Kim Dodson has been involved in dance for over 50 years: as a student, teacher, and studio owner and director, twice over!

Her passion for teaching led her to the opening of Let's Dance, located in Orillia from 1990-2008. Since 2008, Kim has continued her journey in dance as a freelance teacher and guest teacher and was a faculty member with the with The Orillia Dance Academy for 5 years.

As a mentor and educator, many of Kim's students, including her own daughter, have pressured professional careers in dance as performers, teachers, studio directors and owners. 

Kim's qualifications with the British Association of Teachers of Dance have resulted in accolades from the highest-award marks at competitions to numerous special awards, scholarships and choreography awards in various generes and in particular tap, which has always been her love and forte.  Kim's studio and dancers have been represented numerous times at National and World level competitions. She has also successfully prepared and guided many students through all levels of examinations, from beginner to associate teacher.

In continuation of her education, Kim has began studies through Acrobatique certification program. 

"You are never too old to learn!"

Wendy Laidlaw is a Director, Choreographer, Master Instructor and Adjudicator who shares and celebrates her love and knowledge of dance. She is currently in her 22nd season as the Owner/Artisitic Director of Just 4 Kicks Academy of Dance established in 1996.

 

Wendy has been a full stage member (Jazz, Acro, Tap) and Ballet of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (C.D.T.A) for 24 years. She also holds her A.D.A.P.T certification in Jazz and Tap as well as her Junior and Intermediate and Advanced Certification with ACROBATIQUE and is now an Examiner and Master Instrutor with the syllabus. She has traveled to Calgary, Belleville, Ottawa, Timmins, and Toronto to lead examinations. Miss Wendy has also had the privilege of traveling to Australia as a Master Instructor for the Teacher’s Training Certification. Miss Wendy is a certified Dance Adjudicator  holding memberships with the International Dance Adjudicators (I.A.D.A) as well as P.A.A. (Professional Adjudicators Alliance). Adjudicating in Acro, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop. She also continues to be a guest teacher at workshops at other studios as well as at local schools in the area and has had the privilege of instructing/directing the credited dance program at Gravenhurst High School.

Many of Miss Wendy’s students have had continued success in the dance industry such as Disney Cruise Line, George Brown College, O.I.P, Conteur Dance Company, Music Videos, Toronto Blue Jays- J. Crew, Dance Olympus V.I.P, Toronto Rock, Canadian National Showdance Team 2010/2011 and Jr./Sr. Tap teams in 2010/2011 (Germany) and the Canadian National Sr. Ballet, Modern and Jazz teams 2010, 2011, 2013 (Poland). Many students are certified A.D.A.P.T instructors teaching professionally.

Wendy continues to educate herself in all disciplines through master workshops and summer classes traveling to New York City (Broadway Dance Center), Orlando, Las Vegas (Dance Olympus), O.I.P (Toronto) and attends Triple Threat, Move, and The Dance Project Conventions. She is a firm believer of continued education to provide the best dance instruction possible for her students as well as for those whom she adjudicates.

 Kalene Corcoran is an accomplished dancer, award-winning choreographer and educator. She found her love and passion for dance at a young age and quickly began training in an array of styles ranging from classical to modern dance. She has been trained in many art forms, specializing in contemporary, hip-hop, acrobatics, and jazz, as well as lyrical, tap and ballet. She has also been professionally trained in the Cecchetti art form of ballet. Kalene is a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance (PAA) and is certified in the following dance curriculums: 

Acrobatic Arts PreSchool 

Acrobatic Arts Module 1 

Alixa Flexibility 

Progressive Ballet Technique 

Kalene is a Seneca College Graduate, where she obtained her Honours Business Diploma, after having specialized in Contemporary Dance at the Conteur Dance Academy, allowing her to deeply explore the beauty of art through dance, under the Direction of Eryn Waltman and Dani Matte. 

Kalene has danced in several shows at York University, performed as a background dancer for local Toronto based artists, as well as made appearances in several Shawn Desman music videos. Kalene has been a guest choreographer all over Muskoka and the GTA, as well as participates in Mental Health and Wellness Conferences in local Elementary and Secondary Schools. Kalene created and lead the formation of Seneca College’s Dance Team and was asked to join the Canadian National Dance team 3 times to travel to Germany and Austria to compete in the World Dance Championships, placing third in the world. Kalene has choreographed alongside several professional dancers and choreographers and takes what she has learned from them and applies it to her own methods of teaching. Her love of dance and passion for learning never stops. Kalene continues to travel to California and New York city to expand her depths of creativity and artistic voice. Kalene continues to perform and teach and will always encourage her students to push for their dreams and greatest potential. She uses her life experiences when choreographing and encourages her dancers to search for the same. She is always eager to expand her teaching syllabus and find unique things to apply to her own work. Kalene is very excited to teach and adjudicate this season and wishes all dancers the best of luck! 

Mary Knights Rossler has been a dance student from the age of three. She began dancing after watching the National Ballet of Canada perform The Nutcracker.  She leaned over to her Nana and told her that one day, she would dance on stage as the Sugar Plum Fairy.  As a teenager, Mary discovered a passion for teaching younger dancers and, instead of performing herself, found her greatest rewards in preparing dancers for their own stage moments.

  

She graduated from the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School in 2009 with Distinction where, in addition to ballet technique and pedagogy, she studied anatomy, music theory, Dowd technique and conditioning for dancers.  She has completed her Advanced 2 RAD, Advanced 1 Cecchetti, and Advanced 1 National dance exams and holds Registered Teacher’s Status with the Royal Academy of Dance, Cecchetti Canada, and the British Association of Teachers of Dance.

 

She has coached students through RAD exams from Primary to Solo Seal, as well as for regional and national competitions including winning the British National Dance Championship Junior Ballet Soloist two years in a row.  Choreography highlights include many special awards for unique concepts and technical brilliance on stage.

 

Although trained in all genres of dance, Mary has specialized in bringing ballet to life for students through imagery, detailed instruction and musicality. She is delighted to join the faculty of The Dance Space! 

Katlyn Reid grew up dancing in Gravenhurst at Sandy Collins Dance Studio at the age of 3. She has taught at studios around Ontario in the genres of hip hop, ballet, tap, jazz, pre-dance, acrobatics and contemporary. As a student, she competed for many years, and completed exams through C.D.T.A. in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Acrobatics. Kaitlyn is very excited to join the team at The Dance Space!

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