teaching kids to dance since 1993


About Us

Can Dance Academy has been teaching dancers in the Clarkson-Lorne Park area in Mississauga since 1993.  We are now celebrating our 24th year, we specialize in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Hip Hop, Acro, Modern, Irish and Musical Theatre. We also teach Pilates, Jazz Funk and Tap to adults.

Can Dance Academy’s philosophy is that every dancer should lead a balanced life.  Dance is only a portion of their needs and wants and should leave room for other hobbies and school.  Our competitive program runs for students who dance once a week or more.  Each and every child and dancer is special as well as learning at their own level.  Competition is a pleasure and an opportunity to get better.  It should never be at the expense of a balanced life.  To this end Can Dance Academy has received numerous awards for giving the most students the opportunity to compete.

Our annual recitals at Meadowvale Theatre are raved about and are hailed as amazing.  They always include set, props, professional lighting design and video.  We have three levels of dance; recreational, competitive and company team.  Our competitive and company team perform in our annual charity fundraiser as well as three Ontario competitions per season.

Our staff consists of highly trained teachers and professional dancers.  Our studios have specialized dance flooring, permanent and portable ballet barres, wall to wall mirrors and professional sound systems.  We are located within walking distance of five schools.

Our focus is on learning and loving dance in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Ms Lori, Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for the past 14 years. You don’t know how much Can Dance has meant to me and so thank you! I’ll be dropping by to visit all the time.”
— Jenny



Lori Hall Brown - Artistic Director

Lori had been dancing, teaching and choreographing for thirteen years before starting Can Dance Academy twenty-four years ago.  As well as producing and directing the recital each year she teaches classes in ballet, jazz, modern, acro and musical theatre.  She has trained in R.A.D., I.S.T.D. and C.D.T.A and is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School.   

Lori has won many choreography and performance awards in both competitions and community theatre and has adjudicated at competitions.

This summer Lori updated her skills by training levels Junior 1-3 and Intermediate 1-3 as well as Kinder Acro with Acrobatique Arts. 


Erin Hyde – Music Theatre Vocal Coach

Erin has been singing and performing for over 20 years. A classically trained singer, Erin has performed in Canada, Ireland, Holland and Italy in various professional choirs and musical groups. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in 2002 with a focus in vocal performance.

Erin has been teaching grade 7 and 8 for the past seven years with the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board. She writes and directs musicals at her school.

Though she teaches by day, Erin performs in musicals throughout the GTA.  Most recent credits include Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Theatre Unlimited), Eve in Ruthless (Encore Entertainment), the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Maureen in RENT (Brampton Music Theatre).

Erin loves to perform and is passionate about teaching. Her philosophy is that every child deserves a place to shine and strives to provide opportunities for young people to find and pursue their artistic dreams.


Marisa McDonald - Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre
Marisa has been dancing since the age of three in many genres including: ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary/modern, musical theatre, hip-hop, street jazz, samba, burlesque and acrobatics. She was raised in Saskatchewan where she made her professional debut with the Abiding Lines Dance Company, the Saskatchewan Dance Project and the Persephone Theatre before spending some time in Vancouver at the Harbour Dance Centre and studying performance at Sheridan College in Oakville. Some credits include: "We Day", The "Harlem Globetrotters" Halftime shows, "Rent"(Mimi Marquez), "Heathers: the Musical"(Veronica Sawyer), multiple music videos, commercials and short films. Miss Marisa is super excited to meet and work with the Can Dance team! 


Jennifer Mussell - Tap, Irish

Jennifer Mussell began dancing at age 5,and over the years studied a variety of disciplines including jazz, ballet, pointe, Irish dance, and tap.  She started teaching Irish, tap and jazz in 2001 in Winnipeg.  She has since instructed and choreographed for many successful and award-winning young dancers in both Manitoba and Ontario.  In addition to her teaching, Jennifer joined the cast of Kim Chalovich’s “What’s On? Tap!” in 2013, an all-female tap company, which has given her the opportunity to perform regularly.  Outside the world of dance, Jennifer is working towards her PhD in Political Science at York University.  She loves working with the talented dancers at Can Dance Academy!



Christine Poulin  - Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz and Acro

Christine discovered her love of dance at the young age of 2 and has been dancing ever since. She is a graduate of The Conteur Academy and is currently attending Dance Masters of America’s Teacher’s Training program.

Her passion for dance has lead her to many dance opportunities in Toronto, ON. Some of her credits include, Breakfast Television, Creativiva’s “The dream maker”, Conteur Academy’s production of “Fill in The Blanks” and “Frames”, and MyStageLeft’s production of the musical “Hairspray”. She currently works as a dancer for the TDC, Toronto Dance Company.

Christine’s true passion resides in teaching and choreographing. She is currently working as the choreographer for the Rose Theatre Production of“West Side Story”, and has been a choreographer for Toronto Dance Project’s since 2015.

Christine is excited to be with Can Dance Academy for her 4th season!


Stephanie Truman - Acro

Stephanie began dancing at age six and has since studied many styles, including ballet, jazz, modern, acro, pointe, lyrical, and musical theatre. Stephanie graduated Cum Laude from the dance program at York University in 2014 and now holds a BFA with Honours. During her training, Stephanie achieved great success in dance competitions, including becoming the World Champion in the Ballet Duo category with her sister in 2007 and 2009. Her love of teaching has inspired her to become a Student Teacher in Training with the Society of Russian Ballet and work towards Associate status. She is also a Module One certified Acrobatic Arts instructor. Stephanie danced for Emmy award-winning choreographer Debra Brown in Panamania, the cultural festival accompanying the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Para-Pan Am Games. Stephanie is thrilled to be teaching acro at Can Dance Academy. 


Ashley Wong-Ribeiro - Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz and Hip Hop

Ashley is an honours graduate from Humber College (Social Service Worker) and graduate from the University of Guelph (Bachelor of Arts) where she was a member of the Guelph Dance Pak.  She graduated from Cawthra Park S.S. in the Regional Arts Dance program and has been working with the City of Mississauga since 2008 as a dance instructor and supervisor for camps.  Ashley has been dancing since the age of three, training in jazz, ballet, pointe, modern, hip hop, and lyrical/contemporary.  She has successfully completed her Intermediate Cecchetti Society of Canada Examination with extensive knowledge in Advanced 1 and 2 training.  Ashley is excited to start her 6th working with the Can Dance team!

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Kim Woolridge - Pilates 

Kim is certified in Pilates and Integrated Movement Therapies (IMT )® through an intensive program at Second Wind Pilates Plus® in Port Credit.  The President of Second Wind is the creator of IMT® which is a combination of her many years of training and knowledge as a dancer, choreographer, movement specialist, yoga and pilates professional.  Kim discovered this work about 12 years ago when dealing with chronic pain and limitations due to a car accident.  This work focuses on the core which in turn strengthens the back, as well as connecting body and mind to work in harmony and help you function in your day to day life, enjoy whatever activities you are involved in and prevent injury.  Kim has also attended numerous workshops on various pieces of equipment, walking and fascia.  Through imagery and movement this work transported Kim back to her childhood dance classes.  So she is thrilled to be back in that environment at Can Dance.


Joan Koszo - Pilates

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1575 Clarkson Road North, Mississauga, ON  L5J 2X1