Marika Tselonis

Operations Director

Marika has been dancing since the age of three and has been a devoted member of the Dance London family since 2006. She has trained in many styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, contemporary, and hip hop. Marika has attended dance conventions all over North America, learning from some of the world’s top choreographers. Marika began teaching in 2012 after many years of assisting the DL family. In all of her classes across all age groups, Marika strongly believes in creating a fun, positive environment for every dancer that challenges them in a positive and encouraging way.

After years of dancing, Marika graduated from Western University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts with an Honors Specialization in Sociology in 2014 and a Diploma in Public Relations in 2016.

In 2020, after an illustrious career as Digitial Marketing Strategist at a leading eCommerce agency, Marika decided to follow her passion and join the Dance London faculty full-time as Operations Director. She is thrilled to call Dance London her home and continue to enrich those around her through the passion and art of dancing.

If you see Marika running around the studio with her head in her laptop; stop her to say hi and quote your favourite Beyoncé song – it’ll make her day!

Lisa Halpenny

Artistic Director

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!

Keemia Abbaszadeh

Keemia started dancing at 4 years old and was thrilled to join the Dance London family when she was 13. She has trained in ballet, jazz, musical theatre, acro, lyrical, and her personal favourite, contemporary. In 2013, Keemia began assisting at Dance London and later was a counsellor at Dance London’s summer camps. She has 5 years of teaching experience as a ski instructor at Boler Mountain.

Keemia is currently studying to complete a Bachelor of Management & Organizational Studies at Western University and has taken university-level dance courses as well as choreographed flash mobs for students all across Canada. She believes that dance truly is for everyone, and loves how dance classes help dancers grow and develop both inside and outside the studio. Keemia is so excited to be back at Dance London and cannot wait to share her love for dance with the DL family.

Amelia Barnes

Amelia joined the Dance London family at age 13, after retiring as a competitive gymnast. Since joining, she has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Pointe, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre and her personal favourite, Acro! In 2017, she became a part of the Dance London Performance Company which she loves more than anything.

You’ll never see Amelia happier than when she’s dancing, which is why teaching is so important to her. “When I see the smiles on all the little dancers’ faces while they’re in class, it just fills me with so much joy. Dance is such a beautiful way to express yourself, and being able to share that with the kids at such a young age is an amazing experience!”

Emma Chaddock

Emma has been a part of the Dance London Family since she was 6 years old and began taking classes in jazz, ballet and tap. Since then she has trained in other styles such as hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, and pointe. She has attended dance conventions like CoDance, The Dance Project, Jump and Nuvo across North America and has learned from world-famous choreographers. Emma became a teaching assistant at the studio in 2016 and a camp counsellor for Dance London summer camps. Emma has been a member of the Dance London Performance Company since 2014 and has performed at community events around the city.

Dance is Emma’s greatest passion and she could not be more grateful to be able to share her passion with others when teaching dance. She absolutely loves seeing dancers express themselves and do what they love.

Samantha Delmage

Samantha began dancing at Dance London at age 3. She has trained in the styles of Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro and Hip Hop. She has attended conventions across North America since age 7, where she has had the opportunity to learn from top choreographers. Samantha was a member of Dance London Performance Company from 2013 to 2018. She became a teacher’s assistant at age 12 and become a counsellor at Dance London’s dance camps at age 16. Samantha currently attends Western University, who she dances competitively for.

Dance has always been Samantha’s passion and wants to share the love she has for the art form with her students. She aspires to encourage her dancers and help them express themselves in a safe and happy environment.

Seiko Flynn

Seiko has been part of the Dance London family since she was 4 years old. She has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, pointe, and contemporary. When she was 11 years old, Seiko attended the Quinte Ballet School of Canada for their summer program in Belleville, Ontario. She became a teaching assistant in 2014 and a counsellor at the Dance London summer camps. In 2017, Seiko began teaching her own classes as part of the Dance London faculty. Seiko was a member of the Dance London Performance Company from 2013 to 2020, performing at London Lighting, Harlem Globetrotter, and NHL games. In 2017, Seiko won the CCH Dance Award. She has participated in dance conventions such as The Dance Project, Dance Attack and NUVO. Seiko is currently attending King’s at Western University.

With a passion for dance, Seiko aspires to not only teach dance technique, but encourage dancers to express themselves and make dance an enjoyable part of their life. “I love being part of the Dance London family, teaching young dancers, and helping them achieve their goals. When my students succeed in learning new steps, their proud smiles light up the room, and that’s my favourite part.”

Teresa Fry

B.Ed

Teresa has been teaching at Dance London since its beginning 18 years ago and considers the staff and students an extended family. She holds a Bachelor of Education from UWO and absolutely loves teaching, whether at the dance studio or in her classroom at school. Teresa has taught dance workshops in schools throughout the TVDSB and has even traveled to Antigua where she choreographed 2 shows for the Antigua Youth Theatre. Teresa has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, lyrical and gymnastics and continues to attend conventions and workshops, including the Paula Morgan Dance Intensive in Los Angeles, to increase her knowledge of teaching and the changing styles in dance.

Erin Gray

B.Ed

Erin began dancing at the age of six and has called Dance London her home for the majority of her dance career. She grew up with many opportunities travelling to different conventions and workshops to expand her love for dance, and work with some of the top choreographers in the industry. Erin began assisting and teaching at the studio as a teenager where her passion for both teaching and learning from her students began, and at this time she was also featured in a Dove campaign for Real Beauty. After graduating high school, Erin moved to southern California to begin training with The Young Americans, a non-profit performing arts group that travels to different countries teaching workshops and performing. She had the opportunity to live, travel, teach, and perform in countries such as Germany, Holland, Japan, and the United States. She was also chosen to perform in New York City’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and on various television and radio stations in Germany, Japan, and America.

Erin has received her Bachelor of Arts with an Honors Specialization in Childhood and Social Institutions from Western University. Erin graduated with her Bachelor of Education with qualifications in Family Studies, Social Sciences, and Dance and is ecstatic to be a Teacher with Thames Valley District School Board. Erin continues to feel so honoured to be a part of the Dance London family as a guest faculty member!

Rachel Hershoran

Amanda Hishon

Amanda was born in Kitchener, Ontario and is currently studying Dental Hygiene at Fanshawe College. She began her dance training at the young age of two years old and studied many different styles such as jazz, ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical, acro, hip-hop, and musical theatre. Amanda has completed all her ballet exams with the national ballet school up to the intermediate level. She dedicated fourteen years of her life training very hard to become the strongest dancer she could be. Amanda started competing when she was four years old and continued until the age of sixteen; she loved being on stage. If she had to pick a favourite style of dance it would be between jazz and musical theatre. She is extremely excited to be apart of the Dance London community.

Amanda’s love for dance has changed from a hobby to a passion over the past 17 years and now she’s decided to give back her love by teaching young kids her passion.

Morgan Lewis

Abbey MacDonald

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.

Maggie Martin

Maggie has been a member of the Dance London family since she was 9 years old. She has trained in many styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, hip hop, acro, lyrical and contemporary. Maggie was also a member of the Dance London Performance Company for five years where, in her final year, she performed as Dorothy in DLPC goes to Oz. In 2016 she became a teaching assistant and went on to become a Dance London Summer Camp Counsellor in 2019.

Maggie loves to share her passion for dance with all of her students. The goal she strives for in each of her classes is to ensure that students have the ability to express themselves freely and leave the class smiling. Dance London will forever be Maggie’s second family!

Emma Mastrandrea

Emma joined the Dance London family at age 4. She has trained in multiple different styles of dance including Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro, Hip-Hop, and Tap. Emma was also part of Dance London Performance Company for 5 years, where she had numerous performance opportunities including half-time shows at Budweiser Gardens, the Worley Village Halloween parade, and school workshops. Emma enjoyed assisting kids at Dance London for 4 years, where she learned many different techniques on teaching.

Emma thinks of Dance London as her second family and wants to make sure each and every one of her students feel safe, happy, and able to be themselves within the walls of Dance London Studio. Her goal is to make sure each student leaves the studio with a smile as well as excitement for the upcoming week.

Katharine McCormack

Acrobatic Arts Certified
Katharine has devoted her life to dance starting at the young age of three. Throughout Katharine’s life, she has been involved in gymnastics and dance, with acrobatics being her strong suit. Katharine has been a competitive dancer since she was seven years old winning many overalls, awards and scholarships for solos, groups and duets over the years. Katharine has also received highly commended on her premiere level acro BATD examination and is Acrobatic Arts Certified. Katharine has been trained in disciplines such as jazz, acro, lyrical, modern, ballet, contemporary and more.

Katharine has been a teacher to many amazing dancers for the past 5 years. Katharine also teaches at Absolute Dance in many disciplines such as acro, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, Ballet, Musical Theatre and more! Katharine was the choreographer for the 2018 London Dance Festival, was the captain on the UWO Dance Force team, choreographed multiple Canada Day parades and has choreographed and danced in many Dance Shows at Saunders S.S and Oakridge S.S.

Katharine is currently attending Brescia University studying Leadership and Sociology and keeping her love for dance close to her heart by also taking a minor in dance at Western University. Katharine is overjoyed every time she teaches dance, especially at Dance London where the community is so strong!

Jamie Moore

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.’

Brianna Moretti

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.

Danielle Munoz

Danielle has been dancing since she was 4 years old, first at a community program and then at a dance company in Pickering where she quickly became part of the competitive team. She competed in Canada and the US winning overalls and scholarships for group dances as well as her individual solos. At her studio, she studied B.A.T.D. in ballet, jazz and tap and completed her Associates in jazz/tap. She also excelled at musical theatre, modern, hip hop and song and dance. She pursued dance at the University level earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours degree in dance at York University along with her Bachelor of Education to become a Secondary Teacher specializing in dance and music. During this time, she was part of both Steppin’ Out, a community theatre production company and Vanier College Productions (VCP) which was a York initiative and performed for all of her 5 years in university in various roles as a dancer, singer and actor. As well, during this time, she also choreographed routines for various schools and companies including VCP. She has worked as a dance teacher since she was 17 at Attitudes in Markham and has taught dance to kids 4 – 18 years old. Recently, she spent 2 years in England teaching English, Drama and Dance and also helped to organize after school dance programs. She is currently on the Thames Valley District School Board as a secondary occasional teacher and is waiting for the day she can have her own classroom.

Abby Nixon

Abby has been dancing since the age of three and has been a part of the Dance London family since 2009. She has trained in various styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, pointe, tap and lyrical. Abby has attended many dance conventions over the years such as NUVO, Co.Dance and JUMP where she had the opportunity to learn from famous choreographers. Abby was also a part of DLPC for two years where she performed at Harlem Globetrotter games, London Lightning games, various elementary schools in London and more. Abby received the dance award from her graduating class at Mountsfield Public School in 2017.

Abby is currently attending South Secondary School and will be graduating this year as part of the class of 2021. In her grade 10 dance class in 2019, Abby was awarded the dance award. At school, she was also a part of the South Dance Company in 2019 and was the company’s Dance Captain. This company allowed her to learn from choreographers from all over Canada as well as participate in masterclasses and workshops. She has been on her school’s dance team since 2017 and has performed and choreographed for many of her school’s dance shows throughout her high school years. Abby became a dance teaching assistant in 2015 and began teaching at Dance London in 2019. Abby loves working with children and is so excited to teach and share her love of dance with all her students.

Kelly Noorloos

Kelly graduated from Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. She has worked with the US International Ballet in Wilmington, NC and with EKO Dance International Project in Turin, Italy.

Lauren Panabaker

Lauren joined our Dance London family when she was 4 years old in 2008. She has trained in multiple dance styles throughout the years including jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical, pointe, musical theatre, acro, and hip hop. Lauren also joined our Dance London Performance Company at 8 years old when it first began and has played various roles including the lion in Wizard of Oz, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, and the clock in Beauty and the Beast. As a member of DLPC, Lauren has performed at many public venues such as Harlem Globetrotters, London Lightning, and The Modern Mom Show to name a few.

In her earlier years at DL, she had the opportunity to attend multiple dance conventions in London and in the US. Lauren participated at Co. Dance, NUVO, and JUMP in cities such as Chicago, New York, and Boston, and won a dance scholarship at age 10. These experiences enhanced her love for dance and boosted her confidence to help her strive to be the best version of herself as a dancer.

In 2017, Lauren became a Dance London assistant where she gained a better understanding of how to be an effective and inspiring teacher. With all of her years of dancing, Laurens’s main goal is to be the best role model for her students and share her passion and love for dance with anyone she teaches.

Natalie Priamo

Natalie began dancing at age five and has been a part of Dance London since 2010. She has trained in many styles including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, hip hop, musical theatre and acro. Natalie enjoys attending dance conventions and learning from a variety of choreographers like Stacey Tookey and Travis Wall. She was a scholarship winner at Co Dance convention in 2012. Being a part of DLPC for four years, Natalie has performed at London Lightning games, Harlem Globetrotter games, various elementary schools in London and much more. She is a five-time winner of the Dance London choreography competition and has worked at the Dance London summer camps. Natalie is currently attending Catholic Central High School. She loves working with children and is eager to approach every task with confidence and leadership. Natalie is very passionate about dance and hopes to keep dancing for the rest of her life.

Allison Rodowa

Allison has been dancing since the age of 7. She danced at Dance Steps Studio where she trained in many styles of dance including RAD ballet (up to and including Advanced II), jazz, tap, acro, lyrical, contemporary and musical theatre. In 2011, Allison had the pleasure of partaking in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Summer School Intensive. Allison competed in many dance competitions throughout her dance career. She has received various awards as a dance soloist, including many First Place Overall Soloist Awards and First Place Overall High Score Awards. Allison was in 3 of The Grand Theatre’s High School Project Productions including Legally Blonde, Addams Family and Hello Dolly. She was the dance captain for 2 of these productions as well as having a lead role in Hello Dolly. Allison was also the choreographer for The Grand Theatre’s Spring High School Project Production Much Ado About Nothing.

Allison is a Geography of Public Health and Environment major and Dance minor student at The University of Western Ontario. Allison has taught ballet up to and including Advanced I level, as well as other dance forms. Additionally, Allison has coached gymnastics at London Gymnastics Academy. This is her first year teaching at Dance London. She is very excited to share her love of dance with her students.

Ruth Anne Rogerson

Ruth Anne Rogerson

Founder

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.

Mikayla Sullivan

Mikayla started dancing at Dance London at the age of 9 and has been a member of DLPC since she was 11. She is a very energetic person, which made dance the perfect fit for her. One thing she enjoys most about dance is performing, you’ll always see her smiling on and off the stage. She loves to dance because it’s a “fun way to stay active”. Her favourite styles are jazz and hip hop.

Mikayla loves to share her energy and joy for dance with the little ones. She believes that dance is about having a good time and taking the time to channel your emotions in a positive way, something very important to start doing at a young age.