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christineChristine Eagle : Co-Director

Christine began her dance training at age 3 eventually studying all forms of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Modern, Demi-Character and Baton. As a competitive soloist and group member, Christine won numerous trophies and scholarships. She has attended many competitions and conventions in Canada and the United States and performed at various places including the CNE. Christine did her training under the C.D.T.A (Canadian Dance Teachers Association) syllabus and in 2000 she completed her Associate Membership Examination. In 1998 she began teaching dance to children of all ages. She assisted and taught competitive and recreational programs in all disciplines at a well established dance studio. In 2001 along with her sister Shirley, she established Northern Lights Dance Studio. Since then she has trained many award winning dancers.

In 2012, Christine began a 3 year intensive training program with the ADAPT syllabus (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers).  In 2014, NLDS will become a certified ADAPT studio.

With 30 years of combined dance experience, Christine is pleased to share her knowledge and love for dance with her students.

Shirley Firman : Co-Director

Shirley began dancing at age three and has been trained in all areas of dance; including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Modern, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Pointe, Hip Hop, Demi-Character and Baton. Shirley has had the opportunity to work and study with several renowned teachers and choreographers including Celia Franca, Veronica Tennant, Holly Small, Daniel Lewis, Donna Krasnow and Jean-Louis Morin. Shirley studied dance performance, choreography and teaching at York University. Shirley was an original member of the York Dance Ensemble and performed throughout Canada including the Calgary Winter Olympics and the Anglican Sesquicentennial at Skydome. As co-director of the studio, Shirley is pleased to be able to pass on her wealth of experience to her students at Northern Lights

Angela Montanini : Instructor

Angela began her dance training at the age of 3. She is extensively trained in baton, jazz, tap and acrobatics. After many years of competitive dance both as a soloist and group member, in 1987 Angela began her teaching career and completed her training under the C.D.T.A and C.B.T.A. Along with her teaching experience, Angela brings 5 years of adjudicating dance and baton competitions at a national level. As well as performing and competing at a national level, Angela was a Saskatchewan Roughrider cheerleader; in 1987 to 1989 she choreographed all dance routines for the Saskatchewan Roughrider Molson Golden Girls. Angela is pleased to be a part of Northern Lights Dance Studio and hopes to inspire all her students with the love of dance.

mollyMolly Georgopoulos: Instructor

Molly has been dancing since the age of two, and has trained in all styles of dance including jazz, ballet, tap, acro, pointe, musical theatre, lyrical, modern, contemporary, jazz funk, heels, and hip hop. She spent her high school years studying at Alexander Mackenzie School for the Arts and Huron Heights Secondary School, specializing in the dance program at both art schools. As a competitive soloist and group dancer with NLDS, Molly won numerous awards and scholarships that led her into the professional industry. 

Molly is now dancing with Nexx Level Dance Theatre and Entertainment, which is a professional hip hop dance company, as well as The Cast: Heels Edition, a professional heels dance company both based out of Toronto, Ontario.  Molly has trained with some of the top choreographers in the industry, including Blake McGrath, Shannon Mather, Ian Eastwood, Nappytabs, Marty Kudelka, David Norsworthy, Tre Armstrong, Chaz Buzan, and Brian Friedman, among others. Molly also trains and performs professionally with the Canadian National Youth Circus, managed by Zero Gravity Circus as an aerialist and contortionist.  She has been featured on YTV, CTV, Golbal, and City TV, and has been in music videos and shows in downtown Toronto, as well as dancing behind musical artists.

She is honored and very excited to be teaching and sharing her passion for dance among students at Northern Lights Dance Studio.

tammy hourtovenkoTammy Hourtovenko : Instructor

Tammy started dancing at the age of three at her mother’s dance studio in Sudbury, ON. It wasn’t long before she was training in Jazz, Ballet, Acrobatics, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Modern. At the age of 9, she was the youngest member of the competitive troupe, dancing not only as a group member, but as a soloist as well. She went on to win several awards and scholarships at various dance competitions throughout Ontario, and attending summer dance intensives in North Bay and Toronto.

Her passion for dance naturally turned to teaching where she could share her knowledge and experience with children of all ages. In 2009, Tammy successfully completed her 3-year intensive teacher’s training program to become a certified member of ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers). She assisted studio director and RAD examiner, Stella Chung with the dance program at OMA Studio, teaching children with varying degrees of Autism, and helped to organize their first public presentation. She is excited to continue sharing and growing the love and passion with the students of Northern Lights.

Arlene Murchison-Doggart : Instructor

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