Established in 2013, DDA is a family owned and operated dance studio in Etobicoke. Dance has always been the biggest passion in our lives and has been influential in shaping us into the individuals we are today. Just as we fuelled our passion from a young age, our goal is to provide a safe space for young dancers to foster their creativity and love of dance. Growing up in the neighbourhood, we are so proud to be able to serve the community that we call home.
As we watch our students learn, explore and grow in our classes, not only as dancers but as individuals, we feel so blessed to be part of their dance journeys. Whether it's in one of our classes or in every day life, we hope our students never miss the chance to dance!
Cassandra Pecchia's passion for dance began at the age of four when she took her first tap class. A few short years later she became a competitive dancer, competing both locally and internationally. She competed against dancers from all across North America, often winning top awards. Cassandra is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, hiphop, modern, lyrical and musical theatre. Cassandra attended Etobicoke School of the Arts as a dance major where she studied Cecchetti ballet and modern dance. During her university years, she began teaching dance to children from the age of two to eighteen. She also worked for the City of Toronto as a head dance camp counsellor. Cassandra continued her education and received a Bachelor of Education in the primary/junior divisions. In 2013, Cassandra opened up Dynamic Dance Arts with her cousin Shannen where their mission is to inspire their students and ignite the same passion for dance that they have, throughout the years to come.
Shannen Clark began her dance training at the age of 3 and started to intensely train as a competitive dancer at age 8. She competed both locally and internationally and has won various top awards in her tap, hiphop and contemporary dance disciplines. Shannen is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, Acro, hiphop, contemporary, modern, lyrical, and musical theatre. Shannen attended Etobicoke School of the Arts where she majored in dance. There she was trained in Cecchetti ballet and Graham, Limon and Horton modern dance. In addition to her competitive dance, Shannen was part of ESA's school dance company DancESAtion where she got the opportunity to perform in lead roles as well as train across the city with some of the modern industries well respected choreographers. At 16, Shannen began teaching various recreational and competitive dance disciplines . She continued her education where she graduated with a Specialized Honours, BSc in Kinesiology & Health Science and went on to pass her Kinesiologist's exam. While studying at university, Shannen continued to dance with York University Varsity Dance Team as well as Silhouettes Dance Company where she got the chance to choreograph and perform. Shannen has completed her Tap Teacher Training with the Tap Dance Centre in Toronto, Ontario and is a graduate of the ADAPT Teacher Training School as a certified dance teacher.
Bridget D’Orsogna is a contemporary dance artist based in Toronto, Ontario. Bridget began her dance training at the age of twelve in contemporary, modern, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and theater dance forms. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours in Dance from York University with a specialization in choreography and performance. Bridget has studied under professional dance artists Julia Sasso, Tracey Norman, John Ottman, Syreeta Hector, Jennifer Bolt, and Pia Bouman. She is a certified mUvmethod flexibility coach and has completed her RAD ballet exams. Bridget has worked with Out of Box Productions, Paulo Alcedo, on his dance film Contemporizing Philippine Folk Dances, Stacey Murchison partnering and floorwork, Kylie Thompson Creatives, and Alexis Burling in her production, 2:14 am. Bridget has choreographed many contemporary works premiering at the distillery district's Dancemakers Center for Creation and most recently the musical Footloose for the 2023 TCDSB staff arts production. Bridget was a member of the York Dance Ensemble for two seasons under the direction of Susan Lee. She took part in multiple performances by choreographers Ranie Madison, Nina Milanovski, Emilio Colalillo, and Susan Lee. Bridget is currently completing her BEd to become a certified teacher in Ontario. As a dance teacher, Bridget has trained 100+ students in developing stronger techniques and has staged many recitals. She is looking forward to another year with DDA!
Adriana Cecatini is an emerging dance artist in Toronto, Ontario. She began dancing at the age of four at The Woodbridge School of Dance and graduated from the Advanced Pre-Professional Program. She has trained in numerous dance disciplines including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, and Acrobatics. Adriana has studied both the Cecchetti and Vagonova Ballet methods, successfully completing Society of Classical Ballet Major Level examinations, and has been a part of WSD’s Teaching Assistant Program. Adriana has attended seminars with The Society of Classical Ballet Vagonova Method to further develop her teaching career. Adriana has successfully achieved her Acrobatic Arts certification in Module One, Aerial and Backhandspring, and Module Two, completed with Distinction. She has been privileged enough to train under renowned dance educators such as Gilly Chaplin, Desirée Champion, Nancy Greyeyes, Sonia Franco de Batres, Sharon Lindsay, George Absi, and Lisa Robinson. Adriana has performed in a number of Classical Ballet productions including, Études and as a soloist in Les Sylphides and Who Cares. Adriana is also a professional performer with TDC Entertainment, where she shows her energetic performance side through multiple disciplines. She has choreographed and performed her own work as part of WSD’s Inaugural Choreographic Workshop. Adriana is continuing her professional training in York University’s dance program specializing in performance and choreography. She currently teaches young dancers across the GTA and aspires to continue sharing her passion for dance through choreographing, teaching,and performing.
Hailey began her dance career at the age of four, in a studio in Orillia. She began training in tap, ballet and jazz before joining the competitive team at the age of eight, expanding her styles with contemporary, lyrical, pointe, musical theatre and acro. Hailey has competed all across Ontario winning many overalls, scholarships and special awards throughout the years. She has danced locally for Ballet Jorgen’s production of the Nutcracker. She has also completed her tap and jazz exams up to the intermediate level. She began teaching recreationally five years ago, and started choreographing competitive dances in 2021. Hailey completed her Assistant Teacher Training Program, and in 2022, Hailey graduated from the ADAPT Teacher Training Program becoming a certified dance instructor. She is currently studying business administration at George Brown. She is very excited to be joining the DDA family and cannot wait to share her love for dance with others!