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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 25th 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 Brown - Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre

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

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!  

 

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! 

 
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Jennifer Mussell - Tap, Irish

Jennifer 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!

 

 

Milica Mrkonjic  - 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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Brit Sullivan - Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical

Brit began dancing at the age of 3 and was professionally trained in a variety of disciplines including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern/contemporary, jazz funk, heels, Miami bass, ballroom, and hip hop.  During high school Brit was part of both the Varsity and Competition cheerleading teams, also directing and choreographing youth camps for both dancers and cheerleaders.  Brit was also a competitive figure skater since the age of 6 and competed through the University level winning a national title for the University of Delaware in 2011.

During university Brit began her professional career as an NHL Philadelphia Flyers Ice Girl, a AFL SoulMates Cheerleader, NHL NJ Devils Dancers, and then onto becoming a Miami Heat Dancer.  During this time also performing with artists such as Pitbull and Flo Rida as well as participating in commercials, videos, and award shows

After moving to Toronto 2 years ago, Brit now focuses on teaching.  Her competitive choreography and dancers have received a multitude of special awards, overalls, and highest score awards in conjunction with financial rewards and personal scholarships.

 

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. 

 
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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!

 
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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