Christine Cloutier, a member of the British Association of Teachers of Dance, began dancing at the age of 5 years old with Helen Syjut Dance Studio in Sault Ste. Marie. At the age of 10, she auditioned for the National Ballet School of Canada and was accepted to the 4 week summer program. The NBS then awarded Christine a full year scholarship in 1976. After her year with the NBS she was then accepted to the prestigious Quinte Ballet School. Her extensive dance training in the demanding Cecchetti style of ballet allowed her to train with professionals such as Karen Kain, Frank Augustyn and Mary Jago.
After 6 years with Quinte, Christine graduated in 1984, and was accepted at the Toronto Dance Theatre as an apprentice with the company. The physical demand of her training started to show when an injury forced Christine to take time off to pursue other artistic endeavours. During that time she was booked by an agent and began a career in modeling and acting. Her credits include appearances in movies with stars such as Sophia Lauren, Tony Danza and Kris Christofferson, to name a few. She also performed in television series, such as Street Legal and The Edison Twins.
In 1990, Christine was offered the position as Ballet Mistress for Kim Greco of Kiana School of Dance Arts in Sault Ste. Marie. After being away for 15 years, Christine embraced the idea of returning to her home town once again. Following 2 years with Kiana and the experience of touring in Russia, Copenhagen and Las Vegas, she was offered an opportunity to instruct with Shelley Peters. After one year she was invited to take over the studio.
In 1993, Christine bought out Shelley Peters, and in 1994, Soo Dance Unlimited was born.
Soo Dance Unlimited celebrates over 20 years of dance excellence and has many credits for award-winning choreography, costuming and staging at dance competitions from all over Canada and the USA.
Lauren’s love for dance started at the age of three. From the age of 5, she began dancing competitively with Kianna School of Dance Arts, and later Soo Dance Unlimited, participating in many competitions throughout Canada and the USA. For over 20 years, Lauren has been a part of SDU, first as a student and then as a teacher and award winning choreographer. She has been a registered Associate Member under the British Association of Teachers of Dance since the age of 16, with training in RAD and Cecchetti.
Miss Lauren also has a passion for music, with training in piano and voice through the Royal Conservatory. Her musical background later helped her graduate with honours in a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a double major in music and creative writing, and a minor in psychology. With the combination of her talents, she took to the Sault Ste. Marie musical theatre scene, participating in shows for various local theatre companies: “the Hungarian” in Chicago, Pirates of Penzance, A Grand Night For Singing, “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast, and “Fantine” in Les Miserable. In February, Miss Lauren was asked by In Your Eyes Projects to take on the challenge of Nick Payne’s Constellations, along side local native and professional actor/puppeteer, Adam F. Proulx.
Lauren works with both the recreational and competitive levels, and all age groups, including the adults. Her creativity shines with her dynamic work in lyrical, tap, jazz, pointe, and of course ballet. Her enthusiasm for dance is shown through her expressive teaching style. Her ultimate goal is to instill a sense of pride, deep passion for and commitment to the art of dance in each of her students, as well as help build strong confidence and self love.
At the age of 3, watching her first dance class, Jocelyn knew that someday she would teach dance professionally. She has accomplished her goal and is now spreading her love for dance to students of all ages and levels.
Miss Jocelyn has earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Lake Superior State University and is currently employed with the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board. For many years, Jocelyn has been Director/Coordinator of the summer dance program for the YMCA. She has been the lead choreographer for the SAH Fashion Show and Fundraiser Gala, showcasing many local Sault Ste. Marie fashion shops, as well as our own competitive dancers.
Miss Jocelyn has a love for all dance, especially hip-hop and tap. Her personal teaching approach sets ambitious yet attainable goals for herself as well as her students.