Vanessa Huggins is a dancer, choreographer, artistic director in film, and educator in London Ontario and area. She incorporates education in Mental Health and Wellness with artists as she also works as a Housing Support Worker, and Life Coach in the community.
As a dancer, she dedicated most of her life committed to the art form. Vanessa is trained in various Latin styles such as Salsa and the Cha Cha. She also trained in Jazz, Hip hop, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Ballet. Vanessa has extensive training in the Royal Academy of Dance. Vanessa graduated from Oneill’s Academy of Dance under the artistic direction of Kim O’Neill Del Guercio, where she trained numerous hours a week with many sought out choreographers in the dance community. She competed for several years where she received many special awards and recognition's. She also completed a Cooperative Leadership Program at Lester B Pearson, School of the Arts, and choroegraphed and assisted theatre productions in highschool. She has been a part of a full-length show such as “Cinderella” at the O’Neill Academy of Dance under the instruction of Kim O’Neill Del Guercio, as well as smaller show castings in the London area.
Vanessa graduated from the University of Western where she obtained an Honours Specialization in Sociology. Vanessa has taught and choreographed for over ten years in Ontario. Recently, Vanessa created a Recreational and Competitive initiative in the London area, “Middlesex Dance Program.” Vanessa also choreographed, directed and recently premiered an Artistic Film Project, “Short Series.” This will incorporate Dance as an art form, acting, and storytelling.
Vanessa’s has a deep passion for dance, and is excited to share this love to inspire upcoming artists, and work with creators in the Industry.
Miss Steph has been dancing for over 30 years and is very excited to be part of the Absolute family! Miss Steph started dancing at age 3 in Windsor, Ontario, studying ballet, jazz, tap and Hawaiian. She later
went on to include gymnastics, acro and contemporary/lyrical to her repertoire, as well as some hip hop. She attended numerous conventions and competitions, as well as performed in ballet production of La Bayadere, Giselle and Masquerade. Miss Steph was also a member of Theatre Alive!, performing in a production of Cats, as well as in other musical theatre productions such as Wizard of Oz and Annie. Miss Steph has been teaching for 15 years and choreographing for competitive teams for over 5 years. She is currently a dancer and choreographer with O.N.E. and continues to take as many ballet classes as she can. When she is not dancing or teaching, she can be found playing piano. Miss Steph is very excited to share her love of dance, particularly ballet, with her students and hopes to inspire a lifelong love of dance in her students.
Kilty has been dancing since the age of 6, and has been competing since the age of 8. She has trained in various disciplines including: jazz, acro, ballet lyrical, contemporary, modern and musical theatre. She has won many awards, overalls and special awards competing over the years for her groups, solos , duets and trios. She has also completed many levels of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) examinations in jazz, acro and ballet, receiving highly commended.
Kilty assisted for 6 years in Absolute Dance and the YMCA of Komoka dance classes before receiving an offer to teach. She is currently going into her third year of teaching at Absolute Dance, in both the recreational and competitive programs. She has also obtained her certification in Acrobatic Arts, which she uses to help dancers improve their technique for acro.
Kilty is currently attending The University of Western Ontario, where she is looking to obtain a Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Art History, and Double Minoring in History and Dance. She is also a dancer on one of Westerns dance teams, InMotion. Where she had the opportunity to compete her own choreography for her solo. Kilty is so excited to meet all her new dancers, and share her experience and love for dance with all of them.
Miss Jenna attended a summer dance camp at the age of 5 and has been dedicated to the Absolute Dance studio ever since! Jenna has trained in ballet, jazz, acro, lyrical, contemporary and hiphop as well as gymnastics, tumbling and cirque. Jenna has a special affinity for acro dance and tumbling. She has completed many levels of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) in acro, jazz and ballet, consistently receiving highly commended. Jenna is a performer at heart. She has appeared in a school musical, dance video, T.V commercial, Iviva store promotion, print advertising and of course on dance stages across Southwestern Ontario.
Jenna has been a dancer on the competitive troupe since age seven and has competed in groups, duets, trios and solos. She has represented Absolute well receiving many awards, trophies, overalls, cash prizes, scholarships and special awards including her most treasured “Love’s to Dance and it Shows Award” in recognition for being the competitor whose passion for dance was evident in movements, expression, and attitude in all performances. Jenna has logged over 300 volunteer hours at Absolute dance over the past five years as an assistant teacher and was a substitute teacher last year. In this time, she has learned about developing young dancers’ technique and safe practices for spotting and developing acro tricks. Jenna is excited to join the faculty at Absolute dance. She looks forward to sharing her passion and expression through dance and hopes to inspire the next generation of Absolute Dancers!
Miss Eva has been dancing since the age of 6 and has been a competitive dancer since the age of 9. She trained in jazz, acro, and ballet as well as in her favourite styles: lyrical and contemporary. Eva has also won many overalls and special awards with her Absolute family, including one named “Strength, Power, & Control” with her duet partner, after returning to the stage from knee surgery.
While being at Absolute Dance for the last 8 years, Eva has observed the teaching styles of our incredible teachers and hopes to pass down this same legacy of passion by teaching the next generation of dancers what it means to be a dancer. She wishes not only to help dancers improve their skills, but to understand how to simultaneously apply the life lessons learned through dance into all areas of their lives. Eva is eager to work together with the other teachers and dancers to create a fun, safe, and accepting studio for all!
Shaina has been dancing since the age of three and training in various dance genres such as jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary. Shaina has been a member of the Absolute Dance family for the past 17 years and is beginning her 7th year of teaching at Absolute Dance. Over the years as a competitive dancer, Shaina won numerous overall and special awards for her solos, duets/trios and groups. She has received several scholarships for dance conventions and workshops for locations such as Los Angeles, Toronto and New York. Over the last few years, Shaina has received many special and overall awards for her choreography as well as placing in one of our competition’s dance offs for the 2021/22 season. She has also completed her jazz examinations with the BATD consistently receiving highly commended.
Shaina has worked with the YMCA of Komoka by providing dance instruction to the community. Here, she got to share her love for dance by teaching young children the fundamentals and basics of dance in ballet, jazz, and hip hop.
Shaina has recently obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Western University in London, Ontario. She is thrilled to continue teaching both recreational and competitive dancers at Absolute Dance and she can’t wait to share her passion for dance with everyone around her!
Deanna has been teaching for 4 years and is entering her 18th year at Absolute Dance. She has trained in styles such as ballet, jazz, acro, contemporary, modern, and lyrical. Deanna has also completed her jazz and acro BATD examinations consistently receiving highly commended scores.
Competing since the age of seven, Deanna has received various special awards, overalls, and scholarships for her dancing. Since beginning her teaching career, she has also received multiple choreography awards for her work.
Deanna is currently attending Western University for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and will be graduating in 2023. Deanna has devoted her life to dance and this studio, and she couldn’t be more excited to continue sharing her passion with others!
Miss Bre has been dancing since age four, training in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical and her favourite discipline, acro. Bre has dedicated many years to Absolute Dance as both a dancer and teacher. As a competitive dancer, Bre has received many special awards and overall awards for her groups, duets, trios and solos. She has completed examinations in various disciplines with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD), consistently receiving highly commended. Bre is an Acrobatic Arts certified teacher and is excited to bring this training and safe spotting techniques into her acro classes.
Bre has been teaching at Absolute Dance for the past 10 years. Her choreography has won multiple overalls and special awards at competitions across Southern Ontario, including “Judge’s Choice”, “Serious Strength”, and “Perfectly Polished”. Bre’s passion for teaching stems from helping her students to achieve their goals and from seeing the growth in her students with each season.
Bre is currently working at St. Josephs Health Care London as a Registered Nurse.
Bre is thrilled to return to the Absolute Dance faculty and can’t wait to continue sharing her love for dance with her students. She hopes that her commitment and passion for teaching will inspire young dancers and motivate them for years to come.
At Absolute Dance we are committed to providing quality dance instruction by dedicated and trained staff.
Many of our instructors have danced at Absolute Dance since childhood and continue to share their passion and creativity with their students.