Owner, Instructor, Coach, Choreographer
Ballroom and Latin Dance Instructor, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba – MarlaSilva@danceology.org
Marla Silva is the founder of danceologyTM Inc. She has had a successful career in the dance industry, having been in the dance business all of her life, and in the Ballroom sector for over a decade. Marla is a self starter and natural leader. She has been self employed in several different fields, always catering to her love of both dance and fitness. She is an accomplished instructor in not only in dance, but in yoga and Pilates. Being certified in all forms of Sivananda yoga and Pilates, she uses her extensive fitness background along with her mind-body awareness to creatively enhance her dance lessons.
Her Ballroom career has taken her from a trainee, instructor, manager, top Canadian rhythm competitive dancer, coach, to owning her own studio. Creating danceologyTM has been her lifelong dream. She has single handily created a social dance studio which focuses on the limitless benefits of dancing while maintaining an unquestionable teaching practice. Her strongest personality trait is visible through her boisterous, lively nature, which she naturally integrates into each and every lesson she teaches, and person she touches. Do not allow her playful personality and light demeanor fool you. She is driven and dedicated to her studio, and students. Her passion for dance and its benefits is only surpassed by her love of teaching.
Certified Ballroom & Latin Dance Instructor
To Shawn Bryan Music and Dance are one in the same. Although Shawn has a strong musical background, playing sax, guitar and song writing, his passion lies strongest in dance. He began his dance career at the ripe age of ten with tap dancing, later moving into soulful house music and underground freestyle dancing where expression has no bounds …..his true passion. Over the years Shawn dabbled in various forms of street dance, always putting his own brand of showmanship and exuberance in the mix. His journey through dance brought him to his final destination…..danceologyTM…..where with Shawn’s all about expressing yourself with style and confidence on the dance floor!
Certified Ballroom & Latin Dance Instructor
Tetiana Iaremchuk started training in Ballroom and Latin dancing in the Ukraine when she was only 6 years old. With instruction from the best professionals in Europe, Tetiana soon became top ranked in most open ballroom dance competitions throughout Bulgaria, Serbia and the Ukraine.
After years of maintaining champion status in Europe, Tetiana travelled to Canada where she has transformed into a dedicated, meticulous professional and certified ballroom and Latin instructor. As a top contender in the ballroom and Latin world, she was recruited to participate in Toronto’s very own “Dancing with our Stars” (2009, 2011 & 2011), which brings together professional instructors with some of the most powerful individuals in our community resulting in millions of dollars being raised for Alzheimer’s disease.
Tetiana happily combines the best qualities of a dancer and instructor, making her a very valuable addition to danceology’s professional team. Tetiana’s teaching methods are distinguished by her ability to creatively combine the most recent and relevant information and techniques obtained through regular attendance and participation in specialized seminars and conferences. Tetiana feels privileged to be able to share her experience, knowledge and passion for dance with others and we are proud to have her as an integral part of the danceology team.
Certified American Smooth & Latin Dance Instructor
Quentin has always had a love of music and dance. During his high school and university education, he would often DJ various events from weddings to school parties. It was during his years at university that he started taking dance classes in swing and since then has never looked back. Quentin began teaching at Fred Astaire dance studios in Hamilton soon after completing his university education and later moved to Toronto to start teaching at danceology. Quentin is a certified American Smooth and Latin instructor who enjoys teaching dance to people of all ages and abilities.
Yoga / Pilates Instructors
Veronica first discovered Yoga in 2001 through Acting and Movement classes while attending York University in Toronto, Canada. Inspired to deepen her own practice and to bring the benefits of Yoga to others, Veronica completed her first Yoga Teacher Training at Toronto’s renowned Tula Yoga Studios in 2007. Her desire to spread the seed of Yoga through teaching led her to spend a period of time in India in 2009 where she lived and studied at the Sivananda Ashram in Vridavan, Uttar Pradesh.
Veronica guides each of her students with her unique, creative, dynamic, and explorative teaching style which has evolved from her practice in many schools of Yoga. In addition to teaching her classes, Veronica has come full-circle as a faculty member of Tula Yoga Studios’ teacher training program since 2009. She has also written many articles and led workshops on Yoga wellness.
Melissa first discovered yoga six years ago, beginning in Bikram yoga. Quickly, she moved to Moksha yoga touching on Anusara, Yin, and Hatha but it was the physicality of Ashtanga that really captured her.
Yoga was what introduced Melissa to an active healthy lifestyle and gave her the confidence to pursue other athletic endeavours. The beauty of yoga is It’s unique ability to be both challenging and therapeutic. By practicing, Melissa hopes we’ll see how the attitudes and discipline required to do yoga affect life outside of the studio. Melissa’s classes have a fun, passionate energy that encourages students to open themselves to push their limits.
Ellen is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor trained in Power Vinyasa Yoga in London, England with world-class instructor, Stewart Gilchrist. She has a deep appreciation for the practise and its ability to connect the mind and body. Her love for yoga began in 2003 and she has practised and attended workshops in India, England, Holland, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Ellen’s classes incorporate dynamic flowing postures with a focus on alignment and breath. A lover of all sports, she finds yoga to be the perfect compliment for running, triathlons, and surfing. Ellen is an enthusiastic proponent of yoga’s healing and grounding potential. She draws on her meditation and Reiki background to integrate elements of peacefulness and mindfulness into her practise.
Yoga & Pilates Instructor
Natalie discovered the beauty of body work at a young age. Growing up involved in dance, gymnastics and fitness allowed her to develop a strong foundation, which later expanded to a deep love of Yoga. Natalie first began her yoga journey practicing at Moksha, and soon later completed her first Yoga Teacher Training at Toronto’s studio, Tula. With over 5 years of experiential knowledge practicing a variety of styles including hatha, power, ashtanga, yin and vinyasa, it wasn’t until the completion of her teaching training that she truly discovered her passion to inspire others through yoga. Natalie practices and teaches with passion, creativity and grace and pays special attention to each member of her classes. With an educational background in Medical Science, Natalie integrates this physiological knowledge to educate her students, allowing them to bring new insight to their practice and become more in tune with their bodies.
Natalie is very excited to be part of the Danceology team and is excited to continue learning and inspiring the Toronto community on their own personal journey’s to health, vitality and enlightenment
Susan started her love affair with dance at the age of 2. She is a classically trained dancer and fitness enthusiast with more than 20 years of ballet and modern dance experience. She danced competitively until the age of 17, attended the prestigious York University Dance Program as well as trained and performed at the Banff Centre for Performing Arts. Now a mom of 2, her focus has shifted to ballet based fitness classes. She is a certified Fitness Instructor Specialist & Certified Yoga Instructor.