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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 26th 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

Teachers

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Lori Hall Brown - Artistic Director

Lori had been dancing, teaching and choreographing for thirteen years before starting Can Dance Academy twenty-five 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. 

 
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Tara Browne - Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Tap

Tara has been dancing & training an impressive 19 years. She has gained her Certificate lV in Dance and trained under many well known dancers & choreographers within Australia. To expand her knowledge she has taken classes throughout LA, New York, London & many more impressive cities. 
On top of her extensive training she has also performed at many corporate functions and events under several agencies.

Tara has been passing her love and knowledge of dance on to children for 10 years now. Having taught at many studios through out Australia at both a recreational level & a competitive level she is now looking to take on Canada!

 

Alexandra Keller – Adagio Performance Training, Ballet, Jazz, Tap

Miss Ali is a BFA Graduate from Ryerson University's Performance Dance Program, Certified Personal Training Specialist with CanFit Pro and a distinguished teacher and performer. Ali has been dancing for 20+ years in multiple genres, has performed in a number of professional performances in Toronto and spent three seasons dancing for the Toronto Blue Jays. Ali has been featured in commercials for Sportsnet and most notably performed for two Christmas’ at Toronto’s BIA Illuminite Festival, at the Nadia Potts Life Time Achievement Gala and for the David Foster Miracle Gala. Ali has also performed for and worked with numerous choreographers such as Julie Tomaino, Kenny Pearl, Vicky St. Denys, Karen Duplisea, Hannah Kiel, Louis Laberge Coté, Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbeck and Blake McGrath. Most recently, Ali began her own business, Adagio Performance Training. APTTM is a specialized company creating strength in dancers through sport specific cross training. Ali looks forward to sharing her passion and expertise for fitness and dance with all of the dancers at Can Dance Academy.

 
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Kirsten LeGrand - Hip Hop

Kirsten has been trained in hiphop, musical theatre, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap and ballet. Kirsten recently  graduated with honours from the Humber Comedy: Writing and Performance program. Kirsten also graduated with honours from Sheridan College's Performing Arts Preparation program where she was trained by some of the best people in the industry. At Sheridan College Kirsten co-directed, choreographed, co-created and performed in her sketch show "Sketches Against Humanity". Kirsten has been dancing since she was seven and participated in many competitions that included group numbers, solos and duets. Kristen's main talents and passions are hiphop, musical theatre and working with others. Kirsten is excited to share her passion of dance and to be apart of the Can Dance Academy family!  

 
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Alexandra Liboiron - Tap, Jazz, Tumbling

Miss Alexandra is a dancer, dance teacher and a former cheerleader.  Alexandra danced competitively with Canadian Dance Company competing across Canada and USA in ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop.  She cheered for Power Cheer Toronto Cobras, an athletic cheer force that competes across Canada and the USA.  Cheer routines consisted of tumbling, stunting (also known as lifts and tosses into the air), as well as synchronized jump and dance sequences.  In addition, Alex offers personal training and is graduating in beauty school with a diploma in makeup, skin care, and eyebrows.  Miss Alexandra is excited to devote her time, effort, and energy towards helping students grow and succeed in dance.  Her goal is to improve, add to their skills and techniques and she promises to make dance as enjoyable as she possibly can!

 

Milica Mrkonjic  - Acro, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz

Milica started dancing at the age of 5 in which she trained in many genres such as ballet, jazz, tap, hiphop, lyrical and modern. She graduated from the University of Toronto (Honours Bachelor of Arts) and attended the regional dance program at Cawthra Park S.S. In 2003, Milica was a part of the Nutcracker and performed for the University of North Bay's hockey team home opener in 2010. Milica has taught dance and acro for the past 4 years throughout the school year as well as summer camps. Milica is excited and thrilled to start at Can Dance Academy in hopes to share her passion of dance with many aspiring dancers.  

 

Daniel Quintia Plamenco - Vocal Coach

Daniel is an award-winning classical, soul, and gospel singer from Brampton.  He is an upper year classical voice performance honours student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, having trained under world-renowned soprano Leslie Fagan, and is part of the award-winning Laurier Singers Chamber Choir, training under director Dr. Lee Willingham.  Daniel has performed with such organizations as the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and Grammy Award-winning Elora Festival Singers.  Daniel is excited to begin coaching at Can Dance Academy after several years of teaching experience.  Most recently he has taught students from his voice studio at the Community Music School of Waterloo Region in association with The Beckett School of Music and the Conservatory of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University. 

 
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Sarah Rowe - Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Substitute

Sarah has been training, dancing and performing for a total of for 19 years. At age 16 Sarah was in 3 different companies: O.I.P, The Toronto Rhythm Initiative and The Tap Dance Centre, going back to competitive dance for her final 2 years high school. Sarah currently attends Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media. In her first year, she was on Ryerson’s “Urban Hip-Hop Union” dance crew, competing in various competitions such as O.U.C.H. (Ontario Universities Competition for Hip Hop) and Urban Rumble. She has also created many concept videos involving dance for various video production and graphic animation courses. After taking a year off of teaching to focus on her studies, Sarah is thrilled to become a part of the Can Dance family! Teaching is one of her many passions and she is excited to start!

 

Stephanie Truman - Acro, Ballet, Jazz

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. 

 
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Cristine Sousa - Guest Teacher

Cristine shares her passion for dance with over 25 years of experience. Having danced competitively since the age of 12, she has been trained in various styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, hiphop, lyrical, musical theatre, acro and barre. Cristine has been involved in producing, directing and performing in shows during her Bachelor Studies at the University of Ottawa, where she graduated with an Honours of Businesses. Her work there, as a Creative Director for a non-for profit organization called CASCO, consisted of teaching dance to over 40 students and professors for a fundraising gala donating over $30,000 to the children's hospital in Ottawa. In 2016, Cristine graduated from a Masters of International Business CEMS MIM program, studying in Portugal and The Netherlands, participating in various dance activities, teaching swing dancing and participating in jazz, pole, and hip hop classes. Cristine has been instructing for over 11 years teaching jazz, ballet, parents and tots, creative movement, cheerleading, musical theatre, barre and special dance classes to those with learning disabilities. Having been a part of the Can Dance family at a young age, Cristine is excited to return with her positive energy, open mindset, technical talent, and passion for dance!

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Ashley Wong-Ribeiro - Guest Teacher

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!

 

Kim Woolridge - Pilates 

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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.

 
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Joan Koszo - Pilates

Joan is STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in Matwork, and Injury and Special Populations.  Always looking to expand her teaching experience, she has taken courses and workshops focusing on utilizing various props such as the mini-ball, flex band, foam roller, stability ball and stability cushion.  Joan is also an instructor in 3-D Workout™ trained by Dianne Woodruff.  Dr. Woodruff has been teaching for 35 years, holds a doctorate in Somatic Education and is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA)   She says:  “If you are a personal trainer, fitness leader, a Pilates or yoga instructor, you will benefit by expanding your understanding of dimensionality — the use of space around the body.  By loading the body in three-dimensions, 3-D Workout clients enjoy becoming functionally stronger and injury free.”  Joan was first introduced to Dianne where she received myofascial pain treatment for continued back pain.  Joan then took a number of courses in the myofascial area taught by Dr. Woodruff.
Joan has also taken a course in “Movement on the Ball” taught by a CMA colleague of Dianne, Mari Namovski.

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1575 Clarkson Road North, Mississauga, ON  L5J 2X1