Welcome to Peak Dance Company! While new to the Niagara Region, our studio was first conceptualized in Vancouver, British Columbia, and successfully ran as a recreational, competitive and company dance studio for over a decade.
A new and exciting opportunity for our studio came along, bringing us out to the Niagara Region. With a big move and new chapter, it only seemed fitting that a new name be implemented as well. At Peak Dance Company we are committed to helping our dancers reach their highest potential, which is why it felt fitting to name our studio, "Peak Dance Company".
The instructors at Peak Dance Company are committed to helping our students grow into strong dancers, with a true appreciation for dance. With over two decades experience in all genres of dance, we have sought out an extremely talented team from both Vancouver and the Niagara Region. We are very excited to share our passion, expertise and love for dance with you as we enter into our peak phase. We are excited for you to join our Peak Dance Family!
Charee Romo has always had a strong passion for dance. She started dancing at a young age, taking her first Ballet class at 6 years old. At the age of 14 Charee had the exciting opportunity to take classes with a newly retired Broadway Choreographer from LA, where she trained in a number of dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary. After two years, she started to assist teaching younger kids and found a love for working with children. After becoming a mom, Charee made the decision to put her daughter into dance. She enrolled all four of them in their first classes the moment they could walk. Soon after, she became a comp mom and has been for the past 24 years. It was when Charee started teaching dance to the kids at her daughter's school, choreographing their Christmas shows each year, that her joy of teaching was rekindled. This inspired her to open a dance studio that she successfully ran for over a decade. By the 8th year her studio had tripled in size, having multiple successful competitive groups that would go on to win several high placing trophies, medals and awards including several choreography awards. The studio attended many competitions throughout the years, including multiple away trips, as it was very important that the dancers got as many opportunities as they could to perform. Charee not only wanted her dancers to get the chance to compete, but to also perform at community/special events including Broadway’s Singing Christmas Tree, Christmas Extravaganza at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Canada Day Celebration at the Pacific Colosseum, B.C. Movie Leo Awards, multiple Christmas/Easter performances and working with Ivivva and Lululemon as their hype team. Charee and her family made the decision to move to Niagara Falls three years ago when a new opportunity came arose that would allow the dance studio to grow. She is so excited to share her passion and love for the arts with everyone here in the Niagara Region.
Cecchetti Syllabus Ballet Director
Heather is originally from Ontario, where she received her initial dance training. Heather performed with a local ballet company, Danse Elite, as first soloist and member of the corps de ballet in the company’s production of The Nutcracker and was a guest performer in the Niagara Symphony children’s production, Garfield. Prior to leaving Ontario, Heather received a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies degree from Brock University (1997), then moved to British Columbia to continue her dance training and postsecondary education at Simon Fraser University (SFU). She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a major in Dance and minor in Kinesiology (2002), as well as a Certificate in Health and Fitness (2002) from SFU. Heather attained her Associate status with ISTD, Cecchetti Branch in 2005 and was granted top honours by receiving a “pass with distinction”. In 2006 she received her Associate Diploma status and in 2012 attained her Licentiate status with the Cecchetti Society of Canada. In 2019, Heather successfully attained the Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma. She has her Licentiate membership in the Ballet and Modern Divisions CDTA, BC Branch. Heather continues to upgrade, and seeks to diversify, her teaching certifications. She has completed a 200- hour Yoga Teacher Training program and is a registered instructor with Yoga Alliance. Heather has completed a 20-hour Yin Yoga teacher-training program as well as a 20-hour Restorative Yoga teacher training program. She is a certified Pilates Level 1: Mat instructor through Body Harmonics and has completed certificates in Gait Analysis, SI Joint: The Critical Functional Link and Self-care Strategies for Jaw Pain. She completed the PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique) Teacher Training Certification Program as well as received certificates from Allegro Performance & Wellness, including Module 1: Healthy Dance Practice and Injury Management for Dance Teachers and Module 2: Training Flexibility Safely. Heather has served on the executive boards of various dance organizations. She volunteered as a member of the Katherine Labelle Dance Society, which became Modus Dance, the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association, BC Branch and the National CDTA Modern and Ballet Committees. During that time, Heather had the honour of being a BC Representative at the National CDTA ballet syllabus meetings and took part in the development of the National CDTA Ballet Examination Syllabus. Heather also served as the Secretary for the Cecchetti Canada BC Committee Heather was responsible for proposing, implementing and developing the Modern Division of the CDTA BC Branch, which then led to the development of similar divisions across Canada. As the Modern Division Chairperson for CDTA, BC Branch she wrote the Professional Membership Examination requirements for the Modern Division. Heather also wrote the Junior Modern Examination Syllabus and a portion of the Senior Syllabus for students studying modern dance, which is now being used Nationally by the CDTA. She was the National CDTA Modern Consultant for 2 years. Heather was also a Ballet and Modern Examiner for CDTA but resigned in 2014 to focus on teaching. Heather gained ample performance experience by working with Danse Elite, Off Centre Performance Company, The Company Experience, Ballet du Printemps and CollabArt Creations. She performed in works by Shannon McMurchy, Claire French, Sylvain Brochu, Santa Aloi and Cheryl Prophet. She has had much success with her former company, DansArts et al., and now Inertia Dance Co. Heather has 20+ years experience as a well-respected dance instructor responsible for developing strong, artistic young dancers in a kinesthetically appropriate manner. Many of her students have been accepted into professional training institutions, gone on to perform professionally and have even become dance instructors. Heather is excited to be joining the teaching faculty of Peak Dance Company!
Cecchetti Syllabus Ballet Instructor
Shae graduated from York University with a Specialized B.F.A with Honours and completed the Joint Teacher Training Program at Canada's National Ballet School with Honours. During this intensive program, Shae studied numerous dance styles, including Cecchetti Ballet, RAD Ballet, NBS Ballet, Creative Dance for Young Children, National Dance, and Character. She has completed many vocational and teaching exams in these styles. While at NBS, Shae was awarded her Associate in ISTD National Dance and awarded her Ballet Associate CC-CICB and Ballet Division associate CDTA. Shae has been studying various dance disciplines from a young age, such as Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical/Contemporary. During her training Shae completed various vocational exams, attaining her Advanced 1 Cecchetti Ballet in 2019. Shae has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Carol Anderson, Michael Greyeyes, Susan Lee, Emily Rapley and Michelle Silagy. She performed in dance festivals throughout Toronto, such as The Fringe Festival. Shae's love for ballet and teaching led her to pursue a career as a dance instructor. She began her teaching journey in 2018 and is thrilled to join the team at Peak Dance Co.
Celina stared her dance journey with her first ballet class at the age of two. From there she started taking more varieties of dance including Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop and Lyrical. By the age of ten she was part of one of her dance studios Company/Competitive groups. She was part of this group for four years, attending various dance competitions, performing at Disneyland, and participating in the 2010 winter Olympics. Although Celina loves all styles of dances she really grew a love and passion for Musical Theatre. She loved being able to portray different characters and feel as though she was living her broadway dreams. As a competitive dancer she received multiple judges awards and top-ranking scores in her Musical Theatre Solos, Duos and Trios. Celina started dancing at her second dance studio at the age of fifteen participating in their Dance Studio Productions each year. It was also at fifteen that Celina choreographed her first Musical Theatre dance. From there she was a teacher's assistant in Musical Theatre, Production, Lyrical and Jazz classes, while also choreographing multiple Musical Theatre solos, duos, and trios. At the age of seventeen Celina was teaching a variety of Competitive classes. Throughout the years Celina has taught various styles of dance including, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Bolly-Jazz, Song & Dance and Production. She has choreographed for several special events such as Ivivva Events, Broadway Singing Christmas Tree, Calvary Church Christmas/Easter events, PNE Canada Day Event, and Queen Elizabeth Christmas Show. Celina’s dance pieces have received multiple awards including, first place medals/trophies, overall high scores, judges awards, and choreography awards. Celina loves her classes to be a place where kids can have fun while learning pieces that challenge them not only as dancers but also as actors. She is very excited to be a part of the Peak dance family.
Dance Instructor/Office Administration
Marissa has been apart of the competitive dance world for 11 years now. She started her training at Element Dance Arts from 2012- 2021 in Cambridge. She trained in Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Acro. Marissa has specialized in Hip-Hop and was apart of the GMS “Get Mad Syndicate” where she trained professionally for competitions and community events. Marissa has competed in many local and national level competitions and has won various overall and special awards. She now attends Brock University for Concurrent Education and continues her competitive dance career with her team, the Niagara Dance Pak. Marissa began teaching at the age of 16 and has taught ages 4-21 through in all styles of dance and levels. Marissa is now a professional dancer for the Niagara River Lions basketball team and continues to grow and learn every day through this opportunity. Marissa has a strong passion for dance and is so excited to join this team to share her passion and dance with her students.
Since she was a baby, dance has always been a part of Cristina’s life. Some of her first memories are watching her older sisters in dance class and at competitions. It was at the age of two that Cristina started her first dance class. At five years old, she was invited to be part of her studio's junior competitive group and by the age of ten, Cristina was in her studio's Company/Competitive dance group. She has trained in a range of genres such as Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, Hip-Hop, Acro, Bolly-Jazz, Song & Dance and Musical Theatre. Although Cristina loves all styles of dance, she received top scores and various awards at many dance competitions for her work in Musical Theatre dances, not only within her groups but in trio’s, duos and solos. Throughout Cristina's thirteen years of being a competitive dancer some of her achievements at competition include, highest scoring solo overall, first place medals/trophies, judges pick award, most promising award, most outstanding award, most entertaining awards, top-scoring solo & duo, cash prizes and dance scholarships. Through dance, Cristina has had several opportunities to participate in shows and events in B.C. such as: Broadway’s Singing Christmas Tree, Christmas Extravaganza at Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the Canada Day Celebration at the Pacific Colosseum, B.C. Movie Leo Awards, and the 2010 Paralympic games. She was also a member of Ivivva and Lululemon’s Dance and Modeling team. Cristina’s passion for the arts lead her to take part in an Acting and Modeling convention in LA where she competed in both dancing and acting and placed second overall. Cristina’s love for dance extends past being able to compete and perform herself. She started assisting in dance classes at the age of 14, first helping with younger kids' ballet. From there Cristina grew a passion for working with young children. At the age of 16 Cristina was teaching her own dance classes including Wee ballet, beginner Jazz, beginner Tap while also assisting in Musical Theatre classes. Her love for children has encouraged her to pursue a career as a Paediatric/Neonatal Nurse which she is currently studying at Brock University. Cristina is very excited to join the Peak Dance Company and meet new young students that she can share her love of dance with.
Angelica has been dancing back home in Toronto since the age of 3, both recreationally as well as competitively. She has trained in many different styles such as, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Modern, Contemporary and Acro. Although Angelica loves all dance styles she's always had a special love for Jazz. She enjoys the many different styles within the Jazz genre, and how the choreography can be so different for each dance. She attended many competitions throughout her years of dancing and qualified twice for Nationals in both Myrtle Beach and Orlando, Florida! Angelica has also had the opportunity to perform at many events in Toronto, including Canada Day Festivals and the Taste of the Kingsway event. From the age of 14 she started assisting her first dance classes and instantly found a love for teaching and kids. From there she moved right into teaching her own dance classes of all ages and styles. Since then, dancing, as well as teaching has been a passion of hers. Angelica now attends Brock University where she is working towards her Bachelors Degree in Child and Youth Studies as well as participating in the University's dance team as a teacher and dancer! Angelica is so excited to be a part of the teaching staff this year at Peak Dance Company. She is looking forward to teaching Wee Ballet, as she LOVES and has a passion for young kids. She is excited to share her love of dance with all her new students, and can’t wait to see all of their smiling faces :)
Charayah started dancing with her first Ballet class at the age of 3, and entered her first competition at the age of 5. Charayah continued dancing both recreationally and competitively up until graduation. Each year Charayah danced in her studios Competitive Production numbers. They're Productions received many awards including First Place, Best Production and cash prizes. After years of training in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Tap, she found her passion in Hip-Hop and various styles of international dance. Her passion for music and dance led her to to teach, and by the age of 15 she was teaching both recreationally and competitively in the genres of Song&Dance, Bolly-Jazz, Musical Theatre and Hip-Hop. Her dances have received multiple first place standings and most outstanding awards. Charayah has had the opportunity to perform in community events such as the 2010 Paralympic Opening Ceremony and Broadway's Singing Christmas Tree. She is very excited about this new adventure with Peak Dance Company and is looking forward to this upcoming year.