Laura-Jane Jeffery Operations Manager
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Miss Erin - Artistic Director
Erin started dancing as a young girl with the Lauri Morash School of Dance. She competed and performed throughout the Maritimes and Ontario winning the Most Promising Dancer at the first annual DanceAbition 23 years ago! Erin began teaching when she was 16 years old and knew that this was her passion and what she was meant to do. Erin completed her Associate Teaching Degree with the British Association of Teachers of Dance and received a Highly Commended, as well as her membership with A.D.A.P.T. She is currently the Artistic Director of Dance Zone and the Atlantic Dance Project. Erin is a well known instructor, performer and choreographer in the Maritimes and has a steadily growing list of choreography awards both in Canada and the US. She recently was the choreographer for Keshia Chante’s video “Rain” for the TV series Soul. She has extensive training in jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop and travels throughout Canada and the US to continue training and stay on the cutting edge of what’s new in the dance world.
Erin’s students have won countless overall awards, scholarships and International Grand-Champion titles. Graduated students have been hired by Disney Cruise Lines and have been involved in prestigious programs including The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Ryerson University, George Brown and NYU to mention a few. Erin’s genuine love for children and dance, along with her patience, dedication and high standards have made her a sought after instructor in the dance industry. Her goal as a teacher is to pass on her knowledge and instil in her students a love of the art.
Rebecca was born and raised in East Hants, Nova Scotia where her passion for performing developed at the tender age of four, and began her dance training at Lauri Morash School of Dance. Rebecca’s love for dance continued to flourish as she trained full-time under the instruction of Lauri Morash and Erin Hopewell at Dance Zone Performing Arts Centre in Elmsdale. Her desire to further develop her skills prompted her to participate in summer intensive programs at Quinte Ballet School and The National Ballet School of Canada. Always striving for further growth, upon graduation Rebecca attended Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario where she realized a passion for musical theatre and film acting. Rebecca’s talent was quickly noticed and she was cast in a number of films and productions in the Toronto area throughout her tenure.
After many years of study and practicum, Rebecca is now a qualified teacher and award-winning choreographer. She has obtained her certification in the A.D.A.P.T syllabus through their teacher-training program. Over the years, Rebecca has been nurturing her passion for teaching and choreography. She has travelled extensively around the East Coast sharing her knowledge and love of dance with students of all ages and varying dance genres. Rebecca takes pride in her versatility as both a dancer and an instructor and hopes to continue to share her craft with students throughout the Maritimes.
Rebecca is looking forward to the start of a new adventure in Pittsburgh and hopes to share her knowledge with dancers across North America! Rebecca is so excited to watch her Dance Zone family continue to grow and flourish in their skills and dance education, she looks forward to working with you next season!
Annalise Morash was born and raised in Lantz, Nova Scotia. She started dancing at Dance Zone, formerly LMSD, at the tender age of three, and quickly progressed into teaching during her teen years. Annalise has received training in many genres from Contemporary to Latin/Samba to Hiphop, and everything in between. In 2010, Annalise completed her formal training in performing arts in the acclaimed Commercial Dance Program at George Brown College. During her training, she found herself on our own Canadian basketball courts as part of the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak where her professional career began to grow. Soon thereafter, Annalise was travelling the world, working onboard the beautiful cruise ships “Ocean Princess” and “Pacific Princess” where she performed in over ten original Princess dance shows. Some of her additional credits include; 2013 & 2014 MMVA’s with Psy and Hedley, Canada AM, Meaghan Smith, Keshia Chante, Christian Ty, Vita Chambers, RS Divas Entertainment, and The Cast: Heels Edition. After gaining much respect in the dance industry, Annalise now looks forward to sharing her knowledge and love of dance with the Maritimes and the local dance community!
Jennifer Jardine started dancing at the age of 9 at Lauri Morash School of Dance. She studied ballet, Jazz and Tap. Jennifer was a teacher assistant for a few years. Once she graduated from Hants East Rural High school, Jennifer moved and became a cheerleader for St. Mary’s University. Jennifer then went to the United States to study and became an elementary school teacher. During her time in California teaching, Jennifer volunteered her time to teach dance classes at her elementary school for underprivileged children. In 2007 Jennifer moved back to Nova Scotia and shortly after returned to Dance Zone both teaching and as a dance mom.
Raven is a second-generation dancer and teacher with 20 years experience. The family-owned and operated dance studio was her second home. In later years, she was studio and the performing company’s co-director and creative advisor. Miss Raven has studied with Dance Masters of America and at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is certified by the Dance Masters of America Inc. in classical ballet and modern dance. She has also studies with the Philadanco’s Peaches and Holly Wright and has worked with Chuck Davis’ American Dance Ensemble and The Moscow State Ballet. Miss Raven’s choreography and dancing have won many awards and titles in the US and she has been a professional judge for several national dance competitions. Miss Raven has an uncanny ability to work with dancers of all ages, always keeping structure, technique and “fun” in mind.
Now calling Dartmouth, N.S., her home and being an Associate member of CDTA, this will be Miss Raven's 6th year teaching at DDA and her 4th year coaching The Fusion Dance Team. We are delighted to have her experience, talent and enthusiastic contribution to our dance program.
Jayde started gymnastics when she was seven years old at Dartmouth Titans. She made the competitive team at age eight and began competing locally.
In 2009 Jayde became provincial champion and made team Nova Scotia. Later that year, Jayde was selected to be on a special summer tumbling team that performed at the Nova Scotia Tattoo; she continued to tumble with the team for three years and travelled with the group to France after being extended the prestigious invitation to perform for the Paris firefighters 200th anniversary. Jayde stayed with the sport for three more seasons competing at invitational competitions and several Atlantic championships winning many awards for all events.
Jayde also has a love for Cheerleading; she started cheering in 2007 and fell in love with the sport. She has 4 years of experience in coaching competitive cheerleading and tumbling. In the summer of 2013 Jayde became a certified USASF cheerleading and tumbling coach.
Jayde began a coaching apprenticeship at Titans in 2011 and became a certified coach in 2012. Jayde continues to coach gymnastics today sharing her love for the sport.
In conjunction with cheerleading and gymnastics, Jayde danced competitively with Stars of Tomorrow Dance Academy's competitive troupe for 3 seasons realizing she also has a passion for dance. Jayde began teaching acrobatic dance in 2013 and hasn't looked back.
Jayde hopes to continue to teach tumbling and acrobatics to dancers and athletes alike who share the same passion as she does!
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, she started dancing at Dance Zone Performing Arts Centre at the age of nine. Leah has received training in many genres from tap to ballet to hip hop and everything in between. With her focus being on ballet and contemporary, she continued further RAD ballet training at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.
Since graduating high school Leah has assisted and worked with multiple choreographers including Christopher Knowels, Amey Rahey, Tokyo the Choreographer, Melissa Mitro and Zoi Tatopoulos from SYTYCD Greece! And has recently attended Conteur Dance Academy’s summer intensive in Toronto, directed by Eryn Waltman!