Alyssa began her dance training at the age of 5 in Dartmouth , NS. She trained in Ballet, Jazz, tap and contemporary dance for over 20 years. During that time she had the opportunity to train at Broadway Dance Center in NYC , with Bob McCollum of Canada's National Ballet School and with Rebecca Lazier (New York). She completed the Maritime Dance Academy teacher training program and her CDTA exams in ballet , jazz and tap. Alyssa also spent many years performing with the Maritime dance Performance Group and in more recent years the 30 Something Dance Co-op.
Along with Directing Studio 26, Alyssa has been directing the New Beginnings Ministries "Transformers" praise dance group for the past four years. During this time they have had the opportunity to dance at various churches throughout Nova Scotia.
Throughout the years Alyssa has developed a love for teaching dance and has been teaching all over the HRM for the past 15 years. She continues to train and develop as a teacher and brings passion to every class she teaches, her wish is to develop her students to their maximum potential and instill that same love and passion for dance into every student.
Hip Hop/Competition team
Asante is born and raised in Brooklyn NewYork. He began dancing at 6 years old and has trained with dancers such as Kevin Tate and Avery Walker. Asante has also been acting and singing all over Nova Scotia and has been performing with the canadian branch of Broadway In The Hood for the past two years. Last year Asante traveled to Las Vegas to perform with them in their Anniversary production.
Competition Hip hop
Sara began her dance training at age 3. Focusing mainly on Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz at Maritime Dance Academy and Coastal Dance. At age 18 Sara became a full member of the Woods, Atlantic Canada’s first professional hip hop company (in residence at Halifax Dance) training under the tutelage of Artistic Director Alexis Cormier. Sara has been a full company member of The Woods for the past 7 years,and is now the Assistant Director of the company. Notable performances include HopScotch Hip Hop Festival; Set it Straight 3 and 4, Hustle to get here 1 and 2, Nocturne, music videos, The Canada Games, Trial by Style 2014, Tourism NS, Halifax Fuse Festival, and Live Art NS. She has worked with such choreographers as Jorandan Washington (NYC/Toronto), Lenny de la Pena (Flavor Shop, DoDat
Entertainment), Luther Brown (choreographer, So You Think You Can Dance, Canada), Mariano Palomares (Glizi, Bag of Trix), Yvon Soglo (Crazy Smooth, Bboyizm), Jaquel Knight (choreographer,Beyonce), Rhapsody (choreographer, Busta Rhymes), and Tony Testa (former dancer and choreographerfor Michael Jackson).
In 2013 Sara created Onset Dance, a competitive Hip Hop Dance school for youth based out of two locations, Bedford and Dartmouth NS. Sara has led Onset to countless victories in competitions around Atlantic Canada as well as Hit the Floor in Levis, Quebec, she has received awards crediting her creativity and choreography as well. Outside of Onset Dance, she teaches and choreographs for multiple studios in the Halifax area, including, The Rage Dance Studios, Studio 26 Dance Company and Halifax Dance. In
2016 Sara and her business partners Chris Beck and Jonathan Richard (Concrete Roots Productions)created The Recipe Hip Hop Dance Competition. The Recipe is Halifax’s first exclusively hip hop dance
competition, promoting hip hop as it’s own art form and allowing dancers and choreographers to be judged fairly on it’s fundamentals and style. Going into her eighth professional season, Sara is eager to further the development of her hip hop training program and continue to dance alongside the Woods.
Hip Hop /Competition Team
Grace began her dance training at the age of 3 in Dartmouth, NS. Her first teacher being her older sister Alyssa, she always had a dance influence around to keep her inspired. Grace has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom, and Hip Hop ever since. Over the past 4 years she has danced for Onset Dance, a competitive Hip Hop dance team under the direction of Sara Steele, learning to improve in the style has helped her find her true love for dance and has influenced her to grow in the area of teaching as well.
About 4 years ago when Studio 26 started, she began training and teaching Hip Hop and has enjoyed it so much she now teaches multiple Hip Hop classes and choreographs in Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Jazz. Grace is inspired by her students and all of the dancers that she encounters everyday, Studio 26 is a very big part of her life and she is very thankful for it.