JAZZ | CONTEMPORARY | TAP | STREET
Originally from Toronto, Charlene has been living in London, England for 7 years. She began dancing at the age of 3 and has trained extensively in Cecchetti method ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, acrobatics, and street dance. She has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and overall awards throughout her competition dance career. Charlene’s dancing has allowed her to travel all across North America (Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver) and has given her the opportunity to work and train with some outstanding choreographers and artists. She decided that she wanted to travel and see more of the world, so she expanded her dance career to Europe and is currently training and working within the industry in London. Charlene recently dance on the BRIT Awards for Florence and the Machine (choreographed by Sonya Tayeh) and was part of the professional cast in the 2012 London Olympic Closing Ceremonies. She has also worked on commercials (o2, Nokia) and industrials (Bell Celebrity Gala, Chrysler Auto Show, Toronto Film Festival). In 2013, Charlene had the opportunity to train with Dana Foglia during an intensive workshop in London, after which, she performed repertoire from Dana’s company, Dana Foglia Dance. Charlene’s passion for dance eventually led to a teaching career over 15 years ago. She is a certified dance instructor with Maple Leaf Dance Masters of America and the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association. She has worked with aspiring young dancers and professionals alike, in jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, acrobatics, and theatre styles. She teaches regularly at a number of dance colleges throughout the UK (London Studio Centre, Bodywork Dance Company), has been a guest teacher at workshops across Europe (Spain, England, Ireland, Amsterdam), is an ambassador for the London Dance Programme, and has worked as an adjudicator in Canada and the UK. Charlene teaches regular professional classes at Pineapple Studios in London and believes all of her inspiration comes from her students’ hard work and dedication to their art.