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ABOUT DANCEWORKS

DanceWorks was first established within the Elliot Lake community in 1989 by Studio Director, Christine Brunet. 

With a focus on approachability, community, and discipline - DanceWorks offers classes for dancers of all ages and all experience levels. 

Come dance with us today! 

About Us
Faculty

FACULTY

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CHRISTINE BRUNET

Christine has been the owner/director of DanceWorks since its inception in 1989.  No stranger to the dance world, Christine is a certified instructor under the CDTA (Canadian Dance Teachers Association), BATD (British Association Teachers of Dance), Acrobatics Dance Arts, and is a Graduate of the Claude Watson School of Performing Arts in North York ON. Having studied dance since the age of 6  the dance world has always been where Christine's heart belongs. Christine has been a dance adjudicator for many years adjudicating across North America. 

Christine's love of dance and the arts fuels her desire to create strong, technical, and confident dancers. The studio has been home to thousands of dancers over the years and continues to grow with each year. Christine's Alumni students across the decades will always hold a special place in her heart.  Christine's students over the years have been students at the National Ballet School, and Quinte Ballet School (summer programs). Greece Dance Intensive and World Performers Canada to name a few. Christine continues her love of dance and hopes to do so for decades to come! Christine is also a full-time Real Estate agent at Oak Realty Ltd in Elliot Lake. 

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ERIN GUERTIN

Erin's career in dance started at the age of 6 when she registered at DanceWorks. Throughout the years she has taught and choreographed in all styles. While living in Toronto she continued to be a student of dance herself and brings new style offerings to the studio. Her focus and speciality lies within the Adult programs, but she isn't afraid to throw her hair in a high bun and remind us of her technical training as well. If you want to let your hair down in an enthusiastic class that is built on both the technical and street dance styles, then Erin's classes are for you. As a full-time Strategist in her 9-5 career, her classes are fun, encouraging, well-structured and designed to help you grow and reach your goals.  

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BROOKE PATRY

Brooke Patry has been a student of DanceWorks for the past 20 years. She was also a dance team member on  Western University's Heat Varsity Dance Team. During her competitive dance tenure, Brooke received many High Overall solo awards and was a strong member of the DanceWorks competitive team. Also, working in the medical field as an X-ray tech at Blind River Hospital we are blessed to have Brookes's talent as a teacher/choreographer on our Faculty. 

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KELSEY PATRY

Kelsey Patry has been a student of DanceWorks since the age of 3 and a dance teacher at Elite Danceworks in Barrie while finishing a Business degree during her post-secondary education. A strong technical dancer and Competitive dance team member,  Kelsey was chosen to represent DanceWorks at the Greece Invitational in 2023, was DanceWorks 
"Best All Round Dancer 2021, has won many "High Overall solo awards" throughout her competitive years.  Dance is Kelsey's world and we are so blessed to have her on our Faculty and as our Assistant Studio Director. 

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CATHARINE GEAR

Catharine Gear is a ital member of the DanceWorks team and a  DanceWorks alumni for almost 30 years.  Catharine heads the "Preschool and Kinder dance" programs and is the first face of dance our tiniest dancers meet. Catharine's love of children has created a strong foundational program with our Tiny dancers. During her competitive dance years, Catharine studied under the CDTA dance program and was a strong member of the competitive dance team. Catharine also works in the education system and with Thrive in Elliot Lake. 

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CHRISTINA TAYLOR

Christina  Taylor is a staple when it comes to DanceWorks alumni. Christina studied under the CDTA dance program with DanceWorks in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz.  Since the age of 6,  Christina was not only a dance student and featured dancer on the DanceWorks Competitive team but also DanceWorks  Best All Round Dancer 2006. Receiving many accolades during her dance career Christina continues to be a valued member of our faculty. Christina is also a full-time teacher in the education system in Elliot Lake. 

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SHANNON SEYMOUR

Shannon Seymour was born and raised in Elliot Lake.  Her dance career started at 9, dancing for DanceWorks in the jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, and musical theatre disciplines for the Competitive Dance Team.  In her teenage years, she pursued her CDTA teacher certificate qualifying her to teach aspiring students in the community.  She began her professional teaching career after post-secondary education, teaching our youngest students up to our most seasoned adults.  After starting a family, she is ready to re-enter the dance world and looks forward to working with the dancers at DanceWorks.  She is currently an elementary school teacher within our community.

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