About Us
DEAA has been in business since 2005.  Our studio is equipped with Two dance
rooms, both with viewing windows.  Our staff are caring, courteous, patient and
talented.  All classes are overseen by director Tina Woodward Hurley.  Please read
our staff biographies... And, join us on FACEBOOK.
Director Tina ~ Dance and Theatre

Has been teaching students of all ages in a variety of styles of
dance for over 15  years. She has been dancing for more than 30 years.   She is a professional choreographer and
instructor. She has attained certificates and training with such recognized institutions as: C.D.T.A. (Canadian Dance
Teachers Association,) I.S.T.D (Imperial Society of Dance), R.A.D. (Royal Academy of Dance,) and is a proud member
of P.A.E.C. (Performing arts educators of Canada.) Tina holds diplomas for theatrical performance, and attended York
University for visual arts and creative writing.  She has taught in local dance schools, community programs, the city of
Toronto, for the township of Georgina and privately; jazz, tap, acro, modern, hip hop, theater, song, visual arts, ladies
fitness, and main streamed in ballet study. Tina has choreographed such local shows as Queensville  Players; Oliver,
High school Musical, Music  Man, Annie and Sound of Music.  Tina has taught dance programs in Georgina and York
Regional public schools.  She is highly experienced in both the performance and art world.
Amy Wilson ~ Dance

Amy Wilson has been dancing since she was three years old and has a
love for all disciplines of dance. Amy holds her B.A.T.D. (British Association
of Teachers of Dancing) Associate Teacher’s certificate in Stage and
Modern disciplines as well as her Member Teacher's Certificate in Ballet.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Performance Dance from
Ryerson University, as well as a Bachelor of Education degree from
York University

Lauren Blanchard~ Musical theatre

Lauren is a  graduate from the Music Theatre-Performance program which she studied at St. Lawrence College, St. Clair
College, and Sheridan College. She has always had a passion for Musical Theatre and has been singing, acting and
dancing in musicals since childhood. Lauren has had the experience of playing Polly in the Threepenny Opera, Sheila in
Hair, and Diane Lorimer in 42nd Street (St. Lawrence College), while also playing roles in The Mikado, Grease, and
staring in an original musical written by her peer, Katy Munro. During her high school years, Lauren spent most of her
time in rehearsals after school preparing for the yearly musicals, as well as other events such as So You Think You Can
Dance KHS. Lauren is absolutely thrilled to be teaching the Musical Theatre class at DEAA, and can’t wait to pass on her
knowledge and passion for music theatre!

Alyse Setten~ dance

Alyse Setten has been an avid part of the performing arts community for 15 years. She developed her passion through
dance, and added on acting and singing along the way. She has studied  tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, musical theatre and
contemporary. Alyse is currently working on her bachelor of arts degree in university . . She loves working with children
and learning from them. Alyse believes every child is unique and hopes help those qualities shine through. She has had
the pleasure of being apart of many community theatre productions including playing the role of Sharpay Evans in
Queensville players production of High School Musical, her favourite role to date. She also enjoys reading, playing guitar,
writing and watching movies alongside her many pets. Alyse has been apart of the Dance Express staff now for 4 years
and is very much looking forward to her 5th!

Annett Westlake ~ Visual Arts

Annett Westlake has been drawing and painting since a very young age.
She grew up in Germany, where she studied different mediums and technics at a private art academy in Lueneburg and
an art class in Bleckede.
Annett has entered her paintings in several art exhibitions where she has received awards.
She has taught the visual arts class for two years.
Annett’s inspiration comes from Canada’s great outdoors and wildlife.