KIM O'NEILL | STUDIO DIRECTOR
Kim O'Neill is an established dancer, teacher, choreographer dance studio owner, and Graduate from the University of Western Ontario.
Kim trained at the Clark Academy of the Performing Arts, under the direction of Matthew Clark. She is trained extensively in all dance disciplines. Kim has been offered numerous professional dance jobs including, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruise Lines, Oklahoma! Tokyo Disney Resort, and Cirque Du Soleil, to name a few. She began her professional career as a company member of the Helix Dance Project, a Toronto based Jazz dance company under the direction of Linda Garneau. Kim has performed at numerous industrial shows including the Bell Celebrity Gala, Crystal Ball Charity Event, the C.I.M Awards, the Contessa Awards, the Steve Nash Charity Event, the 2011 and 2012 annual Gilda Awards alongside Eric McCormack at the Sony Centre in Toronto, World Pride 2014, Mary Kay Industrial (Toronto), and as a guest performer in the Chandelier Ball- Elgin Theatre's 100th anniversary spectacular, to name a few.
Kim's tv and film credits include; top 100 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Season 1, CBC's "Over The Rainbow," CTV's "Bomb Girls," "Warehouse 13," in the finale episode of 42nd Street, "Save the Last Dance" 2, "Camp Rock", starring the Jonas Brothers, and "Canada's Smartest Person". Kim also is appearing in a dance film entitled "Stigma."
Kim's Theatre credits include: performer and understudy to the Lead (Evelyn Hart) in Andrew Lloyd Weber's, "Song and Dance", Drayton Entertainment's, "Aladdin", "Cinderella" (dance captain), "Robin Hood" (dance captain), "Peter Pan" (dance captain), "Dance Legends" in 2010 / 2011 (dance captain), "Big Band Legends", and "Rock n' Roll Legends" (dance captain). Kim also performed and was assistant choreographer and dance captain for "Dance Legends" at the Grand Theatre in 2013, Mirvish production of "Return To Grace" at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto in July of 2014, "Return To Grace" at the Niagara Falls Fallsview Casino September 2015 and 2017, and "Return To Grace" on tour where they performed in Thailand Bangkok (European tour loaction), followed by the Canadian National Tour in 2016. A highlight for Kim was being a soloist dancer for Canadian Country Music Singer, Chad Brownlee, at the 2016 Canadian Country Music Awards.
Kim has had the honour of assisting many re-known chorographers such as Gino Berti, Jeff Dimitriou, and Sean Cheeseman. Kim is also a choreographer for Five Star Dance Company, a pre professional dance company that travels to tropical resorts, as well as, a choreographer for World Performers Canada for the 2017 / 2018 season. Kim takes pride in continuing her own dance education by taking classes in all dance disciplines, and continues to adjudicate and conduct Master Classes throughout North America.
BRENDAN DE SANTIS | STUDIO FACULTY
Brendan De Santis, is an accomplished dancer and award-winning choreographer originally hailing from London, Ontario. Brendan was also the Artistic Director at Jazz be Nimble located in Vaughn Ontario.
He has been performing and competing nationally and internationally since 2003 under the direction of Kim O'Neill who has been a significant influence in his success in the dance industry as an established dancer, teacher and choreographer. Brendan has now established himself as a professional dancer and choreographer. Brendan has studied in various genres of dance which include, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Partnering. Brendan also trained in vocal and professional recording under the director of Kevin Gorman, KG Productions.
Brendan continues to enrich his training, ability and knowledge in all styles of dance through attending numerous dance schools, workshops and conventions. Brendan has also completed his examinations in; Jazz, Modern and Ballet, both BATD and RAD. Furthermore, he was accepted into Ryerson University and York University for the Performance Dance Degree Program.
As a professional dancer, Brendan continues to develop himself with credits that include: performing in the Broadway musicals; The Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof under the direction of Don Flexor. He has also been a featured dancer in The After's music video "Love Will Make You Beautiful". In 2010, Brendan was a contestant on Canada's So You Think You Can Dance television show where he was successful in advancing to the choreography rounds. He also continues to perform throughout Ontario and is featured in companies such as: Airtight Entertainment and performing in shows such as The Choreographer's Ball and Harvest Festival. Brendan also worked with Jeff Dimitriou and Miles Faber for a short film that is yet to be released.
As an award-winning choreographer with an innovative and artistic style, his choreography has won many overalls and special awards and has been recognized for its creative, authentic and passionate movement quality. In 2010, Brendan won an award for his dancing skills and was scouted by Moi Artist Management, under the direction of Dani Matte. Brendan continues to work towards transforming students into dancers through his passion and dedication to his craft. Brendan continues to choreograph at Lester B Pearson's School for the Art, St George Catholic School and Catholic Central High School. Moreover, Brendan also choreographed for the Annual Hudson's Bay Gala in Toronto and the Annual One Run Cancer Benefit. Brendan is also a dance adjudicator throughout Canada.
In addition to all of the aforementioned accomplishments, Brendan is currently finishing his Bachelor of Education at Western University where he enriches his teaching abilities. Brendan is thrilled to be a faculty member at O'Neill Academy of Dance where he strives to instil his love and passion for dance to all of his students.
SHAUNTELL SCHWARTZ | STUDIO FACULTY
Shauntell has been dancing for over 20 years and has been teaching for the past eleven years.
She has taught both recreational and competitive dance to all ages, taking pride in her unique choreography and strong attention to details. Shauntell is known for her extensive acro training and her unique ability to choreograph acrobatic routines that display concept, difficulty, and intensity. She is an extremely sought after acro teacher. Shauntell's choreography has been recognized at numerous competitions across Ontario, and her reputation as an instructor / choreographer is also recognized amongst many...
Shauntell is a licensed teacher in Acro and Stage with the British Association Teachers of Dance. She has completed her membership certification in Acro. Shauntell received her acro training from known acrobatic instructor, Andrea Wegg, and also has received training in contortion by Cirque Du Soleil performers.
Shauntell takes great pride in safe acro training, and is very excited to continue to bring her creative acro approach to OAD.
NICK TULL | STUDIO FACULTY
Nick is the founder and director of Airtight Entertainment, Ontario's hottest up and coming dance company.
Airtight Entertainment company members have been featured in productions by Disney Channels Make it Pop, The Next Step, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, YTV's The Next Star, Cirque de Soleil, World of Dance Toronto Youth Division Champions, and has also been made an addition to the team of choreographers for the illustrious Azul Fives resort company, and so much more. Dance educator, Choreographer, Dancer and Actor. Nick has been dancing since age 7, and has remained passionate and inspired from the very beginning.
From that point on his love for self expression through the art of dance has continued to grow. He has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop Contemporary, Tap, Urban underground dance genres, African, and Caribbean dance, and is always looking for the new and next thing that is going to help to further diversify himself through dance; "I'm all about the groove", and having said that, Nick has danced on television, and on stage in shows produced by Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Nickelodean Germany, Universal Studios, Paramount Canada's Wonderland, Slice TV, Bacardi, Mercedes Benz, Toronto's World Pride. He has also danced for various recording artists such as Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Aleesia, Shawn Desman, Victoria Duffield, Lloyd Banks, Euro Super Groups and artists like US5, Lexington Bridge, Jimi Blue. As well as performing with Tokyo Hotel, Jermaine Jackson, T-Pain, Fabulous, and Busta Rhymes. In addition to teaching at studios across Ontario, he has been fortunate to travel all across Canada, and the US, and North Western Europe- teaching in the UK, Portugal, Amsterdam, Paris, Denmark, Germany.
SYDNEE BADEEN | STUDIO FACULTY
Sydnee is a third year student at the University of Western Ontario, where she studies French and Anthropology.
She has been teaching students of all ages for 5 years in various styles of dance, and at both the recreational and competitive level. She was a elite competitive company student at the O'Neill Academy of Dance, where she excelled in all areas of dance. Sydnee has been trained extensively in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and pointe. Sydnee has been trained under the instruction of Kim O'Neill. At the early age of 3, Sydnee fell in love with dance. Two years later, at age 5, she joined the competitive dance team
Although Sydnee has a passion for all dance disciplines, tap is definitely something she has been recognized for. Throughout her competitive dance career, she has won numerous overall awards, special awards, scholarships and recognition from different judges. She has been recognized for her "expressive quality" and her "fantastic feet" by numerous judges across Canada. Sydnee was a member of the 2010 Canadian National Tap Team that represented Canada at the World Tap Championships in Riesa, Germany. Sydnee won the Bronze medal for the large formation, the silver medal for the small group, and 5th place for her tap duet. Sydnee was a member of the tap performing group Beyond Steps, in connection with The Toronto Rhythm Initiative. In Ballet Sydnee has been trained in the forms of B.A.T.D, R.A.D. and Ceccetti and has received a strong technical background. Sydnee has performed roles as well was named dance captain in four high school theater productions, Grease, Starmites, Back to the 80s and 13 The Musical.
She also was given the honour of choreographing dance routines for Starmites Back to the 80s and 13. Sydnee has also had the honour of dancing at the Detroit Piston's Game for the half-time show. Sydnee is highly trained in all styles of dance, and keeps up her training by attending various workshops and conventions. Sydnee is also a tap demonstrator for Kim O'Neill at various studio workshops. She is thrilled to be a part of an amazing team and is looking forward in bringing her training and extra positivity to OAD.
RILEY WALKER | STUDIO FACULTY
Riley Walker is a familiar face at the studio, an aspiring dancer, gymnast and choreographer.
Beginning at a very young age he has had a love for movement; starting in gymnastics at 6 before enrolling at a dance studio soon after. Focusing in Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap, and Ballet with several years of BATD training; he has experience in Partnering, Spotting and Improvisation - also specializing in Acrobatics in which he has been working on with fellow faculty member Shauntell Schwartz since 2007!
In his teen years he continued studying his passion by participating in conventions, workshops and master classes spanning North America, picking up inspiration from influences including Mia Michaels, Blake McGrath, and Brian Friedman. While traveling and competing he was awarded scholarships to several of these events: Coastal Dance Rage, Jump, Fresh Dance Convention, Be Discovered NYC, among others.
Before joining the senior company at OAD he was able to be a part of multiple school musicals, dance shows, talent competitions and charity gala performances. He notes his highlight as being a cast member of Footloose at the Grand Theatre in 2011.
Training at O'Neill Academy of Dance under the direction of Kim O'Neill he was provided with countless opportunities to grow as an artist, learning from industry names such as Gino Berti, Cora Kozaris, Jesse Weafer and Kristin Dobby. Assistant/Substitute teaching since his first year, the 2017/2018 season marks his 7th as part of the OAD family. As a company dancer he earned numerous awards, some of which are: 5-Time Overall Senior Soloist, Move Dance & Fever Dance Off Finalist, Hall of Fame National All Star VIP Dancer, Mr. Dance Canada Finalist, and recognized many times as Judge's Choice for special awards not limited to 'Smooth Style', 'Beautiful Connection', 'Honest Story' and 'Picture Perfect'. Contributing to his individual success was a unit of talented dancers and faculty which propelled the team to become Highest Scoring Studio winners and Senior Regional Group Champions of Hall of Fame Dance in Detroit, Michigan in his final competitive year.
Relocating to Toronto for school at George Brown College as a Dance Performance student, he was part of a joint program, which included full-time training at Ballet Jörgen Canada. Expanding his dance education he also trained at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, OIP, Metro Movement and Underground Dance Centre.
Despite each example listed above he certifies OAD as his biggest source of knowledge and motivation, not only to become a better dancer and teacher but also a teammate and friend. He looks forward to continue finessing his coaching and choreography, with a significant focus on building confidence on and off stage.