Michelle Carbery, Owner/Director/Instructor
Michelle founded For the Love of It in the Beach 22 years ago. Throughout the years she has taught thousands of students in the community and loved every minute of it! Michelle is a very passionate and caring teacher who aims to instill the love of dance in all her students. She teaches Ballet and Jazz and choreographs extensively for the Momentum Dance Competitive Company where her choreography has won numerous awards. Michelle also teaches Musical Theatre and many classes for our younger students. With her professional choreographic experience and her many years of teaching, Michelle has a lot to offer to her students. As the director, she oversees all operations of the studio.
Michelle received her dance training at professional Ballet and Contemporary schools; Lois Smith School of Dance, George Brown School of Dance, the National Ballet School, the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre and London Contemporary (UK). As a professional dancer and Musical Theatre performer, Michelle’s credits include the Mega-Musicals Beauty and the Beast at the Princess of Wales theatre in Toronto, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (with Donny Osmond), Little Shop of Horrors and Cabaret. Michelle has also performed as a dancer for recording artists M2M, Nelly Furtado and Jon Secada. Her T.V. and film credits include dancing in the T.V. show Wind at My Back and the films Superstar and Glitter starring Mariah Carey as well as several commercials.
Michelle has professionally choreographed many Musical productions such as: The Buddy Holly Story, Blue Suede Shoes, Spell Song, Once Upon A Mattress, Little Shop of Horrors, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Midsummer. Michelle worked as an assistant choreographer for the closing ceremonies of the PanAm games in Toronto.
Julie Kresta-Hay, Instructor
Julie is one of our primary instructors at For the Love of It. Julie teaches Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre and many programs for our younger students. Julie is a long time and beloved faculty member who has been teaching at For the Love of It for the past 20 years. She brings her professional dance training and performance experience to her students.
Julie has extensive training from Canada’s most renowned Ballet schools: Quinte Ballet School, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The National Ballet School, Lois Smith School of Dance, and is a graduate of the school of Toronto Dance Theatre.
As a professional dancer, Julie performed with The Ballet Jorgen Dance Company. Her many other credentials include performances on CBC`s Road to Avonlea tv show, the film Superstar, as well as tv commercials.
Stephani Tyler, Instructor
Stephani specializes as our Acrobatics and Tap instructor. She also teaches Jazz, Musical Theatre and many programs for our younger students. A seasoned instructor, Stephani has been teaching at For the Love of It for the past 10 years.
She is a graduate of the George Brown College Dance program. As a professional dancer she has performed extensively in Toronto and on many cruise ships.