Who…

We are a small studio and we have a small studio feel. We focus on the individual and their development, We understand that we are not just teaching dance, but are a part of the team developing your children’s young minds.

We aim to instill a deep appreciation for the arts, enriched with the history and culture of the art form.
We aim to foster teamwork and responsibility. Our dancers work together in their group pieces and there they learn about accountability to one another. We set clear expectations and the dancers work together to meet and exceed those expectations.
We aim to offer clear communication to our students and we ask the same of our students in return. We offer a positive and challenging learning environment and we give the students the opportunity to be a leader in their own learning. They are encouraged to ask for what they want in their education.

Our teaching staff

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KASEY STEPHAN CHARLEBOIS- Owner

Kasey grew up dancing in Wetaskiwin, Alberta and the surrounding area. She obtained her Junior Ballet Teacher’s certification in the Cecchetti Method with the Edmonton School of Ballet. She had the opportunity to dance with the Alberta Ballet’s children cast for the Nutcracker, and other fantastic opportunities such as the Al Gilbert Tribute, Alberta Summer Games, and the Cecchetti Society’s Anniversary Celebration in Edmonton.She performed internationally with Suncruises and Carnival Cruise Lines while intermittently training at the Edge in Los Angeles.Upon returning to Canada, she moved to Toronto and attended the Randolph Academy of Performing Arts, where she played the role of, ‘Mary’ in Our Country’s Good, and ‘Josie Pye’ in Anne of Green Gables, as well as training with choreographers such as Linda Garneau, Marc Kimmelman, Faye Rauw, and George Randolph. Kasey spent 7 more years teaching, choreographing, and performing in productions in Toronto; such as Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, the Paul McCartney Tour, and with various contemporary dance companies and projects through Dance Ontario, as well as running the dance portion of the admittance audition with Randolph Academy.She then went on to Deerhurst Resort, where she performed with the ‘Decades Show’. She eventually became a choreographer and co-writer of the show, and finally the Company Manager for the live stage productions at Deerhurst Resort.

Kasey now teaches dance to youngsters and old-timers alike in the calm beauty of Muskoka. Kasey is happy to be saying after all these years she is still dancing (30 years and counting…), still learning, and still in awe of what the human body is capable of.

 

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LESLEY SWAN 

Lesley Began dancing at age 6, and was accepted into the Canadian Showcase Touring Company at age 10. Her areas of study were Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Partnering and Lifts. She later became a teaching assistant at the age of 12 and began teaching at Gavreau School of Dance at age 15. At 16 she studied at the International School Dance in Paris France. At 18 she studied at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She left the company at age 19 to move South for College, studying under Desirée Champion at the Woodbridge School of
Dance to further her knowledge. She taught hip hop and jazz at the Huntsville School of Ballet for the 2014/2015 season before joining the team at The Dance Project Muskoka in 2015. She is an invaluable asset to the team. The students all love “their Miss Lesley”.

DEBORAH KYLE 

Deborah McCaskill (Kyle) started dancing at the age of 5 in Peterborough, Ontario. She’s studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical, and Hip-hop. Deborah began dancing competitively and realized how passionate she was for dance. When Deborah was 13 she got accepted into the integrated arts program at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School, where she studied Dance. In 2014 Deborah travelled to New York City to take dance classes and workshops at the Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey. She became a teaching assistant at T.A.S and enjoyed getting to share knowledge and love for dance with others. Deborah took classes from award winning choreographers like Nick Tull, Danny Davilos, and Alysa Pires. Throughout high school Deborah focused on Ballet and took additional private classes in Classical, Russian, and Pointe work. She graduated from the TAS dance program in 2016. She’s inspired by all those around her in the dance industry especially passionate teammates. The T.A.S Dance Program taught her that dance can be “more than moves.” She strives to teach technique and inspire a love for dance in her students. She encourages fellow dancers to break through boundaries and excel in one of the most expressive art forms.

ERIN HORVATH 

Erin began dancing at age six and over the years has studied highland dance, ballet, musical theater, contact improv. , swing, west coast swing, and ballroom (International Standard).  She was very involved in competitive highland dance and, as a teenager, earned her associate teachers certification through Scot Dance Canada.  Erin enjoyed putting her dance skills to use in musical theater which included being a touring member of the Canada East Theater Company.  As a young adult she began to combine her artistic skills with storytelling which opened a whole new world of possibilities as she took on the challenge of addressing various social issues through dance, collaborative storytelling, theater and film.
In her teaching and choreography Erin draws on her eclectic dance interests, passion for storytelling, theatre, and acrobatics to create exciting performances that not only engage audiences,  but also engage dancers as co-creators!  She is certified with Acrobatic Arts, an internationally recognized curriculum endorsed by leading circus schools/companies including Cirque De’ Soleil, and has her level 1 coaching certification through Gymnastics Canada.

 

EMMA DEHAAN

Emma has been dancing since the age of seven. During her years of training, she has studied in numerous genres including: jazz, tap, ballet, acro, hip-hop, modern, contemporary, lyrical, pointe and musical theatre. Throughout her career as a competitive dancer she has won many overall and special awards in both group and solo performances. She has received her acrobatics certification through Acrobatic Arts, as well as certifications in tap, jazz, ballet and modern through Dance Masters of America, in Buffalo, NY. There, she is continuing her dance instructor education through a four-year teachers training school program (TTS), which she has been attending for the past three summers. Emma has had the pleasure of starting up an acro program in North By for the past few years and is now looking forward to joining the Dance Project and sharing her passion and knowledge of various genres with the dancers and teachers alike.

As well as…

Mallary Duncan

Mckendra Hawley

Abby Jones


For further information please email: Kaseystephan@gmail.com

705-380-3243


Our Students

Our Students are bright, friendly, and talented individuals who have the love of dance in their hearts.

Wondering if you belong at The Dance Project Muskoka?

– Do you find yourself dancing around your house, school, yard, while waiting in lines, when brushing your teeth?

– Do you spend your last waking moments visualizing yourself performing on grand stages?

– Are your favorite videos online from SYTYCD or other dance videos?

– Do you count in sets of 8?

If you answered yes to any or all of the above, you belong with us 🙂

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