KATHRYN VENEMA (2019 Graduate!) – Miss Kathryn will be heading to Sheridan College is Mississauga studying Interior Design.
Kathryn danced at NJADS for 9 years. Her training has included Jazz/Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, Tap and Drama/Musical Theatre. In 2011 she joined the NJADS Competitive Team, and has competed on teams, duets and solos in Jazz, Lyrical and Open. In 2015 she won 1st overall in her category for her solo “Aha!” She participated in the NJADS Assistant Teacher Training Program from 2012-2018 with over 600 hours of practicum experience. In 2016 she began to teach for us as a Junior Instructor and is loved by her students for her energetic and enthusiastic teaching style. She has completed Module One of the Acrobatic Arts Certification Program learning proper placement and technique for the foundations of Acro Dance for levels Primary through level 6.
KELTIE BALDWIN (2019 Graduate!) – Miss Keltie will be studying for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Mohawk/McMaster University.
Miss Keltie has been dancing with NJADS for 15 years. She started out in our Pre-Dance program when the studio opened in 2004. Over the years she has blossomed into the dancer she is today by taking classes in Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz/Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. In 2011 she joined the NJADS Competitive Team, competing as a team, a duet and a solo. She trained in the NJADS Assistant Program from 2012-2015 with over 300 practicum hours. She has taught Pre-Dance and Jazz classes for us. Keltie was a member of the Cathedral Cheerleading Team for four years and was captain her senior year. In 2018 Keltie graduated with honours from Cathedral Secondary School
MEGHAN LOWRY (2019 Graduate!) – Miss Meghan will be attending Concordia University in Montreal for French studies.
Meghan has danced with us for 15 years, and began dancing with NJADS in 2004 when the studio opened. She has taken classes in Jazz/Hip Hop, Ballet/Lyrical, Tap and Drama/Musical Theatre. She started training in the NJADS Assistant Teacher Program in 2011. In 2011 she joined the NJADS Competitive Team, and competed on our Tap, Jazz and Lyrical teams, as well as a solo in Musical Theatre. In 2015 she won an award for “Committing to her Character.” Meghan does a theatre summer camp where she dances, acts and sings. She feels she was born to perform!
KAILEE BALDWIN (2020 Graduate!) – Miss Kailee has been dancing with Not Just Another Dance Studio for 15 years. Over the years she has trained in Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap and Musical Theatre. Kailee joined our Competitive Dance Team in 2011. In 2015, she started training in the NJADS Assistant Teacher Program, and almost has 500 practicum hours. In 2019, Kailee began teaching for us as a Junior Instructor! Her fun and outgoing personality makes classes enjoyable and comfortable for our dancers.
LEXI CASHA (2021 Graduate!) – Miss Lexi plans to attend Wilfrid Laurier University for Criminology.
Miss Lexi has trained in Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Acro and Pointe. She became a member of the NJADS Competitive Dance Team in 2014, and has competed on Teams, Duets and Solos in Acro, Jazz and Lyrical. In 2019, her acro solo “California Dreaming” won 1st Overall at Starbeat Dance Competition in Niagara Falls. Her Acro Duet “Find a Way” won 1st Overall in the Pre-Competitive Intermediate Duet/Trio category at Showburst Dance Competition. In 2020, she placed 2nd Overall for her Jazz Trio “Loco.” Lexi is a powerhouse as a dancer, and doesn’t know how to give less than 100%. Allexia joined our Assistant Teacher Training Program in 2015, and has over 280 practicum hours. In 2019, she began teaching for us as a Junior Dance Instructor.
SHANNON SIM (2022 Graduate!) – Miss Shannon plans to take a gap year to teach and continue to pursue her dance studies.
Shannon began dancing with us in 2014. They have trained in Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Acro, Musical Theatre, Modern, Heels and Pointe. Shannon has also completed their RAD Ballet Exams for Grades 1-4 and Inter-foundation with The Dance Centre. They joined our Competition Team in 2014, and has competed on Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Acro, Tap, Hip Hop and Open Teams, as well as solos and duets in Acro, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Open, Jazz and Lyrical. In 2017, their Hip Hop solo “Dance All Night” placed 3rd Overall at Champions Dance Competition. In 2019, their Contemporary solo “Athena” received an Artistry Award at Fever International Dance Competition in Milton! This same year, their Acro Duet “Find a Way” won 1st Overall twice in the Pre-Competitive Intermediate Duet/Trio category and their Hip Hop Solo “Chun-Li” won a Great Character/Choreography Award at Showburst Dance Competition. In June 2017, they played the role of the Lion in our production of The Wizard of Oz. In September 2017 they started training in our NJADS Teacher Training Program, then in January 2020 they began teaching for us. In 2020, they placed 2nd Overall for their Acro Duet “Footprints in the Sand” at Fever International Dance Competition, 3rd Overall for their Contemporary Duet “Sleepwalk” and 2nd Overall for their Jazz Trio “Loco.” At Dancefest they won a Most Potential Awards for all soloists in the Pre-Competition category and also received a “Wa-Bam” award for their Hip Hop solo “Cash.” In 2021 their Contemporary solo “Space Oddity” won 1st place Overall for Senior Soloist at Showburst Dance Competition. They would like to be a dancer as a career in their future. They enjoy dancing because it is like a breath of fresh air and allows them to escape reality.
Check out Miss Shannon’s Graduating Video on our YouTube channel.