We take great care and value our students, individually evaluating their progress along the way. We believe dance is for everybody, no matter what their background or ability and have been cultivating dancers since 2012. Dance offers life skills that can be applied to almost any avenue or career and we hone in on students attitudes and approach to learning with our sincere, qualified, and caring instructors. Whether your dancer is a competitive or non-competitive personality, we have the right instructor and class choice for you!
Shannon Moore, Owner and Artistic Director, CDTA and Dance NS Member
Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Theatre Dance, Contemporary, Bboy, and Modern Instructor
Shannon has studied with Broadway talents such as David J.V. Meenan, Harry Woolever, Savion Glover, Virgina Sandifur, and many more. Shannon holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the New School University in New York, is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and has studied at Dalhousie University as an English major. Shannon has attended several classes and workshops at Broadway Dance Center, The Martha Graham Studio, and Steps on Broadway, and is a regular at the New Jersey Tap Festival every summer. She has nurtured her love for performing arts since her youth at Red Bank Regional High School of Performing Arts in New Jersey as a dance major. Shannon has worked creatively with Neptune Theatre’s Youth Program and Professional Studies, and she is also the Artistic Director of Royale Theatre Guild II in Lunenburg, NS which caters to children of all ages and has produced four full-length shows to date including Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Wicked Witch of Oz, The Velveteen Rabbit, And Wonderland. Shannon most recently directed and produced The Very Funky Nutcracker in 2015, A Dancing Christmas Carol in 2016, and Babes in Toyland in 2017 for On Tap Dance Studio. Shannon has choreographed for On Tap’s Summer Youth Troupe in the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Wooden Boat Festival, and for South Shore Players, Maritime Opera, and Chester Drama Society to name a few. Shannon has most recently founded a ballet performance troupe called Lift Me Up Dance Theatre, which strives to bring dance and literature to youth on the South Shore.
Kerenza Verburg, Twinkle Star, Pre-Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz Instructor
Kerenza started ballet in Goosebay (Canada) when she was 3 years old and hasn’t stopped dancing since. She moved quite a bit (from Canada to various countries in Europe, and back again) and has gained a lot of experience in ballet, jazz, contemporary, latin/ballroom, and modern. Most of her training happened in Belgium, where she lived the longest, and where she was fortunate enough to have experienced multiple workshops with professional choreographers and dancers such as Isabelle Beernaert, Laurent Flamment, and Stefano Guiliani. Furthermore, she has had the chance to take a contemporary-jazz class at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York.
Kerenza considers it a huge advantage to have learned from so many different instructors from different backgrounds, and with different ideas and views on performance and dance. She would like to continue to use this knowledge in her dance classes to help younger dancers thrive, express themselves, and find their own spot in the dance world.
Dance is quite obviously her greatest passion, but children and youth play a huge part in what she loves as well. Almost all of her jobs have involved working with children and/or youth, and it is also what she would like to do in the future.
Kerenza is more than excited to combine her greatest passion, dance, with her love for working with and around children and youth. Kerenza has set her first steps into her dance journey, and her goal is to help younger dancers set their first steps into their own dance journeys.
Bryce Ross-Bboy/Bgirl Instructor
Bryce Ross started dancing in 2015 after 10 years of gymnastics training and competing in Canada and USA. He transitioned into dance training with On Tap Dance Studio and went full throttle doing what he always wanted to do: DANCE!
This move was natural and easy for him as he was able to take his strength and skills from the gym to the dance floor and have a great time performing on stage. His background in dance includes ballet, tap, contemporary/modern, theatre, ACRO, and hip-hop. He continues to train with other dancers and companies and choreograph. Expression of his true self through movement, acting in character and entertaining audiences drives this passion. As a post-secondary dance student and teacher with On Tap Dance Studio in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Bryce is focusing on professional ballet, contemporary and tap dance. He teaches younger students hip-hop and hopes to build a larger class to teach other genres and help them succeed further with their talents. What his hopes are for his student dancers is to mentor and see them succeed and to make sure that they know that the world is their oyster; they too can grab onto every opportunity and strive for their dreams. It is most important to Bryce that these skills and talent should be combined with the joy of living healthy, being physically strong, and mentally and emotionally positive. Bryce seeks the stage and performance in film. While he reaches that dream, he will pass along what he learns to his students. He loves to choreograph, command the stage, play supporting roles and entertain his audiences with his acting and dancing. Ultimately, he plans on being the next triple threat with his screen arts diploma working in front of and behind the camera, on stage and in film!