Your Directors/Teachers


Christine Armstrong

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 most recently added Acro Adjudication to her resume! She has been working as a dance instructor for 35 years, and has produced many competitive students with professional standings.


Dana Flipsen

Dana Flipsen is one of the 3 owners of our studio and she grew up in St. John’s, NL, where she began dancing at the age of 3.  Trained in her hometown, and then at the National School of Ballet, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, she has been examined in Jazz, Modern, Tap, Ballet, Progressing Ballet Technique, Highland and Latin Ballroom.
Dana is a Certified Teacher for BATD (British Association for Teachers of Dancing), ISTD (Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance), IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association), SRB (The Society of Russian Ballet), CDA (Contemporary Dance Association), PBT(Progressing Ballet Technique), and DVIDA(Dance Vision International Dance Association). She will be clueing up her advanced teacher certification in Ballet, Modern and Highland this year.  Miss Dana is also a proud member of the Professional Adjudication Alliance, and has travelled across Canada judging dance competitions. Dana also holds memberships with the Canadian Dance Assembly, and Canadian Association of Dance Artists, Dance Ontario, and the International Dance Council.


Erin DeHaan

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, competing 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.  She completed her education at TTS, ADAPT, earning her tap and jazz teacher's certification, in 2014.  She is also a certified teacher of Jazz and Tap with BATD and Dance Masters of America (DMA), and in Progressing Ballet Tecnique (PBT).  Miss Erin also holds her membership with the Canadian Dance Assembly, Canadian Association of Dance Artists, and is also a member of the Professional Adjudication Alliance.


Paige LeClair

Paige is originally from Prince Edward Island, where she started her Step Dancing dance career in at the age of three. She joined the Judy MacLean Dancers and for over ten years performed at various events, fundraisers and concerts and as regular performer at Rainbow Valley. Paige has travelled across Canada, and has won many awards for her dancing, fiddling and choreography.  She has had the opportunity to perform with some of the best entertainers in the country, including Stephanie Cadman, Richard Wood, Ivan Hicks, and Ben Rutz.


Over the last decade Paige has had the opportunity to teach Step Dancing in various provinces at reputable dance studios: College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside, PEI and the Bonnie Kilburn Dance Studio in Fredericton, NB.


In recent years, Paige has performed with the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in their seasonal production of Highland Storm, where she was both a principal dancer, fiddler, vocalist and dance captain. Her most notable performance was for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Prince Edward Island in 2011. Some of her other accomplishments in the performing arts include: opening for the RCMP Musical Ride, performing with Breakfast Television, opening for the PEI Music Awards.


Since relocating to Petawawa in 2018, she has been working to receive her Associate BATD in Traditional Step Dancing and Highland, and continues to pursue dance performing within the community and dancing with the 2 CMBG Pipes and Drums.


Paige is excited to be returning to CDE Dance Academy for the 2020-2021 dance season teaching Little Steps, Nursery, Tap, Step Dancing and Highland


Sarah Tough

Sarah Tough 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 adults and kids!

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Carly Wentzell

Carly Wentzell was born and raised in Pembroke, Ontario, and she started dancing when she was 3 years old.  She began competing with step dancing when she was just 5 years old, and as she grew she discovered the love of many other dance forms.  Carly was a member of the very first CDE Dance Academy Competition Team, back in 2012, and she stayed with our studio until graduating high school .  She competed and trained along side regional and national winning classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre.  Carly has been examined in advanced levels of tap and jazz through ADAPT, as well as in ballet through the Society of Russian Ballet.  Carly started helping us with our younger classes when she was in her early teens.  She has always been excited to learn new ways to motivate and to instil positive learning experiences to young minds.  We are thrilled to welcome Carly back to the studio, and she is excited to be wearing this "different hat" within CDE Dance Academy.