Anjelica Paraschos is a dedicated teacher and professional performer. She began her training at the age of 3 in the styles of ballet, jazz and tap. At the age of 6 she began competing in those styles, and as she got older started training and competing in acro, hip hop, lyrical and musical theatre. She completed the RAD ballet exams, as well as the ADAPT exams in jazz and tap. In high school Anjelica expanded her love for the arts and was apart of the concert band playing the flute and sang with both the concert choir and jazz choir. She also auditioned and was chosen to be apart of the Musical Theatre program for three years where she performed and choreographed for Suessical the Musical, The Wiz, and Honk: the story of the ugly duckling. She was awarded with the Musical Theatre scholarship upon graduation. After high school Anjelica attended McMaster University and Humber College in which she was an active member of their dance teams, performing, choreographing and competing in the styles of jazz, hip hop and modern.
In 2012 she was honoured to be apart of the Canadian National Tap team, directed and choreographed by Everett Smith (top 4 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance Canada). The team traveled to Germany and competed in the IDO World Championships where they placed 7th. Anjelica has also been performing and choreographing for the Toronto based professional dance company TDC Entertainment, formerly The Dance Company since 2011. Over the years at TDC Anjelica has had the opportunity to be apart of many great events including the New Year’s Eve celebration gala at the Fallsview Casino Resort, the Starlight Children’s Foundation gala, and the Queen’s Plate.
Anjelica’s teaching is focused on strong technique, musicality, and to create a positive and motivating environment. She is grateful to be able to share her passion for dance with her students, leaving her classes feeling inspired and confident.
Brittany Ogaki – AAC1, began her dance training at the early age of three. Over the years Brittany has continued her training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, hip hop, and acro. It was obvious from a young age that Brittany loved to dance and her love has only continued to grow. Brittany attended Wilfrid Laurier University as well as Nipissing University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts and her Bachelors of Education in 2015. Brittany is beyond excited that she is able to combine her love for dance and teaching at Whitby Dance Company.
During her time at Wilfrid Laurier University she was a valued member of the dance team (KAOS Dance Team) where she was the co-captain, coordinated and choreographed for multiple years. Brittany has had the honour of receiving numerous awards for her choreography, overall high scores, and judges choice awards across the dance competition circuit. Some of Brittany’s students have gone on to win Jr Male 2012 World Tap Champion, Jr Miss Candance National Title Holder 2014, Teen National Candance Talent High Score with a score of 98.99 and Intermediate MOVE Solo Champion.
Brittany, has successfully completed her Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certification, July 2018.
Brittany’s life passions centre around dance and working with children. She is eager to share these passions with the students of Whitby Dance Company.
Cristian Tarcea originally from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, he received his early training at the Romanian National Ballet and Performing Arts College and after his graduation, he became a soloist of the renowned Oleg Danovski Ballet Company. Cristian had an international career as a principal dancer with various European dance companies and he danced in many of the classical ballets, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Giselle, as well as in works by Balanchine and Forsythe and other modern and contemporary choreographers. During his career he worked with many choreographers, including Oleg Danovski, Peter Breuer, Wilfred Piollet, Jean Guizerix, Pierre Wiess, Noah Gelber, and Gigi Caciuleanu
Cristian has a BA in Dance Pedagogy from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Cluj-Napoca and he is also Certified Pilates BASi® Teacher. From 2011 he was Ballet Faculty at SEAD dance academy in Salzburg Austria, as well as teaching companies throughout Europe.
In 2010 Cristian was honored by Romanian president Traian Basescu as Knight in the Order of Cultural merit.