Debbie Rosenberg was born with a passion for dance. After growing up in South Africa and teaching dance since the age of 12. She qualified as a member of the South African Dance Teachers Association at 18 and opened her own studio. Debbie also won the South African Dance Championship among many other awards. She and her family moved to Canada in 1988, and so did her love for dance. She opened Dance Sensation 26 years ago and has taught, and made an impact, on thousands of dancers who have walked through her doors.
While Debbie enjoys the art of dance, her strength in teaching is undeniable. She nurtures her students, enabling them to develop self-esteem, coordination, self-discipline, creativity, team work, poise and simultaneously learn many life lessons.
Today, Debbie has the pleasure of teaching many of her former students’ children, touching many families. She takes pride in fostering a warm and caring environment, where she encourages her students to achieve their maximum potential.
Over the course of her career, Debbie has won numerous choreography and judges’ choice awards at many prestigious competitions in the U.S. such as the North American Tap Dance Festival and American Dance Awards. Her students have won Dancer of the Year awards too, and she has led the studio to come in 1st overall at many dance competitions. Debbie has also trained many of the Dance Sensation teachers, who have won many awards including for outstanding choreography.
Erin has been dancing since the age of 5 and competitively since the age of 6. She has been a student at Dance Sensation her whole life and has been an assistant teacher for many years. She knew teaching and inspiring others was what she loved to do, so she started choreographing at the age of 15. Having graduated, she is now looking forward to being a full time teacher and being able to motivate her students the same way her teachers have motivated her for years. Erin is a dedicated dancer and pushes herself to her limits while she is dancing in class and performing on stage. Her commitment has served her well at competition as she has won several scholarships over the years; including FRESH dance intensive, E.C.T.C Tap Conference, Be Discovered to L.A. and New York etc. She has won many awards for her execution of choreography, special awards and has won the highest score of several competitions. At the age of 14 she won a pair of "Golden Tap Shoes" from the well known tapper Everett Smith and later continued to train with Everett and his senior tap company. Erin is a versatile dancer, teacher and choreographer and is more than excited to share her knowledge of dance with her students.
Teacher and choreographer
Leah Schwarzli discovered her love for dance as a young child. She competed extensively in ballet and pointe however also trained in many other dance forms. Leah later graduated from the Teacher's Training Program at Canada's National Ballet School. Through her time at The Ballet School, she successfully completed her Cecchetti Advanced 2 Examination, as well as gained her teaching qualifications with Cecchetti Canada and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Leah gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree through the Honours Dance Program at York University. In her final year at York University, she completed a two hundred page booklet as her Senior Project focusing on training elements that dancers require when preparing for Cecchetti examinations. Leah has been teaching and choreographing for recreational and competitive students for the past ten years. She currently remains a substitute teacher at Canada's National Ballet School in the Associates Program and works on the volunteer committee for the Ontario Branch of Cecchetti Canada. She loves sharing her joy of dance with her students and having the privilege of seeing them grow as dancers and as individuals.
Toby grew up in the studio, starting to dance recreationally at the age of two with her mom as her first dance teacher. At four she made the transition to competitive dancing and never looked back. Growing up a competitive dancer was something that defined her as a person. In 2010 she began competing on the world stage at IDO Worlds of Showdance and in 2014 she returned home from Germany with both a gold and silver medal around her neck. After high school Toby moved to Los Angeles California to start her dance career. She has been lucky enough to work with some of the best choreographers in the industry and perform in Talia Favia's The Difference Between Sinking and Drowning in Hollywood. Since this time Toby has continued to strengthen her knowledge in dance and continues to work with students of all ages on their skills.
Teacher and choreographer
Tanya has been part of the Dance Sensation team since she was 3 years old. As her skills developed, Tanya joined the competitive team where she excelled in tap, jazz, and ballet. She also studied Ballet at the Simonova ballet school. Tanya became an assistant teacher at a very young age and has been teaching ever since. Tanya received her B.A. at York University and then earned her Masters in Education. She has been teaching students ranging from ages 3 to 19 since 1999. In 2001 Tanya began choreographing competitive dance routines, and has won numerous choreography, high score, and special awards. She is also the recipient of many Judges Choice Awards at numerous competitions. Her students have also won numerous titles, scholarships and highest score of the competition awards. She believes in being a team player, hard work and encouraging everyone to have fun as they learn to love dance. Tanya always looks forward to the challenges and successes that the new dance season will bring. Tanya is excited to continue to learn, grow, and share her knowledge and love of dance with her students. She is honoured and excited to be a part of the Dance Sensation family, and is eager to work with their talented dancers.
Assistant Director & Senior Choreographer
Shaun has pursued an extensive dance education and training in Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop since the age of five. He has been featured dancing in music videos as well as live performances with Lady Luck Productions. As a choreographer Shaun has worked on multiple short films and live performances, as well as winning multiple choreography awards. He is excited to be sharing his knowledge and most of all his passion with the students at Dance Sensation.
Teacher and choreographer
Jen Carter began dancing at the age of 10 in Peterborough, Ontario. She trained competitively with Premiere Studio of Dance until the age of 19, where she trained in many dance styles. It wasn't until age 13 that Jen recognized her great passion for urban dance, and decided she wanted to further a career in the dance industry. She then went on to participate in the Integrated Arts Dance Program at Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School, where she found her love of teaching and choreographing. Through out her high school journey she was presented with many opportunities including: competing in Hurley Walk the Walk in California, dancing on the Rick Mercer Report, 2 trips to New York City to train at Broadway Dance Centre and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, 6 different high school competitions (where she was awarded 2 scholarships and remembered for her many performances as well as pieces she choreographed), and multiple shows each year. She is now a member of the Toronto Dance Community after moving in September 2015. Fall of 2012 is when Jen’s teaching journey began. Her first opportunity was given to her at her home studio, where she began teaching ballet, jazz and tap to kids ages 3-5. Over the years her love for urban dance took the lead and she was hired to choreograph at several studios. Jen now teaches workshops for high school students, private lessons for special needs children, choreography for 3 competitive teams and subbing drop in classes at The Underground Dance Centre. Jen is currently at Centennial College in the Dance Performance Program, assisting Leah Totten and teaching at studios while building her name. With previous training in BOSS Dance Company (under the direction of Leah Totten), and Hot In Heels: The Company (under the direction of Angela Mahoney), she is very grateful for all of her opportunities. Jen has found that it is extremely important to take inspiration from everything and everyone around her as her goal has always been to inspire and touch those she comes in contact with. She looks forward to continuing her growth as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and person through her hard work and dedication to her craft.