Owner / Director / Artistic Director
Justin Saulnier was born in Saint John, New Brunswick where he fell in love with performing at the age of nine. Justin has been a competitive dancer since the age of 9 winning numerous special awards and scholarships. He is trained in a variety of disciplines including tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, ballet and musical theatre.
Justin has completed the Commercial Dance Studies Program at George Brown College where he was taught by some of Toronto's most sought after instructors. While training in school he has had the opportunity to train in circus with one of Toronto's very popular cirque companies, A2D2. Justin has also had the opportunity to perform with the Jersey Boys through DivaGirl Entertainment, he has worked with A2D2 Aerial Cirque Company, he has performed at the Premiers Awards with George Brown College and has been chosen to be apart of the Lindsay Ritter Dance Company – One of Toronto's well known Commercial Dance Companies.
Justin has ten years of teaching experience and is very familiar with the proper technique training. His choreography has won numerous special awards, choreography awards and first place/ top overall awards. Justin's ambition and drive makes him successful at what he does, he cannot wait to bring his training, experience and professional connections to his dream/ owned studio D.A.T.A.
Teacher Training Credits Include:
- 1st Year attendee ADAPT teachers training course (2013)
- Registered Acrobatique AcroDance Instructor (2013 - Present)
- Shannon Mather Teacher Training (2016)
- Rebecca Davies Workshop (2017)
- Toronto Dance Teacher Expo (2017)
- Shannon Mather Teacher Training (2018)
- Progressive Ballet Technique Certification (2018)
Competitive/ Recreational Instructor
Vanessa Polley began dancing in Saint John New Brunswick at the age of 4. Her love and passion for the stage granted her with numerous awards and scholarships from competitions throughout the Maritimes and into the USA. At the age of 16 She was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine as a “Rising Star.” After Graduating High School Vanessa moved to Toronto to Attend George Brown College where she completed the Commercial Dance Program. While in Toronto Vanessa had the opportunity to work and perform with hip-hop company the “Honey Kats.” Shortly After Graduation Vanessa was hired as Dance Captain onboard Celebrity Cruise Line. Traveling the world and performing was a dream come true. For the past few years Vanessa has been working for the Saint John Mill Rats as dance captain and co-choreographer of the “Millies.” Vanessa is very excited to become a part of the D.A.T.A faculty and to share her passion and professional training with aspiring dancers.
Horton Contemporary/ Ballet Instructor
Marcia is a dancer, choreographer, collaborator, and educator based in Saint John, NB. She shares her passion for creation working collaboratively with musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, and dancers.
Marcia co-founded Connection Dance Works Inc., a professional contemporary dance company whose mandate is to increase the regional audience for contemporary dance and offer more collaborative opportunities for artists. She continues to perform with CDW, most recently in the premiere of with far arms by Darryl Tracy. Marcia's own work has received recognition by the New Brunswick Arts Board and Saint John Community Arts Funding Program, specifically for her projects: Under Sail, Petticoat Captain, Spill Herself Away, and From Island to Double Sunrise. Her work has been presented by The New Brunswick Museum, Contact East, IMPACTfest (Atlantic Ballet Theatre), Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival, Theatre New Brunswick (as artist in residence) and PERSPECTIVE. Currently, she’s working on a new collaboration, Who is Jane?, with composer and photographer Nienke Izurieta.
Marcia is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor, a graduate and member of Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education, and a registered elementary educator with the province of New Brunswick. She completed Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre’s Horton technique teacher training program, and studied contemporary dance at McMaster University’s Centre for Dance Performance. She’s juried for the New Brunswick Arts Board and is a member of Artslink New Brunswick. Marcia is an advocate for arts education and its accessibility to all. She’s created an elementary school dance program for Touchstone Academy in Rothesay, NB and has acted as an artist in residence for many elementary and high schools in the region.
Presently, she teaches ballet and contemporary dance for the Rothesay Ballet School and Dynamic Academy of the Arts.
Musical Theatre Instructor
Brittany has been dancing non-competitively since the age of three and competitively since the age of seven. She has won numerous medals in many competitions throughout her dance career. She has trained in many styles of dance including Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Although dance has been a passion for Brittany for along time, she also has a passion for theatre. Brittany has had training from a few theatre workshops, and studied under director Shane MacMillan. Brittany has been in numerous plays throughout her life, including Peace Cranes 2000, the story of John Peters Humphrey, Alice in Wonderland, which was performed at the Imperial Theatre as well as many school plays. In 2010, Brittany obtained the role of Jan in Hampton’s Production of Grease. She was chosen as Best Supporting Actress for the Theatre Company that year for her outstanding job in a musical. Brittany was also selected to be apart of The New Brunswick Provincial Drama Festival, and was part of the cast that won “Outstanding Cast” for their play “The Actor’s Nightmare”. On top of Acting and Dance training, Brittany has also had vocal training under Christopher Lane and Jillian Bonner. After graduation in 2010, Brittany was hired by the Hampton High School Theatre Company to be head choreographer for their musicals. Since working there, Brittany has assisted as Dance Captain for the production of Grease, and has choreographed four musicals on her own including: Annie, Honk!, A Christmas Carol and Anything Goes. Brittany is looking forward to being able to share her love and talent for dance and theatre at D.A.T.A. and is excited to meet everyone!