About Us

Contact Information:

Address:  12 Church Street E., Acton Ontario L7J 1K4   

Phone #:  519-853-8628


Email:       info@totaldanceinnovations.com

  • 3 large studios featuring
    • sprung floors
    • full size mirrors
    • viewing windows
  • spacious lobby
  • large changerooms

 

Lynda
- Artistic Director

Lynda Mary Yurkin, RAD, CDTA

Lynda Yurkin has over 35 years experience choreographing and teaching dance.  Her creativity, passion and dedication to developing and training young talent are the driving forces behind her professional career.  Currently she holds a Teaching Diploma and is a Fully Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.  Ms. Yurkin has received certification in Modern and National Dance with the Imperial Society of Teachers Dancing.  Lynda is also a Full Member with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association, with teaching certifications in the disciplines of Acrobatics, Jazz and Tap, and is a certified member of the International Association of Dance Adjudicators.

 

Lynda has extensive training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, acrobatics, modern, hip hop, musical theatre and national dance.  She began her initial training with Joanne Chapman School of Dance in Mississauga, Lynne Morrison School of Ballet in Brampton and Brian Foley’s School of Dance in Toronto.  She attended high school at Etobicoke School of Performing Arts, and continued her studies by completing the Dance Teacher Training Program at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.

 

Lynda is familiar with many forms of dance, and continues to expand her knowledge by participating in classes and workshops throughout Canada and the United States.  Lynda has had the privilege of training with many exceptional dancers and teachers, including Nadia Potts, Sharon Wong, Timothy Spain, Audrey Looker and Stelio Calagias.

 

Ms. Yurkin has been critically acclaimed for her choreography, winning many awards at dance competitions throughout North America.  She has also choreographed for skaters, gymnasts, variety shows, pageants and music theatre productions.

 

Lynda has taught at several dance studios throughout Ontario and British Columbia.  For the past 19 years, she has been the Artistic Director of her own award winning dance studio, Total Dance Innovations.  Lynda has trained hundreds of students throughout her professional career, preparing them for examinations and competitions in several dance disciplines.  Many of her students have gone on to achieve careers in dance themselves, as teachers, choreographers, adjudicators and performers.  Ms. Yurkin has been a guest teacher for several dance workshops and has designed, developed and presented for both teacher training and choreographic seminars.

 

 

TDI Faculty:





Samantha Salihar

Samantha is an accomplished competitive dancer who realized her passion for dance at a young age. After graduating from the competitive dance team, she studied human anatomy and physiology at Sheridan College in the General Arts and Science program and soon after completed the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies to become a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. She is also certified with Acrobatic Arts (AAC2), Progressing Ballet Technique, ADAPT (year 1), and is a proud member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance. Most recently, Samantha has continued to fuel her thirst for knowledge by attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education, during which she received the Iris Truscott Scholarship. 

Samantha’s career as a dance educator began when teaching the town’s Parks and Recreation dance program at the studio. She has since spent many Saturday mornings teaching the youngest dancers as well as many late nights coaching the most advanced level dancers. She is extremely proud of her students, some of whom have gone on to pursue professional dance careers.

Samantha’s teaching style and enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge with aspiring dancers ensures that all students receive technical training that meets the highest international standards, while enthusiastically helping students to achieve their own personal goals. Samantha promotes professional etiquette, healthy attitudes, and mutual respect for everyone, setting the stage for a positive learning environment where students  receive a broad dance education.






 

Leah Cameron

Leah Cameron began dancing at the age of four and has continued to enhance her career ever since. After focusing on classical styles of dance in prestigious training programs such as the Joffrey Ballet School and Pacific Dance Arts, she made the move to Toronto. From performing in the MMVA’s with LMFAO to guest appearing in a production of Giselle, Leah’s versatility is letting her explore multiple venues of dance. While in Toronto she has had the privilege of working with Jasmyn Fyffe Dance as an apprentice for ‘Pulse’ where she has performed at the Next Stage Theatre Festival, Dance TO Showcase, and more, BOSS Dance Company where she competed in the Choreographer’s Cup in LA, Diamond Dancers Entertainment where she was the opening performance for Elton John (Hot Pink Party – NYC), Breakaway Entertainment, Sonder Dance Collective and other freelance work such as Jully Black’s music video “Do You Love Me” choreographed by Hollywood Jade. As a choreographer she has had the opportunity to choreograph for Pacific Dance Arts’ Mexico tour, Diamond Dancers’ samba and disco shows, and Sonder Dance Collective’s Pride set and Video Diaries. Most recently she choreographed ‘Perception’ for New Blue’s Un, Deux, Trois festival and is the Assistant Choreographer for ‘Anatomy of a Dancer’ premiering at the Toronto Fringe Festival this July. Leah has been teaching dance for both recreational and competitive dancers for over 10 years at studios in Calgary, Vancouver and the GTA and is very excited for the upcoming year with Total Dance Innovations!









Meagan Speakman

Meagan Speakman is a passionate dancer, choreographer, and instructor based in Toronto, Ontario. She has 23 years of experience in various forms of dance, while specializing in jazz, tap, hip-hop, and lyrical. Recently she has begun teaching different techniques of dance fitness where she gains inspiration from cheerleading, burlesque and most importantly, body-positivity. 

 

Her love of dance and choreography was sparked at a young age when she created and lead an all-female dance group, which successfully booked multiple performances and vocal artist back up dancing all across Toronto.

 

Most notably, Meagan has performed and choreographed for professional cheerleading teams in front of over 10,000 fans for 8 years, learning and excelling along the way. She has recently taken on the more advanced roles of Coach and Head Choreographer for the Toronto Rock Cheerleaders, as well as the Toronto Wolfpack Dance Squad. 

 

Meagan’s extensive qualifications come from training in both local and international programs. She graduated from the Commercial Dance Program at George Brown College before taking Lindsay Ritters Scholarship Dance Program working with many industry professionals. She trained in the coveted Tap Intensive Course run by award-winning choreographer, Shawn Byfield.

 

Meagan knows her way around the highly competitive dance industry and has appeared in multiple music videos, live television events on Much Music, and has performed during corporate and industry events across the GTA. One of her standout projects included working with some of Toronto’s elite Drag Queens by choreographing for a live holiday-themed Drag Show titled Snow Queen. This special event nearly filled the Elgin Winter Garden Theatre and was able to donate $5,000 to the 519 Community Centre. Meagan dedicated her time and talent to the project as a way to help give back to the LGBTQ community.

 

 

She now devotes her time to not only performance and choreography, but also sharing her fire and motivation with the students she works with. She wishes to continue igniting passion and versatility with aspiring dancers for years to come!







 



Amber Piette
 

Registered Kin
 (Inactive), CSEP-PT, CanFitPro Fitness Instructor


Amber began dancing at the age of 8, when TDI first opened their doors. She quickly developed her love of dance and joined the competitive team the following year. Amber continued competing in various styles of dance including jazz, acro, tap, hip hop and lyrical all while attending various workshops over Ontario and the USA to extend her knowledge and skills of dance. Amber became a student member of the Royal Academy of Dance while she worked to complete several ballet exams over the years. Her highest completion was the Intermediate ballet exam in 2009. 


Amber began teaching as a Junior Teacher at the age of 16. In 2010 she completed her Associate Teaching Certificate with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association in Acrobatics. She has been teaching various styles of dance ever since.

Thanks to her love of dance, Amber advanced her knowledge into the fitness field and has since received a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) in Kinesiology, a Fitness and Health Diploma and a certificate in Gerontology. She has become a certified personal trainer with CSEP, as well as a CanFitPro certified fitness instructor with a specialty in older adults. In 2016 Amber became a registered kinesiologist with the Ontario college of Kinesiologists.







Monique Lalande

Monique began dancing in 2001 where she quickly discovered her love of dance. She not only danced competitively, but also trained under the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus where she completed and passed a number of ballet exams. As a competitive dancer, Monique had the opportunity to compete in various styles of dance including jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, tap, and hip hop. Through the years Monique took workshops across the GTA as well as traveled to Dallas Texas, and Las Vegas in which she received a studio scholarship to attend. With completing a teaching certificate through TDI, Monique began teaching as a student teacher in 2008. At this point, Monique discovered that her passion was to teach and to pass the love of dance to each of her students. She began teaching competitive dance classes in 2015. Over the years her routines have received numerous awards including “Best Choreography”. Today, Monique continues to teach at TDI, works as an occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant in a hospital setting, and has recently returned to school to become a registered nurse. She is thankful for the opportunities and experiences she has achieved through dance and hopes to continue to pass her passion along to all of her students.









Samantha Russel

Samantha is has over 10 years of teaching experience with students of all ages. She began her training at an early age and has studied multiple dance styles including jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet, musical theatre, acro & lyrical. Her passion for teaching is driven by her creativity, dedication to her students and her love of dance. 


Samantha is an accomplished competitive dancer earning numerous awards throughout her competitive career. She also has a passion for drama has performed in productions of Alice in Wonderland, Taming of the Shrew and various improv shows.  


Samantha holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and works full time in the radio entertainment industry. She continues to take classes to further her dance education. Samantha loves sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with her students and believes dance should be fun and accessible for all. 







 




Brie Lirette

Brie began dancing at the age of 6 and became a part of the TDI family at the age of 9. She has been formally trained in acro, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, ballet, and tap. Over the years Brie has developed a great skill and passion for acro, she has always been recognized for her strength and flexibility. Brie began teaching dance at the beginning of high school. Additionally, she was a founding member and captain of the Georgetown High School Dance Team. During Brie's last few years of dance she won special awards and received the highest mark of the competition many times for her acro and contemporary solos. She also received many choreography awards in high school dance competitions. Despite Brie's love of dance, she decided to pursue veterinary medicine. Brie once again displayed her strong leadership skills and innovative abilities by establishing Carleton University's first ever Pre-Veterianry Medicine Club. This year she graduated at the top of her class from Carleton University with a bachelor's degree in Health Sciences with a Concentration in Biomedical Sciences. With experience in small animal, large animal, wildlife, and exotic medicine Brie has found her calling in small animal emergency practice. Brie hopes to attend Ontario Veterinary College next year. In her year off she is working at Histovet Surgical Pathology diagnostic lab, volunteering at Community Veterinary Outreach, and teaching dance here at TDI!







Tara Gollop

Tara started her training at the age of 5 dancing at Total Dance Innovations in Acton. She trained in ballet (her favourite!), jazz, acro, lyrical, and contemporary. She completed numerous RAD exams and danced competitively during this time. Tara is a current student of George Brown College’s Dance Performance Program where she trains extensively in ballet, jazz, and modern, as well as vocal, acting, and music theory. For the past 4 years Tara has been a teacher at TDI. She looks forward to each new dance season where she can pass on her love of dance to students.






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