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DIRECTOR & FACULTY

Artistic Director

JESSICA MANNARA

Jessica is the founder and Artistic Director of D’Air Dance Collective

 

At the young age of six, Jessica started training competitively in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, and Acro. As she continued her training, she was introduced to Hip-Hop, Contemporary, and Modern.

 

With hard work and determination, Jessica is now pursuing her childhood dream to share
her love of dance as a studio director, dance educator and adjudicator.

Jessica is a York University graduate, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Specializing in Dance Performance and Choreography.

 

As a performer, Jessica has competed in many worldwide competitions. She participated several times with Team Canada at the International Dance Organization in Germany, ranking fourth at worlds. She has been showcased through:

  • City TVs Breakfast television

  • CP24, local community channel for Rogers’s television

  • Canada’s Got Talent

  • New York City’s Capezio A.C.E Awards

  • Choreographer’s Ball

  • Fever After Dark

  • Blake McGrath’s Toronto Tour. 

Jessica is a certified instructor under Acrobatic Arts Module 1 and 2, Rhythm Works Intergrated Dance (RWID) and Youth Protection Advocates In Dance (Y.P.A.D), Alixa Flexibility Module 1-3 and First aid and CPR (St. John Ambulance) 

Teachers

Norma Sutherland

Norma is a Registered Teacher and Mentor with the Royal Academy of Dance.

 

She teaches all levels of ballet from Grade 1 to Solo Seal. Her students have received excellent results, two of them awarded with the Solo Seal.

 

Successful competitive students of Mrs. Sutherlands’ have won scholarships, overall awards and titles throughout Canada and the United States. Some are performing professionally in the theatre, on cruise ships and professional ballet companies in Canada and Europe. Other students have forged their own careers as Ballet Teachers.

Mrs. Sutherland strives to bring technique, grace, poise, self esteem and discipline to all of her students.

Julia Gradiski

Julia started dancing at an early age and has been professionally trained in a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. She danced at a competitive level for 8 years and has successfully completed RAD ballet examinations at both the graded and vocational levels.

 

Julia is a member of D'Air Dance Collective's Performance Company, where she had the opportunity to perform in many productions and showcases before.

 

Julia continues her dance education by taking classes and performing within the Toronto dance community. Most recently, Julia has become a part of Humber College's Dance team and continues her training.

 

She is excited to be a part of the team at D'air Dance Collective and share her passion for dance with a new generation of young dancers.   

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