Born from a passion and love for dance, KDC is committed to encouraging dancers to grow to their full potential.
KDC strives to teach technical excellence in jazz, ballet, acro, hip hop, tap, contemporary and more, while encouraging the development of individual artistry through innovative movement and choreography.
Katie has been the owner and Artistic Director of Katie's Dance Connection since August of 2010. It was her passion at a young age to one day open a studio of her own and 13 years later her vision has grown into everything she dreamed of and more!
Teaching dance for over 20 years, with a diploma in Business Administration -Accounting, Katie combines her passion for dance and knack for business in this leadership position. Katie is certified with both the B.A.T.D. in Modern Dance and Acrobatics as well as with the Acrobatic Arts syllabus. She has also studied Rebecca Davies RADAR TECHNIQUE Modules 1 through 6. Katie has travelled to both New York and California training with the Dance Teacher Summit and is always continuing to learn and grow in all styles of dance through conventions, workshops and online seminars to ensure her dancers are always receiving top notch dance education.
Katie teaches and choreographs in most genres of dance and has successfully trained dancers who are now attending post-secondary dance programs, who are members of university dance teams, who are teaching dance and who have opened dance studios of their own!
Katie's choreography has been recognized throughout Ontario for well over a decade winning her numerous choreography awards beginning with Young Choreographer recognitions to top choreography of competitions. With Acro being her passion, Katie's dancers are constantly recognized for acrobatic excellence in the competition and convention scene with titlists winning top marks in the acrobatics discipline. Regardless of the style, KDC dancers shine for their work ethic and clean routines.
Katie believes dance teaches children lifelong skills such as how to be accountable, coachable and how to successfully work as a team! Katie is so excited to share her passion for dance and leadership in our thirteenth season!
Melissa has been with KDC since its opening! She is an essential part of the KDC family and we are so excited to welcome her back for her 13th season!
Melissa wears many hats in the studio including teaching in both the recreational and competitive programs as well as managing the studio office. She has been an important part of the lives of countless dancers who have walked through our doors.
Melissa brings a passion for technical and artistic growth. Her energy and enthusiasm are integral parts of her teaching style. She has received many recognitions in the competitive scene including top choreography accolades for her impressive work with our Part-Time Company.
Melissa completed her Modern Dance teaching certification through B.A.T.D and has travelled to both New York City and California with the Dance Teacher Summit. Most recently, she completed her Module 1 Acrobatic Arts certification. She hopes to instil a lifelong love of dance in every student she teaches. Melissa is excited to work with the KDC dancers this season.
Sadie is a vital member of both our Part-Time and Full-Time Competitive Programs. She has been an instructor and choreographer at Katie’s Dance Connection since 2013.
She pursued her passion for teaching after completing contracts dancing for Royal Caribbean Cruises in their entertainment department. During her time on faculty at KDC, she has been an integral part of training hundreds of dancers. Sadie’s work has been recognized throughout the years for technical execution and cleanliness and has been awarded for top choreography. Sadie continues to be up on all of the latest technique and choreography trends by attending conventions and workshops including the Dance Teacher Summit in California. Sadie is so excited to work with your dancers this season!
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COMPANY BALLET INSTRUCTOR
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Miss Malika is an integral part of our Company teaching staff who is excited to add our Part-Time Team into her roster this season! Malika Mowinski is an ABT Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary to Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. She is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and Acrobatic Arts. Malika thoroughly enjoys sharing her passion for dance through teaching and choreography. Her choreography has been selected multiple times to perform at "Fever After Dark" and "Toronto's Original Choreographer's Ball". Malika's teaching and choreography continue to evolve and grow as she works with, and is inspired by her students. We are thrilled to have Miss Malika back for her fourth season with us. Her students will benefit from her knowledge, passion, and attention to detail.
COMPANY TAP INSTRUCTOR
Julia has danced since the age of 2 and has 9 years of professional tap dance teaching, performing, and choreography experience from across Toronto and the GTA. She is a graduate of Sheridan College's Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program and also holds a Bachelor of Education with a minor in Artist in Community Education from Queen's University. Julia is proud to implement music theory, history, and rhythm into all of her classes. Julia is an asset to our team and we are so lucky to have her with us!
Ms Ang is one of our recreational teachers. She’s been a part of KDC for the past 5 years and is an amazing asset to our recreational program. On top of being a mom of 2, Ms Ang is also a Registered Early Childhood Educator and her love for her dancers shows in her work. She’s always had a passion for helping children grow and giving them the guidance to see their fullest potential. Ms Ang is so thankful she gets the opportunity to pass on her passion for the art of dance and can’t wait to make new memories with our KDC family this season!
Sage has been a fantastic addition to our recreational and competitive faculty. Miss Sage has been a KDC competitive dancer for 10 years and has many years of experience in both assisting and teaching at KDC alongside Katie and the KDC staff. Trained in all styles of dance, Sage has won many accolades and titles during her impressive competitive dance career. She is a passionate young woman who has inspired, and continues to inspire, our younger dancers in the studio. Sage is now a certified Acro instructor with Acrobatic Arts. She loves guiding students to find their own passion for dance along with critical life skills such as work ethic, dedication and discipline. She is super excited to dance with everyone soon!
Elizabeth is KDC Alumni with assisting and teaching experience in both recreational and competitive classes for many years alongside Katie. A recent graduate with a very impressive competitive dance career, Miss Liz is a special young woman with a passion for dance and a positive energy like no other! Currently Miss. Liz is attending York University in the Concurrent Bachelor of Education and the Fine Arts Dance program. She is certified under the Acrobatic Arts Syllabus and is trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Acro, Ballet, Hip-Hop and Tap. Miss. Liz is so excited to dance with all of our young dancers and we are so lucky to have her!
Miss Kama has over 15 years of experience in competitive dance and began with KDC in their opening year. Kama was a very successful competitive dancer where she trained and performed in all styles of dance and assisted alongside Katie during her years at the studio. Most recently, she competed with Western University’s Heat Dance Team, where she completed her Bachelor of Management in marketing. Kama was recently certified with Acrobatic Arts. She is so excited to be back with the KDC team and hopes to inspire a new generation of young dancers.
Miss Enya will be both instructing and running the front desk during recreational classes. Miss Enya is a KDC alumni with over 13 years of competitive dance experience in jazz, tap, acro, ballet, hip hop, contemporary and lyrical. After her years of training, Enya pursued post-secondary goals and recently graduated from Durham College where she earned a Diploma in Business Marketing. Enya also recently completed her certification with Acrobatic Arts this summer when she came home to KDC and instructed in various parts of our summer programming. Enya is super excited to share her love for dance with the KDC Dancers!
Maddy is a KDC Alumni with assisting and teaching experience in both recreational and competitive classes for upwards of 5 years. Miss Maddy is currently enrolled in a post-secondary program for dancers looking to kick start their professional dance careers at Intrepid Dance Company. She is certified under the Acrobatic Arts Syllabus and is trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Acro, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Tap, and Latin/Ballroom with a very impressive list of her own accolades under her belt. Miss Maddy is so excited to dance with you very soon.
A 2022 KDC grad who is excited to start her new journey, Miss Katelyn brings 16 years of dance training as well as many years of assisting experience alongside the KDC Faculty. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and passion with our dancers as she continues to assist alongside Katie
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