FACULTY AND STAFF

Mrs. Angela Prosser
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/MANAGER, ADAPT Cert, ADAPT Examiner; M.L.D.M.A
hooferspa66@gmail.com
Owner and Artistic Director of Hoofers Performing Arts, Angela has 30+ years of teaching experience.

With accreditation in the Tap and Jazz A.D.A.P.T. curriculm and certification with Dance Masters of America, she is highly respected amongst her peers in the dance profession and continues to teach and share her passion and enthusiasm for dance!

Having been appointed as a tap and jazz examiner on the panel of A.D.A.P.T., Angela looks forward to sharing her knowledge not only with her own students but those across Canada and most recently overseas.

Having been in business in Oshawa for the past 20 years Angela now spends most of her time working to continue to offer quality instruction by her outstanding staff. With a completely open door policy you can be sure any questions you have will be answered personally and promptly!

As a former choreographer her work has been recognized and awarded many overall high scoring awards and scholarships. She has had students go on to professional careers as performers, teachers and choreographers both here in Canada and Internationally!

Her love for both dance and children is infectious and encourages a strong sense of self esteem and team building in others.

Miss Chelsey Prosser
COMPETITIVE DIRECTOR/INSTRUCTOR - Tap & Jazz ADAPT Cert & A.R.A.D.
Chelsey is a certified instructor with both the RAD and ADAPT teaching curriculums. Having taught over the past 12 years at studios in both the Durham and GTA area, Chelsey's home base is here at Hoofers as Competitive Director for the many teams we provide opportunities to. From recreational/pre competitive dancers to elite level competitors Chelsey keeps her eye out for those showing promise and determination in all genres of dance!

Throughout her training with the ADAPT syllabus for tap and jazz, she also trained in lyrical/contemporary, acro, musical theatre and vocal. Having excelled in the R.A.D. ballet exams and attaining her Advanced Two with Distinction, she continued on to participate in the Solo Seal Exam and The Genee International Ballet Competition held in Toronto in 2008.

Chelsey was also accepted to the National Ballet School and Royal Winnipeg summer intensive professional programs along with Ryerson University's Dance Program as a student.

While working and training professionally, Chelsey resided in New York City participating at Step's On Broadway where she had the opportunity to train with many teaching professionals and performed with Royal Carribean Cruise Lines as a dancer in their production shows.

Setting her performing career aside, Chelsey's students have won many overall awards from the Mini to Senior Divisions, choreography awards and have had many students receive outstanding examination marks along with acceptances to many private ballet schools.

As an enthusiastic and disciplined teacher and choreographer, Chelsey demonstrates with precise technique and works to instill strong performance skills to allow her students to set their passion in motion on the stage. It is with great pride as she watches the growth of her students year after year.

Miss Rachel Parish
ACRO HEAD COACH/CHOREOGRAPHER/INSTRUCTOR - Tap & Jazz ADAPT Cert.
Rachel is an accomplished performer, teacher and choreographer and has been involved in the dance community since the age of three. She has extensive training in the areas of R.A.D ballet, jazz, tap, acro, lyrical and hip hop. Rachel continues to update and train by attending professional dance conventions and classes. As a competitive dancer, Rachel has had the opportunity to compete across Canada and the United States winning numerous awards and scholarships for her outstanding performances. Having completed the teacher training program under the direction of Bryan and Faye Foley, she is a full member of the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT). As a teacher and choreographer, Rachel has helped her students to many great accomplishments including becoming members of the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak, Toronto Marlies Dance Team, Stratford Festival, and countless competitive overall awards and scholarships including pageant title winners and placements. Rachel has had her choreography chosen to represent Canada at the World Ballet and Jazz Championships in New York City and has had the pleasure of watching her students graduate to go on to professional careers of their own. Rachel currently teaches and choreographs for studios in the GTA and is also on staff with the Durham District Catholic School Board teaching the Performing Arts Dance Program to Grades 9 through 12.

Miss Ashley Schofield
COMPETITIVE TEAM CHOREOGRAPHER/INSTRUCTOR - Tap & Jazz ADAPT Cert.
Ashley Schofield is a passionate, motivated choreographer and teacher from Toronto, ON and has danced and performed for over twenty years. Miss Schofield has trained across North America with notable teachers and choreographers. She is a certified ADAPT and PBT teacher.

Ashley attended, by audition, the National Choreographer's Intensive at Utah Valley University. While in attendance, she had the opportunity to work, study and create under the guidance of nationally recognized professional, Nelly van Bommel.

Currently, Ashley is the founder and choreographer of Opus Dance Collective, a pre-professional/professional company of dancers, who debuted at the Capezio ACE Awards in Los Angeles, California in 2015. They have since continued to train and perform across Canada and the US, most recently competing on NBC's World of Dance. Opus proudly presented their first self-produced show Volume 1: FORE/word at the Winchester Street Theatre in Toronto, Canada this past summer.

Ashley has been recognized for her creative concepts, artistry and choreography at both national and international levels of competition and it can be seen on NBC’s World of Dance Season 2, as her dancers battle it out amongst the top dancers in the world. Her competitive choreography has been displayed across Canada and the US at the YAGP Finals in NYC, in the Top 10 at the Dance Awards, charitable events and fundraisers, fashion shows, promotional teams representing both retail and media companies, along with numerous studio regional and national competitions. She also takes part in many annual industry events including the Choreographer’s Ball, Hit The Floor All-Star Showcase, and 60x60 Toronto. Ashley is a two-time Capezio ACE Awards finalist and has displayed her work at the prestigious choreographer’s competition in New York City and Los Angeles, California.

Mrs. Fritha King
BALLET DEPT - R.A.D. Cert & Mentor
Mrs. Fritha King is a highly sought after R.A.D. Certified Teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience. She has both performed professionally across Europe and Canada as well as having choreographed and produced several full length ballets. With a creative drive and love of ballet, students will achieve great personal accomplishment under her guidance. Students have carried on towards gaining teaching certification and many of her current and former students have won overall awards for technical performances and choreography at competition as well as having been accepted into both the summer and fulltime academic programs at the National Ballet School and Quinte Ballet School.

Miss Vanessa Stead
Competitive/Recreational Instructor - Tap & Jazz ADAPT Cert.
Vanessa has been training in dance since the age of three and competing since the age of ten. Her hard work, versatility and style have led her to become a very accomplished competitive dancer, having won many overall awards, titles and numerous scholarships throughout North America. Vanessa also competed Internationally with the Canadian National Showdance Team, representing Canada at the IDO World Championships in Reisa, Germany. Some of Vanessa's training includes Broadway Dance Centre and Steps on Broadway in NYC as well as training with many renowned choreographers at workshops and conventions throughout North America.

Vanessa has extensive training in ballet (R.A.D. Advanced level 2), jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap and ballroom. Along with receiving top marks on her A.D.A.P.T. Tap and Jazz Exams, she is also a full member of the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers having graduated from the A.D.A.P.T. Teacher Training program in both Tap and Jazz. Her teaching experience includes studios in Durham and across the GTA where she has provided guest/substitute and permanent teaching along with choreography for year-end shows and competitions.

Other credits include National talent winner and finalist at the 2010 Miss Teen Canada Pageant and performer and assistant choreographer in "Anne of Green Gables".

On a professional level, Vanessa had a supporting role in the YTV Movie "King of the Camp" and appeared as a tap dancer in the television series "Warehouse 13". She has also completed two contracts as a dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Freedom of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas. Some other opportunities have included the Toronto Choreographer's Ball, Fever after Dark and several corporate gigs around Toronto. Vanessa has also had the opportunity of performing at the 2014 Capezio Ace Awards in NYC and the 2015 Capezio Ace Awards in Long Beach, CA.

Vanessa is very excited to be back at Hoofers where she grew up and looks forward to sharing her creativity and passion for dance with her students.

Miss Madison Mapes
Office Admin / Teacher (A.D.A.P.T. Cert in Progress)
Miss Madison danced with Hoofers since the age of 5 in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and contemporary and had a very successful competitive experience. Along the way she completed multiple ballet exams and up to her Intermediate 3 jazz and tap exams. Her passion for dance and love for children has become a full-time job for Miss Madison. She is a recent graduate of York University in psychology and is thrilled to be teaching dance full-time this year! This past summer she completed zumba training, barre training and her second year of three for her A.D.A.P.T certification. She is passionate about sharing her love for dance with everyone and is excited to implement a new school guest teacher program and DanceFit for adults into her busy schedule.

Miss Jennifer Jealouse
Sr TA and Instructor (A.D.A.P.T. Cert in Progress)
Jennifer has a strong passion, not for only dance, but for children identifying the positive impact she is able to pass on to them. She has been involved in dancea since the age of three and has been competing since the age of seven. Jennifer is currently a senior competitive dancer at Hoofers who takes classes in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and contemporary. She has completed her Advanced One Ballet exam and her Intermediate Two Jazz and Tap exams with plans to continue her examinations and complete them in the near future to fulfill her teaching credentials.

Jennifer has been assisting with classes since the age of nine, and has a great focus on discipline and knowledge in her teaching. She has been privileged to work alongside all of the other Hoofers instructors and continues to learn with them. Outside and inside of the studio environment, Jennifer has been able to work with many different children who have a variety of abilities and needs.

Having received many acknowledgments and overalls at competitions Jennifer was also accepted and attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Summer Intensive program.

In the future, Jennifer hopes to combine her love of dance, her growing understanding of kinesiology and love of children in the workplace as an Occupational Therapist. She looks forward to growing as a dancer and a teacher as she continues her dance career after high school.

Miss Nicole Alison
Recreational Instructor - Tap & Jazz ADAPT Cert.
Nicole has always had a natural passion for dance, which she started at the age of eight. She began dancing competitively a year later throughout Canada and the United States, achieving many awards including First Overall Jr. Soloist.

Nicole recently graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology where she was a member of the UOIT Ridgeback Varsity Dance Pak for three years, and was awarded Dance Team Freshman Athlete of the year. Along the way, Nicole expanded her love of performing to the theatre where she was a principal dancer in the Oshawa Little Theatre's production of Glee. For the last six years Nicole has been teaching throughout the Durham Region, earning many overall and special awards for her choreography with her Mini and Junior dancers. This summer Nicole graduated from the ADAPT Teacher’s Training Program earning her Certification in both Tap and Jazz. Nicole is very excited to share her passion for dance with her students here at Hoofers!


Miss Stephanie
ADAPT Cert. - Hip Hop Instructor
Stephanie has been training in dance since the age of three and competing since the age of twelve as a former student at Hoofers. Having completing her training in various styles such as tap, jazz, ballet,lyrical/contemporary,theatre and hip hop Sthanie went on to George
Brown College where she pursued dance, signing and acting.

Her dedication, perseverance and passion towards the arts lead her to pursue dance outside of the
studio and into the professional Toronto entertainment industry as a young adult.

Stephanie is A.D.A.P.T. certified in tap and jazz as a teacher and continues to take her
training very seriously. Her teaching experience includes studios in Durham and across
the GTA where she has provided guest/substitute and permanent teaching along with choreography for year-end shows and competitions. She also currently works alongside some of Toronto’s most well known choreographers as a class and workshop assistant at Millennium Dance Complex in Toronto.

Performing is something that is extremely important to Stephanie and is a skill that she
brings to all her classes. Some of her professional credits include back up dancing for
various artists at the MMVA’s including Omi, various shows with Hedley, Karl Wolfe,
Kardinal Official, Bad Bunny, and more. Other Toronto dance related opportunities have
included the Toronto Choreographer's Ball, Fever after Dark and several corporate functions
around Toronto.

Stephanie is looking forward to the new season and is excited to work with Hoofers students this season!

Miss Olivia
Instructor/Sr TA – Ballet and Jazz
Olivia has been at Hoofers since the age of three, and has been dancing competitively since the age of seven. She is passionate about dance, teaching and children. She is currently a senior student taking Jazz, Ballet/Pointe, Lyrical and Contemporary. Olivia has continued her dance education by attending summer intensives at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada and The School of Cadence Ballet, among others. She has completed senior level Royal Academy of Dance ballet and ADAPT jazz exams. Olivia is a seasoned teaching assistant and instructor, having taught for many years, and loves to see the excitement in young dancers as they explore and learn from her.

In the future Olivia wants to continue her love of teaching dance with her desire to help others as a Pediatric Nurse. She looks forward to continuing to grow as a dancer and teacher.

Kelly Jones-Hart
Ballet Dept - MA, RAD T.Cert.
Kelly has a passion for teaching dance to children of all ages and abilities. With a focus on developing strong technique Kelly also infuses her classes with joy and creativity. Students are encouraged to find an emotional connection with movement and to develop a love for dance as a form of self-expression.

Kelly began dancing at the age of three studying tap, jazz, ballet, Highland and contemporary dance. After graduating from the dance programme at Ryerson University, and obtaining her RAD teaching certification, she performed on the Mirvish stages in Toronto and in front of Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. In 2005 Kelly completed her Masters in Dance at York University and presented her research paper, Applying Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences in Ballet Training at the World Dance Alliance conference in Toronto. Kelly has focused her teaching on RAD Ballet and contemporary dance and specializes in teaching creative dance to younger children.