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
  • Miss Danielle
  • Miss Katherine
  • Miss Nancy
  • Mr. Mark
  • Miss Marjorie
  • Miss Trishya
  • Miss Adriene
  • Miss Kalessy
  • Miss Pat
  • Miss Linda
  • Miss Kat
  • Miss Denise
  • Miss Karina
  • Miss Machaela
  • Miss Corinna
  • Mr. David

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

Miss Danielle: Dance Instructor

Miss Danielle is an experienced Performer, an award winning Teacher and Choreographer from Newmarket, Ontario. Miss Danielle has been dancing for over 24 years, and teaching dance for over 14 years. She is a certified Tap teacher with the British Assosiation of Teachers of Dancing  (B.A.T.D), and Acro Teacher with Acrobatic Arts Certification (A.A.C.). Although she has trained extensively in and teaches many disciplines including Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Pointe, Acro, and Hip Hop, she has a special love for Tap and Musical Theatre. Miss Danielle is a graduate of the Huron Heights Arts Program, receiving a Triple Threat Diploma in Drama, Dance, and Vocal. She has been teaching and choreographing for competitive and recreational students of all ages and is known for treating all dancers equal. Her passion & love of dance shines as she instructs with great entusiasm. Some of her past performances in musical shows include Crazy for You, South Pacific, Children of Eden, & Seussical! The past 2017 compeitive season was incredibly  successful for her students & choreography; producing Special Awards, high scores, many scholarships, and overalls! One of the highlights was her routines qualifying and going to Nationals in Niagara Falls, Ontario! Miss Danielle  loves each and every student she is able to work with as a guest choreographer, and as a regular weekly dance instructor. She can not wait to see what the future will bring! 

Miss Katherine: Social Dance Instructor

In her career as an elementary school teacher, Katherine has taught dance to children in kindergarten through high school in enrichment programs and extracurricular clubs. In the community, Katherine's present interests are now focused on teaching beginner and intermediate level classes in West Coast Swing, Cross Step Waltz, Argentine Tango, Vals, and modern Greek dancing to both adults and children. Her training in dance education and presently with world class tango teachers continues to inspire her to understand how our body creates movement rather than dance being a simple case of our feet simply moving our body. Her ability to analyze movements, modify skills, and provide constructive and positive feedback provides individuals with personal feelings of accomplishment and enjoyment for dance. She believes that social dances that offer a high level for creativity, versatility, and expression or can be danced to a variety of musical styles are bound to inspire a love of dance within us for a lifetime!

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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 Limón, 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. 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 Marjorie: Guest Choreographer

Hallway Newmarket Studio

Marjorie has over 17 years of dance training with an emphasis on Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical and Tap. She was heavily involved in Competitive Dance for a number of years earning many overall and national awards as a competitor. Along with her training, she has completed her Associate Teachers Diploma with the B.A.T.D. She has trained in Hip Hop & Jazz with several Toronto based teachers at Dance-Teq, City Dance Corps, Metro Movement and Do Dat Dance Agency. Her teaching and choreography credits include: Hyundai Motors, Schwarzkoph International, Taste of Broadway Show with Michael Burgess, appearance on Flip TV for the OMNI television network, Catalyst Dance Company workshop with Hok Konishi (Quest Crew, SYTYCD). She continues to teach and choreograph to hundreds of students throughout the Greater Toronto area. Her students continue to excel in the competitive dance circuit and many have gone on to successful professional dance careers. Marjorie's passion and love for dance is a true testament when she teaches her classes. She feels blessed every day that she has been given the gift of dance.

Miss Trishya: Guest Instructor
Trishya is a choreographer & Professional performer in Toronto and a graduate of York University with honours in the dance program. She has been dancing since she was three years old, majority being Ballet. She has been trained in a range of different forms from classical to urban styles. Specifically in Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Pointe and Hip Hop. Although she loves every form of dance, Trishya’s speciality and talent falls under contemporary. She danced competitively in each of those forms for years and has won many awards for her groups, duets, and solos and has performed on stages across Canada and the United States. Trishya has choreographed for numerous plays, showcases and debuts including high school productions of Grease, Spamalot and Godspell. Trishya has guest taught at various different studios and schools and found her love for teaching at CDA where she taught for 3 consecutive years! Her Senior Jazz "La La" won an overall top choreography award, as well as her Senior Lyrical "Behind The Screen". While she continues to love guest teaching, and choreography, she also loves performing. She most recently is part of . Dancing has been her passion for as long as she can remember. Trishya loves working with kids and having the opportunity to display all she knows in the hopes of benefiting their futures.

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 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 Kat: Voice Instructor

Kat Vhonda has been singing professionally for over 10 years. A top 75 finalist for Canadian Idol in 2007 and trained classical in vocals. Has completed up to Grade 8 in the Royal Conservatory of Music for Vocal training. She started musical theater performances in 2006 and has starred in productions such as ‘Man of la Mancha’ ‘Fiddler on the roof’ and ‘Footloose’. She has toured all across Canada and has performed over 1500 live shows in the process. Opening for artists like Colin James, Dragonette, Karl Wolf, The Trews and more! Educated in all aspects of show production & event planning she is a strong asset to any program and we are thrilled to have her joining the CDA Dance Academy Team.

Miss Denise: Drama Instructor

Denise Pagliaro, our Drama teacher, is the head of the Art Department at St. Augustine Catholic High School in Markham, where she teaches Drama Grades 9-12. She has been teaching Drama since 1998. She has put on numerous large and small scale productions, including "Wizard of Oz," "Grease," "Frozen," and "Mamma Mia" to name a few. Her students also participate in the competitive Sears Ontario Drama Festival, where they have won several awards. Further, Denise has received awards for her teaching, including the York Secondary Catholic Presidents' Council Award for Outstanding Leadership and Toronto Association for Community Living Award Outstanding Practices for Inclusionary Education. She is very excited to be supporting CDA's production of "Mary Poppins."

Miss Karina: Music Instructor

Karina comes from a very musical/performance background. As a child, she did voice-over work for TVO childrens' show, Bookmice. She has a strong background in dance, since the age of 4, studying Ballet, Jazz, Highland and most recently, Irish dance. She has taken various workshops, including the National Ballet School and with Modern dancer Peggy Baker. While in highschool, she was offered a position as guitarist for an up-and-coming Pop artist signed to Capitol/EMI. She has worked with seasoned Producer Terry Brown, (Rush, The Who, Rolling Stones...), has had airplay on CBC Radio and was nominated for a 2014 and 2016 Toronto Independent Music Award as a Singer/Songwriter. The Sutherland Modeling Agency in Toronto accepted her into their Commercial Modeling course, where she studied Improv, acting for film/commercials, screen tests, etc. She has been on stage as a Dancer, in Musical Theatre, as a Music Artist, as a Model and also starred in an independent suspense film in 2012 which was part of the Montreal Film Festival. She currently teaches Music lessons at CDA for beginners in Vocal, Guitar and Ukulele.

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 Corinna: Dance Instructor

Corinna has achieved her teaching certificate from the BATD in Jazz & Tap. She studied at Markham Dance Workshop. Background in Music. Studied vocal music and piano in highschool and private vocal lessons throughout my university career. Studied and majored in theater at Trent University. Participated in Dance team for annual fundraiser fashion show while attending Trent. Worked with children for over 15 years in various capacities including, lifeguard, swim instructor, elementary teacher, and musical theater. She is thrilled to join our CDA family & help pass on knowledge & skills to assist young dancers.

Mr. David: Acting Instructor

David Emanuel has been performing since he was a kid and has appeared in several plays, films, musicals, voice overs and TV shows. He has a great love for acting, singing, performing and in the last couple of years has taken on directing and producing. Deco Pictures, David’s production company will have produced 5 films in 2016 alone. He has been nominated and has won several performance and production awards, and has been privileged to have studied and worked with very talented individuals. A Toronto native, who also lived in Europe for a portion of his childhood, David has had the opportunity to perform in English, French and Portuguese. He attended York University- Glendon College for Drama Studies, Political science and French and has studied acting and singing in New York City, Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto.

CDA Staff

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