Owner & Artistic Director

Zachary Kostjuk

Zachary Kostjuk is an award-winning performer, choreographer and most recently a dance company owner.  Starting classes at the age of four, Zachary has always shown a great amount of passion and love for dance. During his competitive years, he has been recognized numerous times for his emotional conviction, stage presence and partnering skills. Receiving overall awards such as Top Senior Soloist, Top Duet/Trio, and Adjudicator's Choice.

 

Zachary began his tap and jazz training within Ottawa but eventually started travelling to Brockville where he expanded his education and studied other styles such as lyrical, ballet, hip-hop, musical theatre, acro and contemporary. During the past 5 years, Zachary has found a love for teaching and has dedicated his time to providing classes and workshops to multiple dance studios across Ontario.

 

Attending annual conventions,  such as the Canadian Dance Expo and the Toronto Teacher Expo, Zachary is always current with new and upcoming training techniques and choreography. He has had the privilege of studying with some of the best teachers and choreographers in the industry such as Blake McGrath, Danny Lawn, Linda Garneau, Paula Morgan, Tokyo, Jay T Schramek, Everett Smith, and Tamara Freethy. Zachary brings these ideas back to his dancers to provide the highest quality of training and allows them to focus on perfecting their skills for competitions throughout the year.

 

Zachary has started this company to share his life’s passion for dance to all ages through energetic and structured classes. He is devoted to helping each student find their confidence and strengths while enjoying life through movement.

Teacher & Choreographer

Grace Villanueva

An award-winning choreographer in her own right; Grace has been featured in the Ottawa Sun, as one of Ottawa’s top Hip Hop teachers. From 2002-2006 Grace ran her own Hip Hop / Jazz Troupe, DanceFX; with huge success. DanceFX performed at various venues around the Ottawa area, was a featured act for University of Ottawa's GeeGee's Basketball and Football half time entertainment, and had the opportunity to perform at prestigious events like Ottawa Gala 2005, at the Ottawa Congress Centre.

 

Grace started dancing at the age of 3 in Ottawa. She continued her dance training in the Durham Region with Theatre Dance Academy, one of the area's most popular studios until the age of 19. She has been fortunate enough to train with many well-respected teachers including Vlad Novitski (Vlad's Dance Company) and Stelio Calagias (Metro Movement) Grace was an entertainer for Sunquest Cruises; from 1997 - 1999, getting the opportunity to teach and perform ballroom / Latin dance. Grace's own professional dance experiences include industry trade shows for name brands such as Mazda and Air Canada, featured performances at the Canadian National Exhibition, and salsa dancing on national television for CTV's Canada AM. Grace currently runs a successful studio in Brockville, ON (Thrill Dancers) but has made Devotion Dance Company her second home.

Office administrator

Julie Pettigrew

Julie Pettigrew has seen it from all perspectives: a performer, teacher and a dance mom. With over 30 years of dance experience, she is certainly leaving her mark within the dance community. Julie participated in her first dance classes at the age of three (Tap, Jazz & Baton Twirling) and couldn’t get enough of it. She went on to receive top team and soloist marks while competing in Provincial and National competitions for baton twirling. Throughout her career she has expanded her knowledge to other dance forms by taking workshops and classes throughout Ontario. Julie is now one of the greatest assets to Devotion Dance company due to all her past experience. Julie is a wonderfully warm hearted woman, who is always eager to help out clients because she enjoys every moment spent with the DDC family.

 
 
 

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