Finding a love for all things creative, Hailey has always found her passion in teaching and inspiring others through the arts. byDesign has been close to Hailey’s heart for years as she has participated as a student, instructed as a teacher and will now be overseeing all programs as the Director. With over 8 years’ experience instructing dance and theatre, she also obtained her Recreation and Leisure Diploma through Conestoga College and her Cultural Diversity Certificate through Wilfred Laurier University in 2012.
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 growing with the byDesign family!
Jeff has been singing professionally since age 9 starting out by touring Europe with the Cambridge Kiwanis Boys Choir. Jeff also studied piano up to Grade 10 Royal Conservatory and worked on his Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music at Prairie Bible College doing a Vocal & Piano major. Jeff has sung with gospel quartets, jazz acappella groups, performed and directed musical theatre, privately coached other vocalists and musicians using a collection of methods that best suit the student. He has also collaborated with several renowned artists from all over the world and currently performs as a solo recording artist. Jeff has a vibrant passion for leading worship as well as teaching; not only how to play piano and sing in a worship context, but how to lead and connect well with the congregation or audience while doing so. jeffhardenmusic.com
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 Serez was born and raised in Toronto. She attended The Peoples Church and School where she was a regular featured soloist and, as a young woman, she toured extensively with The International Singers and Orchestra. She studied Church Music and was a featured soloist at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago before moving to Waterloo and receiving her B. Mus, Voice emphasis, from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has taught at Stoney Creek Alliance School of Music, was the Music Director at Central Church K-W and has taught privately for over twenty-five years. Catherine considers the greatest investments in her life to be helping someone reach their potential, achieve their goal or realize their vision. As such, she is delighted to be joining the byDesign Creative Arts team and is looking forward to a productive season ahead.
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.
Remiah first put on a pair of ballet shoes a month before her third birthday and has been in love with ballet ever since! Remiah trained under world renown teachers at Goh Ballet (Vancouver) and Ballet Magnificat a Christian ballet Company in Jackson Mississippi. She has experience performing and teaching throughout Canada, United States, Puerto Rico, Russia, China, Japan and Zimbabwe. With over 15 years of teaching experience she is passionate about creating a healthy dance experience for all her students through excellence in technique and an encouraging environment. She recently enjoyed teaching and choreographing at Lavrova Dance and Dance Barn Studio in Langley, B.C. Remiah moved to Ontario last year with her husband and four children and is excited about being part of byDesign.
Kristen has been dancing for as long as she can remember. She started taking classes at three and then joined the competitive team at Dimensions in Dance, one of K-W’s top dance schools from the ages of 8 to 18. She’s studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. She’s won awards individually and as part of teams across Ontario, New York State, and Chicago. Kristen has been involved in church productions and musicals since the age of 5 and she recently had the opportunity to intern at the Los Angeles Dream Centre where she was involved on their dance team as well. She loves to dance and to share that love with others.