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The teachers and choreographers at Watts School of Dance are qualified, talented and highly motivated.

Watts School of Dance teachers and choreographers strive to foster a love of dance, to develop self-discipline and self-motivation among students, and to encourage and support students in class and performance.

Whether your child is pursuing dance at a competitive or recreational level, Watts School of Dance offers an educational and enriching dance experience for all ages and all levels.

Watts School of Dance offers competitive and recreational classes in: Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acro, Ballet, Modern and Musical Theatre.

Director, WSD

Ashley Watts

Ashley Watts is a sought after teacher and choreographer with extensive knowledge in the dance industry both onstage and offstage in areas of performance, choreography, and costume design.

Ashley is the successful owner and artistic-director of Watts School of Dance, and Co-Director of Shock Dance Challenge – one of Ontario’s leading dance competitions.

With Ashley’s professional and nurturing coaching skills, her students have had the opportunity to win awards locally and internationally such as top scores, top overalls, dance-off winners and judges choice awards to name a few. Ashley’s students have also won numerous scholarships such as Be Discovered’s “Summer in L.A.”, Fresh Intensives, JUMP, OIP Summer Programs, NUVO, Dance Fusion, Dance Impact and many more. Ashley’s students have performed with The National Show Team – Greece, The National Show Team – Spain, have been CNE Rising Star Finalists, featured on television shows on Family Channel, accepted into numerous regional arts programs, and much more!

Ashley’s choreography has led her to be the recipient of numerous choreography awards both locally and internationally. Most recently, one of Ashley's choreographic pieces was nominated for an International Dance Awards People's Choice performed by the talented dancers of Watts School of Dance.

Ashley feels that it is important to stay on the forefront of the ever evolving dance world so that she can provide her students with the very best in dance education.

Ashley feels that it is important to use your skills to give back to the community. Ashley has choreographed routines for The Canadian Cancer Society annual “Relay For Life” events as well as choreographed routines for “The Butterfly Ball”, a gala to raise money for The Credit Valley Hospital’s new Palliative Care Center. Ashley has also choreographed routines for a finale episode of “Rich Bride Poor Bride” on the Slice Television Network.

Ashley is thrilled to be sharing her extensive knowledge as well as her love of dance with Watts School of Dance students!

Teacher, WSD

Corey Gayadeen

Corey began training at the age of 5 and his passion for dance has continued ever since! He trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Acrobatics at The Canadian Dance Company in Oakville, Ontario. He also attended Cawthra Park Secondary School’s Regional Arts Program as a Dance Major, with heavy focus on Ballet and Modern technique. Throughout his training he has had the opportunity to work extensively with choreographers such as Allain Lupien, Linda Garneau, Mikeal Knight, Christie McKay, Mathew Clarke, Kim Falconi, Gino Berti, Fanny Ghorayeb, Nicholas Villeneuve and Darryl Tracy.

Corey has had the opportunity to perform and compete throughout Canada, the United States and even in Europe. In 2005 he represented Canada at the I.D.O. World Dance Championships in Germany, where he received a Gold Medal in both the Tap and Jazz group competitions and the Silver Medal in the male tap solo competition. Corey has been teaching and choreographing for 6 years now. He is well versed in tap, hip hop, contemporary, and jazz choreography. In addition to these styles his training has allowed him to also specialize in teaching jumps and turns, tumbling, and partnering techniques. His students and choreography have received a number of high score and choreography awards at competitions throughout North America.

In addition to his dance education, Corey graduated with an Honors BA in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. While teaching dance, he challenges himself to use his Kinesiology background as much as possible in order to educate dancers on how to manipulate their bodies in ways that are both efficient and injury preventing!

Teacher, WSD

Perri McCall

Perri McCall has worked in the industry professionally for over 20 years and has danced and choreographed for companies such as Nike, Revlon, MAC, the NBA, CBC, TSN Fashion Cares, Hilton Hotels, and has appeared in several commercials and music videos as well. Her performance resume spans stage, screen, industrials, as well as 3 years on the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak and also as a featured dancer and aeriel artist on Norweigen Cruise Lines.

As a graduate from the Ryerson BFA Dance program she has also trained on scholarship at Broadway Dance Centre in NYC, and in the UK at Pineapple Dance Studios. When offered the opportunity Perri relocated to London, UK to assist master teacher/choreographer Molly Molloy. She also acted as assistant choreographer and dancer with Michael Flatley in his world tour of "Celtic Tiger".

Perri has taught and at several studios and professional schools , including George Brown College (Dance program - toronto), Broadway Dance Centre (NYC) children's program, London Studio Centre (UK) (dance Degree program Pineapple Studios (London, UK) and Italia Conti Academy (UK) a professional theatre school.

Perri is a regular presence on audition panels, competition adjudication panels, and as a guest artist for various performance companies. Some of her former students include Mark Ballas and Derek Hough of "Dancing with the Stars", Matt Thomas currently in the role of Peter Parker in "Spiderman" on Broadway, Anand Desai-Barocha of the major motion picture "Hollywood Heist" as well as students in all the Harry Potter movies, and several performing in popular shows such as Wicked, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, and on So you Think You Can Dance UK.

Teacher, WSD

Nick Tull

Nick is the founder and director of Airtight Entertainment, Ontario's hottest up and coming dance company. Airtight Entertainment company members have been featured in productions by Disney Channels Make it Pop, The Next Step, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, YTV's The Next Star, Cirque de Soliel, World of Dance Toronto Youth Division Champions, and has also been made an addition to the team of choreographers for the illustrious Azul Fives resort company, and so much more. Choreographer, Performer and dance teacher. Nick has been dancing since age 7, and has remained passionate and inspired from the very beginning. From that point on his love for self expression through the art of dance has continued to grow. He has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop Contemporary, Tap, Urban underground dance genres, African, and Caribbean dance, and is always looking for the new and next thing that is going to help to further diversify himself through dance.

"I'm all about the groove", and having said that, Nick has danced on television, and on stage in shows produced by Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Nickelodean Germany, Universal Studios, Paramount Canada's Wonderland, Slice TV, Bacardi, Mercedes Benz, Toronto's World Pride. He has also danced for various recording artists such as Kylie Minogue, Aleesia, Shawn Desman, Victoria Duffield, Lloyd Banks, Euro Super Groups and artists like US5, Lexington Bridge, Jimi Blue. As well as performing with Tokyo Hotel, Jermaine Jackson, T-Pain, Fabulous, Busta Rhymes.

In addition to teaching at studios across Ontario, he has been fortunate to travel all across Canada, and the US, and North Western Europe- teaching in the UK, Portugal, Amsterdam, Paris, Denmark, Germany as well as the Azul Fives Resorts.

Teacher, WSD

Amy Adams

Amy Wysocki (formerly Adams) is a passionate Toronto-based artist with over 25 years of training and experience as a dancer, while focusing the past 10 years on developing and expanding her skills as a teacher, choreographer and adjudicator. A graduate of the International Student Visa Program at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, where she trained in contemporary dance, working closely with mentors Cat Cogliandro and Jenn Freeman. Some performance experiences include; Icona Pop “I Love It”, ABC’s Good Morning America, Classified “Payday” music video, Toronto Fringe Festival, Toronto Dance Teacher’s Expo, CNE Bellosound “Sketch Stage” and Much Music’s Electric Circus New Years Eve Bash.

Amy’s journey began in Mississauga, Ontario where she trained for many years as a competitive dancer in a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, musical theatre and pointe. As a dance graduate of the Regional Arts Program at Cawthra Park Secondary School, Amy furthered her technical training in modern (Limon and Graham techniques), cultural dance styles, choreographic skills, improvisation, dance history, kinesiology and nutrition.

Amy furthered her education at McMaster University, attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour. While she completed her studies at McMaster, Amy co-Founded and co-Directed a highly successful competitive university dance team called Verve Dance.

Amy is co-founder and co-Artistic Director of a professional contemporary company, based out of Toronto, called Point Of View Dance Project. The company completed two successful show runs of a full length work titled, “Wireless Connection”. P.O.V. Dance Project has choreographed work for Fever After Dark, The Bazaar, Toronto Fringe Festival, CNE Bellosound “Sketch Stage”, Raise The Rhythm fundraisers, and many more. The company has also been featured in The Dance Current Magazine.

Amy is a faculty member at The Underground Dance Centre in Toronto, a certified Barre fitness instructor and a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance. She teaches, choreographs and adjudicates across Canada, with award winning choreography and recognized students. Amy strives to continually grow and develop as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Leading by example through hard work and determination, Amy loves to inspire and share her passion with others.

Teacher, WSD

Kellisa Webb

Kellisa has been teaching dance for the past 7 years. She began dancing at the age of 3 and competing at the age of 5. Kellisa has extensive training in all aspects of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary. She has trained with many choreographers including Siona Jackson, Kareem Byfield, Sabrina Porco and Shana Cipressi. She is an associate member of the Royal Academy of Dance having passed her Advanced 2 examination. She was a successful competitive dancer, her last as a member of the York University Dance Team. As a teacher Kellisa enjoys teaching dancers of all ages. She is very proud of all her students and the numerous overalls they have won.

Teacher, WSD

Agata Mirosz

Agata has been teaching at Watts School of Dance for 3 years. She is delighted to teach and continue to share her passion for Dance. Agata received most of her training while she lived in Poland and at the age of seven she joined the professional program at the National Ballet School of Poland. Agata attended this school for seven consecutive years receiving the best training in her country. She was honored to continue her training when she was invited to join the elite program with the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. Throughout her career, Agata has performed with several different ballet companies in Poland as well as Canada such as National Ballet of Poland, Ontario Ballet Theatre, OMO, DNA Theatre and many more. Her repertoire includes many famous ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere and The Nutcracker. Miss Agata had the privilege to perform for Pope John Paul II, The President and First Lady of Poland and Princess Mathilde of Belgium just to name a few. Besides performing on stage Ms. Mirosz has also appeared on TV and Radio, taking part in numerous television shows, music videos for Our Lady Peace, Hillary Duff and the short movie “End of Silence” along with dancers from American Ballet Theatre and National Ballet. Her passion for performance and instinctive attention to detail has brought her to teaching. Her passion for dance inspires all of her students to find their passion within and make their dancing dreams come true.

Teacher, WSD

Adele Power

Adele is a captivating performer, passionate teacher and her creativity abounds as a choreographer. She brings to her students a wealth of knowledge and experience to help guide them on their dance journey. Adele is a graduate of Mayfield School of the Arts, University of Toronto (English / History B.A Hons), and has attained her Sheridan College Musical Theatre Performance diploma where she was the recipient of the George V. Young Acting Award. At her time at Sheridan she was also appointed dance captain in several shows, played the lead role in 'Elizabeth', a contemporary dance show, supporting role Nickie in the production of 'Sweet Charity', and the lead role Rachael in the workshop production of 'Scoring a Hit'. Adele has performed in a live industrial for Bell Canada, The Thousand Islands Playhouse's production of 'My Fair Lady', and performed a season with the Toronto Argonaut Cheerleaders. Adele studied modern in the professional division of Toronto Dance Theatre, and holds teaching certificates with the R.A.D, C.D.T.A, and I.S.T.D. Her choreography credits include:

'Dark Lady' and 'Putnam's 25th Annual Spelling Bee' at York University's Theatre Glendon. She recently direct a team of dancers in the 2nd annual 'Women Moving Forward' Conference. Adele has also had the pleasure of working with the acclaimed San Andreas' professional Samba Dance Company as a guest ballet teacher.

Adele is an adjudicator, and guest choreographer around the G.T.A. She is a member of the Professional Adjudication Alliance. And most proudly a mom of three active kids!. She recently taught a contemporary workshop at York University in their intensive workshop series. As a triple threat performer, and award winning choreographer, she continues to enhance her skills while taking class from the industry's finest talent.

Teacher, WSD

Kayla Santos

Kayla's dance journey began at the age of nine, when she begged her parents to enrol her in ballet lessons. After her first lesson, it was love at first sight. By the age of 11 she began her career as a competitive soloist, and took home the first overall novice soloist title at Starpower's National dance competition in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From then on, Kayla's dance career took flight. Over the years, Kayla has won various overall and special awards for her performances and highly disciplined technique. In 2012, Kayla was awarded the Dance Canada Cup- Destined to Succeed title.

Kayla was a successful graduate of the Regional Arts program at Cawthra park secondary school, where she got the opportunity to meet, and work alongside seasoned industry professionals.

As a former graduate of Watts school of Dance, Kayla is a product of all of the dedication from our excellent choreographers here at the studio. Excited to be sharing her knowledge of dance and technique, it is most meaningful for Kayla to teach at her old stomping grounds here at WSD.

Additional Teachers/Guest Teachers/Substitutes

  • Kellisa Webb
  • Stephan Dickson
  • Kevin Maharaj
  • Heidi Lorenz
  • Melina Sartzetakis