“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 in 2019 she received certification in Integrative Dance. In 2020 received her certification in Live & Dry Blood Cell Analysis. In 2021 received her diploma in Holistic Nutrition. Shannon continues each and everyday to add to her education in health & wellness and her whole life has been about physical well being.
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.
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.
Megan Elder | Instructor & Choreographer
Megan began dancing when she was 2 years old. She has trained and competed in many genres including jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, tap and hip hop, winning award overalls and receiving scholarships. She volunteered her time to assist in many dance classes over the years, where her training and involvement in the studio provided her the opportunity to instruct and choreograph her own classes, both recreationally and competitively. Megan strives to provide a fun, inclusive environment, while striving to challenge her students during her classes. Megan took some time off from dance in order to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Forensics and Biology. Having done so, she is back and looking forward to the upcoming season!
Zander | Instructor
Zandra started taking recreational and B.A.T.D examination classes at the age of three, ever since then she’s been hooked on dancing. Zandra has competed Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, lyrical/contemporary, Musical theatre, Hip hop, and Vocals from the age of 7. Although tap is Zandra’s Strongest passion. Zandra has been awarded scholarships and has participated in workshops to advance her skills in all genres. Zandra has taken part in many team events and is very excited to be back after graduating from Georgian College, as an optician. She started assisting at the age of 13 and taught for a few years before going off to school. She loves watching the kids improve and will push them to be enthusiastic and give it there all!
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!
Moksha Patel | Student Teacher
“Moksha has been dancing for 8 years at Dance Xtreme Studio Inc. and has had the most wonderful experience of growing up with her dance family. She has been competing for 7 years and has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, movement, lyrical, and hip hop. Dancing has given her amazing opportunities such as traveling for competitions, cool workshops, and much more. She is so grateful to have the opportunity to teach young dancers and pass down all of the many things she’s learned from her time Dance Xtreme Studio Inc.”
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.
Abby Haynes | Student Teacher
Ms. Abby has been dancing since she was 7 years old starting in the recreational program and as her love of dance grew, she joined the competitive team and this will be her 9th consecutive year on the team! Over the years Ms. Abby has trained in many genres including, ballet, jazz, Acro, hip hop, contemporary and Movement. Ms. Abby has helped taught the summer Acro camp and is excited to share her love of dance with new students this year.