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Kim O'Neill is an established dancer, teacher, choreographer and Graduate from the University of Western Ontario.

Kim O'Neill is an established dancer, teacher, choreographer, and Graduate from the University of Western Ontario. She is trained extensively in all dance disciplines, having been trained under the direction of Matthew Clark.  She is the proud owner of the O’Neill Academy of Dance, in her home town of London, Ontario.

Kim continues to peruse her dance career, represented by Da Costa Talent Agency in Toronto.  With more than 15 years of professional work under her belt, Kim has become a well- established dancer and performer.  Kim began her professional career as a featured dancer for the Helix Dance Project, under the direction of Linda Garneau.  Kim has performed at numerous co-orperate industrial shows including the Bell Celebrity Gala, Crystal Ball Charity Event, C.I.M Awards, Contessa Awards, Steve Nash Charity Event, World Pride, Hold Em’ for Life Gala, Gilda Awards (dancing alongside Eric McCormack), Mary Kay Event Gala (2016/ 2018), Chandelier Ball” (Elgin Theatre’s 100th anniversary spectacular ), and the 2018 Goldwell Fashion show, under the direction of re-known choreographer Kevan Allen, to name a few. Kim completed a series of appearances on CBC's "Over the Rainbow (Sean Cheeseman),” "Warehouse 13’s” finale episode of “42nd Street,” The Strain, Beauty and The Beast, Bomb Girls (CTV), and “Canada’s Smartest Person.”  Kim can be seen in the motion pictures "Save the Last Dance 2: Steppin Up,” and "Camp Rock.”  She also had the pleasure of working on the hit TV series "Schitt's Creek" as a skeleton crew dancer, and Assistant to the choreographer (Jeff Dimitriou), for 2 featured dance scenes for season 5 of the t.v series.  Kim also had the pleasure of assisting Jeff Dimitriou with the off- ice training and choreography for Canadian Ice Dance Champions, Paul Poirier and Piper Giles.  Kim was also a top 100 finalist for the Canadian Premiere of So You Think You Can Dance, Canada.  

Kim’s theatre credits include: Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Song and Dance", Drayton Entertainment's, Aladdin, Cinderella (DC), Robin Hood (DC), Peter Pan (DC), Dance Legends 2010 / 2011 (DC), Big Band Legends (DC), Rock n’ Roll Legends (DC), Dance Legends at The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario (Assistant Choreographer  / DC), Return to Grace (RGA Productions) at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in 2014 / 2017, the Princess of Wales theatre in 2019, and at the Fallsview Casino (2015, 2017, and 2019).  Kim was also thrilled to join the Canadian National Tour of Return to Grace in 2015 / 2016, as well as, continue the tour in Bangkok, Thailand (2015). A highlight for Kim was dancing as a soloist for Canadian Country Music Star / Singer, Chad Brownlee, at the 2016 Canadian Country Music Awards (Choreographer / Soloist dancer).  

Kim has had the honour of assisting many re-known choreographers including Matthew Clark, Gino Berti, Jeff Dimitriou, Trudy Moffatt, and Sean Cheeseman. Kim is currently a faculty member at Metro Movement Dance Studio in Toronto (open professional studio), where she teaches classes in Jazz, Jazz Tech, and Theatre Jazz.  She has over 15 years of adjudication experience across Canada and the United States.   Kim continues to teach master classes at various conventions across Canada (both student & teacher’s conventions), having more than a decade of convention teaching experience under her belt.  She continues to teach / assist many professional auditions within the dance industry, as well as, be on the casting panel.  Kim continues to be an active professional within the Toronto dance industry / community.

Kim was the choreographer of the Gold Medal winning, Canadian National Jazz and Modern Team in 2010 / 2011 alongside Jacques Monfiston. Kim is currently a choreographer for World Performer's Canada Dance Team, receiving Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal standings, as well as, receiving the award for "Most Outstanding Group in both Junior and Senior Divisions, in all dance disciplines" for her Senior Tap Large Formation in 2018. She is also a choreographer / co-director of the Five Star Dance Company for their various shows in Mexico.  She is also a sought- out competitive choreographer, have more than 20 years experience choreographing award winning competitive routines in various dance disciplines. When Kim is not teaching or choreographing herself, you will often see her in class, as she continues to train regularly.  

“Work harder than the person beside you, and then when you receive an opportunity, know that it has been earned”
- Kim O’Neill





Brendan De Santis, is an accomplished dancer and award-winning choreographer, and the Associate Artistic Competitive Director at the O’Neill Academy of Dance.

Brendan De Santis, is an accomplished dancer and award-winning choreographer, and the Associate Artistic Competitive Director at the O’Neill Academy of Dance. 

Brendan has been performing and competing nationally and internationally since 2003 under the direction of Kim O'Neill and has established himself as a professional dancer, adjudicator and choreographer. Brendan has studied various genres of dance, which include, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Partnering.  He was also trained in vocal and professional recording under the director of Kevin Gorman; KG Productions. Brendan attended St Mary Choir and Orchestra Program and Catholic Central High School’s Music Program where he continued to train in both dance and vocal. 

Brendan continues to enrich his training and knowledge in all styles of dance through attending numerous dance classes, workshops and conventions. Brendan has also completed his examinations in, Jazz, Modern and Ballet, both BATD and RAD. He was also accepted into Ryerson University and York University for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance.

As a professional dancer, Brendan continues to develop himself with credits that include: performing in the 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, and in 2010, Brendan was a contestant on Canada's “So You Think You Can Dance” where he was successful in advancing to the choreography rounds. Brendan has performed at many industry events such as, Choreographer’s Ball, Fever After Dark, Art Harvest, Hudson Bay Gala and others. In 2010 Brendan was scouted by MOI Artist Management under the direction of Dani Matte. Brendan has also worked with re-known choreographer, Jeff Dimitriou and Miles Faber on a short film. 

Brendan’s choreography has won many overalls/special awards and has been recognized for its creative an authentic movement quality. 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 has also been adjudicating in Canada since 2013. 

Brendan has also completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Ryerson University as well as a Bachelor of Education at Western University.  Brendan is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) and is an Elementary Teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board. Brendan continues to inspire his students, and remains a “favourite” teacher, mentor, and role model for his students.  



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 has been dancing since age 7, and has remained passionate and inspired from the very beginning...

Nick has been dancing since age 7, and has remained passionate and inspired from the very beginning...

He has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop Modern , Lyrical, Tap, African, Samba, Capioera and Caribbean dance, and is always looking for the new and next thing that is going to help to further diversify and learn.
He has danced for various recording artists such as -Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Aleesia, Shawn Desman, Lloyd Banks, T-Pain, Fabulous, and Busta Rhymes; additionally he has had the pleaser of working for productions by Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Nickelodean Germany, Universal Studios, Paramount Canada's Wonderland, and YTV.Artists never stop evolving; As an actor, featured on CBC’s original Shitts Creek ;As a playwright, and producer, Nick has completed and previewed an original work entitled BionicBlue, an amalgamation of dance digital media and original poetry showcased at Torontos Canadian Stage company.

Director of Airtight Entertainment dance company alumni members have been featured in productions by Disney, The Next Step, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, YTV's The Next Star, Cirque de Soleil, World of Dance Toronto Champions. In addition to teaching at studios across Ontario, credited adjudicator with the Professional Adjudicators Alliance, he has been fortunate to travel and teach across Canada, the US, Mexico and the Caribbean.



Sydnee is teacher and choreographer who has been dancing for over 20 years. She is also a graduate from Western University.

Sydnee is teacher and choreographer who has been dancing for over 20 years. She is also a graduate from Western University.

She has been teaching students of all ages for 7 years in various styles of dance, and at both the recreational and competitive level. She was an 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. She is currently involved in creating, choreagraphing and performing shows for London’s Tap Collective. She is a prominent member of this organization. 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. She has worked in commercials as well has promotional videos. Sydnee is highly trained in all styles of dance, and keeps up her training by attending various classes and workshops. 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 is a familiar face at the studio, an aspiring dancer, gymnast and choreographer.

Riley Walker is a familiar face at the studio, an aspiring dancer, gymnast and choreographer. Beginning at a very young age he had a love for movement; starting in gymnastics at 6 before enrolling at a dance studio soon after. Focusing in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre, and Ballet with several years of BATD training; he has experience in Partnering, Spotting, and Improvisation - also specializing in Acrobatics and Tumbling 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 2019/2020 season marks his 9th 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. As a growing artist Riley consistently challenges himself in many aspects, continuing to train and improve in many styles of dance; including tap which has brought him new experiences on stage thanks to faculty member Sydnee Badeen (London Tap Collective)

He also has a huge love for athletics, devoting time to work with organizations like Gymnastics Canada for events including the 2017 World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal and the 2018 Canadian Gymnastics Nationals here in Ontario. Working as a media liaison he has had the chance to interact with international athletes, news & media personnel, elite coaches & trainers and be a part of growing the sport of gymnastics in Canada!  Riley has also enjoyed choreographing floor routines for local gyms competed at the provincial level.

Through the years as a teacher he has learned that one of the most rewarding things to see is the progression of his dancers NOT because of their technical skill but because of their evolution as a person - his students are coached as a human first, athlete second. 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.



Brooke began her dancing career at the early age of 3 and has been dedicating much of her time and commitment to the art form ever since. 

Brooke began her dancing career at the early age of 3 and has been dedicating much of her time and commitment to the art form ever since. Brooke is trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Acro, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre and also has extensive training and exam work in Cecchetti Ballet. Brooke graduated from Emotion Dance Company under the artistic direction of Michelle Nicholson where she trained numerous hours a week with some of the most sought out choreographers in the dance community. 

After graduating high school Brooke attended the Conteur Academy, under artistic direction of Eryn Waltman, where she studied under many professional teachers and choreographers in Toronto and the surrounding area. She has been a part of a few full-length shows such as “Frames” (Conteur Academy), “A life Within” (Breath In Movement) as well as smaller show castings in the Toronto area. During her time in Toronto she was also able to work with artist Craig Cardiff in a music video. 

She then moved to London to attend the University of Western where graduated with an Honours Health Science and a Specialization in Biology Degree. During her time at Western she had many performance/ choreographic opportunities. She was a prominent dancer/ choreographer of Heat Dance Team where she competed at a varsity level. She has also had the pleasure of choreographing for Caisa Fashion Show, the largest student run fashion show in all of Canada. In 2018, Brooke produced her own full-length contemporary dance production titled “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”. Her most recent work includes dancing in the upcoming movie Disney Zombies 2. 

Brooke has also become an established award-winning choreographer. She has been recognized for her unique and innovative work. Brooke has been teaching/ choreographing for the past 7 years, traveling to studios all over Ontario.  Brooke excels in choreography and spends most of her time freelance teaching/ choreographing for dancers all over. Brooke’s passion for dance is evident whether it is teaching or performing herself and she can’t wait to share that passion and inspire the next generation of dancers!







Kristopher Grzella currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. Kristopher has extensive training in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip-hop. 

Kristopher has been fortunate to train with noted choreographers throughout Canada and the United States. Via stage, television, and film. Kristopher has worked with Cora Kozaris, Tatiana Parker, Addy Chan, Jeff Dimitriou, Luther Brown, Desmond Richardson, Tessandra Chavez, Gil Duldulao, Cris Judd, Brian Friedman, Paul Becker and Christopher Scott.

Stage credits include Canada's National Ballet Nutcracker, Aznavour for the Stratford Festival, Family Channels Big Ticket summer concert, MasterCard International Fashion Week Toronto, Fashion Art Toronto( F.A.T.), YTV Summer Beach Bash with OMI-Cheerleader, Underneath 7Sould Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival and Canada's PamAm Games closing ceremony B5C company. Film and television credits include A Night Like This (Shawn Desmond, music video), My Spicy Icy Girl (JusReign X Sprite, music video), Dynamite(Mckenzie Small, music video), Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards and The Next Step TV series. Recently Kris completed filming Seasons 1, 2and 3 of Nickelodeon's musical TV series Make It Pop (Nick Cannon) which is airing globally in New Zealand, Australia, Georgia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Latin America, Ireland, England, France, Russia, USA and Canada. Kristopher has finished working on a Disney Channel Original Movie entitled “Disney’s Zombies”. 

Kristopher is an artist at heart whose passion for movement cycles him back to his roots. Kristopher can be seen both taking dance class and teaching class to fulfill his hunger to learn and share. Kristopher creates choreography and shares his movement style through his involvement with various dance studios and dance conventions as a faculty member. Kris is excited to share his multi faceted knowledge and his special brand of enthusiasm with all of you at OAD.


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