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About Us

wanttodance.ca is an online destination for people in Canada who want to explore their passion for dance. Our goal is to provide information by offering the tools and motivation necessary to awaken the dancer in all of us.

Developed by Canada's National Ballet School on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, wanttodance.ca offers a searchable database to find dance studios in Canada for those who want to dance.

wanttodance.ca's Find Out provides information on the latest dance styles, tips on health practices and insight on Canada's flourishing dance community. Our Show Off section gives people the chance to share their favourite dance moves. And our Blog gives readers the scoop on current dance shows, performances and more.

Register as a member or dance studio to comment, post and interact with Canada's dance community. For the latest news and events, subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter

Have an idea? Would you like wanttodance.ca to post an event, workshop or community event? Contact us, we want to hear from you!

Staff Members

Jackielou Perez

Having dabbled in a variety of dance styles (with a particular focus on ballet), Jackielou Perez has long since hung up her pointe shoes in exchange for paper and pen. She is thrilled to be writing about the world of dance.

Katharine Harris

Katharine Harris is not a dancer. She has worked in the field of dance in a variety of capacities for over five years. She’s a big fan of both live performances and watching So You Think You Can Dance and So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Katharine lives in Toronto.

Joanna Gertler

Joanna Gertler fuels her body as frequently as possible - and usually with healthy choices. A fan of local food markets, cooking and eating Joanna participates in adult ballet and a variety of other forms of exercise.

Irene Booth

Irene Booth has been teaching for over 29 years. From an early age, Irene devoted her time in learning all aspects of the dance world. A mentor and registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, she operates an established dance school on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and enjoys adjudicating competitions and festivals all across Canada.

Tina Nicolaidis

Co-founder and artistic director of Toronto's City Dance Corps, Tina has been teaching Latin dance since 1997 and has taught in Bermuda,Greece, Ireland, Italy, across Ontario, and has participated as an instructor and performer in several Salsa conventions including Canada Salsa Congress, Puerto Rico Salsa Congress, Montreal Salsa Convention and Irish Salsa Congress.

Yasmina Remzy

Since 1981, the Middle East dance career of Yasmina Ramzy includes performing, teaching and lecturing in over 60 cities around the world, command performances for royalty and heads of state throughout the Middle East and creating choreography for many dance ensembles including Arabeque Dance Company (Canada) and the Bellydance Superstars (U.S.A.).


Rosemina Nazarali

A city girl stuck in the middle of suburbia, guest blogger Rosemina Nazarali loves music, tv and all things pop culture -including reality dance shows. Visit her blog [rosemina.com] to read more about her antics.

Christina Wallaert

Christina dreams of one day owning a house and turning the basement into a dance studio so she can dance whenever she wants. Until that happens, she has shopping and blogging to keep her busy. The highlight of her life so far was being at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and witnessing Canada's gold medal win. Dancing since she was eight years old, she continues to take dance classes in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Ballet.

Mark Dennis

Guest blogger Mark Dennis hails from Prince George, B.C. He trained at Canada’s NationalBalletSchool, and was an Apprentice with The National Ballet of Canada for one year. He now dances with the Alberta Ballet, as a member of the Corps de Ballet.