Our Faculty

  • Shawna Kwan
    Hons. BA Kinesiology, ADAPT Certified, Owner

    Shawna began her dance training in Ottawa at The Greta Leeming Studio. From that moment on, she fell in love with the dance world. She has been teaching for over 20 years. She holds her ADAPT certification and is also a trained classical singer and has a strong background in musical theatre. She continues her love of dance through teaching, choreographing and judging throughout the country.

    Shawna has a passion for teaching dancers of all ages and abilities. She specializes in hip hop and musical theatre, and choreography and has successfully taught across Canada and the USA. Her dancers have won overalls and several scholarships and Shawna has been awarded with several choreography awards. Shawna is always thriving to challenge her dancers with something new, unique and interesting.

    Shawna has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Andre 3000, Mark Wahlberg, 50 Cent, Omarion, NJay and Saidat.

    Shawna is not only a teacher/choreographer but also a mother to two children. She makes her studio a warm, friendly, and family environment where they can thrive as dancers. She treats each and every kid as if they were her own and will help them reach any goal that they set for themselves.

  • Michelle Moses
    Zumba Certified

    Michelle has been a fitness and dance instructor/choreographer for over 25 years. She is an instructor with GoodLife Fitness for adults, teens and children through the GoodLife Kids Foundation as a Kids Fitness Coach and is a long time youth dance instructor with the City of London Recreation Department. She's also Elan Dance Art's Zumbini instructor, one of the studio's birthday party experts and the assistant to the creative director for the London Lightning Dance Pac! Currently Michelle also provides hip hop lessons for the afterschool program at The Boys & Girls Club of London. She is always excited to work with new groups of students so she can share her passion for moving with them!

  • LEE "LETHAL" PHAM
    Breakdancing Instructor

    Lee "Lethal" Pham is an Artist and Producer. Known in the b-boy community as Lethal, he is a fifth generation member of world-renowned b-boy crew the SuperNaturalz. He is also a part of Toronto-based contemporary collective, The Chimera Project. He has proudly represented Canada on television and stages across the world. He passionately teaches breakin' and is determined to positively engage communities at a global level. As an entrepreneur he is a accomplished Producer who works in the film, event, and entertainment industry. -www.leepham.ca


     
  • Brooke Gilmour

    Brooke has been dancing since the age of 3, and she has become a very versatile dancer over the years. She has trained in most styles including, Ballet, Jazz, Acro, Tap, Hiphop, Contemporary and latin. She competed for 9 years across Canada and the US where she received many awards and overalls. After high school Brooke attended the Conteur Academy where she trained under some of the most sought out teachers and choreographers from Toronto and surrounding Region including the Artistic Director, Eryn Waltman, She has successfully completed all of her Cecchetti examinations up to her Advanced 2. She has been apart of full-length shows such as “Frames” (Conteur Academy), “A Life Within” (Breath In Movement) as well as smaller show casings in the Toronto area. During her time in Toronto she was also able to work with artist Craig Cardiff in a music video. She eventually decided to move to London to attend the University of Western where she will soon obtain an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences with a Specialization in Biological Sciences. During her time at Western she is also a prominent member of the Heat Dance Team where she is able to choreograph and perform herself. Brooke has been teaching for the past 4 years in cities located in southern Ontario and continues to grow in her love of dance by being a part of the Elan Dance Arts Faculty.

  • Dave Matuszewski

    At the age of __ Dave received his first taste of street dance when he watched the popular dance movie “You Got Served”. However, he didn’t have an outlet until 2007 when he began dancing at Davenport Dance Project. After a few years, Dave continued to follow his passion at Blackout Dance Productions, where he trained with Matt Cangiano. Eventually, dancing at a studio was not enough, Dave’s hunger for knowledge lead him to Ambitious Movement in 2011, a Hip-hop based dance and Entertainment Company lead by choreographer Ambitious Anthony Smith.

    Since then Dave has made televised appearances on “So You Think You Can Dance” Pre show, Family Channel’s “The Next Step,” Toronto’s Public Health commercial, Chapman's Ice Cream commercial, "Reign" from the CW Network and a few music videos. He’s also showcased his talent on stages such as World of Dance (Toronto), Wii Day, Toronto’s Choreographers Ball, and the Bazaar Dance Showcase just to name a few.

    Dave is trained in different styles of Hip-hop but has trained intensively in waving, popping, tutting, breaking and house. He specializes in hip-hop choreography, Hip-hop technique and tumbling. Dave loves to teach his kids all styles and slow things down with a nice R&B tune from time to time to teach control, passion and emotion. Dave says, “I dance because I was inspired and I dance to inspire. Let's keep the Hip-hop culture alive.”

  • Abi Benincasa

    Miss Abi began dancing at the age of 2. She began her training at Dance Extreme in the the styles of Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Acro. At the age of 6 she became a member of the Dance Extreme competitive team. The next ten years Abi expanded her training as part of the Studio Dance Pointe Competitive Family. SDP expanded Abi's repetoire to lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre and aerial circus. Over the last year Abi trained as part of the Dasien Dance Schools Pre Professional Programs training in Contemporary, Modern, Ballet and Pointe as well as performing with the Dasien Dance theatre Youth Company under the Direction of Lacey Smith.

  • Patti Broadfoot

    Patti has been educating dancers across Southwestern Ontario for over 30 years. Her teaching career has reached as far as Europe guest teaching for a student/teacher exchange program. A former studio owner/director she is also an accomplished teacher & choreographer & is certified with the Royal Academy of Dance and the Professional Adjudicators Alliance. Her expertise extends across all disciplines of dance including: Acro, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical and Tap. Her diversity of training also includes the of syllabus of: BATD, CDTA and ISTD.

    Patti's students have garnered national recognition ranging from Canadian National teams, professional dance companies, television, industrial shows and more. Patti's award winning teaching and choreography has produced many overall awards as well as many students receiving "Most potential dancer awards”. She and her students are often sought after by teachers and choreographers.

    Some Choreography credits include; This Year Next Year" (ITOPA theatre); "Guys and Dolls" (St Mary's High School); “Collide-O-Scope” (Woodstock Little Theatre) and dance programs at various schools in Southwestern, Ontario. Patti is committed to growing as an artist and actively pursues the latest artistic trends in dance and pedagogic methods.