We offer dance instruction to children, both male and female, between the ages of 2 – professional. We teach both competitive and non-competitive classes which include a recital every second year. Our dance forms include ballet, tap, jazz, acro, musical theatre and hip-hop. For our dancers in the competitive stream we also offer pointe, lyrical, contemporary and conditioning. Our teachers take pride in our studio and are very excited to see the growth of our students in their years at Dance Evolution.Dance Evolution is centrally located to all outlying communities in the Greater City of Sudbury. We have a large facility equipped with 4 dance studios, lunch rooms, a parents lounge and change rooms.
Studio Owner & Director
Taylor Austin (Miss Tay) is a born and raised Sudbury dancer!
The Ida Sauve Dance Studio (now Dance Evolution), was her second home from the age of four. Miss Tay was dancing competitively at eight and assisting by 11. It was at this young age that she discovered her passion for teaching. Miss Tay competed across Ontario until age 21 winning numerous special awards and medals for both group and solo performances.
Miss Tay’s passion for teaching and the art of dance has grown stronger since stepping into her role as Owner & Director of the studio. She is a certified ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) teacher in both Tap and Jazz, and is trained in Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She is a YPAD (Youth Protection Advocated in Dance) certified teacher ensuring age appropriateness in all facets of her work, including music selection, costuming and overall atmosphere at the studio.
As part of the Dance Evolution team, Miss Tay has volunteered in her community by supporting various charitable organizations including; NEO Kids, NOFCC, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Blood Services, and Northern Lights Festival.
Miss Tay is committed to creating a safe space at the studio where students feel inspired and motivated and are supported in their growth into confident, empowered young people. She is honoured to be the new Owner & Director of Dance Evolution and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with all of her students, fellow teachers, and the community!
Emily Caruso Parnell joined the faculty at Dance Evolution in 2004 and has been teaching dance for 26 years.
As a student and dancer, she trained and performed in ballet and modern dance across North America. Her students have gone on to complete professional and post-secondary programs in dance at many major institutions including Canada’s National Ballet School, York University, l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, Simon Fraser University, Ryerson University, The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre and The Rock School for Dance Education.
Emily holds degrees in Dance and Education from York University, the University of New Brunswick and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and is a candidate in the Doctorate in Education program at Athabasca University. Emily is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance and is a content advisor for Canada’s National Ballet School Sharing Dance program.
Emily also teaches sessionally in the School of Education at Laurentian University and is a vice principal in the Rainbow District School Board.
Seana Rossanese is excited to be a part of another amazing year with the Dance Evolution team!
Miss Seana’s love for dance started at the age of 8. She trained in most styles throughout her life and she spent 12 years competing in regional competitions and won numerous top awards. Miss Seana began her teaching career at the age of 15, teaching her first pre-dance class and fell instantly in love with teaching dance. She now teaches a little bit of everything from pre-dance to teen open and everything in between. Her favourite styles of dance to teach are lyrical and tap.
Miss Seana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Laurentian University, a Bachelor of Education in Primary/Junior also from Laurentian and has a diploma in Early Childhood Education from Cambrian College.
When Miss Seana isn’t at the dance studio teaching dance, you can find her teaching in various elementary schools here in Sudbury as a supply teacher. Miss Seana has a strong passion for working with young children and teaching dance, and being a part of the Dance Evolution team allows her to come to work everyday excited and grateful to be doing what she loves.
Hospital management by day, married mom of 2 by night and ballet teacher in between! Jessica Diplock is excited to be joining the faculty at Dance Evolution and to be bring her passion for movement to the studio. Extensively trained in Cecchetti classical ballet, Jessica has 20 years + of dance experience on stage, as a choreographer and teaching in the studio.
Jessica is a proud graduate of the Sudbury Secondary School of Performing Arts program and holds a degree in Biomedical Biology from Laurentian University.
Miss Kat is one of our Pre Dance teachers at Dane Evolution. She began to teach at Dance Evolution at the age of sixteen and has since taught various different styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Glee and of course Pre Dance. She was enrolled in her first ballet class when she was just three years old and continued to dance into her early adult years.
Ever since Miss Kat was a little girl she had been passionate about dance and becoming a ballerina. Early on in her life, she decided that she wanted to become a dance instructor and throughout her many years of dancing, she became very passionate about helping younger dancers achieve their goals and their wildest dreams.
Miss Kat also works as a Client Relations Manager for a local investment firm and in her spare time, she loves spending quality time with her family including her sweet daughter, Evelyn. She loves having the opportunity to share her passion with all of her students as she claims the best thing about being a dance instructor is seeing the excitement and pride on her students’ faces once they’ve accomplished their goals.
“Growing up as a dancer you learn to speak through movement and it is truly one of the most beautiful and special languages you will ever speak.”
Lareen began her dance career with Tini Pel at the Arts Guild Dance Studio in Sudbury. She trained with the Royal Academy of Dance The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the National Ballet School of Canada.
She has taught Ballet for over 30 years at a number of studios including her own studio, The Creative Dance Studio in Sudbury for 13 years. She had the pleasure of teaching Ballet and Modern Dance for the Ida Sauce Dance Studio before returning to college to pursue a career as a Medical Lab Technologist.
Now retired Lareen currently teaches an adult Dance Fit program and movement classes for seniors in St. Charles and area.
She is looking forward to joining the Dance Evolution faculty and sharing her enthusiasm and expertise.
Miss Ixta has been part of the dance world since the age of 4 and part of the Ida Sauvé Dance Studio/Dance Evolution competitive family since she was 8 years old. She started as an assistant teacher in high school and taught her first class in her final year at the age of 18. Throughout the past 9 years as a dance instructor she has taught multiple genres including Ballet, Acro, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary.
Miss Ixta is a registered teacher with Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and has been since 2015. She continues to learn and grow as an educator through continuing professional development (CPD) and various workshops throughout each year. She especially loves to share her knowledge of ballet and acrobatics with her students! The accuracy, dedication, and strength needed to master the technique of these genres of dance has always intrigued Miss Ixta and she adores sharing her passion for these genres in her classes.
During the day Miss Ixta works as a Process Engineer in Training at SNOLAB here in Sudbury. She studied engineering at Laurentian University and graduated in 2017.
Miss Ixta has been part of the Dance Evolution family since she moved to Sudbury in 2002. She loves Dance Evolution’s inclusivity and that the dancers’ health and wellbeing come first! Her goal as a teacher is to see all her students love dance as much as she does and to train them in a way that will allow them to dance for as long as they want! She looks forward to this new season!
Miss Mélodie has danced with the Ida Sauvé/Dance Evolution studio for 14 years. For the last several years she has taught swimming lessons to children with special needs. She was also a respite worker and recently graduated from the Speech-Language Pathology program at Laurentian University (M.Sc.S. Orthophonie). Mélodie is excited to offer the Inclusive Movement class at Dance Evolution!
Miss Amanda is well known in the dance and business industries within the community with over 20 years of teaching experience.
She started her journey at the age of 4 with Sheryl Graham studying Acrobatics, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. As a competitive dancer for 13yrs and having won various awards and overall recognitions, Miss Amanda knew that dance was a gift she had and her true passion.
Miss Amanda continued her journey to the enriched dance program at Sudbury Secondary School for the performing arts where she majored in Dance and minored in Dramatic Arts. She graduated with honors, receiving the Gary Gratton Bursary Scholarship and went on to train at Randolph Academy for the performing arts in Toronto.
After returning to her home town she jumped right into teaching and fell in love with her new career.
Miss Amanda has received numerous choreography awards throughout her career, people’s choice and nominations for choreographer of the year.
Her students are yet another one of her major accomplishments, winning overall high scores, top studio standings and dance scholarships to major cities including Hollywood, New York, Greece, and Toronto. Over the years Miss Amanda’s students have been recognized for their technique, strength, versatility and team spirit!!! Many of her students have professional careers in the dance industry today!
“I am so excited to be apart of the Dance Evolution Family and look forward to an incredible season”
Miss Adria is a Dance Evolution dancer, one of our Junior Teachers and works at the front desk. This coming year, Miss Adria will be attending her first year at Laurentian University for Biochemistry.
Beginning her dance career at the age of three, Miss Adria has now been dancing with Dance Evolution / Ida Sauve for 15 years. She has been assisting dance classes for four years now and started teaching ballet, acro and pre-dance last year and loves it!
Miss Adria says that she loves teaching and seeing all the smiles on the faces of the young dancers while they are having fun and learning new things in class. Her favourite part about teaching at Dance Evolution is that it is one big family, everyone is friendly, loving and always willing to help one another.
“Having the opportunity to meet all of the dancers and see them grow throughout the year into wonderful little dancers is very rewarding”! When it comes to teaching, she is happy as long as the dancers are enjoying themselves. Miss Adria can’t wait to share her love of dance with the little ones!
Miss Micaela is a one of our junior teachers and part of the office staff at Dance Evolution.
This Fall, Miss Micaela will be attending Cambrian College for their Public Relations program.
Miss Micaela started dancing at the age of 2 and las loved the art ever since. When she was 10 years old, she started assisting classes and a few years ago started taking over classes when needed. Miss Micaela began teaching Ballet and Acro in 2018 but isalso trained to teach Tap and Jazz.
She love teaching all styles but Ballet is her favourite as it is the foundation of dance. It is both difficult and beautiful. Not only does it teach dancers technique, but beauty and grace as well.
Miss Micaela’s favourite part about teaching at Dance Evolution is the love that everyone has for each other. “This studio has been such a big part of my life since I was a little girl, and now I get to pass on my passion to my students. I love seeing the smiles when people walk through the front doors and hearing “Hi Miss
Micaela” and hearing all of their stories from the week. It’s an indescribable feeling”!
One thing Miss Micaela always tells her students is that nothing is easy on the first try, it takes time, practice and determination. It brings her so much joy when her students accomplish new things. She loves seeing them work so hard to attain their goals and when they do it’s a huge accomplishment for them and herself.
Miss Tegan is a pre-competitive dancer at Dance Evolution, and this will be her first year as a junior teacher! She will be teaching tap/jazz, ballet/acro, and kinderhop. Miss Tegan started dancing when she was 5 years old and her favourite styles of dance are ballet and tap.
This September, Miss Tegan will be starting her career as an Educational Assistant for the Rainbow District School Board. She has recently obtained her Developmental Services Worker diploma from Cambrian College and will also be taking the Applied Learning Disability Studies program.
Miss Tegan’s favourite part about teaching at Dance Evolution is seeing her students have fun in class and smile when they walk into the studio. When it comes to teaching, Miss Tegan believes that everyone learns at a different pace. She always believes in her students and acknowledges their achievements, so that they will begin and continue to grow as a confident dancer and individual.
Miss Tegan is very excited to meet all of her students and be able to share her passion for dance with them and watch them grow as dancers.
This will be Miss Elaine’s first year teaching at Dance Evolution. She is very excited to meet all the new dancers and make many new memories. Miss Elaine spent all of last year assisting dance classes every chance she got. Miss Elaine started dancing at the age of 6 and has been dancing ever since. She is a Pre-Competitive dancer at Dance Evolution. She is currently attending Lively District Secondary School and is in 10th grade.
Miss Elaine teaches tap, jazz and kinderhop but her favourite class to teach is jazz, since she has been taking jazz classes almost every year since she started dancing. Her favourite part about teaching at Dance Evolution is getting to know all of her students and watching them shine in the studio and on stage. Miss Elaine’s philosophy about teaching is that it’s okay to make mistakes because it’s a part of learning, and that’s how you grow as a dancer. Miss Elaine is really looking forward to the 2019-2020 dance season!
Terryn Schonfeldt-Taylor is an Alumni of Dance Evolution and is excited to be back with the Dance Evolution family. Terryn took a few years off of dance to start her family and work on her career. She can’t wait to get back into the studio and share her passion for dance.
Miss Terryn’s dance career started at the young age of 6. She quickly grew a strong love of dance and began competing across Ontario at the age of 8. She trained in all styles of dance throughout her dance career and won numerous awards at many regional competitions. Miss Terryn began assisting with her childhood dance teacher at the age of 11 and began teaching independently at the age of 14. She has taught multiple styles at numerous dance studios in Northern Ontario. Her favourite dance classes to teach have always been Acro and Hip-hop and she is looking forward to sharing her love of these styles with her students this year at Dance Evolution.
Miss Terryn graduated from Cambrian College with a diploma in Developmental Services. She is currently working in the field as a Community Support Worker with multiple children living with exceptionalities.
Miss Terryn can’t wait for what this year has in store!
Miss April is a teacher for the Rainbow School Board and the studio’s Office Administrator.
Miss April is excited to be joining us at Dance Evolution and says her specific teaching philosophy is that every child deserves to be treated equally or with equity, and is committed to creating an open and safe environment for all.
Although Miss April isn’t a dancer, she can relate to both our teachers and students when it comes to working hard to achieve a goal.
One of her favourite things about teaching is what she likes to call “light bulb” moments, which is when a students understands a new concept for the first time and you can see the light bulb in their head light up. “I feel that this is the same exact joy that these dancers and teachers
receive when they have either learned a new move or the teachers have effectively
taught their students”.
Miss April can’t wait to get to know each and everyone of you!