Teachers

Suzy Stiperski cdta, paec

Founder/Director

Suzy Stiperski is an enthusiastic Director,Teacher,performer, choreographer and adjudicator , whose years of experience reflect in her students and studio.  She is the founder and director of The Academy of Performing Arts in Orangeville, celebrating ts 28th year of inspiring dancers.

Ms.Stiperski began her training at a young age and continued to do so until her graduation of the Ryerson Theatre School Performance Program, majoring in dance. Her theatrical credits eventually led to performances in "Top Cops", "The Soccer Game", "Kids in the Hall", and the television mini-series "The Queen of Mean", where she also assisted in the choreography. Ms.Stiperski also studied with "Second city" and "Actors Network". She is a full member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA), where she has played an active role on the Ballet committee. She has successfully trained students from primary to advanced levels, as well as, prepared teachers and students for their CDTA teaching papers. Ms.Stiperski is excited to be directing the Academy for it's 28th year.

Nancy Dinner

Nancy Dinner was the owner/operator of Jaymor School of Dancing in Aurora, Ontario for over 30 years.  Mrs. Dinner is a full member of P.A.E.C. as well as an acrobatic and jazz examiner.  Nancy performed with Canada's Wonderland, Toronto, for four years as well as performing in various industrial shows, television and video.  She has taught dancers who consequently performed in Mexico - in Manzanillo, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and on cruise ships around the world.  Nancy has also taken dance troupes to perform at Costa Del Sol, Spain and the Maritimes, Eastern Canada, as well as, more recently, on three Royal Caribbean Cruise ships.  Nancy has choreographed pageants, fashion shows, as well as productions of "Finian's Rainbow", "Grease", "Anything Goes", "CATS", "Big", "Hair Spray", "Aladdin", "The Sound of Music", "Oliver", "Footloose" and "Joseph" and more.  She continues to choreograph and adjudicate for other members of the dance profession and is well-known for her extensive acrobatic background and contortionist work.  Many of her dancers continue to perform, teach, choreograph and study the many facets of dance due to her leadership and passion.

Kassandra Sciacca

Kassandra has been dancing  for almost 20 years. She has recently earned her BFA in performance dance from Ryerson University. Along with performing and choreographing all over the city of Toronto, she has also had the privilege of training with numerous teachers such as Nadia Potts, Linda Garneau, Shannon Mather, Nick Lazzarini, and many others. Kassandra has trained in jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, musical theatre, as well as many more avenues of theatre. In addition to having several years of experience as a dancer, she has also found a love for teaching. Kassandra is an associate member of the B.A.T.D. for both jazz and tap and has found a joy in sharing her knowledge and love for dance with students of all ages. Kassandra is very excited to start this new chapter of her life and is looking forward to being a part of the Academy of Performing Arts family. 

Raeburn Ferguson

Raeburn began her skills at the Academy of Performing Arts at the age of four and went on to teaching and dancing on the AOPA competitive team later in her teen years. Raeburn is a graduate from York University where she studied Theatre and specialized in Directing. Since graduating she has worked steadily in community and professional theatres around Ontario, strengthening her passion for creation and theatre education.  Raeburn is a huge advocate for theatre and arts education and was the Director of the P.L.A.Y project, a youth theatre program at the Living Arts Centre .  She has completed the Theatre Ontario Adjudication Course and became a board member of Theatre Ontario. She is involved with Orangeville Music Theatre and has been Directing and Choreographing shows for them .  The Academy is thrilled to have Ms Raeburn back with the Academy family and we look forward to a fun filled year!

Olivia Craft

Olivia Craft is a Dancer and Choreographer originally from Orangeville, Ontario. She is a recent graduate from York University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in the Choreography/Performance stream.  At York,Olivia has performed in multiple choreography shows and in the York Dance Ensemble, under direction of Susan Lee. Olivia spent a semester in England studying dance at the University of Chichester. Olivia has experienced previous competitive dance training.  The dance program at Orangeville District Secondary School earned her the Dufferin Arts Council Award in Performing Arts and Dance. Her prior involvement includes the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Germany .  She has performed with Five Star pre-professional dance company under direction of Kim O’Neill and Jacques Monfiston. Moving Forward, Olivia is interested in growing as a Dance and Yoga instructor while pursuing choreography and performance opportunities. We are excited to welcome back past student and teacher Ms.Olivia Craft to the Academy Team.

Brittany Walbourne

Brittany is thrilled to return to the Academy of Performing Arts to share her love for the arts. Brittany grew up dancing in Orangeville, and has competed in various competitions across North America. Along with performing and choreographing across the GTA, she has also had the privilege of training in New York City. She has studied under both the CDTA and RAD syllabus up until the advanced level. Brittany has trained in jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theatre, and recently played a lead role in Brampton Music Theatre's production of Peter Pan. Brittany is excited to be back part time with the AOPA family this year! 

Maya Erwin

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