Artistic Directors | Release Dance Project - Toronto

Nicole Paggiossi

Nicole Paggiossi is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She trained in various disciplines of dance, competitively, at Art and Soul Dance Company in Vaughan. Moving forward from her competitive career, Nicole continued her training and studies at the School of Performance at Ryerson Univerity in Toronto, ON, under the direction of Vicki St.Denys. During her time at Ryerson she was exposed to many brilliant teachers and choreographer. She had the privilege of working with choreographers such as, James Kudelka, Canadian choreographer and former Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada, as well as William Yong, Artistic Director of Zata Omm. Nicole has also worked, trained, and assisted with many world reknown choreographers and artists across North America. Some include, Kenny Pearl, Caroline Torti, Tiffany McLachlan, Dale Lam, Andrea Viola, Ryan Lee, Hani Abaza and Stephanie Viola. Nicole has currently graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance at Ryerson University and has been performing in the concert and commercial dance industry. Nicole is co-founder and artistic director of Release Dance Project.

Jaclyn Patras

Jaclyn grew up in Oakville, where she was a competitive dancer for 13 years. She has assisted and taught numerous dance classes and has choreographed many pieces for the past 8 years. Alongside training at Studio Pavas, she also attended Etobicoke School of the Arts, majoring in dance. She completed her pre-professional PAEC exams with honours during those years. Jaclyn is a 2017 Graduate of the Performance: Dance Program at Ryerson University. In addition to this, Jaclyn continues to perform, take classes and attend dance intensives with respected choreographers in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, to help her grow as a dancer and learn about the industry. Artists/Choreographers with include: Kenny Pearl, GADFLY, Louis Laberge-Côté, Eryn Waltman, Tori Mehaffey, Robert Glumbek, Johanna Bergfelt, James Kudelka, Justin De Bernardi, Arsenio Andrade, MADBoots etc. She has spent her summers training at Alvin Ailey, Millennium Dance Complex LA, as well as Toronto based dance intensives. Jaclyn is thrilled to launch this new project along side her partner Nicole Paggiossi, and amazing cast!