Slava is a passionate performer and teacher who infuses her globally minded movements with grace and presence. Her style is a fusion of rooted lineage and new times sensibility. Her experience with Ballet, Urban Styles, Folkloric and Contemporary all inform her choreography and her unique approach to finding the common thread in many styles.
Doval is an adventurous lifelong dancer who continues to study and perform dance internationally and locally. Doval was honoured to be the 2018 Cultural Ambassador for the City of Nelson, given to her in recognition of her excellence in the field of dance. Since 2015 she has been the Dance Sector Representative for the Cultural Development Committee of the City of Nelson. She is an Acrobatic Arts Certified Teacher and a Kaeja Elevations Level 1 Certified Teacher.
Megan was raised in St. Albert, Alberta and grew up dancing at Dance Theme School of Dance in Edmonton, Alberta. She began her dance training at the age of 3 years in a pre-school program and went on to learn many different styles of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and Highland dance. She has completed all levels of her RAD ballet syllabus and Al Gilbert Tap Exams. Megan participated in several stage performances, competitions, and workshops throughout Canada and the US. Some of her favorite performances were at Disney California, Disney World in Florida, Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships and New York. Megan has been taught by some well know choreographers throughout Canada and the US.
Megan was a member of the “Star Team” at Dance Theme, which gave her the opportunity to share her passion for dance with the younger students, and she truly enjoyed the experience.
Now living in Nelson with her family and being the owner of Doggie Styles Professional Dog Grooming, Megan has once again found her passion for dance. She is very excited to be joining Slava and DanceFusion to share her love of dance with the community.
Jaimie has always loved movement and performance. She began her dance training at the age of 5 in Kelowna, BC at the Canadian School of Ballet. While she trained in many different styles, ballet remained her focus throughout her training.
As a pre-teen, Jaimie was trained by former principal dancer of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Lissette Salgado and soloist David Lucas. During this time, she realized just how much ballet meant to her as a means of expression through movement. She loves the combination of athleticism and artistry. In grade 9, Jaimie attended the summer intensive at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the next year, attended the summer intensive at the National Ballet School in Toronto.
Jaimie was accepted into the year-long professional program at the National Ballet School and trained there for her high school years doing both ballet and modern dance. During her time in Toronto, Jaimie had the privilege of working with some renowned, dancers, teachers and choreographers including Peggy Baker and Karen Kain. She also had the opportunity to take in many wonderful artistic productions. In her early twenties, Jaimie continued to train and teach ballet in Kelowna, BC. She loves being able to share her love of movement, in particular, ballet.
Fabiola Gascon is a professional dancer and performer originally from Guadalajara, Mexico. At an early age, she started with gymnastics and eventually found dance, taking Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet and also Capoeira (which became fundamental for her training). This led her to eventually teach many styles of dance at local studios and private schools in Guadalajara.
Fabiola has also been involved in major dance productions such as The International Cancun Dance contest in November 2015 where she won Gold medal, performed as an aerialist and contemporary dancer in Daran un Grito Espectacular, was part of the cast with Noir Dance Company for the production of the Cumbre de Negocios at the Instituto Cultural Cabañas well known for collaborating with the National Philharmonic of Guadalajara, as well as becoming one of the dancers for dance runway presenting the 2016 line of clothes for Nike in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Her journey in dance has also led her to be part of important contemporary companies such as Punto y Aparte directed by Emanuel Gaitan.
Currently in Canada, Fabiola joined the company LFS (Latin Fusion Salsa), a touring company that participated in festivals in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, BC. Fabiola is now local to Nelson and continues to be a passionate advocate for the arts as she is still teaching and is a growing artist as she continues to perform, teach, choreograph, and study the art of dance.
Siovhan is a lover of handstands, tea and trees. Her interest in movement in its many forms began with training in ballet and competitive gymnastics, and has grown to include circus arts, yoga and acro yoga, and climbing.
Her own movement practise has helped her to explore boundaries, create and communicate with others physically and emotionally. She holds an NCCP Level 2 Artistic Gymnastics Coaching certification, and completed her teacher training with AcroYoga Montreal in July 2014. Previously, she worked as an acrobat for The Underground Circus, and a coach for Vancouver Phoenix Gymnastics. She has had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people, and is continually intrigued and inspired by the processes of teaching, learning and creating. She believes her role as a teacher is as a guide to exploration, and that a lovely rule of thumb is ‘process over outcome’.
Emily Honegger is a contemporary and freestyle dance artist. After graduating from L’École de danse contemporaine (LADMMI) in 2005, Emily pursued training in urban dance styles such as Bgirling (breakdance), house and popping. Her extensive training in ballet, martial arts, contemporary dance, contact improvisation and urban forms influence and inform Emily’s movement style.
Her professional career has involved founding, choreographing and performing within the Montreal-based company FloorRider&Tonik from 2008-2016, and dancing within the company for young audiences Bouge de Là from 2010-2016, amid many other projects with companies such as Cirque Eloize, Rubberband Dance and Human Playground.
Emily has also pursued interests in dance for the screen, collaborating with visual artist Gene Pendon and director Stefan Verna to create a short film entitled Drawing Blank which was funded by BravoFACT, and more recently directing and choreographing a music video for the song She Said by the future-soul musician FRASE."
Emily is on maternity leave til further notice.
Glynis has been involved in the artistic scene as a dancer since the young age of three. Previous to moving to the Kootenays to teach with Turning Pointe Dance Studio and perform with Slava Doval’s DanceFusion, Glynis was in Vancouver training and performing with Lamondance Company. There, she focused on the artistry and technique needed for contemporary dance.
Glynis also managed and created a kids dance program in East Vancouver before she moved to Revelstoke BC to help create and teach a dance program with Just For Kicks Studio. Known for her infectious positive energy, Glynis is inspired by the way the body can move and the joy that comes from each shape and expression. A graduate of Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts Diploma, her artistic knowledge is vast and her credits include lead and supporting roles in various stage performances such as, “Wizard of Oz”, “On the Town”, and “Hot Mikado”. Training in multiple styles of dance as well as voice, Glynis has been featured in festivals and theatres in Alberta and British Columbia. Glynis is excited to share her knowledge and passion as a performer in the beautiful town of Nelson B.C.
Cindy‘s passion is rooted in health & wellness, active living, and helping others live a thriving life. Her background in competitive gymnastics, jazz, and aerobics, have provided a foundation for a return to dance and performance as an adult. She is a lover of cardio, distance running, and strong health in mind and body, and shares this passion through her work as a Holistic Nutritionist specializing in Positive Body Image and Eating Psychology. Cindy’s teaching style infuses strength training, core work, deep stretching, flow, and cardio dance, and aims to provide a positive, supportive and collaborative atmosphere for dancers (with occasional perks of nutritional tips & delicious recipe ideas!).
Find her Holistic Nutrition business & recipe portal here: cindyspratt.com
Lauren grew up in the Kootenays and has danced her whole life, Hip hop and Contemporary being favorites! She decided to pursue dance further and went to Winchester University in England and received her BA Honors in Choreography and Dance. After Winchester, Lauren was interested in Dance Therapy specifically with Parkinson‘s and trained at Roehampton University with the Parkinson’s UK and Mark Morris Dance Company. She is excited to join the DanceFusion team as a performer, choreographer, and instructor.
Noa is a contemporary dancer and choreographer from San Francisco, USA, who moved to Nelson to chase the snow last year. She started out as a gymnast at age three before shifting her focus to dance at the age of nine. While she trained in a wide variety of styles including RAD Syllabus Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop, her true passion has always been in Contemporary. She competed in dance at the national level at stages around the US. Noa was also fortunate enough to get to spend many summer months training and taking workshops and classes at renowned studios including the EDGE Performing Arts Center and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles.
Noa began teaching her peers at the age of 14 and quickly developed a love of choreography that continued to blossom as she entered Vanderbilt University. There she became the leader of her University’s contemporary dance company, organizing and choreographing for numerous showcases, outreach performances, and productions around Nashville each year. She is so excited to get the opportunity to continue her dance journey here in Nelson!