DIRECTOR, DANCE & ART INSTRUCTOR
As a creative, Kemahee has a passion for all things artistic. As a child, she took gymnastics, jazz and lyrical dance classes and later on developed a love for teaching hip hop. As a painter, she has a particular interest in painting animals and landscapes with using acrylics as her medium of preference. Kemahee is an alumni from the University of Waterloo, receiving her Honours B.A in Spanish, with a Specialization in Latin American Literatures and Culture and completed her Fine Arts Milestone. With over 10 years of teaching experience, Kemahee is passionate about cultivating an encouraging class environment in which students can gain confidence and flourish.
Nothing excites Alex more than music. His strong passion for music is traced back to when he was a little boy watching the musicians play on stage; primarily the drummers. He started taking lessons at a young age at byDesign and enrolled in every music program and group possible in elementary and high school. Alex has performed in several events showcasing his knowledge in jazz and rock styles on the drums including events such as Christmas in Concert. He also aims to study to gain a musical degree and become a full time music teacher.
Dorothea has been teaching piano for over 20 years. She has her A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma from The Royal Conservatory of Music and has been a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association since 1999.
In the past, Dorothea has managed junior and senior choirs, small orchestras and soloists. She also plays clarinet, guitar, and sings.
Growing up on the east end of Toronto is where my passion for culture & creative arts have taken root. At a young age, I was able to dip my toes into various artistic platforms such as piano, sax, waltz, salsa, jive, and hip-hop. I attended Wilfrid Laurier University where I performed in a few dance productions and showcases and am an active member of the University of Waterloo's dance community. My passion for music and dance have extended to 3 years of committing myself to be an early childhood music & group piano teacher at Pro Music School and a Hip-Hop choreographer for Saturday programs at Forest Heights Collegiate Institute. I am super excited to be part of this team and grow with the byDesign family!
MUSICAL THEATRE COORDINATOR
Lynn has been active in the Kitchener Waterloo Arts community for twenty years. Her stage highlights include Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre, Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions, Waterloo Stage Theatre, The Community Players and The Georgian Theatre festival. Having performed and directed professionally, Lynn was the recipient of The Kitchener Waterloo Leading Edge Arts Award for her outstanding contribution to the arts. Vocally, she trained for over twelve years both classically and in performance.
Catherine is an enthusiastic vocal coach who is passionate about equipping singers and speakers with the tools for producing and maintaining a strong, healthy instrument. Catherine emphasizes the strengthening and healing connection between the body and the voice. She has travelled extensively across the globe on music teams and as a soloist and has been teaching music for all ages as well as leading teams and organizing community events for over thirty years. Catherine attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, received her BMus degree in Voice from Wilfrid Laurier University. She received her TESOL accreditation from University of Waterloo and enjoys writing as well as performing music.
Nathan Tarasko loves to spend time creating, learning and socializing. He has been involved in music since he was very young and recently completed his grade 8 piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music, and (even though he thinks it sounds kind of corny) Nathan also is the most recent winner of Wellesley Idol. Nathan is thrilled to begin teaching the next generation in piano and looks forward to the challenges and the rewards that teaching brings.
Kaylee has grown up with a love for all things creative. After taking her first drama class through ByDesign at the age of 7, she knew that performing was one of her greatest passions. Through byDesign, Kaylee has taken vocal lessons, dance classes in jazz, ballet, and lyrical, and has been part of the musical theatre program, combining her love of drama, singing, and dancing. In recent years, she has participated in many music programs through school and performed in shows such as Christmas in Concert. Kaylee is excited to bring her passion for dance to the class, leading dancers to use their creativity to develop skills, gain confidence, and deepen their own love for dance.