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Happy people participating in a Park'n Dance session

Instructors

Sarah Jane Burton, Program Director

Sarah Jane Burton head from crossed arms photo

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.

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.

Leslie Fisher, Assistant to the 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.  Leslie brings not only her dance experience but her long time experience in business management to the Park’n Dance program.

Professional Musicians

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.