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Get to Know our Ambassadors

By January 24, 2019 No Comments

This past fall we were incredibly excited to launch our STAGE Brand Ambassador Program, and welcomed 4 hard working and talented dancers into our STAGE family; Tiffany, Vianna, Ivanna and Simona.

Now these girls. WOW. If you don’t know them you should. The time and effort they put into their practice truly shows when you see what they can do. They all work incredibly hard to be the best they can at their art.

We are so happy to have you girls on the team! Read on to learn a bit more about each of our amazing ambassadors.

TIFFANY EFIMOV

Tiffany is a little prima ballerina. Her technique is seriously insane. Tiffany is 13 years old and trains rigorously in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Character, and Modern, at The Academy of Ballet and Jazz, AND The Canadian  School of Ballet. That’s right, this girl trains at two dance schools. Her parents and sister bring her joy and motivation. She has dreams of being a professional ballerina; with her drive and commitment to dance, we have no doubt she will!

Do you have any nicknames?

My nicknames are Tiffy, Tiff, Titi, (which is what my sister calls me), anything that sounds like Tiffany I guess.

What styles of dance do you take?

I do Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Character, and modern.

What is you favourite style of dance?

My favorite style of dance is definitely Ballet.

This year you would like to learn, or improve at what?

This year I would like to learn how to include more sad emotion into my dancing, as my contemporary solo is quite dark. And I would also love to improv my ballet technique and improv skills.

What does dance mean to you?

Dance literally means the world to me, I dance every single day and it makes me feel so so happy, I don't know what I would do without dance.

What is your favourite thing about performing?

My favorite thing about performing is the fact that I can demonstrate my emotions through movement. Sending a message out to the audience is really important to me. I love being on stage to show what I can do, and I always go all out.

What do you love about STAGE?

I love STAGE because of the variety, quality of the products, and just the idea that it's made to be on stage. First of all you guys have tons of makeup to choose from, lipsticks, eyelashes, eyeshadow, and more, is a dream for any performing dancer. The quality is absolutely fantastic, the lipstick is soothing when applied, and stays on perfectly. The eyelashes make your eyes pop! And you're always left with a perfect look when using the eyeshadow palettes. All of the makeup is used for dancers to be noticed, which definitely works! The rhinestones and glitter will always make you look unique, and you will differ from the rest. I also think that it's so cool to get a studio customizable makeup set! Everything about STAGE, is just perfect!

What is your favourite STAGE product (or colour!) and why?

My favorite STAGE product is probably the lipstick! The application is amazing as I said before, and there is no feeling that you have anything on! I love the shade Diva the most!

What’s your favourite book?

I don't have a favorite book, but my favorite series is Fablehaven.

What do you love about makeup?

Makeup is just an amazing art form, that is not appreciated enough. I'm not very good at it myself, but I love how I look after I get dolled up by the STAGE makeup artists. I feel so pretty, and I don't want to take it off! Makeup changes how you look instantly, and I love how people can recognize you with all of the blinding lights while performing.

Why are you excited to be a STAGE Brand Ambassador?

I am insanely excited to become a STAGE brand ambassador because of all the amazing opportunities I will get. Learning how to do makeup is definitely one of them. By watching the others getting their faces done and perhaps even video tutorials with myself included will teach me many different techniques and the proper way of makeup. I would enjoy advertising as I get ready for performances or competitions. Lastly being part of the STAGE family is such a fun experience, and I get to build Relationships with the most awesome people!

Do you have any other hobbies or skills besides dance?

When I was younger I used to do figure skating and swimming, but at the moment I guess my hobby would be organizing or Interior designing because I love things to be clean!

What makes you happy?

My family and especially my sister make me happy. I love talking, laughing, and playing with everyone.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

When I grow up, I would love to become a principal dancer with the kirov/mariinsky ballet, bolshoi ballet, or ABT.

If you could have any super power in the world, what would it be?

I would love to be able to fly and look over the world as well as getting to dance faster.

What's one thing that people would be surprised to learn about?

I think that people would be surprised to learn that I'm not a competitive dancer. Which I find weird seeing as all the other STAGE ambassadors are!

What's your favourite colour?

My favourite colour is Tiffany Blue (I wonder why!).

What’s your favourite animal?

My favourite animal is a wolf.

Who’s your favourite celebrity?

My favorite celebrity is Evgenia Obratsova.

What’s you favourite movie?

I don't have a favorite movie, but one of my favorites is Mission Impossible: Fallout.

VIANNA VAITKUS

When looking for a motivated hard worker look no further than Vianna Vaitkus. Vianna is 16 years old and trains in ballet, jazz, acro, contemporary, lyrical, tap, hip hop and ballroom, at The Nine Dance Academy.

Vianna’s passion a commitment to dance goes beyond something considered a hobby. When asked what dance meant to her, she explained how dance is, “in her blood,” and allows her to express and, “explore who [she] is as an artist.” We could not relate and respect Vianna more for her passion and drive as an artist.

Vianna has dreams of becoming a teacher so she can combine her two loves, and teach both Dance and French. – We wish Vianna could be our teacher!

Do you have any nicknames?

Yes, my nickname is Vivi.

What styles of dance do you take?

I take ballet, jazz, acro, contemporary, lyrical, tap, hip hop and ballroom.

What is you favourite style of dance?

Jazz, contemporary and ballroom.

This year you would like to learn, or improve at what?

I would like to learn more ballroom.

What does dance mean to you?

I love dance because it is in my blood. I cannot imagine my life without dance! As a means of expression and communication, dance allows me to explore who I am as an artist. Dance continues to help me to grow as a person and as a team player.

What is your favourite thing about performing?

I love seeing people smile and enjoy my performances. I like the applause and love from the audience.

What do you love about STAGE?

I love that the company is run by two dynamic female entrepreneurs who are fabulous role models for young artists everywhere. I love that that they knew how to beautifully combine their passions for the arts and makeup to create a full service makeup line specifically for performance teams. But what I love the most is that their products are ‘’cruelty free’’ and made in Canada!! Hurray!!

What is your favourite STAGE product (or colour!) and why?

I like the liquid lipstick because it stays on long and accentuates my lips. This is so great for when you are performing on stage!!

What do you love about makeup?

I love performance makeup because this is an important element of dance … it is a serious part of your costume! I love that it complements what you are wearing and what you are doing on stage.

Why are you excited to be a STAGE Brand Ambassador?

I am so excited to spread the word about this fabulous Canadian company that cares about its customers, its products and its marketing strategies. What other company would give young performers the incredible opportunity to be ambassadors and benefit from discounts for make-up purchases and be involved in incredible photo and video shoots? I love being a STAGE Brand Ambassador!!

Do you have any other hobbies or skills besides dance?

I like watching films, swimming and cycling.

What makes you happy?

Doing well in dance and school and making my parents proud makes me happy. Also, in general, seeing other people being happy makes me happy!!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a teacher so that I could teach dance and French.

If you could have any super power in the world, what would it be?

It would be to stop time, sleep as much as you can and not lose any hours in the day. There is so much to do in this lifetime … I hate to waste it sleeping!

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to learn about?

I went to a Francophone daycare and a Francophone elementary school up until Grade 6; everything was taught in French. My first language was French. I am proud to be bilingual and love both official languages of our beautiful country, Canada!

What’s your favourite colour?

Red and pink

What’s your favourite book?

I am Malala.

What’s your favourite animal?

Dog.

Who’s your favourite celebrity?

Jennifer Lopez

What’s you favourite movie?

Wonder

IVANNA VAITKUS

Ivanna’s bubbly personality warms any space she is in, and we absolutely loved working with this shining star. Ivanna is 14 years old and trains alongside her sister (Vianna) at The Nine Dance Academy, in Ballet, Jazz, Acro, Tap, Contemporary, hip-hop, ballroom, musical theatre and lyrical. She is definitely a force to be reckoned with, as her love for dance shines in every tilt, turn and jump – she loves showing the audience what she can do.

It’s no surprise that Ivanna’s dream is to be a professional dancer or fashion designer. We say- why not both?

What styles of dance do you take?

Ballet, jazz, acro, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, ballroom, musical theatre and lyrical.

What is you favourite style of dance?

I love contemporary, jazz and ballroom.

This year you would like to learn, or improve at what?

I would love to gain more knowledge in the style of ballroom because this is my first year competing in it!

What does dance mean to you?

Dance means the world to me!

What is your favourite thing about performing?

My favourite thing about performing is being able to please the audience and show them what I can do.

What do you love about STAGE?

My favourite thing about STAGE is their bold and beautiful colours, and their variety of different colours.

What is your favourite STAGE product (or colour!) and why?

My favourite STAGE product are their lashes because they are so bold and beautiful, and will stand out in a crowd.

What do you love about makeup?

I love makeup because it's like drawing on your face; you can do anything you want, it's limitless.

Why are you excited to be a STAGE Brand Ambassador?

I am excited to be a STAGE Brand Ambassador because I love their products and I love makeup! I am very excited for what's to come!

Do you have any other hobbies or skills besides dance?

Yes, I love to sew and draw.

What makes you happy?

Dance! Family! Friends!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a professional dancer, or fashion designer!

If you could have any super power in the world, what would it be?

If I could have any super power in the world it would be to fly, because I would be able to see the world in a new perspective.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to learn about?

I'm left handed, I danced with Justin Bieber on his Purpose tour(!!!), and I know how to sew.

What’s your favourite colour?

Purple and light pink.

What’s your favourite book?

My favourite book is 'Wonder'!

What’s your favourite animal?

My favourite animals are dogs and bunnies.

Who’s your favourite celebrity?

My favourite celebrity is Justin Bieber.

What’s you favourite movie?

My favourite movie is 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms'.

SIMONA

One word for Simona – firecracker. This girl never ceased to amaze us with her leg lifts, scorpion, and bendy (we mean BENDY) back! Simona is 13 years old, turning 14 this January 31st! She trains in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Pointe, Hip-Hop, and Acro at Broadway Lights Dance Studio.

When asked what dance meant to her, Simona described dance as a best friend, ‘it motivates me, makes me happy, it’s always with me, and I love it with all my heart’.
Her enthusisam and love for this art radiates when she moves.

With the kind of motivation and drive that this girl carries we know she’ll achieve any goal she sets before her!

Do you have any nicknames?

Sim or Simmy

What styles of dance do you take?

Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Pointe, Hip-Hop, and Acro.

What is you favourite style of dance?

I love them all but if I had to choose it would be Jazz or Contemporary.

This year you would like to learn, or improve at what?

This is my first year with a pointe solo, so I’m putting a lot of focus on improving my pointe ability, and ankle strength.

What does dance mean to you?

Dance is like a best friend to me. It motivates me, makes me happy, it’s always with me, and I love it with all of my heart.

What is your favourite thing about performing?

When I perform, my goal is to convey a message to the audience. I think that it’s such a unique and beautiful form of communication.

What do you love about STAGE?

I love that the makeup lasts long and looks great at the same time. I love how they have such an inspiring team with the best intentions for their makeup.

What is your favourite STAGE product (or colour!) and why?

My favourite Stage product is “Elevate” Brown Matte Liquid Lipstick. I love this product because it doesn’t make your lips feel dry or chapped, as well as giving you the non-smear security that performers need. The colour is also my favourite because it’s bold and Beautiful!

What do you love about makeup?

I love how makeup enhances beauty. When applied correctly it doesn’t change someone completely, it just extends the natural beauty to its fullest potential.

Why are you excited to be a STAGE Brand Ambassador?

Recently I performed on a world stage in Spain wearing Stage makeup. I got to experience performing with these amazing products and I’m so excited to be able to promote something I believe so strongly in.

Do you have any other hobbies or skills besides dance?

I’m lucky to be a fairly athletic person and I was a travel soccer player from ages 9-13. I enjoy a variety of sports including gymnastics, squash, and soccer.

What makes you happy?

Spending time with my friends and family. I also love dancing and being active!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I’m not sure yet, but something in the medical range.

If you could have any super power in the world, what would it be?

I would want the power to fly. Dance photos would be so much easier!

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to learn about?

When I was little, I almost chose hockey over dance!

What’s your favourite colour?

I love periwinkle.

What’s your favourite book?

The “Scarlett and Ivy” series.

What’s your favourite animal?

I’ve always had a soft spot for dogs.

Who’s your favourite celebrity?

Shawn Mendes.

What’s you favourite movie?

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”

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