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Faculty

Meet the WCSOPA Faculty




Melissa Demers - Director and Head Instructor

After completing her education, Melissa went on to teach and develop exercise programs at many different corporate facilities in Ottawa. She has also enjoyed a great deal of success as a personal trainer. Melissa joined the Ottawa Renegades Dance team in 2002 and competed on a National Sport Aerobic team in 2003.
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Lisa Hash - Instructor

Lisa trained intensively in Ballet, Jazz and Tap with the Canadian School of Dance and Les Petits Ballets for 12 years. She also trained in Figure Skating and Synchronized Skating, competing for Canada at the French Cup in Rouen, France, winning Gold in 2000.
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Amanda Tate/Callahan Divet - Instructor

Amanda began her dance training in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied under the direction of Kathy Kozel, William McLaughlin, Sam Fiorello, Adrian Mintz and several others whom gave her a strong ballet and jazz technical training. She later received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, from the Conservatory of Music & Dance at University of Missouri-Kansas City.
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Charlotte Reithman - Instructor

Samantha Bernard - Instructor

Katy Munro - Instructor

Ms. Katy is WCSOPA’s resident drama and vocal music teacher. She also teaches musical theatre, and is our office manager. You’ve probably seen her at the front desk with her bright hair and happy smile, or talked to her on the phone, but what don’t you know about WCSOPA’s most colourful teacher?
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Marc Joinette - Instructor

Grace Myles - Instructor

Mercedes Rivoire - Instructor

Mercedes Rivoire trained extensively with Canadian School of Dance where she studied ADAPT jazz and tap, RAD ballet, hip hop and musical theatre. She competed in American Dance Awards and Candance competitions.
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Melissa Demers - Director, Head Instructor

After completing her education, Melissa went on to teach and develop exercise programs at many different corporate facilities in Ottawa. She has also enjoyed a great deal of success as a personal trainer. Melissa joined the Ottawa Renegades Dance team in 2002 and competed on a National Sport Aerobic team in 2003. Melissa takes great pride in the work she has done with both the Rural Root and Kanata Theater groups. She has performed on stage in the Kanata Theatre's successful play "the Snow Ball" and continues to choreograph dance routines for both theatre groups.
Although her background is very diverse she has always had a special love for Ballet having studied both Cecchetti and RAD (Royal Academy) disciplines very seriously. Melissa's love for movement is also fulfilled through fitness, with certifications as a group fitness instructor, an individual conditioner, a kickboxing instructor, a Spinning instructor, a fitness consultant and personal trainer.

Not surprisingly, her love of dance resulted in the formation of the West Carleton School of Performing Arts where she has dedicated herself to sharing her love of dance. She is an ADAPT certified instructor.

Since incorporating WCSOPA 10 years ago, Melissa has worked very hard to bring together a team of well educated dedicated instructors who share her love of dance and the arts. Her goal has been to provide teachers who have a wealth of knowledge experience and a determination to the organization in an effort to ensure a life changing and memorable experience for her patrons. She has also developed an Internship Program for some of her more talented students in an effort to help them develop and gain life experience. We think you'll be very impressed when you read their bio's.

Melissa's objective within the school is to promote healthy living, high self esteem and to share her passion for the arts. Sharing it with children has been a bonus.

Melissa looks forward to personally introducing you to all of the fantastic staff and talented students at the West Carleton School of Performing Arts!

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Amanda Tate Divet - Instructor

At University she trained in Modern and Ballet under the direction of Mary Pat Henry, director of Wylliams/ Henry Contemporary Dance Company. Paula Weber, Diana Hytte Washington, former Alvin Ailey Dancer, Catherine Taylor Plavcin, and Emmy award winner, the late Leni Wylliams.

After graduating, she moved to New York City to continue her professional endeavours. Amanda performed with several modern/ contemporary dance companies including Infinity Dance Theater and Darrah Carr Dance as a soloist, where she had the opportunity to tour the US and Europe. Amanda received rave reviews such as one in the New York Times where she was described as “the personification of flight”. While in New York, she was fortunate to have the chance to work with award winning choreographers such as Peter Pucci, Robert Battle, and Shawn Curren, to name a few. Amanda is also proud to have graced the pages of magazines such as Dance Magazine and Time Out New York. She can also be seen acting in National Federation Educational videos.

Due to an injury, Amanda left the stage to pursue other endeavours which led her to settle here in Ottawa Canada. She has found a new favourite dance partner, her 6yr old son, Rowen. Amanda is very happy to be part of the WSCOPA family, and looking forward to watching her students grow and become amazing artists.

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Lisa Hash - Instructor

After achieving a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Carleton University in 2006, Lisa’s passion for dance brought her to the studio. She began teaching in 2008 at Allegro DanceWorks and has since completed the ADAPT TTS training course and is a certified ADAPT teacher.

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Mercedes Rivoire - Instructor

She recently graduated from St. Lawrence College Music Theatre Performance program. She performed in shows including Les Belles Soeurs, where she played Rose Ouimet and Twelfth Night, in which she played Sir Toby Belch. She also performed in two revue shows- Superstars, which featured pop songs throughout history and Grand Central: Diva’s on Broadway, where she performed songs from a number of different musicals.

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Katy Munro - Instructor

Ms. Katy wrote her own children’s musical called An Old Fashioned Love Story which was produced at Sheridan College in 2008, and at the Cobblestone Festival the following summer.

After that, Ms. Katy completed a 3-year college degree in Musical Theatre Performance at St. Lawrence College where she studied many aspects of acting, singing and dance. She played the lead role of Jenny in their production of The Threepenny Opera, and was a featured ensemble member in many other SLC productions including: Grease, Hair, The Mikado, 42nd Street, and The Laramie Project. Ms. Katy has also completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Theatre and Minor in Music.

This summer, Ms. Katy can also be found Judging for Ottawa Idol, a prestigious singing competition for youth age 13-23. Ms. Katy is a passionate and patient vocal, drama, and musical theatre teacher who believes –anyone- can learn to sing (yes, you too!) She is known for a gentle, persistent teaching style that allows beginner and advanced students alike to find their confidence on stage in any capacity.

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