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


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Nadine is a multi-talented and certified dance professional with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. She is an accomplished dancer; instructor; choreographer and a sought after international adjudicator as well as being the Owner and Co-Studio Director of "Pulse Dance Works Inc." in Markham-Toronto, Ontario. In addition to her dance background, Nadine is an experienced business professional specializing in office and operations management and event planning.

Nadine is a certified teacher and member of both the “British Association of Teachers of Dancing” (B.A.T.D.) and “Acrobatic Arts”. In addition she is also an Acrobatic Arts certified “AcroDance Competition Adjudicator”, a certified member of the “Professional Adjudicators Alliance” (P.A.A.) and “The Dance Judge Organization”, 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/conditioning), tap, acrobatics, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, song & dance, salsa and many forms of social dance in which she continues to teach 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 years of 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


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

Following the B.A.T.D., C.D.T.A. and R.A.D. syllabi, Rachel instructs and choreographs 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 a certified "Strip To Fit" instructor in fused dance and fitness -burlesque dance and is also a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance (P.A.A.).

Rachel is the Co-Studio Director of "Pulse Dance Works Inc." in Markham-Toronto, Ontario; she is also an award winning and accredited freelance fashion designer, as well as the designer for a Toronto based premium bag and carry goods company.

In addition, Rachel is a highly experienced and sought after dance adjudicator, known for providing constructive and encouraging technical critiques. Rachel adjudicates 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, and continues to, attend several workshops, intensives and training programs to continue to further her dance education and continue to evolve as both an educator and an artist.

Having 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.

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

 
Lisa Hamilton Hrycajkiw

Instructor


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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.

 
Quincie Alysha Taylor

Instructor


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Quincie is a diverse dance instructor, choreographer and professional performer who loves teaching all ages how to dance!

Quincie is a certified member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (B.A.T.D.) and is proud to have been a graduate of the first graduating class of Centennial College's Dance Performance Program. Quincie's extensive dance background includes Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Acrobatics.

She started dancing when she was 6yrs old and fell in love with the feeling of being on stage and performing. As a competitive dancer in her pre-professional years, Quincie enjoyed the competitive stage competing in various dance styles achieving top scores and winning overall awards as well as other special awards. At age 16, Quincie knew that teaching and choreographing was her passion.

In addition to her dance educational background and certifications, Quincie gained a wealth of performing experience from the four years she spent working with Ballet Jörgen and Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, after which she continued to challenge herself and expand her repertoire. After graduating from Centennial College, she joined several programs such as Dark Dance Company and The Xperiment program. Quincie went on to train in ballroom (both in smooth and rhythm styles), at the Arthur Murray dance school where she soon after taught private and group classes as well as teaching various styles of dance at local dance studios.

Quincie's choreography background includes music videos, concept videos, Toronto dance shows; college and grade school workshops for private clients; and numerous routines for recreational and competitive dance studios. Many of her competitive routines have won choreography awards. Quincie loves to choreography dynamic pieces with a story to tell and her signature style consists of fusing hip hop grooves and contemporary modern techniques to create a unique aesthetic: a fusion of hard-hitting movement, contractions, and soft grooves.

Always advancing her knowledge and skill set, Quincie continues her dance training regularly and performs professionally with Boss Dance Company and School of Groove. As part of School of Groove, Quincie performed the opening number for Jully Black's Canada Day performance in Mel Lastman Square; in the same year, she also performed for Arts in the Park which was attended by Toronto's Mayor John Tory. You can also find Quincie performing at Toronto industry shows, charity events, music videos, and concept videos.

As someone who thrives on sharing her knowledge to inspire others, in which many of her former students have gone on to be accepted into arts programs, Quincie is thrilled to be teaching classes at Pulse Dance Works Inc. She can't wait to dance with you in her classroom.

 
Domenic Lepera

Office, Facility & Stage Manager


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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.

 
Mia Mallocci

Class Assistant


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Mia Mallocci, started dancing at the age of three years old as a "Boogie Baby" dancer at Pulse Dance Works Inc. From a young age, Mia discovered her passion for dance and has continued vigorous training as a part-time competitive dancer in many dance disciplines including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics and Lyrical to present date. Mia enjoys all styles of dance, but has a special place in her heart for Acrobatics in which she has competed as a soloist and won awards including being recognized with Judge's "special" awards.

Outside of the studio Mia has always loved choreographing dances for her sisters and herself. Having demonstrated her creativity and versatility in many dance forms, Pulse provided Mia with the opportunity to choreograph a routine for Pulse's "Showcase 2019". Mia created a wonderful Jazz piece with excellent reviews from her dance mentors, Studio Directors Nadine N. Varga and Rachel M. Lepera-Martelle, as well as many individuals in attendance at the show. In addition, during Pulse Dance Works Inc.'s "Showcase 2019", Mia was presented and awarded with the "2019 Spirit Award".

In 2020, Mia had been referred by Pulse Dance Works Inc. and accepted by the world renowned “Acrobatic Arts”, to partake and complete her teaching certification Module One course. Mia passed her exam with Honors. Mia is required to be mentored and continue to assist Acrobatics classes, under the direction of Pulse's Co-Studio Director Nadine N. Varga (who is also an Acrobatic Arts certified Instructor and Adjudicator) over the next couple of years in which she will then receive her official “AAC1” diploma in October 2022 on her 18th birthday. Mia will then continue to further her dance education at a post secondary level.

As a dedicated class assistant and being regularly mentored by Pulse Studio Directors, Mia continues to gain invaluable hands on experience on how to teach children of all ages and different levels of ability in a variety of dance disciplines including her favourite, Acrobatics. Mia aspires to become a professional dance teacher and choreographer and loves working with all of the aspiring young dancers and acrobats at Pulse. She can’t wait to dance with you in class!

 
Kyleigh Ing

Class Assistant


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Since the tender age of five, Kyleigh began her journey in dance at Pulse Dance Works Inc. Watching other dancers inspired her so much and her dream of being able to study more dance disciplines at an advance level, and become a part-time competitive dancer, soon became a reality.

As a very dedicated dancer, Kyleigh’s intensive dance background includes Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Lyrical and Contemporary. Kyleigh also has a strong passion for Lyrical and has won several awards, including judge’s awards, in her Lyrical solos.

Over the past few years, Kyleigh has enjoyed assisting young dancers and helping them find their passion for dance as she has found hers. Kyleigh hopes to inspire and influence creativity in young dancers through assisting classes under the direction of Pulse Co-Studio Directors Nadine N. Varga & Rachel M. Lepera-Martelle.

In addition to Kyleigh’s love for dance, she enjoys reading literature, creating beautiful art pieces and experimenting with new dance moves and combinations to see how far she can stretch her imagination. As she furthers her studies in secondary school preparing for her future career path, Kyleigh hopes to continue expanding her knowledge and experience in dance as well as continuing in her vigorous dance training and assistant teaching at Pulse. Kyleigh can’t wait to dance with you at Pulse!

 
Jordan Clark

Guest Instructor


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Originally from Tottenham, Ontario, Jordan knew she wanted to become a performer when she was eight years old. She started training in dance at the age of 5 in various style's such as Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Jazz and Acro, and was teaching by the age of 12. Shortly after winning the title of "Canada's Favourite Dancer" on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Jor-dan immersed herself in acting classes and singing lessons. Her studies quickly paid off when she landed a starring role on the hit Television Series The Next Step.

Constantly wanting to explore all areas of performance, Jordan has also appeared on stage in two of Ross Petty's Christmas Pantomimes at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. Jordan then reprised her role of "Giselle" on one of Family Channel's series Lost & Found Music Studios, a spin-off of The Next Step, which premiered in January of 2016 and is distributed worldwide by Netflix. In February of 2016, Jordan departed on The Next Step Wild Rhythm Tour, a live-on-stage produc-tion showcasing the amazing talents of The Next Step dancers. Along with performing in this popular tour, Jordan and co-star Trevor Tordjman have taken on the monumental task of chore-ographing/ creative directing this exciting production, which would have been seen in Canada, the U.K, Northern Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, New Zealand and Australia. Since then Jordan has now choreographed/ creative directed three of The Next Step Tours and has just made the move to Los Angeles, California to pursue her dream of working in film and TV.

 
Karen "Kay" Regozo

Guest Instructor


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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.

 
Lyn Rose Caluste

Guest Instructor


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Born in Toronto, Lyn Rose is a street-trained Hip Hop dance instructor, educator, entertainer and film director. She always had a drive for sharing with others how Hip Hop art forms can impact and change one's life. It all really began through her cousin's mixtapes of Hip Hop and RnB in the mid 90's when Lyn Rose first met Hip Hop dance.

For many years she was self-taught, but it was through School of Mayhem in 2007, Bucc N Flvr in 2010 and Lenny Len Dela Pena in 2012, where she continued to advance her skill set and creativity at a professional level in Hip Hop.

Through connecting with and the support of the Toronto Hip Hop community, Lyn Rose has instructed and choreographed Hip Hop across Canada and internationally for several years. She has also be a professional dancer for numerous years and has performed for UNITY FESTIVAL, MANIFESTO, Aboriginal People's Choice Awards and CBC's "The Exhibitionists". As well, Lyn has also worked within the Toronto dance industry alongside local and international artists, from Lady Gaga in 2008 to Inez Jasper in 2014.

It's through Hip Hop dance that Lyn Rose discovered other ways her Art could serve her community and in 2017 she became a VIBE Arts micro-grant recipient. As Director, she created a Hip Hop dance documentary film and performance piece titled "Home". A film highlighting Toronto's emerging female immigrant artists utilizing dance to connect to their roots, culture and homeland.

Today, Lyn Rose is a proud Hip Hop Dance Instructor at Pulse Dance Works Inc. and a Hip Hop Dance Artist Educator for Unity Charity. Through Hip Hop dance she hopes she can continue to engage youth in translating their experiences into Art and make positive contributions as leaders in their community.

 
OLIVER "OLLIE" VANCE VILLANUEVA

Guest Instructor, In-house Videographer & Pulse Creative Liaison


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Oliver Vance Villanueva a.k.a "2WIST" is no stranger to the PULSE family. Constantly finding new creative outlets to express himself through the arts, "Ollie" is always striving to keep things fresh and innovative. Ollie's creative outlets include design, illustration, music production, song & story writing, videography, photography, cinematography and of course DANCE!

Coming from a family of dance instructors, and being exposed to House and Hip Hop music at a very young age, he has witnessed the evolution of urban music and dance culture to its entirety thus far. Ollie has studied and learned the distinguishing dance movements from every era, now truly making them his own. He is able to connect them through flow, balance, momentum and musicality.

With the sudden growth and popularity of the urban dance and music culture, his plan is to teach the new generation of dancers the foundation movements of House and Hip Hop in order to better their understanding from a freestyle perspective. He is not only an instructor, Ollie has been working professionally in the film industry since 2016, learning all levels of production from television to movies. He can also be found behind the lens at Pulse Dance Works Inc. shooting creative videos and pushing the students' performance limits.

Ollie is very proud to be part of the Pulse family, Instructing and providing his creative ideas and assistance throughout the years and for many to come. So lace up your shoes, bring a bottle of water and be ready to work…you never know when the cameras will be rolling!

 
Romisa Tabibi

Guest Instructor


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From Thornhill, Ontario; Romisa is an experienced dancer, instructor and choreographer with a passion to teach dance.

Romisa instructs classes to all ages and levels in the GTA specializing in Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theatre and Acrobatics.

Romisa began dancing at the age of 3 and has had a growing passion for the art ever since. Her passion only grew deeper after extensively training in many dance disciplines at a competitive level with Vlad's Dance Company. In addition to helping her team win various awards and titles for productions and group pieces, Romisa has received numerous awards as a duet partner and soloist and consistently placed in the top ten over her years as a "Slinky Smooth" competitive dancer. Additionally, Romisa is professionally trained in ballroom and various cultural forms of dance. Eager to bring the very best to her students, Romisa continues to further enhance her education, currently attending York University where she is majoring in Dance and not only getting the opportunity to grow as a performer and choreographer but as an artist.

Romisa loves to see her students succeed and strives to help each individual reach their goals as a dancer!