Our Music & Dance Class Professionals
As a graduate from Ryerson University’s Dance Program and an affiliate member of the Society of Russian Ballet, with training from master teacher Paula Morgan from L.A., Jodie continues to pour her heart and soul into the studio, sharing her expertise and passion for the arts with both students and faculty.
Prior to launching Front & Centre in 2003, Jodie established herself as a highly respected teacher and choreographer throughout both recreational and competitive circuits in Ontario. She has performed alongside Karen Kain, Frank Augustin, Colin James, as well as Robert Desrosiers’ company. In addition to several music videos, she has also performed in many theatre productions including: Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Peter in Peter Pan, and Miss Hannigan in Annie.
As an active dance teacher and mentor to her teaching staff, Jodie diligently strives to foster a positive environment throughout the studio that encourages team work and creativity so that students may reach their fullest potential as dancers, musicians and as decent human beings.
Michelle grew up as a competitive gymnast and transitioned into dance where she began extensive training in ballet, jazz and contemporary. She graduated from Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program with a major in Performance Dance. After graduation, she performed as a company member with Cadence Progressive Contemporary Ballet for several seasons before going on to start her own contemporary company, Intrinsic Dance Project. With Intrinsic, she performed works for Nuit Blanche, dance festivals, weddings, fashion shows, music videos, showcases and commissioned pieces across Canada.
Michelle is a highly sought after and very well respected Toronto based choreographer and teacher. She is a member with the Society of Russian Ballet and the Acro Dance Teachers Association. Michelle is best known in the dance industry for her passion, artistic vision and creative, award-winning choreography. She strives to inspire and encourage dancers of all levels and ages to find their passion and express it on stage with conviction and purpose.
Kendra-Lee Amondsen, originally from Oshawa, Ontario, began her dance training at the age of two years.
She studied the ADAPT tap and jazz syllabus for 15 years, and is an Advanced Two RAD ballet student. She spent 15 years competing in dance competitions across Southern Ontario where she won numerous Broadway Bound awards, overalls and scholarships for her Musical Theatre solos. While attending a performing arts high school for dance and vocal, Kendra became more versatile in different dance styles that are not always taught within a competitive dance studio.
Kendra has performed with The National Ballet of Canada, in their rendition of The Nutcracker, she has danced for CTV in celebration of the Olympic Flame being carried through Canada in 2011. She has also appeared on Global’s The Morning Show a number of times. At the age of eighteen years, Kendra started teaching dance to children aged 1 ½- 15 years. After a few years of teaching she decided to move to Toronto to focus on her acting career. You can now watch Kendra on the Emmy Award Winning tv show The Handmaids Tale, the Academy Award Winning movie Spotlight, and many more hit shows and movies. Kendra is excited to join the Front & Centre family to expand her dance and teaching career.
Born and raised in small town Aylmer Quebec, Leah Totten’s dance journey began at the age of 14 studying hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet and b-girl at a local studio. She quickly fell in love with urban dance and moved to Toronto hoping to expand her knowledge and experience within the art and entertainment industry. Leah is a faculty member of the Centennial College Performance Arts program, teaches drop-in classes at The Underground Dance Centre alongside various competitive studios across the GTA and directing her all-female team, BOSS Dance Company.
Leah has produced, directed, and choreographed three successful full-length theatre shows in Toronto: ‘’Metamorphosis’ in 2016 at The Winchester Street Theatre, ‘Querencia’ in 2015 at The Randolph Theatre, and ‘The Renaissance Woman’ in 2014 at Factory Theatre.
She has worked across Canada, the U.S, and Europe including Los Angeles, London, Poland, Romania, Ireland, Nottingham, Hungary, Scotland, Rhode Island, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, New Brunswick, Ottawa, and Quebec to name a few.
Aside from being a teacher, choreographer, director, and adjudicator, Leah was a finalist for Monsters Of Hip Hop ‘Choreographers Cup’ in Los Angeles, an intern for Essence Dance Company (Gigi Torres), featured as ‘Become The Next’ at Boogiezone University and also graduated from the ‘Creating Opportunities’ Program in NYC directed by Chonique Sneed and Lisette Bustamante. She is currently a member of the Rhythm2Dance Faculty and is also a sought after adjudicator with ample experience judging all genres of dance across North America.
Leah believes that dance is about so much more than “steps” and encourages anyone she comes across to find purpose and passion behind their movement.
With over 13 years of teaching experience, Niky Johnson has taught at many of Toronto’s finest private, public, and performing arts schools. She holds a Masters of Education and has trained in NY, LA, Australia and even parts of Africa.
Niky’s performance highlights include dancing in such movies as Hairspray and Honey as well as on TV for Degrassi, The Amazing Race, TSN, Much Music and various commercials.
Niky excels at working with students of all different backgrounds, abilities, ages and learning styles and teaches a variety of genres including, Hip Hop, acro, lyrical, Jazz and Breakdance. It is, however, Niky’s contagious positivity and energy that makes her classes so popular!
At age 21, Kaitlyn is in her fourth and final year of Ryerson University Dance Performance BFA program.
She has completed the highest level (Advanced 2) of RAD Ballet examinations as well as all levels of ADAPT syllabus in jazz.
Kaitlyn is knowledgeable in all forms of dance and teaches piano, guitar and vocal lessons. She has been teaching dance since the age of sixteen and has always been very passionate for sharing her love of movement and self expression.
Throughout her professional training she has been able to work with many prominent choreographers including Robert Glubmbeck, Tori Mehaffey, Matjash Mrozewski and Hanna Keil. Kaitlyn hopes to move forward with a professional career as dancer, choreographer and actress after graduation.