Director, Choreographer, Master teacher of ballet and Armenian dance
Ani Kouyoumdjian graduated with honors from a 7 year scholarship program at the Choreographic Dance Academy of Yerevan, Armenia - an academy that has produced many famous ballet dancers and has made Armenian Folk Dance what it is today.
At age six Ani began to study ballet and continued her studies in the junior division with the National Ballet School of Canada and George Brown College for the Arts. At age eleven her natural talents were discovered by well known ethnographer, dancer, and choreographer Azad Gharibian who invited her to continue her studies in Yerevan under his tutelage. When she was thirteen, Ani was the first Canadian and also the youngest scholarship student in Armenia, and was just beginning her training as a classical ballet dancer studying the world-renowned Russian Vaganova Technique, a metod that did not isolate one particular part of body, but trained it into one harmonious whole.
Ani holds a Teaching Diploma in Ballet - Vaganova Method, Character Dance and Armenian Folk Dance. While studying she also taught at The Choreographic Dance Academy of Yerevan.
Ani has worked extensively with teachers and dancers in Leningrad, Moscow, France, Armenia, and Canada. She is honored to include among her mentors, ballet masters Maxim Mardirossian, Azad Gharibian, Theressa Grigorian, and Ludmilla Semenova - student of Agrippina Vaganova.
Ani regularly takes part in various dance workshops, including the National Ballet School of Canada. In addition to solo performances, Ani has also worked with the Armenian State Opera and Ballet Company’s many productions including: Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Coppellia, Snow Maiden, Giselle, Gayaneh, Andouni, and Mascarade. In Toronto she has appeared in many productions with Opera Atelier, Canada's Baroque Opera Company, rounding out her portfolio with yet another dance form.
Having trained as a professional classical ballet dancer, Ani uses the Vaganova ballet technique as the foundation of her dance instruction, bringing an understanding of the grace and importance of each movement, regardless of whether it's ballet, folk dance, character dance or any other dance form.
KOJO "TUCH" MAYNE
Hip Hop Instructor
From an early age music and dance played a significant role in Tuch’s life, and through Toronto’s premiere entertainment company – Do Dat Entertainment – he transformed his passion for the arts into reality. Tuch has risen to the top of his craft as a sought after dancer and choreographer known for his dancing abilities & professionalism.
Tuch joined Luther Brown's Do Dat Entertainment in 1998, and since then has performed with top musicians and entertainers, such as Shawn Desman, Eve & Gwen Stefani, Jully Black, Missy Elliott, and Selena Gomez. He’s worked with Sean Paul, Rihanna, Danny Fernandes, Victoria Duffield, Keisha Chante, Christina Aguilera, and Jay-Z in music videos and commercials. In addition, Tuch has appeared in numerous television/film and stage productions such as: the 2011 Much Music Awards, the Listener Series, 2010 Olympic Torch Ceremony, Bell’s Celebrity Gala, E! News Weekend, the motion picture Honey featuring Jessica Alba, the Junos & BET Awards.
With more than 10 years of experience in dance, Tuch is a fixture in the Toronto arts scene, having taught hip-hop classes and workshops in Canada/ Israel/ Mexico and Germany, and has had the fortune to assist choreographer Luther Brown on So You Think You Can Dance Canada
Kojo “Tuch” Mayne has been a part of the Legacy Of Dance Academy family for over ten years.
Musical Theatre, Jazz & Modern Dance
Stéfanie Théroux’s love for dance was instant when she began dancing at an early age at l’Ecole de danse Louise, Ottawa, ON. Her training inspired her to audition for the school’s competitive dance team. As a member of the team she received awards such as winning the title of Miss Teenage Pick the Stars International 2007 and was given the opportunity of becoming a member of the New York City Summer Dance Tour 2007 with Menina Fortunato.
After high school, Stéfanie decided to pursue her passion for dance in Toronto. She completed her BFA Hons. Dance at York University in 2011. During her time at York, she was a part of various productions such as Auroraline with ShiftDance, York Dances and York Innovations both as a performer and choreographer. Stéfanie was also a member of the York Dance Ensemble, a pre-professional repertory company, having the opportunity to work with world renowned choreographers such as Meagan O’Shea, Susan Cash, Rachel Browne, Danny Grossman, Angela Blumberg, Alison Daily, Deborah Brown, Yvonne Ng, Robert Glumbek, Terrill Maguire and Keiko Kitano.
Since graduation, Stéfanie performed and choreographed in NewFoundDance’s summer productions “Alert! Electric Popsicle Field” and “Sweet & Salty”. She also performed with the Parahumans in the “Fusioneers” for the Dance Ontario Weekend as well as in Charismatica.
Teaching is also one of her passions. Stefanie has been teaching ballet, jazz, tap musical theatre and modern at l’Ecole de danse Louise, in Ottawa, since 2006. Stefanie has been at Legacy of Dance Academy since the summer of 2011 teaching Jazz, Ballet, Modern and Musical Theatre.
Jazz & Adult Classes
With over 15 years of dance training and teaching experience. Katarina has taught dance to children, teenagers, and adults alike. Katarina has trained intensively in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, modern, and in the martial art of karate. Katarina did her post secondary studies in dance at George Brown College and York University. She has taught dance workshops in the Caribbean and in Central America.
Katarina is a former member of The George Brown Dance Pack and loves performing in front packed bleachers. Katarina is a black belt in karate, a Zumba® instructor and brings unique style and energy to her classes. Katarina, has a passion for the arts, and a love for music and dance. She is thrilled to be teaching at The Legacy of Dance Academy and is looking forward to meeting her new students in the upcoming dance season.
Jazz, Ballet & Tap
Leanne Yagi began her dance training at the age of four, at Lori DeLuca’s Dance Place in Welland, Ontario. She graduated in 2014 from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, studying primarily performance and choreography. Since then, Leanne has performed commercially for events such as Canada’s Walk of Fame and Honey Jam, as well as performed in music videos for Canadian talent Taya Marquis and Crystalyne.
Leanne has experience teaching styles such as ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical for her home town studio and for high schools in the Niagara region. Leanne brought her teaching skills to Legacy of Dance Academy during summer camp. For the past three years she has been a part of the Toronto Blue Jays cheerleading team, and had the pleasure of dancing in the 2015 playoff games. Leanne is now focussing on teaching and choreographing, fulfilling her dreams in the art of dance.