The ADA Team — a passion for the art of dance

Brittany DeRose

Co-director/head ballet mistress
RAD, RTS, BATD, PAEC, PAA

Brittany was only 3 years old when she began her dance career. As her skills developed so did her passion and love for dance, there was absolutely no doubt in her mind that dance would forever be a major part of her life.

Since that time Brittany has not only become an accomplished teacher with her ballet students successfully entered for examinations, but she has also achieved her membership with the British Association of Dance, she is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and she is a member of the P.A.E.C., she has also earned her P.A.A. (Professional Adjudicators Alliance). While aspiring to achieve all of her goals Brittany knew that muscle development and injury prevention were also important which is why she has also acquired her teacher’s certificate in Pilates with emphasis on mat and reformer work.

Mindy DeRose-Small

co-director/instructor
MLDMA, MBATD, PAEC

Mindy is an accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer who has taken the dance world by storm. She received all of her dance training at Annemarie’s Dance Academy, and brings with her many years of experience specializing in Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Lyrical and Ballet. During her years of training Mindy has had the opportunity and the privilege to compete at regional and national levels of competition across Canada and the United States. Mindy has won many Special Awards and overalls including the opportunity of dancing on the nationally televised Showstopper Finals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Mindy has been teaching in Ontario for over 14 years and is an active member of Maple Leaf Dance Masters chapter 43 certified in Acrobatics, The British Association of Teachers in Dance certified in Jazz and Tap, as well as a committee member of the Performing Arts Educators of Canada certified in Acrobatics. She has had the privilege to travel to Los Angeles, New York City and Florida to have the opportunity to meet and participate in Master classes with some of the industry’s top choreographers such as Travis Wall, Brian Freedman, Bobby Newberry, Mia Michaels, Blake McGrath, Tabitha & Napoleon, tWitch, Mandy Moore, Benji Schwimmer (Winner of SYTYCD Season 2), Miles Faber (SYTYCDC), Everett Smith (SYTYCDC) and many more.

Mindy has been recognized for her many talents with a number of Choreography Awards and Creative Concept Awards, she has also choreographed a piece for the Dance Canada show dance team which travelled to Greece the summer of 2006. Her past and present students have been honoured with the opportunity to dance and compete in the Showstopper National final top 10 dance off in 2006 and 2010, as well as the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge National Final top 10 dance off in 2008 and Starpower 2013, Dance Canada Cup 2013 for her Snow White & The Huntsman choreography and a Dance Canada Cup 2014 for her Into The Light choreography. Recently her students have had the opportunity to compete in the Legacy Dance Championships Showdown of the Legends in Myrtle Beach winning the titles of Mini Champions and 13 & over Advanced Champions. Mindy’s students hold reigning and current titles of Mini Miss Dance Canada 2012, Teen Miss Dance Canada 2013 and Mister Dance Canada 2013, Junior Miss Dance Canada 2014, Miss Dance Canada 2014, Miss Dance Canada 2015 and Mini Miss Dance Canada 2016. Many more of her students of gone to compete in Germany and Poland (representing Canada) on the Show Dance, Jazz, Ballet and Modern Teams as well as the Canadian National Tap Team.

Mindy’s passion and love for dance combined with her constant enthusiasm and charisma towards her students creates a positive and successful classroom environment.

Annemarie Reynolds

instructor
BATD, PAEC

Annemarie has been teaching dance for over 30 years.  She began her training with JoAnne Chapman where she received her teacher’s qualifications and from there opened up her own studio Annemarie’s Dance Academy in Orangeville.  Ms. Reynolds has had much success with her students winning many titles and overalls throughout the past 26 years in business.  Some of her students have gone on to dance in companies, on cruise lines, commercials, ‘The Next Step’ as well as teach and open up their own studios.  She is very proud of her students and their accomplishments.

Ms. Reynolds was trained in many disciplines but now devotes her time to teaching tap, jazz, lyrical and musical theatre.  Annemarie was a past member on the Canadian Tap Team that competed in Riesa Germany at the World Tap Dancing Championships as well as a choreographer for the Canadian Tap Team and frequently represents Canada on the judging panel at the Worlds. Many of her students have been members on team Canada competing successfully at the world level in ballet, modern, jazz, showdance and tap.

When not at the studio Annemarie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, sappy movies and watching hockey

Christine McDougall

INSTRUCTOR
MLDMA, MBATD, BA (CHILD STUDIES). LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN ACROBATICS

Ms. Christine starting dancing with Joanne Chapman at the age of seven. she has been a member of the Annemarie’s Dance Academy teaching staff for over 20 years. She brings the passion and love she has for dance to each one of her classes. Many of her students have won many outstanding awards including mini miss dance and junior miss dance. Ms. Christine’s choreography has also been recognized and awarded at many competitions.

” I have had the pleasure of watching and being part of children grow up through dance and become outstanding young adults. This is my most treasured accomplishment “.

Adele Power

INSTRUCTOR

Adèle is a graduate of Mayfield School of the Arts, University of Toronto, ENG/HST B.A Hons, and has attained her Sheridan College Musical Theatre Performance diploma where she was the recipient of the George V. Young Acting Award.  Her favorite role yet motherhood, has her on her toes as she discovers all that 3 active kids have to offer!

Adele studied modern in the professional division at Toronto Dance Theatre.  At her time at Sheridan, she was appointed dance captain in several shows , played the lead role ‘ELIZABETH’  in a contemporary dance show , supporting role Nickie in the production of ‘Sweet Charity’ , the lead role Rachel in a workshop production of ‘Scoring A Hit’, and was a featured singer in several shows.  Adele has performed in a live industrial for Bell Canada, the Thousand Islands Playhouse’s production of ‘My Fair lady’, and a season with the Toronto Argonaut Cheerleaders. Adele has a teaching career spanning 20 yrs  and holds teaching certification with the R.A.D.   Her choreography credits include: ‘Dark Lady’ and ‘Putnam’s 25th Annual Spelling Bee’ at York University’s Theatre Glendon, opening ceremony for 2nd annual, ‘Women Moving Forward’ conference.  Adele has also had the pleasure of working with San Andreas’ professional Samba Dance Company as a guest ballet teacher, guest modern teacher at York University in their workshop series, and completed two terms with the Toronto Dance Project.

Luke Zuliani

Hip hop and Tap instructor
ABATD

Luke has been dancing since the age of 2 with Annemarie’s Dance Academy. He is an accomplished dancer and teacher. Luke has won many awards over the years; bronze medal at the tap worlds, Mr Teen Dance Canada, Mr Dance Canada and Mr Starpower. He has had the honour to be part of the world tap team and world hip hop team. Luke can recently be seen in the YTV series The Next Step, as Zac in the B troupe.

Mr Zuliani is in his fourth year of teaching. He brings his love of dance to each one of his students. His classes are always high energy. Luke’s choreography has been recognized throughout Canada and the United States.

Melissa Young

Kinder Rhythm Instructor

Melissa is thrilled to be joining the amazing teaching team at ADA. her love for teaching young children and for dance has provided her with great opportunities. Melissa has been working in Orangeville for 14 years as an Early Childhood Educator and currently runs her own home daycare business. Melissa herself grew up dancing at ADA for eight years and developed such a passion for dance which she has passed on to her two daughters.

Melissa looks forward to bringing the love of dance into your child’s lives as they join ADA.

Arin Moynihan

ABATD

Arin began dancing at the age of 6 at Annemarie’s Dance Academy. Arin trains in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and her two favourites Acrobatics and Hip Hop. She has been competing with the Annemarie’s Dance Academy competitive team for 9 years and competes locally and nationally winning group, and solo overalls. Arin has just recently passed her B.A.T.D teachers exam receiving a mark of “Highly Commended”. Arin has been inspired and pushed to be her best by all her teachers at Annemarie’s Dance Academy and hopes to do the same for her students.