Erin-Marie Sinclair (Owner/Instructor)
Erin has been teaching dance since the age of 15. She has since grown to be a proud owner of Erin’s Dance Club in Blenheim, Ontario. Erin and her students have won numerous awards since opening in 2008. Erin is BATD certified in Stage (Modern & Tap), Jazz and Ballet, Acrobatique AcroDance and ADAPT certified. She believes that to be a teacher is to always remain a student yourself and is constantly looking for new ways to expand her knowledge in all aspects of her career. She is a level 1 certified NCCP Gymnastics coach, and she has been fortunate to work with Olympic Gymnast Dominique Pegg and Cirque Du Soleil team members in the past. Erin has also been fortunate to do choreography for teams other than her own including the McMaster University Urban Dance Team in Hamilton. Being a featured instructor for Dance Attack Workshop for the last 5 years, she has taught all over Ontario and United States and loves sharing her knowledge with dancers and fellow teachers she has met through these travels. Fundraising and volunteering in her community is very important to Erin. For 8 years she has produced Chatham Kent Dance Festival which has raised over $30,000 for the Chatham-Kent United Way. As well, she participates regularly in other local fundraising events by volunteering her time and performances by her team for entertainment at these events. Erin still competes herself at competitions to lead by example for her students. She loves to share her knowledge and passion for dance, but even more enjoys the smiles on the kid’s faces! Her greatest achievement is being a mom of 2 incredible boys!
Amy Gutteridge (Instructor)
Amy began her formal dance instruction at the age of 8. Miss Amy has trained extensively in hip-hop, tap, ballet, jazz and lyrical with All That Jazz and Pure Academy in Chatham at both the recreational and competitive levels. Her favourite disciplines are hip-hop and tap. She also competed with the CKSS dance team and completed her cooperative education through the CKSS dance program. Miss Amy is driven to develop her students’ creativity and delights in seeing her students learn to express themselves through dance. Miss Amy, in her first year with Erin’s Dance Club, has already earned many awards and accolades as a competitive choreographer. We are ecstatic for Miss Amy to have an expanded role with Erin’s Dance Club!
Katrina Stone (Instructor)
Katrina began dancing at the early age of three. At twelve years of age, she became a member of EDC’s competitive team and, a year later, began her teaching career as an assistant teacher. With 16 years of dance and performance training, Katrina is no stranger to the stage. She has been examined by the BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dancing) and was awarded Honors and Highly Commended in Ballet, Jazz, Acro/Gymnastics, and Tap examinations. She also was awarded dance scholarships to London, Ottawa, and Toronto. She is continuing to learn and become an even better dancer and performer. She has won many awards over the years, including winning the choreography award twice in 2013 and four times in a row in 2014/2015! She has had the privilege of playing many characters throughout the years such as Velma Kelly from Chicago, Miss Adelaide from Guys and Dolls, Consuelo from West Side Story, Nancy from Oliver and many many more! One of her biggest passions is Muscial Theater! Some people may remember Katrina from Chatham-Kent’s TV show “So You Think You Got Talent” where she performed as a Twilighter in 2008 or you may know her from the choreography she did for Opposite Town’s production of Legally Blonde the Musical in 2015. Katrina has experience in the styles of Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Acro, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz Funk, Ballroom, Musical Theater, Heels and Song & Dance. She also had voice training alongside her two sisters in 2012 and is looking forward to working with students who want to learn more about singing. Katrina really enjoys seeing her students bring her choreography and art to life. In the years to come, Katrina hopes to help young performers learn how important teamwork, endurance, dedication, and professionalism are in reaching their life goals. As a teacher, she strives to help students reach their full potential as strong, confident, expressive, and passionate performers. “You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart.”
Courtney Stone (Instructor/Web Administration)
In 1999, Courtney began her journey into the dance world, and since then she has passed all BATD (The British Association of Teachers of Dancing) examinations up to Premier Award level Jazz, Grade V level Tap, and Grade II level Ballet – receiving Honours seven times! Courtney was also nominated to attend the BATD Stage/Tap Scholarships in 2005 and again in 2009. In 2005, Courtney was selected to showcase her own Hip Hop solo choreography at the Be Discovered “You Can Dance” Talent Showcase in Chatham, ON. Courtney has also had the privilege to expand her dance knowledge by attending classes in the styles of Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop with instructors and dancers such as The Tap Dogs, Lauren Froderman, Alex Crenian, Miles Faber, Joshua Allen, Tara-Jean Popowich, Stephanie Rutherford, Stacey Tookey, tWitch, and more. In addition, Courtney attended 1st Year ADAPT Teacher’s Training in Junior Level Tap and Jazz, as well as training for the Acrobatique Certification Program in 2014. Courtney has choreographed and performed at the competitive level since 2011, receiving Judges’ Choice Awards, 1st Place Overall awards, Teacher Choreography Award, Scholarships, and more. While pursuing her love for dance, Courtney has also been pursuing her love for language and culture by learning Mandarin Chinese.
Courtney certainly believes that “through dance, children learn valuable life lessons and acquire life skills which will help them succeed in any and all areas of life. No matter where life takes you after graduation, dance is a practical, creative, healthy, and beautiful assistant to the challenges of growing up.”
Courtney Wells (Vocal/Acting Coach)
Courtney Wells began singing and dancing for audiences at the age of 4. Initially learning to sing with her Mother, she performed as a “Judds” mother and daughter country act. She also began training in dance. At 8 years old she began to sing, dance, and act in musical theatre. She graced the stage in Musicals such as The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Music Man, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Annie, The Sound of Music and more with the Joint Venture Theatre Group. She also began training with vocal and piano lessons furthering her knowledge with intensive workshops. When she moved to Chatham-Kent at the age of 12, she became heavily involved with Theatre Kent. She would preform in the their musical productions and was hired for several years to teach their after-school childrens drama classes. She was also the coordinator for summer drama camps teaching a triple-threat program. In high school, she began working as a director, stage manager, lighting designer, and technical director wanting to learn all aspects of production. She won several awards including an All Ontario Stage Management award for her hard work. At 19 she received an opportunity from a talent agency in Toronto to work in film and television. She worked professionally as an actor in commercials, feature films, and television shows including Degrassi: The Next Generation. It was also during her time spent working as a professional actor that she re-discovered her love for music recording three albums and playing venues such as The Horseshoe Tavern, and Toronto Jazz festival. She is also the recipient of FACTOR grants for her musical accomplishments. Currently, Courtney Wells has moved back to Chatham-Kent to raise her daughter and preforms professionally for festivals and corporate events with “Jessika Rabbit Band”. She is beyond thrilled to team up with the talented staff at Erin’s Dance Club to offer new forms of performance art lessons.