Dynamic Academy Of The Arts


 6 Market Street

Quispamsis, New Brunswick

E2E 4B1

1 (506) 847-1164

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Faculty



 

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)




  

 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 Studied modern dance at McMaster University’s Centre for Dance Performance in Hamilton, ON from 1998-2001 and most recently at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in NYC, where she studied the dance technique of Lester Horton under Ana Marie Forsythe. While in Ontario, she danced with the Hamilton Dance Company and Parahumans Dance Theatre under the direction of Dave Wilson. Performances include: Guelph and Dundas Contemporary Dance Festivals, Hamilton Art Gallery shows as well as 8:08 Series, and Chimera Project, Toronto. She has traveled to Oklahoma and Detroit for the American College Dance festivals to perform and study the dance disciplines of contemporary, jazz, and African dance.


In 2010, Marcia co-founded Connection Dance Works Inc. and acted as co-director for the company from 2010-2015. Marcia coordinated the Artist in Residency School Program with support from the Province of New Brunswick and regularly taught an improvisation series for the company. Marcia currently teaches the contemporary dance program at Rothesay Ballet School and acts as resident choreographer for the school.


Recently, she has danced in works by: Vanessa Goodman, Darryl Tracy, Meagan O’Shea, Sarah Johnson Power and Stefanie Mayhew. Marcia's most recent choreographic projects include: Petticoat Captain, in collaboration with videographer John Marshall, which was supported by artsnb, Under Sail, performed at the NB Museum and supported by the Saint John Community Arts Funding Program, and Hot Thoughts Disrupted, a duet that debuted at Connection Dance Works’ PERSPECTIVE in 2011. Marcia’s most recent collaboration was with cellist Katie Bestvater. The piece, entitled Spill Herself Away, debuted at the Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival 2016 with support from artsnb. Marcia’s choreography has been performed at Contact East 2015 (Charlottetown), IMPACTfest (Atlantic Ballet Theatre, Moncton), PERSPECTIVE (Saint John), Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival and as ‘Artist in Resident’ at Theatre New Brunswick.


 


 

 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!