Welcome to our Faculty page.

We are pleased to have Miss Melissa, Miss Jessica, Miss Ruth and Miss Katarina returning for another year season, and we welcome our newest member Miss Emma. 


Miss Cathy

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Cathy Pacheco             STUDIO DIRECTOR

 A.B.A.T.D. (Stage)

—Life is a dance, from one stage to the next—

Miss Cathy is a Strathroy native and has been  pursuing her love of dance since the age of 4. As the Artistic Director of Dance Factor Studios, Miss Cathy is very excited about the year ahead and welcomes everyone to the studio.

 In 1997, Cathy received her British Association Teachers of Dance certificate in Stage. She also completed her Grade 8 Practical Piano and Grade 2 Theory examinations with the Royal Conservatory of Music.  In her many years of dancing, she has gained much experience in the competitive scene, both competing and as a choreographer. Cathy furthered her studies in dance at York and Western University, which included courses in dance history, theory, and composition.

Dancing doesn’t always happen at the studio. Every year Miss Cathy has the privilege of leading workshop classes and choreographing routines for Dancefests at elementary schools, both in the Thames Valley and Catholic School Boards.

Keeping current and inspired is important and Cathy enjoys attending different Dance Teacher workshops throughout the year...learning from inspiring dance educators, traveling to various cities such as Toronto, Scottsdale and New York City.

Cathy strives to make dancing a fun experience, while pushing her students to reach their potential. It is very rewarding to see how the dancers have improved over the years in “leaps” and bounds. Here’s to SEASON #18!

Miss Melissa

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Melissa Simpson     ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

A.B.A.T.D. (Stage) & C.Y.W.

Miss Melissa grew up dancing recreationally and competitively and has been teaching/choreographing for the past 16 years. Her formal dance training includes ballet, lyrical, jazz, acro-gymnastics, tap and hip hop. Since receiving her stage associate with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing in 2001 Melissa continues to further her knowledge by attending workshops, dance teacher conferences and seminars. A hi-light in her teaching career was when several of her students along with one of her pieces of choreography were chosen to represent Canada at the International Dance Organization’s World Show Dance Competition in Riesa, Germany.

Along with her passion for dance, Melissa has always had a love for theatre. She took classes at the Huron County Playhouse for several years and eventually joined the London Theatre Schools performance Team/Funbuskers (Yes the rumour is true…she even made balloon animals!).

In 2006 Melissa graduated with a Child and Youth Work Diploma from Fanshawe College and worked for the Thames Valley School Board for a few years before taking some time off to be at home with her children Luke and Allison.

Miss Melissa truly appreciates all the parents and families and their dedication to the studio and their child's dance education! 

Miss Ruth

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Fellow Member Cecchetti Council of America R.A.D. Registered Teacher Member B.A.T.D. (Ballet, Highland and Scottish Nationals Branches) Vice President of B.A.T.D. Western Ontario Vice President of Celtic Dance Company of Western Ontario


Miss Ruth began her training in the Cecchetti Method as a dance student under Mary Ellen Cooper in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, at the age of five. She completed her Cecchetti Advanced Teacher's Exam in 1995, and later became a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and the British Association of Teachers of Dancing after moving to Canada. She has been teaching ballet in London and the surrounding area since 1997. Always looking to further develop her teaching repertoire, Miss Ruth attended the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City on three occasions in recent years. As a dancer and a teacher, she spent many summers at the Cecchetti Council of America International Summer School in conjunction with Michigan State University, Hope College and the Cleveland-San Jose Ballet. Although ballet is Miss Ruth’s passion, musical theatre, tap, modern & highland come a close second. Miss Ruth is the proud mother of two, and she and her husband love watching their son fence and swim and their daughter sing and dance. She is looking forward to an exciting and fulfilling year of dance (filled with lots of jumps!) with Dance Factor.


Miss Nicole

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Miss Nicole has been dancing at Dance Factor Studios for the last 8 seasons, seven of which she has been a member of the competitive team. Nicole’s training includes ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, and her most favourite of all...musical theatre. In June 2020, Nicole will take her teacher’s certification for her Stage Associate with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing.  A Grade 12 student at Strathroy District Collegiate Institute, Nicole is looking to continue her post secondary  education in a science program at Western University next fall. In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hanging out with her friends and of course, dancing. Nicole has been part of the STAR Teaching Assistants program at the studio for the last three seasons. She has volunteered at Dance Factors F.A.M.E summer camps as well.  Miss Nicole’s positive energy, contagious smile and strong work ethic makes her a great role model for both her peers and the younger dancers. Nicole is extremely excited to be   joining the staff at Dance Factor to begin sharing her love of dance with her own students




Miss Katarina

Miss Katarina

Katarina Sabo

In Europe, Katarina began competitive ball room dancing at the age of 17. At 23, she began to teach and brought her talents and knowledge overseas when she moved to Canada in 1990.   Hired at Fred Astaire’s in London, Katarina instructed ballroom, country western and line dancing, as well as completing her “Bronze” level” for the North American style of ballroom dancing.

 This proud mom of two works full-time as the store manager for Kiehl’s, a recent addition to the retailers at Masonville Mall. Kiehl’s (a brand acquired by L’Oreal in 2000) has been producing efficient, highly concentrated skin care from natural ingredients since 1851, and is generating excitement among its clientele that it is now available in London.

Katarina is thrilled to be returning for her sixteenth season and encourages all couples, any age, any level, to come on out and give the Ballroom Blitz a try!

Teaching Assistants

Assistants 2019

Our talented roster of teaching assistants includes:

Miss Amy, Miss Anabella, Miss Ashley, Miss Cheyenne, Miss Emily, Miss Erin, Miss Isabelle, Miss Kylie,Miss Lexi, Miss Mariya, Miss Olivia, Miss Mary, Miss Montanna and Miss Sydney.


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