Faculty

At Studio C, all faculty members work together as a team to create a positive, organized and professional atmosphere.  Our instructors are experienced and highly-trained, resulting in careful instruction that develops student ability in technique and artistry.  Our assistants are dedicated and passionate, modelling the skills and attitudes that lead to a love of dance.  Syllabus resources from the Canadian Dance Teachers Association, and Acrobatique ensure all students, both competitive and recreational, are taught using the most up-to-date, safe and effective strategies.  Studio C staff are dedicated to the goal of creating a positive and supportive atmosphere that allows your dancer to reach their full potential.

Cornwall dance instructor - Candy Pollard

Candy (Woods) Pollard

Owner/Instructor 

 

Candy began dancing at the age of 4, and pursued her studies in dance education and performance under the direction of Berenice Dickson.  She studied all dance styles, but as a young student and teenager she focused on competitive Highland dancing.  Along with her parents, and Berenice her instructor, she travelled extensively throughout North America, competing and winning at many prestigious Highland Games.  Candy was also a very active member of The Glen Productions Community Theatre Company, dancing, singing and acting in over a dozen productions. She completed her first teacher training program through the Scottish Dance Teacher’s Association in 1977.  Upon the retirement of her teacher and mentor in 1985, Candy taught dance throughout the community, before opening Studio C in 1991.

For the past 25 years, Studio C has provided quality dance education for competitive and recreational students alike.  She has inspired and motivated literally thousands of students, and has continued to be involved in local theatre.  Candy continues to study each summer with Dance Olympus and with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association.  She holds qualified membership Certification with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association Ontario Branch (C.D.T.A.).  Studio C is the only dance studio in the Cornwall area to have certified instructors with the CDTA and to offer a graded dance education system through this nationally recognized organization.  After more than 50 years in the dance world, her passion has not waned.

 

Cornwall dance instructor - Alanna Pollard

Alanna Pollard

Instructor 

 

Alanna also began her dance training under the instruction of Ms. Berenice Dickson, and continued that training at Studio C Dance School.  As a teenager, she competed and studied throughout North America under such dance legends as Thommie Walsh, Kit Andre, and Savion Glover.  She toured throughout the United States and parts of Canada as a “Caravan Kid” with Hoctor’s Dance Caravan, one of the premiere dance convention and competition companies of that time. As a member of the Studio C Dance Team, she won the title of “Miss Elite Stars of Dance 1996”. Alanna began choreographing at age 12, and by 16 was teaching almost as much as she was dancing.

Alanna has completed her Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University and currently teaches Dance and English at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School.  She has completed both the Advanced Jazz and Tap Examinations with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association and also holds Full Membership status with that organization.  As a teacher and choreographer, Alanna has helped her students grow technically and artistically.  Her students have won many platinum awards, overall high scores, scholarships, and judges’ special awards.

 

Cornwall Dance Instructor - Cathryn Matthews

Cathryn Matthews

Instructor

Cathryn has trained at Studio C since age 8, and competed with the Studio C Competitive Team for 10 years, winning many Overall awards. She has travelled as far as Orlando FL to train and compete.  Cathryn has completed the Advanced Jazz & Advanced Tap Examinations with C.D.T.A. In her teens and twenties, Cathryn worked at Brio Dancewear in Ottawa, and began teaching for Studio C.  Now a busy mom of three, and owner of Cat Matthews Photography, Cathryn leads the AcroDance program at Studio C.  She also teaches and choreographs for the competitive program.

 

Cornwall dance instructor - Tana Montgomery

Tana Montgomery

Instructor

Tana began dancing at age 3 and was a member of the Studio C Competitive Team for 12 years.  She has won many awards, as well as “special judges” awards from the Flashdance Competition Judges.  Tana has also studied jazz, tap, lyrical and ballet and has completed the Advanced Jazz & Advanced Tap Examinations with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association.  Throughout college, Tana continued to train and compete with Studio C, and began teaching dance classes.  Tana is a registered nurse, the owner of Sole Solutions Footcare, and a new mom.   She currently teaches recreational classes on Wednesday nights.

 

Assistant - Alexx Gibeau

Alexx Gibeau

Assistant

Alexx assists with our Saturday morning, and Wednesday evening recreational classes.  She is a student at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School.  She studies all forms of dance, and completes her CDTA exams.  She has been a member of the Studio C Dance Team for the past 6 years and has a number of Dynamic Gold and Platinum awards to her credit.  She has also been chosen for many special judges awards, such as “Commitment to Choreography,” and was named “Roscoe’s Sweetheart.”  In 2012, Alexx won a scholarship to the “Hollywood Summer Tour Kidz” and spent a week in Los Angeles studying dance performance.  In Boston during the summer of 2014, she won a Dance Olympus scholarship.  Last season her solo placed 2nd Overall Senior Solo at the Kick it Up! competition, and 1st Overall for her duet and group dances.

 

Shaelyn Samuel

Assistant

Shaelyn assists in our Monday evening competitive classes.  She has been a member of the Studio C Dance Team for many years, and is a student at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School. She has earned “Honours” in some of her CDTA exams, which is a rare occurrence.  In 2013, Shaelyn won “Overall High Score Junior Solo” at Dance Olympus in Boston.  She has also been chosen for many special judges awards, such as “Overall Excellence” and “You Caught My Eye.”  This past season, her solo consistently placed in the Overalls, earning 1st Overall Solo at the Dance Canada competition.  Her duets and group dances also earned 1st Overall.

 

Assistant - Shaelyn Samuel
Assistant - Lauren Gibeau

Lauren Gibeau

Assistant

Lauren assists on Thursday evenings.  She is a student at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, and is active in the Arts program.  Lauren has danced at Studio C since the age of three, and now competes with our Intermediate Dance Team.  She has travelled to Boston to train at Dance Olympus conventions, and to Toronto for the Canadian Dance Expo.  Last season she was awarded the “Rosco’s Sweetheart Award” at Kick it Up! competition.  Her bright smile and kind disposition make our youngest students feel comfortable.  We are lucky to have her help.

 

Emma Marleau

Assistant

Emma has been a member of the Studio C competitive dance team since 2011.  She is a dedicated and hard-working member of the Intermediate Team, who has travelled to Boston and Toronto to train at dance conventions.  Emma studies all forms of dance, completes her CDTA exams, and is an active member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School Arts Department.  Last season her solo was recognized with the “I Feel You” special award, and a 5th Overall Intermediate Solo placement.  Emma assists on Tuesday nights.

 

Emma Marleau
Emagin McMillan

Emagin McMillan

Assistant

Emagin competes with the Intermediate Team at Studio C, and has been a member since 2012.  She studies all forms of dance, completes her CDTA exams, and has travelled to Boston and Toronto to train at dance conventions.  She attends Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School and actively participates in the Arts Department.  In the past, her duet was chosen for a special judges award “Great Connection.” Emagin is a hard-worker, and is dedicated to her own training, and to helping our younger competitive students on Tuesday nights.