Mr. Gerard McIssac
Miss Christina Di Giuseppe
Miss Jasmine McDonald
Summer Intensive Teachers
MR. GERARD MCISAAC ~ Ballet Class & Variations
A double alumnus of Canada’s National Ballet School (Professional Ballet. Program/Teachers Training Program for Former Pros – TTPPD, Dip with Distinction), Mr. McIsaac is a highly regarded/accredited Professional Dance Educator/Master Class Facilitator and one of North America’s leaders within dance community at large. His vast experience as a Professional Dance Adjudicator (25 years at Regional/National events) inspires dancers to achieve their highest technical/performance potential: and is eagerly sought after. Mr. McIsaac is the Resident Classical/Contemporary Ballet Master for competitive dance studios within the Greater Toronto area, instructing students ages 6-19. He also mentors YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX and RAD SOLO SEAL participants and boasts an impressive roster of private clientele under his company – DANCE DIRECTION. Mr. McIsaac also facilitates Teacher Training seminars for a plethora of events, including being on faculty for RHEE GOLD’s DANCELIFE Enterprises, and has also developed a comprehensive IN-HOUSE BALLET/DANCE EVALUATION Examination Program. Mr. McIsaac is in high demand as an Intensive/Convention facilitator and has been touted as the “Canadian Ballet Guru”, and is currently booked for events such as VIEW DANCE, CHALLENGE CONVENTION, ALLEGRO BALLET FESTIVAL, CAMBODIA DANCE CHALLENGE, CANADIAN DANCE EXPO (Teachers/Students Experience), RAD WORLD CONVENTION “EN AVANTE”, RAD USA DANCE CHALLENGE, DANCE MASTERS OF AMERICA, WORLD PERFORMERS CANADA, ON THE FLOOR, ROCK THE RHYTHM, DANCE QUEST CANADA, TNT AONCE CONVENTION, THE AUDIENCE DANCE RIVALRY and more.
Mr. McIsaac’s certifications include; Diploma with Distinction-NBS Teachers Training Program for Former Pro’s (TTPPD, Dip), Mutually Recognized Teacher-The Royal Academy ofDance (RAD, MRT), Dance Masters of Canada (DMC) and International Dance Teachers Association of Great Britain (IDTA), The Society of Classical Ballet Vaganova Method (SCBVM). He was the recipient of the 2013 CAROLE CHADWICK AWARD and 2014 SYLVIE M. MCPHEE Awards, presented by NBS ballet faculty for Outstanding Teacher Recognition. Mr. McIsaac also boasts an Extensive Professional Performance career, including Broadway Musicals such as: CATS, Mr. Mistoffelees (Original Can. Cast/Nat. Tour); MISS SAIGON, Dragon Acrobat & Ensemble (London, Eng. – West End); HOME AND AWAY THE MUSICAL, UK Tour; JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Napthali (London, Eng. – West End); SHOWBOAT, Assistant Dance Captain/Ensemble (Toronto/US Nat. Tour/London, Eng. – West End); BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, LeFou (US Nat. Tour); THE HANDMAID’S TALE and DEATH IN VENICE, Dance Ensemble (Canadian Opera Company); HAIRSPRAY THE MOVIE!, Dance Ensemble; CANADIAN IDOL SEASON 3, Ensemble; SYNCHRONICITY, with Jennifer Lopez, Dance Ensemble (Japan Tour). Mr. McIsaac and his BOUNDLESS enthusiasm/dedication to the mentoring dance community has been noted and applauded from the highest level of dance educators, worldwide.
CHRISTINA DI GIUSEPPE ~ Jazz & Contemporary
Christina Digiuseppe is a passionate dance artist and choreographer based in Toronto, Canada. Known for her cutting-edge and versatile artistry, Christina is a visionary in her work continuing to push boundaries in the ever-evolving world of dance.
MR. JAY T. SCHRAMEK ~ Tap
MR. MATTHEW O’DOHRETY-ADKINS ~ Contemporary
Matthew’s dance training began at the age of six in Norfolk, England where he trained extensively to attain advanced level status in ISTD ballet, modern and tap. By sixteen years old, Matthew received a scholarship to attend one of London, England’s distinguished performing arts colleges, Millennium Performing Arts LTD. Upon graduating in 2005 with a national diploma in dance and musical theatre, Matthew went on to join the original cast of “The Osmond’s Spirit of Christmas” and toured the United States with the lovable brothers. Since then, Matthew has worked for Belinda King Productions, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and has had the privilege of working with world-renowned choreographers such as Liz Imperio, Jeff Amsden, Anthony Lyn, Stephen Mear and Raphael Bonachela.
Matthew has had the most incredible experience of traveling the globe with Jean Ann Ryan Productions by performing onboard multiple luxury cruise lines. With Jean Ann Ryan as his mentor, Matthew had the honour of being asked to choreograph for media events during the set-up and launching of the P&O Ventura. Most recently, Matthew has worked for the company as a rehearsal director, teaching and directing the next generation of professionals for the cruise ship industry.
Matthew has pursued his love for dance education by guest teaching in school board dance programs, running master classes in various dance studios, volunteering with Dance Masters of Canada, and leading musical theatre intensives to help prepare young dancers for the professional world. His choreography has even been featured and praised in the UK’s “Dancing Times” magazine. Matthew’s expertise and vast knowledge of the dance industry has also led him to become a well-sought after judge for dance competitions throughout Canada and the United Kingdom.
Young Dancers Intensive Teachers
All classes will be taught by current Dance Extreme Inc. Faculty