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.
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, 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. 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!
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!
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.
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.
Denise Tenio began her dance training at the age of 5 at a small studio in Mississauga. She was admitted into Cawthra Park Secondary School for the Regional Arts Program, where she was able to expand her knowledge in Ballet and Modern and train under widely sought after artists and choreographers. In 2010, she transferred to Watts School of Dance and has been with us ever since. After graduating the studio in 2012, she has continued to show support and be a part of the Watts dance family by teaching recreational classes and summer camp. Her love of performing has taken her to other forms of dance, specifically Latin dance after becoming a certified Zumba instructor. Denise is currently studying at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Linguistics and Foreign Cultures/Languages, and is an active member of one of the university's resident dance companies, Silhouettes Dance Company.