Jaclyn Da Silva
At the young age of 4, Jaclyn entered the dance world. Her dance career started out with traditional national dancing for Le Stelle Alpine Italian Dancers. Seventeen years later, Jaclyn is still performing with the group as a dancer and she is also a teacher. National dancing has won Jaclyn numerous awards in various competitions and has given her the opportunity to perform at different festivals, in and out of town. Throughout the years, Italian dancing has enabled Jaclyn to travel to and perform in many different locations across Canada and the United States, including: Montreal, Winnipeg, Chicago, and Minneapolis. In July of 2017, Jaclyn will be touring Italy and performing in different cities along the way.
Jaclyn has always had a love for the art of dancing but it wasn’t until the age of 13 that she expanded her dancing horizons to other styles of dance. She first joined Bounce Productions, where she partook in musical theatre, jazz, and hiphop. With Jaclyn’s love of hiphop beginning to flourish, she joined International Dance Academy for a few years then moved to Legacy Performing Arts Company. She studied ballet, jazz and hiphop. From a young age Jaclyn started choreographing her own dances and has received very high scores and awards for her hiphop dances. Legacy Performing Arts Company allowed Jaclyn to take her skills and teach dance as well. For the past three years, Jaclyn has also had the opportunity to teach hiphop at two local elementary schools.
Throughout high school, Jaclyn spent much of her time performing. She developed her skills further as a dancer as well as participated in school musicals, and on the competitive cheerleading team. She was named captain of the cheerleading team for her senior year and helped choreograph routines for that year and the year after. Jaclyn is happy to be teaching for Le Stelle Alpine Italian Dancers and Dream Dance Company, allowing her to share her passion and experience with younger dancers.
Stephanie Da Silva
Stephanie has been involved with the association for over 15 years. She has enjoyed numerous styles of dance including folk, Jazz, and Hip Hop to name a few. She has traveled to several out of town competitions and festivals and has been honoured various awards for her talent. This is Stephanie’s 7th year of teaching and her commitment and creativity is well respected within the organization. She loves the fun, energy and culture that is shared through being a part of Le Stelle Alpine Performing Arts Association.
Leah has been part of the Stelle family since 1994. She joined as a dancer at age 3 and has continued to be part of the team ever since. Stelle is important for Leah because she strives to promote Italian heritage in Thunder Bay and North America. It’s important for her to keep up the Italian traditions that her immigrant grandparents brought from Italy.
Leah began teaching for Le Stelle in 2008, and is currently dancing and teaching. She has been involved in various areas of performance since she was 3 including: dance, drama and vocals. Some of these areas include involvement in and choreography for local musical productions, as well as singing lessons and dance training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, pointe and musical theatre. She has also completed 5 levels of the BATD exams in jazz, tap and ballet.
Over the years, she has competed in both local and out of town competitions in Toronto, Minneapolis and Chicago. Aside from competitions and classes, she volunteers her time toward teaching dance choreography for local musical productions and variety shows. Between working part time and attending Lakehead University, Leah looks forward to teaching her students every week!
For Serena Le Stelle Alpine Performing Arts Association has always been a huge part of her life. Serena has been dancing with Le Stelle Alpine for 14 years and it is where her interest in dance first started. Serena was an assistant instructor for the group for many years and have been teaching for 2 years now. This year she is teaching the group called I Piccolini. Serena really enjoys national dancing but she also has other experience. Serena danced at Spirit of Dance for 2 years and also with Bounce Productions for a few years. Serena was a dancer in the casts for both the productions put on at St. Patrick High School, Beauty and the Beast and Grease. Serena has taken various workshops with talented dancers including Joshua Allen and Blake McGrath. One of Serena’s favourite parts of dance is being able to go out and present what we have worked on and showcasing our Italian culture . This summer Le Stelle Alpine had a very successful and fun trip to Montreal where they performed at Semaine Itallienne. Serena love’s dancing with Le Stelle Alpine; it is like another family.
Victoria has been dancing with Le Stelle Alpine since she was three and has trained with a local dance studio in jazz, hip-hop and ballet for six years. Victoria enjoys teaching with Le Stelle Alpine because she wants to pass down the Italian traditions and culture that the association has taught her. She has been an assistant with Le Stelle Alpine for four years and hopes to become a dance teacher one day. Dancing isn’t Victoria’s only passion, she is broadening her artistic talents by learning to sing, play guitar as well as acting and being a stagehand in various theatre performances throughout Thunder Bay. Over the years, she has performed in both local and out of town Festivals including Montreal and Chicago. For Victoria Le Stelle Alpine is more of a family then a place to dance. The friendships made with this organization are friendships that will last a life time.