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The ADA Team — a passion for the art of dance

74ea983b6d3c1e902f3c559771d8298620974987a4e4b17483786b41afb91c0f Brittany DeRose-Sousa

Co-director/head ballet mistress


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.

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508eb2188ce1f12854c72a4de9389abf4c7d87b727b95f51118fecad16dd0a03Mindy DeRose-Small


MLDMA, MBATD, PAEC, PAA, Alixa flexibility I

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 16 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. Mindy is now one of the proud new owners of Annemarie’s Dance Academy in Orangeville Ontario, where she grew up training under the instruction of Annemarie Reynolds. Mindy 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.

Mindy has been recognized for her many talents with a number of Choreography Awards and Creative Concept Awards. 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, a Dance Canada Cup 2014 for her Into The Light choreography and a Dance Canada Cup 2017 for her Vikings choreography. Recently her students have had the opportunity to compete in the Legacy Dance Championships Showdown of the Legends in Myrtle Beach winning the title of Junior Advanced Champions for 2017 and Mini Champions and 13 & over Advanced Champions 2015. Mindy’s students hold reigning 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, Mini Miss Dance Canada 2016, 1st & 2nd runner up Senior Miss Dance Canada, Mini Miss Dance Canada 2017 and 1st runner up Senior Miss Dance Canada. Many more of her students of gone to compete in Germany, Poland and Spain (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.


Tristen Daigle

competitive & recreational instructor


Tristen started dancing with Annemarie’s Dance Academy at the age of 3. After being part of the competitive program for many years her love of dance grew and was inspired by her former instructors to pass her adoration of dance to others. Tristen has had years of training in many disciplines and after becoming a member of the British Association of dance she now focusses her teaching on jazz, tap, lyrical, and musical theatre. She brings her enthusiasm and passion for the arts into every one of her classes and hopes to pass this onto all of her students!

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Samantha Selihar

ballet instructor


Samantha is an accomplished competitive dancer who realized her passion for dance at a young age. After graduating from the competitive dance team, she studied human anatomy and physiology at Sheridan College in the General Arts and Science program and soon after completed the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies to become a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. Most recently, Samantha has continued to fuel her thirst for knowledge by attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education, during which she received the Iris Truscott Scholarship. She is also certified with Acrobatic Arts (AAC2), Progressing Ballet Technique, ADAPT, is a proud member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance, and is AcroDance Competition Adjudicator Certified.

Samantha’s career as a dance educator began when she taught the town’s Parks and Recreation dance program at the studio. She has since spent many Saturday mornings teaching the youngest dancers as well as many late nights coaching the most advanced level dancers. She is extremely proud of her students, some of whom have gone on to pursue professional dance careers.

Samantha’s teaching style and enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge with aspiring dancers ensures that all students receive technical training that meets the highest international standards, while training and coaching students to achieve their own personal goals. Samantha promotes professional etiquette, healthy attitudes, and mutual respect for everyone, setting the stage for a positive learning environment where students receive a broad dance education.

Samantha Selihar

Malika Mowinski

CONTEMporary & technique Instructor

Malika thoroughly enjoys sharing her passion for dance through teaching and choreography. She is an ABT Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary to Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Malika is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and Acrobatic Arts. She is a freelance choreographer and guest teacher based out of Orangeville, ON- doing guest classes, choreography, and intensives for studios across Ontario. Her choreography has been selected multiple times to perform at “Fever After Dark” and “Toronto’s Original Choreographer’s Ball”. She is on faculty with Dance Attack and was a weekly teacher at the Underground Dance Centre while residing in Toronto. Malika’s teaching and choreography continues to evolve as she works with, and is inspired by her students.

Malika Mowinski

Destiny Smith 

Hip Hop instructor

Destiny Smith began dancing at the age of 11, competing at age 12 and since then has trained in   Hip-hop, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Heels and Contemporary.  Attending Eastwood Collegiate Institute, and graduating the Integrated Arts Program with Majors in both Drama and Dance and is currently attending Wilfrid Laurier University studying Sociology. Through the years she has had the opportunity to train with many reputable companies. Notably, Airtight under the direction of Nick Tull, and The Girls Club under Tamina Pollack-Paris in various shows and competitions.
As well as participating in many dance conventions such as The Pulse on Tour, V.I.P Dance Events, The Main Event and Radix. Destiny has Choreographed and Competed with the Wilfrid Laurier University Competitive Dance team. As well as being Paraprofessional Dance Teacher for the Waterloo Region District School Board primarily for Eastwood Collegiate Institute. Having a passion for both learning and teaching dance, Destiny is very excited to be working with the students at ADA Dance Co. this year.

Madalynne Premus


Maddie started dancing at age 5 and then moved to ADA Dance Co at age 9 where she received the majority of her dance training.  Maddie trained recreationally until age 7, when her love for dance grew and she started to dance competitively. During her time as a competitive dancer, her love only continued to grow and she earned her British Association of Teachers in Dance certificate to become an instructor. Over the years, Maddie has trained and competed in a wide variety of styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and acro, as well as hip-hop, tap and musical theatre. Maddie hopes to pass her love of dance on to all her students through her positive and enthusiastic teaching techniques.


Karlie Milks


Biography and photo coming soon…

Courtney Turvill


Biography and photo coming soon…

Paige Turvill


Biography and photo coming soon…