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Our Faculty and Staff

Caroline Bentley 
Artistic Director, Faculty

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Caroline Bentley is a professional dancer specializing in ballet, contemporary, and modern dance. She is the founder of Caroline's Creative Camp and Initiatives, which has been running out of Bobcaygeon ON since 2018. She has also taught for Leslieville School of Dance in Toronto ON, has taught lessons for students in person as well as online, and has taught as a guest artist for many studios and schools. 

Originally from Oakville ON, Caroline began studying dance at the age of three through Fleming's School of Performing Arts, which later became Balletomane Inc. Caroline later went on to study as a dance major at performing arts high school, Etobicoke School of the Arts. While at the school, Caroline was a dance company member in grades eleven and twelve, and a leadership demonstrator for the grade ten dance classes in her graduating year. Caroline was also awarded the Arts Showcase Award and Edward Lam Scholarship at graduation. Since graduating, Caroline has been back as a professional Guest Artist and Rehearsal Assistant.

Caroline is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and was the recipient of their Pedagogy Practicum Award for teaching the Martha Graham Technique. She has also completed two seasons as a virtual student of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance  (Manhattan NY) in their post graduate Advanced Studies Certificate program. To further her own pedagogical training, Caroline has attended the Martha Graham School's Teacher Training Intensive and the Limon Company's Teacher Training Intensive. To further her education, Caroline is currently a masters thesis student at York University researching Dance, Education, and Kinesiology. 

Caroline has studied in summer programs at the Martha Graham Dance Company, The Limon Dance Company (Manhattan NY), Pro Arte Danza (Toronto ON), The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto ON), The Joffrey Ballet School (Manhattan NY), and The Royal Academy of Dance (London UK).

Caroline's goal for the studio is to bring high quality dance education and an appreciation for the art of dance to the local community. 

Paige Hennekam
Faculty

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Paige Hennekam began dancing at the age of three years old, where she studied Ballet and Jazz. Later in her training, she joined a competitive dance team and went on to win many awards at dance competitions across North America. Some of her greatest achievements were performing a contemporary solo that scored 96.8, winning her the First Overall title out of all solos entered in the competition. Another was when her studio won First Overall of the entire competition for the group’s Hip Hop number that scored 98. Paige was also a frequent recipient of many awards and scholarships including one to the National Ballet School of Canada's summer school.

 

Paige is also highly trained and very passionate about acting and musical theatre. She has performed Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Timon in The Lion King for the Trillium Lakelands Arts Camp. She also played Sarah in the musical Company at McMaster University.

Children are Paige’s greatest passion and inspiration. Her teaching career began at her childhood studio where she taught Ballet, Acro, and Hip Hop. Paige has also volunteered at many theatre arts camps for kids and eventually started her own near the end of high school. Her objective has always been to provide top-notch dance education, while ensuring that each student is accommodated and having a blast. 

Brooke Conroy
Substitute Faculty

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Brooke Conroy started dancing at a young age studying Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Acro. Later in her training, she joined a competitive team in Peterborough where she competed in many competitions across Ontario for 5 years. Brooke also trained under Susie Clarke at Thomas A. Stewart (TAS) in the high school's integrated arts dance stream and competed with their dance team that won First Overall School. Brooke is currently studying at Trent University to get her teaching degree which she hopes to use to teach dance in schools across Ontario in the future.


As a performer, Brooke has been part of the Peterborough Lakers Dance and Cheer Team for many years where she has had the privilege of dancing in front of crowds of 4,000 people and had the opportunity to dance at the Mann Cup Championships. Brooke recently took on the role of Assistant Coach for the Senior,  Junior, and Mini dance teams. One of Brooke’s biggest accomplishments is being featured in the “I Don’t Dance” music video by Lindsay Barr.

Brooke's teaching career began at a local Peterborough Studio where taught children ages 0-18 in various styles including Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Wee Wigglers, and Improvisation. Many of the competitive team routines Brooke choreographed won awards, including Top Overall Large Group for one of her Hip Hop pieces. Brooke has also continued her connection with Susie Clarke since graduating the TAS integrated arts program by volunteering and teaching in the dance stream. Brooke has always enjoyed helping to inspire the next generation of not only dancers, but young people in all aspects of their lives. Her top priority is ensuring every dancer has the tools they need to be successful in and out of the studio. She lives by the motto instilled in her by her mentor, “More than Moves”.

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