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 for On Tap Dance Studio in 2015 and choreographed for On Tap’s Summer Youth Troupe in the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival 2016, and intends to choreograph for both the South Shore Players and the Maritime Opera in the near future.
Heidi Mead, Preschool Music and Movement Instructor
Her philosophy stems from the Greeks’ view of education – physical for a healthy body, and music for a healthy mind and soul. Love of children and music have always been her life. Singing in choirs and performing have been foremost since she was 5 years old.
After receiving a BofEd in Music Education, she began teaching music to elementary students in the US. She moved to Canada, married and had children, and then began teaching her own program to young children incorporating elements of music, dance, and literature with the Arts Council of Portage La Prairie. She developed her own studio and taught music in the schools. When Kindermusik came to Canada, she jumped on board and became certified in 3 levels – from babies up to 6 years. She worked with this program in nursery schools as well as her own studio. While in Manitoba, she became credentialed to adjudicate vocal and choral classes for the Arts Festival. Musical theater has always been one of her favorite genres, and she taught several summer week-long camps. In 2000-2002, she went to China to teach English with her husband. Then they moved to Vancouver, where she taught piano, voice, guitar, and musical theater to students at a local community center and part of a Montessori program.
For her, children are the spark in the universe and using music to engage them is the perfect balance to hone the skills necessary for optimum brain development.
Kerenza Verburg, Twinkle Star, Contemporary, 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!
Nena Erickson-Oakes, ACRO Instructor and certified tumbling coach
Nena started dancing at the tender age of 2 at her mother’s dance school in Sydney, Variations Dance Studio. She changed disciplines from ballet, tap and jazz at 12 to highland in which she competed and performed with the Capeland Dance Company. At 17 Nena started coaching cheerleading and hasn’t really stopped. The love of dance translated to cheer and through certifications with cheerleading she found her way back to dance. Nena is a NSSAF certified cheerleading coach, a USASF certified cheerleading coach to levels 4 in both tumbling and stunting. She is a level 1 artistic gymnastics and trampoline coach through NCCP.