age of 5 in Fergus, Ontario with The Teresa Randall School of Dance. There she focused primarily on ballet and trained extensively within the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus.  Briana also became versatile in Jazz (CDTA) and Modern (Graham and Limon). She began assisting and then teaching at her home studio and has not looked back since.

After high school, Briana was accepted into Ryerson University’s Dance Program under the direction of Nadia Potts. While in the Dance Program she majored in Pedagogy; the teacher training program for children’s dance instruction through the Royal Academy of Dance and Ryerson University. Throughout her 4 years at school she was able to work with some of Toronto’s most influential choreographers and instructors further developing her own skills as a teacher. Briana graduated from Ryerson with an Honours Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts Dance. Immediately after graduation, Briana began teaching and choreographing around Toronto, working with many studios and art schools in the city. She also co-founded Recoil, a modern dance company.

In 2006 Briana moved to Guelph, Ontario to launch The Guelph Academy of Dance. In 10 short years the studio has blossomed from 75 students to over 500 students with classes in Creative Movement, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Tap, Contemporary, and Pointe as well as the extremely popular summer dance camp “The Dance Days of Summer”. Briana was incredibly honoured to be nominated for a Women of Distinction award in 2016 through the YMCA/YWCA of Guelph. She was thrilled and honoured to be named as “Favorite Dance Teacher 2010 and 2012” by the Guelph Mercury and her studio won Gold in 2012 for “Favorite Dance Studio” by the Guelph Mercury as well as Gold in 2010 and Platinum in 2011 “Best Dance Studio” in the Guelph Tribune.


Ulrika Englund
Tap, Jazz, Creative Movement, and Musical Theatre

Ulrika began dancing at the age of 10 at her local dance studio in her hometown of Karlstad, Sweden. Originally she studied Jazz dance, but quickly advanced into Ballet, Modern, Tap, and Hip Hop. She fell in love with the art form and immersed herself completely. Ulrika auditioned and was accepted into her studio’s Dance Company and had the opportunity to perform at trade shows, festivals and special events.

In 1994 she left home, moved to Gothenburg, Sweden and entered a four year dance program at the College for professional dance studies. At the Ballet Academy of Gothenburg she received intense training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Tap, and Musical Theatre. As part of the program she also studied National Dancing, Flamenco, Pilates, Kinesiology, Dance History, Dance Repertoire, and Choreography. One of the many wonderful aspects about the program was the international faculty of teachers and choreographers such as Mr. Anthony Ferro, a dancer with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company and featured in the movie Hair from 1979.

Ulrika graduated with a Diploma in the spring of 1998 and was immediately hired as a dancer for an international cruise line. Her love for dancing and travelling combined brought her to Toronto a year later where she continued to pursue her dance career. She began teaching in the year 2000 and has taught at many of Toronto’s renowned dance schools such as The National Ballet School of Canada (Junior Division), City Dance Corps and The Martha Hicks School of Ballet. Ulrika joined the faculty at the Guelph Academy of Dance in the summer of 2007 and is since a much-loved teacher at the studio. In 2011 Ulrika and her family moved to Guelph and is now happy to call this wonderful city their home.

Ulrika feels very fortunate to be able to share her passion for dancing with her students and aspire to help them grown not only as dancers but as people. Ulrika is very excited for the new dance season to start at the Guelph Academy of dance and is looking forward to another amazing year at the studio!


 

Autumn Fernandez
Musical Theatre and Hip HopAutumn Headshot

Autumn is the Founder, Choreographer and Artistic Director of ONE Movement Performance Company! The goal of the company is to educate, empower and inspire children and teens through movement to help stop bullying.

Autumn graduated from the George Brown College Professional Dance Program in 2001. She has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, and contemporary dance.  Autumn has trained in New York City at the Broadway Dance Center, holds her Intermediate Royal Academy of Dancing Ballet Examination and is a Full Member of The Canadian Dance Teacher Association for Stage Tap.

Autumn’s goal as a dance teacher is to push every dancer to achieve their full potential. As a dancer we get to express not only our own feelings but the feelings of others. Autumn feels honored to be able to share her love of dance with students and to inspire them to become better dancers and people. She has produced and directed films for ONE Movement which are used in the company’s performances and is currently creating an entire new presentation for schools. Autumn has danced all her life and has been teaching dance since 1995. She is so excited to work with the students at Guelph Academy of Dance this dance season!


Megan Loppe, B. Math Hons, B.Ed., TTP Dip. (NBS), RAD RTS, OCT
Ballet and PointeMegan Faculty

Megan has been studying ballet for more than 30 years and is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. Megan graduated with distinction in 2003 from Canada’s National Ballet School in their Teacher Training Program. This three year intensive program included studies in three styles of ballet, modern dance, national dances, anatomy, pedagogy, body conditioning, music, dance history, and Benesh Notation. After graduating, Megan taught at Canada’s National Ballet School in the unique role of History of Ballet Teacher until 2006.

Megan has long held an interest in education and is registered with the Ontario College of Teachers. In 2000, Megan graduated from the University of Waterloo in their Math Teaching Option program and also received her Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University through their joint co-op program.

Since 2003, Megan has taught Mathematics, Computer Science, and Ballet at high schools and dance studios in both Toronto, Ottawa, and Waterloo. Megan also teaches ballet at the Contemporary School of Dance in Waterloo. This is Megan’s first year teaching at Guelph Academy of Dance, and she is really looking forward to teaching the ballet program!


Jenna Oxley, BFAJenna
Contemporary

Jenna Oxley, 29-year old artist and intuitive healer has a vast range of professional experience. After graduating with a BFA in dance from Ryerson University Jenna danced as soloist for Ballet Espressivo in Toronto. In 2007 Jenna made her move to the UK to work at Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance. As a lead dancer and assistant choreographer for Abby Warrilow, Jenna began her work in the Scotland in “Lichen,” a film featured in the Edinburgh Film Festival. From here Jenna was involved in several dance projects ranging from dance residencies, dance for film projects, music videos, modelling, to working as assistant to choreographer for Robin Hardy’s film, “The Wicker Tree.” While at Dance Base Jenna taught both Junior and Professional level classes. In 2009 Jenna returned to Ontario to perform with International Grand Illusionist Ryan Joyce while flying back and forth to Edinburgh for Dance Residencies. Since 2010 Jenna has had the honour of working with DanceTheatre David Earle and IMAGEO Artworks.  Consistently managing several performance and teaching jobs, Jenna recently sang back up vocals with upcoming artist, Alysha Brilla at “Rock the Coliseum” in Mississauga. Currently, Jenna is rehearsing for shows with DTDE and IMAGEO Artworks while practising Reiki and Intuitive Healing in Guelph.  Jenna is thrilled to join the faculty of The Guelph Academy of Dance and looks forward to helping the dancers develop into artists.


Samantha Selihar, RAD RTS, AAC2
Ballet

Born in Mississauga and raised in Halton Hills, Samantha began her dance training at the age of 14 studying ballet, acro, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, & hip hop by some of the most well known names in the industry. As an accomplished competitor and a soloist for a small local company, Samantha’s passion for dance grew into an enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge with aspiring dancers, some of which have worked to become professional performers and ballet teachers themselves.

Samantha holds a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. She is also Acrobatic Arts Module Two Certified, and is currently studying to achieve a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education.

Her teaching style ensures that all students receive technical training that meets the highest international standards, while enthusiastically helping students to achieve their own personal goals. Samantha promotes professional etiquette, healthy attitudes, and mutual respect for everyone, setting the stage for a positive learning environment where  students can receive a broad dance education.


Allison Sidnell B.F.A (Dance), B.A (Arts), C.D.TA. (Int.)Alli Faculty
Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre

Allison began her dance training when she was two at Dance Elite in Milton, ON becoming well versed in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary & Modern, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Tap, and Acrobatics. Allison recently completed her second degree, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver under the distinguished faculty at the School for the Contemporary Arts. She also holds a recognized Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph with a main focus in Psychology and Child Development. At SFU, Allison overlapped her studies in dance with the reputable PDP (professional development program for aspiring teachers) where she completed teachers’ education studies in dance, creative movement, choreography, drama and theatre.

Allison is also the founder and first co-captain of the Simon Fraser University Dance team which continues to be the only team participating in the NCAA league in Canada. In 2014, Allison’s dance team was invited by the CFL to perform in the pre-game show for the 102nd Grey Cup. In December 2013, BCF casting hired Allison for a featured extra/ dance role in Universal Studios’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” (Adults Only!) She was also signed as main backup dancer to singer & songwriter “Hailey Reese” in 2011.

One of Allison’s newest projects includes dancing for “ONE Movement” – an anti-bullying inspired company created and directed by Autumn Fernandez. She is also working on attaining her Yoga Teaching License through Yoga Alliance and teaches part-time at the University of Guelph Athletics Centre. Allison could not be happier to share her passion for dance and love of education with her students every week and is so excited to be back teaching at the one of a kind Guelph Academy of Dance.

 


 

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