Andrea is thrilled to bring her 22 years of performance and dance teaching experience to enhance the dance education process while providing the most comprehensive and current methods for her students. At the age of 9, Andrea became an Olympic figure skating hopeful working along side the likes of Olympian medal winners Brian Orser and Elvis Stojko. Shortly after Andrea was offered a scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet school in New York, and also into the professional program at the school of dance in Ottawa (a satellite school for NBS). Andrea received her Ballet training at the Kiana School of Dance and JRDA, while continuing at York University Ballet Jorgen’s Professional Training Program, TDT’s Professional Program, and finished with a performing arts dance diploma from GBC.
She completed her teacher training program with the Royal Academy of Dance and became a Certified Progressive Ballet Technique teacher with instructor with Marie Walton-Mahon. In addition, Andrea has had the privilege of working with prestigious teachers such as: Robert Derossirers, Che Chun, Victoria Tenant, Kevin Pugh, Kim Greco, and Judy Ross. During her illustrious career, Andrea has performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Toronto as well as other guest performances across the continent.
Andrea has danced with the Shevchenko Dance Company, as well as dancing in TV productions as a special performer. Andrea also had the opportunity to dance alongside Toronto Dance Theatre and Ballet Jorgen and as a core dancer for Tanglewood Productions and Daytime and Celebrity Productions. Recently, Andrea started dancing with DLNW and Arabesque Dance Company. Andrea has received numerous choreography awards over the years from Terpsichore, Star Power, Bedazzled, and Kick It Up. She has successfully put through RAD candidates from grade 1 – advanced 2 with distinction.
Andrea’s main concern is always for the education and success of her students in RAD exams, and the competitive competition circuit. Andrea is a nurturing yet demanding teacher that expects a 150% effort from her students to keep them focused on the end result. She believes strongly in giving concrete goals for students to work towards to be accountable. All of this is part of her teaching methodology for success. As a mother and teacher of an aspiring young competitive dancer herself, Andrea is committed to nurturing creativity, musicality, artistry and molding young dancers bodies and minds.