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Lisa DiMaurizio- Paroyan

Director, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical & Ballet Instructor

Lisa is a certified dance teacher under the Dance Masters Association, and a trained model. She has won numerous awards across Canada and the United States including World Champion, Best Choreography, the Presidential Fitness Award and Outstanding Achievement in the field of Dance Award 3 years in a row. She was a feature dancer and choreographer in the 1998 Ontario Summer Games in Guelph, Ontario. Lisa has choreographed school musicals, gymnastics routines and was a private dance instructor for “Mr. North America”. She has choreographed routines for the “Golden Curl Awards” and has co-produced, directed and choreographed musical productions of “OZ” and “Wonderland” raising $20,000 for Breast Cancer Research and Education. Lisa has obtained a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies from Brock University, a diploma in Fitness and Nutrition, National Coaching Certificate Level I and a certificate in Sports Injury and Prevention. She belongs to Dance Masters of America Chapter #8, Dance Ontario and the International Tap Association. She has adjudicated Dance Festivals locally & in Buffalo and Rochester, New York and is a certified adjudicator under the International Dance Organization and the International Academy of Dance Adjudicators. Lisa has co-ordinated and organized a dance festival in conjunction with the Niagara Falls Parks and Rec Department and was former co-director of the “Dance Niagara Competition”. She has worked with the Thorold Precision Skating Team “Ice Excellence” and has taught dance at various Elementary and Secondary Schools as well as the Parks and Rec Department.

Deanna Smith

Jazz, Hip Hop (Adult) Instructor

Deanna has studied figure skating and gymnastics but found dance to be her greatest love. As a child she performed for Garden City Productions which initiated her love for the theatre. She danced competitively winning many overall awards and scholarships in Ontario and the United States. She retired from competition as a runner-up in the Miss Dance of America pageant in New York State. She has studied dance in Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto including the Laban method of creative movement at Brock University and Graham style modern with the Niagara Dance Company where she performed for a season. Deanna taught primary education, Montessori education, and creative movement, and drama for the NCDSB, and Pathways Academy and Early Learning Centre. She co-directed, produced, and choreographed two musicals to raise funds for Breast Cancer research and the General Hospital Foundation and looks forward to staging more in the future. Deanna has taught jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, modern, and technique/conditioning classes for the St. Catharines Parks and Recreation, Brock University, Imagination Dance and Fitness in Niagara Falls, On Q Dance Centre in Ohio, New Song Centre for the Arts in Smithville, Gymnastics Energy in St. Catharines, and is presently teaching for Dance Place in Welland, and Fascination Dance Studio in Thorold. She is a certified adjudicator under the International Dance Organization and co-chairs the Speech Arts for the Kiwanis Music and Arts Festival of St.Catharines where she has coached many students in the art of verse and public speaking. Deanna has taught fitness classes for various clubs across Niagara including low and high impact aerobics, dance fit, and Zumba. She is a ZIN member and certified in Zumba and Zumbini and has her certification in Progressive Ballet Technique, Zumba kids, and Zumba Gold. Deanna’s former students are enjoying careers as studio owners, artistic directors, dance instructors, and performers. As former co-owner of Fascination, she is thrilled to be back as a member of this talented faculty.

Cristina Grossi

Jazz, Lyrical & Modern Instructor

Cristina began dancing at the age of three and performed on television’s “Tiny Talent Time” at the age of nine. Four years later at the age of thirteen, she made her professional debut performing with a well known illusionist. Cristina has been a competitive dancer for many years and won numerous awards including Grand Champion and a number of scholarships for her jazz & lyrical performances in Canada and the United States. Cristina performed with the Toronto based “Danny Grossman Dance Company” for two years, and was a feature dancer in the opening ceremonies for the Ontario Summer Games held in Guelph, Ontario. Cristina has graduated from the University of Buffalo with a bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Theatre and Dance, and holds a diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Canadian Institute of Dental Hygiene. She is currently employed with the Region of Niagara in the Social Assistance & Employment Opportunities Department as well as recently “earned her ears” as a Magic Maker; Independent Travel Consultant for all Disney Destinations with CAA Niagara.

Tia Arsenault

Jazz, Lyrical, Modern Instructor

Tia began dancing and gymnastics at the age of 5, by age 7 she was competing and loved every aspect of dance. She has travelled extensively, competing nationally and internationally winning numerous trophies and scholarships, including a $1000.00 scholarship at age 8 in New York City for the highest overall mark. At 10, Tia was chosen as a Junior Sweet Heart at the I Love Dance competition in Lake Tahoe to train and perform in a dance competition and pageant. Tia was accepted into the summer program to study at the prestigious Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC. Tia was named Most Promising Canadian Dancer and won the Modern category at the International Dance Organizations World Competition in Orlando Florida and again in Niagara Falls, Ontario in 2009. Tia has travelled to New York City to extend her dance education and was invited to audition for the Broadway Dance Centre Professional Program. Tia is also an accomplished figure skater & choreographer. She was the youngest skater to pass her gold dances in the Niagara Region at the age of 10. Tia currently assists with the choreography and off-ice practices with the reigning Canadian National Synchronized skating team NEXXICE. Tia was a company member with the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre in Toronto and has also trained with the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. In 2012 Tia graduated with a diploma in the Educational Assistant/Special Needs Support Worker Program from Niagara College and is currently employed with the Niagara Catholic District School Board. This past summer Tia received her certification in Progressive Ballet Technique.

Breanna (Ianiero) Bravo

Ballet Instructor

Breanna 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, which has allowed her to gain professional experience by working with Canada’s Ballet Jorgen dancers and artistic director. Breanna currently is enrolled in the Linguistics/English as a Subsequent Language program at Brock University.

Brooklynne Smith

Hip Hop Instructor

Brooklynne began training in dance and gymnastics as a tot. She made her dance debut at age two in Fascination’s own dance recital. As a competitor, Brooke was selected for the U.S.A performance team and has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. She performed at the Harlem Globetrotters half time show in Cleveland and the Detroit Piston pregame show as well as Downtown Disney in Orlando Florida. As a tumbler she was ranked 8th overall in Ontario in Level I. Brooklynne has attended many dance workshops and has taught and choreographed both recreational and competitive classes. She has completed her Grade 5 level Cecchetti ballet exam and has graduated from Brock University with an Honours degree in Psychology. Brooklynne intends on obtaining her PHD in psychology as well as her professional certification in performance at George Brown College. She is currently performing at the Greg Frewin Theatre in his Wild Magic show as a dancer and an illusion assistant. Brooklynne also received her certification in Progressive Ballet Technique this past summer.

Kylee Slade

Musical Theatre, Acting & Vocal Coach

Kylee has been dancing since the age of 3 studying ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre and modern. She has competed in all of these styles across Canada and the United States, including the International Dance Organizations World Championships in New York City and Boston. Kylee has won numerous awards including highest overalls with multiple scholarships.

Along with dancing, Kylee has been involved with singing and acting at a young age. She studied and has taken her exams in singing at both the Conservatory of Music and the Niagara Children’s Choir. Kylee has also studied acting at the Armstrong Acting Studio in Toronto. Kylee landed her first professional role with Niagara Dinner Theatre at 10 years old and has been in independent films and performed in multiple musicals since. She has continued to pursue both singing and acting by going to various workshops and classes through the years. Kylee has been teaching musical theatre for 4 years both competitive and recreational. Graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Psychology, she is now working as a Sleep Technician while pursuing her Masters of Counselling Psychology.

Joshua Paroyan

Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop Instructor

Joshua discovered his passion for performing when he began dancing at the age of 3. He started competitive dance at the age of 7 and has won numerous awards and scholarships. Highlights include being nominated top eleven “Best Teen Dancer World Wide” on web based competition “Dance Upon A Dream” and performing on the Broadway stage at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City with the “Be Discovered “ dance franchise in “Dance The Magic’. Joshua has trained with a number of world renowned instructors including Mia Michaels and Stacey Tookey as well as a variety of workshop series with the Alvin Ailey, Paul Becker, Martha Graham, casting director Amy Wright’s Beast Boys, ProArteDanza & BBoyizm Dance Company to name a few. He trained at the Joffrey Summer Intensive in New York City on a scholarship and was invited into their Pre Professional Program. Joshua was also accepted to the National Ballet & Alvin Ailey Summer Intensives as well as the Five Star Pre Professional Dance Company. Joshua’s professional credits include photo double for actor Jack Dylan Grazer in DC Films “Shazam!”, dancer and primary actor in One OK Rock music video “Stand Out Fit In”, a special skills extra in the Hallmark T.V movie “Nutcracker Christmas” and Q Media commercial for “Dominion Lending Centers”. He has performed the role of Cavalier for two years and Drosselmeyer one year in Niagara Ballet’s “Nutcracker” and was in the youth ensemble at the age of 9 for the Ballet Jorgen’s rendition of the “Nutcracker”. Joshua earned his certification in Progressive Ballet Technique and is a graduate of the Acting For TV and Film Program at Niagara College. Joshua continues his studies in dance by attending various workshops and intends to return to Niagara College to complete his education in Film Production through the Broadcasting for Radio T.V and Film Program.