Adult performance troupe

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Elise Antoniak

Elise was born and raised in Ottawa and started dancing at the age of four. She has trained in jazz, ballet, contemporary, musical theatre, hip hop, and other street dance styles. While studying at McGill University she was the co-director and co-choreographer of the Urban Groove Dance Project Performance Troupe, performing and competing across Montreal, including opening for Girlicious. After returning to Ottawa, she was excited to join Driven Dance Company to continue training and performing. Now she looks forward to dancing with Ottawa’s newest adult dance troupe – TRAPT. When she is not dancing, Elise enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, snowboarding, and playing soccer.

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Emily Bennett

Emily was born and raised in Ottawa and is currently attending Carleton University for a Bachelor of Social Work. Emily first started dancing with the Nepean Creative Arts Centre at the age of four. Similar to most little girls, she started her training in ballet before branching out to other styles. After taking a few years off to explore other sports, she realized dance was where she was meant to be and started taking classes at the Canadian Dance Factory. While at CDF, Emily focused on hip hop training and discovered her love for the style. After spending a number of years with CDF, she joined Impulse Company of Dance for their formative years, where she began competing with her team. She is now looking to expand her capabilities in a number of styles and has joined TRAPT to help get back into the swing of things and grow as a dancer.

Madison Blais

Bio and picture coming soon

Mavis Chan

Mavis did gymnastics and some acrobatics in her teens, and pursued dance more passionately beginning as an adult. Originally from Toronto, she put all her energy into training in jazz, ballet, hip hop and contemporary in studios across Toronto. After working hard to catch up on technique, Mavis was able to dance in adult performance groups such as Momentum Dance Toronto in 2018, and PushPULL Dance Ottawa in 2019 and 2020. Mavis is super excited to continue to have the opportunity to learn and grow as a dancer through TRAPT Ottawa! 

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Amanda Dresch

20 years experience, trained in jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop.

Lindsay Funnekotter

Bio Coming Soon

Sarah Hamilton

Sarah began dancing in Ajax, ON. when she was just three years old. As she grew, so did her love of dance, and Sarah knew from a young age that she would become a dance teacher; following in the footsteps of both her mom, and her older sister. Sarah teaches tap and ballet at various studios in Ottawa, and in particular, loves working with young dancers as they discover their love of dance, and grow into inspiring young performers! She has studied tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip hop, and is an Associate Member of the B.A.T.D. She studied at various studios across Canada, before settling into Ottawa and sharpening her skills at Canterbury High School in the Dance Program. She went on to help found and create Carleton University’s Ravens Dance Pak (originally Carleton University Dance Team) in 2011. 

Sarah is excited to have been a member of TRAPT since its inception in 2019. She loves performing for audiences, and is proud to be part of a team that cares about giving back to the community!

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Julie Joinette

Julie Joinette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. Following in her sister’s footsteps, she started dancing at the age of 4 years. Studying everything from tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre and hip hop. She continued her studies in theatre, graduating with a B.A. in Drama from the University of Windsor. She began teaching in studios around Ottawa in 2004 and continues to pass along her knowledge to performers of all ages as director of Top Rock Dance and Fitness.

She also trained, choreographed and prepared show pieces to the performers from My Dance Productions, including the former Crazy Horse Coyotes. She continued to expand her knowledge by achieving her personal training certification and fitness instructor certification through Can Fit Pro. Every year, Julie continues to search for more opportunities to expand her knowledge and skills so she can then pass the information along to those she teaches.

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Danika King

Danika was born in Sault Ste Marie where she started dancing at the age of 3. She spent most of her dance years at Sherry Walsh Academy of Dance Arts performing in ballet, jazz, lyrical and pointe. Since moving away from the Soo, she has lived in several cities and countries, taking drop in dance classes of all styles wherever she went. She is excited to be dancing onstage with a team again. She is a middle school teacher by day and a pub trivia enthusiast by night.

Hailey Lamont

Over 15 years experience trained in hip hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, ballet, and musical theatre.

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Danielle Lepage
Bio Coming Soon
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McKenna Mellon

8 years experience trained in modern, hip hop, ballet, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre.

Emily Moore

Emily got her introduction to dance with Almonte Academy of Dance when she was three years old.  At age of 5, Emily continued dancing with Linda Jamieson’s School of Dance. Here she danced for 8 years, dancing competitively from age 9. She then moved to Capital City Dance where she danced competitively, regionally and nationally in many genres, winning many awards for both group routines and solos. She was accepted to the dance program at Canterbury High School and became a graduate in 2017. She studied the Royal Academy of Dance ballet for her entire dance career, she also trained in jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and acro. During Emily's time with Capital City Dance, she had the opportunity to dance at different fundraising concerts including Bust A Move for breast cancer and Dancers Give Back.

Dance is her passion and saviour!  She hope to keep dancing and sharing my love of dance with others.

Randi Saunders

Randi started dancing at the age of 6 at Rosemary Breman School of Dance in Carleton Place, Ontario. She trained in many styles including jazz, ballet, and hip hop. She has continued to dance throughout the years as well as passing on her knowledge to others, having taught in and around the Ottawa area. She then founded the My Dance Productions and directed the Crazy Horse Coyotes. Know a mother of a beautiful baby girl, she spends less time dancing with us and more time dancing with her family. 

Randi is pleased to be a part time TRAPT member. It allows her the flexibility to fit her love for dance into her busy schedule. 

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Alexa Therien

Alexa was born and raised in Ottawa where she started dancing at the age of 4. Growing up, Alexa danced competitively in many different styles; jazz, tap, hip hop, and lyrical at Canadian Dance Factory. During university, Alexa danced with Driven Dance Company where she performed at the Canadian Hip Hop Championships, Culture Shock Showcases, and Winterlude. Currently, during the day, Alexa is an elementary school teacher. In the evening, she swaps the kindergarten classroom for the fitness studio where she teaches barre fitness and dance cardio classes at Movati. You can easily pick out Alexa on stage due to her infectious stage presence and her expressive style.

Chelsea Tronsgard

Chelsea began dancing at the age of three at the Cumbrae School of Dance and continued on to Canterbury High School to participate in their wonderful arts program. She performed in the Canada Dance Festival in 2004 and is very excited to come back to the stage with TRAPT so many years later. Chelsea has been teaching dance for over fifteen years, at the (then) Orleans Recreation Centre, Dovercourt Recreation Association, KV Dance Studio, and currently at MOVATI Athletic, and Carleton University. During her days Chelsea is a teacher with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, and in the evenings when she isn’t dancing she is on the couch snuggling her greyhound, Wyatt, and her husband, Jeff.

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TJ Waddington

Bio Coming Soon

Evelyn West

Evelyn has been dancing for over 15 years. She started dancing hip hop at the age of 10 years, and took classes in jazz and ballet. She joined the dance crew Driven in 2005, where she learned about freestyle, breakdancing, house, and multiple other techniques that allowed Evelyn to craft her own style within the genre. Evelyn was exposed to many classical forms of dance during her high school years, including modern, lyrical, jazz and a little tap. She also began teaching during those years, creating her own choreography and building her own teaching techniques. Once Driven disband, Evelyn joined My Dance Productions which focused mostly on country-style dance, but also did performances in hip hop and go-go dancing opportunities. She continued to take adult drop in classes during her adult years. Becoming a guest choreographer for Momentum Moves, Hump Day Dance which lead to a subsequent performance for Studio X end of year showcase.

In 2017, Evelyn was lead dance instructor and practice coordinator for Impulse Company of Dance, with classes ranging from young children to late teens. Trained the Impulse competitive troupe and won placement medals for large group hip-hop and modern influenced hip hop quartet. 

Now, she is working towards creating choreography using music that normally would not go with the more well-known hip hop style. It’s a challenge that I am looking forward to completing and hopefully continue to do in my next upcoming dance adventure.

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Rachel West

Rachel was born and raised in Ottawa. From the influence of her two sisters, she started dancing ballet at the young age of 4 years. She also spent time learning hip hop under the direction of Julie Joinette at the Canadian Dance Factory. Rachel took a few years off from dance, but as a young adult started dancing again, taking any dancing opportunities she could. One of her favourites included participating in Hump Day Dance, an adult program run by Momentum Moves at Studio X. 

Despite having a ballet background, her style is now very focused around hip hop. She is very excited to be a part of TRAPT and hopes to continue to learn new skills and become a more well rounded dancer in all styles. Although she wants to continue her path to becoming a teacher, she hopes to gain a bigger name in dance along with the troupe.

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