ALUMNI

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Nicolas Dromard

Nicolas Dromard trained at both Greta Leeming Studio and Leeming Danceworks. He is best known for his performances as Fiyero in the First National Tour and San Francisco productions of the musical Wicked. He has also notably performed in the musical Mary Poppins as part of the original cast ensemble on Broadway and, later, as Bert on Broadway and in the National Tour. He is recently performed in the national tour and is presently performing in the Broadway production of Jersey Boys as Tommy DeVito. Nick’s other credits include West Side Story at the Stratford Festival of Canada, the North American Premiere cast of Mamma Mia, first in Toronto then pre-Broadway tour, Oklahoma! and The Boy From Oz on Broadway, and Hairspray in Toronto.You can also see Nico in the latest Walt Disney World Resorts Commercial where he commands the screen for 3 1/2 minutes!

Melissa Flerangile

From Contemporary to Street dance, Mélissa “Melly Mel” Flérangile has been devotedly mastering her craft over the years. Her passion and dedication as a dancer has led her to appear in several Hollywood motion pictures including “Sex In The City 2”, “Honey”, and the Academy Award winner and big screen success “Chicago”.

Melissa trained at LDW in ballet, jazz, tap, hiphop, and lyrical winning American Dance Awards “Dancer of the Year” title for a number of years.

From 2005-2008, Melly Mel had the chance to participate in the creation of and perform in “The Beatles LOVE” by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, a celebratory production honoring the legacy of the Beatles. This led her to perform on various events such as the 50th Annual Grammy Awards and the Jay Leno Show.

As a strong believer in giving back, Melly Mel took part in the Mosaic Gala for Guy Laliberté’s “One Drop Foundation”; a charitable organization that develops integrated and innovative projects in which water plays a role to fight poverty.

From 2010-2012, Melly Mel was a part of Cirque Eloize’s new creation “iD”. She’s been touring the world performing in prestigious theaters such as “Wang Theater” in Boston, Marina Bay Sands Theater in Singapore, Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris. Furthermore, with iD, she earned the opportunity to perform for one of the most renowned TV show in France, “Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde”; A delight for any performer!

Since 2012, Melly Mel has been a strong asset and a key member of the Canadian Dance Company “Bboyizm”, touring nationally with its recent creation “Music Creates Opportunity”, all while doing outreach work in various communities in Canada. In addition she recently started training and dancing for Tentacle Tribe a Swedish-Canadian based Dance Company.

While touring, Melly Mel started a movement, mellymelinspires.com, to work with youth in different communities around the world. She uses her passion for dance to motivate & empower the youth to assist them in becoming creators of their lives that transcend the ordinary.

As she aspires to inspire people from different walks of life, she shares her purpose to “Live. Laugh. Love” through dance!

Kevin Howe

Kevin Howe has been dancing since the young age of 5. After 14 years of training in various styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Hip-hop, acro and contemporary at Leeming DanceWorks he decided to make the move to Toronto to begin his professional career.
Since then he has taken the dance world by storm from all angles, working with big names like Girlicious, Blake McGrath, Ke$ha, and Lady Gaga to name a few. On top of his stage performances, he has also ventured into film. His film and TV credits include Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure with Disney’s Ashley Tisdale, CW’s Hellcats, and Disney’s Frenemies. Kevin was one of the top 12 dancers on SYTYCD Canada in it’s last season.
Recognized for both his dance abilities and choreography skills, Howe has begun to make a name for himself in the industry amongst other well established professionals. Having won the national title of “America’s Young Choreographer of the Year” in both 2007 and 2010, his creative and innovative style has brought Kevin a lot of positive attention and he has since been given the opportunity to teach workshops and Master Classes to students and teachers across Canada.

Dedra McDermott

Dedra McDermott is a dance artist and choreographer based in Toronto, Canada and trained at LDW for 8 years. She is a B.F.A. – Choreography and Performance graduate of York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design. In the Spring of 2016 she performed in the workshop of “Dancer” The Musical choreographed by Stacey Tookey. Most recently, Dedra produced her first show entitled, To Be Announced . This event celebrated emerging and professional dance artists performing new creations and previously staged works by: Dedra McDermott Kelly Shaw, Jasmyn Fyffe and Alysa Pires.

Her first professionally staged work, “Think Twice” is an 11-minute composition exploring themes of conscious choice making while displaying the unquestionable versatility and virility within the female body. Dedra is currently living and working in Toronto as a freelance artist.

Adrian Maxwell

Born in Ottawa, Adrian Maxwell-Campagna began training in karate at the age of nine and in 2009 competed internationally in Dublin with the World Karate & Kickboxing Council. He also attended Canterbury High School where, after two years of studying tuba, he switched into the dance program, in which he won an award in modern dance, and started training at Leeming DanceWorks where he received the Camille Boulay memorial award for overall most improved dancer.

He recently graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where he has performed in works by choreographers Kate Alton, Robert Desrosiers, Danny Grossman, Sasha Ivanochko, James Kudelka, Louis Laberge-Côté, Sharon Moore, Ofilio Sinbadhino, Julia Sasso, and Darryl Tracy. He has also attended the Joffrey Ballet School 2014 NYC summer intensive as well as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2015, and ProArteDanza 2015 summer intensive. In Toronto he has performed with emiMOTION, Kalos Collectives, Nostos Collectives and Toronto Heritage Dance, dancing in Peter Randazzo’s A Simple Melody. He recently moved to Vancouver to attend the Arts Umbrella interational dance intensive and to begin the Arts Umbrella training program.

Jeremy Morganty

After having danced at the studio for eight years, Jeremy graduated from Leeming Danceworks in 2012. In 2015, he graduated from the Music Theatre Performance Program at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. He has had many performing experiences at college, as well as teaching and choreographing across Canada.

As a performer, Jeremy has appeared in Legally Blonde (KiKi), Crazy For You (Moose), Once Upon a Grimm (Tom Thumb), Feels Like Home (Soloist), Les Misérables (Combeferre), Anything Goes (Sailor), 42nd Street (Ensemble), New Faces 2013 (Soloist), and West Side Story (Bernardo).

As a choreographer, Jeremy has worked on three Dance Day Extravaganzas at SLC, Feels Like Home (Start Here Theatre Productions), Once Upon a Grimm (SLC Stage), New Faces 2013 (SLC Stage), and Show Choir Canada Nationals. He has choreographed for competitions at BOLDT (Brockville, ON) and Stages School of Dance (Golden, BC). Jeremy has spent the last year teaching at Stages School of Dance in Golden, BC. He has also taught at BOLDT, and conducted workshops at Thousand Islands Secondary School and BOLDT.

Future endeavours for Jeremy include teaching and choreographing at Breathe Dance Company (Merrickville, ON), Burlington Dance Company (Burlington, ON), and Spectrum City Dance (Prince Rupert, BC). He is very excited to be moving to Hong Kong in August 2017, where he will be teaching and choreographing at Red Shoe Dance Company.

Dominic Prud’homme

Dominic was born in Quebec, QB (CAN) and received his formal dance training, in Ottawa, ON (CAN), from Leeming DanceWorks. Here he trained in contemporary, tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop. He graduated from Canterbury Arts High School, where he trained in Ballet and Modern, with a minor focus on composition.  Dom has taken intensive workshops such as Dancefuzion, Alvin Ailey, FRESH, Paula Morgan, and Movement Invention Project (MIP). In October 2013, Prud’homme performed in the Arts Under 20 Show: Fill up and Get out, a contemporary dance show with an interactive gallery directed and choreographed by Emma Portner and Jade Whitney, in Toronto, ON. In July 2014, Dominic organized an event called Sh(a)ring Pe(r)spec(t)ive(s) at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, ON. The event was an art sale with a series of performances of different art forms, to raise and maintain awareness of the arts in the community, and to raise money for the MASC charity. Dominic is currently a student at Point Park University, majoring in dance with a concentration in modern and jazz. Here he has had the opportunity to perform works by Nicholas Petrov, Keisha Lalama, Garfield Lemonius, Ruben Graciani, David Parsons, Lar Lubovitch, Jessica Hendricks and Madboots Dance. He is also part of the faculty of Fresh Dance Intensive, directed and founded by David Norsworthy. This past summer, Dominic was excited to have jump started Beyond Movement Dance Intensive, alongside Madeline Wright, the dance-based laboratory for growing and curious artists. In the fall, Dominic will be taking time off school to explore some of his other passions and humanitarian endeavors, such as Volunteering Abroad with “Light Footsteps Dance” in (Chiang Mai, Thailand), yoga, cooking, photography/film, and event planning through community based projects.

Emma Portner
Emma Portner breaks boundaries. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, she shares her unique abilities internationally, in both live settings, and across social media platforms. She is on the cover of DanceSpirt Magazine, November 2016’s edition with 6 pages of pictures and a write up. Her performance and choreography appear in Justin Bieber’s Life Is Worth Living video (with 33 million views and counting) as well as on his Purpose World Tour.
The New York Times calls her “beguiling.” Dance Spirit Magazine writes, “Her intricate, gestural work requires the coiled energy of a large predator.” According to Dance Spirit, she is one of 13 young choreographers who are “Changing the dance world.” In 2012, American Dance Awards named Emma “Young Choreographer of the Year”. Since then, her choreography has won several awards, including top placement in the 2014 CAPEZIO A.C.E Awards. Emma’s obsession with dance began at Leeming DanceWorks Studio in Ottawa at the age of 4 where she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical and hiphop; she also trained with the prestigious National Ballet School of Canada and graduated with honors from Canterbury High School of the Performing Arts, and went on to study at the Ailey School in New York City. She has had the privilege of training with Canadian dance company “Rubberbandance” in 2014, and she regularly attends Springboard Danse Montreal where she has worked with Aszure Barton, Alexandra Wells, Bobbi Jene Smith, Jermaine Spivey, Tom Weinberger, SpenserTheberge, and Shannon Gillen.
Emma’s dancing first found an audience while collaborating with exquisite dancer and dear friend, Matt Luck. Their short dance film – “Dancing In the Dark” went viral and was screened at film festivals across Europe. She continues to pursue dance on film, recently choreographing and performing for the indie sensation Blood Orange. Emma manages and directs her New York based contemporary dance company, teaches across North America and Europe, and is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and Intrigue Dance Convention. She performs regularly with Michelle Dorrance’s tap dance company, Dorrance Dance. Most recently, Emma will be choreographing a new West End Musical to premier in 2017. Forever a student, Emma hopes to keep pushing boundaries while remaining curious, honest, and versatile. Emma currently resides in New York City
Meghan Pugh

Meghan Pugh trained at Leeming DanceWorks for 7 years in ballet, jazz and tap before joining Canada’s National Ballet School at the age of 11. Then she joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2012 and became a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2014.

Recently, she debuted as Fourth Fairy and Pussycat in The Sleeping Beauty and danced in the world premiere of Being and Nothingness by Guillaume Côté. Ms. Pugh’s repertoire also includes Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Nijinsky, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Manon, Allegro Brillante, Carousel (A Dance) and Symphony #9.

La Sylphide
“Meghan Pugh as Effie was the embodiment of innocence… Her poise and posture were perfect, and her characterization, full with eager anticipation that her dreams of domestic bliss were about to be fulfilled nearly broke my heart.”
— MusicalToronto.com

Keira Sweeney

Keira Sweeney began her dance training in her home town of Ottawa, Canada. She began dancing ballet and traditional Irish dance, and later branched out into other styles.

Keira went on to study at Marymount Manhattan College where she attained her BFA in dance, with a concentration in modern dance. She also choreographed several pieces while at Marymount. Keira is now a dancer in Maya Kite and Dancers in New York City. She is also a dance teacher and a barre fitness instructor.

Keanu Uchida

Keanu Uchida is a 20 year old dancer presently performing with the innovative dance company “Shaping Sound” which is touring the U.S. He now lives in Toronto, Ontario where he has worked in the commercial and artistic spheres, attending the University of Toronto as an undergraduate student. Keanu hails from Ottawa Ontario, and is a Leeming DanceWorks alumni trained under Sharon Leeming Mann and Jessica Shaw. Keanu has toured with the international JUMP Dance Convention, working under some of the most reputable commercial choreographers in the industry. He’s worked extensively with Cora Kozaris, Mia Michaels, Teddy Forance and many others across his experiences in film and stage performance. He was given the opportunity to attend the Juilliard Summer Intensive in 2013. Keanu will be part of the new Toronto original contemporary dance musical “Dancer” in the new year choreographed by Canadian artist Stacey Tookey.

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