Our instructors are committed to our mission statement, and understand our model and values. They are enthusiastic and passionate people who develop relationships with their students, and encourage them to improve their skills and express themselves through their art.
Christine Kostesky found her love of dance at the age of 3 and from that moment on she has been unstoppable. Over the years she has studied a wide variety of forms ranging from the basics of ballet, tap and jazz branching out to lyrical, modern as well as specializing in a variety of forms of Latin dance. Her passion carried on through high school and on to University where she became the head coach for the Lakehead University Dance team, choreographing weekly halftime dances for the basketball games as well as competitive numbers.
Sarah Kirkness has studied dance in many forms since the age of 3, and has developed an enthusiastic, music and detailed approach to teaching. Sarah began her training at The Miriam McPherson School of Ballet (now Ballet Etc.) as a child and has continued to increase her knowledge at the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, Ryerson University (Professional Dance Program) and Canada’s National Ballet School (Teacher Training Program). Earning numerous awards and accolades from the international competitive dance circuit, she is now a teacher and mentor to students at schools in St. Cathar
ines and Toronto. Sarah is an Associate to the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the Cecchetti Society of Canada. She has a passion to share the gifts of dance and music with children as each new encounter in her dancing inspires her to teach and share with her students as much as she can about how the body moves and expresses.
Courtney Flus has studied the art of dance for the past 20 years and has been a dance teacher, and competitive choreographer for the past 6 years. Courtney has taken
Cecchetti ballet exams since the age of 8, and has competed provincially in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and pointe. Courtney now strives to inspire children to dance and encourages their exploration of different dance styles as well as body-awareness. Courtney is a graduate of Brock University, holding a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Child and Youth Studies, as well as a Bachelor of Education in Primary/Junior Concurrent Education.
She holds certification as an Ontario certified teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers. She additionally has worked with children with special needs for the past 5 years, and has taken American Sign Language courses through Brock University for augmented communication with children. Using her education in early childhood education, Courtney advocates for the usage of dance as a medium of personal growth and exercise in children. Courtney is excited for the opportunity to share in the gift of dance with all of the dancers at BSMA!
Breanna Ianiero began dancing at the age of 3, and by age 9 began competing and has won many awards and scholarships. In 2006, she qualified to represent Canada at the World Modern and Ballet Championships in Boston, MA, receiving the bronze medal in the children’s division, and later in 2009 in Niagara Falls, Canada, placing 5th in the junior division. In 2007, she performed in the Nutcracker with the Canadian Youth Ballet Ensemble and the National Ballet of Cuba. Breanna has completed numerous Cecchetti ballet exams including Advanced Level 1. She has also attended multiple ballet summer programs such as Canada’s National Ballet School, Neglia Ballet, and Ballet Jorgen’s Junior Company in 2016 and 2017. Breanna has performed in Neglia Ballet’s “Baba Yaga” and “Nutcracker” shows and was enrolled in the pre-professional ballet program at Neglia Ballet in Buffalo, NY. Breanna recently graduated from George Brown College in Toronto from the Dance Performance Studies program. Breanna has volunteered in many of Bethany Community’s Christmas and Easter productions. She is looking forward to being a part of the dance program here at Bethany!
Brooke Ianiero has studied dance since the age of 3. She has studied various dance forms including, ballet, pointe, tap jazz, lyrical and modern. Starting competitions at age of 6, she has won numerous awards and scholarships as well as qualifying to represent Canada at the World Tap Championships in Germany. Additionally, she has performed with the Canadian Youth Ballet Ensemble and The National Ballet of Cuba in The Nutcracker, as well as several Bethany Easter and Christmas productions. Brooke has experience teaching Ballet as an assistant teacher at a local dance studio. Brooke is looking forward to sharing her love for dance with the students at Bethany School of Arts.
Elizabeth Elwood’s love of dance brought her from Vancouver Island, BC where she had trained since the age of 10 at Qualicum Beach School of Dance and with Dancestreams Youth Dance Company. She studied at the highly competitive Teacher Training program at Canada’s National Ballet School. Elizabeth has taken her passion for dance to influence the lives of students at the Church on the Queensway’s dance program in Toronto and TDS dance space, among others. She is well experienced in RAD ballet, Cecchetti ballet & ISTD modern/jazz/national dance styles. From dancing and teaching, Elizabeth has grown an interest in physiotherapy which she plans to study further in September 2017.