Performing Dance Arts in Yorkdale, Etobicoke, and Vaughan offers world-class dance classes led by instructors who have passion for dance. At each of our dance studios, we believe a good dance teacher leads by example and sets the stage for each student to succeed. Our instructors care for our students, develop trusting relationships, and provide a safe and accepting learning environment.
Our Exceptional Dance Teachers at Performing Dance Arts
At PDA, our dance teachers are second to none. But don’t just take our word for it—see what our students (and their parents) have to say about the world-class instructors at our Yorkdale, Etobicoke, and Vaughan studios:
Our daughter is 6 years old and has been going to this studio for the last year. In the last year, she has met new friends, gained confidence, and found something that she truly enjoys. The faculty are very professional, patient, and full of enthusiasm. The studio is well organized, staff are super friendly and facilities are clean and modern. The end of the year performance was fantastic. It was well-produced, fast-moving, and the music selection and dance numbers were enjoyable for all ages. I particularly enjoyed that the more advanced dancers remained in the background to enjoy while the younger dancers (like my daughter) could have their moment.
Both my daughters attend PDA for ballet and acro and I am beyond happy. Not only is the school itself very nice and clean, but the instructors/teachers are dedicated, enthusiastic, and clearly committed to the class.
My son is thrilled to be a part of this incredible team of amazing dancers and dedicated faculty at Performing Dance Arts! He has grown leaps and bounds as a dancer and we can’t wait for this exciting dance season to unfold!
How Our Dance Teachers Have Impacted Children at Performing Dance Arts
All of our instructors at PDA have a positive energy and draw from their own personal experience to help students improve their skills and reach new heights. Our dance studios in Vaughan, Yorkdale, and Etobicoke have taught numerous students over the years, many of which have gone on to have successful careers in dance. Some of our noteworthy alumni include:
- Tessa Alves: A native of Brampton, Ontario, Tessa has been dancing since she was five years old, starting with ballet lessons. Since graduating from our program, Tessa has gone on to star in “West Side Story” at the Stratford Festival and “Rock of Ages” on Broadway.
- Amanda Cleghorn: Amanda took her first dance steps at the age of four. Her accomplishments in the competitive dance world include winning Dancer of the Year and The George Lon Memorial Award 2008/2009 at the American Dance Awards. You may have seen her in “Camp Rock 2 – The Final Jam”, “All I Wanna Do Is Just Have Some Fun”, “Honey”, and on “Much on Demand”. Amanda appeared on SYTYCDC Season 3, finishing in the Top 2 as Canada’s favourite female dancer. Amanda attributes her entry into the professional dance industry to PDA, owing much of her success to the studio.
- Jordan Francis: Jordan (a.k.a. J-man) showed signs of talent at a very young age. He captured the interest of directors and photographers early in life doing various print jobs and commercials. At the age of seven, he landed a role on “Real Kids Real Adventures” before moving to Broadway and starring as Young Simba in “The Lion King”. When he was only eleven years old, Jordan began writing music. Jordan has also won various awards and scholarships for his dancing across Canada and the U.S. with roles in movies such as “Honey” and “Music Man”.
- Daniel Celebre: Known as Da Funky Mystic, he started dancing at age four and acting at 17. His credits also include TV commercials, “Honey”, and “The Lizzie McGuire Movie”. Daniel was hired as a principal dancer for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” concert tour and film as well as “The Ellen Show”. In the Philippines, Daniel took part in a collective dance to They Don’t Care About Us with intro from “Bad” with the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) dancing inmates.
How a Good Dance Teacher Can Build Confidence and Self-Esteem
The instructors at all Performing Dance Arts studios are dedicated to helping children ignite their passion for dance while learning discipline, self-confidence, and other critical life lessons. As a leading dance studio in the Toronto area, PDA provides a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.
Learning to dance with the highest standards of instruction and compassion helps children gain self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-love as they face challenges for their own dance commitment. Students of PDA also properly learn how to improve coordination, body-awareness, and flexibility through experienced instruction.
Enroll Your Child in Dance Classes at Performing Dance Arts Today
Choose one of the Performing Dance Arts studios located in your neighbourhood to enroll your mini dancer in dance classes for toddlers, youth, and teens. For nearly 40 years, our focus has been on introducing the art of dance to those interested in recreational and competitive dance.
Our extensive dance programs include jazz, tap, ballet, acro, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, and hip-hop classes that promote coordination, creativity, self-confidence, and a healthy mind and body.