Established in 2013, DDA is a family owned and operated dance studio in Etobicoke. Dance has always been the biggest passion in our lives and has been influential in shaping us into the individuals we are today. Just as we fuelled our passion from a young age, our goal is to provide a safe space for young dancers to foster their creativity and love of dance. Growing up in the neighbourhood, we are so proud to be able to serve the community that we call home. Bringing inspiration to dancers, and helping them fuel their passions.
As we watch our students learn, explore and grow in our classes, not only as dancers but as individuals, we feel so blessed to be a part of their dance journeys. Whether it’s in one of our classes or in every day life, we hope our students never miss the dance to dance!
Cassandra's passion for dance began at the age of four when she took her first tap class. A few short years later she became a competitive dancer, competing both locally and internationally. She competed against dancers from all across North America, often winning top awards. Cassandra is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, hiphop, modern, lyrical, and musical theatre. In high school, Cassandra attended Etobicoke School of the Arts as a dance major where she studied Cecchetti ballet and modern dance daily, and was a part of the dance program's productions, such as Alice in Wonderland and Romeo and Juliet. It was around this time that Cassandra also began teaching dance to young children, which sparked her love of teaching. During her university years, she was teaching dance everyday to children from the age of two to eighteen, in many disciplines of dance. She also worked at a local community centre for the City of Toronto durning the summer months as the head counsellor for the dance camp. After university, Cassandra attended teachers college where she completed a Bachelor of Education in the primary/junior divisions. For a few years, Cassandra actively pursued a profession in teaching, yet was always pulled back to her roots in dance. In 2013, Cassandra opened up Dynamic Dance Arts with her cousin and close friend Shannen, where their mission is to inspire their students and ignite the same passion for dance that they have, throughout the years to come.
Shannen began her dance training at the age of three after falling in love with the art form while watching her older cousin Cassandra perform. At the age of eight, she began to train as a competitive dancer and competed both locally and internationally. She has won various awards in her tap and contemporary solo's, as well as winning top overalls with her duets and trios. Shannen is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, acro, hiphop, contemporary, modern, lyrical, and musical theatre. Shannen attended Etobicoke School of the Arts, where she majored in dance. She was intensely trained in Cecchetti ballet and Graham, Limon and Horton modern dance. She was part of the school's dance company, where she got the opportunity to perform lead roles in school productions, as well as train across the city with some of the modern industries well respected choreographers. While expanding her dance vocabulary in high school, Shannen also began teaching various recreational and competitive dance disciplines at a studio and community centre. In the summer months, Shannen was the coordinator of a dance camp with the City of Toronto. She continued her education at York University, where she graduated with a Specialized Honors, Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Health Science, and has also passed her Kinesiologist's exam. Dance remained a big part of her life throughout university where she balanced teaching and schoolwork, as well as being a member of the York Lions Varsity Dance Team, both performing and competing. She was a member of the Silhouettes Dance Company, choreographing and performing alongside many talented individuals for three years. Shannen has completed her Tap Teacher Training with the Tap Dance Centre in Toronto, Ontario. She can't wait to share her passion for with her students!
Trained in Langley, British Columbia, Danica Miller started her dance career at age three. Danica first started her training as a non-competitive dancer training in ballet. At age eight she started training competitively in ballet and lyrical at Cameron Dance Academy. Wanting to expand her dance styles, Danica moved to Vitality Dance Company where she joined their competitive dance company at age thirteen. While at Vitality Dance Company, she trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, stage, tap and hip hop. As a senior company dancer, Danica and her team contributed to events in their local community including taking part in awareness for youth homelessness and the anti- bullying group Kindness Rocks. Danica was also given the opportunity to work closely with the Artistic Directer Angel Fettback teacher assisting ballet, jazz, lyrical and acrobatics. Danica is a certified dance teacher with International Dance Teaching Standards. She has completed ballet exams with the Royal Academy of Dance in grades primary to grade five as well as Intermediate foundation and intermediate. As a continuation to her ballet teaching, Danica is currently going to school for her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance. Danica is looking forward to her new journey as a teacher in Ontario with Dynamic Dance Arts!
Training in dance since the age of 2, Dakota Walker found his passion with the help of the staff at Danscene in Tillsonburg. As he matured as a dancer at age 9 he went on to study with Elite Dance Centre in Woodstock. At the age of 11 he got the opportunity to go to the National Ballet School of Canada’s (NBS) summer program and from there was offered to become a full time student at their year round school. While at NBS he got to be part of Canada’s National Ballet Company’s the Nutcracker. Dakota left the NBS to broaden his studies of dance at Vlads Dance Company in Richmond Hill, and attending ARTs Alexander Mackenzie High School Dance Program, Dakota has had the opportunity to expand his knowledge in dance. Dakota is trained in Contemporary, Ballet, Acrobatics, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Adagio, Tap, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Historical, and Character dance. In the summer of 2013, Dakota had the chance to go to New York City to compete at American Dance Awards National Championship’s. While there Dakota won the most prestigious title of Male Dancer of the Year for 2013. Over the years Dakota has had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Vlad Novitski, Linda Garneau, Mia DiLena, Julia Cratchley, Erin Waltman, and Billy Larson. Dakota has been a cast member in the Company Bridge to Artist’s for 6 seasons. While with this company he has been part of the shows Prima Volta, Senses, On the Sawdust Trail, Checkmate, Imperfectly Perfect, Alice, The Village, and Muse. After graduation, Dakota was offered a contract with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines as a professional Dancer, Tumbler, and Aerialist. Over the past few years Dakota has got the opportunity to travel the world and pursue something he loves. Dakota still currently works as a professional dancer, and has now found a new love of teaching and developing the young dancers of the future.