FACULTY 2021- 2022
Miss Diane, a former competitive student at LNDC, began training in dance at the age of six and she hasn't stopped dancing since! Upon joining the Lisa Naves Dance Company family in its debut year at the age of 15, she quickly fell in love with the passion and atmosphere of the studio. She became a dance assistant the next year and then started teaching under the mentorship of Lisa Naves-Abonyi at the age of 17.
Diane is now entering her eighteenth year of instructing leaps and bounds, jazz, lyrical, acrobatics, and tumbling for recreational and competitive students. Since 2011 Diane has been heading the Competitive Recreation Team (CRC) at LNDC. She has also been a competitive choreographer and has received several special recognition and overall awards, as well as, had students compete at national levels throughout North America. She has also choreographed three musical productions in Simcoe and Port Dover: The Music Man, Not Just Another Variety Show, and Fiddler on the Roof.
Diane received her Bachelor of Science in animal biology from the University of Guelph in 2002 and then, highly inspired by her love of teaching dance, she decided to attend Teachers College at Western University in 2010. Now, a high school science teacher by day, Diane is also certified by test to teach dance through Dance Masters of America in acrobatics and jazz and she holds a module 1 certification through Acrobatic Arts. Diane loves to continually grow in her own dance education and does so by attending numerous workshops and teacher training opportunities across North America with some of the most influential dance teachers and professionals.
Diane's enthusiasm and positive instructional style is loved by all of her students and she is looking forward to another exciting year of dance!
Teagan has been dancing since the age of three. She joined the Lisa Naves Dance Company competitive team in 2001 when she was five years old. During that time, she has trained in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop and Acro.
Throughout her competitive years, Teagan has received many judges recognitions and overall awards for her tap solos. She has also attended many workshops where she has had the opportunity to learn from the best.
From 2012-2015 Teagan was part the Bringing Tap Back senior company, under the direction of Everett Smith. During this time she was able to grow as a tap dancer and performer with the opportunities provided to her, such as, performing in company productions, attending tap workshops and learning about the history of tap dance.
Teagan first discovered her passion for teaching at the age of 13 when she became an assistant. Upon graduating from high school in 2013, Teagan joined the LNDC faculty teaching tap, jazz, acro and leaps and bounds. It was during this time Teagan realized her love for working with children which led her to attend the Early Childhood Education program at Conestoga College in 2016. After taking two years off from teaching, Teagan has graduated from the ECE program with distinction and is now a Registered Early Childhood Educator.
Teagan is looking forward to another amazing year at Lisa Naves Dance Company and sharing her love of dance with her students.
Amanda began her dance career over 20 years ago. She started dancing competitively at the age of six at Carol Kitchen’s Dance Centre in Brantford under the instruction of Miss Lisa. At the age of 15, she made the decision to follow her mentor and joined the competitive team at Lisa Naves Dance Company. She trained extensively in many genres including Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Acro. Amanda continued to dance recreationally after she graduated in 2008 and has been a member of the LNDC Alumni every year.
Over the years, Amanda has been able to participate in many events including being invited by Debra Brown to perform in a large production with some of the performers from Cirque Du Soleil. She has also dabbled in the modelling and film industries as well.
Amanda has continued to grow and nurture her passion for dance by expanding her versatility to include Contemporary and becoming a teacher and choreographer. Her choreography has been recognized at many competitions. Amanda has helped her students to achieve several overalls and scholarships including Teen Dancer of the Year at Luv2Dance 2018. She has completed the Junior Segments of ADAPT and Acrobatique (ADTA) Teacher certification. She has successfully completed the Module One Certification with Acrobatic Arts as well as the Progressing Ballet Technique Teacher Certification. Amanda is also a member of the Professional Adjudicator’s Alliance (P.A.A), and is looking forward to becoming a member and continuing her education with Dance Masters of America.
Most recently, Amanda has continued sharing her love of dance as a member of the Hamilton Tiger Cats Dance and Cheer Team and as a Competitive Adjudicator. She also organizes and runs her own annual summer intensive program with great success.
Amanda is passionate and strives to encourage her students to reach their full growth and potential as well as continuing to learn herself and pass on her knowledge of the ever-changing art that is dance. She is so excited to kick off the 20th season of LNDC!
Alison began her dance training at the age of 5 with the Watford Youth Activity Club, and from there a great love and passion was born. As a teenager she joined Needham School of Dance in Strathroy where she competed for 2 years and also examined in Jazz and Tap with BATD.
While away at college she continued her training with Dance London, and began teaching at Watford Youth Activity Club. 2003 saw her make the move to Simcoe and become part of the LNDC family where she enrolled in jazz, hip hop, and lyrical, as well as assisting with acro, and leaps & bounds. An amazing door opened for her when she was asked to become part of the LNDC faculty in the fall of 2005 upon successful completion of her Jazz certification from DMA. That following summer she attended DMA TTS in Buffalo to further her depth, knowledge and understanding of the dance world.
Alison has brought over 30 years of dance training to her students, instructing jazz, tap, acro, leaps & bounds, hip hop and lyrical with both recreational and competitive students. She has also attended numerous workshops with some of the top choreographers around in Toronto, Buffalo, Detroit, and New York City. She strongly believes that you are never to old to dance and thoroughly enjoys instructing the young as well as the young at heart.
Alison is a certified Physiotherapy Assistant with her Level 3 certification from Kinesio Taping Canada Personal Trainer and carries an Associate’s Degree in Exercise Science. She has completed her Level 1 coaching in gymnastics and has her Grade 8 music in piano with 2nd year of Theory from the Royal Conservatory of music. She competed as well in Figure Skating both individually and in Synchro, where she holds title of Canadian Champion in 1995.
Alison feels extremely blessed to be part of the LNDC family and to be able to share her passion for dance with every student...... past, present and future!
In her fourth year with the studio, she has loved getting to know everyone in our amazing dance community.
Jenn’s passion for dancing began in her young childhood. With the support of her parents, she was extremely fortunate to be a competitive dancer in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical & Musical Theatre for 7 years. The personal growth and lifelong friends she built are some of her most cherished memories!
When presented with an opportunity at age 15, Jenn began teaching dance classes.
She was inspired to share such valuable experiences with others. For Jenn, being on stage was always so much fun…but seeing her young dancers shine on stage?! That brought a whole other level to pride & joy!
Her dance journey lead her to pursue other avenues such as being a part of the Hamilton Ti-Cat Cheerleaders, the Toronto Rock Dance Team, and a choreographer for school productions.
Not surprisingly, Jenn’s career path took her into Elementary School Teaching, and she currently lives in Simcoe with her two beautiful
Jenn leads with her heart and gratitude…and is thrilled to continue her beloved dance journey!
Since a young age, Jordyn Winger displayed passion, natural ability and drive in all that she did. Before transitioning into dance, Jordyn competed in gymnastics, as well as various sports, which helped prepare her for the competitive world of dance.
For six years, Jordyn trained competitively at the Lisa Naves Dance Company. While competing, she won numerous scholarships, overall achievements and titles. She was often described as a powerful and versatile dancer with exceptional technique.
Jordyn has trained in various disciplines of dance including contemporary, acrobatics, ballet, partnering, jazz and hip-hop. In 2014, Jordyn successfully passed her Intermediate R.A.D. examination. She is also a certified instructor with Acrobatic Arts.
Jordyn is proud to have graduated from The Conteur Academy under the direction of Eryn Waltman, where she received intense training from some of the most reputable teachers in Canada. She both danced in and choreographed for Conteur Academy’s "Choreographic Works” presentation and also performed in "Fill in the Blanks” as part of Conteur Academy’s graduating class.
Jordyn looks forward to the next chapter of her dance career as an educator, eager to share her passion, knowledge and skill with her students.