Dance Instructor / Artistic Director
Elyssa Currey started dancing at the age of 2 and never stopped. Training most of her life in the RAD syllabus, she completed her graduating exams with the RAD and ABT in 2015. In 2016 she guested with the Oakville School of Classical Ballet in the production of Paquita.
Elyssa participated in Arise School of Dance’s teacher training program in 2014, and in 2018 taught ballet and body conditioning at Arise. She has worked extensively as a private ballet coach, as well as serving as a teacher for 1:11 Ministries summer Arts Camp where she taught ballet, choreography, jazz, contemporary, and stretching. This year, she is excited to continue working at Soli Deo Gloria School of Dance and the Arts to share the art of dance with ballet students. Currently, Elyssa also dances part-time as a freelance artist.
Elyssa is a dance teacher who is committed to train dancers of all ages in the art of classical ballet. She strives to develop excellence and artistry in students using visual, verbal, and physical cues. Most of all, Elyssa wants to see students grow in their love for the Lord and equip them to worship Him through the medium of dance.
Louise Van Niekerk
Louise is a passionate teacher and singer. Her affinity for singing developed at an early age when she recalls standing on a wall at age four, happily performing for friends and family. In her formative years, she studied with wonderful teachers and participated in music competitions, festivals and musicals, as well as being a church worship leader in her teens.
Louise completed Level 10 Voice and Level 8 Piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Mathematics with Minors in Vocal Performance and English Literature from the University of Waterloo. While at university, Louise simultaneously belonged to three choirs and was often a soloist.
Louise completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto and has taught intermediate and high school grades, including teaching grade 8 Voice and directing the intermediate choir at Branksome Hall School in Toronto. She has directed several children’s church choirs and ensembles and has sung with many church/community choirs, including the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir as a guest soloist, Masterworks of Oakville, and Knox Presbyterian Church in Oakville.
Louise feels immensely blessed by the opportunity to live out God’s calling to sing and to train and encourage young voices to be lifted up for His glory.
Visit our YouTube channel to see samples of Elyssa and Louise's work.