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Faculty

Pulse Dance Works Instructors are all highly experienced and qualified in their field(s) of dance. To read more about each of our instructors and studio staff, please click on their name below for their full biography.

  
Nadine Nicole Varga

Owner, Co-Studio Director/Instructor

Nadine is a multi-talented dance professional and the owner and co-studio director of "Pulse Dance Works Inc." in Markham-Toronto, Ontario. She is an accomplished dancer; instructor; choreographer and an international adjudicator with over thirty years of dance experience. As well, Nadine is an experienced business professional specializing in office and operations management and event planning.

Nadine is a member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (B.A.T.D.), Professional Adjudicators Alliance (P.A.A.) and a certified "Strip To Fit" instructor in fused dance and fitness - burlesque dance. Nadine's intensive dance background includes various disciplines of dance; ballet, jazz, strength & flexibility (a.k.a. stretch), tap, acrobatics, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, song & dance, salsa and many forms of social dance in which she continues to instruct and choreograph in many of these styles. Nadine also studied music for several years, specializing with the Tenor Saxophone.

As well as dance and music, Nadine possesses a strong background in musical theatre which she started at a very young age. Nadine has not only performed in musicals on stage, but has choreographed and assistant directed shows with various size casts of all ages. Some of her musical theatre work includes "The Wizard of Oz", "Peter Pan", "A Chorus Line" and "Jesus Christ Superstar".

Nadine was one of the past trainers and choreographers at the prestige Kalev Estienne Rhythmic Gymnastics Centre in Toronto, that is highly recognized for bringing the sport into Canada, for one of the past Junior Canadian Teams "Jr. Rhythmic Express". Nadine had the great opportunity to instruct some of the top rhythmic gymnasts in all of Canada.

Outside of teaching both recreational and competitive classes at her own dance studio, Nadine choreographs show pieces for professional venues and charity events. As an experienced international dance adjudicator, reputable for her detailed and positive technical critiques, Nadine continues to judge dance competitions regularly. As a former competitive award winning dancer, competing heavily in Canada and the USA for many years, Nadine understands the hard work and dedication it takes to become a well-trained dancer, performer and dance professional. Nadine's knowledge and experience, unique and creative choreography as well as her passionate approach to dance instruction, helps dancers of all ages and levels strive to achieve their highest dancing goals.

Rachel Maria Lepera-Martelle

Co-Studio Director/Instructor

Rachel is an accomplished dancer, instructor, choreographer and adjudicator with over 30 years of dance experience.

As well as being the Co-Studio Director of "Pulse Dance Works Inc." in Markham-Toronto, Ontario; Rachel is an award winning and accredited freelance fashion designer, who also managed the design department for a major international clothing manufacturer for several years.

Following the B.A.T.D., C.D.T.A. and R.A.D. syllabi, Rachel continues to instruct and choreograph in jazz, tap, lyrical, acrobatics, hip hop, strength & flexibility (a.k.a. stretch), technique, contemporary, ballet, musical theatre, song & dance and social dance. Rachel is also a certified "Strip To Fit" instructor in fused dance and fitness — burlesque dance.

In addition, Rachel is a highly experienced and sought after dance adjudicator, known for providing constructive and encouraging technical critiques. Rachel continues to judge dance competitions throughout Canada on a regular basis, while continuing to instruct both recreational and competitive classes at her own studio. As a former competitive dancer herself, Rachel competed extensively in Canada and the USA for many years, winning numerous awards and scholarships. Rachel has attended several workshops and ongoing she continues to pursue and further her dance education.

Rachel also has over 15 years of instrumental and vocal music experience and training. Rachel has choreographed & performed in musicals with credits that include "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat", "My Fair Lady", "Little Shop of Horrors", "The Sound of Music", "Oliver" and "The Little Match Girl", as well as choreographing movement for a children's choir.

Many of Rachel's former students have gone on to land professional careers as dance instructors, Toronto Argonauts Cheer Leader, pop singer/performer, fitness model, body builder, TV actor and musical theatre triple threat.

Rachel is known for her engaging and unique style of teaching and for her outstanding and innovative choreography in many dance disciplines. She strives to inspire dancers to continue working hard to meet their goals and to continue to grow and develop as performers.

Lisa Hamilton Hrycajkiw

Instructor

Born and raised in Rothesay, New Brunswick, Lisa began her dance training at the age 4. She studied ballet through the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) at Rothesay Ballet School and completed several RAD ballet exams before the age of 17.

In 1993 Lisa graduated from the Teacher Training Program and was awarded her Associate with the Cecchetti Society Teachers of Dance. Lisa has been teaching, children age 3 to adult, in numerous dance studios across the Toronto and York Region for over 20 years. Over this time she has prepared numerous students to successfully pass their Cecchetti Ballet exams — with honors. She is very proud of all her students, particularly those who have chosen dance as a career and have gone on to The National Ballet School, The Royal Winnipeg and Quinte Ballet School. In 2009 Lisa received her Associate Diploma and continues to upgrade her international credentials. Lisa continues to attend annual ballet workshops, teaching seminars and dance teacher summits in order to continue learning and growing as a teacher.

In addition to being a long time choreographer for annual recitals, she has recently started to choreograph for competitive dance programs. Lisa has performed in many recitals and had the unique opportunity to dance for Colin James as a swing dancer. She has choreographed and appeared as a guest teacher at numerous studios across Ontario. She is passionate about dance and looks forward to training more students while focusing on strong classical technique.

In addition to teaching and choreographing, Lisa was the office manager for a ballet school in the GTA for over five years. This provided her with outstanding experience in the administration required to operate a dance school. She has a passion for dance, theatre and travel and hopes to inspire and pass this onto her students. Lisa is very excited to be back at Pulse Dance Works and looking forward to working with all of the dancers.

Lyn Rose Caluste

Instructor

Lyn Rose was born in Toronto and currently resides in Scarborough, Canada. She began studying and dancing professionally at the tender age of 4 with Hawaiian Pacific Magic, a Polynesian Dance troupe, training in the styles of Hula and Tahitian. It was through Hawaiian Pacific Magic she grew a love for dance. At 16, she began working within the Toronto dance industry working with local and international artists, from Lady Gaga in 2008 to Inez Jasper in 2014. It was in 2009 she met BUCC N FLVR (Flavor), a squad of dancers with a mission to Spread Love, Spread Light and Have Fun through Hip Hop and K.R.U.M.P., when Lyn developed into an educator, entertainer, mentor and film director of Hip-Hop dance.

Lyn continues to represent Toronto, Canada both in K.R.U.M.P. AND Hip-Hop Dance; teaching to children, youth and adults across Canada, in the United States and internationally in the Dominican Republic and Spain.

Her hope for dancers is for young men and women to embrace the dance and let it go beyond the dance studio. Live as Lyn's mentor Lenny Len would say, "It's not a 'Lifestyle', it's a life WITH style" and apply the techniques, the hard work and camaraderie in the studio into everyday lifeā€¦but most importantly to have fun!

Stephanie Weston

Instructor

Studying, competing and performing dance and music from a young age, Stephanie is no stranger to the stage.

As a faculty member for several years at Pulse Dance Works Inc., Stephanie is a talented and versatile instructor who teaches various forms of dance to students of all ages and levels. Her dance background heavily includes Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Latin Social (Salsa/Merengue/Bachata) & Belly Dancing. She is an Associate member of B.A.T.D. (British Association of Teachers of Dancing) and achieved her diploma with Honors. She is also an A.D.A.P.T. certified instructor and Zumba certified instructor.

As well, Stephanie continues to perform professionally in many styles of dance at professional events and instruct Pulse & dance programs at local Montessori schools. In addition Stephanie also performed on the music front for several years specializing with the Alto Saxophone.

Stephanie is well educated and graduated from Glendon College of York University, from the Concurrent Education program, completing two degrees simultaneously: Specialized Hons. B.A. Linguistics and Language Studies & B.Ed. French.

She is a caring and dedicated young woman with intrinsic feeling for educating dancers of all ages and levels with proper terminology, technique and performance values. With her knowledge and experience in dance, music and childhood education, she inspires dancers to succeed and achieve success accomplishing and surpassing their goals.

Karen "Kay" Regozo

Guest Instructor

Karen "Kay" was born in Toronto, ON and started her journey with dance at the young age of 3 with Spirit of Aloha School. Growing up, hula dancing brought out her gracefulness but Kay, as family and friends like to call her, enjoyed watching BET and learned choreography through music videos from artist such as: Aaliyah, Monica, Missy Elliot, etc. At the age of 13, Kay and group of her friends formed a singing trio called Blush and put out their EP album in 2001. By the time she graduated high school, she had decided to go into another path and got accepted into the Humber College Theatre program.

By 2009, Kay auditioned and joined the first generation of "Bucc N Flvr Dance Crew" members. As a professional dancer and being a part of "Bucc N Flvr Dance Crew" Kay regularly performs as well as facilitating, mentoring and teaching workshops around the GTA for several years. She has also traveled and performed with her crew in places such as: Montreal, Ottawa, Washington DC, Dallas TX and Dominican Republic.

Kay always keeps true to street dance and hip hop culture with new techniques of training and always having the mindset of a student. Kay aims to maintain and carry on the legacy of "Bucc N Flvr Dance Crew" for the love of hip hop culture. Kay is proud to be a member of the Pulse Dance Works Inc. faculty and share her passion of dance with all of the students.

Domenic Lepera

Office, Facility & Stage Manager

As a dedicated father of competitive dancers, Domenic has been actively involved in the dance world for over 25 years. He and his wife Gillian are very familiar with the demands and dedication of both the dancer and dance parent, and are able to look at things from a parent's perspective.

Domenic has much experience in dance studio administration and registration, stage managing recitals and shows, as well as building sets and leading competitive parent-committee programs to help raise funds for dance competitive teams. Domenic has even danced in a couple of dance recitals himself!

During the day for the past 35 years, Domenic has worked as a Mainframe Storage Management Specialist. With his successful years of experience, exceptional business background and customer service, Domenic is very happy to be an integral part of the studio's success from an Administrative and Facility operational stand point.

Being the proud father of Pulse Dance Works studio directors Nadine & Rachel, and also having years of experience in auto-mechanics and construction, Domenic not only custom built their very first professional in-home dance studio, but he also built their past dance studio located on Markham Main Street as well as their new state of the art facility at 158 Anderson Ave.

Domenic's professionalism, keen eye for safety, knowledge in the dance world as well as his energetic and kind personality is notably recognized and admired at Pulse Dance Works.

Feel free to meet with Domenic at the studio for any questions you may have or to register for classes.

Kathy Weston

Office Assistant

For over 20 years Kathy has been involved in the dance world as not only a dance mom, but many other significant roles. For over a decade she has been an integral and leading member of the volunteer team at Pulse Dance Works Inc. Prior to Pulse, some of Kathy's previous dance studio experiences include leading creative teams where she had helped in all aspects of event planning, fundraising, set and costume creation and promotional swag.

At Pulse Dance Works Inc., Kathy can most commonly be found in the main lobby during registration helping to greet and introduce herself to new faces as well as helping familiar faces with any general questions and/or inquiries. When she is not helping with registration, she can be found assisting dancers with costume sizing and measurements, directing our dancers in and out of the studio on picture day as well as backstage at our yearend showcase leading our volunteer team and keeping everything on schedule and organized. Kathy's creative skills are also displayed in our annual Showcase program that she so cleverly puts together each dance season.

Kathy is also the Managing Director of AXiOM Reference Checking International (ARCI), where she manages a team of retention consultants and has more than 19 years of experience interviewing. Her professionalism, outstanding customer service, organizational skills and attention to detail are what make Kathy such an asset to the Pulse family.

She understands what is required of a dancer, a student, and the parent, and is happy to provide any support needed.