Christine Campbell - Director/CDTA Member
Christine began dancing ballet at the age of 3 and quickly developed her love of dance. From there she began adding classes in tap and jazz. By the time she reached her teens she was fully engrossed with a full range of disciplines including modern, lyrical, hip hop, and musical theatre.
Christine has been teaching dance throughout various dance studios in Southern Ontario since 1999, and has been running her own studio since the summer of 2008.
Students she has taught over the past fifteen years have received various recognitions such as, winning competitive overalls at Starbeat, Starcatchers, I Love Dance, Broadway Dreams, Kiwanis, Rhythm, Dance Canada, Ontario Dance Challenge, Bedazzled, Inspire, Kick It Up, Terpsichore/Dance Starz and Champions. Many of her students have also won the titles Jr. & Sr. Sweetheart/Hearthrob, along with numerous special awards and scholarships.
Christine also strongly believes in the importance of being an Exam based studio, and many of her students have successfully completed their Ballet, Jazz, and Tap exams, receiving the highest achievement of an Honours grade.
Many of the Ballare dancers have had the opportunity to perform in New York City, Los Angelas, Las Vegas, on Tiny Talent Time, in a Flash Mob, and of course, be an opening act for the Blake McGrath Concert, here in Toronto, Ontario. Their next exciting opportunity, will be to perform at a Hamilton Honeybadgers game.
Christine is a member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern. She also has her AAC1 memebership with Acrobatic Arts. Christine also has her International Dance Teaching Standards, Level One, and is a proud certified member with CLI studios in LA. Always continuing to educate herself, she has attended workshops and classes in Canada and the United States. Some choreographers Christine has worked with recently are Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Nick Lazzarini and Kenny Wormald. Christine also enjoys choreographing numbers in major productions and has worked on "A Night of Broadway" in Mississauga, ON, Keeping Time School of Dance "The Nutcracker" in Barrie, ON, Brantford Collegiate Institute's production of "Oklahoma", and Ballare Studio Dances recent productions of “Annie Jr.”, "Fame Jr.", Ballare on Broadway", and “Disney’s Cinderella Kids”.
Christine is currently a member of the Professional Adjudicator’s Alliance and A.C.E. , and continues her love of dance judging competitions.
Dani Grahn - Acro/Tumbling
Dani comes from a strict gymnastics background. She trained with Romanian Olympic medallists Nick Moscu and Cristina Bontas. At the age of 12, Dani switched to dance. She soon flourished as a strong dancer, competing in Acro, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre.
She has been teaching for close to 20 years, priding herself on proper technique, progressions, stretching and muscle conditioning. She has taught numerous workshops in the Hamilton and Niagara areas and is well known for her Tumbling training and smooth, inventive choreography.
Dani wants all of her students to build confidence and believe in themselves. She can't wait to work with the dancers of Ballare!
Lauren Hawthorne - Dance Teacher
Devon Lewis - Lyrical/Hip Hop
Devon is a third year student majoring in Cognitive Science at McMaster University. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old, training competitively at Dance Elite in Milton, ON. Devon is very passionate about dance, both dancing herself and working with others to grow and shape their craft. Devon is a certified Rhythm Works Integrated Dance Assistant Instructor, and applies this as a teacher for The Dance Ability Movement: an OT-based inclusive dance program. She is the head choreographer coordinator for the MAC Dance recreational team and has been choreographing for 2 years. She continues her training by taking classes from industry leaders and opportunity she gets. Devon is thrilled to be joining the Ballare team!