We have qualified and enthusiastic instructors!
Step, Tap, Musical Theatre
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).
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 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” and again in Celtic Colours 2010 “Close to the Floor” show.
In 2014, 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 and musical theatre .
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip hop, Acro
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 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.
MFSD Junior Team Coach
Audrey Cochrane has been taking dance classes for 16 yrs. Dance styles that she is trained in, are ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, Cape Breton step, musical theatre and acro. She has attended Summer Dance Intensivcs 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 soloist in the “Antigonish Concert Under the Stars” as well as other 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 a 3 week acting certificate program in Toronto with coach Michael Caraunna as well as voice lessons and hip hop and jazz classes in Los Angeles at the Millenium Dance Complex in 2017. Audrey has been teaching dance since the age of 14 with a special interest in choreographing. Audrey currently attends Stfx University and is a member of the Stfx Dance Team.
Ballet & Pointe, Technique, Performance Group
Sam began her formal dance training at the age of 3 with D&R Dance Ltd in Sydney, NS. She received her training, for fifteen years, in: ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap, modern and hip-hop. She has danced competitively for over 12 years in several local, provincial and national competitions, which include, Dance Quest, Instep, Millennium, Dance Abition as well as Millennium Nationals in Niagara Falls.
Sam has received several awards such as: The Technique Award, Most Promising Dancer, several top soloist marks and the highest mark overall at Instep Cape Breton. From her dance school she has also received Dancer of the year and several scholarships. While dancing with D&R she attended workshops that were taught by Internationally recognized choreographers, including: Jordan Clark, Stephen “Twitch” Boss, Sonya Tayeh and several others from “So You Think You Can Dance”. Sam has also attended the “Ross Creek Summer Dance Intensive” program where she trained under “Ballet Bob” McCollum from Canada’s National Ballet School.
Sam was also fortunate to have ongoing private lessons in ballet and technique from Ballet Bob throughout her dancing years. Today, Sam attends StFX and continues to dance and compete with the StFX dance team.
Breagha Fraser is a 22 year-old teacher, choreographer and dancer from Whitehorse, Yukon. She is currently in her last year of a degree in Psychology at StFX. She has been highland dancing since the age of 3 and has competed throughout Canada. She is also formally trained in hip-hop, ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz and tap; she has been training in these styles for over 10 years.
She has participated in and choreographed for many productions of the Nutcracker at her local studio. Her preferred style is hiphop and has participated in workshops with Nico Archambault , Luther Brown and Lil C. She has taken classes through Toronto Dance Theatre and has travelled to Taiwan and internationally for dance conferences. Being from the Yukon, she was given amazing opportunities to showcase her choreography throughout the community.
Sabrina Hotten is a 19 year old gymnast from Ottawa, Ontario. Sabrina has extensive coaching experience with all age groups, teaching all aspects of the sport from basic movement patterns and skills, to advanced tumbling and flexibility.
After 10 years of experience in gymnastics, Sabrina has applied her skills to dance and cheerleading. Going as far as cheering on the CFL Ottawa Redblacks cheer team this past year, 2015 and current 2016 season.
Sabrina has numerous certifications with the National Coaching Certification Program, being fully certified in recreational gymnastics coaching (NCCP Level 1), provincial level women’s artistic gymnastics (NCCP Level 2) and risk management.
Sabrina is now a third year student in the BSc Human Kinetics program at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS.
Christine, at the age of four, began dance classes at Kay Flynn Dancing Academy on the Gold Coast, Australia. Whilst at KFDA she studied the Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet syllabus, the ADA jazz and tap syllabus, street jazz and tap, contemporary, demi character and pointe. She has successfully completed the Royal Academy of Dance classical ballet exams from
Primary Ballet up to and including Advanced one. In 2011 Christine danced the lead role in KFDA’s production of Lilac Cottage.
During her later years at KFDA she was an assistant teacher, before becoming a teacher at the school. In January 2013, Christine successfully auditioned for the Queensland National Ballet (QNB). Whilst there she was trained in the Russian Voganova method of classical ballet and also studied repertoire, pas de deux, contemporary, commercial jazz, and acrobatics. She was taught by principal ballet dancers and numerous other professionals in their fields. In December of 2014 Christine received her Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Ballet and Modern Dance) from QNB. Over the years Christine has also competed in numerous solo and group competitions throughout South East Queensland and at the Sydney Opera House.
Ballet & Lyrical
Sydney is an enthusiastic and motivated teacher. She has been training in dance for over 10 years, and also dancing competitively at Burlington Studio Dance in Ontario for over 4 years. Her trained dance styles include jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop, and acro. She brings to the table not only her training in dance, but in cheerleading and gymnastics.
Her drive for dance in all aspects of life was illustrated as she started the first dance team at her high school. She shows leadership and great dance knowledge as an executive member on St. FX’s dance team as treasurer. Sydney’s hunger for knowledge and growth has sent her all over the greater Toronto area, participating in well known workshops such as Elite Dance Worx, the Rutherford Movement and Fresh Dance Intensive.
Sydney’s love of music drives her to want to create and develop artistic dance pieces in order to allow her dancers to develop creatively and technically.
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.
MFSD Senior 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 co-captain of the Stfx Dance Team.
Ballet, Hip hop & Lyrical
Jeannine Philpott is an 18-year-old dancer, choreographer and teacher from Elmsdale, Nova Scotia. She has been dancing for 13 years at Dance Zone Performing Arts Center, training in many styles including jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop, acro and pointe. She has competed all across North America in places including Nova Scotia, New York, Florida, Ontario and Los Angeles.
Along with competing Jeannine has done many conventions and workshops including The Pulse on Tour, Be Discover Summer in LA, NYCDA Summer Dance Intensive, Kate Jablonski’s Summer Dance Intensive among many more. She has worked with teachers and choreographers from all around including Brian Friedman, Desmond Richardson, Dave Scott, Joey Dowling, Mia Micheals and many others.
She has been trained in the BATD program completing all exams in jazz and tap up to the grade 1 level, the ADAPT program completing her junior 3 jazz/tap and pre-intermediate jazz/tap and in RAD completing her intermediate foundations, intermediate and grade 7 exams while also being trained in the advanced 1 and 2 syllabus’s.
Jeannine continues her love for dancing by training and performing for others.
Ballet, Twinkle Toes
Sarah is a versatile and creative teacher trained in Jazz,Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern and Hip Hop. She has been dancing for 15 years at many studios including the Sorensen School of Dance in Newfoundland, GeorgetownDance Company in Ontario and Maritime Dance, Halifax Dance, Coastal Dance and Dance Zone, all in Nova Scotia.
She has been taught and mentored by choreographers such as Alexis Cormier, Miles Faber, Leon Blackwood and Jordan Washington. Sarah is trained in Cecchetti Level 7&8 and SRB Level 2&3 ballet exams,PAEC Level 1&2 tap exams, BATD Level 1 and ADAPT Junior 3, Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate jazz and tap exams. Sarah also brings knowledge and experience in improvisation, musical theatre, music and experimental choreography.
Along with 9 years of competitive dance, she has produced 3 award winning modern and tap solos, as well as competing in Taking Steps To Fly Choreography Competition for her own modern choreography. She is currently a ﬁrst year Business Administration student at St.FX.
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.
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.
Michaela is a 19 year old dancer from Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She stared dancing with Rhythm and Sole School of Dance at the age of four practicing jazz, tap, hiphop, stage, ballet, contemporary and lyrical. She graduated recently from the studio as a nursery, pre-dance, jazz and tap teacher.
She has dance competitively for 9 years receiving awards in self choreography and improvisation categories at competitions such as Limelight, Millennium, Dance Abition, Candance, 5,6,7,8, Dance Quest and Elite. She has worked with several named choreographers such as Chris Knowles and Thomas Colford. Being recognized for her passion and huge smile.
Currently, Michaela is studying Human Kinetics at StFX University, whilst performing and competing as a member of the Stfx Dance Team and teaching at the Maureen Fraser School of Dance.