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Mr Derek

Mr Derek

Derek has been a competitor and performer for almost 10 years in Cambridge, Fergus and Woodstock Ontario.  Hi fresh positive classes follow many trends in street dance today but also respect the old school styles that are foundational in the Urban Dance scene.  Studio trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary as well as Hip Hop/Urban Derek can fuse many fundamentals of proper dance into the Hip Hop genre.

He was asked in 2016 to open the show for the IAMME dance crew at Centre in the Square as a finalist for the Urban Hip Hop challenge in Kitchener that year.  Derek has also danced in Europe as part of an international dance festival performance in 2017 at 4 locations on the southern Costa Del Sol in Spain.

VJ Derek is also well known in he competitive dance world for being and Emcee and sound/video technician for Inspire Dance Challenge, one of Canada’s best known dance competitions.

Derek is International Dance Teacher Standards LVL1 certified and is working on his CLI studios teacher certification during 2018.

Ellyna Tedesco – Junior Director

Ellyna Tedesco – Junior Director

Accomplished as a performer and competitive dancer for several years, she is an example of what exposure to many different teachers and styles can do for an elite level athlete. 

Ellyna traveling to Germany as a member of Team Canada Tap in 2018 and has a Silver Medal in the World Championship under the direction of Mathew Clark.  She was previously performing as a member of Team Canada East 2017 she competed in the elite small jazz, jazz and modern formations. Additionally, Ellyna has performed internationally in Spain in 2018, in Los Angeles in 2014, and with the National Ballet of Cuba in 2010 on the Havana Grand Theatre stage, their group being the first North Americans to perform since the revolution.

At age 13 Ellyna was awarded a full scholarship to attend BeDiscover’s LA Intensive where she trained at “the Edge” performing arts and worked with world class teachers and choreographers. 

She has appeared as a dancer in the music video “Bootie Swing” by Parov Stelar, has acted and danced in Drayton Entertainment’s 2015 production of “Peter Pan” & the 2014 production of “The Little Mermaid.”   Credits also include catalog modelling for Costumes By Jazzamatazz.  

During her transition year in 2017 from dancer to teacher, Ellyna won three top choreography awards at competition for her initial work in full time competitive categories.

Her recognition in the industry as an up and coming talent is reflected in her teaching at workshops for Pure Rhythm Dance Company-Ancaster, Boundless Dance Company in Toronto & Dixon Dance-Owen Sound. 

Ellyna  has attended ADAPT teacher training as well as being certified with Acrobatic Arts module 1 with the addition of a aerial & back handspring clinic  & International Dance Teacher Standards and an affiliate of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association.  She is also Acrobatic Arts Module 2 certified up to pre-professional training and Ballet Associates with CDTA in 2019 and has her PBT Certification.


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions!
How do I know what level of class to take?
We look at the age and experience of your dance and will work with you to find the right fit. Every studio has their own style and technique and it’s important to master before moving onto the next level.
How many students are needed to start a class?
At least 6.

What is your observation policy?
We want our students to learn in the best possible environment, and we want you to see their progress! We will have a closed circuit monitoring system, which will allow you to watch your child’s class on a monitor in the lobby.

How do we receive information throughout the dance year?
We will update the website frequently, we host our own studio App free of charge to our clients & you can also log into your own parent portal, as well as make postings to facebook and we send out a newsletter via Email. If you do not receive a welcome newsletter please let us know so we can ensure we have your address correctly. We will also be sending some information home with your student at various times throughout the year!

Can my 2 year old take class the Kiddazzle Class?
We start children at age 2.5 (child must be 3 by Jan 1). Many students are ready for the loose structure of our class at this time; however, some students are not. We can usually tell within the first four weeks of class if a student is ready or not. If a child is not ready, we will work with you to explore your options, ensuring that no investment is wasted or lost.

Does my child need to be potty trained to attend class?
We prefer that all students are out of diapers. We understand that some children, including but not limited to preschoolers and children with special needs, may be prone to accidents. For these students we recommend pull-ups ALL students should visit the restroom before class to avoid missing any instruction during class.

What should be worn for class?
All students should come to class in bodysuits with proper shoes for each class, a full description of which can be found at the front desk in our parent handbook. Dance attire is required for the safety of the student and to ensure proper dance education with minimal distraction.
Do you spend the entire year working on the recital dance?
Our classes will begin working on their recital dance after the winter break. We spend a few minutes of class working on choreography until the entire dance is learned. All classes include warm-up, center work, across the floor, and combinations. The recital choreography takes the place of the other combinations. As the recital nears, a bit more time may be spent polishing dances, but never the entire class. We want our students to learn the proper technique needed to be a dancer, not just dances.

Do I need to stay while my child is in class?
We ask that parents of new students under age 8 stay in the area for the first few weeks of class, so that the child can be acclimated to the new situation. After this, parents may feel free to run errands during their child’s class time. Please be mindful to return promptly for the end of your child’s class, as our waiting area is unsupervised. If for some reason you know you will be late, please let us know as you drop off your child for class.

Can I wait while my child is in class, or do I have to leave?
We do not allow parents to remain in class, as it is distracting to all of the students and can even affect students’ behavior. You will have the opportunity to observe your child from the lobby. Students with special needs may, but are not required to, have aides in class; although we do recommend that it is a designated aide, rather than a parent or sibling.

What if I am late for class?
Please make every effort to be on time. We do understand that things happen, and being late may be unavoidable. Students that are more than 10 minutes late may be asked to sit and observe for the remainder of the class. This is not a disciplinary measure–it is a policy set in place for your dancer’s safety, as muscles that are not properly warmed up are prone to injury. If being late is unavoidable, please still bring your dancer to class–observing can be as educational as participation, and often gives students a different perspective. Also, please explain the late policy to your dancer to ensure that they understand that it is not a disciplinary technique.

Can I make up a missed class?
Of course, come to any class at the same age level.

Do you take credit cards?
Yes we do accept Visa & MasterCard. You may also pay by cash or check. Online our system accepts payments via Paypal and stripe
The other studio in town advertises a less expensive tuition. Why does your tuition appear to be much higher than other area studios?
We decided to do all-inclusive tuition. While many other studios require extra fees throughout the year for costumes, recital fees, etc., we decided to lump it all together so that you have the same payment each month. It makes budgeting that much easier! Also be sure you are comparing apples to apples. Our classes above 5 years old are all one hour in length not 45 mins.

Why do you have a recital?
A big part of dance training includes learning through performance. Although, performance opportunities can help prepare some students for a possible career in dance, they also contribute to children’s non-dance activities. This experience helps build self-esteem and confidence, which can result in better school presentations, improved social skills, and strong college and job interview skills. It also helps with retention skills, and by working with their classmates on a group performance, they learn the positive aspects of working as a team to create the best end result.

For Schedules and Pricing

To access our schedules and pricing:

  • Create a Parent Portal log in
  • Enter your student information
  • Classes by location that are age appropriate for your student will appear
  • You can book a class for your child and see the pricing under “Student”
  • Pricing is scaled based on the total number of hours of dance taken weekly in a family enter some class choices to see the pricing for your family


Melissa Trueman

melissa tMelissa is a wonderful Ballerina and Contemporary teacher with a strong foundational background and an absolute love of little ones.  She is co director of “FORMA” dance company, and finds creative ways to bring art and nature together as well as to express art through dance in the classroom.


Melissa is Acrobatic Arts Certified Module 1 certified as well as holding her ISTD teachers certification.

20 reasons dance is good for Pre-schoolers

20 reasons dance is good for Pre-schoolers

20 reasons your child should dance – that have very little to do with dancing!

By – Robyn Tedesco

Adapted from 20 reasons your Child should take Gymnastics – POSTED BY JAG GYM ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 -A great article that crosses over well to dance.


What if Suzy never learns a pirouette? Or how about if Janie never masters a straight leg jete? Would there still be any value in putting your preschooler in a dance class?

Yes, I say.

Absolutely, yes.

In addition to it being a lot of fun, here are twenty reasons your preschool aged child should do dance that have nothing to do with learning dance.

  1. Separation. Learning to leave your parent or caregiver in the lobby while you go into class is the beginning of learning how to separate before a child goes to school. The ability to adjust to new situations is an important part of a preschoolers’ education.
  2. Following directions. Dance teaches kids to follow multi-stepped directions. Learning an exercise, combination or routine and remember what to do at next is far more than simply dance training.
  3. Following safety rules. Listening to the rules of how we keep ourselves safe in the dance class (especially acro dance) helps children learn how to follow rules at home and school. It places an importance on the concept of personal safety that is relevant for life.
  4. No one likes waiting, especially 3, 4 and 5 year olds! Practicing standing in line for short periods of time and containing your excitement as you wait for your turn to show the teacher your movement. This is a way that dance teaches patience.
  5. Working cooperatively. From holding hands in a gallop to acro partner work dance teaches that we can work together for a common purpose.
  6. Responsibility in cleaning up. Learning to put your cartwheel mat back in acro class or the barres back in ballet is an important skill and one that many parents will be grateful to have their preschooler master next time there are Legos all over the house!
  7. Conflict resolution. It’s not easy when you don’t get to be first. Or you don’t get to be the leader. Or you are unable to stand next to your favorite friend in line. Dance teaches these lessons and helps children learn appropriate ways to resolve their conflicts.
  8. Interacting appropriately with adults and peers. Learning to have good manners and speak in a way that is respectful is an important skill for preschoolers to learn. Dance class helps a child learn to treat the teacher with respect and how to navigate social dynamics with their preschool peers.
  9. Dancers must try and try again to achieve even the simplest of skills. Dance teaches kids to stay with an activity until it’s completed.
  10. Combining listening, respect for rules and patience leads to discipline.   When a child has the basics of discipline, self-discipline is the next step: the ability to self-regulate behavior.
  11. Coordination.
    Dance develops fine motor skills, gross motor skills, balance and core strength as well as coordination.
  12. Asking for help. Young dancers learn how to ask for help from their dance teacher and are encouraged at MWG to ask questions relevant to the understanding of the movement.
  13. Coping with jealousy. Inevitably another child will learn a skill more quickly, run a race faster or be chosen to lead the line for the day, and your preschooler will not like it. Dance class gives your child an opportunity to cope with those yucky feelings and express them appropriately.
  14.  Move with Grace Dance studio stresses the importance of doing the right thing, even when the teacher isn’t looking. Preschool dance begin developing this important skill in class.
  15. Dancers must make mistakes in order to learn. They must “fall down” and get back up again over and over again.
  16. When you learn to keep trying in order to achieve a goal, it is called grit. Educators around the nation understand the relationship between achievement and grit.   Watching that same resilient four year old persist at learning a movement is laying the groundwork for a child who possesses grit.
  17. The value of effort. Dance is not an easy sport. However, if children try hard they will see progress. They will understand the relationship between effort and success.
  18. Ambition. Setting lofty goals and believing that you have the capacity to reach them is the core of what it means to ambitious.   Watching older kids move with grace and thinking that someday, if you work hard, that you can do that too, is the beginning of ambition.
  19. Courage. Putting yourself out in front of others is scary. A dance recital can be intimidating. It is when we face something that pushes us out of our comfort zone that we have the opportunity to develop courage. Courage is not only being brave when we fear something but it is also a trait we can call upon when we have to do something that we do not wish to do, like chores or homework, all things that preschooler will be learning to cope with in the not-too-distant future.
  20. Self-confidence. Is it any wonder that a child who develops all of these traits also develops self-confidence? Self-confidence is, simply put, your belief in yourself. If you are able to do class on your own, following the rules and directions, getting along with your peers, understanding that you are an able learner and that failing is ok because you are ambitious, have courage and grit is it any surprise that you are self-confident?

So, while I hope all of the Suzy’s and Janie’s enrolled in a preschool dance program learn great basic skills, have a lot of fun doing so, possibly falling in love with dance and going on to stick with it through their childhoods, in the last analysis, these twenty traits will serve them well no matter where their athletic career goes.


We would love to teach your child the love of dance and all of these skills @

Move with Grace Dance studio – In Fergus and Cambridge Ontario