Dianne Long has been a dancer, teacher and choreographer for the past 39 years. Formally trained within the systems of both the RAD and the ISTD, she has also had training in Limon, Graham and other dance forms from a wide variety of Dancers and Educators.
She has been a guest teacher, rehearsal mistress, and choreographer for high schools, musical theatre productions, musical groups, summer schools and workshops. Her focus has always been on Dance as an Art Form.
Her students work as dancers, choreographers and teachers from Vancouver to Halifax. In 2016 she closed her studio to work as a freelance instructor and choreographer - not to mention concentrating on Dancers with PD!
Upon discovering the program in 2013 Dianne has worked with Hamilton City Ballet Dance for Parkinson's and the National Ballet School Dancing with Parkinson's programs. In addition to founding Dancers with PD in Cambridge in 2014 she has been assisting SarahJane with the Park'N Dance program in Guelph.
Lilly, a native of Romania, has a College Degree in Classical and Contemporary Dance from the Popular School of Arts in Arad, Romania. Lilly began her career in dance at the Revue Theater Deva, Romania. She brings to us over 17 years of dancing professionally as well as teaching and choreography.
Her teaching experience incorporates diverse disciplines of dance, from ages 3 to adults for the past 12 years. Lilly is known for her artistic integrity, enthusiasm and professionalism. She holds the Teaching Certificate of the Royal Academy of Dance and she is a registered teacher of the RAD. Lilly has successfully entered children for the examinations of the RAD.
Lilly has completed the last phase of the ECE program with Stratford Career Institute. She also teaches her own Ballroom and Latin Classes.
Lilly has been a part of the Dancers with PD program since its inception in 2014.
Sarah Jane Burton, a Laban Certified Movement Analyst, received specialized training in teaching dance for people with Parkinson’s from the founders of Dance for PD in both Brooklyn, NY, and Toronto, ON. An experienced professional choreographer, coach and researcher, Sarah Jane has been a Professor of Movement and Dance in Theatre and Drama Studies at Sheridan College, an instructor of Movement and Dance in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, and Head of Dance in the Theatre Department at George Brown College. She has her Masters Degree in Movement and Dance from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Sarah Jane has been an actor/dancer on Broadway and with touring companies in the U.S.A., as well as a guest teacher and performer in Canada, the U.S.A., Ghana, and France. She brings her professional performing and choreographic experiences to add variety to the classes.
SarahJane is the Program Director and Lead Teacher for Park'n Dance in Guelph.