The GS Team
Director and President of Goddards Studio for Dance and the Performing Arts
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.
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.
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 18 years.
Creating Goddards Studio with his wife, Ashley, is a huge, exciting endeavour one that he hopes you will become a part of.
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!
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!
Colleen resides in Milton with her three children and husband Luke.