Roxanne Williams (B.A., AAC)
Studio Manager & Competitive Team Coordinator
Roxanne is proud to be a part of the CDM Team. Dance has been a part of her life since she was a child. “Miss Roxy”, as her students call her, attended and graduated from Claude Watson School for the Arts and Claude Watson Secondary Arts Program at Earl Haig.
During her first year studies at Guelph University she began her professional career as a dance captain in the indoor and outdoor theatre performances at Canada’s Wonderland. This experience introduced her to many career opportunities in various shows and film work throughout Ontario.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Guelph, Roxanne made a decision to travel the world. She sailed with Princess Cruises as Production Show Coordinator and dancer to over 30 countries while continuing to perform in Toronto during her breaks. Roxanne has had the unique opportunity to work with dancers and choreographers from all over the world. She strives to convey her experiences as a professional dancer and manager to all her students through structured, fun, energetic classes.
Renuka is delighted to be back at CDM as both the school administrator and teaching. Her love for dance started at CDM as she began training in RAD ballet, completing both the graded and vocational streams. From a young age, she began training in other styles such as jazz and lyrical and was among the first dancers to compete in CDM’s competitive program. For several years she also attended Sport Seneca where she trained in rhythmic gymnastics and competed at the provincial and national levels. This set the foundations for her training in acrobatics which she has continued to develop by obtaining her Acrobatic Arts module 1 certification and in her personal training on aerial tissue, rope, and trapeze.
Through her school years, Renuka attended Claude Watson School for the Arts and Earl Haig Claude Watson Program (Drama Major) where she further developed her performing arts skills in tap, hip hop, modern, singing, French horn, acting and directing. She also gained invaluable leadership and management skills producing a One Act Play Festival and assisting in running numerous events, coffee houses, and dance & fashion shows.
When she attended McGill University (Hons. BA&Sc Cognitive Science) she continued her involvement in the arts by devoting herself to Mosaica Dance Company, a student run dance troupe. Mosaica provided her with weekly technical training and countless creative choreography and performance opportunities within the Montreal community. In her third year, she ran the company and was also responsible for the company’s budget covering rehearsals, workshops, fundraising, outreach, costuming and showcases.
Renuka has had the pleasure of performing in Toronto (Harbourfront Dance Weekend, Gay Pride, Rogers Centre), Montréal (Dix30 Grand Opening, Club Olympia, McGill Orientation) and broadcast on television in the Pan American Games opening ceremonies produced by Cirque du Soleil. She has had the honour of working with such esteemed choreographers as Luther Brown, Melanie Mah, Benoit-Swan Pouffer and more. Renuka has been teaching for many years both at CDM and at Danse Nanci Moretti (Montreal, QC). She values connecting with students on a personal level and helping students find a creative and emotional outlet for their energy, thoughts, and feelings. Feel free to say hello in the halls of CDM whenever we cross paths, I look forward to meeting you and your little ones!
Megan Kayley Yim A.R.C.T., L.R.C.M. Music Program Administrator
Megan has been teaching piano to younger children as well as adults for several years. She has received the A.R.C.T diploma in Piano Performance as well as the Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance (L.R.C.M.) at the Royal Conservatory of Music and has achieved First Class Honours with Distinction in her piano examinations. As well, she has placed in many piano competitions such as the Kiwanis Music Festival, Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, and the Markham Music Festival. She has accompanied multiple choirs, and ensembles, and continues to play for leisure. Parents of Megan’s students have commended her skill and ability to relate to young children. She believes that music is an integral part of every child’s development. Megan’s goal for every one of her students is to build a solid ladder of musical knowledge as well as finding the joy in playing the piano.
My daughters (3 and 5) really enjoy their creative movement and ballet classes. The March Break camp was especially fun! The teachers are very warm, personable, and amazing at what they do. The technique taught here to the older grades looks first rate.
Diversity, acceptance and healthy body image are core values in my family. So when I walked into CDM for the first time and saw students – girls and boys – and instructors of all shapes, sizes and races, I knew this was the place for my girls. The friendships they have forged with like-minded girls are comforting to me as a parent, and the standards set by Cheryl, Roxy and the other instructors make our girls better equipped to shine in the adult world and achieve their goals.
This is the second year My daughter takes Ballet class in CDM. She’s having wonderful time while dancing with all those same age girls. CDM has many professional dance teachers. They pass their skills along with their different styles and same passions to our little dancers. Every Tuesday while I’m waiting in the CDM hall way, having different age dancers walking by, I can feel the happiness of dancing. I also like the CDM summer camp. It gives a great opportunity to have fun and try different dances.