Dreyser Garcia has been dancing since the age of 12 and has studied all Cuban rhythms as well as Afro-Cuban dance. He began his professional dance career in 2002 in Havana, Cuba. As part dance company The American Theatre, he performed regularly in theatres, nightclubs and on television. In 2006, he traveled to Italy to teach and perform at the Salsa World Festival. He has also taught and performed in Ecuador and Nicaragua. In 2008, Dreyser began working for a hotel in Cayo Largo Del Sur, Cuba, performing 14 different shows each week and teaching Cuban dance styles daily. In 2013, he moved to Toronto and taught Afro-Cuban rhythms, Cuban Salsa/Casino Rueda, and Bachata at Steps Dance Studio until March 2017. With the students of Steps Dance Studio, Dreyser choreographed a Casino Rueda routine which was performed at the Toronto Salsa Congress in 2015. For the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, he choreographed and performed Salsa and Afro-Cuban styles. He had the opportunity to be filmed dancing the Waltz in television series 11.22.63 starring James Franco (2015). Dance is Dreyser's passion, and he aims to share that with his students at Drey Dance Academy.
Diana began her dance education at a young age, training under former professionals from the Goh Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After several years of intensive ballet training Diana extended her studies to include Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Spanish Flamenco and Ballroom. As Diana’s love of dance grew, so did her passion for teaching and she began instructing ballet, jazz and tap classes at her family studio.
Shortly after graduating high school, Diana toured as a dancer performing at multiple resorts and destinations abroad where she extended her knowledge of Latin dance styles.
After returning home to Toronto, Diana was accepted into Canada’s National Ballet School’s prestigious Teacher Training Program to further hone her skills as a teacher and to further extend her knowledge of Classical Ballet. While training at NBS Diana was hired by the school to teach in the Adult Program, the Associate Program and the Professional Ballet Program. Diana graduated in 2015 and received her teaching certification from the Cecchetti Society of Canada and the Royal Academy of Dance.
Diana is currently a freelance dancer, choreographer and instructor in Toronto and is very excited to be a part of Drey Dance Academy Team!
Trudy Lee Gayle
Trudy Lee Gayle works nationally in both recorded and live media. Some stage credits include: MAMMA MIA!, Shrek The Musical, The Wedding Singer, Hairspray, and The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God for which she is a Montreal English Theatre Awards winner. Hailing from Toronto, some past local works include, Gimme One Riddim and Legends of Motown. She is also currently a vocalist and writer for the Toronto based reggae band, Feeling The One Drop. Trudy Lee (TL) holds a BFA Honours degree in Dance from York University in TO where she credits her love of Casino and Cuban rhythms to her ﬁrst Cuban teacher, Sarita Levya. She also completed an Independent Study Program at The Ailey School in New York, NY and is a barre ﬁtness instructor. As a choreographer she has set works for schools within the TDSB & DCDSB, SPLASH - Pride 2016 at the Palais Royale and My City My Six (2017), at Toronto City Hall. TL also teaches classes in latin & ballroom, ladies’ styling, salsa, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and Afro-fusion based movement.
Heymer Alvarado started his dance career in Venezuela at the age of sixteen with the style of Cuban salsa in the Rumbero Academy, where he specialized in Cuban genres.
He then studied at the Musa School in the styles of jazz, hip hop, commercial dance and contemporary. Five years later Heymer moved to Canada where he became part of the Cadence Academy with which he has taught and presented around the world in various dance styles such as bachata, salsa, and dancehall. He then began working in the style of mambo with the Araguacu Latin Dance Company. Now, Heymer brings his talent, knowledge and good energy to Drey Dance Academy.
Ernesto Lorenzo started dancing at the age of 10. He studied Contemporary, Modern, Afro-Cuban, and Folklore dance styles until 2008, when he graduated from Samuel Feijoo School of Art in Santa Clara, Cuba.
Between 2008 and 2011, Ernesto taught various styles of dance at the National School of Art. He then went on to dance professionally in nightly shows in Cayo Largo Del Sur, Cuba. In 2014, Ernesto moved to Havana, Cuba where he danced in the Ballet of Television. In 2015 Ernesto was part of the Havana Dance Queens Dance Company.
In December 2016, Ernesto moved to Canada. Since then he has danced in various shows, exhibiting his many styles of dance.
Ernesto is excited to share his passion and love of dance with the students at Drey Dance Academy!