Teachers

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Devin Goldstein 
HIP HOP 

Dance has always been a part of Devin's life. She was dancing even before she could walk! Dancing in a studio since the age of 4, Devin trained in ballet, tap, jazz and then eventually hip hop where she found her true passion. She trained for many years under some of the top professional instructors in Montreal at the 8 Count Dance Complex on performance and competition teams. Devin got the chance to learn from world renound choreographers at numerous conventions she attended. She became so inspired by those around her that she eventually started to choreograph herself, which is when she realized what she was meant to do in life; teach dance and express her creativity through movement. Owning a studio is truly a dream come true for her and she wants to lead with passion and love. Nothing brings her more joy then seeing her students live through the art of dance and inspiring the next generation the way her teachers inspired her. 

  • Teaching for over 10 years, coaching competitive teams for 7 years   

  • Won numerous top choreography awards in Montreal. 

  • Television appearance: Just for laughs Gala opening number  

  • Corporate events: F1 The Main Event Gala 

Lorena Leibman 

HIP HOP

Lorena has been dancing professionally for the past 17 years. She began her training in various styles such as ballet, tap, jazz and then eventually Hip Hop. She is a member of Blueprint Cru which was the first international dance team to be featured on MTV'S Americas Best Dance Crew, making it all the way to the finals. Her training and career have brought her around the world to teach and perform on some of the biggest platforms in the entertainment industry.  She has a passion for choreographing and sharing her knowledge, wisdom and training with the next generation of dancers.  

 

  • Movies & TV: Step Up 5 the movie, Cirque de Soleils NBA Allstar opening number, Canadas Got Talent, La Voix,, Les Dieux de La Danse, Just for Laughs Gala 

  • Choreographed for artists: Marie Mai, Carly Rae Jepson, Cee-lo Green and Kristina Maria 

  • Assistant choreographer for Mary Poppins, Footloose and Fame. Produced by Juste Pour Rire 

  • Cast member of Mamma Mia by Juste Pour Rire 

  • Over 17 years of teaching experience 

Karina Armutlu
JAZZ & CONTEMPORARY

Karina has been dancing for the past 21 years, training in all styles from ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, waacking, ballroom and more. She started her dance training in Calgary, Alberta and later moved to Montreal where she pursued her career professionally. She has been teaching for the past 9 years in all genres of dance, from studios to professional platforms. She loves working with new students and sharing her knowledge and passion for dance. 

 

  • Cast member of the musical comedies: Fame & Mamma Mia. Produced by Just for Laughs Montreal 

  • Backup dancer for: Carly Rae Jepson, Cee Lo Green, and toured with Marie Mai 

  • Television appearances: La Voix, En Direct De L’Univers, On Connait La Chanson and Les Dieux De La Danse. 

Alicia Blair-Cigna 

HIP HOP

Alicia has been dancing for 19 years and teaching for 6. Alicia is a versatile dancer trained in Hip Hop & Ballroom. The challenge of creating and experimenting through choreography for her students brings her a great sense of joy and satisfaction. The ability to express herself through movement and choreography are the reasons why she is so passionate about dance.

  • Represented Canada at the 2019 World Hip Hop Championships in Arizona  

  • Stage Shows: Montreal Halloween Festival, Juste Pour Rire, Hit The Floor Showcase 

  • Television appearances: Les Dieux de la Danse, Just For Laughs, Canada Day celebration 

  • Backup dancer for: Carly Rae Jepson, Olivier Dion and Rachid Badouri 

Sofa

HIP HOP & POPPING

Sofa is a technically trained dancer who found a love for popping and hip hop. She then learned to love teaching through assisting and teaching her own classes in community centers and in studios. She loves that teaching gives her the privilege to share her passion and continuously learn through her student's growth. 

 

  • Attended one year of the street dance school: Paris Dance School (house, old school hip hop, new style hip hop, locking, breaking, etc) 

  • DEC in contemporary dance from Saint-Laurent Cegep 

  • Mentored by freakwenC in popping 

  • Battles: Fresh to Death, Under Pressure, Queen's Creation and In My Feels 

Kayla Blair-Cigna
 BALLET & JAZZ

Kayla has been dancing since the age of 3 and is professionally trained in Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet. She has attended many dance conventions across Canada, where she was trained by some of the most renowned choreographers in the world. Winning Many scholarishps and awards over the years, Kayla is quickly becoming a force to reckon with as a dancer and choreographer. 

 

  • Cast member of the Christmas tale “The Nutcracker” produced by Ballet Ouest de Montreal 

  • Television appearances: Annie Broccoli chez les Minitômes 

  • Performed at Walt Disney Worlds’ ‘’Dance the World’’ parade and showcase 

Mor Argaman

HIP HOP

Mor Argaman took her first hip hop class at 8 years old and instantly fell in love. She began teaching hip hop classes and coaching teams while also competing and performing with a team of her own. Her goal as a teacher and coach is to create a positive, comfortable, and fun environment for her students where they feel like they can be 100% themselves, and where they feel like they can grow into the dancer and person they aspire to be. Dancing and teaching is her passion, but ultimately she hopes to inspire her students in the same way her amazing dance teachers and coaches have done for her over the years. She is so so excited to meet her students and to have an amazing time dancing, creating, learning, and growing together. 

Freakwen-C

POPPING 

Anthony Calma-Burke, known as FreakWen-C Member of Montreals Symbiotic Monsters and Toronto's Moon Runners. Popping Specialist and Choreographer with 18 years experience. World hiphop Champion 2013 (choreographer) WOD judge 2017 and Revolution:S1(choreographer)

Tommy Nuguid

KRUMP & POPPING 

Tommy Nuguid, also known as Sin'cere aka Twinn 7Starr is a Krump dancer from Canada representing the 7*Skopez Fam and SankchewairE. He is currently the "Gutta Zone" (Canada) House Of Kardz Champion for the 2nd year in a row. He was also amongst the Qualifiers for "The EXP" Krump Tournament (USA) organized by Solow in 2019 and has represented Krump in "Révolution: S1" Quebec's dance TV show.

Jessica Chen  

HIP HOP 

Jessica is a hip hop dancer with a background in technical dance. From a young age, Jessica has always had a passion for music and movement, so it didn’t take long before she started training seriously on competitive teams. She has trained under some of the top choreographers in Canada and traveled across the country to take workshops and gain more skill and knowledge in her domain. Not only a professional dancer, Jessica is an Interior Designer where her creativity shines as well. She has a true love for teaching teens and helping them see that through dance anything is possible.  

 

  • Represented Canada at the World Hip Hop Championships in Arizona, 2013, 2016 & 2019 

  • Backup dancer for: Troy Fernandes, Jonas & the Massive Attraction, Carly Rae Jepson 

  • Performed on stage with Comedian Rachid Badouri  

  • Coached competitive teams for the past 7 years 

Alysia Baldo

 WAACKING 

Aly a.k.a Vixen has been dancing for 19 years in hiphop and various styles . In the last 13 years she has really come to love the style Waacking and has concentrated mainly on perfecting her craft.

She has recently represented Canada at the world battles at hiphop international in Arizona and placed top 16 in the world. She has also competed in the past with teams representing Canada at the World Hip Hop championships bringing home gold and silver. 

 

• She has now become a certified judge for the Canadian hiphop championships and has judged several national and regional event.

• Battle experience : Winner of can i get a soul clap, waack Bazaar and finalist in Hotmess, Infinity waack, Shut up and Dance, Ladies of hip hop (NYC) , In the Deep (NYC) 

Winner of HOTMESS 2021

Meghan Veitch
BALLET, JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY, LYRICAL, ACRO


 

Meghan has been teaching competitive dance for 10 years, winning several choreography awards and overalls. In recent years she has pursued casting and choreography for music videos with Montreal and Toronto based artists. Her passion is to bring dance opportunities to her students so they too can enjoy what dance has to offer. She holds a business degree and believes that well-rounded education is important for individual development. 

Originally from Grande-Prairie, Alberta, her passion has brought her east, in which she trained and graduated from the Quinte Ballet School of Canada’s Professional Training Program in Belleville, Ontario. She later moved to Toronto, obtaining a performance dance diploma from George Brown College, while also performing and training with contemporary and ballet companies; Cadence, Pro-Arte Danza and Ballet Nacional De Cuba. Following training, she taught at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada, for both the recreational division and the Professional Summer Program. She has been in Montreal for the past 10 years, where she taught competitive teams of all ages. She is thrilled to be joining the State of Motion Team! 

 

 

Over 12 years of teaching experience, coaching competitive teams for 10 years

Certified teacher in Acrobatique Arts 

Graduate of the Quinte Ballet School of Canada

Choreographed and casted for Music Videos: “Great Together - Sara Diamond” and “Gaslight - Ella De Luna” 

Movies & TV appearance: Breakfast Television, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Diverse Professional Training and a Performance Dance Diploma from George Brown College in Toronto

Majiza Philip 
TAP  (HOOFING)

Majiza Philip is a mentor, teacher, performer, choreographer, leader and tap dancer.  A home-grown talent hailing from from the historical black community of Little Burgundy,she is the granddaughter of Montreal's very own legendary rhythm tap queen from Harlem, Ethel Bruneau.  Majiza began her dance training at age of 3 under the strict eye of her grandmother. She and her sister were chosen by Gregory Charles to perform at the Governor General’s awards, becoming the first black minors to appear as part of this event and also performed at the 1998 Montreal Jazz Festival with the Vic Vogel big band. Following this she was a featured talent on Natalie Simard’s show Decibel. Teaching for over 15 years she was also the children's musical theatre choreographer at the Segal Centre from 2009-2013. 

 

" Tap dancing is in my blood, I love it and live it."