Artistic Director / Jazz Ballet
Sharon Weiner, a local Hudsonite has been the Artistic Director of the H.D.C for 19 years. She has always had a passion for dance, beginning her career at the age of 3 taking ballet lessons at a Laval Project. Her Jazz-Ballet career started at the age of 10 at the Laval Dance Studio where she attended classes almost every day working her way up to the Senior Company level at the age of 16. During this time she competed in many regional and national competitions often placing first with her classmates or alone in a solo. She has also attended classes with Luigi at his renowned studio in New York, as well as taking workshops at the Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Dance Theatre and more locally with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Constance Darling, The West Island Dance Theatre.
She continues her education every Summer- travelling to New York to take workshops- at many famous dance studios. Her other teaching experiences include working as a fitness instructor for the West Island YMCA. She has taught in many area schools during their lunchtime activities, including St Thomas, Mount Pleasant, Ecole Jacques Bizard, Ecole St Francois in Rigaud. In the late 1980s she worked on many fashion shows both as a model and the head choreographer.
Her teaching style is one that shows every student how wonderful learning to dance can be, as well as making sure that every child feels special and leaves her class with a smile on his or her face, counting the days before their next class. “It is a joy to see a very young dancer learn the difference between a plier and a curtsy, or the accomplishment of a teenager mastering a graceful grand jete or pirouette”.†Sharon plans on continuing her dance career for as long as her loyal students will have her.
Baby Ballet, Tap, Jazz Ballet & Street Funk (Weekend classes)
Caelyn has been dancing since the age of 3. Always passionate, she has worked her way into the most advanced classes offered at the HDC- including Senior Company. A student who just loves being at the dance studio, it was a natural progression for her to start teaching.
She loves being “Miss Caelyn” and is looking forward to teaching Tap, Baby Ballet and Jazz this coming year. This will be her third session officially teaching under the direction of S.W. Caelyn continues to study at Gordon Robertson, and dance in the HDC Senior Company classes.
Ruby has been dancing with the HDC since 2003 she was barely 3!
She has since then worked her way up into the most advanced class, Senior company. She is one of the HDCs most talented dancers, she excels in every aspect of class. She is also a full time student at John Rennie and is in the prestigious Sports Etude program, in the Enriched levels so she is DANCING every day of the week!
Her training with Ballet Ouest as well as with Sharon gives her a fabulous background to start her teaching full time with the HDC family. She is very excited to be teaching her passion, ballet, to all the new and lovely ballerinas in the area.
Katie van Kessel
Stretch, Tone & Technique
Katie has been dancing with the HDC for 19 years and is the studios longest dancing student-Having started dancing at the age of 3 and has been in the most advanced class-Senior Company forever. 🙂 It is only natural that she takes her passion devotion and Hard Work Ethic and teaches her own class.This will be a “boot Camp” syle class- lots of sweat! We are all very excited to have Katie as an official part of the HDC team
Cora only began dancing at the age of 10 years old; learning traditional Indian Dancing. Being a very cultural person and having high interest in cultural dancing Cora also began Latin traditional dance. At this time Cora also was enrolled in gymnastics and synchronized swimming. Within the next three years after that, she was set in the dance world in various styles and interests.
Her training in dance is based on classical ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical and liturgical. Though she has excelled in tap, Latin traditional and theatrical dance. In high school Cora was the youngest dancer to be accepted into the Oui Dance Troupe at the age of 13 (1999-2003) She then continued to enjoy the joys of being a part of a dance troupe and was accepted into the Montreal Musti’s (2002-2006) in which she was able to perform at the Olympia Theatre, and compete in different competitions and also was invited to dance for the Prime Minister of Canada in 2004. Cora was also an assistant director to a dance troupe which she help form in Montreal named Take Two (2003-2011) performing around the City of Montreal and hosting shows. Straight out of high school Cora was accepted to Ballet Divertimento and had the honor to dance alongside students at the Conservatoire de Danse de Montreal.
Cora has attended many classes around the city of Montreal and Toronto to keep in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. She has had the pleasure to attend classes with world renowned choreographers and teachers. Cora also has been teaching a variety of dance classes since the age of 17 years old at different public and private elementary and high schools and various dance studios.
Cora is extremely excited to start her new journey with Hudson Dance Center, as their newest teacher. She hopes to inspire and bring everyone together for the joy of dancing. Come try out the newest class in the studio!
Vanessa & Jaeli
Jael Anik has always had a passion for Dance. She started dancing at the Hudson Dance Center at the age of 4 in Jazz Ballet, working her way into the Senior Company Jazz class, a total of 10 yrs in Jazz .She was also in a one year of Modern Dance and a total of four years in Contemporary dance(in the advanced class). Last summer she participated in a two week Contemporary Dance Workshop that focused on developing techniques for creating choreography She will be studying Contemporary dance at Concordia university starting in September, and is very excited to be teaching Contemporary at the HDC.
Please visit his site at alexsharov.com – (514) 568-7470
Suzie de Bellefeuille
Classical Ballet – ** on Sabbatical leave.
Suzanne began her classical ballet training in France at the age of 3 and over the years has added many other disciplines to her repertoire such as Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Modern Dance. After moving to Hudson in 1998, Suzanne enrolled in Jazz and Tap at the Hudson Dance Center and shortly thereafter sought to pursue her passion for classical ballet while continuing her training at the Hudson Dance Centre.
After her first audition and unforgetable experiences with Ballet Ouest’s Annual production of the Nutcracker, Suzanne became a student at L’Academie de Danse Classique in Lachine. Her ballet training and exam work became very demanding, and Suzanne sadly left the Hudson Dance Centre to focus on her classical ballet and modern dance training at l’Academie. Suzanne has completed several professional dance programs at both the Quinte Ballet School, where she was offered a full placement, and The Banff Centre for the Arts.
Suzanne has also danced in the Corps de ballet with Ballet Ouest de Montreal for several years. She has completed two intensive professional training clinics in Simonson Jazz Technique at the …cole Nationale de Ballet Contemporain du QuÈbec and was the Jazz mistress at the Neva Shelton School of Dance in Ormstown. Suzanne holds her Intermediate Ceccheti Certificate and is working towards her Advanced certification and will be continuing her classical and modern dance training while teaching the ballet program this year at the Hudson Dance Center. As well as teaching at the HDC, Suzanne will be in her 4th year as a full time student at McGill University in the Education program studying to become an elementary school teacher.
Suzanne is looking forward to sharing her two passions: dance and teaching with the students at the Hudson Dance Centre and is very excited to see you all in September.