Olexa Kobyleckyj – Biography
Olexa is an accomplished dance educator, an award-winning choreographer, and a certified adjudicator. She grew up as a competitive dancer and artistic gymnast, with over 20 years of extensive training in Jazz, Acro and Tumbling, Ballet and Pointe (Vaganova, RAD and Cecchetti methods), Contemporary, Tap, Lyrical, Partnering, Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Musical Theatre, Song and Dance and Character. As a versatile dancer and triple threat performer, she has won many prestigious awards and scholarships at major competitions in Canada and the United States. Olexa trained with some of the industry’s top teachers and choreographers, and expanded her artistry through intensives and workshops with the National Ballet School, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Radio City Rockettes and many more. She continued her dance education at Ryerson University’s Performance Dance program, while teaching and choreographing locally.
Olexa is Acrobatic Arts certified and a Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) certified teacher. Currently, she is completing her Jazz and Tap certification with the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT). She is also an Acro Dance Adjudicator (ADA): Certified Founding Member and a proud member of the Professional Adjudicator Alliance (PAA).
With a keen interest in human kinetics, Olexa graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from the University of Toronto. Her combined dance, gymnastics and kinesiology background gave her the unique opportunity to teach physical education, conditioning, injury prevention and dance at various school boards. She has also been invited as a commissioned choreographer and dance adjudicator for high school Arts Dance programs in Ontario.
For almost a decade Olexa has been teaching a wide range of dance styles to a variety of ages, at both the competitive and recreational levels. Recently her work has been awarded “Adjudicator’s Choice of All Entries”, “Best Choreography of the Competition” and recognized for its entertainment, creativity and innovative use of musical dynamics. She has a talent for tailoring her choreography to best suit the dancer’s age, strengths, artistic style and level of technique. Olexa enjoys being a part of the dancer’s growth and makes it her focus to help develop the dancer into a confident yet humble individual. Olexa will continue to inspire dancers to be well rounded and reach their fullest potential, with her positive energy, enthusiasm and loving support.
Both as a teacher and as a performer, Heather's focus in dance has always been of health and history. Understanding the body to learn dance safely for the longevity of the body is of the utmost concern. Similarly, a student must understand the lineage they continue, and the footsteps they follow in order to truly understand the different styles of dance.
Heather has extensive knowledge of the technique and terminology of the following dance styles: Ballet (RAD, Cecchetti, Bournonville, Vaganova), Acrobatics, Jazz, Tap, Modern (Limon, Alexander, Skinner, Graham, ISTD), National Dance, Character, Pointe & Classical Repertoire.
A graduate of both Canada's National Ballet School, Teacher Training Program, and York University's BFA Dance programs, she has been a teacher, choreographer, and coach for over 15 years. Heather is certified and in good standing with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD RTS), Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT), Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), Acrobatic Arts (AA), AlixaFlexibility, Deflying Fitness, the National Coaching Certificate Program - Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Trampoline (NCCP), Society of Russian Ballet (SRB - Vaganova), Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD),
Heather has held teaching positions at Canada's National Ballet School, The School of Alberta Ballet, The McPhereson Classical Coaching Academy (USA), Red Deer College, and many other notable schools. She was a professional dancer for 10 years - 5 years with Eurvieves Dance Collective (Contemporary, Odisi), and 5 years with the National Ballet of Canada (Ballet). Heather trained and performed for three summer seasons with ROSAS P.A.R.T.S. (Belgium), and performed on tour in Europe, Israel, West Bank, Japan, Costa Rica, and the USA.
She has trained several candidates for the Youth America Grand Prix. In 2019, her students competed in YAGP Las Vegas, Toronto, and Oklahoma City.
Adam Martino Bio
The current artistic director of Breakaway Entertainment & Theatre Jazz faculty member of Millennium Dance Complex Toronto; Adam has been in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. Adam has had the privilege of training with some of the industry’s leading choreographers: Joe Lanteri, Andy Blankenbuehler, Dawn Martino, Sean Frederick, Glenn Gilmour, Linda Garneau and Dana Wilson.
He has had the opportunity to perform/work with such artists as Five Seconds Of Summer, Country Artists Meghan Patrick & Augusta Ray, Juno Nominees Peter Katz & Marlowe Stone, UK Music Sensation Gali as well as for such professional companies as Carnival Entertainment, AOL, World Pride Festival 2014, Nuit Blanche, Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, Ballet Jorgen, Danceology (Buffalo NY), Fiesta- Spain Show Team (Malaga, Spain), MTV Canada, CTV, CW’s Reign, Montana’s Cookhouse, TFO’s ‘BRBR’ and Niagara’s Fallsview Casino.
Adam has twice performed at the prestigious Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival directed by David Earl (Founder of the Toronto Dance Theatre).
His musical theatre credits include Disney’s Newsies (Romeo/Ensemble, The LOT), Motor City (Dancer/Singer, Carnival Entertainment), Aladdin (Prince Dashing, Middle Eastern Tour), Jungle Book (Monkey, Middle Eastern & Asian Tours), The Brits (Policeman/Dance/Singer, Carnival Entertainment), Legally Blonde The Musical (Kyle The UPS Guy, The LOT), Joseph... Dreamcoat (Brother Dan, The LOT - 2016 Broadway World Toronto Best Musical Award), Country Road (Josh, Carnival Entertainment), the lead role of Toopy in the Canadian National Tour of the children’s musical Toopy and Binoo ‘Fun and Games’, Portrait Of A Scandal (Duke De Lorraine, High Society Cabaret), White Light Follies (Warren, High Society Cabaret), La Dolce Vita (Ensemble, High Society Cabaret), Dance Captain & Associate Choreographer of Cinderella (Bert, Creativiva Toronto (Canada Day 2017)), Toronto premiere of ‘Laundry List’ (Janitor, Vintage Taps), ’Franklin’ (Bear, Koba Entertainment) and most recently the lead male role in the North American Tour of PinkFong BabyShark Live (Koba Entertainment).
Adam has had the opportunity to choreograph for both film and the stage; choreographing TFO BRBR’s Peter Katz Music Video ‘Lay It On Me’, UK Music Sensation Gali’s hit single ‘I’m Alive’, the Dominican Republic’s Royalton & Memories Resorts stage show ‘Styles’, '12 '13 & '14 Toronto Pride Festivals, the hilariously amazing Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club show ‘Outrageous’ and the ‘All Canadian Basketball Championships’ televised by TSN. Adam has also served as an associate/assistant choreographer for Bash Fx & Pratibha Art's production of 'Global Bollywood', Creativiva's Jungle Book Circus (Singapore Tour), The Silent Goodbye (High Society Cabaret), Shiver (Kul Kat/Glenn Gould Theatre), Creativiva's Cinderella. Over the past year Adam has served as lead choreographer of the sketch comedy dance show entitled ‘You Want It What Way - A Boy Band Tale’ in Toronto and Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre 100th season production of ‘Queen Marie’, ‘Pinkfong Babyshark Live’ (Koba Entertainment, North American Tour) and 5 time Broadway World Toronto nominated show Breakaway Entertainment’s ‘Tales Of A Cocktail’. Most recently he served as the Producer, Creative Director and Choreographer of Breakaway Entertainment’s new hit show ‘Anatomy Of A Dancer - Tribute To The Life Of A Song & Dance Man’ chronicling the life/story of Gene Kelly - Premiering at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival playing to sold out audiences and winning the 2018 Broadway World Toronto Award for Best Fringe Musical - A Next Stage Theatre Festival Selection.
The former artistic director of the Silhouettes Dance Company and current member of D’Zouk Productions, Bash Fx, Kulkat, Sapphire Dance Productions, Breakaway Entertainment and Interactive Entertainment; Adam consistently produces, directs, choreographs and performs across Canada and Abroad.
A regular guest faculty member at the Mayfield Secondary School for the Performing Arts. He currently serves as a faculty member of the Millennium Dance Complex Toronto, City Dance Corps, City Centre Dance as well as for conventions - Captivate: The Dance Movement, B.A.T.D., Breakaway Dance and Star Catchers Dance Convention; teaching the next generation of dancers across Canada.