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Meet Miss Laura L.


Miss Laura…or the Other Miss Laura….has been at GRAD forever…she started here as a student when her old studio closed down and she has become an integral part of the GRAD family.  Miss Laura L. is also An ECE with the Waterloo Region District School Board and with that she has the patience of a saint.  Miss Laura L. teachers our younger students and her favourite style to teach is tap, but she also teaches ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop.  Miss Laura’s classroom is a fun and well organized and always moving.


Things you will love about Miss Laura’s Class:


  • It’s organized and well planned
  • There’s always something going on, the kids are never bored or sitting around doing nothing
  • She plays with them, and uses a lot of imagery with younger kids to teach the fundamentals of dance.
  • She’s patient, she’s kind but she also commands respect from her students, for both herself and the art of dance.


Miss Laura is also part of our office staff.  She can help any of our parents and students with any questions they have, from “Can I have a bandaid?” to “Can I make a Payment?” or even “Ok, How does this dance class thing all work?”  She is friendly and knowledgeable and GRAD is lucky to have her on staff.


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Meet Miss Whitney


Miss Whitney has been a teacher at GRAD for a long time.  She took a short break when she lived out of the country for a few years, but missed us so much, she moved home and picked up where she left off!  Miss Whitney teaches all styles of dance, but her favourite is Lyrical.  Miss Whitney has completed her RAD Ballet exams both Graded and Vocational up to the Advance 2 level.


What you will love about Miss Whitney’s Class:


  • Lots of experience with all age groups
  • A wonderful role model for children
  • She has a gentle approach to teaching, but has a strong technical foundation.
  • Beautiful, clean and fun choreography
  • Knowledgeable in RAD syllabus and all forms of dance.


GRAD is so fortunate to have Miss Whitney on staff!

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Meet Miss Emily


Miss Emily started as a student at GRAD at a very young age.  Emily became a strong ballet dancer completing her RAD Exams up to the Advanced Level.  Miss Emily teaches almost all types of dance but her favourite is Jazz.  Miss Emily recently began competitive choreography and her numbers received many awards and special recognition.  Miss Emily is adored by her students and the staff at GRAD.


What you will love about Miss Emily’s class:

  • Strong understanding of teaching children from education in Child Youth and Family at the University of Guelph.
  • Patient, kind and full of knowledge.
  • Upbeat and fun classroom that is always moving
  • Strong technique based approach to teaching
  • Creative, age appropriate award winning choreography


Watching your students become your staff is a joy for any studio owner!  We are so lucky to have Miss Emily as part of the GRAD Family.

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Meet Miss Carley


Miss Carley has been part of the GRAD family for many years….first as a student, then as a student teacher, then as a teacher and choreographer for our competitive team.  Miss Carley brings a fun and upbeat style to the class room.  Her favourite style is Hip Hop, but she also teaches Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Lyrical.  Miss Carley has a killer sense of humour and you can see that in her choreography.  Take a look at our video gallery and watch her Musical Theatre….you will laugh…cause it’s funny.


Miss Carley is an award winning choreographer…but what’s more important is that she has won the hearts of her students and their parents.


Things you will love about Miss Carley’s Class:

  • It is full of strong technique based teaching
  • It is taught with a strong respectful base with a lighthearted fun approach to the students
  • She is personable and understands how to reach kids on their level
  • She gives all her students equal attention and time to make sure they leave feeling like they have learned something valuable.
  • She keeps her classes moving all the time

Miss Carley is a valuable part of the studio…we are lucky to have her on staff.

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Meet Miss Kristen

Miss Kristen has been a part of the studio for the past 4 years.  Since then she has become a big part of the GRAD family.  Miss Kristen teaches almost everything, with her specialty being Acro.  Miss Kristen is also our Royal Academy of Dance teacher – and will be a full member in the next few months.  We are proud of Miss Kristen for working toward her RAD Membership.  It’s a difficult process and course and she has done so well managing that, her classes and her home life.

Things you will love about Miss Kristen’s class:

  • An extensive knowledge of both RAD ballet syllabus and Acrobatique acro syllabus
  • Passion and knowledge for a variety of dance styles
  • She has an organized and well planned class each week
  • Creative Choreography
  • A dance educator with as strong passion for safe, correct, technique

Miss Kristen is an asset to the studio.  We are lucky to have her on staff.

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Meet Miss Laura!

I am Miss Laura and I am the Owner and Artistic Director at GRAD.  My favourite style of dance to teach is Tap, but I also teach Jazz, Ballet, and Lyrical.  I can teach Hip Hop, but since it wasn’t really a thing you could take when I was a kid, I leave that to my staff.

In addition to teaching at GRAD, I run the studio…I oversee everything that happens at the studio, from managing Customer Service and Accounting to making sure the lightbulbs are changed and the toilets are cleaned.  I make it a priority to know all the students and their families and make sure the teachers have all they need to make the studio a fun learning environment for everyone that comes in the door.

I created a vision for GRAD that I follow in everything I do.

I am excited to get the year started and show all our students, both returning and new what a great studio we have and why I’m so proud to be the Owner of GRAD!

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Hello Friends! This spring we are launching another 8 Week session of our Magic in Movement Dance Class. This class is specially designed for children with Special Needs. It runs on Saturdays at 1:15 pm and is open to children age 5-12. Registration is on now. Contact us for details!


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Hi Dancers!

Hope you’re well – it’s been about a month since the recital…do you miss Dance yet?  We do…we are itching to get back into the studio and stretch ourselves and dance ourselves back into shape!

We offer dance classes in the summer – but it’s not the same as enrolling in a class for the fall.  These are drop in classes and they are great if you want to come once in a while or if you want a full schedule of classes to keep you dancing all summer long

Take a look at our flyer and see if there are any classes that strike your fancy.  Feel free to bring your friends…dancing is always better when you’re with your friends!

Happy Dancing

GRAD Summer Class Flyer



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Hi!  We are in our last week of Pre-Registration for the 2016/2017 season and I thought I should give you a few reasons why it’s a good idea to pre-register:


  1. You will save some money.  We offer a 5% discount on all our classes for the following year!
  2. You are pretty much guaranteed a spot in the class of your choosing.
  3. You have part of your fall schedule lined up in advance so you can choose other activities for the fall and there is no questions as to when your child has dance.
  4. You can use our open house week to try out some dance classes to see what your child is interested in for next year.


Just a few simple reasons to Pre-Registster.  We love having an idea as well of who will be in our classes so we can spend some time over the summer making plans for the best classes yet!!!

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Miss Kristen is our third staff guest Blog!  It’s a good one…check it out.


Not So Stereotypical


The first thing I thought about when asked to write something was my own dance experiences. How every studio is different from the teachers to how the studio itself is run. Specifically, though, I thought of my Instructor Miss Debbie. This is because I never had the “pretty in pink” costumes, or the overtly happy dances to Hey Mickey, Stupid Cupid or Lollipop. Instead, I danced to songs like AC/DC’s Back in Black and Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb because she was a very interesting teacher with her own spin on the dance world.


My instructor was Deborah Thomson, and I grew up dancing at her studio, Deborah Thomson’s School of Dance. She was a very eccentric lady – well, let’s be honest, she still is. I would walk into class and fully expect to see her in ALL black, long blonde hair straightened, and generally bouncing up and down in a happy mood. Her studio room was painted black with large stone gargoyles perched on each of her stereos (Not kidding); and, her back room was filled to brim with props from previous years: life size coffins, skeletons, painted backdrops, a large dead looking tree, and other such things.


With her eccentric personality came diverse dances to many rock songs, metal songs, movie soundtracks, dubstep, or anything that inspired a creepy, sassy, or whatever feeling she thought of that day.


Even the costumes could be interesting at times. I don’t think I ever went a year without at least one mask and wig combination. If there wasn’t a wig there was definitely going to be a head piece somewhere in the mix. Which means I have a very large collection of extremely well made Halloween costumes in my closet somewhere.


However, there are two things about Miss Debbie that I remember specifically. She was an absolute perfectionist and it definitely showed in her routines. I can remember a day where my class spent the entirety of that hour on one chaines turn because we weren’t getting the arms perfectly to the side before we did the section. She would have her favourite microphone out that was hooked up to the studio sound system – just to make sure we all heard her (especially for production). The next thing I remember was how hyper she would get at nights. I knew this because from the age of 11 – 17 my solo time was always either at 10:30pm or 11:00pm. I was generally her last student on that given day and I can tell you that her and I were generally bouncing off the walls together.


It’s funny to look back and realize that I spent 16 years of my life with Miss Debbie. I have a lot of amazing experiences because of her. I got to work with many different choreographers, went to conventions, made it into a dance program in high school, and learned a lot from her about theatrics. She always had a better, younger, outlook on life then most people do. I just hope that when I’m teaching my students here at GRAD that I’m offering the same kind of experience I had with Miss Debbie.


–          Miss Kristen