Studio Staff

Sue Champagne

Student Counsellor
and Administrative Assistant

Sue came to Arthur Murray as a student in 2003 to learn a few step before going on a cruise. She fell in love with dance and has been with the Ottawa studio ever since. Sue joined the Arthur Murray team in 2012, bringing with her an extensive background in customer service, administration and event coordination. Sue loves meeting and greeting people at the front desk and can’t think of a happier environment to be working in.

Darryl has always had many hobbies and passions that he did and studied for many years, like playing the piano, practicing martial arts, working as a computer technician, doing magic tricks, oil painting, pastry making, etc. Two of these passions are dancing and teaching. He started dancing international style at the age of 6, participating then in many competitions, and since the age of 20 to date he has been sharing his passions as a second job, teaching both as a science after-class tutor for high school and university students and as a dance instructor. He loves to solve things and give solutions and he feels fully realized when he can make people understand and assimilate in an easy way any concept (from dance to physics) they thought was impossible.

Darryl Cappadocia

Instructor

Kamila Lichvarova

Instructor
Dance Director

Kamila was born in Kosice, Slovakia. She started doing activities such as gymnastics and figure skating when she was just 3 years old. Ballroom dancing become part of her life a year later and and her first competition was at 7 years of ages. Daily practice and improvement brought her to become a top dancer in Slovakia. She was a finalist at every Slovakian Championship. She was champion and vice champion in Standard, Latin and 10-dance, and participated in the World Championships in Standard and 10-dance in Moscow, Russia. She was the champion of the district of Malopolska and semifinalist of the Poland Championships. At the age of 14, she commenced her teaching career. Dancing and teaching has given her the opportunity to travel all over the world to places. She has spent time working in dance in Florida, on Italian cruise ships, at Arthur Murray London UK and now Canada. Dancing is her life style, she loves to teach and see improvements in her students.

Rosalina was born and raised in Ottawa. Dance has always been a part of her life; ages 11-18  being her most active years. During this time, she took lessons for recreation in various styles of dance, performing in various events: multicultural shows, school talent shows, dance contests, etc. Of her performances, she best remembers her first. It was in the sixth grade. She and some friends performed a hip-hop routine at the school’s talent show. For her solo, she did her favourite move “the coffee grinder”. A nervous wreck, she had fun anyway. It was memories like this plus a hiatus from dancing while in university that drove her to join Arthur Murray in October 2016. Happy to be around dance again, Rosalina is embracing her role at the front desk where she able to use her background in customer service to help others discover ballroom dance.

Rose Meas

Administrative Assistant

Kevin Hibbert

Instructor

Born and raised in Kingston (Jamaica), Kevin has always had a passion for dance. Although he received training in Modern Contemporary, Afro-Caribbean and Jazz, dance was mostly a fun activity to his professional life as an Immigration Officer on the island. This didn’t deter Kevin who performed at some of the most prestigious events, such as the 2007 Opening Ceremony for the Cricket Worldcup, the 2010 Reggae Dance Award, 2011 Reggae Sumfest. He also toured the United States, Europe and the Caribbean extensively with several dance companies in his country. Kevin migrated to Canada in 2014 where he successfully completed his Bachelor degree with honours in Criminology and Political Science along with a Professional Certificate in Public Administration and Law at York University. His achievements gained him a full scholarship to pursue his masters at the University of Ottawa 2017 and would one year after unite him with the Arthur Murray Dance studio where he was to fulfill his life dream to become a ballroom dance instructor.

Misha started his journey in dance in 2009 here in Ottawa, where he was introduced to the International Latin Style. His main influence was his mother, who believes that every man should know how to dance. Micha quickly fell in love with dance and decided to pursue it competitively, his first competition being in 2013. He then continued to compete all over Ottawa and Quebec, commonly competing in competitions such as DanceSport Montréal, La Classique du Quebec, and Canadance. Micha also performed each year at the various annual events. Micha sees his future with Arthur Murray as well as dance as a whole, and enjoys to keep continuing to developing his knowledge in order to be able to share the joy of dance with others.

Misha Spirichin

Instructor

Arianna Carrion

Instructor

Born and raised in Ecuador, Latin America, Arianna began to dance at the age of 8.She acquired expanded knowledge of different dances including salsa, flamenco and Argentinian tango. With 5 years of experience in International Ballroom and Latin dance competition and training, she believes a dance instructor should not only focus on teaching patterns, but also understand and care about each student’s needs. Effort and commitment are always taken into account, and sure thing, fun is guaranteed!

Mary-Lisa Nefedova is 18 years old and was born in Ottawa. She has been dancing various styles since the age of 5 such as Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Hip-hop. Most recently she learned International Latin dance for a total of 3 years. She’s participated in many concert performances during that time and has been to one competition called La Chic de la Danse in Montreal. Coming to Arthur Murray she was very excited to learn American style of Latin and Ballroom and fell in love with it! She became a dance teacher because having the opportunity to teach others how to dance gives her great pleasure. As a passion, she feels that she could do so much with dance and hopes to improve her skills and techniques in the next few years with Arthur Murray.

MaryLisa Nefedova

Instructor