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Meet The Teachers


Christine Armstrong

Acro, Tap, Jazz

Christine Armstrong is one of of the 3 owners of our studio, and she grew up in Brampton, Ontario, where she danced since the age of four, and attended a performing arts high school.  She trained at JoAnne Chapman's School of Dance as an open amateur, and as professional  by sixteen years of age. Christine trained in ballet (RAD and Cechetti), acro, tap, jazz (BATD and ADAPT), receiving advanced accreditations.  Christine is also Certified teacher in Acro Dance through Dance Masters of America (DMA), Acrobatic Arts, Acrobatique and BATD, and has been working as a dance instructor for 35 years.  She has produced many competitive students with professional standings.

Dana Flipsen

Ballet, Modern

Dana Flipsen is one of the three owners of our studio!  She began dancing at the age of three, and has been learning ever since.  She was trained with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, as well as the National Ballet of Canada, and has also performed with Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, and a Canadian Tour with The Black Eyed Peas.  She has been examined in Jazz, Modern Theatre, Tap, and Ballet, but she is our resident "Bun Head."  Miss Dana is a qualified teacher and full member for BATD (British Associstion for Teachers of Dancing), ISTD (Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance), IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association), as well as The Society of Russian Ballet.  Her qualifications include advanced levels in I.S.T.D. Jazz, Tap and Modern Theatre, an Associate Diploma through ISTD in Cecchetti Ballet, an Associate Diploma through IDTA for Ballet, and Full Teacher Status from The Contemporary Dance Association.   Miss Dana is also a member of the Professional Adjudication Alliance, and travels across Canada annually judging dance competitions.    Memberships also include: Canadian Dance Assembly, Dance Ontario, Canadian Association of Dance Artists, and International Dance Council.  Miss Dana continues to take more courses locally, and abroad, in order to bring the most up to date training available to our students.  She is currently pursuing her BA in Education, with a Major in Dance Education, through the University of Surrey.

Erin DeHaan

Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz

Erin is one of the three owners of our studio!  She was born and raised in Pembroke, and has been dancing since the age of nine. Her background consists of tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, and hip hop.  Erin has travelled the world, competeing and performing in many different regional and national competitions.  She finished her competitive circuit in Florida, USA, at Walt Disney World.  Throughout her years of training, she has won many high ranking scores and scholarships.  Miss Erin has finished her tap and jazz exams under the ADAPT Syllabus, and her ballet training through RAD and Cechetti.  She has also trained under Darin Kyle, a past world tap champion.  Erin completed her education at TTS, ADAPT, earning her tap and jazz teacher's papers, in 2014.  She is also a certified teacher of Jazz and Tap with BATD and Dance Masters of America (DMA).   Miss Erin also holds membership with the Canadian Dance Assembly, and Canadian Association of Dance Artists.  Erin is extremely proud and excited to be a part owner and teacher at CDE Dance Academy.

Katie Piper


Katie is a professional dancer from Lindsay, Ontario.  She has taken workshops with Blake McGrath, Mia Michaels, and many other choreographers throughout the years.  She has received ballet scholarships, her B.A.T.D. Associate Membership in Ballet, Jazz, Stage, and Tap, and has been trained in R.A.D. as well.  After graduating from the P101 Dance Certificate program at George Brown College, Katie became a dancer on Carnival Cruise Lines for over 3 years.  She taught dance classes to all ages, and performed in the nightly shows on the Carnival Destiny, Victory, Liberty, and Imagination cruise ships.  Katie is excited to join the CDE Dance Academy Team!

Sarah Tough

Nursery, Ballet

Sarah put on her first tutu at the age of 5. After that there was no turning back. She studied ballet and contemporary for 20 years. Growing up in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Sarah had the opportunity to learn all different disciplines of dance, including, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Song and Dance and Lyrical. She audition for many ballet schools including Royal Winnipeg and National Ballet of Canada. Sarah was accepted into the summer program at the National Ballet School of Canada and was invited to join the year program when she was 13. She has completed all the required exams in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus including Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate. She has also completed two exams in Cecchetti. When she was 18, Sarah auditioned and was accepted into the Alvin Ailey School of Dance or the Ailey School. She had the opportunity to learn techniques from Horton Modern, Ballet, Body Conditioning and West African Dance. Due to an injury, Sarah wasn’t able to continue dancing with Alvin Ailey in New York. Throughout her dancing career, Sarah participated in fundraising shows for the 2006 Tsunami, Haiti Earthquake and a special project with elders brought into the care homes of her hometown Mission. Miss Sarah is looking forward to bringing a little west coast style to Ontario and looks forward to teaching your kids!

Toni Sparkle

Adult Tap, Jazz

Mr Toni trained at Laine Arts Theatre Academy of London, England. Graduated with Double Distinctions in Musical Theatre and also a Master’s Degree in Shakespeare. West-End Theatre credits include; “Tonight’s the Night – The Rod Stewart Musical”. “Chicago the Musical”. “Fame the Musical”. National UK tour ‘42nd St”. Television credits include; “The Bill”. “Casualty”. “The Broker’s Man”. “Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple”. Registered Theatre Ontario Director. Qualified Dance Teacher of Tap, Musical Theatre & Fosse (Studied with Ann Reinking) Singer/Songwriter. Celebrated Ottawa Valley Entertainer and produced playwright. Film Maker. Ballroom and Latin Dance Champion. Accomplished artist and all around nice guy!

Brooke Schilling

Student Teacher: Nursery, Hip Hop

Miss Brooke has been dancing in Pembroke for 11 years, and for the last 9 of those, she has been taking classes from Christine, Dana and Erin.  She has taken examination classes in ADAPT, The Society of Russian Ballet, and BATD, and is an accomplished competitive dancer.  She has won several overall awards at various competitions we have gone to over the past 5 years.  She is currently undergoing her Ballet Associate Training with Miss Dana this year.  Brooke's confidence and stage presence brings both a taste of class and professionalism in, and out of our studio.  We are happy to see her sharing her love and passion of performing with some of our classes this year.