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We work together to ignite and promote physical fitness and creativity in all of our students.

Meet Our Team

“At Dance Extreme, dance isn’t just about dance, it helps with building confidence and self-esteem. We pride ourselves on teaching all our students lessons they will carry with them always.”

Rebecca Brettingham-Filice

B.A., D.M.A, C.D.M.A., D.E.A.

Director

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Rebecca is the Artistic Director and owner/founder of London’s most progressive and creative dance studio. Dance Extreme is in its 24th year. She brings enthusiasm and dedication to Dance Extreme that is reflected in the quality of the instructors, programs and facilities. Her goal is to provide all students with an enjoyable dancing experience and sense of accomplishment. A teacher since 1990, Rebecca began her career in the Toronto area before moving to London in 1994. She received her certification through Canadian Dance Masters of America, Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America. Always keeping up-to-date with her choreography and teaching technique, Rebecca is constantly attending workshops all over North America. Rebecca is a graduate of the Dance Master’s of America’s Teachers Training School at Kent State University and the State University of New York in Buffalo and a graduate of Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Rebecca is a member of Canadian Dance Masters of America since 1997.  She served as an examiner for CDMA for several years, been the secretary for CDMA, Chapter 38 since 2000 and served as a delegate for 6 years. She has judged and taught in both Canada and the USA at Regional and National level competitions, workshops and auditions. Rebecca is also a member of Dance Ontario.  Rebecca and her students have won overall, choreography and special awards at numerous competitions. Besides running Dance Extreme, she is the owner/founder of The Sumptuous Basket a gift basket and children’s loot bag/party supplies company, now in it’s 13th year. Rebecca resides in London with her husband Tony and two children, Christiano and Isabela.

M.A. Dance, B.A., B.Ed., D.M.A., C.D.M.A. OCT.

Richelle Hirlehey

Assistant Director, Music Coordinator & Instructor

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Richelle is excited to be returning for her seventeenth season at Dance Extreme. She is responsible for all Educational programs at Dance Extreme. Richelle is the liaison between Dance Extreme and The Thames Valley School Boards where she coordinates the Educational Outreach program to bring dance education to surrounding elementary and secondary schools. Richelle directed the Carousel Dance Company, Carousel Dance Centre Inc. in Waterloo from 2005-2011. In addition to teaching, she has choreographed for The Community Players of New Hamburg (Cats – 2009, Aida -2011, Ragtime – 2014)), 21 productions with Original Kids Theatre Company between 2002-2014.  Additionally, she has choreographed for high schools in southwestern Ontario, her own company Barefoot Creative 2001-2015 and has danced/choreographed for the UWO Dance Company for 8 years & the Hamilton Dance Company for 3 years.  She worked as assistant choreographer on “Bella Dancerella – Disney Princess” & “Disney’s High School Musical 2,” “Dora Dance to the Rescue” (DVD) for Spin Master Ltd and on “Get Up & Move” – a dance instructional DVD for Toniolo Productions.  Richelle was Guest Dance Educator at Matthews Hall Independent School in London Ontario from 2011-2013 and is a teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board.  Richelle is a graduate of the Honours Kinesiology and Bachelor of Education programs from the University of Western Ontario and completed her Masters in Dance Education at York University in 2012.

Anna Defent

Instructor

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Anna Defent, born in Ontario, Canada, began her dance training at the
early age of three at Judith Coleman Oxford School of Dance. Her
passion for dance grew as she did, and she embarked on a variety of
dance opportunities including many local festivals, dance shows and
summer schools at both Quinte Ballet School and Royal Winnipeg
Ballet School. Having limited training in a small town, Defent made the
ambitious decision to attend the School of Alberta Ballet at 15, and
she graduated in 2013. Studying under Nancy and Murray Kilgour, she
was able to perform a great deal and gain much knowledge and
strength.
In her high school graduating year Defent was accepted to the School
Of Toronto Dance Theatre. Within the three year program she
volunteered her time generously assisting in the Young Dancer’s
program, and being the Assistant Stage Manager for multiple student
run productions. In 2016 Defent graduated college with a certificate in
contemporary dance where she then travelled becoming a freelance
dance artist in The United Kingdom and Europe. Defent has toured
and danced with multiple contemporary artists/groups performing in
various shows around Europe including Germany, Spain, Austria and
Denmark.
While in the UK Defent joined an organization based in New York City
called MindLeaps and has been teaching street youth dance and
cognitive/non-cognitive skills in West Africa ages 9-21, she was able
to spend a great deal of time in Guinea and Mauritania following in
love with the culture, kids and movement.
Defent is very passionate about sharing her knowledge of dance and
has happily been teaching in London, England with The Little Dance
Academy and Central School of Ballet for the 4 years. She’s excited to
be back in Canada as she is teaching at The Woodstock School of
Dance and Yoga, Dance In Style and joining Dance Extreme.

Megan Alfano

Dance Extreme Triple Threat

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Megan started her training at the age of 4 and has been tapping, twirling and teaching ever since!   She currently holds her CDTA Stage Division Full Member Ontario Branch and ADAPT qualifications. Megan has choreographed for various high schools and arts organizations for shows such as The Addams Family, Legally Blonde, Suessical, Highschool Musical, Oliver!, Candide, Grease!, Nine, Guys and Dolls, Cats, Carousel, The Shipbuilder and Pride and Prejudice.  Megan recently relocated from Saskatchewan where she spent over 12 years as the Director of the Saskatchewan Express Musical Theatre Studio, running both the recreational and competitive programs, she was also the choreographer and Assistant to the Artistic Director of the touring Performance Company Saskatchewan Express.  Other ventures include choreography for the Saskatchewan Roughriders Half-Time Show Labour Day Classic featuring Johnny Reid and the Casino Regina/Moose Jaw Best of Both Worlds television commercial. Megan also spent the 2007 football season as associate coach of the CKRM Saskatchewan Roughrider Cheer Team. She is also a well respected dance festival adjudicator across Canada.  Now in London, Megan has already found herself busy working with the performers at the Original Kids Theatre Company and St. Mary’s Choir School, as a choreographer and guest instructor at the Grand Theatre and an instructor at Fanshawe College. Megan adores teaching young people and knows first-hand what a difference the arts can make in their lives. She is excited to share her love of performance with the students in London!

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Virginia is excited to be returning for her second season at Dance Extreme. Her love of dance started at age 3 when she started her training at the Catherine Samuel Ballet School in Hamilton. She studied classical ballet, tap, and musical theatre, and completed her Cecchetti Ballet Examinations at the National Ballet School of Canada. Virginia is an Ontario Certified Teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board. She has a passion for teaching kids, fostering a safe and nurturing environment, and sharing her love of dance.

Madison Lane

Instructor

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Madison has been teaching dance for the past 5 years at Dance Extreme. She teaches a number of different disciplines including creative movement, movers and shakers, jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop and musical theatre. She is currently studying psychology at Western University, with the hopes of continuing to work with youth in the future. Madison danced at Dance Extreme for 11 years, 9 of which she danced with the dance troupe. As well as teaching Madison has also choreographed musicals for schools in London, some of her shows include High School Musical Jr. and the Wizard of Oz. Madison loves teaching dancers of all ages and sharing her knowledge and love of dance!

Carly Coffey

Instructor

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Brandon Clarke

Instructor & Office Administrator

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Brandon Clarke is a well-respected dancer, instructor, and choreographer, of the London, Ontario community. He has been training for over a decade and began teaching immediately upon the completion of secondary school. Brandon is most famously known for his contribution to the National Basketball League of Canada’s London Lightning Dance Pak, where he was a dancer and choreographer for over several years (2014-2019). Brandon has also worked with award-winning children’s entertainer Saidat, as a dancer for “Be A Champ Day” (2015), head choreographer of Saidat’s live show, “The Saidat Show! Live” (2020), and choreographer and creative director of her music video, “I Like Me Street” (2021).
     Brandon is currently working towards his Honours Bachelors of Arts at the University of Western Ontario. Upon successful graduation, Brandon will obtain an honours specialization in Criminology and a minor in Dance. In his post-secondary career, Brandon has been the recipient of multiple prestigious honours and scholarships, including the “Principal Regis” entrance scholarship (2018), the “Felix Giessen” award (2020), multiple “Dean’s List” mentions (2020-2021), and more.
     Most recently, Mr. Brandon has joined the office team here at Dance Extreme (2021). With over 5 years of customer service experience, Brandon provides excellent support, outstanding communication, and is always willing to help. His approachability has become an asset, as his goal is to make everybody at the studio feel welcome.
     Mr. Brandon considers himself very lucky, and very honoured, to have been able to spread his love and passion for dance to many students in such a short amount of time. Students look up to Brandon as a source of positivity, brightness, and laughter! Brandon is thrilled to be joining the team and looks forward to the seasons to come.

Andrea Gittens

Instructor & Wedding Dance Coordinator

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Andrea is a graduate of the Professional Performance Program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.  She has trained extensively in Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Ballet. Her performance and teaching career have taken her across North America from Whitehorse to Pennsylvania, Vancouver to New York.  Andrea’s theatre choreography credits include Unfrogettable: Nat ‘King’ Cole; Bye,Bye Birdie; Nunsense II; 42nd Street; Pajama Game; Seussical; Quilters; Ring of Fire; Forbidden Planet; Cats; Guys and Dolls; Ruddigore; Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; Rainy City Men’s Chorus; West Vancouver Marching Band; Sound Sensation; Visions Dance Company.  Her performance credits include TV, commercials, film, theatre, cabarets and dance performances.  “I love teaching the primary dancers as I am passionate about building a good strong foundation for a lifetime of dance appreciation. Dance is a great way to build confidence in students of all ages so they may continue to achieve their dreams.” She is excited to return as a choreographer for the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund’s gala Dancing With the Stars of the 911; her dancers, Lynn and Ross earned a first place finish last year.   When working with the couples on their wedding dance, we often have many laughs as we learn the teamwork and trust involved in partnering.  I really enjoy the diversity of each couple’s music choice and I ensure that they feel confident with their first dance.” She is currently working on finishing her Certificate in Management through Western, preparing for the CDMA exams and honours the privilege to continue to learn.

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Sharon Colvin

Office Manager

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Sharon joined the Dance Extreme faculty in 1998 during the first season. She is responsible for keeping the entire studio in order. Sharon is available should parents and dancers need the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns. She is always ready and willing to assist in any matter.

Carina Coldevin

Instructor

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Miss Carina has been a Ballet teacher with Dance Extreme since 1999. A graduate of The Royal Swedish Ballet School, College of Dance of Sweden and The National Ballet School of Canada. She has over 12 years of experience as a professional dancer, working in Sweden, Norway, Spain and touring in Europe. She has trained with the finest teachers such as Olga Evreinoff, Betty Oliphant, Mr. Stephanchi, Mavis Staines in Canada and teachers and choreographers from all over Europe.  Furthermore, over 25 years of teaching experience in Sweden and Canada. Since 2018 she has also been working as a Medical Office Assistant and is a certified Yoga and Pilates teacher.
Carina resides with her partner and grown-up twin boys in London, On.

Morgan Gizdic

Instructor

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Hello, I’m Miss Morgan. I will be teaching at Dance Extreme this coming season. I have danced for the past ten years and now I am becoming a teacher. I wanted to be a teacher to share the passion I have for dance with the next generation of dancers coming up. I’m trained in ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, tap, and hip hop. I am so excited about what’s to come!

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Hi, my name is Destini Small-Allen, I am 19 years old and currently a student at Western University. I began my dance training at a very young age and throughout the years I’ve developed a passion for choreography and teaching. I am super excited to begin my first year here at Dance Extreme!

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Hello!! My name is Miss Kayleigh and I have been a teacher at dance extreme for three years. Before that, I joined the Dance Extreme family myself as a student at the age of 8. I took advantage of the variety of dance styles offered at dance extreme and was enrolled in jazz, ballet, musical theatre, hip hop, contemporary, pointe, and tap. You will now find me teaching creative movement, movers and shakers, and pre-dance classes! Outside of the studio, I am a student at Brescia University College. I am currently studying French with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher! I can’t wait for this year to begin! See you in class!

Victoria Kao

Instructor

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Victoria teaches in the Recreational and Dance Troupe programs. She trained at Dance Extreme and thoroughly enjoyed her 9 years at the studio. Now a faculty member, Victoria is grateful for the opportunity to share all she has learned. Her dance studies have continued at Western University, where she is currently working towards her BMSc degree. She wishes all the dancers a wonderful season!

Paige Feenstra

Instructor

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Hello everyone, I’m Miss Paige, and I am currently a student at Western University! I have been dancing at Dance Extreme for 14 years and now, I will be teaching, and taking the spot of a teacher this season! I am beyond excited to share my passion for dance with all of the new and returning dancers and I am honoured to be joining this wonderful team of teachers and to be returning to my second home. I am trained in jazz, contemporary, ballet, pointe, and lyrical and I am so eager to see what the season brings!
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