Galen Ireland has been involved in the arts since she was a young child. Leaving her hometown of Huntsville Ontario to go to Earl Haigh School for the Arts at age 15 was just the beginning. She went on in her training at Randolph School For The Performing Arts which is a professional training centre in Dance, Music, and Drama. Galen is a true Triple Threat! If you add her experience in film, television, and modelling, she goes well beyond Triple Threat.
After the birth of her amazing son, Galen began to focus on dance, running studios in Toronto and Barrie, and eventually opening her own studio in Thornbury Ontario. That studio is now in its 10th season, and is highly successful in both Competitions and in Examinations.
Galen is certified with the CDTA for Jazz, Acro, and Tap, and Associate Diploma with the Cecchetti Society of Canada. She just recently became the Provincial Representative for the Ontario Branch for the CSC, as if she does not have enough to do!!
We hope you will join us at either our Thornbury location or our brand new location in Collingwood which opened in June 2018.
Rick Sousa is the co-owner of GISOD, and will be joining forces with Galen to take the studio to another level – in both the Thornbury and Collingwood locations. He has spent the past 20 years working in the Medical Diagnostic Industry and brings a strong background in technical and customer service skills.
At this stage in life he has decided to make a change and help people in a different way. Rick has been working out since the age of 16 and moved to the area in 2007 for the active lifestyle that Collingwood offers. An avid mountain biker, cyclist and skier, Rick has strong knowledge of Functional Training. It is this functional training that he would like to encourage at GISOD, both with himself and his growing number of staff.
Rick believes that exercise is fundamental to living a well balanced life. He is confident that an inner athlete lives in all of us regardless of your age and ability level, and hopes to help our clients unlock their potential!
Sharin found her passion and love for dance at 5 years old, when she took her first tap class at the Heather Menzies school of dance. That love blossomed, as she continued to study extensively in many forms including, jazz, modern dance and ballet. She continued her journey with dance and started teaching and choreographing as a teenager. In her twenties she began her introduction to Ballroom and started training as a teacher at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in downtown Toronto. During that time she also worked for a few agencies out of Toronto, competing and performing throughout the city. Dancing every day and most evenings!
Sharin also comes with a strong back ground in fitness and will be running programs in the fall such as Zumba Strong and a few others, so stay tuned!
Teisha has been dancing with Galen for 10 years. She understands the GISOD standards and
teaching style. She has been diligent in taking her CDTA exams each year, and is training for
her associate teaching certificate. Teisha is a versatile dancer which allows her to teach many
different genres including Jazz, Acro, Hip-hop, Glee and more. Teisha has taught for two years
as an assistant to Galen in Thornbury.
Her dance career has led her to many competitions where she was highly successful as a
soloist, and group dancer. Her most recent season ended with a Platinum award for her
The most outstanding characteristic Teisha has is her love and gentleness for children. When
you drop your child off with her you are leaving them in a safe and encouraging place to learn
and work hard!
Hannah has been dancing with Galen for 10 years. She understands the GISOD standards and
teaching style. She has been diligent in taking her CDTA and CSC dance exams each year,
and is training for her associate teaching certificate. Hannah has taken ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap,
hip-hop, and contemporary throughout those ten years which gives her a lot of experience to
pass along to her students. Hannah has already completed one year of teaching
independently for GISOD and was a huge hit! Many parents and students were impressed with
her ability to lead a class and her organizational skills. She has also recently been chosen to
help lead the OUTWARD BOUND program at the Meaford High School because of her
Her dance career has led her to many competitions where she was highly successful as a
soloist and group dancer. Her last two seasons at competition ended with most of her dances
earning a Platinum award.
Hannah treats all her classes as if they were a competitive class, pushing all her students to be
the best they can. She is very excited to start a new season!
Jenny grew up in the Windsor area where she began dancing at the age of 4. Now a mom of 3, with degrees in Child Psychology and Women’s Studies, she’s realized how important personal fitness is to our physical and mental health.
She believes that a successful fitness routine should centre around something you love. If you cannot have fun while working out, how do you expect to keep it up? She is certified to teach Adult Zumba, Zumba Kids, Zumba Kids Jr and Zumbini. Her philosophy? – Leave your worries behind and join me on the dance floor! Remember to dance like nobody is watching, and most importantly, have fun!
Dolly has been a certified Zumba Instructor since 2012, and was then certified for Zumba Toning in 2015. Her love for dance, rhythmic music and toning keeps her strong and healthy. Zumba and Toning combines Dolly’s passions into one great workout! Just move your body, enjoy the pulsing Latin and international music and let go. This is a great way to tone the muscles, shimmy off calories and stress in one dynamic hour. Before you know it, the work out is over.
All you need is a smile and the will to move like no one is watching you. Dance to your own inner diva and have fun!
Bryon has been deeply involved with music and theatre for over 25 years. He has had the pleasure over the last several years of coaching, teaching, and instructing many adults and children in vocal and instrumental music, and is looking forward to all the fun and exciting new programs at The Galen Ireland School of Dance.
Laura LaChapelle has been heavily involved in community musical theatre for over 25 years. She has extensive experience both on stage as a performer and as a director/choreographer behind the scenes. Some of her favourite roles include Betty Boop in “Roaring in the Twenties”, Rizzo in “Grease” and Sister Mary Hubert in “Nunsense”.
Laura has been introducing youth into theatre and singing since it was an activity she enjoyed starting at the age of 10, she has continued to be a part of choirs, variety shows and karaoke competitions ever since. The musicals Laura has directed are “The Wizard of Oz”, “Potter the Panto” and currently “Narnia the Panto”. Summers keep her busy with running drama camps and training programs in the local area for the past 5 years.
Jeanette started playing piano at the age of four and the violin at the age of twelve. High school choir solidified her passion for music and the arts. At age 13 she participated in the Owen Sound Wizard of Oz production, and a lifelong interest in music began.
She defines music as her constant companion and passion. She performs whenever, and wherever she can, from weddings to church services to conferences.
Says Jeanette; “The music is just in me, minus a few lessons:). I’ve always just played by ear, using guitar chords, which is the most freeing way in the whole universe to play! Music has always come naturally to me, for which I am so grateful. I love to sing, I love to play, and I love to accompany people musically.
Shiva’s yoga journey began in 2002. As she began to feel the transformation yoga had in her life, she felt inspired to share the gift of yoga with others. Shiva then went to India to get her certification and to learn the authentic Eastern Style Yoga from Bangalore, India under the guidance of Shri Krishna Verma. Shiva believes the mind, body, soul connection is a sacred one, and one that should be nurtured and inspired. With that mentality she teaches her classes from her heart creating an uplifting, safe environment for students to begin to explore and expand within their own body and consciousness.
We will of course continue to provide our high quality dance programs, which includes examinations in all major dance forms, competitive and recreational programs, and A FULL GLEE PROGRAM.
Are you interested in a wide variety of fitness classes and group training without signing a contract? Well GISOD is the place for you! We have three qualified and energetic fitness instructors to get you started on your goals. No pressure, just a positive atmosphere and a lot of fun!
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