About Our Studio

quality dance instruction since 1984

we have proudly served the dance community of richmond hill, vaughan and surrounding areas of york region for 36 years.

our focus is to provide quality dance instruction in a positive and nurturing environment

JCB Danceworks was established in 1984, under the sole direction of Jacqueline Cook-Barber. It began with just 60 students in partnership with The Town of Richmond Hill’s Parks and Recreation Dept. The program grew in such magnitude that it became too large for the Town’s facilities. Moving to a larger location and acquiring certified and talented staff, JCB became one of the top studios in the region. The studio now facilitates classes in 3 full size studio rooms, and Jacqueline’s daughter Nicole Barber Lofto has partnered up adding a next level of choreography and style to the JCB brand.

Nicole Barber – Lofto began after growing up as a dancer at JCB and young teacher went on Ryerson University Fine Arts Dance major. Upon graduating in 2009 she joined full time faculty. Nicole is now owner and Head choreographer and has been sought after to share her talent across Ontario. Nicole heads up the competitive program and is an award winning choreographer. 

Our Recreational Program facilitates growth, skill development, nurtures personal confidence and strives to provide all this training within a fun and inviting classroom. We offer single class options, combo classes as well as dance fit and competition preparatory classes for girls and boys to join and express themselves through dance.

Since JCB began its competitive company, JCB has achieved countless awards for outstanding choreography, creativity and top scores in all dance disciplines and ages. The combination of professionally trained choreographers, dedicated staff and students has resulted in the success of JCB Danceworks.  This team of mother / daughter is an unbeatable combination training and sharing their passion for dance.  

If you’re looking for experienced, qualified staff and a diversified dance program, then welcome to our studio.

Come join the JCB Family where children are given the opportunity to experience dance in a nurturing environment.

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Owner + Artistic Director

Jacqueline Cook-Barber

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Owner/ Artistic Director/ Choreographer

Nicole Barber-Lofto

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Teacher

Gay Bishop

Richmond Hill Dance Studio Teacher
Teacher

Juliana Kelly

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Teacher

Kelly Findlay

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Teacher

Karly Paquet

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Teacher

Danielle Venditello

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Adele Minor

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Kylee Surtel

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Daniela Zambri

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Eilish Shin-Culhane

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Eden Bleiwas

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Shawna Mucher

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Victoria Zaya

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Sari Wolfe

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Administrative Manager

Jacklyn Burkart

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Owner + Artistic Director

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.

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Owner/ Artistic Director/ Choreographer

Nicole Barber-Lofto

BAFA degree, CDTA

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.

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Teacher

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!

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Teacher

Juliana Kelly

Dance has always been a big part of Juliana’s life. Beginning her training age of three, she studied 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. 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 sixteen TRI shows to date. She has sat on the faculty for TRI’s Youth Ensemble and Intensive for many years, and in 2016 began working as co-producer for TRI’s 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 (Allison Toffan). She performed in Ron Davis’ SymphRONica, and The Inaugural Toronto International Tap Festival (both choreographed by Dianne Montgomery), as well as Rhythm & Sound’s Illumination (Johnathan Morin and Cori Giannotta), and sat on faculty for the Rhythm, Body, & Soul Tap Festival (Calgary) and The Cleveland Tap Experience (Ohio). Most recently, Juliana performed and choreographed for Fall For Dance North’s Perspective In Rhythm (curated by Allison Toffan and Michael Caldwell) and has accepted a new position as co-producer of the bi-annual Toronto International Tap Dance Festival.

Juliana’s love of dance has also led her to many opportunities as an educator including guest choreography and classes, summer intensives, workshops, conventions, seminars, and adjudication. 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. In 2016, Juliana founded The Rhythm Ensemble, a pre-professional tap dance company dedicated to providing unique training and performance opportunities to serious youth tap dancers. She strives to spread the love, and respect of tap dance and it’s community to all her dancers.

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Teacher

Kelly Findlay

BA in dance, BE

Kelly Findlay began her dance training at the age of 5 at JCB Danceworks. The following year she joined JCB Danceworks competitive company, competing in a variety of styles including jazz, tap, ballet, acrobatics, lyrical and contemporary. Throughout her years of competing, Kellyparticipated in many competitions across Ontario winning numerous awards for both group and solo routines with the JCB Danceworks competitive company. Alongside her competitive career, Kelly also had a passion for ballet where she completed many of her RAD exams with distinction. Once graduating high school, Kelly decided to fulfill her passion for dance and teaching by completing her Bachelor of Arts Specialized in Dance at York University, alongside her Bachelor of Education with a teachable in dance. At York University, Kelly had extensive training in both ballet and modern, and finished her degree with a specialization in Dance Education where she studied the pedagogy behind dance training. Kelly has a passion for teaching children and is excited to continue sharing her knowledge and skills in dance education with all her students.

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Karly Paquet

BAFA in Dance honours, AA Certification

Karly began dancing at JCB Danceworks when she was 5 years old. She quickly fell in love with dance and joined the competitive team a year later in 2005. She performed as part of the JCB Competitive Company, competing in all disciplines including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and acrobatics. She performed as a group member and as part of several solos, duets and trios for 12 years. Along with managing her technique and competitive classes, she also began teaching at JCB as an assistant teacher in 2009. Karly graduated from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School’s Regional Arts Program (Dance) in 2013 and went on to attend York University in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance graduating with Honours in 2017. Karly is honoured to be a part of the JCB staff and is excited to see what the new season will bring!

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Danielle Venditello

Joanne Chapmen’s School of Dance, Mayfield Secondary School for the Arts

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.

Her 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 has been a part of the JCB family for sometime and 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.

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Teacher

Adele Minor

BATD, ECE certification

Adele began her dance career in the UK at the age of 12. Dance became her passion. Due to her dedication and hard work, she competed at a high level winning many awards in all dance disciplines. As she continued dancing into her early adult years, it became clear that she had an aptitude for working with young dancers.

Moving to Canada she continued to teach and gained her Associate and Membership Qualifications with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing as well as her Early Childhood Education Certification. Adele works for YRDSB as a Kindergarten Educator.

Over the years Adele has implemented dance programs for both the private and public school boards and has taught both recreational and competitive students from 3 years to adult in private studios in and around the GTA. Adele’s innovative choreography has won many awards at competitions both in Canada and the U.K. Some of her students under her training have successful careers in the dance world and many have gone on to pursue dance in University as well as becoming studio owners. Adele’s hope is that every student that takes her classes leaves with a smile, confidence and a passion for dance.  JCB Danceworks has been Adele’s 2nd home for the past 4 years and she couldn’t be happier to be joining them for this upcoming dance season. 

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Teacher

Kylee Surtel

BAFA in Dance Honours

Kylee is a versatile dancer, choreographer, educator, and certified personal trainer based out of the GTA. Born and raised in Niagara, Ontario, she has acquired over 20+ years of training in various dance styles such as jazz, tap, ballet, modern, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop. She has completed all levels in the Jazz and Tap PAEC syllabus and was technically trained and examined in Cecchetti ballet. Kylee graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a disciplinary certificate in Dance Science. During her University studies she was heavily involved as a dancer, choreographer and captain for the competitive team York Lions Dance Energy and choreographed for several York University events.

Kylee’s professional credits include OMI, Karl Wolf, One Republic, Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, and Mickey Singh to name a few. Her credits in film and television include MMVA’s, TSN, Coors Light and Breakfast Television. She has also been seen performing live across Canada as a CFL Toronto Argonauts Dancer, NLL Toronto Rock Lacrosse Dancer as well as in several Toronto shows such as Fever After Dark and Toronto’s Choreographers Ball.

Currently, Kylee works as the Director of Operations for one of the leading drop-in dance studios in Canada, The Underground Dance Centre.  She is currently a faculty member at JCB Danceworks can occasionally be seen teaching adult drop-in classes at The Underground Dance Centre (current) and O.I.P (past). She is now a proud member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance and cannot wait to further her career while inspiring dancers through her teaching and adjudicating. Kylee is thrilled to be back working with the JCB family!

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Teacher

Daniela Zambri

Daniela, a beloved JCB Alumni, is currently a fourth year BBA student at the Schulich School of Business. Dance has always held a special place in her heart; she enjoyed 10 years with JCB dancing at a competitive level, and learned all of her teaching skills and tools from JCB teachers as an assistant teacher. Her talents exceeded just dance, it was quickly apparent that Daniela had a knack for teaching and once she graduated from the JCB Competitive program she was promoted to be a head teacher for classes within the recreational program Her students adore her and she adds sunshine to any room she is in!

She is so excited for all that the future has in store!

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Teacher

Eilish Shin-Culhane

BFA  honours, magna cum laude

Elish prides herself in being a performer, choreographer, dance teacher, arts advocate, and pilates instructor. She began dancing at JCB Danceworks at the young age of 4, where her dance training flourished for the next twelve years. She then attended university at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, where she received her BFA in Dance, with honours, magna cum laude.

Eilish has been teaching dance since high school, and has had the honour of returning to JCB annually to share her passion. Eilish is also a certified mat pilates teacher, receiving her certification from the Kane School at Kinected in New York. Additionally, she is currently in the process of completing her pilates equipment certification.

As a dancer, Eilish has had the privilege to perform in works by Peter Chu, Bill T. Jones, Anton Lachky, and Adam Barruch. She has additionally trained with Johannes Wieland, Anouk van Dijk, Andrea Miller, Ryan Mason, Isadora Wolfe, and Stefanie Batten Bland. Alongside performing, Eilish has choreographed numerous pieces for Marymount’s ‘Dancers at Work’ series. She has additionally premiered choreographic works at NYU’s Choreofest 2020, and was accepted into the Emerging Artist Theatre’s ‘New Work Series’.

Eilish is beyond excited to join the JCB team, as this studio has always been her second home.

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Teacher

Eden Bleiwas

Eden found her home at JCB in 2012 and joined the part-time competitive program before transitioning to the full-time program. She graduated from JCB in 2017 and is currently pursuing a degree in psychology at Ryerson University, with the hopes of finding a future in education. She has taught both recreational dancers and at the JCB Summer Arts Camp. You can also find her at our front desk as a part of our administrative team.

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Teacher

Shawna Mucher

BA Kinesiology, BE

Shawna is a strong and versatile dancer, teacher and choreographer based out of Toronto, Ontario. She has been passionate about dancing from a young age, and has trained extensively in jazz, acro, contemporary, tap, lyrical, ballet, and modern. Shawna graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Kinesiology, and a Bachelor of Education. She then decided to further her dance career and trained professionally at the Conteur Academy. She trained under the direction of Eryn Waltman, as well as many industry professionals including Ryan Lee, Kelly Shaw, and Julia Cratchley. Shawna was showcased in The Conteur Academy’s presentation of Frames, as well as Fill In The Blanks where she was selected and featured as a choreographer. Her other recent credits include Christina Digiussepe’s House of Heartbreak, and Brooke Gilmour’s I Never Promised You A Rose Garden. She has also performed at The Capezio ACE Awards, Fever After Dark, and Toronto Choreographers Ball. She has spent her summers travelling to train with world-renowned contemporary companies. These include Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-founded by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, as well as Peter Chu’s Chuthis.

Shawna has been teaching and choreographing for almost a decade and has had the opportunity to instruct at multiple studios and intensives, as well as adjudicate at competitions. Her award- winning choreography has been recognized and showcased, and her passion continues to inspire her students to be their best. She is honoured to be a part of the JCB family, and is excited to impart her knowledge and love of dance to all of her students.

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Teacher/ Costume Manager

Victoria Zaya

Victoria is born and raised in Toronto and has been dancing since the age of 6. She trained and competed in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern, and Contemporary. She has also completed many dance exams such as A.D.A.P.T. syllabus and R.A.D exams. She has been teaching and choreographing dancers as young as the age of 3 and as old as teenagers for over 15 years. She continues to further her training as an established Dance Instructor/ Choreographer. After studying dance at York University, she furthered her education by graduating college in Fashion Arts. 

Given her Fashion background, Victoria has been working as a Costume Manager for JCB Danceworks alongside multiple seamstresses. She works closely with thousands of costumes at a time, ensuring the right fabrics are chosen to fit the dancer perfectly as well as the teacher’s vision to compliment the choreography.

She enjoys working with and teaching dancers to pursue their passion and continues to grow within the Dance industry with every opportunity she is given.

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Administrator

Sari Wolfe

Sari has been with the JCB 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.

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Administrative Manager

Jacklyn Burkart

Jacklyn has been a part of the JCB Admin. Team for 3 years now and a part of the JCB family for much longer! She has spent the early parts of her working career in management roles which have both challenged and inspired her. JCB has truly become not only a place she works but a place she loves to spend her time. She finds great joy in seeing your little dancers develop a passion and love for dance!

Her goal here at JCB is to provide the same quality of professionalism behind the desk as your children are receiving in the classroom from our amazing faculty.

She is proud to call JCB her home and is grateful to be surrounded by such an amazing group of people.

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