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Professional Dance Instructors in Scarborough

Legacy of Dance Academy has highly skilled and professional dance instructors in Scarborough. Learn more about each of our instructor's background, qualifications and experience. Each of our dance instructors is eager to teach and pass on their knowledge to new students and upcoming dance artists. 

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Ani Kouyoumdjian

Artistic Director, Choreographer, Master 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.

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Kojo "Tuch" Mayne

Hip-Hop Instructor

Through Toronto's premier entertainment company - DO Dat Entertainment - Tuch has transformed his passion for dance into a thriving career. Tuch has risen to the top of his craft as a sought after dancer/performer and choreographer known for his performance abilities & professionalism. 

Tuch joined 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.

A few highlights have been Movement Coach to rising Canadian singer Francesco Yates, and assisting Luther Brown on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Lifetime's 2014 biopic :Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B" & the 2015 Pan Am Opening Ceremony. Most recently, choreographer for Chinese superstar Kris Wu's performance on the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAS. 

With more than 20 years in the dance industry, Tuch is a fixture in the Toronto dance industry, having taught classes & workshops internationally, guiding and working with up-coming artists, and judging at the World Of Dance Competition 2011-2012 & the 2017-2018 Canada Hip Hop Dance Championship.  

Kojo “Tuch” Mayne has been a part of the Legacy Of Dance Academy family for over twenty years.

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Ysabel

Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Musical Theatre Instructor

Ysabel is a passionate dance artist, choreographer and teacher. Ysabel began her intensive pre-professional training at 14 at the Prima Ballet School Pre-Professional Program. She performed in numerous professional productions. She continued her dance studies at the O’Neill CVI Performing Arts Program, expanding her dance vocabulary to modern and improvisational techniques. Throughout her experience at O’Neill CVI Ysabel had the honour of attending numerous workshops including elevations and lifts with Allen Kaeja, improvisation with Toes For Dance and a Chicago dance workshop with the Broadway cast of Chicago. At the age of 16, Ysabel attended the Joffrey Ballet School NYC Summer Intensive and received a scholarship to their year-round professional training program. Upon returning to Toronto, Ysabel continued her dance training at the Toronto School of Ballet under the instruction Kasia Chichon (World Ballet Competition Best Teacher 2019) wherein she practised numerous different disciplines including R.A.D Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary and Modern. Most recently, Ysabel holds a  Dance degree at York University with a specialization in Choreography / Performance. Throughout this time Ysabel had the opportunity to work with several artists such as Tracy Norman, Syreeta Hector and Jane-Alison McKinney. She was awarded the York University Dance Award in 2021 and had her original choreographic work featured in York Dances (2022) and Dance Innovations (2022). Ysabel’s passion for working with youth may be reflected in her previous work with SQx Dance Company as a Youth Presenter wherein she remotely provided dance programming to vulnerable youth throughout Northern and Western Canada, Additionally, through her work with the GroundUP Dance Festival as the 2023 Emerging Choreographer specializing in working with young dance artists. Ysabel has a strong passion for movement and hopes to pass along that passion to each of the students she works with at Legacy of Dance Academy!

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Anne

Ballet, Modern and Jazz Instructor

Anne is a versatile dancer and teacher with a passion for various styles, including Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, and Commercial Dance. She began her training at a young age in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and has continued to refine and improve her craft throughout her academic career.

Anne furthered her dance performance career and obtained a teaching degree from Centennial College Dance department.

Despite her achievements, Anne remains humble and values the learning process as a crucial part of her journey as a dancer. As a movement artist, Anne is known for her adaptability, empathetic nature, and ability to connect with people. She has had the privilege of training under renowned mentors and has performed on stages, captivating audiences with her unique style that blends technical precision with emotional depth. Anne's performances draw inspiration from her personal experiences and the world around her, creating a powerful connection with the audience.

Anne is also passionate about sharing her knowledge and love of dance with others. As a teacher and mentor, she has worked with students of all ages and skill levels, inspiring them to explore their own potential and love of dance. Anne takes pride in helping her students discover their own strengths and abilities, and remains committed to creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment.

She remains grounded in her pursuit of excellence and seeks to inspire her students to explore their own potential and love for dance at Legacy of Dance Academy!

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matthew

Hip-Hop Instructor

Street Dancer/Choreographer from Eastside Toronto, brings that Toronto flavour with the blend of Krump techniques and energy. Competed/Performed Locally and Internationally over the years, hosted classes/workshops in numerous cities in and out of the country. He aims to preserve the true essence of hip hop and represent the culture as they Spread Love Spread Light And Have Fun. 

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