Faculty - Instructor, Choreographer
Serena was born into the world of dance and at the ripe age of 2 ½ years she began her dance training. She has studied ballet, jazz, tap, character and lyrical to hip hop, modern, pointe, national, cabaret and t’ai chi. In the summer of 2002, she traveled with the Academy’s Dance Troupe to the Danceamerica Nationals in Orlando, Florida, where the group received various top placing awards. In 2003 she traveled to New York City to the Danceramerica Nationals where she competed in the solo ballet pointe category and placed 10th in the Danceamerica National Finals and in 2013 she became a National Dance Champion in the Innovative Ballet Category. Serena has won several scholarships honouring her dance achievement in the Lakehead Festival of the Arts. Most recently Serena was awarded the Gold Cup for excellence in choreography while maintaining an excellence in performing ability for young teachers at the Lakehead Music of Festival and Arts for 2010 and also the Michael Peters Choreography Award at the International Dance Challenge for 2010. Serena has been involved in numerous community events such as Children’s Festival, Canada Day festivities, Relay for Life, Cystic Fibrosis Telethon, Festa Italiana, the Nordic Games, the Regional Multicultural Youth Council and the 2010 Thunder Bay Olympic Celebrations to name a few. Serena was a shy child at a young age, but dancing taught her to be positive, self-confident, and built drive and determination within her. Her kind and caring nature makes her perfect in her position at the academy, as she is most often the first face that greets you as you enter the door. She recently completed her Jazz ADAPT Intermediate 2. Serena was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Community Volunteerism in grade 12 as well as the Governor General’s Award for Excellence (Highest Graduating Average), Director of Education Scholarship, Principal’s Choice Scholarship, Lakehead University Entrance Scholarship, DaVinci Center Scholarship, Venezia Giulia Scholarship and Old Dutch Potato Chips Scholarship. Serena has studied with numerous world renowned instructors including Frank Hatchett of the Broadway Dance Centre, Sarah Jo Fazio from U.S.A, Ryan and Andrea Foley (ADAPT), Blake McGrath of SYTYCD (USA), Tim Olsen and Sofia Constantini of Winnipeg.