The GS Team

Ashley Goddard-Kabakos

Director and President

Ashley is certified in Acrobatic Arts Module 1 and 2, AcroDance

Pre-School Certified and an Aerial Arts Hoop certified teacher.

She is an A.D.A.P.T certified teacher. Ashley also holds qualifications in Progressing Ballet Technique, and Alixa Flexibility Certified Module 1 and 2. She is a Strong by Zumba certified instructor.

I have been dancing since the age of two and have trained in many styles and genres of dance and musical theatre. Since the age of 16, I have nurtured a successful career as a professional dancer, and have even had the pleasure of travelling around the world doing what I love. I have had the privilege to work with some of the industry’s top choreographers, Sean Cheeseman, Marty Kudelka, and Jeff Dimitriou to name but a few.

I grew up in Surrey, England and studied at The Royal Academy of Dance and Julie Sianne Theatre Arts. I trained in RAD and ISTD Ballet, and ISTD Tap and Modern Theatre Dance. I am a graduate of Tiffany Theatre College, where I achieved my diploma and my ISTD Modern Teaching Associate – I was one of the youngest students to have achieved this.

Growing up, I featured in various television shows and commercials and at the age of 8, I landed my first role in “Scrooge the Musical” at London’s West End Dominion Theatre.

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When I wasn’t performing I was competing. I was deemed All England Champion in four different categories - Jazz, Tap, Character and Contemporary, and was honoured to receive the Musicality Award at the 2004 ISTD Ballet Awards.

 

I have continued to dance professionally, and have developed my portfolio to include accomplished Choreographer and Producer. Recent career highlights have included performing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto, The Fallsview Casino, Niagara Falls, and Toronto’s prestigious Princess of Wales Theatre.

All whilst pursuing yet another passion. The passion to teach.

Through the years I have taught a variety of classes and styles at various dance schools, all of which I have thoroughly enjoyed, although the classes always seemed to end so quickly which left me feeling that I was unable to get everything that I had planned done. It was then that I came to the realization that time and class size play crucial roles in learning to dance, that and of course dedication.

Goddards Studio, for those who want more.

What I want for Goddards Studio is to take everything that I had learnt and experienced in my career and apply it to how our students will be taught and how the studio is run. Shaping it into something completely different.

Get lost in the dance, not in the class.

A wonderful mantra we have adopted at Goddards and a belief very dear to my heart. No child should be left at the back of the class, every student deserves their teachers undivided attention. Our well rounded programmes and classes here at the studio will be capped at only eight students, and more time per class has been granted. I want to ensure success in each and every class and help your child learn and progress with confidence. Less students and longer classes makes for the perfect winning combination.

There is an art in teaching.

I have been lucky enough to have the constant support and encouragement from my family which has pushed me even further as a dancer, and helped mould me into the person I am today. The world of dance is constantly changing and developing, I am still learning to this day and my love and passion for the arts continues to grow and evolve. 

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"We are committed to both our students and our parents and we can’t wait for you to be a part of our family.

 

Your child will grow up in a studio that is based on grace, passion, respect and determination".

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Stephen Michael Kabakos

Stephen (otherwise known as Steve Michaels) has been a successful professional entertainer for over two decades. Based out of Milton, Ontario, his passion and love for music and acting has taken him all around the world, and has continued to be the driving force behind his extraordinary accomplishments.

He has had the privilege to work with two of England’s top producers – Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield of London’s West End, starring in the musical “This is Elvis”, where he performed over 200 shows in six months.

His most recent successes include starring in the hit concert musical “Return to Grace” at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, where he and a cast of over 31, performed to more than 10,000 audience members.

In 2001 Stephen created his production company, TVB Productions, which has successfully created many theatre shows and concert presentations over the past 20 years.

Creating Goddards Studio with his wife, Ashley, is a huge, exciting endeavour one that he hopes you will become a part of. 

Erin Cowton

Hip Hop, Lyrical, Conditioning, Alixa Flexibility

Erin enjoys sharing her love of dance with this new generation of dancers. She has extensive experience in both the dance world and fitness industry, where she manages her own Personal Training business and Bootcamp classes. As a result, she is able to offer her students more than just a dance experience.

She was a very successful competitive dancer, winning many dance titles including Miss Dance of Canada and Miss Starpower USA. Dancing has taken Erin to many places and given her the opportunity to learn from and dance with world-famous dancers, teachers and choreographers.

 

She auditioned and was accepted into the renowned “Alvin Ailey Modern Dance Company” for their intensive program and while living in New York City, she also attended dance classes at Martha Graham Dance Company,

 

The Broadway Dance Centre and Steps on Broadway. She then got an opportunity as a solo dancer on Carnival Cruise Line, where she was able to enjoy performing live 5 days a week and got to travel from LA to various places throughout her contract.

She was also a member and performed with Toronto based dance companies “The Helix Dance Project” choreographed and directed by Linda Garneau and a Toronto based all Female hip hop company “The Honeycats”.

Although Dance was her first love, she took a step back in 2004 from performing and focused on her fitness career. After getting her Kinesiology degree and Personal Training specialist certificates, Erin started her own company called “Freak Your Fitness.” She has been hired by several sports teams and dance studios to help there athletes strive for greater performance in their skills. Her focus on teaching proper form, posture and balance helps ensure safe training with her dance students and fitness clients. Erin aims to educate her students and help them obtain positive behaviour change and create lifelong healthy habits.

Natasha Farley

Ballet, Pointe, PBT

 

Natasha began training in RAD ballet through Halton Hills School of Dance in Georgetown Ontario from the age of 3. She later worked as an assistant teacher before training with the RAD receiving her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. During Natashaʼs studies she successfully managed the backstage during many ballet productions such as La Bayadere, Paquita, La Fille Mal Gardee, and The Nutcracker as well as numerous end of the year shows. She also performed in multiple of the same productions as a professional dancer for many years. In August 2018, Miss Farley attended the ABT NTC (American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum) and received her accreditation for levels

Pre-Primary to Level 3. In July of 2021 Natasha also completed her PBT

(Progressive Ballet Technique) certification. 

 

Natasha graduated high school with an International Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts, later to receive her Diploma in Audio Engineering from McNally Smith College of Music in Minnesota, USA. In the coming years Natasha aspires to become an RAD Examiner, and continue her education with ABT for the Levels 4 - 5 and then 6 - 7 and partnering. Through Natashaʼs enthusiasm and determination she hopes to inspire all her dancers to reach their potential.

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Julia Thivierge

 

At the age of 4, Julia was enrolled in her very first ballet class at the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance. Soon after, she began attending jazz and tap classes, and her training in hip-hop, contemporary and lyrical soon followed. Over the course of her eighteen years dancing, she spent the majority competing with her studio in Mississauga until graduation in 2016. Her competitive years awarded her with individual and group overalls, as well as scholarships from different competitions. Her junior year of high school, she had the privilege of receiving her studio’s scholarship award for her dedication and commitment to dance. Her most memorable experience was travelling with her friends and teammates across Ontario and in the United-States. 

 

She excelled under the direction of teachers and choreographers such as; Angela Mahoney Jones, Eryn Waltman, Dani Matte, Kelly Shaw, as well as National Ballet Cecchetti-trained teachers. 


Concurrent with her attendance at the University of Toronto where she worked on her Honours Bachelor of Science in the field of Psychology, she found herself tiptoeing into Toronto’s commercial dance scene. She spent two years primarily training in jazz funk and heels. Julia gained the opportunity to perform in 6 productions with over 20 staged performances at various Toronto venues under the direction of Chris Clarke.

This experience led her to begin working with some of the city’s most talented choreographers on several music videos and video projects. Her performances accompanying various artists occurred at The Great Hall, Mod Club Theatre, and The CAA Centre to name a few. Julia has had the opportunity to exercise her passion for teaching with beginner dancers in high school, as well as elementary school students in an academic setting. 

 

It is her pleasure to be joining the team and to share the joy she has for dance with the students at Goddards Studio.

Kendra Guidolin

 

Kendra is a professional dance artist and writer based in the Greater Toronto Area. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Dance Pedagogy from York University and has taught students of all abilities and backgrounds of dance from the ages of 18 months to 90 years old.

 

Before her undergraduate degree, she danced for 14 years, training in RAD and Cecchetti ballet forms, commercial and fosse-based jazz forms, tap, acro, and gymnastics.

 

As well, she trained for two summers at The National Ballet of Canada in their summer intensive training program, and spent one summer training with Michael Meadows and Anthony “Ambitious” Smith in breaking, tutting, and waving on a scholarship from Be Dance Competitions. At York, she trained with legendary teachers and choreographers such as Claire Wooten, Julia Sasso, John Ottmann, Tracey Norman, Helen Jones, and Carol Anderson. Since then, she has been fortunate enough to dance in pieces by choreographers from all over the world, as well as be part of projects like dance photoshoots and commercials for TSN.

 

Her latest performance was with The Ismailova Theatre of Dance in the production of Master and Margarita. She’s thrilled to join the Goddard’s team and to be teaching at the wonderful facility here in Halton Hills!

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Colleen McCarter

Vocal Teacher

 

Born into a musical family, Colleen grew up a natural entertainer, singing traditional Irish music on many stages all throughout Southern Ontario. 

 

Studying classical voice under Carolynne Godin led her to post secondary studies in Music Therapy at the University of Windsor.

 

There, she received her degree in Vocal music, specializing in adaptive vocal training techniques for young voices, differently abled singers and choral arrangements. 

 

Teaching voice privately for many years as a member of the Milton Music Teachers Association, her passion for teaching and encouraging healthy vocal expression is supported by a strong foundation in music theory, ear training, stage presence and most importantly, fun!