Faculty

The faculty at PURE is composed of Directors and Instructors who share the same passion and collaborate their expertise to create a positive, learning environment for our families.


PURE Directors

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PURE Managers &
PURE Instructors

Our instructors are a team of educators well versed in Dance and the Performing Arts from a variety of different backgrounds.

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.

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.

Kristi Thompson    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.

Kristi Thompson

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.

 
Queianna Park-Davis    Dance instructor   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.

Queianna Park-Davis

Dance instructor

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.

Nicholas Eichanberger   Acro/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.

Nicholas Eichanberger
Acro/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.

Roger Wellington   Dance 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!

Roger Wellington
Dance 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!

Nicole Coombes    Dance instructor   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.

Nicole Coombes

Dance instructor

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.

Tawnie Clarke    Dance instructor   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.

Tawnie Clarke

Dance instructor

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.

Dakota Borland    Dance instructor   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.

Dakota Borland

Dance instructor

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.

Tiffany Trofin   Dance Instructor , Collective Coach  Bio coming soon!

Tiffany Trofin

Dance Instructor , Collective Coach

Bio coming soon!

Faith Hudvagner   Dance Instructor, Competitive Coach   At 3 years old, Faith Hudvagner began taking dance lessons at Nancy Pattison’s Dance World. Little did she know she was going to fall in love with the art of dance and that it would be such a large part of her life. At the age of 10, Faith joined the Essex County Dancers Incorporated competitive dance team. She continued competing until the age of 18, but her dance journey did not stop there. When Faith was 15 years old, she began teaching. Over the last 9 years, Faith has had the opportunity to work with all ages of children and teaching a variety of styles of dance. Once she graduated high school, Faith began coaching the Essex County Dancers Incorporated competitive team and has grown to love and appreciate dance and dance teachers more than ever before. Being so involved in the dance world has allowed Faith to travel all over Canada and the United States competing, winning multiple awards and scholarships, and attending summer intensives based out of Los Angeles, California. Now, at the age of 23, Faith has successfully completed her Bachelor of Science in Health and Biomedical Science from the University of Windsor and is currently enrolled in the Faculty of Education. Being in the education field has allowed Faith to use her skills working with children of various ages and develop new methods of delivering material that can be understood by all of her students, a skill that is often required in the dance classroom. Faith is always looking forward to an opportunity that allows her to share her knowledge and passion for dance with all of her students, while constantly fostering their own creativity and individuality.

Faith Hudvagner
Dance Instructor, Competitive Coach

At 3 years old, Faith Hudvagner began taking dance lessons at Nancy Pattison’s Dance World. Little did she know she was going to fall in love with the art of dance and that it would be such a large part of her life. At the age of 10, Faith joined the Essex County Dancers Incorporated competitive dance team. She continued competing until the age of 18, but her dance journey did not stop there. When Faith was 15 years old, she began teaching. Over the last 9 years, Faith has had the opportunity to work with all ages of children and teaching a variety of styles of dance. Once she graduated high school, Faith began coaching the Essex County Dancers Incorporated competitive team and has grown to love and appreciate dance and dance teachers more than ever before. Being so involved in the dance world has allowed Faith to travel all over Canada and the United States competing, winning multiple awards and scholarships, and attending summer intensives based out of Los Angeles, California. Now, at the age of 23, Faith has successfully completed her Bachelor of Science in Health and Biomedical Science from the University of Windsor and is currently enrolled in the Faculty of Education. Being in the education field has allowed Faith to use her skills working with children of various ages and develop new methods of delivering material that can be understood by all of her students, a skill that is often required in the dance classroom. Faith is always looking forward to an opportunity that allows her to share her knowledge and passion for dance with all of her students, while constantly fostering their own creativity and individuality.

Kiana Flood    Dance Instructor, Competitive & Collective Coach    At the age of 3, Kiana Flood got involved in dance, and movement quickly became a big part of her life. Competing between the ages of 11-18 further pushed her in pursuing her dreams. Through the training at Nancy Pattison’s Dance World, she was able to achieve many awards, such as being selected for The Collective at DanceMakers Inc, where she traveled with and was mentored by many world-renowned choreographers. Now, at the age of 22, with 7 years of teaching dance under her belt, Kiana is currently a student at the University of Windsor. Working on her degree in Kinesiology, she continues to explore the unlimited possibilities of the human body, and is sharing her knowledge all throughout Essex County in hopes to inspire young minds.

Kiana Flood

Dance Instructor, Competitive & Collective Coach

At the age of 3, Kiana Flood got involved in dance, and movement quickly became a big part of her life. Competing between the ages of 11-18 further pushed her in pursuing her dreams. Through the training at Nancy Pattison’s Dance World, she was able to achieve many awards, such as being selected for The Collective at DanceMakers Inc, where she traveled with and was mentored by many world-renowned choreographers. Now, at the age of 22, with 7 years of teaching dance under her belt, Kiana is currently a student at the University of Windsor. Working on her degree in Kinesiology, she continues to explore the unlimited possibilities of the human body, and is sharing her knowledge all throughout Essex County in hopes to inspire young minds.

Kara Derikx    Dance instructor   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

Kara Derikx

Dance instructor

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

Stephanie Lepera    Dance instructor   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.

Stephanie Lepera

Dance instructor

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.

Claire Devaney    Dance instructor     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.

Claire Devaney

Dance instructor

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 Prizio    Dance instructor   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.

Sofia Prizio

Dance instructor

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.

Abby Kelley    Dance Instructor    Bio coming soon!

Abby Kelley

Dance Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Mariana Bisetto   Dance Instructor  Bio coming soon!

Mariana Bisetto

Dance Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Carsen Rhodes   Dance instructor  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.

Carsen Rhodes

Dance instructor

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.

Alyssa Taylor  Dance Instructor  Bio coming soon!

Alyssa Taylor
Dance Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Stephanie Baughan    Dance instructor   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!

Stephanie Baughan

Dance instructor

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!

Hayley Bruce    Dance Instructor, Collective Coach    Bio coming soon!

Hayley Bruce

Dance Instructor, Collective Coach

Bio coming soon!