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. Many 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 toured Italy and performed 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.
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.