The Team

You are only as good as the company you keep.

Jacqueline O’Toole

Managing Director/ Certified Pole Dance Instructor

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.

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.

Adrian Leclerc

Senior Executive Assistant

Growing up Adrian hated dance classes (really, she hated anything that required moving). It is only in the past few years that her interest in dance evolved. She started dancing at the studio in April 2017 and despite her self-confidence issues, she competed in the Great White North Pole Competition in August of the same year (all thanks to Jacqueline).

Adrian never thought she would work at a dance studio (or in administration) given her background in zoology and animal care, but when Jacqueline offered her the position she couldn’t refuse. She is the one who manages all the accounts and scheduling and likely the one texting/emailing you.

This year is a busy year for her as she is trying to quickly learn all the tasks associated with her position here, is still working part-time at an emergency vet clinic, planning her wedding for next fall, AND doing her MA in Anthrozoology, all while trying to get healthier (and now expecting a little one too).

Libby Ives

Certified Pole Dance 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.

Bailey Bourdeau

Athletic Therapist (CAT(C), R. Kin. AT. )

Bailey is a sports enthusiast who devotes her time to helping others and keeping active. She graduated at the top of her class at Sheridan College in April 2014, obtaining a Bachelor of Health Sciences specializing in Athletic Therapy. For her 3rd year placement, Bailey worked with the Toronto Argonauts and in her final year, she was honoured with the Michelle Kukta Memorial Scholarship award.

In 2014 Bailey became certified by the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association. She has since gone on to acquire her diploma in Kinesiology and some furthering education courses including gait analysis and custom orthotic fitting. She is currently studying for her registered massage therapy license and would like to pursue further education.

Since graduating, she has worked as an avid athletic therapist. During the 2014/2015 season, she provided athletic therapy coverage for the Newmarket Hurricanes hockey team. As an inspiring athlete herself, she loves getting involved in the community and staying active. She devotes her time to providing quality care and helping people to get moving and doing what they love again!

Bailey currently takes part in many sports and activities including baseball, hockey, yoga, dance, horseback riding, and dog sledding!

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.

Karina Wipper

Fitness Instructor

Karina comes from a very physically active background. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old, studying Ballet, Jazz and Highland Dance. She has taken various workshops, including programs with the National Ballet School and with Modern dancer, Peggy Baker.

Karina completed her Yoga Teacher Training at the Kripalu Centre, located in the Berkshire Mountains, in Massachusetts. She is also certified in Ballet Barre workouts and recently completed her Stott Pilates Mat training in Toronto. Karina finds Yoga, Pilates and Dance to be the perfect balance to the more vigorous activities she enjoys such as hiking, canoeing, skiing, biking, walking, etc. She finds they act as a fun and natural way to check in, stretch and move the body.

She has performed on stage in Musical Theater, as a dancer, Music Artist, and Model, as well as, starred in an independent suspense film in 2012 which was part of the Montreal Film Festival. She was nominated for a 2014, 2016 and 2017 Toronto Independent Music Award as a singer/songwriter and has had airplay on CBC Radio.

Karina currently teaches Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga for seniors, Power Yoga, Stott Mat Pilates, DanceFitness, Ballet Barre Fitness, Stretch & Strength and most recently, Belly Dance for beginners.

She will also be taking her Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher Training in the Spring of 2018 to further her Yoga education.

Caitrin Stephens

Yoga Instructor

Caitrin trained for over 12 years in both classical and contemporary dance through the Royal Academy of Dance in both Canada and South Africa. Dance is still her first love but due to several injuries, she decided it was best to move onto a less physically taxing fitness regime. After completing her B.A. in Toronto, she moved to Spain for 4 years where she began dabbling in yoga. The idea of maintaining her flexibility was foremost on her mind but she soon discovered that there was so much more to yoga than she anticipated. Upon her return to Canada, she had the opportunity to study yoga full time in order to fully immerse herself in the philosophy and asanas. In 2016 she completed her RYT200 yoga teaching certification. Since then she has taught in Newmarket, Toronto, and Cuba and dreams of one day traveling to India to continue her studies.

She hopes students will walk away from her class with a better sense of community, an acceptance of where they are at in their individual body without judgment and a feeling of lightness which they will carry out with them into the world.

Tia Maria

Tia helps bring comedic relief to the studio and a sense of lightheartedness. Like many pets are for their owners, Tia is a sense of anxiety relief for Jacqueline as well as many others.  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.