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Andrea Paspalis

Andrea has been dancing for over 30 years and has over 15 years of teaching experience. She has her Associates certification through B.A.T.D. and has studied many different styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Merengue, Bachata and Salsa. Andrea has competed in Canada and the US, as well as performed in Kellogg’s commercials, Sick Kids Telethons, The Camilla Scott Show and many corporate events.Andrea’s choreography has won her students countless overall trophies and awards as well as attain scholarships and workshops for ‘Best Choreography’ as well as ‘Best Entertainment’. Andrea helps her students focus on technique while bringing enthusiasm and discipline to all her classes.

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Mariana Mangevil

Mariana started her studies at one of the National Ballet Schools of Fine Arts in Mexico City, “Academia de La Danza Mexicana” and graduated in 2002. Some of Mariana’s achievements include: receiving the Bronze Medal at the IV National Ballet competition located in Mexico City in 1999 and winning the silver medal at the V and VI National Ballet competition in Mexico in 2001 and 2002. In 2002, Mariana was awarded the Gold Medal in the XXI International Ballet Competition in Merida Yucatan, Mexico. She participated in The Grand Prix de Laussane, Laussane Switzerland in 2001. From 2002 to 2008 Mariana danced with The National Ballet Company of Mexico performing in productions such as The Nutcracker, The Swan Lake, Carmina Burana, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, to mention a few. Now living in Canada she has danced with Motus O Dance Theater in Perspectives, Christmas Carol, Carmina Burana, Phoenix Rising and The Little Match Girl, as well as starting her Chorographic career collaborating as a choreographer and dancer with Diana Lopez Soto, performing at The Harbourfront centre and for The Uxbridge Studio Tour 2013.

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Hannah Burkholder

Hannah Burkholder began her competitive dance training at just 5 years old, she was fortunate enough to participate in exams with the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association along with various workshops, master classes and conventions across Canada and the United States. Hannah began assisting classes and choreographing at a very young age and has been acknowledged for her choreography and creativity. Hannah can be seen in various music videos including the pop/electro group ‘Dragonette’ and full length film ‘The Rocker’. In high school, Hannah was presented with the ‘Arts Achievement Award’ from the Town of Gravenhurst and the Gravenhurst Banner for her dedication and success in music and dance.After graduating high school with honors, Hannah went on to spend the next two years dancing in glass slippers with Disney Cruise Line where she travelled Canada, the United States, Caribbean, Europe and the Mediterranean and Baltic seas as a performer. Hannah performed in up to 4 shows a day for the 2000 guests on board. She was fortunate enough to see 17 different countries and explore their cultures while touring as a professional dancer. Upon returning from life at sea, Hannah got back into teaching and choreographing, as well as adjudicating dance and vocal competitions across Canada and the United States.
Hannah is very excited for the upcoming season with Dance Creations and wishes everyone a great year!

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Adam Davidson

A young dancer looking to start his career. Adam enjoys learning from his students just as much as he likes teaching them. He is hip hop teacher with a soft spot for ballet, jazz and contemporary dance and enjoys teaching all of them equally. Adam has recently completed George Browns Dance Performance Preparation program and is going back to complete the Dance Performance Studies program there as well. Adam has a fun loving attitude and loves to watch as his students grow into amazing and wonderful dancers.

Office Administrator

Dyana Wilkinson

Dyana has been working with children for over 10 years and has a BA in Psychology. Dyana helps lead youth in small groups as well as works in moms n tots programs in Markham and Stouffville. Her passion is to be supportive and caring to children and their families. Dyana’s role as administration is to keep all families enrolled at Dance Creations well informed. Dyana is also training in Ballet and Jazz and loves to help little ones pick classes that they are best suited for at Dance Creations. She is eager to help and encourages kids and parents alike to participate in Dance for their wellbeing of body, heart and mind!

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