Alumni

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Julia McLellan

Julia is a singer, dancer, and actor hailing from Bass River, Nova Scotia. She has performed on stages across North America, including three companies of the Tony award winning hit, Kinky Boots (Toronto, 1st National Tour, and on Broadway). Julia alternated the role of Dorothy Gale on the 1st National tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz, following the sit-down production at Mirvish Productions in Toronto. Julia has also led companies on some of the largest stages in Canada, including starring as Val Clark in The Stratford Shakespeare Festival's A Chorus Line, originating Persephone in the North American premier of Mythic, Doralee in Citadel's 9 to 5, and Katherine Plummer in Newsies at Drayton Entertainment. She founded and runs Coach With Julia, a pre-professional and industry level coaching business that specializes in music theatre and pop vocals. 

Her stage career intertwines with climate activism, as she is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Green Alliance, the national not-for-profit dedicated to bridging the gap between theatre and sustainability. Julia is a proud graduate of Sheridan College, and Cobequid Dance Academy! 

Britanny LaRusic

Originally from Nova Scotia, Britanny works and lives in Toronto. She holds a diploma from the Teacher Training Program at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, as well as from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Dance Training Program.

In addition to dance, Britanny has a passion for fitness and well-being, which led her to become a barre certified instructor at Barreworks, where she taught from 2017 - 2021. Most recently Britanny has become a mat Pilates certified instructor at MuseMovement. She teaches at multiple studios across the city including; The Toronto Barre Collective, JayBird, In Studio at The National Ballet of Canada, and The Toronto Cricket Curling and Skating Club. 

Britanny’s dance, barre, and Pilates practices inform all aspects of her teaching, which keeps her classes dynamic, creative, and ever evolving.

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Mari Budgey

Mari Budgey is a versatile emerging artist with a strong background in classical ballet

and modern dance. Currently based in Toronto, Mari is a graduate of The Ailey School in New

York City where she engaged in extensive study of both Graham and Horton techniques. While

training there she also explored Dunham and West African dance. After graduating The Ailey

School in 2019, Mari chose to continue her dance studies with Canada’s Ballet Jorgen at

George Brown College. During her first year, Mari had the opportunity to perform in a

work created by Derek Sangster for the DanceOntario DanceWeekend. She is currently in her final year of the George Brown Dance Performance Program and is entering the

mentorship program with Human Body Expression next year.

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