Faculty/Staff

Traditions Academy of Dance

Mrs. Alison Grebenc: B.A (Hon.); A.I.S.T.D.; R.A.D. R.T.S

Miss Alison has been dancing since age 4. As a student she has studied Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) Ballet and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.) Modern Theatre, Tap & Jazz. She has also studied Lyrical and Musical Theatre.
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Miss Emily Gibson

Emily Gibson is a professional dancer and teacher, working in the GTA. As a young adult, she completed her Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams up to and including Advanced l. During her time in Toronto, she has also trained in performing arts at both George Brown College and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where she studied ballet, jazz, and modern. Throughout that time, she had the pleasure of working with artists such as Sharon Moore, Ryan Lee, Anisa Tejpar, Darryl Tracy and others. Emily is best known for her versatility as she models, acts, and performs contemporary, latin, Bollywood, ballroom, and hip hop for various dance companies in the city. She has also co-produced charity dance showcases, donating all of the proceeds to foundations such as the Sick Kid’s Foundation and Make A Wish. Her credits include PrideTO, Bravo Dance Company, Limitless Compound, Sensual Heeling, MM Entertainment, Hit and Run Productions, Liberty Entertainment, Sheertex, Cheekbone Beauty, Zootch, and BNF Dubai. With her substantial teaching experience and having choreographed for all ages throughout the GTA, Emily is excited to join the Traditions faculty for the 2023/2024 season!
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Mrs. Kristen Mason

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Miss Jaden

Miss Jaden has over 20 years of dance & performance experience. She trained in RAD Ballet & ISTD Modern & Tap completing her Advanced exam in Modern. She also has extensive training in jazz, lyrical & contemporary. Most recently, Miss Jaden is certified in Acrobatic Arts Module 1 & has also completed her Alixa Flexibility courses in Module 1 & 2, certifying her in the proper techniques of stretching & flexibility. Miss Jaden has been a dance instructor & choreographer for 10 years. Her experience includes teaching at various studios in Durham & Northumberland. She has taught in some colleges & secondary schools in the GTA. Her experience includes teaching in the UK as well as the USA. Additional experience included charity events & galas both as a performer & choreographer. Miss Jaden loves performing, teaching, choreographing, & exploring innovative change in all genres of dance. She is very proud, passionate, & excited to be teaching at Traditions Academy of Dance, the studio where she was well trained & fell in love with dance.
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Miss Natalie Manson

Miss Natalie has 15 years of dance training and completed Royal Academy of Dance ballet and I.S.T.D modern exams up to and including Advanced 1.  She is experienced in ballet tap, modern, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, jazz and musical theatre.  Over the course of her career, she participated in multiple charity galas, volunteering as a performer, choreographer, co-producer, and later,stage manager.  Her choreography has been competed and celebrated across North America, including by Amy Wright, producer and choreographer for "The Next Step", who personally selected Miss Natalie's choreography as the stand-out piece out of 20 dances.   Miss Natalie is a dedicated teacher, passionate about cultivating enriching learning plans, environments and materials.  She has been teaching dance part-time for 10 years, in addition to teaching in a variety of roles and environments outside the dance  industry.  Alongside her work, she earned her bachelor's degree from McGill University and a certificate in publishing from Toronto Metropolitan University.  Currently, Miss Natalie is completing the two-year Adapt Teacher's Training School, which has solidified her ability to enhance class plans, balance creativity, technique and style in class and implement teaching methods to effectively communicate with students.  She will be certified this year! With her passion for teaching and choreographing, Miss Natalie is excited to be a part of Traditions Academy of Dance's decorated team.
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Miss Rachel Shephard

Mr. 'C'

As a former student of T.A.D. Colin, Mr. 'C', returns to us as the Hip Hop Teacher and Choreographer.  Having performed Hip Hop routines for 10 Years, Mr. 'C' brings to his classes a wide variety of styles, grooves and moves.