Shannon Hatton – Creative Director/Owner

Shannon Hatton, director and founder of Dance Xtreme Studios, has been teaching for over 20 years. During her years of training, she attained her Associates in BATD. Shannon also trained with the Royal Academy of Dance and the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association. In 2016 Shannon's newest achievement was receiving her Module 1 & 2 for Acrobatic Arts.

Shannon completed her outstanding competitive dance career in Toronto. She began dancing at the age of two, and has extensive training and performance experience in various genres, including hip-hop, jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, lyrical, acro, break dancing, modern and contemporary. Her early dance education started at the Edmonton Ballet School, and continued into the Toronto area. Shannon has performed and choreographed for school productions, flash mobs, Dancing with the Stars (fund-raising for the OSPCA), 2010 Olympic Torch Run and many other events. In 2015 Shannon decided to compete once again, competing in a professional category in hip-hop, winning several high score awards/scholarships and outstanding performance awards.

Now, as the Creative Director of Dance Xtreme Studios of two locations in Napanee and Trenton, she continues sharing her love of dance with her exam/recreational and competitive teams. Her students have achieved many awards including scholarships, choreography awards, special recognitions, and high scores in overalls and team spirit.

Shannon and her students give back to the community by participating in special events, such as the 2010 Olympic Torch Run, 2011-2014 Multi-Cultural Fair, 2014 Anti-Bullying Event, 2013 Dancing with the Stars to fund raise for the OSPCA, Talents of the Town, Napanee Fair, Trenton Canada Day Events, Scarecrow Festival, flash mob at the K-Rock Centre, wedding shows and The Wizard of Oz performed at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario. Shannon also generously donates to many local organizations within Napanee and Trenton area, and believes in “Dancing with passion and living in the moment.” Learn more about our other amazing dance instructors here.

Nicole Rendell – Instructor

Nicole began dancing at age 2 at a Russian ballet studio and continued to focus on ballet for 13 years. During these 13 years she was also actively participating in gymnastics which included 5 years at the competitive level. At age 16 she ventured into other styles of dancing which included acro, jazz, lyrical and musical theatre. Nicole began competing dance at age 16 in jazz/modern, lyrical, acro and musical theatre. Along with competing she also took B.A.T.D exams gaining an invitation to jazz scholarships and obtaining an associate in acro in 2006. She is currently working on her ballet and jazz associate exams. Aside from teaching dance Nicole had coached gymnastics for 14 years which includes coaching at the pre-competitive and competitive levels with NCCP Level 2 certifications. She also holds coaching qualifications in trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics. In 2016 Nicole's achievement was receiving her Module 1 & 2 for Acrobatic Arts.

Mikhala Kotack – Instructor

Mikhala has an education in ballet as part of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing and has attended many dance workshops through B.A.T.D. Mikhala has been dancing since the age of 3 and danced competitively for 10 consecutive years. This has given her many years of experience to understand what it takes to make dancers grow as athletes as well as artists. Mikhala has trained in genres including ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theatre. Mikhala’s high energy and passion for dance is very evident within her class environment.

Mikhala’s life has always revolved around dance; by the time she was 16 she was in the gym or taking yoga classes to improve her strength and abilities as a dancer. Mikhala knows that learning never ends, especially not as a dancer. She intends to continue to grow as a dancer as well as an instructor by attending workshops and analyzing other coaching techniques.

Mikhala’s philosophy on dance is “one should never be afraid to fail, because it’s the failure that helps you grow as an athlete, artist, and person.”

Joshua Gill – Instructor

Joshua began his dance career at a late age of thirteen, training in various genres such as acrobatics, ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, modern, and lyrical. Throughout his training, he had developed advanced focuses in acrobatics, contemporary and modern. Joshua attended O'Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute as a performing arts student; his studies consisted of choreography, improvisation, post-modern and international studies. Joshua's exposure to both streams of dance, competitive and explorative, had provoked his desire to begin teaching and promoting the influences of dance.

Recently, Joshua has branched out and begun assisting and teaching dance in the genres of acrobatics, contemporary, hip-hop, and jazz. Joshua is in the process of completing his Acrobatic Arts certification for both module 1 and 2. Joshua aims to challenge his dancers with new variations of tricks.

Joshua’s interest in dance has not only led him to start teaching dance but has also influenced his decision to begin pursuing his nursing and chiropractic studies. The exposure to the various movements of the body and the injuries that follow has peaked his interest in human anatomy. As of August 2018, Joshua completed the first step to his goal, by graduating with his certificate in Pre-Health Sciences from Durham College.

Joshua is excited to begin teaching a faculty member of Dance Xtreme Studios, and is looking forward to meeting the dancers!

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