Sarah Jane Burton, Program Director
Sarah Jane Burton, a Laban Certified Movement Analyst, received specialized training in teaching dance for people with Parkinson’s from the founders of Dance for PD in both Brooklyn, NY, and Toronto, ON. An experienced professional choreographer, coach and researcher, Sarah Jane has been a Professor of Movement and Dance in Theatre and Drama Studies at Sheridan College, an instructor of Movement and Dance in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, and Head of Dance in the Theatre Department at George Brown College. She has her Masters Degree in Movement and Dance from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Sarah Jane has been an actor/dancer on Broadway and with touring companies in the U.S.A., as well as a guest teacher and performer in Canada, the U.S.A., Ghana, and France. She brings her professional performing and choreographic experiences to add variety to the classes.
Leslie Fisher, Associate Program Director
Leslie Fisher has a background in a variety of dance forms, as well as experience teaching dance to a variety of age groups. She has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and currently works for Guelph Dance as the Outreach and Development manager and with Guelph Youth Dance Training Program, as an instructor and Office Manager. Leslie brings not only her dance experience but her long time experience in business management to the Park’n Dance program. She is a true believer that everyone, regardless of age or ability, should be dancing.
Dianne Long, Associate Instructor
Park’n Dance has invited Dianne Long to be a co-teacher. She is a qualified professional dance teacher who is the director of the Dancers with PD program in Cambridge, Ontario.
Alison MacNeill and/or James Gordon provide inspiring music live for each class. James with his array of musical instruments helped to launch this program. Alison continually shares her creativity and vast piano repertoire to play delightful music from classical to Broadway.