Sault Ste. Marie

Meet the SDA Faculty

richard kimRICHARD KIM (Founder/Director)

During his time as an amateur dancer and pianist, Richard went through the graded examination system with the BATD and the Royal Conservatory of Music. After high school, Richard was accepted into the BFA program in Dance at Juilliard School of Fine Arts in New York City. It was during this time at the Juilliard School, where he began his serious training and studies in classical and modern dance. 

After being scouted and signed by Los Angeles dance agent Julie McDonald, Richard relocated to Hollywood to pursue his professional commercial dance career. During this time, he was fortunate to have worked with Tony and Emmy Award winning director/choreographers Rob Marshall, Wayne Cilento, Jerry Mitchell, Kenny Ortega, Adam Shankman, Marguerite Derricks, Jerry Evans, Liz Imperio, Frank Gatson and Travis Payne. 

Richard’s performance career involved world concert tours, television, film, national commercials, music video, industrials and other live stage events. Career highlights include; Gloria Estefan’s World Tour (2yrs), Reba McEntire’s North American Tour (2yrs), performances with Michael Jackson, the Academy Awards, American Music Awards, Comedy Hall of Fame, Whitney Houston’s Cinderella, HBO’s And The Band Played On, Batman & Robin, She’s All That and national commercials for Frito-Lay, Levis and Mastercard Gold.

In addition to his career as a dancer, he also travelled the globe extensively as a guest teacher/ choreographer working for such organizations as; SkateCanada, SkateOntario, Randolph Academy, Broadway Dance Center Tokyo and Triple Threat Coventions. As a national level adjudicator, Richard has sat on the panels of such competitions as; University Dance Challenge, Bedazzled, Terpischore, Dance Masters, America Dance Awards, Kids Artistic Revue, Showstopper and Hall of Fame.


matthew carusoMATTHEW CARUSO
Competitive Program

Matthew is a member of the British Association of Teachers of Dance (BATD), having received his diplomas in jazz, tap and ballet. In Toronto, he worked on various live stage shows, video and film projects including Mastercard, Bell Mobility, Hillary Duff and the film “Hairspray”. Having worked with several studios in Ontario, Matthew is a respected teacher and is often recognized for his innovative choreography. His students have received many awards from the most respected dance organizations across North America and have been National Champions. Matthew strives to inspire young dancers with his enthusiasm and passion for dance.


jessica charronJESSICA CHARRON
Competive & RAD Ballet Exam Program

Jessica attended the Quinte Ballet School of Canada’s full time program at the age of ten and is a graduate of their Professional Division and Teachers Training Program. She holds her Advanced Certificate with the prestigious Cecchetti Society of Canada and is the only teacher of classical ballet in Sault Ste. Marie to hold the Registered Teachers Status with the Royal Academy of Dance. Throughout her eight years with the QBS, Jessica has had the opportunity to perform in ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Paquita. She has had the privilege of working under the direction of Brian and David Scott, Joanne Nisbett of the National Ballet School of Canada, as well as NBS company members Ryan Bourne, Andrea Olteneau, Julie Hay and James Leja. As the ballet head and choreographer for SDA’s competitive team, Jessica has produced numerous Overall Winning soloists, duo/ trios, groups, ensembles and productions, focusing on proper ballet technique and placement.


tania castellaniTANIA CASTELLANI
Recreational & Competitive Program

Tania has been a part of the Sault Ste. Marie dance community for most of her life. As a dancer, she has competed and toured across North America and Europe. As a teacher, she has worked with dance students of all ages throughout the community. She is proud to be a part of the Studio Dance Arts family, working with students in the Recreational, Half Time, and Full Time Companies. Since receiving her Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario, Tania has become a supply teacher with the Algoma District School Board and is bringing her love of dancing to students in elementary and secondary classrooms. 


Recreational Program

Carolyn received her professional training with the National Ballet School of Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre and the BFA Program at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. Carolyn holds her BATD certification in Ballet and Stage, as well as her Early Childhood Education Diploma. She is also a Stott Certified Pilates instructor. Carolyn specializes in the preschool programs at SDA, teaching the very young students their “first steps” with her highly regarded and dynamic classes.


Recreational & Competitive Program

Pam is an Associate with the British Association of Teachers of Dance (BATD). She has studied at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Teachers Training Program in Winnipeg, Manitoba and has taught ballet, tap, and jazz to preschool, recreational, adult and young competitve students for over twenty years. Pamela also works with figure skaters and coaches gymnastics.


lauren burchLAUREN BURCH
Recreational & Adult Program

Lauren is an Associate of the British Association of Teachers of Dance (BATD), with diplomas in jazz, tap and ballet. In University, she competed hip hop at various dance competitions with her university dance team. She teaches junior through to adult recreational hip hop classes at SDA.




nadia kovacsNADIA KOVACS
Front Desk/Administration

Nadia is our front desk person.
She is there to help you in any way with billing and payment information, as well as other general questions.
If you need help at our Dancewear Boutique, she's the one for you!