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 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 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.
"Katie grew up in Little Britain, Ontario and began dancing at the age of 3. She has performed and competed in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Contemporary. She is an Associate in the BATD Ballet syllabus and has trained in RAD as well. After years competing, she completed the P101 dance program at George Brown College. Katie then began dancing on Carnival Cruise Lines for 3 years doing broadway/vegas style shows while travelling the world. She began teaching at CDE in 2017 until 2019. After teaching in Toronto for a year, she is back and excited to meet you all!”
Kiersten Neuman was born and raised in Pembroke, Ontario, and has been dancing her whole life.
She began competing at the age of 6 as she grew to discover her love of dance. Kiersten has been a member of CDE Dance Academy since the age of 8 and has competed and trained along side regional and national titles winning classes in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Acro, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theater. Kiersten has been examined in advanced levels of Jazz and Ballet through the ADAPT and Society of Russian Ballet syllabus. Kiersten has accomplished this all while studying hard in school and modelling. She is excited to instill a positive learning experience to young minds while showing them the magic of dance.
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!