Jacqueline Cook-Barber

Full member certification – Canadian Dance Teachers Association

As a Certified Full Member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association, graduate from the Dance Program at York University, and as the Artistic Director and Owner of JCB Danceworks in Richmond Hill, Jacqueline Cook-Barber is passionate about dance.

Jacqueline began her dance training at the age of 4 in all disciplines, including jazz, tap and ballet. As her skills developed, she joined the studio’s competitive company and she participated in competitions throughout Ontario as both a group dancer and soloist. After graduation, Jacqueline studied ballet and modern dance at York University. She later joined a United Nations sponsored dance company and performed for the Canadian Armed Forces. She traveled to Europe and the Middle East in a Variety Show as both a dancer and internationally renowned choreographer. She also has experience in International Fashion,Trade and Cabaret Shows, Exhibitions and Corporate Events.

Jacqueline’s true passion has always been to teach. Her first opportunity to build her own studio began when she opened JCB Danceworks over 25 years ago in Richmond Hill. She began with only a handful of students, but with her climbing success, great reputation and unique choreography style, the studio has grown to over 600 students. Jacqueline is well known in the dance community for her progressive and innovative style of choreography with exceptional skills in ballet, jazz, contemporary/lyrical, modern, tap and musical theatre. Jacqueline has received numerous awards for her choreography and she is one of the most sought after dance teachers/choreographers in Ontario. JCB Danceworks has earned the reputation of being one of the top studios in York Region and Southern Ontario.

Jacqueline is currently in high demand as an adjudicator and teacher all across Canada. She is very busy choreographing and teaching at her studio, where she continues to provide children with a safe, supportive and creative environment in which to help them learn to find the dancer within.

Nicole Cook-Barber

Nicole Barber began her dance training at the studio at the age of 3, studying ballet and jazz. As her skills developed, Nicole joined the Competition Company at JCB Danceworks where she performed and studied all dance disciplines including jazz, lyrical, tap, acro, musical theater, ballet and pointe. Throughout her high school years, Nicole participated in competitions as both a group dancer and soloist. Her competitive dance career allowed her to travel across North America winning numerous awards as a soloist. She graduated from Unionville High Schools Arts York Dance Program where she studied and developed a passion for both modern and ballet. Nicole is also a proud member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association and has been teaching students ranging from age 3 to 18 since 2001. In 2005 she began choreographing competitive dance routines, and has won numerous Choreography, High Score and Innovation in Dance awards. Nicole graduated from Ryerson University’s Performance Dance Program in 2009, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Ryerson’s program allowed her to study under and perform works by many renowned choreographers including Nadia Potts, Karen Duplisea, Christopher House, Robert Glumbek, Darryl Tracey, Allen Kaeja, Vicki St. Denys and Louis Leberge Cote. Nicole has been dancing professionally in and around Toronto and has been part of several industrial and TV shows, including music videos and MTV. Nicole was thrilled to perform as a modern dancer in the renowned David Earles remount of “Sacre Conversazione” in July 2009. Nicole was also a part of the CanAsian Film Festival where she worked with several incredible film makers, including David Hinton. Nicole is excited to keep sharing her passion for dance with her students, as well as expand her creativity and depth as a professional dancer.

Gay Bishop

Gay is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. She holds her teaching diploma with the RAD, is a full member of CDTA jazz and tap division, and an associate member of ISTD. Gay has been teaching ballet, jazz, tap and modern at various studios and dance institutes in Canada and the USA for over 20 years. Her students have been successful in both competition and ballet, tap and jazz exams. Many of these students have gone on to pursue successful careers in dance at post secondary institutions, as well as performing across Canada, USA, and Europe with numerous companies and cruise lines. Over the years, her students and routines have received many overall awards, as well as being recognized for outstanding choreography. Gay has enjoyed being a performing member and assisstant artistic director of two movement theatre companies in the USA, participating in numerous performances,galas and street festivals in New York and across New England. Over the past few years she has enjoyed teaching workshops and adjudicating for many competitions and pageants, but her greatest pleasure comes from watching the growth and successes of her students!

Kiera Punnett

Kiera began studying ballet at JCB Danceworks in 1994. She quickly fell in love with dance and was asked to join the Competitive Team in 1997. Kiera continued to be part of the JCB Company, competing in all disciplines including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and musical theatre. She performed as a group member and as part of several trios and duets. Her strong technical training allowed her to become a very successful soloist. She has successfully passed her C.D.T.A dance exams with Honours. Along with managing her technique and competitive classes, she also began teaching at JCB in 2002. Kiera graduated from Unionville High School’s elite Arts York Dance program in 2008. Currently enrolled in the Ryerson University Bachelor of Fine Arts Performance Dance Program, she also continues to teach competitive classes at the studio. As well as teaching throughout the year, Kiera is also a counsellor at the JCB Creative Arts Camp during the summer months. Kiera is honoured to be a part of the JCB staff and looks forward to the new season.


Nicollette Evans

nicolletteNicollette Evans has been dancing since she was 7 years old, competing and training in all different styles from tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet, point, modern, acro and hip hop. She has competed all over Canada and the United States winning titles. She has come first overall at flash dance and has placed at many competitions winning numerous awards at a regional and national level.  She has also won several choreography awards in past and present years for her work. Nicollette has focused herself now on hip-hop and has really been studying the culture of the style. For the past four years, her hip hop routines have won various diamond choreography awards at A.D.A and numerous overall high scores. She is also very involved in choreographing for the Toronto hip hop industry.

Nicollette has been apart of performances and competitions with her hip hop crews (Fo’Real and UHHU) such as Beatdown, World of Dance, Festival of Dance, O.U.C.H, and many more. I am known for my energetic, hard hitting choreography and my individualized teaching style. She is currently involved with a hip-hop crew that competes all over Canada. She has been trained in street hip-hop for several years and continues to train and learn from this style. Nicollette is extremely excited and enthusiastic to be part of JCB Danceworks and looks forward to spreading her knowledge and skill to the children. Nicollette is please to share her passion with who ever she has the privilege of working with.

Juliana Kelly


Juliana Kelly began her dance career at the age of three and continued her dance studies in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, pointe, and acrobatics at a competitive level, where she competed across Canada and the United States. Since 2004, her focus has shifted to specializing in tap dance.

Upon graduation of high school, Juliana joined Downbeats Tap Company under the direction of Cathy Duncan where she danced for two years performing in the East Coast Tap Conference (ECTC), Taking the Rhythm Train, Embrace the Rhythm, Toronto’s Live in Culture Campaign and many other shows across Ontario. In 2006 Juliana joined Funk Factory National Tap Dance Ensemble under the direction of Shawn Byfield. Funk Factory headlined events such as National Tap Dance Day (2006 and 2007), The Feats Festival (Edmonton, AB), Live in Rhythm and Deloitte’s 50 Best Managed Companies Gala. Currently Juliana works as a contributing artist with the Toronto Rhythm Initiative (TRI), a collective of tap dancers committed to voicing the artistry of Toronto’s professional tap dance community. With the Toronto Rhythm Initiative she has performed in eight TRI shows to date. She has sat on the faculty for TRI’s Youth Ensemble for many years, and mostly recently, has begun working as co-producer for the Summer Youth Intensive. Juliana spent time studying abroad with Heather Cornell, and performed in Walk To The Beat (Nyack, New York), Rhythm Lives! (Montreal Tap Festival) alongside living legend Arthur Duncan and members of Tapestry Dance Company, as well as performing in the Inaugural Toronto Body Percussion Festival.
Juliana’s love of dance has also led her to many teaching opportunities across Ontario including guest choreography, master classes, summer intensives, workshops, and conventions. Her main focus is as a teacher and choreographer, with a specialization in tap. She has received multiple accolades for her work, and her students are well known in the dance community for their technical and musical excellence. Juliana strives to spread the love, and respect of tap dance to all her students.

Adele Minor

adele minor

Adele has been an educator in the field of dance for over 25 years. She excels in teaching dance technique to children of all ages at both the recreational and competitive level. Her teaching capabilities are enhanced by her innovative choreography which has won many awards at competitions both in Canada and the U.K.  Adele holds both her associate and membership teaching qualifications with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing as well as her Early Childhood Education Certificate. She has also implemented dance programs for both the private and public school boards. Adele is excited to be joining the J.C.B staff and is looking forward to passing on her knowledge and passion for dance using her fun and dynamic approach.


 Danielle Venditello


Danielle’s training style embraces her abundance of passion and unending love for the art of dance. She has created a teaching style all of her own and believes in delivering a quality and well rounded dance education.
Ms. Venditello’s dance journey began at the tender age of three and quickly progressed into the competitive dance
world. Danielle received her dance education at the renowned Joanne Chapman’s School of Dance and attended Mayfield Secondary School for the Arts, graduating with her arts letter. While a dancer, Danielle received numerous dance awards and recognitions. Some of her dance achievements are being a co-teacher with Jordan ‘JMAN” – Lead of Disney’s ‘Camp Rock’ and “Camp Rock- Final Jam” for multiple workshops in NYC, LA & Canada, Back up dancer- Double platinum recording artist MIKA- (Warner Records), Featured Go-Go Dancer-Motion picture ‘Repo! The Genetic Opera- Lionsgate Productions & Twisted Pictures, Back up dancer- recording
artist Mic Boogie, and Lead Dancer on an episode of “Party Mamas” (Slice Network).

Danielle knew upon graduating her dance career was just beginning. She moved on to teach for many respected studios in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. She returned as a guest teacher at Mayfield Secondary School for the Arts and Cawthra Secondary School of the Arts. Danielle has been beyond blessed to have been provided with the choreographic experiences ranging from choreographing the Jennifer Lopez North American Perfume Launch- Glow Perfume, Triple Threat T.V Show performances (Much Music), Tropicana Juice Promotional Events, working with the Modern and Jazz groups and soloists for Team Canada, and choreographer and creative director for Demi Lovato “Stone Cold” concept video. One of her favourite recognitions in her 15 years as a dance educator, was being awarded with the Teacher of the Year award from Be Dance Competition.

Danielle is incredibly excited to be a part of the JCB family! Her ultimate goal is to mentor every dancer to reach
beyond their highest potential and instill a love for dance that will last a lifetime.

Sari Wolfe

Sari has been with the Danceworks family since its inception in 1984. It is her exceptional organization and hospitality that keeps the studio ticking. She is always available to both students and parents manning the front desk where she’s available for any questions that may come up. Her supervision of the students while they are taking classes makes JCB a safe and friendly environment.