OUR STAFF

Office Staff

Laura-Jane Jeffery     Operations Manager     laura@dancezone.ca

Norma MacDonnell     Office Administrator    normamacdonnell@gmail.com

Instructors​

All of the following instructors may be contacted via info@dancezone.ca and your email will be forwarded to the specific instructor. Please indicate instructor name in email.

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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 instilL in her students a love of the art.

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Miss Annalise - Artistic Director

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!

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Miss Leah

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! 

Miss Jennifer

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.

Miss Jayde

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!