Director & Owner
Renée Rioux began studying ballet at a young age, and was later introduced to the Martha Graham technique of modern dance under the tutelage of Suzan Daniels, and the Luigi Jazz technique under the instruction of Harriet Gratian from DancEast, in Moncton, NB. Her career took off by studying with Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal, amongst many talented dancers and artists, including André Lucas in Jazz and Douglas Dunn in Limon. Throughout the 80s she studied with some of Canada’s founding modern dance icons including Linda Rabin and Candace Loubert from the Linda Rabin in Montreal. Renée has also worked alongside David Earl and Patricia Beatty from Toronto Dance Theatre in Toronto, and Andrea Smith, founder of DanceMakers. During her training, she began teaching at DancEncorps in Moncton, NB returning periodically to take on the position of head modern dance teacher.
Renée danced professionally with the Paula Ross Dance Company touring BC, Ontario and Québec. She then joined the Julie West Dance Company in Ottawa and performed in the renowned “Festival International de Dance” in Montréal, and spent a month as artist in residence in France working on West’s new creation “Triad”. Renée opened her own dance studio in Memramcook, NB, with satellite schools in Sackville, NB and Amherst, NS known as The Renée Rioux School of Dance. In 2007 she closed her schools and began working with L’Academie de Ballet Classique where she remained as the Contemporary Dance Instructor until 2016. She continued to teach in Sackville to a small group of young dancers and women. Her adult group, along with her young dancers were the inspiration to re-open a Dance Studio in Sackville in 2014.
Corina Stiles began dancing at the age of 5, after spending two hours on the edge of her seat at DancEast’s production of The Nutrcracker. She began ballet lessons with Harriet Gratian, quickly climbing the ladder and ending up in DancEast’s young company group: Performance Values. Under the instruction of Dina Leisch of the Bolshoi Ballet, she took classical ballet classes and character dance classes, and was invited to follow Leisch to Amherst, NS to study pointe work, pas de deux, jazz, character and modern. At 13, Corina attended Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School working with artistic director Arlene Minkhorst, and dance educators Mr. Slava and Claire Marshall.
Corina has competed in Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal, and the Maritimes, bringing home gold medals in ballet and character dance. She has attended workshops as a student and most recently the Toronto Dance Teacher’s Expo in August 2016 with dance educators Gerard McIsaac, Anitra Keegan, Sarah Dolan and Scott Kufske. Also in August 2016, she expanded her ballet knowledge with Dominique Turquotte of the National Ballet School of Canada. Corina began assist teaching at 16 with young children, and has since switched her focus from taking classes to teaching and doing choreography. She loves to help young dancers explore the possibilities dance has to offer and to watch them grow into beautiful artists.
Veronica Ouellette began dancing at the age of four at The Sue Fay Healy Irish Dance Studio in Ottawa. After several years of competitive highland dance, she started training with PMDS, where she has been for the past five years, studying modern, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, jazz, and street jazz. Veronica has also trained at the Toronto Dance Teacher Expo, and other various workshops with renowned professionals, including TOKYO, Liz Imperio, So You Think You Can Dance Canada runner-ups Melissa Mitro and Matt Marr, and Dance Moms Miami’s Victor Smalley. Also training under the expertise of Dominique Turcotte of Canada’s National Ballet School, Veronica received an invitation to the Barcelona dance tour at the Fredericton 5678 Showtime dance competition in 2015 and several dance World Cup invitations.
Veronica is passionate about achieving excellence as a dance educator and sharing her artistry with young dancers. Specializing in Jazz, Veronica aims to incorporate both classic Fosse and Broadway jazz techniques as well as new-wave and street movements into her classes, to create versatile, well-rounded dancers. Veronica is committed to instilling artistry, musicality, and performance skills in her students, creating not only young dancers, but young artists.