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Meet the Dancers









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Meet the dancers and choreographers of Dancing Stars of Leeds Grenville 2017!

Team # 1

Dancer Amanda KeeleyAmanda

Amanda Keeley moved to the St. Lawrence region in 2013 and began her business in health and wellness as well as continuing to pursue her lifelong dream of being a musician. The proud owner of Reiki Yoga Wellness, Amanda is a certified yoga instructor and reiki master helping people to achieve their health & wellness goals via the path of reiki, yoga, meditation, music and wellness retreats in the 1000 islands and abroad. Amanda is also a singer/songwriter currently working on her first album and plays various shows throughout Ontario with her fellow musician friends and husband in the Amanda Keeley Band.

Dancer Chris Spence

Christopher Spence, age 27, has a passion for the restaurant industry and tends bar at The Georgian Dragon Ale House & Pub. Born and raised in Brockville, Chris' charismatic personality and hard work has allowed him to lead an active lifestyle including socializing, snowboarding, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Choreographer Grace Villanueva and Spencer Moreau  

Grace Villanueva is an award winning choreographer and Artistic Director of Thrill Dancers. She became Artistic Director of Thrill Dancers in 2008 after teaching since 2004. As a choreographer, Grace has won many awards from dance competitions through out Ontario and Quebec and has had the opportunity of working in industrial events for Air Canada and CTV's Canada AM. Grace is proud to be a part of Dancing Stars Leeds Grenville since its inception and wishes everyone good luck!!

Spencer Moreau – With a definitive interest in living life on the edge, Spencer brings a fresh approach to this competition. As a first-time instructor at the Bread of Life Dance Theatre, this rock-climbing enthusiast is meticulous, hard-working, and excited to bring his winning team-spirit approach to this year’s event. An athlete on many fronts, Spencer is all about having fun, taking chances, and pushing his pair to dance their best.

Team # 2

Dancer Sherry Leeder

Sherry Leeder is the V.P. Of The Brockville Theatre Guild. Heavily involved in community theatre, Sherry's recent credits include producing, 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and performing in the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival's 'Julius Caesar'. Sherry works as a Kindergarten teacher for the UCDSB, raising 2 young teenagers who have both performed in productions with her.

Dancer Chris Coyea

"Chris Coyea is an opera and concert singer by profession and has sung all over the world. He was born and raised in Brockville and is currently a professor of music for the St. Lawrence College Music Theatre Program where he has been Music director for more than 30 shows at the Brockville Arts Centre. Most recently Chris was Music director of South Pacific for the B.O.S. and was also chosen as Brockville's Citizen of the Year for his many contributions to the Performing Arts and Brockville's musical community."

Choreographer Sarah Cushing

I am 17 years old and was a competitive dancer for 10 years. I have now shifted my focus to golf in which I aspire to get a scholarship in to a university in the United States. I currently live my passion for dance through teaching at Breathe Dance Company.

Team # 3

Dancer Jeanette Johnston 

Jeanette Johnston is an Elizabethtown-Kitley resident and is the Business Development Coordinator at the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre. Jeanette is married and has two teenagers and volunteers in many organizations in the community. Valuing community and supporting economic development is her passion. She has been looking forward to the opportunity to dance in Dancing Stars of Leeds Grenville for a long time and is excited to fundraise and promote the Volunteer Centre.

Dancer Chris Julien 

Chris grew up in Addison ON, and attended Athens District HS before receiving his Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He is the proud father of 2 sons, Philip and Thomas, and the husband of 1 wife, Laura whom he adores. Chris is the supervisor of the electrical and yard shops at Ingredion Canada in Cardinal ON.

Choreographer Christina Edge Choreographer

Christina Edge has always been a dancer. She began at the age of five taking Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Baton Twirling in Hamilton, Ontario. Her interest in dancing and twirling led to her becoming a member of the Hamilton Tigerettes, performing at promotional events and the Pre Game and Half Time Shows at the Hamilton Tiger Cat games. After moving here she opened Studio C Dance, which has been in operation for over 25 years.

Team # 4

Dancer Leanne Lackey

Born & raised in Ingleside, Ontario. After attending the Art & Technique academy of Hair Design in Cornwall I relocated to Brockville 12 years ago. I'm currently the manager of Studio 9 Salon & Day Spa, and when I'm not spending every waking hour playing in someone's hair you can find me at HUA gym, spending time with my 2 daughters or catching up on my hobby of wedding photography.

Dancer Joe Smith

Our next competitor was born and raised in Brockville where he grew up playing baseball. He works at 1000 Islands Toyota (never heard of it)?? and lives with his spouse Sarah, raising their beautiful 2 year old daughter Olivia. He is interested in everything automotive spending much of his free time working on his cars. Please welcome Joe "Jose" Smith

Choreographer Grace Villanueva

Grace Villanueva is an award winning choreographer and Artistic Director of Thrill Dancers. She became Artistic Director of Thrill Dancers in 2008 after teaching since 2004. As a choreographer, Grace has won many awards from dance competitions through out Ontario and Quebec and has had the opportunity of working in industrial events for Air Canada and CTV's Canada AM. Grace is proud to be apart of Dancing Stars Leeds Grenville since its inception and wishes everyone good luck!!

Team # 5

Dancer Leah Davidson

Leah is the owner and head coach at CrossFit BECC (pronounced beck), she is currently finishing up her yoga certification and is also a retired Sergeant in the Canadian forces. Leah moved to Brockville a year ago to pursue her passion for fitness with her husband Shawn (veteran dancing stars of leads Grenville season 2)

Dancer Russ Brown

I had my first experience with dance as an extra in our grade 2 play of a Charlie Brown Christmas. I left my roots in Elliot Lake and moved to Waterloo to attend university where I’m sure I tripped and hit a few dance floors. I’ve lived and practiced Optometry in Brockville for over 22 years with my wife, Cherice, and two children, Emma and Laine

Choreographer Katrina Burns

Team # 6

Dancer Tawnya Boileau 

Tawnya lives in Brockville and is the School Health Coordinator at the Health Unit. While she has no formal dance training, she has a passion for all genres of dancing and has been known to break a toe while attempting to highland dance. Tawnya is also known for her hula hooping abilities.
Optional: end reading my bio with Jazz hands. Lol!

Dancer Dr. Gurfatah Sandhu 

Our next competitor graduated with a Bachelors of Dental Surgery degree from Bharati University in Pune, India in 2003. While earning this degree, he was actively involved in sports and dance for which he received various awards. After successfully passing Parts One and Two of the National Board Dental Examination, he was accepted into Tufts University. While at Tufts, he served as class president. He also worked part time as a Dental Hygienist.
In the spring of 2008 Dr. Sandhu received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine.
Upon graduation Dr. Sandhu moved to Ontario and has made Brockville his home along with his wife and two sons.

Choreographer Karen MacNaull of Boldt Dance Studios

Karen studied Martha Graham modern dance, jazz and ballet as a young girl and began middle eastern/belly dance when her mother decided she was too much of a tomboy and dragged her to a class as a teenager. Still a tomboy, but loving all dance forms, Karen is involved in the worldwide ShimmyMob fundraiser in support of victims of domestic violence

Team # 7

Lianna QuinnDancer Lianna Quinn

A vagabond of sorts, Lianna moved to Brockville in 2004. She feeds her need to move around by working at and volunteering with various businesses and organizations in the city, but most of all through dance. When she dances, people often call her a rising phoenix, which is ironic, because the bar the Phoenix is where she got her start in dance. She currently prescribes to Shakira's theory of dance in that the hips don't lie and is ready to cut loose, footloose, for the Volunteer Centre.

Neal PedderDancer Neal Pedder

Neal Pedder is the manager of The Wine Shop. Less than a year ago he got his dream move to Brockville (or Brockvegas as the locals say) from the GTA. In his spare time you might find him watching Premier league soccer or sampling the latest Cabernet Merlot.

Alicia JessupChoreographer Alicia Jessup of Dreams in Motion

Alicia is a Gananoque native who began dancing at the age of 6 with Debbie’s Dance Academy and then with Dreams in Motion. She began teaching at Dreams in Motion in 2011 and is now one of the coaches of the Dreams in Motion competitive team and a co-dance director. She teaches in Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre styles. After taking home 2nd place with her teams the last two years she is thrilled to be back with DSLG this year!

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