Hello my name is Alyse. I dance at York Dance Academy which has three locations: Aurora, Newmarket, and Stouffville. I have been dancing since I was three but this will be my fifth year of competing! I have been dancing at my studio for six years now and I love my studio and all of my friends there. Even though I do not do them my studio does do exams but only for ballet. I do all different styles of dance like jazz, tap, ballet, acro, lyrical, and hip hop and I really like them all but if I had to pick my favourite it would have to be jazz! My favourite thing my dance studio has done is last year we participated in the Santa Claus Parade. We had a sleigh on wheels and my friends and I dressed up as reindeer and pulled the sleigh. The other people learned a dance and danced around the sleigh. Another great thing my studio did last year was to bring in Brittney and Trevor from The Next Step to do a work shop with us. That was very exciting and all of the dancers loved it. This year my studio is planning a trip to New York City in November to take a class at the famous Broadway Dance Centre and take in a play on Broadway. We are excited to hear more about this in the near future.

How many hours a week do you dance and how do you juggle dance with school and life outside of dance?

I danced about 11 hours every week last year but his year it will probably be more.  I discovered that in order to keep up with my school work, I had to be very organized and do more work on nights when I didn’t have dance. Most of my school friends know how much I dance so I hang out with them when I am not dancing.

Who is favourite dancer?

My favourite dancer is Maddie Ziegler who dances on the TV show Dance moms. She is very determined, never gives up and has amazing turns.

Why do you love dance?

I love to dance because it is fun, it makes me feel happy and it takes my mind off of other things. I love challenging myself and feeling so good about myself when I dance well.

What has been your favourite dance moment so far?

My favourite dance moment was last year when I won an overall award for my solo. I was very proud of myself.

What is your favourite thing to do outside of dance?

My favourite non dance thing to do is play soccer. I like it and am pretty good at it too! It also keeps me in shape over the summer when I don’t dance as much.




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Newmarket Studio: 17665 Leslie St. Unit 28 3E3 905-836-4939

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The York Dance Academy was founded in 1986 and has since become one of the foremost dance studios in York Region, offering programming for dancers aged 3 years to adult. Our professional staff inspire, motivate and challenge students of every age and level.  Our goal is to enable dancers to achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders and global citizens in a fun and friendly atmosphere. We are dedicated to providing the highest calibre of dance & fitness education for students in a variety of disciplines including, Acro, Ballet, Hip Hop, Irish, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Salsa and Tap.  In addition to our recreational and competitive programs, we also offer a professional teacher training program for those who wish to pursue a career in dance.

YDA also provides workshop opportunities for students who are interested in furthering their dance training and being inspired by dance professionals with a wealth of experience in their field.

Currently there are 3 YDA locations: Newmarket; Aurora; and Stouffville with fully equipped dance studios including sprung floors, quality sound systems, viewing, homework and snack areas with WIFI.  We also offer outreach programs through various school boards and private schools bringing dance into your community. We have been awarded the Reader’s Choice Award for best dance studio repeatedly throughout the years we have been in operation. The Artistic Director & Owner, Angela Tucker, was the 2009 recipient of the Business Achievement Award by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. We invite you to come and join our family to see why so many have chosen YDA as their dance studio and home away from home for over 25 years.