Stephanie Delaurier: Artistic Director/Instructor/Owner (Iroquois Falls/Cochrane)
Stephanie has been training and performing for over 24 years in all disciplines of dance; both competitively and professionally. She has competed in Canada and the United States winning numerous awards and top scores for her dancing and choreography. Stephanie graduated from the Commercial Dance Program as Dance Captain at George Brown College in 2006 and since has performed with the Honeykats, Chrys Stylz Entertainment, Diana Viselli and many others in Toronto for various corporate and fundraising events including Canada Day Celebrations (Harbourfront Centre), Royal Canadian Yacht Club, fFida Dance Festival, PRIDE, Women in Dance and opened many Dance Ontario weekends. Stephanie has also danced the seas with Celebrity Cruise Lines as one of their Advanced Production Dancers where she previously trained in Nashville, Tennessee with Gary Musik Productions. She has visited L.A., San Francisco, Mexico, Panama, Hawaii, Alaska and British Columbia with her International Cast. Upon returning to Canada, she has worked with artists on stage and in music videos such as Addictiv (Just Breathe), Wyclef Jean, Praz, USS and Bonnie M. Stephanie began Step ‘N Sound Entertainment (Step ‘N Sound Dance; 2013) in 2011 when she began acting and casting talent for Adman Productions in Parry Sound. She casted many roles, and performed herself, in various movies with Bruce Greenwood, Calum Blue and Parker Posey.
Stephanie has been taking her experience from abroad and bringing it to over 50 studios & schools including George Brown College, Dance Kraze Productions, Parry Sound Dance Academy, Woodbridge School of Dance, Melissa Kelly Dance Academy, Jaana’s Dance Academy, Stage Stars and many others around Ontario where she teaches and choreographs in Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Acro, Breakdance, Ballet and Musical Theatre. As a Regional Manager for U GOT DANCE (U Got Inc.), Stephanie has visited hundreds of schools and taught workshops for children and teachers in the GTA and Parry Sound/Muskoka Area. Alongside teaching and performing, Stephanie visits various schools and academies as an examiner for in-house jazz, tap and ballet exams. Having completed her Jazz & Tap Exams with the CDTA (Canadian Dance Teachers Association), she feels it is important for students to learn the basics and groundwork of dance technique and vocabulary.
Stephanie has continued to take home choreography and high score awards at every dance competition her students attend. The judges are always intrigued by her originality and creativity. “Dance has always been my life; through thick and thin. It taught me how to be passionate about the things I love and how to work towards the things I wanted. Dancing and teaching are my passions and I am very excited to return to Iroquois Falls where I began. I am so thrilled to be starting this exciting adventure and I cannot wait to bring new ideas to my studio and break new horizons both on stage and off.”
Stephanie is overwhelmed with excitement after each year with the studio and looks forward to continuing to share her passion with her students for many more years to come!
Christianne Thibeault: Vocal Instructor (Iroquois Falls)
Kelly-Ann Belanger: Dance Instructor (Iroquois Falls)
Kelly-Ann was born in Timmins, Ontario but raised in Iroquois Falls. She began dancing at the age of 3 with the Nancy Wasilik School of Dance and at the age of 8, joined the competitive dance team. Kelly spent many years competing in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre with the Iroquois Falls School of Dance. In 2008, she wanted a change of pace which is when she began her new dance chapter at the Northern Lights Dance Team in South Porcupine, ON.
Over the years, Kelly won various Special Awards such as “Shining Star” “Happy Feet” and another for her “Winning Attitude” on stage. In addition to her success, she also taught dance for the Iroquois Falls School of dance and spent a lot of her time-off advancing her knowledge by taking workshops in many different cities from many different choreographers.
At the tender age of 19, Kelly began her career in dental hygiene as a full-time hygienist. Above having a full-time job, Kelly has been teaching for the Step ‘N Sound dance school and Stage Stars competition Team for 5 years. Her favourite discipline to perform and teach continues to be tap.
Melanie Shields: Dance Instructor (Iroquois Falls)
Melanie Shields, né Devins, was born and raised in Timmins and Iroquois Falls, Ontario, respectively. She studied dance and music for her entire childhood. She took dance lessons from the Nancy Wasilik School of Dance and was a member of the Competition Team for many years. After graduating from I.F.S.S. as an Ontario Scholar, she spent 5 years in North Bay where she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with Art as her second Major. While in North Bay, Melanie was an assistant teacher at the Barbara Treleaven’s School of Dance.
Melanie returned to Iroquois Falls where she has been a High School Teacher and a dance teacher for the past 12 years. Melanie created an Award Winning Dance Competition Team named the Stage Stars in 2008. This team won several awards, and scholarships including receiving Bronze and Silver against 13 Countries at Dance World Cup 2011. Melanie sold this team to Stephanie and this merge created the Step ‘N Sound Stage Stars. Melanie is a proud member of the Step ‘N Sound team. In the same year of 2008 Melanie established an impressive competitive high school dance team at École Secondaire L’Alliance. As a result of her successes in dance, she now teaches dance as part of the curriculum in her high school.
Melanie is a proud member of the International Dance Committee of Teachers and has assisted the Toronto Be Discovered Talent Agency with photoshoots and dance training days in New York and Los Angeles, California. Shields is an only child who is close to her parents, a mother of 3 talented children and married to her high school sweetheart. Melanie is so excited for another dance season at Step ‘N Sound Dance Studio.
Mandy Labreche: Office Manager (Iroquois Falls)
Mandy was raised in Iroquois Falls ON and started dancing at the age of 8 with Jay’s Dance Academy. She later joined the Stage Stars and competed for 6 years in Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical and Contemporary.
She studied Dental Hygiene at Cambrian College in Sudbury for 3 years and is currently working in her field. In October of 2018, Mandy started working in the office at Step N Sound Dance and has become the office manager.
Mandy enjoys watching the dancers perform and compete. She very excited to see what this year will bring and can’t wait to watch the dancers grow.
Carissa McLean: Instructor (Cochrane)
Carissa was raised in Iroquois Falls ON, starting dance at the young age of 3. She began with recreational dance and began competing at the age of 11 with the Iroquois Falls School of Dance. Carissa trained in ballet, modern, lyrical, musical theatre, jazz, hip hop, pointe, and her favourite, tap. Eventually moving on with the Step N Sound Stage Stars, she completed her dance career as a student.
In fall of 2016, she moved to London, ON and began her studies at Fanshawe College in the Early Childhood Education program. In 2018, she graduated and moved back to northern Ontario and now resides in Cochrane. Alongside her Career as an RECE, she also teaches at Step N Sounds Cochrane location. She is excited to be back for another season teaching in Cochrane!
Lindsey Miller: Aerial Silks & Hoops Instructor (Cochrane)
Lindsey was born in Sudbury, ON. But has recently moved to Connaught, ON with her spouse and two daughters. She has always had a very active childhood, participating in and joining every sport she could. It wasn’t until high school when she found her passion for gymnastics, competing and placing in NOSSA and OFSAA 2014. The events she competed in were vault, floor, bar & beam. Lindsey’s love for the sport grew as she furthered her passion and earned her certification as a gymnastics coach with Rosemary Redgrift, a judge for the Canadian Olympic Gymnastics in 2017 & 2018. Lindsey began working at Jungle Gym in Sudbury for two years, where in that time she coached competitive and recreational gymnastics. She reintroduced the competitive trampoline team and took them to competition in 2017 & 2018 at the Annual North Bay Gymtrix Sunshine Classic. Lindsey is very excited to be joining the Step N Sound team and is anticipating a great first year!
Cadance Henry: Dance Instructor (Iroquois Falls)
Bio coming soon…
Joshua Flamain: Dance Instructor (Iroquois Falls)
Joshua was born in Timmins, ON and raised in Iroquois Falls, ON where he currently resides. He began as a recreational Tiny Tot dancer in 2007 with the Iroquois Falls School of Dance. At the age of six, he began dancing competitively on the Stage Stars Dance Competition Team which later became the Step ‘N Sound Stage Stars Dance Competition Team where he currently continues to learn and grow as a dancer.
As a student, he has trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Acro, Musical Theatre, Vocal, Aerial Silks, Jumps and Turns, and Theatre. He never misses a beat to attend workshops and community events to share his love and passion for The Arts.
Over the years, he has been a part of these award-winning Studios and together with his fellow dance team mates, they have received high marks, overall awards, special awards, adjudicator’s choice awards and scholarships for their dynamic and exciting performances both at the Regional and National levels of dance, as well as attending a World Cup Dance Competition.
Four years ago, Joshua started as an Assistant Dance Instructor at Step N Sound Studios in Ballet, Hip Hop, Acro, Contemporary, Vocal and Musical Theatre. This will be his 2nd year returning as a Student Dance Instructor. He is very excited for this opportunity and looks forward to getting back into The Studio.
When he isn’t dancing or performing, Joshua is busy with music and swimming lessons, school sports and spending time with family and friends.
Emma Gelinas: Dance Instructor (Iroquois Falls)
Emma Gelinas was born and raised in Iroquois Falls. She is a natural born performer and she has been dancing since she was 3. She started with tap and ballet for 2 years, and over the years has also trained in the disciplines of jazz, contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre. Emma’s favourite disciplines are hip hop, contemporary and tap. She was a part of the Stage Stars competitive dance team for a number of years. Emma was an assistant at Step ‘N Sound for the past 5 years, and she is very excited for this new opportunity of being a teacher. Emma intends to continue dancing and entertaining for many years to come!
Lisa McIntyre: Dance Instructor (Matheson)
Lisa was born and raised in Cobalt and made Matheson her home when she was 18 years old.
Since then, she has accomplished many things. She is happily married with two children and one grandchild. Lisa also went to college later in life where she obtained her Developmental Service Worker diploma, her Educational Assistant diploma as well as her Child and Adolescent Mental health certificate, all from Northern College. The schooling paid off since she was hired as a full time Educational Assistant in 2010 and currently is employed at Iroquois Falls Secondary School. Lisa is also a self taught decorator. She loves creating various cake and cupcakes and enjoys the challenges that people throw at her and the happiness it brings.
Lisa prides herself on the various volunteering that she has done and continues to do in her community and surrounding area. These have included running the BRM pageant, judging and MC of local pageants, running the IFSS Relay for Life and Vice President of the Matheson and District Agricultural Society.
In 2016, Lisa made the leap from “dance mom” to “dancing mom” and joined the Step N Sound Hot Mommas group. Over those years, she has enjoyed participating in hip hop, contemporary, ballet, musical theatre, tap and ballroom. She has loved being able to challenge herself as well as perform in recitals, competitions and Nationals.
Lisa is very excited for this new endeavor. She is happy to be able to share her love of dance with the students and looking forward to expanding her dance family.
Karine Genier: Dance Instructor (Cochrane)
Bio Coming Soon…