Lisa has been dancing since the young age of 2 1/2 at Jo Read School of Dance, completing all of her B.A.T.D in Acro, Jazz, Tap and Ballet. Acro has always been her favourite style of dance, being trained as a contortionist and gymnast throughout her dance career. Her love of dance has continued to grow throughout her life, and is something she wants to pass on to younger dancers. Lisa competed Provincially, Nationally and Internationally at all levels of competition, getting to experience workshops from other professionals, dance pageants, shows, different styles/disciplines and of course meeting new friends.
Lisa was a member of the Canadian National Showdance Team, where she represented Canada at the World Dance Championship in Riesa, Germany. The formations group of 24 dancers picked across Canada placed 3rd, receiving a bronze medal for Canada. Lisa also competed in the soloist division winning 1st place adding a gold medal for Canada that same year.
During the end of high school Lisa performed and choreographed for a few shows at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, also choreographing for So You Think You Can Dance Canada with Amy Wright for 3 Waltz performances. Lisa was Fanshawe College’s head coach of the dance team for 2 years, travelling to compete against other College/University’s.
Lisa went to school to become a Physiotherapist Assistant, and now runs conditioning classes for all athletes to prevent injuries, educate athletes, stretch properly and strengthen the big and small muscle groups. Her passion for dance is now combined with Physiotherapy and her athlete’s results are incredible!
Abbey has been dancing since the age of 6 and has been a part of the Dance London family for 12 years. She has trained in many styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, modern, and lyrical but tap has always inspired her the most. For the past four years, Abbey has also been an active member of the dance program at South Collegiate Institute as a dancer, choreographer, artistic director and member of the South Dance Company, giving her the opportunity to work with choreographers from all over North America, and participate in many master classes and workshops through the Toronto Dance Theatre and McMaster University.
On top of performing in Dance London’s annual year-end show, Abbey has performed locally for A-Channel, Art Harvest Festival, Western Fair, and most recently had the chance to perform alongside members of the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre at Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend in Toronto. In the past couple of years, Abbey has gone from being a class assistant to substituting for other teachers at Dance London, to teach during the summer dance camp programs, and is now excited to be teaching her own classes this year. Abbey can’t imagine her life without dance and cherishes every moment spent on stage or in the studio.
IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association) qualified in Ballet, Tap, Jazz (Modern) and Lyrical
Jamie started dance at the age of 6 in England where she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro and Lyrical dance. Competitions and exams were a routine part of her training. She was nominated for several student scholarships as a result of these exams and at the age of 12 won the Regional Tap Championship Award.
Jamie attended many seminars, conventions and summer schools, gaining a wealth of knowledge from many leading professionals in the industry. During her teenage years, she was part of her studios Teacher Apprentice Programme, much like Dance London’s Assistants program, which helped nurture her love for teaching.
Upon completion of her first teacher’s exam she moved to Cyprus to take on a full time teaching position, also furthering her teacher’s qualifications and training in the RAD method of ballet. After Cyprus, she moved to Norway for 5 years where her time was divided between teaching and performing professionally in a dance company. Finally ready to settle down, Jamie fulfilled her lifelong dream to move to Canada and was lucky enough to find Dance London almost immediately. ‘I love teaching with the Dance London Family and love the approach the studio take that every child is treated equally no matter how many classes they take. Dance London truly is our 2nd home.’
BATD Certification in Stage (Jazz & Tap) & Acrobatics
Brianna Moretti began dancing at the age of 4 at Joanne Chapman School Of Dance. She’s trained in various styles such as jazz, acro, tap, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre. She has been awarded distinction with her ballet examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance and has participated in her Solo Seal.
She has competed at both regional and national dance competitions and has been with Joanne Chapman school of dance when they have won both 2011 and 2015 Studio of the Year at The Dance Awards. Brianna has been fortunate enough to win many regional overalls and a National Title at the age of eleven. Her extensive training has given her the opportunities to work with Emmy award winners Travis Wall and Mandy Moore as well as broadway choreographer Al Blackstone.
Brianna is a graduate from Mayfield Secondary School Regional Arts Dance Program and a certified member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing in both Stage and Acrobatics. She has recently graduated from the University of Western Ontario in a Bachelor of Sciences with a Major in Medical Sciences and a Minor in Dance. She continues to share her passion for dance by educating young children about dance and the many benefits it has to offer.
Ruth Anne Rogerson
Ruth Anne is known around the studio as Mama Tap! Ruth Anne founded Dance London with her daughter Tammy Lechner in 1993. Ruth Anne retired in 2015 and Ashley Aarts had the honour of taking over Dance London. Ashley promised to always nurture and encourage the atmosphere Ruth Anne and Tammy created—a place that is fun, welcoming and inspiring for the students.
Ruth Anne is still keeping those dancing feet tap dancing! She remains part of our Dance London family and visits the studio often.