FACULTY 

Select a faculty member to read their full bio:

Erin Moore

(Owner, Artistic Director, Instructor)

Sharon Harris

(Owner, Administrative Director)

Kristen Tackaberry

(Assistant Artistic Director, Instructor) 

Elizabeth Coote

(Instructor)

ERIN MOORE

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Owner/ Artistic Director/ Instructor

Education & Certifications at a glance:

*BFA Honours, Specializing in Dance

*BEd Primary/ Junior Division

*Special Education Part 1

*OCT Certified Teacher

*Acrobatic Arts Certified

 

          Erin first discovered her passion and love for the art of dance at the young age of two. Erin has trained throughout her life in the disciplines of jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and ballet, including participating in her BATD Ballet Examinations. Erin was accepted into the York University Dance Program in 2007 and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours degree specializing in dance.

          During her time at York, Erin trained intensively in the disciplines of ballet, modern, and jazz, under the instruction of such professionals as Karen Bowes- Sewell (National Ballet of Canada), Claire Wootten (Alberta Ballet Company), Helen Jones (Martha Graham Company), Donna Krasnow, Annie Wood, and Julia Sasso. Erin has performed in pieces by choreographers such as Darcy Callison (Down the Road), and Megan Andrews, the Executive Director and founding editor of the Canadian dance magazine the dance current.

          Erin also actively participated in dance works choreographed by fellow York University dance students, in annual productions at York University entitled “York Dances”. Erin has been fortunate enough to take class from such artists as Christopher House (Toronto Dance Theatre), one of Canada’s leading modern dance choreographers, as well as perform at events such as the Pride Festival in Toronto, ON.         

          Upon graduating from York University, Erin received her Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University, her Special Education Part 1 Qualification, and became a certified teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers. Erin has worked with children in a variety of education and arts based settings throughout the Greater Toronto Area. These include teaching in public and private schools, daycares, and dance studios. Erin has also worked for the City of Toronto teaching dance to students in various recreational facilities throughout the GTA. Erin has worked with young children at a daycare in the area, and it is through these experiences that she has had the opportunity to apply her knowledge of child development alongside her keen interest in dance and safe movement practices. Most recently, Erin had the opportunity to choreograph for a local performance art group entitled Street Ballerinas.

             Erin has studied anatomy and motor development as it relates to dance, and believes in creating an inclusive, nurturing, and fun dance environment. She believes in ongoing professional development, and is excited to share her passion for dance with the community. She aims to create a space where children feel free expressing themselves, building self-confidence, and becoming well-rounded dance artists.

 

SHARON HARRIS

Owner/ Administrative Director

          A lifelong resident of Eastern Ontario, Sharon has a strong background in customer service including having owned two businesses in the Brockville area, one being a successful dance school. 

          Sharon has been involved with dance in a multitude of capacities over the past 25 years such as, studio owner, backstage director, as well as dance parent. She looks forward to being able to provide a positive and supportive atmosphere for both students and parents at Arabesque Academy of Dance.

          Sharon is excited to serve the AAD families, as well as to promote community involvement and service through supporting local events and charities. 

 

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Education & Certifications at a glance:

*Developmental Services Worker

*30+ Years of Customer Service Experience

 

 

KRISTEN TACKABERRY

Assistant Artistic Director/

Instructor

Education & Certifications at a glance:

*B.Sc (Kinesiology)

*Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion

*Artistic Gymnastics & Trampoline Certifications

*Risk Management Training 

*Alixa Flexibility (Module 1 & 2)

*Acrobatic Arts Certified

 

          Kristen started taking dance and gymnastics at a young age.  She trained and competed in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, hip hop, and modern dance, as well as vocal, theatre, and cheerleading; but found her passion specifically in acrobatics.  She started assisting classes at the age of 12, and completed her ‘coach in training’ hours at a local gymnastic club at 13.  From there, she went on to become a Certified Gymnastics Coach (artistic gymnastics: sport specific, theory, and trampoline through NCCP). Through this training she also completed her risk management training, and participated in spotting and coaching workshops. Kristen then began teaching her own classes, and choreographing numbers. By age 15 Kristen won a Young Choreographer's Award for her first competitive acro piece.

          Kristen has gone on to complete her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Guelph-Humber, as well as attaining a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from Humber College.  From this, Kristen has gained a vast knowledge of the human body, biomechanics, proper training techniques, and injury prevention.

          Kristen has worked with a variety of athletes, and specifically dancers of all ages and styles, across Ontario.  Kristen believes in ensuring a safe and fun learning environment, while providing new skills and techniques in every class. Most of all, she believes in connecting with each student she works with, and helping them to succeed as both a dancer, and as a person.

 

JESSICA IRWIN-CHAMPAGNE

Instructor

Education & Certifications at a glance:

*BFA Honours, Specializing in Performance & Choreo.

*BEd Primary/ Junior Division 

*Special Education Part 1 & 2 

*OCT Certified Teacher

*Alixa Flexibility (Module 1 & 2)

          Jessica is a graduate of York University's School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree specializing in Performance and Choreography. During her time at York, she performed in Fleur De Sel, Dance Innovations Counter/Point, Terpsichore-in-progress and Beginnings & Endings. Jessica was also a member of the York Dance Ensemble's pre-professional modern dance company, and performed with them in numerous shows, as well as on TEDX. While at York, Jessica trained in the Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus, and the modern dance styles of Jose Limóné and Martha Graham, under the direction of professionals including Helen Jones (Martha Graham Company), Jenifer Bolt, John Ottoman (ProArteDanza Director and Coordinator), and Holly Small. During her final year at York she studied under the direction of Modern Dance artist, Julia Sasso, participating in choreography and performance intensives.

          Prior to her University and professional dance career Jessica danced competitively for several years and has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, acro, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, cheerleading, modern, and contemporary. During this time, she competed in several national and international competitions receiving numerous high honours awards, including International Titles. It was also during this time that she successfully completed Jazz and Tap exams under A.D.A.P.T.

Jessica has also been a company member of TDC Entertainment, Sole Power Productions and D'air Dance Collective, where she performed professionally in numerous commercial dance shows. Most recently, Jessica has danced in the Juvenis Festival’s performance Unfamiliar, Women in Coats and The Path, working closely with Kingston choreographer Kay Kenny and Charlotte Tessier respectively. Jessica has also choreographed for the Kingston Street Ballerina Project.

          Jessica is continuously seeking opportunities to develop professionally, and has thus participated in various master classes and workshops from professional dance artists such as Blake McGrath, Danny Lawn, and Mia Michaels. She is also a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance, and has taken her Beginner/ Junior and Intermediate/Advanced Level acro courses from Acro-Demics. Jessica has been teaching dance for many years and has won numerous choreography and high score awards for her routines.

          Jessica is also a graduate from Queen’s University Bachelor of Education program, and specializes in teaching Primary/Junior Grades. In her spare time, she works for Royal Princess Parties as a dancer, singer and actress. Jessica also works at the H’ART Centre teaching dance to adults with intellectual exceptionalities. In addition, she teaches for the HAAP! program, which delivers dance programs to those in long-term care facilities, helping to prolong their longevity and quality of life.

          Jessica continues to learn and grow as a dance artist, choreographer and teacher. She hopes to share her passion of dance, choreography, and education with others, while inspiring her own students to work hard and dream big,  because anything is possible.

 

ELIZABETH COOTE

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Instructor

Education & Certifications at a glance:

*Advanced Diploma in Music Theatre Performance

*Bachelor of Music Theatre 

*BEd Int./Sr. Division (Drama, Music)

*OCT Certified Teacher

*A.D.A.P.T Certified

*Acrobatic Arts Certified

          Liz has been dancing since the young age of 3 years old, and teaching dance since the age of 14. She is trained in Musical Theatre, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Acro, Contemporary and Lyrical.  Liz loves to teach dance and her favourite styles are Acro, Tap, and Musical Theatre. 

          Liz graduated from St. Lawrence College’s Musical Theatre program in 2014 and graduated from Queens University in 2018 with her bachelors degree in the SLC/ Queens combined Musical Theatre program. Liz has performed in many shows in her time at SLC. Some of these shows include New Faces 2012 (soloist), The Mikado (Noble lady), 42nd Street (Ethel), Anything Goes (Dance Captain), and Les Miserable (Chorus/Mme. Thenardier under study). Liz had the wonderful opportunity of performing with Queens Musical Theatre in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Miss. Jones), as well as being a part of many different production roles, including Vocal Director for Queens students on broadway's production of Hair. This past summer she was involved in Blue Canoe's production of Newsies, playing the role of Albert, and dancing in many of the ensemble numbers.

          Liz recently graduated from Queens University with a Bachelor of Education in the Intermediate/ Senior division (drama & music), and is a certified teacher through the Ontario College of Teachers. Liz is certified under the A.D.A.P.T syllabus, as well as Acrobatic Arts. “I truly believe in the arts as a wonderful outlet for children to express themselves and be creative.” 

          Liz enjoys being a part of the Arabesque Academy faculty team and hopes to continue to learn, grow and inspire through dance. 

 

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