Meet Our Team!
Founder/Owner/Director/Recreational and Competitive Instructor
Dancing since the age of four, Laurie has been the founder, owner and director of Laurie Ewart's Danceworks for 23 years. She started teaching at the age of 16 falling in love with the aspects of running a dance studio. Throughout her dance career, she competed at national competitions receiving numerous awards. Laurie danced in a professional dance show, Viva Niagara, for 10 years and also worked for the magician, Ken McCreedy. After graduating from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, she opened her studio and preceded to follow her dream and build it to what it is today.
Beverley trained for twenty years at the Spear School of Ballet Arts and the National Ballet of Canada. She holds her F.C.U.S.A, C.I.C.B, and F.I.S.T.D with Cecchetti Ballet. She is a principle teacher and examiner for Cecchetti, in addition to her numerous accomplishments. Beverly is the artistic director for the Greater Niagara Ballet Company and is the owner and principle instructor of the Feder School of Classical Ballet.
Competitive and Acro Instructor
With over 30 years experience in the world of dance, Nadine Coffey is a certified dance teacher, choreographer and adjudicator through Dance Masters of America, Royal Academy of Dance, Acrobatic Arts and the International Academy of Dance Adjudicators. After graduating from Mayfield Secondary School for the Arts as the Valedictorian, Nadine went on to obtain an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Physical Education, a Masters of Science in Education and is now an Ontario Certified teacher working for the DSBN.
Mariette graduated Brock University with a degree in Mathematics/Dramatic Arts and Education. With 21 years of dance experience, she has completed her Advanced 1 in Cecchetti ballet and is also a certified member with Cecchetti USA. Mariette is a certified instructor for Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and is a principle dancer for the Greater Niagara Ballet Company.
Serena graduated Brock University with a degree in Physical Education and Education. With 21 years of dance experience, she holds her Advanced 1 in Cecchetti ballet and is also a certified member with Cecchetti USA. Serena is a certified instructor for Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and is a principle dancer for the Greater Niagara Ballet Company.
Sadie has been part of the Danceworks family for 18 years. As a competitive dancer she has contributed to various high score awards and studio accomplishments. She has also dedicated her time to cheerleading including competing in the cheerleading worlds in Disney. Currently, Sadie is a registered nurse for the Niagara region and is a certified Acrobatics Arts instructor.
Matthew Ceasar Cruz
Hip Hop Instructor
Matt "Babyboy" Cruz is the founder of Bucc N Flvr DANCE CREW est. 2009. Street dancer/choreographer from Eastside Toronto, Matt brings that Toronto flavour with the blend of Krump techniques and energy. He aims to preserve the true essence of Hip Hop and represent the culture as he "Spreads Love, Spreads Light and Has Fun." Matts accomplishments include: 2010 Stomp Champions, 2011 Blackout 2K11 Champions, 2012 MuchMusics NewMusicLive Best Dance Crew, 2012 UDO Canadian Champions, 2012 UDO World Championship in Blackpool, England (Team Canada), 2014 Royalton Punta Cana Resort and Casino Guest Artists/Crew, 2015 Toronto International Film Festival Kreesha Turner back up dancer, 2015 Nick Cannon Fundraiser New York City back up dancer, 2016 UDO World Championship in Glasgow, Scotland (Team Canada.)
Gillian is a recognized dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has trained and competed at highly ranked dance studios in the GTA, receiving awards such as highest mark of the competition and Face of Fever at Fever Dance Champions. She graduated from Mayfield Secondary School's Regional Arts Program with a specialty in dance. Currently, Gillian is enrolled in the Primary/Junior Concurrent Education program at Brock University, working towards a BA in Child and Youth Studies while simultaneously achieving her BEd in Education. While at Brock University, Gillian has been a dancer and choreographer for Brock's competitive dance team, Badgers Dance Pak. She has been acknowledged with several special awards, choreography and overall awards at university dance competitions for her work.
Natalie is currently completing her Master of Arts in Child and Youth studies at Brock University, where she is focusing her thesis research on competitive dancers in postsecondary. Prior to coming to University, Natalie graduated from Mayfield Secondary School's Regional Arts Program specializing in dance. While completing her Honours Bachelor of Arts, Natalie was a part pf the Brock Badgers Dance Pak for four years as a dancer and choreographer. As a competitive choreographer, Natalie has been recognized with various special awards, choreography awards, and overalls at university-based dance competitions, including top mark of the competition at Rhythm Dance Ch
Recreational and Competitive Instructor
With 18 years of dance experience and 15+ years as a competitive dancer, Tatums top successes include being a 2x gold medalist and 1x silver medalist at the Dance World Cup held in Spain. Tatum has been a recognized dancer throughout her career receiving prestigious awards including Top Senior Soloist. Tatum has been a part of Five Star Dance Company, Greater Niagara Ballet Company and World Performers Canada. Tatum has trained under Cecchetti ballet and has completed her exams with multiple honours up to Grade 10. Currently, she is studying Kinesiology at Brock University while committing to the universities competitive dance team, Badgers Dance Pak.
Daisy has been dancing at Danceworks for 10+ years and has contributed to various high score awards and studio accomplishments. She won Dancer of the Year in 2017 and is currently a captain for the A.N Myer Dance Team. She has won the Junior Hip Hop award in 2017 and the Junior MVP in 2018. Daisy also speaks French and is a certified camp councillor.
Mackenzie has been a part of the Danceworks family for 15 years. She has contributed to multiple high score awards and studio accomplishments. Mackenzie has trained under Cecchetti ballet completing her exams up to Grade 6. Currently, she is studying Early Childhood Education at Niagara College.