About Us

Teachers and Choreographers

Studio Danielle is very proud to be one of the few schools in the Outaouais to offer lessons by qualified teachers, many of whom are certified and accredited by:

  • Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
  • Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT)
  • Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDAT)
  • British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD)
Tanya Miller

Tanya Miller

Co-owner, Studio Danielle; Founder, Children in Motion; Director, Teacher and Choreographer
Karin Kelley

Karin Kelley

Co-owner, Studio Danielle; Founder, Allez Bouge; Director, Teacher and Choreographer
Cheryl Goodwin

Cheryl Goodwin

Teacher
Candice Trivett

Candice Trivett

Teacher and Choreographer
Laura Bigelow

Laura Bigelow

Teacher and Choreographer
Lorraine Barbeau

Lorraine Barbeau

Teacher and Choreographer
Catherine Friesen

Catherine Friesen

Teacher and Choreographer
Ping Feng

Ping Feng

Teacher
Sylvie Chagnon

Sylvie Chagnon

Teacher and Choreographer
Angèle Lafontaine

Angèle Lafontaine

Teacher and Choreographer
Shelby Aldwinckle

Shelby Aldwinckle

Teacher
Mêlyna Eburne

Mêlyna Eburne

Teacher and Choreographer
Maxine Pilon

Maxine Pilon

Teacher
Lisa Marie Burka

Lisa Marie Burka

Choreographer
Caroline Lepage

Caroline Lepage

Teacher
Daphné Barrette-Aubry

Daphné Barrette-Aubry

Teacher
Anisa Saouab

Anisa Saouab

Teacher and Choreographer
Emilie Potie

Emilie Potie

Chloé Gerard

Chloé Gerard

Teacher
Annie Yelle

Annie Yelle

Teacher
Julie Melchin

Julie Melchin

Teacher and Choreographer
Tanya Miller

Tanya Miller

Co-owner, Studio Danielle; Founder, Children in Motion; Director, Teacher and Choreographer

Tanya first fell in love with dance at age three. Today, she co-owns Studio Danielle along with her sister Karin; and is the founder and creative force behind Children in Motion, a movement and dance program that provides age-appropriate dance and movement instruction. Trained at leading dance schools (Belleville’s Quinte Ballet, and École Superieur in Montreal), Tanya is also certified in RAD, CDTA and ADAPT—and is committed to ensuring all students, whether in recreational or competitive dance, receive quality training. Many of the competitive students she has coached have won national titles, competed internationally, and gone on professionally in dance. Tanya’s primary focus is in creating an environment where today’s children can learn something different, and grow up fit and healthy. She frequently uses her background in Early Childhood Education to develop not only students’ dance skills, but their emotional and physical wellbeing. Proud to be a teacher and mentor, Tanya provides ongoing support to the entire Studio Danielle family: students, parents, as well as faculty.

Karin Kelley

Karin Kelley

Co-owner, Studio Danielle; Founder, Allez Bouge; Director, Teacher and Choreographer

Born and raised in Aylmer, Karin has spent three decades in the dance world. She first began her career studying at the prestigious Toronto’s National Ballet School and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, competing across North America, and being featured in various local and national media. Today, she is co-owner of Studio Danielle (along with her sister Tanya); certified in RAD, CDTA and ADAPT; founder of the Allez Bouge dance program for French-language schools and daycares; and a multi-award recipient for her innovative choreography work. Passionate about making her students shine on stage, Karin has successfully prepared many students for exams in tap and jazz. She also regularly applies her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and social work to teaching her students important life skills related to teamwork, relationship building and integrity: characteristics central to the Studio Danielle way of being.

Cheryl Goodwin

Cheryl Goodwin

Teacher

Cheryl’s experience consists of being the Director of the Children’s Ballet Studio for eight years, and teaching in the Ottawa area for more than three decades. In addition, she is a Registered Teacher and Full Member of the RAD, the CDTA, and ADAPT; and holds the Elementary Certificate in ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) National Branch. Cheryl is fully bilingual and has attended courses in Toronto, Red Deer, and London, England. Under her tenure, students have been very successful in examinations and competitions. Cheryl has successfully assisted students in the Ottawa Valley attain teaching diplomas in the ADAPT Jazz and Tap programme. She specializes in Graded and Vocational RAD Ballet. As part of her career, Cheryl successfully coached a student in attaining her Solo Seal Award—the highest performing award of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Candice Trivett

Candice Trivett

Teacher and Choreographer

Candice Trivett started her dance career with Studio Danielle at the age of three. She has since been trained in many different styles of dance such as acro, modern, lyrical, pointe, ballet, jazz and tap. As with most students from Studio Danielle, Candice completed her examinations in RAD ballet as well as her CDTA tap and jazz exams. Candice joined the competitive team at the age of seven—and through this experience, had the opportunity to compete throughout North America. She has performed on numerous occasions on Parliament Hill, as well as on CJOH’s Homegrown Café show. Her love for dance brought her back to her dancing roots as a staff member for Studio Danielle in 2007. Candice has taught acro, tap jazz and creative movement over the years and is now the head of the acro department. She also choreographs for Studio Danielle’s competitive team, and her work has received many awards including choreographer awards, high-score awards, overall competitive routine in the acro category, judges’ choice, and Ultimate Shine. Candice’s main goal is to nurture the love of dance in all of her students—including her two daughters, who now also dance at studio.

Laura Bigelow

Laura Bigelow

Teacher and Choreographer

Laura Bigelow started to dance at the age of five. Through the years, she has learned different styles of dancing while following the CDTA syllabus for tap and jazz. She followed the RAD training programme in classical ballet. Laura has taught at Studio Danielle since 1996 and is also a choreographer for the Aylmer Avenue Danse Company. In 2004, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in education, which helped her to diversify her teaching methods and encourage children to develop their potential. Laura is known for her contemporary ballet pieces and work with young children. Many of her students have continued on with their studies in some of the best dance schools in Canada, and are also prominent in the national and international dance scene. The success of her students, past and present, is proof of her contagious passion for dance.

Lorraine Barbeau

Lorraine Barbeau

Teacher and Choreographer

Lorraine began her training in dance and baton twirling in Ottawa at a young age. She performed in different cities around Canada, the United States, Germany and France. She owned and operated a dance studio in Ottawa and brings over 40 years of experience to the industry. She has distinguished herself as a teacher, choreographer and adjudicator. Lorraine has expanded her teaching abilities by attending several dance conventions throughout Canada and the U.S. Many of her students have won Overall High Score Awards including National Dance-Off competitions. Lorraine is proud to have won choreography awards, and has had students place in the Dancer of the Year with the prominent American Dance Awards competitions. Some students have gone on to seek their own professional careers in touring companies; theatre companies; productions such as “Encore” in Tokyo Disney, Japan; and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. As a member of ADAPT, several of her students have achieved the highest grade of the syllabus. Lorraine’s positive and upbeat teaching style has made her an excellent motivator and admired by all her students.

Catherine Friesen

Catherine Friesen

Teacher and Choreographer

Born in Ottawa, Catherine was trained in Russian and Cecchetti ballet at National Capital Dance Educators. At the age of 12, she went to the National Ballet School in Toronto; and then two years later, she studied at the School of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Catherine has performed with Ottawa Ballet; Les Jeunes Ballet du Quebec’s tour of France and Switzerland; and with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in their Western Canada and Quebec tour. After doing an apprenticeship with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, she started to take an interest in Musical Theatre. She performed in “Hey Mr. Producer,” a Tribute to Bob Fosse as a dancer/singer on a cruise line. She decided to start travelling the world through her dance career! She worked on Crystal Cruise Lines as the Lead Adage couple performing in the Pas de Deux from Carousel Ballet and Romeo & Juliet. Catherine also continued to perform as a dancer/singer in 12 different revue shows. She became the Dance Captain for the last three years of cruising while still performing full-time. Once Catherine decided she wanted to remain on land, she performed in the hit musical Cabaret in Montreal; and then in a touring show called “Best of Broadway.” Catherine still performs with a company in Montreal. While she is not dancing, she is either choreographing or teaching ballet, pointe, pilates or “Family Dance Jam.” Catherine is also a certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor.

Ping Feng

Ping Feng

Teacher

Ping Feng is a former Premier Danseur with the Ottawa Ballet Co. and the Beijing Dance Academy Ballet Co. He was also a company member and teacher with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreál. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the Beijing Dance Academy and has many years of teaching experience.

Sylvie Chagnon

Sylvie Chagnon

Teacher and Choreographer

As a tap teacher and choreographer in several studios and school programs in Gatineau for two decades, Sylvie became interested in dance education at a very young age. Trained under the Al Gilbert method, she made her debut in the mid-70s in Quebec City. She first taught in different local communities, as well as at “Les Ballets-Jazz de Québec” school. In 1977, Sylvie created a folk group named Riverains, and led this group for four years. After completing her Bachelor's degree in education, she joined the folk troupe Les Sortilèges in Montréal, with whom she danced professionally for two years. In 1997, Sylvie met Mr. Brian Foley, founder ADAPT, and quickly developed an interest in his syllabus and teaching methods. She participated in several workshops in Ottawa and Toronto, allowing her to deepen her knowledge. Over the years, she has seen her students grow and excel both during exams and competitions. Since 2012, Sylvie has had the opportunity to be part of the ADAPT team, where she was entrusted with the task of promoting the French version of the syllabus. In addition, she has been invited to become an examiner for the ADAPT exams. Sylvie is happy to share her passion with the students of Studio Danielle.

Angèle Lafontaine

Angèle Lafontaine

Teacher and Choreographer

Born and raised in Sudbury, Angèle’s intense passion for dance was apparent from an early age. Being influenced and mentored at local dance establishments including Happiness is Dancing…, Company G Dance Academy and Sudbury Secondary School, Angèle is proficient in styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, lyrical, modern, contemporary and hip hop. Angèle’s love for the art eventually led her to Montreal, where she studied in the contemporary dance program at Concordia University. She took part in many festivals and performances and always seized opportunities that would aid in her growth as an artist. In 2008, she trained with Trademark, a Montreal-based hip hop group, competing in many festivals including World of Dance in New York. Upon graduation, she decided to make her focus hip hop. She danced and choreographed for Driven Dance Company and established Sick Mindz Think Alike, both Ottawa based hip hop groups. She participated in various charity events and shows throughout the city as well as continued to inspire young dancers by teaching workshops at both elementary and high schools. Now an elementary school teacher, Angele enjoys sharing her passion for dance with her students in the classroom as well as at the studio.

Shelby Aldwinckle

Shelby Aldwinckle

Teacher

Shelby has been dancing with Studio Danielle and competing with the Aylmer Avenue Dance Company for more than a decade. She is proficient in all forms of dance taught at the studio, having completed ADAPT exams in both Tap and Jazz, as well as RAD exams in ballet and BATD exams in acro. Shelby has also been assisting and teaching for the studio for several years. She takes pride in sharing her love of dance with young students starting out, and mentoring students looking to advance in their dance classes.

Mêlyna Eburne

Mêlyna Eburne

Teacher and Choreographer

Mélyna took her first dance steps at Studio Danielle at the age of eight. Today, Mélyna shares her growing passion by teaching various recreational and competitive groups. Despite her age, Mélyna was able to demonstrate her talent on several occasions: she was the recipient of a scholarship at the École des Jeunes Ballet du Québec, and recognized as a complete dancer. She also participated successfully in the Winnipeg Great Ballet hearings; and her talent as a ballerina allowed her to win two roles in The Nutcracker production of the Grands Ballet of Pennsylvania. At dance competitions she has also received awards such as Dancer of the Year, which led her to participate in national competitions and work with internationally renowned choreographers. In addition, Mélyna participated in the shooting of the video clip "Rules for Lovers" by Richard Walters. A passionate dancer, she is also a devoted teacher and choreographer: in fact, in her first year as a choreographer for the Studio Danielle competitive team, she won the Young Choreographer of the Year award at a regional competition. Mélyna’s professionalism and work ethic make her a model for young dancers in the studio.

Maxine Pilon

Maxine Pilon

Teacher

Maxine has been dancing since the age of five, and competed from age eight to her graduating year of 17 in styles including ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary. She has completed a number of jazz and rap ADAPT exams, as well as many ballet exams from the Royal Academy of Dance. Her first solo experience was choreographed by the founder of the studio, Danielle Kelley, who mentored her and helped her grow into the dancer she is today. Maxine was invited to perform in 2016 with "Five Star Company," directed by Jacques Monfiston, where she had the privilege to work with many amazing dancers and choreographers: Kim O'Neil, Jerome Bobb, Linda Garneau, and Jacques Monfiston himself at The Barcelo Beach Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Maxine shares her passion with her young Studio Danielle students in ballet and tap—her strong suit, as she has performed a number of solos in these genres. She is also a student at the University of Ottawa in the "Human Rights and Conflict Studies" program, and plans to graduate in 2020.

Lisa Marie Burka

Lisa Marie Burka

Choreographer

Lisa-Marie Burka has more than a decade of experience in teaching dance. She has trained in the disciplines of ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and acrobatics; and received her elementary level certification in ballet from the RAD. During her 20-plus years of dance training, she received many awards for performance and choreography, even having her choreography showcased at Disney World in Florida. She has adjudicated at several competitions and was a member of the choreography team for the 2004 Grey Cup held in Ottawa. Lisa-Marie is also director and founder of Graffiti Dance Company, a group that has performed at numerous functions throughout the Ottawa area.

Caroline Lepage

Caroline Lepage

Teacher

Caroline began dancing with Studio Danielle at the age of seven. Throughout the years, she danced as a competitive student, while focusing on completing her ballet exams. She trained in different styles of dancing while following the ADAPT program in jazz, and the RAD training program in ballet. Caroline has taught recreational and competitive dancers at Studio Danielle since 2010 and at different studios in the Ottawa/Gatineau area, which have helped her grow as a young teacher. She also lived in Quebec City, where she took classes at École de danse de Québec with renowned teachers, and where she taught at different elementary schools. As a young ballet teacher, Caroline pushes herself to develop a new approach to teaching ballet and sharing her passion for dance.

Daphné Barrette-Aubry

Daphné Barrette-Aubry

Teacher

Daphné began dancing at the age of four. Since then, she has competed in several dance competitions (regionals as well as nationals); and been trained and done exams in ballet under the RAD syllabus, and in jazz and tap under the ADAPT syllabus. Daphné also has training in acro, lyrical and contemporary. When she first began to teach, she realized how much she loved to watch her young students always wanting to learn more. She is currently doing the teacher training school (TTS) program to become a certified dance teacher. Daphné hopes to keep learning more on how to help her students, and always share with them her passion for dance.

Anisa Saouab

Anisa Saouab

Teacher and Choreographer

Anisa grew up dancing at Studio Danielle and has been with the studio ever since—now as a dancer as well as a teacher and choreographer. With experience in tap, ballet, jazz, acro and hip hop, Anisa has won many awards—some even multiple times. She has been America's Teen and Senior Dancer of The Year, was Senior Miss Candace 2nd Runner-up in 2015 for a tap solo, and won first place Teen Novice Soloist for one of her choreographies. Most meaningful to Anisa is being crowned the winner and title holder of Senior Miss Candace 2016. Anisa owes much of her success to Studio Danielle, and enjoys passing on her knowledge and passion to her students.

Emilie Potie

Emilie Potie

Chloé Gerard

Chloé Gerard

Teacher

Chloé began dancing when she just a toddler—and has since practiced jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary and acro; completed and successfully passed many ADAPT exams; and won multiple prizes as part of the Studio Danielle competitive team. In addition to performing in the Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker, Chloé also proudly won 3rd runner-up at the ADA national competition. She has also performed for WE Day, an event and movement that brings people together, giving them the tools to change the world.

Annie Yelle

Annie Yelle

Teacher

Annie’s dance journey started more than 30 years ago, after her mother took her to see The Nutcracker Ballet. She began ballet training (RAD) at The Helene Tassie School of Dance (now Académie Extravadanse). Over the next 23 years there, she also trained in jazz and tap (ADAPT), conditioning and stretch classes, musical theater, hip hop and lyrical; and was part of the competitive dance team. As a student, she also took part in exams in ballet tap and jazz. Her dance background also includes dancing with the OttawaU dance team, and later on as an adult at Studio Coincidanse. Annie has several years of teaching experience with children and adults, having spent several years at Académie Extravadanse and studios across the Gatineau region, helping with competitive teams, exam prep and recreational dance classes. Annie has her ADAPT teacher’s certificate, and is working toward her acro teacher’s certification. She is also a qualified yoga teacher.

Julie Melchin

Julie Melchin

Teacher and Choreographer

Julie has been with the Studio de Danse Danielle for over 30 years. First as a student and now as a Teacher/Choreographer with the school she’s known all her life. Julie joined our competitive dance team at the age of 7 and competed for 10 years in many local, National and International competitions. During her time with the team, Julie had the opportunity to perform on various television shows, including the Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill. Julie received her Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (A.D.A.P.T.) Certification in 2013.

Although her journey has taken her down many different paths, none has been more compelling than her love and her passion for dance. Trained in various styles such as Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical/Contemporary, Modern Dance even Ballroom and Latin dancing, Julie recognizes now that her true passion has always been Tap. “It makes me feel so free and creative”.

In our School, Julie works with students of all ages, from beginner to advanced. She teaches our pre-competitive and full-time competitive students . Her unique teaching style has made her an asset in our studio. “Dancing is a part of me. I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without it. Hopefully, one day, I can make a difference in a child’s life through dance.”