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We have an award- winning faculty. Our teachers are fully qualified in every branch they teach.  They are still involved in performing and choreographing professionally, which gives them a great deal of experience to share with our student. From a very young age our teachers were trained entirely at the Denise Lester Dance Academy Completing the same classes and quality that we are offering your child.

Since our teachers grew up themselves here at the studio, it has definitely given us a family feeling. Pride runs deep for obvious reasons. Our teacher’s success came from enjoying pleasant and well-organized classes in an atmosphere were they themselves were able to learn through precise teaching done in a pleasant manner. They now want to give back that which they received along with a flare of their own. Whether for fun or for the serious dancer, your child can only succeed in this wonderful atmosphere.

 

Denise Lester Faculty Denise Lester Dance Academy Pickering Ontario

Denise started teaching at age fourteen when her teacher became sick and she helped out at the studio. When she was sixteen she received her first qualification as a teacher in tap and became a member of the B.A.T.D. Denise now holds a full life membership in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern.

Suzie Cunliffe-Brown Denise Lester Dance Academy Pickering Faculty

Suzie began her dance training at age three when she became one of the first students of the DLDA. Her talent was apparent right from the start. She competed in her first solo at age five and a mere ten years later was one of the youngest dancers hired for Canada’s Wonderland.

Wendy Scharien Denise Lester Dance Academy Pickering Faculty

Wendy settled in Pickering at age twelve and began her formal dance training with Denise. This past year marked Wendy’s 25 anniversary as a member of the DLDA. Wendy’s talent shone through and she became a valued member of the studio’s competitive team. Her competitive and examination...

Tammy Vanderstarren Denise Lester Dance Academy Pickering Faculty

Tammy is of course another little girl whose mom brought her to the Denise Lester Dance Academy when she was three not realizing what an impact that decision would make in Tammy’s life. Tammy’s ballet has always been flawless, her exam results always an honours and she was starred for a ballet scholarship...

Paige Murray Denise Lester Dance Academy Pickering Faculty

B.Sc. (Nurs.), R.N., ABATD - Classical Ballet, Stage, Modern Dance

Paige started as a student with Denise at 3 years old and is now an Associate Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dance in Ballet, Stage and Modern. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of New Brunswick and is finishing...

Sara Wood Denise Lester Dance Academy Pickering Faculty

Sara has danced at Denise Lester Dance Academy since the young age of 3, it was here that Sara discovered her true passion and love for dance and performing. In that time she trained in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, acro, hip hop, contemporary, modern and musical theater. Sara has completed all of her dance...

Brandi Ferreira Denise Lester Dance Academy Pickering Faculty

Brandi started as a student with Denise at 3 years old and now at 20 is the youngest member of the Denise Lester teaching staff. Last year Brandi’s choreography consistently won first place and, highest senior group of the competition twice. Since dance is a visual art a student will always...

Lauren Wrightmen Denise Lester Dance Academy Pickering Faculty

Lauren Wightman began her training as a competitive dancer at the Denise Lester Dance Academy at the young age of 7 in the disciplines of jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, acro, modern, and musical theatre. Outside of the studio, Lauren also took advanced classes in Toronto with professionals such as Stelio Calagias,...

Desmond Osborne Denise Lester Dance Academy Pickering Faculty

Desmond Osborne was born and raised in Ontario in a large family of 21 siblings (11 girls, 10 boys all adopted with the exception of one home made brother). He attended the 4 year degree Ryerson University Dance Program founded by Nadia Potts. Some of his credits include, Disney's The Lion King,...