Dartmouth Dance Academy: Faculty
Dawn began her dance training as a child in Germany under the ISTD British syllabus. Returning to Canada, she joined Dartmouth Dance Academy at 12 years of age and continued her training under the direction of Jacqueline Wright. She attained her Associate Teaching Certificate in the Stage Division of the CDTA in 1991, her CDTA Member level in 1994, and now has her CDTA Associate Ballet and her CDTA Acro Associate.
Continuing to dance and teach for DDA. Edgett International Dance and the Royal Conservatory, she co-directed and performed with Fusion Dance Performing Company locally in Halifax and she was involved in performing with the Nova Scotia Tattoo on an annual basis.
Moving to Ottawa in 1995 after graduating with a BScN from Dalhousie University, she taught, choreographed and performed for Vanessa Plettell and The Dance Studio, as well as for Le Jazz Hot Performing Company from 1995 to 2000. Her competition students performed in Dance Canada competitions within Ontario and received many high-level awards, especially in Tap. She has trained in many syllabuses including the CDTA, BATD, RAD and ISTD and added to her knowledge base while in Ottawa by pursuing Hip Hop, Contemporary and Modern dance.
Dawn relocated back to Dartmouth in 2000 and resumed a teaching position at DDA. She has been teaching dance since 1984 and is experienced in all ages from three years to adult, and especially enjoys teaching children. Her nursing degree and extensive dance training, combined with having four children of her own, give her much insight into child development, anatomy and dance history. Dawn brings enthusiasm, devotion and passion to her classes.
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Laurel comes to Nova Scotia after having competed her M.A. in Dance at York University (2007). Prior to her M/A., she completed her BSc in Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Laurel spent her years training in the dance forms of ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop; and more recently has been exposed to modern dance and many different cultural forms through her time at York University. Besides her regular dance training, Laurel has taught at a private school in Saskatoon and has taught with the University of Saskatchewan Dance School. Laurel has also had the opportunity to attend the Dance Olympus Conference in Minneapolis on two separate occasions. She has now settled into the dance community within Nova Scotia and continues to learn and grow in all areas of dance.
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Raven is a second-generation dancer and teacher with 20 years experience. The family-owned and operated dance studio was her second home. In later years, she was the studio and the performing company’s co-director and creative advisor. Miss Raven has studied with Dance Masters of America and at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is certified by the Dance Masters of America Inc. in classical ballet and modern dance. She has also studies with the Philadanco’s Peaches and Holly Wright and has worked with Chuck Davis’ American Dance Ensemble and The Moscow State Ballet. Miss Raven’s choreography and dancing have won many awards and titles in the US and she has been a professional judge for several national dance competitions. Miss Raven has an uncanny ability to work with dancers of all ages, always keeping structure, technique and “fun” in mind.
Now calling Dartmouth, NS her home and being an Associate member of CDTA, Miss Raven has been teaching with DDA since 2008. We are delighted to have her experience, talent, and enthusiastic contribution to our dance program.
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Chris returned to Halifax after graduating Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University with a degree in Dance Management. He has performed professionally with Freezone Dance Co., Synergy Dance Co., and The American Spirit Dance Co. Chris has worked as Costume Shop Foreman for OCU, where he got the chance to choreograph for The American Spirit Dance Co. With over 20 years of dance experience Chris is well versed in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballroom, Ballet and Hip Hop.
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