Emmy-nominated Mark Ballas is recognized worldwide as a multifaceted entertainer and singer songwriter. Known for his dynamic energy and bold choreography, Mark stormed the US scene over six years ago, captivating over 20 million viewers per week on the ABC sensation, “Dancing with the Stars.” Named by Clear Channel as the 2011 “Artist to Watch.”
As part of the professional cast of “Dancing with the Stars” for the past eleven seasons, Mark has proven to be not only a fan favorite, but is also no stranger to the coveted mirror ball trophy. He is a two-time champion (Season 6 with Kristi Yamaguchi and Season 8 with Shawn Johnson), and caused a media frenzy when he took performance newcomer Bristol Palin all the way to the finals in Season 11. In season 13, he and his partner, Welsh singing sensation Katherine Jenkins, made it to the finals, finishing in second place which was rather controversial as they were seen as front-runners throughout the season. Recently, they reunited for a final dance together on the UK hit “Strictly Come Dancing.”
Witney started her dancing career at the age of three. Being trained in many different dance styles including; ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, lyrical, tap, latin and standard ballroom she has competed and performed all over the world. She has won and achieved many awards and scholarships for her accomplishments as a dancer, and at the age of 18, Witney made top 6 (top 3 girls) on Americas hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Kenny Ortega has compared Witney to Marilyn Monroe and Nigel Lythgoe state, “You look like a star, you dance like a star, and honey you are a star.” She left the show having performed some of the most memorable dances. Since then,Witney joined ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” Pro Troupe Team, where she performed and choreographed every week of season 16. Witney broadened her career as an actress playing the lead role in a David Winters film called “East Side Story”.
Witney has been fortunate enough to have worked with many incredible dancers and choreographers throughout her life. Such as, Julianne Hough, Mark Ballas, Travis Wall, Jason Gilkinson, Mia Micheals, just to name a few.
Carlos Zapata and Dora Yaneva started dancing together just over three years ago. Within a short period of time they have won many national and international dance competitions. They have been pleasing audiences both locally and internationally as they incorporate a mixture of sensuality, beauty, grace, strength and agility, as well as astonishing lifts in their spectacular dance performances.
Carlos and Dora:
Undefeated 5 times Canadian Latin, Standard and 10 Dance current Champions, World 10 Dance Bronze Medalists, Asian-Pacific Latin Championship Winners, Silver Medalists from the World Freestyle Standard 2012
Latin Energy Salsa Kids
These two young salsa dancers have been burning the dance floors in North America and continue to amaze audiences and inspire dancers of all ages! No strangers to performing, the sibling pair have been dancing salsa together at various venues in Canada, United States and Bermuda. Taught by Vanesa Stay from Latin Energy.
West Coast Swing Diva
Julie Epplett been teaching West Coast Swing in Toronto since 2001 and continues to support the growth of the dance through her classes and the many opportunities to attend workshops, dances, and events locally and within driving distance of Toronto.
from the movie Take the Lead with Antonio Banderas
Alan Armsby, former Blackpool Latin Finalist, is a renowned dance instructor and adjudicator. He is a CDF (Canadian Dancesport Federation) examiner and Examination Coordinator.
Alan was interviewed by CTV’s Canada AM covering the Dancing with the Stars Kids’ Challenge that took place in Toronto in January, 2009.
Professional Dancer & Latin Dance Instructor
Vanesa Stay is the founder of Latin Energy Dance in Toronto, Canada. She is also a professional dancer & latin dance instructor, studio owner, choreographer, judge and yoga teacher. She started her dance training at the age of 5 at a private Ballet Institute in Argentina where she trained intensively for 7 years in Ballet, Flamenco, Jazz, Argentine Folk and Tango. By the age of 6, she was performing in Theaters. After moving to Canada, she continued dancing as a hobby & discovered salsa in January of ’99 falling in love with the dance. She has also trained in all styles of Argentine Tango with various instructors including Tango World Champion “Fabian Peralta” during her annual home trips to Argentina.
Vanesa has an extensive Latin dance training in Salsa, Argentine Tango and International Latin Ballroom. She’s also the 2003 Vice World Champion at the “World Salsa Federation” Championships.
She has been in TV shows, commercials & movies such as “Take the Lead” with Antonio Banderas; “Death to Smoochy” with Danny Devito, TV Shows such as ”Mansions”, “Party Mamas”, “Style by Jury”, “DayTime Toronto”, “DayTime Mississauga”, “TO Latino”, “Now What” and more. She has also worked along-side of “So you think you can dance” & “Dancing with the Stars” dancers & judges such as Jean Marc Genereux & Tre Armstrong in many occasions.