CDA Staff

At CDA we aim to provide leadership, increase knowledge, enhance skills and encourage a high standard of teaching dance and professional conduct of its members and staff.  Our ultimate goal is to help each student reach their maximum potential, instilling in each student self-confidence, self esteem and an appreciation for the art of dance.

Click below to view the profiles for our fantastic faculty members.

  • Miss Chantal
  • Mr. Mark
  • Miss Machaela
  • Miss Nancy
  • Mr. Chris
  • Miss Adriene
  • Miss Kalessy
  • Miss Emily
  • Miss Emma D
  • Miss Emma M
  • Miss Kayla
  • Miss Kaylee
  • Miss Pat
  • Miss Linda
  • Miss Sierra
  • Miss Claire
  • Miss Kaelah

Miss Chantal: P.A.E.C., Owner and Artistic Director,

Ms Chantal is the proud owner of CDA. In her humble beginnings she first started teaching her sister and friends how to dance in her parents basement. In 1999, straight out of high school, Ms. Chantal signed a lease for 3000 sq.ft. with a parent waiting area & 2 studio spaces on Harry Walker Parkway, in Newmarket. Many Newmarket Community members know her success storey. She has been named a finalist for the Young Professional of the Year with the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce in 2017 and again in 2018. Over the years Chantal developed amazing programs for both competitive, and recreational dancers. The studio has become a nurturing environment with an award winning team, both in students and staff, thanks to Ms Chantal. In addition to the competitive team winning awards, the studio marks the fourth year in a row being voted and winning the top choice studio of Newmarket/Aurora. Miss Chantal has been extremely dedicated over the years to her business, always striving to reach new goals and create new programs for the market. Her goal to create a space in which all dancers can be happy, comfortable, and constantly improve is evident. Ms Chantal wants to share her joy of dance with many students for generations to come and will keep growing and expanding the studio, always looking for students and parents smiles every day. This is the best reward.

Mr. Mark: Dance Instructor & Head of Competitive

Mark started in the world of gymnastics at the age of six. He trained and competed till the age of 19. Within that time, he also showed a great interest in dance and took acro classes. It wasn't till he was an older teen, that he started taking classes in a variety of dance disciplines. From there, he became focused solely on dance and started to teach. He teaches acro, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, and hip hop. He has been well known in the Thornhill community for many years working at City of Vaughan daycamp programs. He was the Director of Dance-To-Da-Beat and the Assistant Director of Gymnastics camp. His professional experience has been dancing back-up for the Neil Young concert in Toronto in 2004. He has also danced at many bar/bat mitzvahs, parties, and local charities. He was seen in the Town Crier's Education Fall Guide in 2009. The article focused on his experience in dance as a male and inspired guys to get more into dance. Mark's work is said to be creative, dynamic, and challenging. He has won many overall awards at competitions including top acro soloist, overall highest acro of the competition, and most outstanding intermediate performer of 2009.

Miss Machaela: Dance Instructor

Machaela grew up in Toronto, Ontario and started dancing at the age of four. She completed her competitive career of 12 years before continuing her dance education at York University graduating with a BFA Hons. in Dance with a concentration on kinesiology, choreography and performance. She continues to train with the best choreographers in the industry furthering her technique and choreographic style. Alongside her training, Machaela has completed an editorial internship at The Dance Current- Toronto's Dance Magazine. She has had the unique experience of traveling to Dawson City, Yukon on a professional dance contract, performing a variety of diverse dance forms in a production including can-can, jazz, tap and ariel work. Machaela continues to dance professionally in the Toronto dance scene, performing with various companies including TDC Entertainment. Machaela is beyond thrilled to be apart of the CDA family and share her passion of movement and performing with the next generation of dancers!

Miss Nancy: Dance Instructor

Nancy danced with Feld Ballets/NY, The Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, the Alberta Ballet and the Wilkes-Barre Ballet Theatre and is an award winner at the prestigious New York International Ballet Competition (1987). Nancy has performed principal roles in Eliot Feld's A Footstep of Air, The Jig Is Up, and Bloom's Wake, Agnes de Mille's Rodeo, The Moor's Pavane by Jose Limon, Roland Petit's Carmen, and Serenade and Donizetti Variations by George Balanchine. She danced the Sugar Plum Fairy and Maria in The Nutcracker, and the title role in Birgit Cullberg's Miss Julie, among many others. Nancy holds a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from York University (2012) and is the Artistic Associate of Signal Theatre. Nancy has taught children of all ages in both Canada and the United States and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with her students.

Mr. Chris: Dance Instructor

Mr. Chris is a truly experienced dancer and choreographer sharing his talents with the students here at CDA. He has danced all over the world including Canada, The USA, Singapore, The UAE and China. Chris has been a part of many dance events including World of Dance, The Choreographers Ball, Bazaar and Raise The Bar. Amongst others Chris has opened shows for Massari and Mia Martina. Another highlight of Mr. Chris's career was performing the Jungle Book live in multiple countries. Lastly he has had the amazing experience of taking part in multiple music videos including, Brett Kissel's "Anthem". Here at CDA Mr. Chris teaches all ages, from 6 year old's to adult classes. He hopes to expand each dancers dance knowledge and their technique and always sends a message of positivity to his classes.

Miss Adriene: Ballet Instructor

Adrienne began ballet training (R.A.D. method) at the Thornhill School of Ballet under Patricia Upcraft, founder. Later she entered the Pre-Professional Program at the Lois Smith School of Dance in Toronto where she studied Ballet, Pointe, Repertoire, Pas de Deux, Jazz, Modern, Character and Spanish Dance. Here she was fortunate to learn under former dancers from the National Ballet of Canada. Adrienne also co-choreographed her high school’s production of Cabaret at Forest Hill Collegiate and worked as a ‘Dance Specialist’ at Forest Valley Day Camp. After a year in the Dance Program at York University she completed a B.A. in psychology as well as her E.C.E. diploma. Her work experience includes teaching at a Montessori based private school in Newmarket during which time she completed her Montessori training. Currently she is enrolled in the Autism and Behavioural Science Program at Seneca College.

Miss Kalessy: Dance Instructor

Kalessy's love for dance started when she would watch her older cousins perform their dance routines at their recitals. She starts her first ballet class when she was just three years old. Although she was very shy and timid in her first few years of dance she began to step out of her shell with a little push from her teachers and her love for dance began to grow just as fast as she did. Kalessy began her competitive career at 8 years old. She began to explore many disciplines of dance such as tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, acro, hiphop and lyrical. But Kalessy excelled most in tap. Kalessy completed her RAD level 5 and her Russian level 5 ballet exams. Kalessy began to show an interest in teaching when she turned 12 and has been assisting and teaching dance camps, classes and workshops ever since. She is now in her seventh year of competitive dancing and is very excited to share all that she has learned.

Miss Emily: Dance Instructor

Emily Widdis has been dancing since the age of four at CDA Dance Academy! She has been an assistant teacher, and dance teacher for the past two years at CDA. Emily has won many awards at competitions across Ontario and in the states. She has also received multiple scholarships for her solos. Emily has completed her up to her level seven in RAD ballet, and has continued on to Vaganova ballet in which she is currently mastering the Pre Elementary Level. Miss Emily enjoys sharing her passion for dance with the younger dancers at CDA.

Miss Emma D: Dance Instructor

Emma Dove grew up in Newmarket, Ontario and at CDA Dance Academy! She started dance at the young age of 3 when CDA was located on Harry Walker Pkwy. She started assisting classes at the age of 12. Emma has been a competitive dancer for 11 years winning multiple awards and scholarships. She has gone to dance conventions and workshops. Miss Emma has been a dance teacher for the past 3 years. Her favorite styles to teach are Hip Hop, Acro, Lyrical, and Jazz. She loves the family friendly environment at CDA and hopes to inspire many dancers! Her message is "Always work hard and never say Can't".

Miss Emma M: Dance Instructor

Emma Mair has been dancing since the age of seven at CDA Dance Academy! She began competing with our competitive team a the age of ten, studying many disciplines including; jazz, ballet, acro and lyrical. Emma has been recognized at many competitions, winning awards for solos, duets and groups. Emma has completed up to her level six training in Vaganova ballet and is currently mastering level seven. In addition she has been to many workshops to expos herself to new styles of dance and improve her own abilities. Over the years Miss Emma has assisted many classes and learned from the best how to teach dancers of all age and ability. She is excited to share all she has learned with the new generation of dancers here at CDA!

Miss Kayla: Dance Instructor

Miss Kayla has always been a positive force in the CDA community. At the age of four, beginning as a recreational dancer she studied the disciplines of jazz, hip hop, musical theatre and more! When she was thirteen, Miss Kayla became a competitive dancer. She won many awards in all styles of dance, excelling especially in musical theatre, winning overalls and scholarships for her solos. Kayla has completed up to her level seven in Vaganova ballet and in addition has attended many workshops to better her overall understanding of dance. Miss Kayla strives to teach her students how to persevere and that they can do anything they set their mind too.

Miss Kaylee: Dance Instructor

Miss Kaylee grew up as a part of the CDA family, taking her first dance class at the age of six. Dance was something which pushed her out of her shell and began to help her express herself. Miss Kaylee has experienced many different styles of dance including; jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip hop. Miss Kaylee began competing in hip hop at the age of fifteen and won many awards with the CDA competition team. Kaylee began teaching at CDA once she starting competing, and the rest is history. Kaylee has a great connection with young dancers and shares her passion for movement in a positive and exciting fashion.

Miss Pat: Dance Instructor

Choreographer Patricia Wilson, a.k.a. Miss Pat, is thrilled to be teaching at CDA in Newmarket. She is a life member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (C.D.T.A.) and specializes in the disciplines of Tap, Jazz and Musical Theatre. She also admits to being addicted to Musicals! Her dance career includes performances in Toronto, Muskoka, Edmonton and Calgary. She has danced in numerous reviews and musicals that include Cabaret, Bye Bye Birdie, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof and Muskoka Summer Theatre. Her winning choreography has been showcased in Ontario, New York, Walt Disney World, Ocean City and Myrtle Beach. She has had several bursary winners and finalists in York Regions Celebration of the Arts. Miss Pat loves working with young performers because of their dedication, hard work and natural talent. She has choreographed several musicals for community theatre and the popular Musical Mayhem summer camps. Some of her former students are attending Sheridan College and The Randolph Academy. Other Students have gone on to perform in Mirvish shows, Cirque Du Soleil and on Broadway. There's No Business Like Show Business!

Miss Linda: Voice Instructor

Mezzo soprano Linda Condy, is a singer and teacher who completed her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Performance from the University of Toronto and an ARCT in Voice Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She performs around York Region at Newmarket Theatre, the Briars, Georgina Arts Centre, and Aurora Cultural Centre in a variety of classical and musical theatre programs with orchestra and piano. Linda is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Newmarket chapter of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association and has been a member of the Mayor of Newmarket’s Celebrate the Arts Selection Committee. She is also Past President of VPAN (Visual and Performing Arts Newmarket) Linda maintains a busy voice studio in Newmarket where she prepares singers of all ages for festivals, exams and auditions. She has students attending post-secondary music and drama programs in several schools. She has adjudicated music festivals in Niagara Falls, Peel, and throughout York Region for Music Alive.

Miss Sierra: Dance Instructor

Sierra Wignall: Young talented up and coming artist has been dancing and performing from the early age of 3 years old. Dancer, Singer, Actor Sierra has had the opportunity to work alongside several acclaimed choreographers. Jake Kodish, Brian Friedman, Teddy Forance, Misha Gabriel, Will Loftis, Emma Portner and more... She has won several awards in the dance industry and was ranked one of American Dance Awards Best Dancer 2018. Sierra has been featured in Movies one being American Girl as a dance double. She has led many programs which has allowed her to share her creativity and love for dance. Sierra brings her passion, enthusiasm and endless energy to work with students of all ages.

Miss Claire: Vocal, Musical Theatre, Acting Instructor

Claire Rice has been a performer for almost her whole life, and has been teaching musical theatre in all its various forms for over 15 years. After attending Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, she went on to perform and teach in Toronto, New Brunswick, England, Switzerland, and Vancouver. She loves being creative and collaborating on projects with her students.

Miss Kaelah: Dance Instructor

Born and raised in Brampton, Ontario Kaelah Scott is an established dancer, teacher and choreographer. Kaelah brings her passion, expertise, and love for the performing arts. Kaelah Scott assisted in the casting and directing, for leading roles in Lion King, Mirvisch production. She has also assisted world renowned actor and philanthropist Spike Lee a casting director in films, and Nike commercials. Kaelah Scott has the art in dance and choreography, allowing the camera to captivate her student's skills, and movement to perfection. During Kaelah's colorful dance and choreography career, she also had the pleasure of working with the following artist, Nelly Fertado, Diana Krall, Blake Mcgrath, Savion Glover, Boys to Men, Grover Washington, Kirk Franklin…and many more. She has assisted in choreography and staging productions under the direction of producers such as, David Talbert, Tyler Perry, and Cordell Moore. She has also choreographed for many athletes at Provincial and National levels, and sat as the artistic director for the National Dance Theater of Performing Arts, undertaking an administrative role, program coordinator, choreographer, and costume design. Kaelah choreographed annual production the evolution of jazz produced, by Archie Alleyne. As Kaelah is fluent in French, she has also Implemented dance programs and French immersion programs in private schools across Ontario. Kaelah other accomplishments include, adjudicated Miss USA pageant, dance competitions, and talent competitions, implemented and developed dancers and athletes in transition workshops, which provided parents and athletes direction as to next steps in dance or athletic career. Kaelah joined Philadanco, an acclaimed repertory company rated 4th in the nation. Kaelah has worked with numerous choreographers, Debbie Allen, Milton Myers, Michael Peters, Donald Byrd, and many other. Kaelah personal mission statement has always been "Believe and you will achieve…..Live Love Laugh Dance".

CDA Staff

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