Meet the Team

Here at Body Evolution Studios we pride ourselves on providing all of our clients with top quality instruction in a warm and fun environment. All of our instructors genuinely love what they do and share the same passion for Fitness and dance.

Jacqueline O’Toole

Founder & CEO

 

I have always loved to dance, and am fortunate to have come from a long family history of talented dancers. Recognizing my passion for dancing, my parents had me in ballet and jazz at The Peter Stanton School of Dance from a very young age. I continued my dance training into my late teens and in 2013 I discovered Pole Dancing and fell in love. I trained for a couple years before I was asked to become an instructor, which was something I had never really considered. After I taught my first class I had found my new passion!

I am passionate about teaching and coaching people on their fitness journeys! I love watching people gain confidence in themselves and realize their own incredible potential. I enjoy being there to help and guide my clients every step of the way. If someone is looking to lose 10 lbs, or training to compete at Nationals, and everywhere in between, their journey becomes my journey and we accomplish it together.

I completed my CPFA certification is 2015 and continue my own training and education regularly. I feel that there is never enough we can learn and I understand how important it is to stay up-to-date for my own teaching. As owner and director of Body Evolution Studios, I pride myself in employing only  CPFA certified instructors, promoting a safe and professional environment.

Over time my passion for dance and teaching has grown into a passion for health, fitness, and wellness. I decided to open the doors to Body Evolution Studios in July of 2015 and my studio is so much more than just fitness classes, it is a place where people come and feel amazing about themselves; we talk, we laugh, we cry but more importantly we grow together and we support each other.

LIBBY IVES

Pole Instructor

Libby discovered pole dance in early 2011 while studying abroad in Queensland, Australia. After returning to Canada, as well as continuing her own training, she completed her CPFA certifications and began teaching at multiple studios throughout south-central Ontario. She currently works as an instructor at Brass Belles, Aradia Fitness Mississauga, Brass Bombshells, and here at Body Evolution Studios.

In addition to teaching, Libby is a professional pole competitor and performer. She has been participating in Canadian competitions for the past 5 years, and in 2017 expanded into international competitions, including the Pole Championship Series at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio, and the Pole Classic competition at Pole Expo in Las Vegas. Libby is known for her clean lines, controlled movement style, and story-telling performances.

Andrea Dunn

Yoga Instructor 

On a whim, Andrea took a yoga class with a friend and was instantly hooked. In her personal yoga practice, she found the tools required to be present and lead with her heart, on and off the mat. Her playful and energetic spirit creates a fun and safe environment for students to explore the endless possibilities. She draws inspiration from many of the great yoga teachers and practitioners in the community and hopes to one day combine her passion for travel with her love of yoga and see where the journey takes her.

Andrea is a valued member of the team and we love having her on board. Try her class! You’ll love it too!

ILONA MURACA

Belly Dance Instructor 

Ilona began her training in Middle Eastern Dance in 1998. She was immediately enthralled with the music and movements which led her to explore and study the many different styles of belly dance. Over the years, she has had the pleasure of performing regularly at popular restaurants, private functions, weddings, multi-cultural events, and celebrations.

As a belly dance instructor, she has had the gratification of motivating hundreds of women, teens, and children wiggle and shake their way to a healthier life.

Ilona’s classes are all about fun and variety with an emphasis on technique and improvisation. All of her classes are held in a relaxed atmosphere. They begin with a yoga-inspired warm up, functional strength exercises, movement drills and stretch.

All ages, shapes, and abilities are welcome to join Ilona’s class as each is adapted to suit the students’ needs.

Some tips for class, please wear comfortable clothing that shows the body line and bring a scarf to tie around your hips. Classes are done barefoot.

 

 

Jasmine Doucette

Ballet & Contemporary Instructor 

Jasmine Doucestte is an Honors graduate of the Regional Arts Program at Huron Heights Secondary School. Jasmine is currently in her fourth year at York University studying dance and concurrent education. Jasmine began her dance training at the age of three and has received many awards and acknowledgements in the dance community. Jasmine has volunteered her time locally teaching dance in schools and has participated in many community performances. Jasmine participated in the Nutcracker Production at the Newmarket Theatre in 2013. She also won overall senior solo and highest ballet mark at Northern Lights Dance Competition in Niagara Falls in 2014. While Jasmine has trained in many different dance genres, her passion is ballet and she has recently completed her Advanced One Cecchetti ballet exam. Jasmine was a soloist performer in The Young Artists Showcase held at the Newmarket Theatre in 2015 and has also had opportunities to perform as a soloist in Disney World. Jasmine enjoys expressing herself through dance and enjoys sharing her passion with her students.

 

Riley Greenshields

Hip Hop & Jazz Funk Instructor

Riley Greenshields is an aspiring young dancer and choreographer in the GTA. Since graduating from York University she has had the opportunity to build on her professional career by performing at the 2015 Pan Am Games as well as the 2017 World dodgeball championships.

Over the past three years Riley has enjoyed dancing and choreographing for our very own Toronto Rock lacrosse team and is excited to start her first season with Toronto’s Wolfpack. She continues to teach various drop in classes throughout Markham, Newmarket and Bradford and is dedicated to building her own brand, Stiletloose.

Riley has and continues to train with some of Toronto’s renowned artists and choreographers such as Addy Chan, Angela Mahoney, Dominic Cooper-Clarke, Mariano Abarca and Mary Fogarty.

“Your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way” – Wayne Dyer

Credits include: Cass Cray, Ty Senoj, Guddah

 

TIA MARIA THE HUSKY

Studio mascot and Stress Relieve Dog

Tia helps bring comedic relief to the studio and a sense of light heartedness. Tia is a sense of anxiety relief for Jacqueline as well as others, like many pets are for their owners and people.  She loves greeting everyone who stops by (especially if they have treats), but she also completely understands if you need her to leave before you arrive. Truth be told Tia is our most popular employee here at Body Evolution Studios, and the hardest working 😉