“Dancing with passion and living in the moment. Never take anything for granted.”
OurDirector Shannon Hatton
Shannon Hatton, director and founder of Dance Xtreme Studios, has been teaching for over 26 years. During her years of training, she attained her Associates in CDTA & BATD. Shannon also trained with the Royal Academy of Dance. Shannon is always looking to excel in dance education, so in 2016 she received her Module 1 & 2 in Acrobatic Arts and most recently in 2019 she received certification in Integrative Dance.
Shannon completed her outstanding competitive dance career in Toronto. She began dancing at the age of two, and has extensive training and performance experience in various genres, including hip-hop, jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, lyrical, acro, break dancing, modern and contemporary. Her early dance education started at the Edmonton Ballet School, and continued into the Toronto area. Shannon has performed and choreographed for school productions, flash mobs, Dancing with the Stars (fund-raising for the OSPCA), 2010 Olympic Torch Run and many other events. In 2015 Shannon decided to compete once again, competing in a professional category in hip-hop, winning several high score awards/scholarships and outstanding performance awards.
Now, as the Creative Director of Dance Xtreme Studios of two locations, (Napanee & Trenton) she continues sharing her love of dance with her exam/recreational and competitive teams. Her students have achieved many awards including scholarships, choreography awards, special recognitions, and high scores in overalls and Studio team spirit.
Shannon and her students give back to the community by participating in special events, such as the 2010 Olympic Torch Run, 2011-2014 Multi-Cultural Fair, 2014 Anti-Bullying Event, 2013 Dancing with the Stars to fund raise for the OSPCA, Talents of the Town, Napanee Fair, Trenton Canada Day Events, Scarecrow Festival, flash mob at the K-Rock Centre, wedding shows and The Wizard of Oz performed at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario. Shannon also generously donates to many local organizations within Napanee and Trenton area, and believes in “Dancing with passion and living in the moment.” Learn more about our other amazing dance instructors here.
Josh Gill | Instructor & Choreographer
Joshua began his dance career at a late age of thirteen, training in various genres such as acrobatics, ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, modern, and lyrical. Throughout his training, he had developed advanced focuses in acrobatics, contemporary and modern. Joshua attended O’Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute as a performing arts student; his studies consisted of choreography, improvisation, post-modern and international studies. Joshua’s exposure to both streams of dance, competitive and explorative, had provoked his desire to begin teaching and promoting the influences of dance.
Recently, Joshua has branched out and begun assisting and teaching dance in the genres of acrobatics, contemporary, hip-hop, and jazz. Joshua is in the process of completing his Acrobatic Arts certification for both module 1 and 2. Joshua aims to challenge his dancers with new variations of tricks.
Joshua’s interest in dance has not only led him to start teaching dance but has also influenced his decision to begin pursuing his nursing and chiropractic studies. The exposure to the various movements of the body and the injuries that follow has peaked his interest in human anatomy. As of August 2018, Joshua completed the first step to his goal, by graduating with his certificate in Pre-Health Sciences from Durham College.
Joshua is excited to begin teaching a faculty member of Dance Xtreme Studios, and is looking forward to meeting the dancers!
Nicole Rendall | Instructor & Choreographer
Nicole began dancing at age 2 at a ballet studio and continued to focus on ballet for 13 years. During these 13 years she was also actively participating in gymnastics which included 5 years at the competitive level. At age 16 she ventured into other styles of dancing which included acro, jazz, lyrical and musical theatre. Nicole began competing dance at age 16 in jazz/modern, lyrical, acro and musical theatre. Along with competing she also took B.A.T.D exams gaining an invitation to jazz scholarships and obtaining an associate in acro in 2006. She is currently working on her ballet and jazz associate exams. Aside from teaching dance Nicole had coached gymnastics for 14 years which includes coaching at the pre-competitive and competitive levels with NCCP Level 2 certifications. She also holds coaching qualifications in trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics. In 2016 Nicole’s achievement was receiving her Module 1 & 2 for Acrobatic Arts. she also has a degree in Behavioural Psychology.
Danielle Dewsbury | Instructor & Choreographer
Danielle has always had a passion for dance ever since her Mom enrolled her in Jazz class when she was 7 years old. Danielle caught the bug immediatley and from there it spiraled into Jazz, Tap and Ballet. She began her competitive journey in Jazz and Tap when she was 11 and instantly felt a passion for Tap. Through her pre-teen and teen years she competed as a tap soloist at multiple competitions in Ontario as well as competing in multiple jazz groups and duets. She has studied dance through a variety of associations including: B.A.T.D. C.D.T.A. R.A.D. Danielle also started singing competitively at the same age that she began competing in dance. Having taken vocal and piano training privately through the Royal Conservatory Of Music she is a passionate vocal coach with 6 years of vocal teaching experience. Danielle frequently performs with her band throughout the Quinte area and continues to sing at local events, fundraisers and charities. She has been teaching at Dance Xtreme for a year and is thrilled to be able to continue to share her love of dance with the next generation.
Kayla Semark | Student Teacher
Miss. Kayla has been dancing since the age of three and is entering her ninth year of competitive dance. She began studying through BATD(British Association of Teachers of Dancing) when she was four years old and throughout the years has examined in ballet, jazz and tap. She is currently working towards her Associates level in Tap and has received two BATD tap scholarships for the last two levels she completed. Over the years Kayla has trained in several genres including tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and musical theater. This is Kayla’s second year teaching with Dance Xtreme Studios. She is looking forward to another fun year working with the dancers!
Carlee Neil | Student Teacher
Carlee has been dancing since she was 8 years old, all at Dance Xtreme. Carlee has danced in the styles of tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, contemporary, lyrical, movement, and hip hop. As part of the competitive team, Carlee travels for competitions in and around the Toronto and Ottawa areas. Carlee has completed up ballet levels and Tap levels through B.A.T.D and is currently on her grade 5 tap exam. She has received two BATD scholarships for tap. Carlee is so happy to finally be apart of the Dance Xtreme student teacher staff team, and would like all to know that joining her in her dance classes will be the greatest experience your little dancer will have.