INSTRUCTORS

COLLEEN BRINSTON, R.T.S R.A.D
Owner/Studio Director

Miss Colleen is the owner and studio director of The Dance Workshop. She is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance having completed the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies Program in 2014. Since graduating she has successfully entered students for ballet examinations. To further her dance education Colleen is currently taking the ADAPT Jazz and Tap Instructors certification program. Colleen studied dance kinesiology and injury prevention at while at York University and as such knows the importance of safe dance practice. As a studio owner Colleen recognizes the need for qualified adult instructors in all classes. All students in our young dancer classes for student’s ages 22 months to 4 years are taught by Colleen. In addition to her dance certifications Colleen has taken the Principles of Healthy Child Development Course with High Five and holds her CPR and First Aid certifications. Dance teacher by night, Colleen works as a Support Worker with adults with developmental disabilities during the day. Colleen is a Registered Social Worker and graduated from York University with Honours in 2008. Before teaching at The Dance Workshop, Colleen taught at studios in Stayner and Barrie, Ontario.

Colleen believes that with ambition and hard work her students are capable of anything. She is known for her kind demeanor and patience. She believes in positive reinforcement, giving constructive corrections and celebrating her student’s successes. Owning a dance studio was Colleen’s childhood dream and she is forever grateful that it is now a reality.

JENNIFER BRINSTON
Director of Competitive Program/Instructor

Miss Jennifer is an Ontario Certified teacher with the Simcoe County District School Board. Having earned a teaching specialization in the dramatic arts as well as in dance, Jennifer brings with her not only knowledge of the performing arts but of effective teaching instruction. Before becoming a teacher Jennifer worked and trained as a principle dancer for a hip hop and dance theatre based company for 5 years. Jennifer has won awards for her choreography each season she has entered students into competitions and for a variety of styles including hip hop, jazz, musical theatre and modern; with her hip hop routines consistently placing in first. Miss Jennifer is excited to be teaching with her sister and in her home town with The Dance Workshop.

CHRIS EPHGRAVE
Ballroom and Latin Social Dance Instructor

“Chris has taken patterns, moves and steps from his extensive and varied dance background which includes teaching at Arthur Murray’s Dance Studio, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Wm. G. Pollock and the World of Dance Studio, and incorporated them into a Social dance schedule aimed at introducing mainly newcomers to the enjoyable and exciting aspects of both Ballroom and Latin dancing. He guarantees positive results based upon each participant’s level of involvement, with new steps introduced at a relaxed pace for everyone’s pleasure. His sense of humour makes learning Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Jive/Swing, Hustle, and even Cha-Cha, and Rumba, an excellent and stimulating exercise”.

KELLY PHANTHASOMCHIT
Acro/Contemporary Instructor

Kelly Phanthasomchit started training at the age of 9 and was quickly scouted as a member of a successful Toronto competition team. Over the years Ms. Kelly has trained in Jazz, Ballet, Acro, Lyrical, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Gymnastics. She danced competitively and attended workshops and Master Classes throughout Canada and the United States winning various dance scholarships and awards. Ms. Kelly has also had the privilege of performing numerous solos, duets and trios at many competitions, some of which were performed with her younger brother and sister. As a gymnastics coach, Ms. Kelly became fully certified in the Acrobatic Arts Program, and passed onto many students her acrobatic skills. She also choreographed dance pieces that have won many judges choice awards and first place overalls at numerous dance competitions. This in turn has enabled her to teach both dance and acrobatics, her real life passions. Ms.Kelly is very involved in the Toronto commercial dance industry and she has worked at professional dance competition venues as a dance manager, working alongside some prominent dance directors. Along with teaching and working at competitions, Ms. Kelly has found time in her busy schedule to freelance in Advertising. With a diploma in Advertising And Marketing, she has been hired by many in the dance industry for her graphic design work. Ms. Kelly brings her experience, contagious smile, and winning personality to create a fun and creative atmosphere for our students at The Dance Workshop.