Meet the Cameron School of Dance Faculty

Teachers | Assistant Teachers | Assistants

Teachers

Cheri Cameron | Shena Cameron-Prihoda | Karen Pilkington | Amy Blackmore | Robin Morrison | Kristy Lenard | Jamie Lee Vanda | Melanie Perks | Anne-Marie Keenan | Heather Bremner | Majiza Philip | Emil Aliev | Sabrina Harvan | Julie Guidon

Cheri Cameron (Director and daughter of the late Lorna Wallace Cameron)

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Cheri was born in Greenfield Park, Quebec and began dancing at the age of 3 years old in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Highland.  She studied under Eleanor Moore Ashton of the Montreal Ballet Company for 15 years for her classical training and  Marcia Collard and Marilyn Wright for her Highland Dance training.  She danced for many years with the MTL Ballet Company and had the opportunity to study under guest teachers from the Sadler Wells Ballet Company, The Bolshoi Ballet Company, Les Grands Ballets, Eva Von Gensky and the National Ballet Company.  After a successful competitive career she began teaching Highland and Ballet at the family run school under the direction of her mother, the late Lorna Wallace Cameron.  Cheri has trained many champion dancers and had the opportunity to choreograph performances for the Grey Cup half time shows, performances for Prince Charles, many military tattoos, local theatre groups etc.. She is a certified  teacher with the BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dancing), Member of SDC (Scotdance Canada), accredited P.A.A. adjudicator (Professional Adjudicators Alliance) and member of the IDC (International Dance Council).  After retiring from her “real job” in 2009, Cheri has turned her full attention to teaching, choreographing and operating  CSD.

Shena Cameron-Prihoda (Assistant director and granddaughter of the late Lorna Wallace Cameron)

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Shena is the Assistant Director of her family run “Cameron School of Dance” in Greenfield Park, Quebec.  She has been dancing since she could walk and teaching for over 20 years at the studio her grandmother opened 75 years ago.  Shena  has been the Head Coach for their competition dance team for the last 22 years.   She began her own competitive dance career at the tender age of 4 and has not left the “competition” milieu since.  Her experience as a competition dancer, choreographer and adjudicator has allowed her to travel all over Canada and the United States.  Shena is a certified B.A.T.D. associate teacher (British Association of Teachers of Dancing), accredited P.A.A. adjudicator (Professional Adjudicators Alliance), a certified Acrobatics Arts teacher as well as C.I.D member (International Dance Council).  She has trained in, taught and choreographed:  Ballet; Pointe; Jazz; Highland; Lyrical; Musical Theater; street; Stretch and Tap dance.  Her students have won many national and international competitive awards and bursaries.

Shena has worked with artists from the Cirque de Soleil, École National de Cirque, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens as well as many other Nationally recognized organisations.  She has been a dance instructor and choreographer for many International level figure skaters, gymnasts and Miss Fitness Contestants.  

Shena also spent over 10 years working as a Certified Athletic Therapist (C.A.T.C)  and Strength and Conditioning Coach (C.S.C.S) for many artistic athletes such as dancers, figure skaters, gymnasts, acrobats etc…  She was a member of the medical teams for the 1998 Canada Winter Games, 2001 Jeux de la Francophonie as well as many other international athletic events.  Shena dedicated over 10  years of her career educating dance professional s all over North America on dance injury management and dance injury prevention. 

Karen Pilkington

Highland dance teacher, BATD Member.

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Amy Blackmore

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Amy Blackmore is a B.A.T.D. associate and is the Director of the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, the Artistic Director of Bouge d’ici Dance Festival, the President of Le Regroupement des événements pluridisciplinaires indépendants de Montréal and the reigning Provincial Air Guitar Champion. Amy is an award-winning choreographer having produced, directed, choreographed, performed and assisted the work of many companies, including, MainLine Theatre and the Montreal Fringe Festival, the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, the Montreal Highlights Festival, Crystal Pite's Kidd Pivot, Pop Montréal, OFF-TA, Fallen Angel Productions, Bis Films and RubberBanDance Group.

In 2011, she founded the Bouge d’ici Dance Festival, mandated to facilitate the growth of Montreal’s emerging dance artists. She was recently voted 4th Best Choreographer in the Montreal Mirror’s Best of Montreal Reader’s Poll and has received critical acclaim for her work as a creator. Her recent choreography credits include MainLine Theatre's "The Mid-Life Crisis of Dionysus" (2010), "Sexy Dirty Bloody Scary" (2011) and The Montreal Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Titus Andronicus” (2011) at Monument National.

Having danced for nearly 27 years, Amy started classes at the Cameron School of Dance when she was 3 years old. She trained originally in ballet, and then branched out into highland and jazz. Amy was a competitor on the Jazz, Ballet and Highland Teams. As a young adult, Amy began training in contemporary dance and eventually entered the Contemporary Dance BFA program at Concordia University. Amy has also earned her Member Degree in Freestyle from the British Association of Teaching Dance.   She has been teaching for the Cameron School of Dance for over since 2001, over 12 years.

Robin Morrison

Teaches Hip Hop and Jazz, B.A.T.D. member

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Kristy Lenard

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Highland dance teacher, BATD associate

Bio to be added shortly

Jamie Lee Vanda

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Jamie Lee Vanda is a B.A.T.D. associate who has been dancing at the Cameron school of Dance since age 4 therefore making it her 23rd year with the school.  Jamie has studied in many different styles including ballet, pointe, jazz, Irish dancing, highland dancing, tap, hip hop, acro, lyrical and contemporary.  Jamie’s passions are ballet, jazz, and contemporary.  Jamie  is also a choreographer for the Cameron School of Dance’s competitive team.   Jamie performed on Carnival Cruise lines “The Splendor” in May 2013.  In Jamie’s words,  “I used to be a shy little girl who wouldn't speak to anyone, but I truly believe that dance has brought out my personality like nothing else.  It has helped me come out of my shell, express myself, and make many friends along the way.  I wouldn't be the person I am today without my amazing Cameron family”. Jamie has been teaching at the CSD since 2009.  Jamie is also a Certified Athletic Therapist (C.A.T.C) who graduated from Concordia University’s Exercise Science program in 2008.

Melanie Perks

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Melanie is a B.A.T.D. associate who has been dancing at the Cameron school of Dance since age 4 therefore making it her 23rd year with the school.  Melanie has studied many different styles of dance including ballet, pointe, jazz, Irish dancing, highland dancing, tap, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary.  Melanie’s passion is ballet. Melanie performed as an Angel in Les Grands Ballet Canadien’s 2002 performances of the Nutcracker.  Melanie has been assisting teachers at CSD since she was a teenager and has been teaching her own classes since 2005.  Melanie is also a competition choreographer for the studio.  Melanie has also been teaching dance and Mathematics at Heritage High School for the last 2 years.

 Anne-Marie Keenan

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Irish dance teacher.  Anne-Marie started dancing at the age of 3 in Jazz Ballet. At age 5, she began Irish Dancing, at the Bernadette Short School of Irish Dancing. Anne-Marie has an extensive Irish Dancing competitive career which includes the following awards: 7 time Eastern Canadian Champion; two time European National Champion, First place at the North American Nationals in Nashville, TN (at age 19); Medalled 8 times at the World Championships of Irish dancing; Ninth place at the All-Ireland and Great Britain Championships.  Anne-Marie has also had the pleasure of performing with Nathalie McMaster, at the Ceoltas shows in Montreal and at Juste Pour Rire.  Anne-Marie has been our Irish Dance teacher since 2006.

Heather Bremner

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Heather has been dancing for over 25 years, competing across Canada and the United States, and has represented the Province of Quebec at the Canadian Championships of Highland Dancing on several occasions. She is a fully BATD certified Highland Dancing teacher, since 2001.  While still dancing competitively, Heather also focuses her time on organizing Highland Dancing competitions in Montreal and teaching regularly at the Black Watch Cadet Corp in Montreal. She holds a Convenor position for the Montreal Highland Dancing Association, as the Volunteering and Fundraising Organizer and was also part of the Organizing Committee for ScotDance Canada Championship Series 2013, which were held in Montreal. 

Heather graduated from McGill University in 2008, with a Bachelor of Science (Environment), and currently works in her field for a consulting engineering firm. Heather plans on continuing to dance for as long as her body will allow - and then some - all the while sharing her experience and love for Highland Dancing.

Majiza Philip

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Twenty-three year old Montreal native Majiza Philip has been dancing since the age of three. Coming from an artistic background (Granddaughter of Montreal Tap Legend Ethel Bruneau), Majiza has had the privilege to train in Tap, Jazz and Hip hop at the Ethel Bruneau Dance Studio. This has allowed her to begin dancing professionally since the age of nine. Appearances include TVA’s Decibal with Natalie Simard, The Montreal Jazz Festival (1998), The Governor General Awards with Gregory Charles (1998), and American film “Waking the Dead”(1997).Throughout Majiza’s eighteen years of dance, she has also competed in dance competitions across North American winning top awards. At age 21 she graduated from cullinary school with a professional cooking diploma.  Majiza continues to teach with her grandmother Ethel Bruneau and has been a part of the Cameron School of Dance Faculty since 2008.

Emil Aliev

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Emil has over 3 years of teaching experience and is constantly improving in the Montreal b-boying scene. He gives workshops locally to people of all ages, including his latest at the Montreal's Children's Hospital, focusing on helping communities through dance. Emil and his crew also compete outside of the country, and will soon go to Orlando, Florida, to participate in the "Outbreak Festival", one of the world's biggest b-boying competitions. He has worked and done shows under the teachings of Eric "Zig" Martel, who appeared as a guest teacher in the Quebec hit TV show "Ils Dansent." Emil performed aboard Carnival Cruise Lines “The Splendor” in May 2013.  Emil's style is centred on traditional and foundational b-boying moves, mainly focusing on originality, and musicality. 

Sabrina Harvan

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Teaches Ballet technique and Pointe classes

Bio to follow shortly

Julie Guidon

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Acro/tumbling coach

Julie Guindon started gymnastics at the age of 8 and was accepted on one of the provincial competitive team the same year.  In 2009, she started competing on the national circuit until her retirement from gymnastics.  By the end of her National career, Julie had participated at several Eastern Canadian Championships, the Quebec Games, seven Quebec Championships and two National Championships, winning many medals (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) along the way. She trained at Gym-Richelieu where she was taught by world-renowned coaches such as Galina Larshina (RUS). She started coaching recreational gymnastics to kids between the ages of 8 and 16 in 2011-2012. Since then, she has completed her level 1 (technique and theory) from the NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program). She has also done her technical level 2 and is planning on being certified level 2. She now coaches kids ages 5-8 at the “défi” level as well as ACRO/tumbling classes at CSD.

 

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Assistant Teachers (currently studying to take their B.A.T.D. professional exams)

Erin Stenhouse

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Erin Stenhouse has been dancing with the Cameron school of Dance for over twenty years. She started at the tender age of 3 and has studied many styles such as:  ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary and musical Theatre. Erin has been assisting teachers for the last 5 years and taught  level 1 lyrical dance.  She will shortly take her B.A.T.D. associate teachers exam.  In 2006,  Erin performed as a rat in Les Grands Ballet Canadien’s performance of the Nutcracker.  Erin was also a 2011 Bursary recipient with the Cameron School of Dance.  Erin loves to share her passion with students as well as watch them grow and improve over time.

Michelle Horvat

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Having started dancing ballet at Cameron School of Dance at 6, Michelle has enjoyed all 17 years she’s been part of this school. She’s taken classes in several styles such as Irish, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, tap, and classical ballet. Michelle has been an active member of the competition team for the past 9 years and has been an assistant coach and choreographer for the competition dance team. Michelle qualified, along with her teammates, for the Dance World Cup in 2009 and competed among dancers from across the world. Michelle performed aboard Carnival Cruise lines “The Splendor” in May 2013.  Currently Michelle is the musical theatre teacher. For the past 5 years she has been an assistant for the summer dance camp at CSD as well and this year Michelle will be the Summer Dance Camp manager for CSD. Michelle is now studying towards obtaining her B.A.T.D. certificate to become a certified teacher.

Natasha Cidrof

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Natasha Cidrof has been dancing for a total of 19 years, most of which have been spent with the Cameron dance family. She has trained in various styles of dance including Irish, tap, lyrical, classical ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Natasha began competing with CSD at the age of 10 in classical ballet. She later joined the Jazz competition team and has been happily competing with them for the past 9 years. In 2009 she competed in the Dance World Cup which consisted of dancers from all over the world.  In May 2013, Natasha performed aboard Carnival Cruise lines “The Splendor”.  Currently she teaches jazz and cardio funk and has begun choreographing for the competition team adding her own funky flavour to all of her classes. Natasha is also now studying to become a B.A.T.D. certified teacher.

Rebecca MacCaul

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Rebecca was brought to her first ballet class in the September of 1996, when she was only 3 years old. Ever since then, she has continued dancing at the Cameron School of Dance, exploring various styles such as jazz, tap, highland and contemporary. In the summer of 2008, she went to Belleville, Ontario to participate in the month long summer intensive program at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. In the summer of 2011, she studied at Ballet Divertimento in Montreal. In May 2013 she performed aboard Carnival Cruise Lines “The Splendor”.  “The Cameron School of Dance has allowed me to develop a passion for dance and making friends.   My favourite style is ballet, especially on pointe and I hope to continue dancing for a very, very long time for it is not just a hobby for me, it is a lifestyle”.

Alanna Sears

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Natasha Nardozza

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Assistants

Laura MacNeil

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Mariah MacCaul

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Kassandra Craven-Fisher

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Melisa Demir

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Victoria Tawa

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Jessica Mills

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Valerie Labrie

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