Niky Johnson graduated with a Masters in Education from Medaille College and has over 14 years teaching experience. After training in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles, she has since been teaching at Toronto’s top private and performing arts schools. She has also choreographed for The Rock as well as Raptors 905 dance teams and performed on screen in Hairspray, Degrassi and Honey, among others. Niky enjoys teaching various styles of dance to students of all ages and abilities. Niky is an energetic, positive and supportive instructor who teaches with a focus on fun and individual development and is excited be on staff with Epiphany of Dance this year!
Sierra is an emerging dance artist who received her BFA Honours in Performance Dance at Ryerson University. Sierra has performed in works by Heidi Strauss, Marie Josée Chartier, Valerie Calam, Alejandro Cerrudo, Kate Hilliard and Gadfly. Most recently Sierra spent the last 6 months touring Europe as a dancer for Norwegian Creative Studios onboard the Regent Seven Seas Explorer. Sierra has had the opportunity to teach and choreograph for Ryerson Dance Pak, Premiere Studio of Dance and Peterborough Arts for Awareness summer intensive; ONE EARTH and is very excited to join the Epiphany of Dance team, continue teaching and sharing her passion for dance.
Megan Oko (Guest Teacher)
Since childhood, Megan has trained in dance styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre in Montreal, Kingston and Toronto. In 2006, she moved to Toronto to pursue the arts further. She graduated from the George Brown College Dance Program and decided to continue her education at York University where she completed a BFA honours in Dance, specializing in teaching, and a minor in French Studies. Currently, she is commencing a Bachelor of Education at York University. Megan is passionate about teaching and inspiring children and youth, and about implementing the arts in our society.
A graduate from Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, becoming a performing artist and choreographer has been a life long journey. She has choreographed musical theatre (Shrek, Dora the Explorer, Hair, Seussical the Musical, The Little Mermaid, Fame, Little Women LOT/FirstActProd) and children’s touring theatre (Little Red Theatre). She has choreographed music videos for Juno award winning Splash n’ Boots and with production company Yeah! Films for Canadian bands Seaway and Pin Up. Her work has been shown at festivals like Fever After Dark with Jerome Bobb and Bazaar. She has taught dance, musical theatre and scene study with several different Toronto based companies including York University and Ryerson School of Performance Summer Intensives. Her work with the bold indie theatre company, Echo Productions, has given her the chance to choreograph stories like, Bonnie and Clyde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dog Sees God and Charles Manson: Son of Man. She has performed contracts in Newfoundland, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Yukon Territory and has toured across the United States (Hair National Tour), Europe (Hair European Tour), Maritimes Canada (The Great Big Boo) and South America (Norwegian Cruise Line). In 2018, she launched her independent dance company, Dance Fachin with their premiere work, Worldly Women. Worldly Women is a story about the different kinds of oppression women face around the globe. The show won the prestigious Jury’s Choice Award (Ottawa Fringe) and Patron’s Pick Award (Island Fringe). In early 2019, she performed in the first regional production (since it’s run on Broadway) of An American in Paris with Arizona Broadway Theatre. There she was in the female ensemble, singing, dancing and en pointe. Currently she is working on her political piece with Dance Fachin called THE FOURTH R: Revolution- exploring the effects of capitalism on our environment and societies. This show will tour the Orlando, Montreal and Edmonton Fringe Festivals. With lots of experience in dance and a great foundation in music and story telling, she believes that this is her formula for creation. Fusing story, movement and music together. Let’s make magic!
Avi Silverman (Guest Teacher)
born in Jerusalem, Israel and began his training at The Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. Avi moved to Toronto to continue his studies at Canada’s National Ballet School. He graduated in 1996 and joined The National Ballet of Canada becoming a Second Soloist in 2004. While with the company he has danced in numerous rolls including the White Couple in Forgotten Land, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, The Organ Duet in Soldiers Mass to name a few and has worked with many different choreographers such as Crystal Pite, James Kudelka, Peter Wright,Jhon Alleyne and more. In 2009 Mr. Silverman retired from The National Ballet of Canada.
In 2012 Mr. Silverman graduated from the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School.
In 2010 Mr. Silverman created a work for Cadence “City Connect” titled ‘Change’ which marked his choreographic debut for a dance company. In June 2015 his first Dance Film ‘Diversion’ came to light. On July 2017 he produced and choreographed his first full evening of dance titled HAI/18 in Toronto both shows were to a sold out audience. On January 2018 his company was invited to take part in the 25th anniversary of Dance Ontario Weekend performing his new work “Anvil 18”, and on May 2018 his company performed as part of the Spotlight on Israeli Culture festival a full length evening including a commission for the festival titled In Between. On January 2019 In Between was performed as part of Dance Ontario Weekend.
The press about Anvil 18
“Avinoam Silverman’s contemporary ballet demonstrates the incredible possibilities of this art form with its strength, beauty, focus and, at times, a sense of playfulness.”
Elise Tigges, January 2018, The Dance Current
Caddy Superville (Guest Teacher)
At the age of 13, Caddy began training in recreational jazz and competitive hip-hop. She received a scholarship through competitive dance to attend the O.I.P summer dance intensive for a week long of professional training from choreographers such as, Luther Brown, Neekz and Mariano. At the age of 14, Caddy starred as the lead character in the Christian Musical, “At Last” produced by Alinka Chambers. She recently starred in the Musical production known as, “Mute” as a main character, this play sheds light on the social issue of bullying, which is an issue Caddy is extremely passionate about. Caddy is a former member of the company, School of Mayhem, where she first started performing for charities, social events and school programs at the age of 16.While attending York University for Social Work in 2009 she became a member of the school’s hip hop team “Style Wize”. Since then Caddy has trained and performed with companies including Nexx Level, DLM, Dark, BOSS, and now currently with the company Gadfly and the dance crew, DEUCEnDIP. She formed a partnership with “Cheech” creating a waacking duo called the Queen of Hearts in 2014. Caddy has choreographed and back up danced for artists including; Gina Lee, Asha Lee Simone, Jennie Laws, RoeNelle, Haley Small, ALSNDRA and Masiaone. Caddy has choreographed for the Urban Myth Show at the Next Stage Festival, Urban Legends at the Fringe Festival, The Waaquettes at the Raw Artists Showcase and The Outside Looking In Showcase. Caddy has performed for numerous Community events in Toronto such as; Bazaar, Choreographer’s ball, Manifesto, Unity, the Unplugged Festival and many more.Caddy can be seen in the following music videos, “Change You” Jenna G ft Drake, “Some Say” by the Airplane boys, “Reach on out for love” by Machel Montano, “Prison Riot” by Flosstradamus ft Lil Jon and The official “We Day” Music Video. Her training consists of hip-hop, waacking, Jazz Funk and house dance in Toronto and in New York City. She currently teaches drop in classes at The Underground Dance Centre and The Toronto School of Burlesque. Caddy is known for her enthusiasm and is determined to continue her growth and give back to the dance community as much as she can. Desired most is traveling to gain and provide knowledge to and from other dancers and those who wish to learn.