We have qualified and enthusiastic instructors!
Maureen Fraser - Director/Owner
Step, Tap, Swing Dance
Maureen has been teaching dance for over 25 years. She began taking lessons in early childhood and continues to the present day, attending seminars and workshops. Maureen has performed in local theatre productions, including “Music of the Night”(dancer and choreographer) and “Women of Antigonish”(dancer, actor and choreographer) and the “Keppoch Wedding” (dancer and actor).
In recent years she has studied tap privately with Josh Hilberman(tap teacher at the Boston Conservatory)and Heather Cornell(director of Manhattan Tap). As well as having a week long private tap residency in 2007 with Heather at her home in Nyack, Maureen traveled to New York again in 2010 for a two week Rhythmn Intensive Workshop taught by Heather. Maureen was selected as the only Canadian to participate in the group of 20 tap dancers from Brazil, England, Russian, Denmark, etc. Maureen has also taken private Swing dance lessons in NY from Margaret Batiuchok (founder of NYC Swing Dance Society) and Arthur Murray Ballroom dance school in Sherman Oaks, LA in 2017.
Maureen has step danced in various concerts throughout the Maritimes (Breakfast Television on the ASN television network), has adjudicated step festivals in PEI and was the director of the Antigonish Highland Games “Concert Under the Stars” from 2008-2013. Maureen step danced in Celtic Colors 2008 with well known dancers, Mary Janet MacDonald, Minnie MacMaster and Jean MacNeil in a concert called “Mary Janet’s Bunch”. She also danced Celtic Colours 2010 “Close to the Floor” show and again in 2018 as a solo step dancer.
Maureen had the privledge of taking private tap lessons from dance master, Brenda Buffalino, founder of the American Tap Dance Foundation. Maureen has earned her teaching diploma in Stage and Tap from BATD (Bristish Association of Teachers of Dance). Currently, Maureen teaches step, tap, musical theatre and swing dance styles .
Audrey Cochrane - Artistic Director
Teacher & Competitive Team Coach
Audrey Cochrane has been taking dance classes for 17 yrs. Dance styles that she is trained in, are ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, Cape Breton step, musical theatre, heels and acro. At 13, she began teaching dance and choreographing. She has attended Summer Dance Intensives at Ross Creek, Ballet Jorgen, Maritime Conservatory and Dance Zone.
Audrey also has been taking voice and acting lessons throughout her life. She has performed as a vocal soloist and dancer at at variety of venues throughout NS. Audrey auditioned for and was accepted in the Broadway Triple Threat Summer Intensive in 2015 in Manhattan, NYC.
Over the past few years, Audrey has completed an acting certificate program in Toronto with coach Michael Caraunna, acting classes at Lifebook Academy with Allan Levin in Los Angeles as well as dance classes in Los Angeles at the Millenium Dance Complex in the summer of 2017.
In 2017-18, she was a member of the StFX Dance Team and coached and choreographed for the MFSD Junior Competitive Team.
Upon completing an intensive, certified dance program at the Broadway Dance Center and an acting program at Actors Connection in New York from September to mid April 2019, Audrey is excited to share everything she has learned with the MFSD students this 2019-20 season!
Competitive Team Coach
Marissa Campbell started dancing at the age of 3 at Danceability in Saint John, New Brunswick. She has trained in various different styles, mainly contemporary, jazz, hip hop, acro, lyrical and tap. Marissa has competed all across the east coast of Canada, Quebec, New York City and other locations throughout the US. She has won a series of overall awards, including overall solo/duo/trio at Limelight with her duo partner, overall soloist at Dance Quest, star soloist at Millenium and many others. She has had the opportunity to work with many well-known dancers, including Victor Smalley, Jordan Clarke and Sonja Tayeh.
Marissa has always had a passion for choreography, she started choreographing her own solos at the age of 11 and has progressed into choreographing various duo’s, small and large groups and has received various choreography awards. She just recently choreographed and performed a piece at the competition Dance Quest, receiving the overall highest mark of the competition and best choreography award.
Marissa is currently in her 3rd year at St.FX and is excited to continue on with the dance team as co-captain for the 2018-2019 season.
Competitive Team Coach, Contemporary
Isabelle Clement is classically trained, and she has appeared on the hit Family Channel TV series, The NEXT Step. Isabelle’s training has been extensive by attaining the highest level of certification in ballet, jazz and tap genres.
She has successfully completed her Advanced II Ballet from the Royal Academy of Ballet, Advanced Level Jazz and Pre-Advanced Level in Tap. She has assisted in the dance convention Breaking Bounds and has been a mentor to the younger students at her studio, Dana Hanes Dance Company.
Isabelle has danced alongside such choreographers as Travis Wall, Chaz Buzan, Michael Novitski, Tabitha & Napoleon, Katy Spreadbury, Blake McGrath, Dana Hanes, Vincent Romeo and many more. She has been in the Top Senior Girls of The Dance Awards, Top 10 of American Dance Awards, Candance, Overall Senior Dancer at Breaking Bounds, and has won numerous scholarships and invitationals.
Isabelle has a true passion for her craft and has excelled while doing it. She believes in hard work, dedication and perfecting the mind and body to be the best she can be. Her passion extends to developing young dancers so they can reach their full potential.
Tap, Hip hop, Yoga, Conditioning
Tiffany began taking dance classes at the young age of 3 and continued lessons for the next 16 years in her home province of Manitoba. Tiffany trained in ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, hip hop, jazz and well as Acro. She is also a certified yoga instructor.
She has participated in workshops and conventions such as JUMP, and Triple Threat, working with choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Misha Gabriel, WilldaBeast, and Bobby Newberry.
She earned a spot on the competitive dance team, Evolution Dance Company in Manitoba. She has competed at competitions such as Canadian National Dance Competition, The View, and Dance Manitoba Festival. Currently Tiffany is attending Stfx University and teaching dance at the Maureen Fraser School of Dance.
Marissa Profitt is originally from Summerside, PEI. She began dancing at the Summerside School of Dance at a young age and finished her training at Dance Virtuosa. Having been dancing for many years, her strengths are in jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and ballet.
A number of years back, Marissa began demonstrating and assisting teach classes, which eventually led her to join the Dance Virtuosa team of instructors. After graduation, she relocated to Antigonish to attend St Francis Xavier University while continuing to share her passion of dance with students at ACDA and more recently the Maureen Fraser School of Dance.
Dancing has always been a huge part of her life and decidedly her favourite creative outlet to express herself. She loves sharing her passion with others, but also learning and growing with her students. Marissa is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share her endless passion and energy to the young developing dancers at the Maureen Fraser School of Dance.
Alison has been dancing for 16 years, training heavily in ballet and pointe, as well as jazz, modern and tap. She also has experience in theater, performing in Symphony Nova Scotia’s production of the Nutcracker and dancing in the T.V. show “Mr. D”.
She began training to teach students dance when she was 15, and has choreographed ballet and jazz pieces for them. She spent a summer training with the School of Alberta Ballet in the intensive training program. She has attended numerous summer intensive programs at Halifax Dance and Maritime Dance Academy. She has taken classes with Rex Harrington and Karen Kain, as well as classes with the New York City Ballet and at the Broadway Dance Center.
Alison is looking forward to teaching with us this year!
Jacqueline started dancing at the age of three with D&R dance academy. Where she trained in various styles including jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, modern, and her favorite; musical theatre. Jacqueline decided at a young age that musical theatre was her passion, so she enrolled in voice lessons at the age of eight and began performing in local shows across Cape Breton over the years.
Jacqueline has performed in shows such as: Hairspray, Heart of Steel, The Penelopiad, Girls like That, What We Become, Salem 1692 and Les Miserables.
During her years of performing Jacqueline became involved with a group known as “Glace Bay Glee”. Through this group she developed her love for teaching and choreographing. Volunteering her time to be an assistant director for some of the summer camps.
She has also dedicated much of her time to choreographing at D&R dance academy. Jacqueline has been choreographing musical theatre solos and duets since 2014. During this time, her dances have taken home special awards for characterization. Two of her dancers were also awarded scholarships to participate in a winter intensive on Broadway!
Jacqueline is so excited to be a part of our team and she cannot wait to share her love for musical theatre at MFSD!
Megan Lohnes is from Bridgewater Nova Scotia. She is 19 years old and working toward a BSc in Human Kinetics at Stfx University. Megan began with training in trampoline and tumbling at her local gymnastics club in Bridgewater at a young age. Megan trained extensively, over the years, in both cheer and acro classes.
She been involved with cheerleading as an athlete and as a coach for 8 years. During these years, she cheered for her level 4 High school team and a local club team as well as I coached the clubs Junior level 2 team for two years.
Megan cheered for the Universal Cheer Allstars club as a level four athlete and was the head coach for 2 years; While training and coaching cheerleading, Megan also coached gymnastics at the following levels/ages, preschool, beginner, advanced, tumbling and acro classes all throughout high school. Megan is qualified to teach stunting, tumbling and tossing in levels 1-3 through the USASF.Megan is currently attending Stfx an is very enthusiastic and looking forward to working with all the staff and dancers of Maureen Frasers School of Dance.
Competitive Team Coach
Kylie MacNeil is a well known and respected dancer from Enfield Nova Scotia. She has been dancing for over 16 years. She has trained in all styles of dance, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, acro and hip hop. As a member of the RSI Danceworks school, Kylie participated and won many top awards in numerous dance competitions.
Kylie has attended a variety of dance workshops and received scholarships in New York, Toronto, Montreal, Florida and Chicago for dance. She began choreographing at 15 years of age and has won titles for her choreography. Kylie enjoys teaching at and sharing her love of dance with the students at the MFSD and particularly coaching the senior competitive team. Kylie is a currently attending Stfx University and is a member of the Stfx Dance Team.
Mullen Boulter has been dancing since the age of 3, beginning at Ashlei Ballet School in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.
She began her training with ballet, following the RAD syllabus. She completed ballet exams in both the CDTA and the RAD. In addition, she has taken exams through the AIDT in Modern Jazz, as well as having taken classes in jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and later pointe.
Mullen has experience in a wide variety of dance styles. However, her passion has always been ballet, focusing on a strong understanding of good technique. Mullen began teaching at Miss Carla’s Dance in 2016, where she also had to opportunity to try competitive dancing. She has competed with ballet solos at Limelight and Champions. This allowed Mullen to explore the different sides of ballet, and their basis in classical technique. This began her passion for choreography and teaching.
Mullen’s choreography style consists of demonstrating the diversity of ballet through the use of modern music, or the use of strong ballet technique in a more contemporary style of dance. Mullen strives to demonstrate to her students an appreciation of ballet in all forms, as well as the importance of good technique.
Competitive Team Coach
Sydney Rumscheidt began taking dance lessons in Halifax at the young age of 3. Sydney has studied ballet, jazz, hip hop, acro, contemporary, lyrical and musical theatre. Throughout her dance training she has followed the CDTA Ballet syllabus as well as some training with the RAD syllabus.
Sydney has competed, as a member of the East Coast Dance Academy for over 9 years in numerous competitions throughout the maritimes, including Limelight, Millennium Dance Festival, Dance Quest, Fever International Dance Competition and many more. Sydney has also competed in self choreography categories at competitions, such as “Taking Steps To Fly”.
Recently, Sydney received awards for her self choreography at Limelight Dance Competition. Before moving to Antigonish, Sydney taught dance at the East Coast Dance Academy and is looking forward to teaching again at Maureen Fraser School of Dance. Currently Sydney is studying Political Science at STFX, while dancing and competing as a member of the STFX Dance Team.
Competition Team Coach, Ballet Enrichment, Contemporary, Hip Hop
Callie Scott is a dancer and teacher from Ottawa, Ontario. She has been dancing competitively for 9 years at Footworks dance academy and finishing her last 2 years at Dana’s Hanes Dance Company. Her training includes Jazz, Ballet, Tap, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary. Throughout her years as a competitive dancer she has worked with and taken classes with many well known choreographers from “So You Think You Can Dance” and dancers on Broadway.
Callie has won multiple regional titles and competed in many Nationals in New York, Florida, Boston and has also preformed at the National Arts Centre in the production of the Nutcracker. Aside from competing Callie, has also participated many summer intensives and conventions, including VIP Dance Events, MOVE Dance Convention and Generation IV summer intensive. Callie has completed her RAD jazz exams to the intermediate level, Tap exams to the junior 3 level and has completed her advanced 2 RAD ballet exam.
Callie is starting her first year at STFX in the human kinetics program and is very excited to also be on the dance team. Her passion for dance began at an early age and continues to grow while sharing her love to dance with others.
Hip Hop, Jazz
Michaela is a dancer and teacher from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She started dancing at the age of five with Rhythm and Sole School of Dance. Growing up she performed in jazz, tap, hip-hop, stage, ballet, contemporary and lyrical.
She graduated from her last studio as a nursery, pre-dance, jazz, hip-hop, and tap teacher. Michaela has competed for 11 years receiving awards in self choreo and improvisation. She’s attended workshops and Summer Dance Intensives at Ross Creek, Dance Zone and Acadia Collective. Michaela has performed in competitions all across the East Coast such as Limelight, Millennium, Dance Abition, CanDance, 5678 Showtime, Dance Quest, Fever and Elite. At Age14 she was selected to compete at The Dance World Cup with her troupe.
She has since been able to work with several named choreographers and has always been recognized for her passion and huge smile both onstage and backstage. Currently, Michaela is studying Human Kinetics, with a Pre-Education focus at StFX University, whilst performing and competing as a member of the StFX Dance Team.
Ballet, Ballet Enrichment
Nikki began her dance education at the age of 4 with Alberta Ballet. She transferred to Dance Spectrum Inc, early on in order to broaden her education with several styles. She has trained in several discipline including, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, modern, acro and ballet.
She has successfully completed exams in the three primary disciplines of jazz tap and ballet. Nikki trained extensively in in ballet completing all of the RAD graded examinations. Additionally she competed for 10 years winning several overall awards. Nikki has not only been awarded for technical skill; she was the honored recipient of the Dance Spectrum 2012 ‘Heart and Soul’ scholarship for drive, passion and dedication.
Nikki began her teaching career at the age of 14 when she was asked to assistant teach for Dance Spectrum. There she was able to not only expand her own skill but also learn of varying methods of dance education. Her teaching methods consist of a strong concentration of classical technique and strength. With a solid foundation of of technique, Nikki focuses on pushing students to find versatility in their movement, style, skill and performance.