Staff

Mallory Zwicker

Artistic Director,  Teacher

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Mallory is a dance educator from the South Shore who has a huge passion for the arts. At age 14 she began her formal dance training at a number of dance studios and companies in Nova Scotia, and by age 15 was dancing 7 days a week in a plethora of genres. Mallory has taken master classes in New York City and Calgary and has trained at  multiple local studios over the years including Precision Dance Company under the direction of  Sidney McIlroy. For two years Mallory was a member of Synergy Dance Society, a touring Modern/Contemporary/Jazz company, until their final season in 2014. For 18 years, Mallory was a member of the Dynamo Gym Club where she developed a lifelong love of gymnastics that has transitioned into her love of teaching Acro dance.

Mallory has been teaching since she was 16 years old and quickly realized it was what she was meant to do.  Mallory has taught at a number of dance schools including the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and was the Artistic Director of Nova Dance Studio for the 2016-17 season, just to name a few.  In May of 2017, Mallory opened Plan A Dance Centre in Bridgewater NS, and by 2018 opened a second studio in Liverpool. Mallory’s love for technical teaching and choreography is continuously growing and her pieces have been performed and recognized across North America. Some of Mallory’s local accomplishments include: Spotlight Choreography Award(s), Excellence in Acro Teaching Award, she has produced numerous title winning dances and has had dancers graduate and go off to performing arts institutions to begin their careers in the fine arts.

Mallory is a graduate of the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts’ Teacher Training Program where she trained for 3 years with an amazing faculty of highly acclaimed dance professionals under the direction of Barbara Dearborn. Zwicker is now a certified Jazz and Acrobatics teacher through the Canadian Dance Teachers Association and has her Progressive Ballet Technique teaching certification. Mallory believes that knowledge is power and is also enrolled in the Business Program at NSCC and has recently received her certificate from the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre. Mallory plans to keep growing and learning so that she can continue to educate and engage all of her students at PADC!

Mariah Kelley

Assistant to the Director, Teacher

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Mariah has had a passion for recreational activities since she was very young. Mariah was a successful competitive gymnast, swimmer, and volleyball player for many years. Gymnastics was Mariah’s first love, and when she retired from competitive gymnastics she decided to re-enter the dance world. Mariah returned to dance in 2014, and worked very hard to make up for lost time by taking a full roster of classes at Nova Dance Studio, and moved on to be a Company dancer at Plan A. Although Mariah continued on with swimming, tumbling, volleyball, and track, her main passion was and still is dance. Some of Mariah’s best qualities are her strong leadership skills and her love for working with children. Mariah has 8+ years of experience mentoring and coaching youth in many activities such as gymnastics, volleyball, swimming, synchronized swimming, and of course dance. She is able to utilize these skills she has learned over the years, to help dancers succeed and achieve their personal goals. Miss Mariah began teaching for Nova Dance in 2016 and continues to inspire her many students ranging from toddlers to teens at PADC to this day!

Apart from dance, Mariah has completed a diploma at NSCC in the Business Administration program with a concentration in Accounting. She is continuing her studies at Saint Mary’s University to achieve a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting. Mariah has also completed a semester at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, growing her dance knowledge through ballet, jazz, and modern classes under many amazing faculty. Mariah continues to grow and learn as a choreographer by attending workshops, utilizing feedback from adjudicators to improve her pieces, and receiving advice under the incredible direction of Mallory Zwicker, owner and director of PADC. Kelleys choreography has received a number of special judges mentions at competitions, including the adjudicators choice award at “Taking Steps to Fly” in 2017. Mariah has also won a number of overall awards in the “Professional” division as a dancer.

Jordyn Duffney

Teacher

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Jordyn has had a love for both movement and music since she was very young. Trying her skills in such sports as figure skating and competitive gymnastics until 2014, the next logical step for Jordyn was to start dance classes with Mallory at Nova Dance Studio in 2015. She joined the competitive Acro program and since then, she has been hooked. Jordyn has been a student at PADC since it opened, and enjoys taking several classes such as Acro, Jazz and Contemporary, as well as learning choreography for solos. Jordyn is a gymnast, competitive swimmer, pianist and vocalist, but her passion and true love is dance. She enjoys sharing her passion with younger students and coaches gymnastics, assists with swim team, teaches piano lessons and also assists and subs dance classes at Plan A. Jordyn has worked alongside Mallory at PADC Liverpool since it opened and has been an exemplary role model for all of her students. She has been working hard towards this promotion and is ready and excited to start the next chapter with PADC this year!

Craig Budgell

Tumbling Coach

Craig is a well known name in the gymnastics world on the South Shore. Craig is the head coach and founder of the Dynamo Gym Club that has been running for almost 25 years. We are very happy to welcome him to the PADC teaching staff this year for our Junior Tumbling and Tumbling for Dancers programs. Craig has over 35 years of coaching experience and is a certified level 2 gymnastics and trampoline coach, and has his level 3 technical course. Craig is known for not only creating amazing gymnasts but also encouraging FUN in all of his classes. Welcome to the dance world, Craig!