Holly Holmes Bloom & Grow Manager.Dance Instructor & Competitive Coach
Dance has been a huge part of Holly's life for 18 years. She has trained in many styles including Ballet, Jazz, Commercial, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Heels, Ballroom and many more. This training as taken place all around the world in places such as; Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, England, China, and Toronto. Holly’s credits include being part of the Toronto Raptors Dance PAK, Holland America Cruise Line performer, commercials, music videos, and more. Holly has extensive experience working as a choreographer, receiving several awards recognizing her work. Holly has recently branched out choreographing and directing multiple music videos.
Holly has been part of the PURE family for 10 years and takes on the roles of Teacher, Competitive Coach, Early Years Coordinator and is the Proud Creator of PURE's Early Years Program - Bloom &Grow. Holly is excited to start another season and to share her experience and love for dance with the all the PURE students.
Marketing Manager, Assistants Program Manager,Dance Instructor and Competitive Coach
Kristi Thompson has been dancing since the age of 3 training in different styles including jazz, tap, Cecchetti Ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary. Kristi has performed on a competitive dance team for over 9 years travelling all over North America.
Kristi has been teaching since the age of 16 working with all levels. Kristi has received various awards for her competitive choreography and enjoys working with Competitive teams. Kristi has choreographed for local artists and presented work in diverse local events as well as performed in music videos. Kristi enjoys working with all levels and strives to create a positive environment for the students to feel safe and comfortable.
Kristi has been teaching with PURE since 2013 working with all levels of dance including the PURE Competitive Program. Kristi leads the PURE assistant program and has integrated our new Teach Training Program. Kristi runs all of our PURE Social Media accounts, website and creates new content for PURE marketing material including our PUREwear.
Nicholas EichanbergerAcro/Dance Instructor and Competitive coach
Nicholas Eichenberger is a teacher/choreographer/dancer based out of Southwestern Ontario. Born and raised in Amherstburg, Ontario he started his dance career at the age of 16 and quickly started perfecting his technique and challenging himself creatively which has set him apart from other choreographers and dancers. Wanting to further his training beyond what the Windsor area could offer him, Nicholas moved to Toronto, Ontario in 2011. Nicholas graduated from a contemporary/ballet/modern post secondary training program, The Conteur Academy. While in the program, he was offered an apprenticeship with The Conteur Dance Company after his first year in the program, followed by a full time company position shortly thereafter. Realizing that his true passion is in the growth of others technically and creatively, taking all of the knowledge he has learned over the years, Nicholas has focused his career primarily on traveling around Canada teaching and choreographing dance.
Terri-Lynn has been teaching dance for over 10 years and is excited to be a part of the Pure staff this year. Educated in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, hip hop and lyrical, she has been dancing since the age of 4 and is was co-artistic director of a dance group who performs for various community events, retirement and nursing homes. Terri is an elementary school teacher for the Greater Essex County District School Board with qualifications in special education and early years. Her goals in the dance classroom are to create a fun and safe environment for her students to learn and improve in technique and discipline. Her favourite part of the job is being able to help each student gain confidence in their abilities and watching their self esteem blossom!
Roger WellingtonDance Instructor
Roger has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and ballroom dance forms since he began dancing at the age of 10. Roger has always been passionate about teaching and has graduated from the University of Windsor completing his B.A. (H) in Drama in Education and Community with a minor in Applied Information Technology as well as his Bachelor of Education degree. Along with being an Ontario Certified Teacher, Roger is a certified ballet teacher with the Cecchetti Council of America holding his Teacher Professional Elementary V qualification.
He has won numerous scholarships and titles including three Regional West Coast Dance Explosion “Senior Male Elite Dancer” and two Regional Adrenaline “Mr. Adrenaline” titles. He has been the choreographer for the Holy Names Players productions of “Footloose” and “Hairspray”, Assumption College Catholic High School’s production of “Grease”, and the Villanova Wildcat Players production of “Grease” in Windsor Essex County. Roger also has professional credits for performing as chorus member in “Grease Das Musical” which toured Germany and Austria in 2007 as well as Lebanon and Austria in 2009.
Roger is really excited to share his passion for dance with all the families at PURE and to give each student the opportunity to be successful and have a lot of fun!
Acro & Dance Instructor
Hannah Ross has been dancing since the age of 4, and every time she hits the stage you can see her passion and love for dance. Hannah is trained in many styles of dance, such as ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, and hip hop. She has been a part of PURE's Competitive program for 10 years with the competitive dance program, Hannah has had to opportunities to compete in Detroit, Chicago, Buffalo and many cities in Ontario. Hannah has been privileged to work closely with many dance educators in her hometown and internationally. Hannah has been able to dance and co-teach with the Education Arts Canada plays; performed in Beanstalk, Goldirocks and Pig Mania. Hannah has been involved in many of the PURE programs and is excited to be able to share her passion, hard work and dedication to the arts with students in the classroom setting at PURE!
Selena has been dancing since the age of 3 and found her passion for it right away. She has studied a large variety of styles including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and modern. For the last four years Selena has been trained in the Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts Program under the direction of Roger Wellington and Corey Mariuz. She has also been a part of the annual production of The Nutcracker at Windsor’s Captiol Theatre for the past five years. Selena is currently attending the University of Windsor for Neuroscience. Selena is looking excited to be on staff at PURE and sharing her passion for dance with her students this upcoming season.
Tawnie Clarke is a 21 year old dancer and choreographer from Windsor Ontario, Canada. Her love and determination for dance got her signed with “Movement Talent Agency” at the age of 16 and pushed her to move to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. While in LA for 3 and a half years she performed for Dejan Tubic at the Carnival Choreographers Ball, danced in a music video for Blimes Brixton feat. DJ Juicy M and multiple on stage and camera performances. Along with her accomplishments in Los Angeles, Tawnie was chosen to be one of 10 dancers on the first season of DanceMakers inc “The Collective” where she joined their North American tour assisting world-renowned choreographers such as Kathryn McCormick. Now being a traveling choreographer Tawnie is sharing her unique contemporary and hip hop styles in master classes, conventions and dance films. Tawnie is excited to join the Pure family this year to spread her knowledge and positivity throughout all her classes.
Madelyn has had a love for dance since the age of four. She has trained in various styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, musical theatre, hip hop and pointe. Her favourite style to dance and to teach is jazz. Madelyn has enjoyed being a part of PURE’s competitive program since the age of 9 and has been part of several award winning performances. She has competed in Ontario, Michigan, Ohio and New York. Madelyn has also taken the stage in South Western Ontario with Disney’s Imagination Movers, Education Arts Canada production of Beanstock, the Ontario Summer Games in Windsor and can been seen in Shawn Mendes music video for “Something Big”.
Madelyn has also been a part of PURE’s Teaching Program for three years working with students and teaching jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop and club classes. Madelyn is looking forward to another great year of teaching and sharing her passion for dance with the students of PURE Academy.
Stephanie teaches little sprouts and tiny seeds classes (part of the early years program) at the Lakeshore location. Stephanie further developed her passion in working with children when she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and her Child and Youth Worker Diploma. She works as an Educational Assistant for the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board, where she plays an integral role to optimize the educational experience of her students. Stephanie strives not only to educate the students through Pure’s new Bloom & Grow program, but encourages the dancers to express themselves as individuals and finding their joy in dance.
Dakota started dancing at the age of 3 and knew early on that dance would be her passion. She has taken classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre. Dakota is a member of the Senior Company Team at PURE and has competed in Canada and the United States. Dakota has had the pleasure of assisting, co-teaching and running a variety of programs and classes at PURE. She has experience on stage, most recently playing the role of Athena in a production of CATS. She is excited to share her passion of the arts with young dancers at PURE.
Nicole started dancing at the age of three and has loved it ever since. She was part of a performing company for two years and part of a competitive team for eight years travelling all over North America. She was an assistant teacher for five years and started teaching right after at the age of 16 working with all ages. Nicole has been trained in and has had experience with multiple styles of dance including tap, jazz, ballet/pointe, hip-hop, lyrical, and contemporary.
Nicole has won various scholarships and awards to New York and Los Angeles. At the age of 17, she was signed with The Movement Talent Agency residing in California. Her dream job in the dance industry is to become a Radio City Rockette. Nicole Is excited to be joining the PURE family and faculty this season and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with her students.
Queianna or Q, has always had a passion for dance and performing. She has trained in multiple styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and others. She has had the opportunity to choreograph multiple musicals for Chatham-Kent Secondary School. She also had the opportunity of choreographing for York University's dance team, who performs and competes around the GTA. Queianna is a graduate from the PURE competitive program along with having been an assistant, camp counsellor and instructor at PURE. She is excited to continue to share her love of dance and performance with all the young talent at PURE.
Kara has found her passion for dance at the age of 3 when she first started dancing. She trained in all styles including, Cecchetti and BATD ballet, tap,jazz, lyrical, hip hop at local studios until Pure in Lakeshore opened. She loves being able to share her talents while teaching and loves being around kids. Kara has been a part of The Nutcracker at Windsor Capitol theatre and also has trained at the Ottawa School of Dance. Kara is excited to continue showing her passion for dance to all the students at PURE
Claire has been passionate about dance for as long as she can remember. She grew up dancing at Academie Ste Cecile and Juliana’s Ballet Academy, with ballet being her favourite style. She then went to Walkerville Collegiate Institute for the WCCA (Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts) program, where she was taught by Roger Wellington and Corey Mariuz (two of PURE's own instructors). Claire was a dancer/choreographer on the Walkerville dance team, and danced in the musical production ‘Lil Abner’. Attending Walkerville gave her the opportunity to discover her love for choreography. Claire now goes to the University of Windsor where she studies kinesiology. She is very excited to share her love of dance with all of her students.
Sofia began her dance training at the age of 3 and has not stopped ever since. Sofia’s love and passion for dance have grown through her study of all forms of dance, including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, and contemporary. Sofia gained valuable experience as a teacher assistant for the last 3 years and through competing internationally in Canada and the United States. She has competed in Ontario, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and New York. She has been recognized for her talents receiving scholarships including her most recent scholarship in ballet from BATD, the Trixie Hardy scholarship. Sofia is excited to share her love and passion with all of the dancers at PURE Academy.
Carsen Rhodes’ love of dance began at the age of 3 when she took her first ballet class. Since then she has trained in various styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, acro and hip-hop. She has been a part of PURE’s competitive program since it began 10 years ago and is a member of the Company team this season. Carsen found her passion for teaching others through PURE’s Assistant program working with children of all ages and most recently instructing summer camps at PURE. Carsen is excited to be joining the PURE staff this fall.
Sarah has been dancing since the age of 6, making it a huge part of her life. At the age of 13, she joined the Competitive program at PURE Academy. She has been a teacher's assistant for the past 3 years and received the teachers assistant of the year award in 2017/2018. Sarah has trained in several styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, and musical theatre. She has had the privilege of being a student choreographer at her high school and is looking forward to resuming that role this year. She is very excited to share her passion and PURE with all of her students this season.
Emily has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts which is where her love for dance began. She moved around to many places such as Ottawa, Mississauga and Oakville, where she danced at a young age everywhere she could. When she moved to Windsor she attended and assisted classes at multiple locations, she was awarded Dancer of the Year in specific styles of dance and she competed in ‘crew’ teams but, when she came to Pure her love for dance grew. She loves creating and helping out with choreography for her school dance team. She dances ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop with her favourite style being lyrical/contemporary. She was awarded Assistant of the Year at Pure for 2017/2018. She is looking forward to passionately working with young dancers to teach them new skills and help them grow as dancers.
Larissa began dancing at PURE Academy when she was 7 years old. Larissa has a big passion for dance and to this day it continues to grow. She is apart of the Senior Company and has competed in the United States and Canada. Larissa experienced being a teacher assistant for 4 years and is very excited to start her first year as a teacher with the knowledge she gained from being apart of that program. She received a scholarship to a dance school in LA called Studio School. She is looking forward to pursuing that for next year. She also got scouted out to be apart of Team Canada. She is going to Poland in December and competing at worlds representing Canada. Larissa is very excited to share her positive energy and passion with all of the dancers at PURE this year!
Shelby discovered her passion for dance at age 3 and has been a member of the PURE family since the beginning. Over the last 5 years she has refined her dance skills by competing on PURE’s ‘crew’ teams and working with new dancers as a teaching assistant. The recipient of the 2015/16 PURE HEART award, Shelby is an accomplished dancer with formal dance training in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop and musical theatre. Having further extended her education in 2017 and 2018 by attending Intensive Dance camps hosted by the Radio City Rockettes in New York city, Shelby is very excited to share all of her dance knowledge with her PURE family this season!
Cassie Comiskey started dancing at the age of 4 and she has been dancing competitively for over 10 years. She is trained in several styles of dance including tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, acro, and pointe. She participated in the BATD dance scholarship classes for 3 years after being selected to audition. Cassie has competed in several competitions across the United States and Canada, receiving scholarships and awards, and she was honoured to have received a callback audition to the television show 'The Next Step'. Cassie enjoys sharing her passion for dance with others both as a performer and as an instructor and is looking forward to having the chance to connect with her dance students this year and to inspire them on their journey in dance.
Stephanie Baughan has been dancing since the age of 4 and competitve dancing since the age of 8, and loves it more and more with each passing day. She has been a member of PURE’s Senior Competitive Company for a few years and has competed all around the United States and in Canada. Stephanie also takes dance at her school, which has a special arts program, and has had the pleasure of taking class with many talented choreographers. She has a huge passion for dance and can’t wait to share it with students at PURE!