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We Are Here To Help Your Child Discover The Love Of Dance & Help Them Become The Best They Can Be

We have an incredible team of teachers that are experienced, well trained and knowledgeable. A poorly trained or inexperienced dance instructor can cause serious, or even permanent injury. Both the recreational and competitive student will receive the proper training appropriate to their level. Environment is also important. Our studio is equipped with the proper sprung flooring, mirrors and barres to facilitate proper training. The atmosphere at our studio is friendly and welcoming. Negativity and “cliques” are strongly frowned upon. It is of top importance to us that every student feel comfortable and accepted so that they may learn and progress to the best of their ability. Dance is a discipline as well as an art form and we adhere to this long-standing tradition.

Bigger does not always mean better. We keep our class sizes small so that every student can receive the individual attention they need. Dancing promotes fitness, flexibility & coordination, discipline, builds self esteem while learning to work  in a group…and it’s fun!!! We can help make dance an integral part of your child’s life. The benefits that come with proper dance training will last a lifetime!

Leanne Klassen
Studio Director

Leanne Klassen


Studio Director
Leanne has been teaching dance classes to students ages 4-adult for over 35 years and has been involved in dance for over 45 years, beginning at the young age of 5 when she started taking ballet classes. This led to studying classes in jazz & tap as well, then eventually to musical theatre, modern and lyrical. Over the years, Leanne performed in many festivals, fashion shows & performing arts shows including Hamilton Ti-Cat half time shows and Hamilton's sesquicentennial celebration. Leanne attended the University of Waterloo where she studied the dance program, and furthered her training in ballet, jazz, modern and choreography, while also studying music, kinesiology, anatomy, child psychology, drama and dance history. After graduating, she taught classes in jazz, ballet, tap, acro and modern for different studios throughout the Niagara Peninsula and performed with several dance companies before opening her own studio in Grimsby (her hometown) in 1999. Starting at a modest location with only 50 students, Beyond The Barre Dance Company has grown to a thriving studio with some of the best teachers and choreographers the area has to offer. Her studio's students continue to excel in their dance studies, winning numerous awards & scholarships at competitions and going on to study dance after high school and dance professionally or teach. Her students have also been accepted into the National Ballet of Canada's prestigious summer school, the Hamilton City Ballet's production of The Nutcracker and Ballet Jorgen's production of Swan Lake. Some of Leanne's competition awards include Highest Overall Senior Mark, Overall Adjudicator's Choice, Best Overall Senior Choreography and Most Unique Concept. Leanne also credits her amazing teaching staff who have helped raise her studio to be one of the best in the area while maintaining a close, family atmosphere. Her goal is maintain the fact that dance is a discipline as well as an art form and to share her love of dance with as many students as she can...to give them the same wonderful memories, life skills and experiences that dancing gave to her. Leanne is a proud member of Dance Ontario, Dance Safe Ontario and P.A.A. (Professional Adjudicator's Alliance).

Rebecca Turner

Rebecca Turner


Rebecca was born in Windsor, Ontario. She received her dance training in Windsor at the Janice Brode School of Dance where she completed her Elementary level Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance and completed all of her medals with The British Association of Dance. She also danced with the Windsor City Ballet where she became the youngest full member in the dance company's history. With the Windsor City Ballet, she performed many forms of dance including, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Polish in the company's annual performances as well as dancing for Hospice, Art In The Park and on CBC television. Her love of dance and enthusiastic approach to teaching makes her an asset to any dance classroom and she looks forward to sharing her love and passion for dance with the students and staff members. Education Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, 2008 Royal Academy of Dance, London, England Professional Adjudicators Alliance Training 2006 Mississauga, Ontario Career History Town Of Oakville 2008-2018 Oakville, On. Master Dance Instructor . Instruct students ages 4-12 years the art of dance through instructional programs in Creative Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary and Hip Hop . Provide an open house presentation for family and friends at the end of the term of study Work History: Creative Edge Dance Studio 2016-2017 Burlington, On Ballet Teacher Instructing competitive students aged 12-18 years in ballet technique Artistic Dance Scene 2012-2013 Oakville, On. Ballet Teacher . Instructing students ages 12-18 years in Pointe classes . Select music, costumes and prepare choreography for yearly recitals and competitions The Oakville School of Dance 2009-2010 Oakville, On. Ballet Teacher . Instructing students ages 5-18 years the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Syllabus from Pre-Primary- Advanced 1 levels . Preparing students for Royal Academy of Dance examinations The Dance Element 2007-2009 Milton, On. Ballet Teacher . Instructing students ages 5-18 years the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Syllabus from Pre-Primary- Advanced 1 levels . Preparing students for Royal Academy of Dance examinations . Select music, costumes and prepare choreography for yearly recitals and competitions Center Stage School of the Arts, 2007-2009 Georgetown, On. RAD Ballet Instructor . Instruct students ages 5-14 years the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Syllabus from Pre-Primary- Grade 3 levels . Preparing students for Royal Academy of Dance examinations . Teach introduction to dance/movement to students ages 2 ½-4 years through Kinderdance and JK/SK dance program . Select music, costumes and prepare choreography for yearly recitals . Involved implementation and execution of Summer Camp programs Oakville Academy for the Arts, 2003-2007 Oakville, On. Dance Instructor/Assistant . Instruct students ages 5-17 years the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Syllabus from Pre-Primary- Intermediate levels . Preparing students for Royal Academy of Dance examinations . Instruct students ages 3-5 in Baby Ballet and Jazz . Select music, costumes and prepare choreography for yearly recitals . Mission Statement: "It is my mission to teach the art of dance with enthusiasm, creativity and professionalism. I provide a high standard of dance education in a friendly, encouraging and nurturing environment that inspires a passion for dance. I am dedicated to supporting and fostering the dreams of dancers of all ages and abilities."
Nicole Reid

Nicole Reid


Nicole has been dancing since the age of three. She trained as a competitive dancer for 15 years, studying ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical and specializing in tap. Nicole completed her RAD ballet examinations as well as CDTA tap examinations, obtaining high marks and advanced accreditations. Through her passion for tap, Nicole has performed with many dance companies including Tap into the Network in Los Angeles, Tap Kids Off-Broadway in NYC, and What’s on Tap in Toronto. She has also attended the Radio City Rockette Intensive Program and has competed with Team Canada twice at the IDO World Championships receiving Gold for her Solo and Team performance. Throughout her years of teaching tap across Ontario, Nicole’s choreography has received numerous special awards, overall standings and top choreography awards. Nicole is excited to share her love of tap with her students for another season!
Taylor Bojanowski
Guest Teacher/Choreographer

Taylor Bojanowski


Guest Teacher/Choreographer
Taylor Bojanowski is a Toronto based dance artist and is a part of the 2017 graduation class from Ryerson Universities Performance Dance BFA Program, where she studied under the direction of Vicki St.Denys. And was a competitive dancer for 13 years, winning many awards and scholarships throughout that time. Including a scholarship to train in Paris for a week and learn from talented artists from around the world. Taylor also attended the National Ballet Schools summer program in 2006. While attending Ryerson Taylor was the 2017 recipient of the “Theatre Dance Program” award. She has always been very driven to pursue a dance career, originally dedicating herself solely to classical ballet, but later discovered her passion for contemporary dance. Throughout her professional training she has had the pleasure of working with many prominent choreographers including James Kudelka, Peggy Baker, David Earl, Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbeck, Tori Mehaffey, William Yong and Kevin O’Day. Taylor had the privilege of being the understudy for ProArteDanza 2016/17 season and worked along side the company. She was also the recipient of the Apprentice Contract with the company in 2017. Since then Taylor has been a company dancer with ProarteDanza. While striving to become a performing artist, Taylor loves to teach and choreograph. She is always looking forward to working with talented and driven dancers.

Toni Ellis

Toni Ellis


Toni had her first dance class at 2 years old while living in California. Upon returning to Canada she participated in recreational classes at a few different studios in the Grimsby area. It wasn't until Toni began dancing at Beyond the Barre Dance Company at the age of 10, that her potential was recognized and she was invited to join the competitive team. Beginning with Musical Theatre then branching out to more technical styles of dance. Toni trained and competed in multiple disciplines; contemporary, jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, acrobatics. hip hop and musical theatre.Toni was a competitive dancer at BTBDC for 7 years, having many top scoring performances and winning many special awards.. One of the groups Toni participated in won a full scholarship to Step Up Dance Camp in downtown Toronto. It was here Toni branched out and was trained in a variety of new styles of dance such as old school hip hop, popping, locking, waving, breaking, tutting, house, Bollywood, African, swing and krump. In 2015, Toni began teaching recreational classes at BTBDC and began mentorship under some of BTBDC's incredible staff. Toni has a particular talent for engaging young dancers. Toni has always been passionate about her work with children. She has worked with children in many settings including daycares, schools and the YMCA . Her love for both dance and children is what makes Miss Toni an incredible asset to any dance team. She is overjoyed to be able to share her love of dance with aspiring young dancers at Beyond the Barre!
Melissa Bock

Melissa Bock


Melissa has been dancing in the greater Hamilton region since the age of four. She has trained in several dance disciplines, including ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, as well as many other styles. As a competitive & recreational teacher/choreographer, Melissa has found her strength in the contemporary, jazz, open and musical theatre genres. Her skills have been recognized with Judges’ Choice Awards, Overall Titles, Scholarships and Young Choreographer Awards. Melissa has also been honoured with an overall Choice Choreography Award for an entire competition two years running. Through her training, Melissa has successfully attained her C.D.T.A. Jazz examinations with honours and obtained her full Teacher’s Certificate in Jazz from the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association. Melissa has also earned a B.A. in Contemporary Studies from Wilfred Laurier University. Being able to study in both the academic and artistic world has helped round Melissa into an extremely capable and valuable dance teacher. Melissa has had the opportunity to work with many students and studios in the greater Hamilton Area. Not only in choreography & training, but in creating workshops & dance intensives focusing on movement & improv in the contemporary genre. She has also had the pleasure of founding contemporary programs in two studios that she still works with closely today. We are thrilled to welcome Melissa to the BTBDC team! Melissa prides herself on creating unique, one of a kind pieces that allow her students to take risks and express their personal style on stage. The ultimate goal for Melissa is to share her knowledge and passion of dance. She strives to instil an artistic appreciation in her students where ever she teaches. Helping them fully understand the true art and expression of dance.
Madisson Zonta

Madisson Zonta


Madisson began dancing in 2005 at the age of 2 years and started competing at 8 years of age. Her love and appreciation for this art form has continued to grow ever since! She was a competitive dancer at Rythum Plus Dance Company, where she trained for extensive hours in every style of dance and competed with the team in regional and national competitions around Canada and the USA. She trained and competed in jazz, jazz funk, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, pointe, tap, acro, hip hop and musical theater. She also has training and performance experience in aerial silks and hoop. She has taken workshop classes in other styles as well, including ballroom, salsa, and African-fusion to expand her knowledge beyond the classic dance forms. To further her training, she has also taken part in many classes led by professional dancers, including Blake McGrath, Teddy Forance, Brior Nolet, and more to learn from their expertise. In high school, she attended Glendale Secondary School from grade 9 to 12 as part of the Audition-Based Program of the Arts as a dance major, where she continued her dance education and training, while also getting experience in the dramatic and vocal arts. She began assisting classes at the studio as soon as she came of age to be able to do so and was lucky to have her first full teaching position this last season at Ballare Studio Dance when a teacher of theirs was away for the year. Here, she had the opportunity to teach acro (ages 4-8 years) and jazz (ages 11-13 years) classes, as well as being an assistant choreographer for the studios intermediate and senior competitive teams in their contemporary, lyrical, and jazz group routines. Madisson is looking foward to sharing her experience & love of dance at Beyond The Barre Dance Co.
Lynne Sargent
Aerial Silks Instructor

Lynne Sargent


Aerial Silks Instructor
Lynne Sargent is an aerial silks “theorist” with a strong dance background. She holds her Intermediate RAD Certificate in Ballet, as well as extensive further training in Vaganova Ballet, and brings a strong technical discipline and creative dance background to the realm of aerial arts. Her circus journey began in 2014 after a foot injury took her away from dance. Since then, she has completed multiple aerial instructor certificates with NECCA (The New England Center for Circus Arts), trained with circus experts around the globe, and performed with the Hamilton Aerial Group, Steel the Sky, and as an independent performer. She has previously taught at studios like Steel the Sky, Brass Butterflies, and Cirquesmith. She is passionate about helping every student find their own personal strength and expression style, and wants to facilitate leaving the cares of the ground behind. Find her on Instagram @lynne.sargent.

Clara Eaton Ribeiro
Guest Teacher/Choreographer

Clara Eaton Ribeiro


Guest Teacher/Choreographer
Clara has worked in the entertainment industry as a professional dancer, aerialist, instructor and choroegrapher for over 10 years. She has extensive training in Contemporary, Acro, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Tap, Modern and Aerial Arts. Clara is a graduate of Ryerson University's Performance Dance Program, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Toronto. She also holds certifications with Acrobatic Arts and is accredited Professional Adjudicators Alliance. Clara is also the co-owner of VERTEX VIBE which is a Dance Workshop that launced in 2023 specializing in Contemporary & Hip Hop syles. As a sought after instructor, Clara has shared her knowledge through several drop-in classes at Toronto's Underground Dance Centre, Dance Masters of America conventions and master classes all over North America to students of all ages!

Christina Colucci

Christina Colucci


Christina has danced competitively for 18 years, training in jazz, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, hip hop and acro. For 5 years she danced and choreographed for the Badgers Dance Pak which is Brock University's varsity dance team. She has competed all over Ontario as well as outside the country for national dance competitions. She has a great passion for dance that she wishes to pass down to the next generation of dancers!

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    515 Arvin Ave. Stoney Creek, ON
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