The Artistic Director 

Andrea Palmer


Director, choreographer, dancer, writer and teacher, Andrea Palmer has spent over 30 years studying and performing dance. Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, her pursuit of excellence has led her to some of the finest institutions in the world including: The National Ballet School of Canada, The Alvin Ailey School of American Dance, and the Jose Limon Institute in New York City.

Her credits include performances for both television and film, choreography for the Grand Opening of Montreal’s “Theatre National”, Artistic Direction and choreography for Flexx 2001- an annual summer dance festival in Montreal which attracted some 3500 spectators, a tour of United Nations Army bases in Bosnia / Herzegovina, as well as performances with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project during the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse (2001).

Her unique and dynamic approach to the teaching of dance has made her a sought after guest teacher at summer dance programs across Canada. Several of her former students are now enjoying professional careers in dance.

A member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance, Andrea has served as adjudicator for The Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival 2014, The B.C. Annual Dance Competition 2015, The American Dance Awards Canadian Tour, D-Force, Shine and Terpsichore Dance Festivals, to name a few. She has performed and shared her passion for dance across Canada, The United States and Europe.

In 2006 Andrea was honored to give master classes in Saint Petersburg, Russia and in England thanks to a grant from The Canada Council of the Arts. From 2007-2010 she continued to share her passion for dance in NORWAY as director of the jazz dance program for the Ørsta Volda Balletskule. She is a member of the International Council of Dance based in Paris, France.

Andrea has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Dance at the Université du Québec à Montréal. (UQAM). For two years, she directed a series of dance intensive workshops called Brilliance geared toward the emerging professional dancer in Montreal. Andrea was one of the original teaching faculty at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens; Les Studios. Andrea Palmer became the Artistic Director of the Kingston School of Dance in September 2018.


Kay Kenney

Contemporary, Barre Burn, Street Jazz, Jazz, Sr.Contemporary Company


Originally from Kingston, ON, Kenney graduated from the Professional Contemporary Dance Programme at The School of Dance(Ottawa) in 2012.   Since then Kay has collaborated in research and performance with Caroline Barrière, Cathy Kyle-Fenton, Sylvie Desrosiers/Dorsale Danse, Jocelyn Todd/Lawless Dance Co, Mayday Danse, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Andrea Nann/Dreamwalker Dance Co, Dark Horse Dance Projects, all across Ontario, Quebec and recently Europe.  For 5 years Kay performed and choreographed work for Dances By Youth For Youth, a project originally mentored by Peter Boneham through The School of Dance.

In 2016 Kay successfully brought the 1st local full length contemporary dance production to Kingston, followed by spring 2017 where she was the first local dance artist presented at The Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, and directed and mentored the first local Contemporary Dance Series hosted in Kingston, Movement Market/SERIES 2018.  Most recently Kenney was selected as a Youth Arts Ambassador for Ontario where she presented the first of many community projects, Movement Market/DANCE as COMMUNITY.  She is also a Licensed Fletcher Pilates Instructor.

Kay is a proud company member of Ottawa Dance Directive for the past four seasons, collaborating with artists such as Chick Snipper, Andrew Turner, Mélanie Dermers, Harold Rhéaume and artistic director Yvonne Coutts.  Since 2013 Kenney has been a company member of Social Growl Dance (Riley Sims/Toronto) and also acts a rehearsal director for projects and intensives.  Kay is a proud member of the Kingston Community and is passionate about evolving the artistic experiences within the city, to open new doors and give new opportunities for expression and collaboration through movement.

Emily Stoddart

Tap & Acro


Emily Stoddart began her dance training in her hometown of Sechelt, British Columbia at the Coast Academy of Dance at the age of eight.  For over ten years, Emily studied a wide variety of styles including Tap, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, and Ballet.  She has achieved high results in both Tap and Modern examinations, including having completed the highest professional performance exam, Advanced 2 Modern and has received many awards for both solo and group pieces in numerous competitions.

After three years of studying the art of teaching, Emily has received her Associate level of certification with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.) in London, England.  Emily is currently attending Queen’s University and is enrolled in her second year of studying Kinesiology and Physical Health Education.  She is excited to share her passion for dance through teaching and is thrilled to be a part of the Kingston School of Dance family!

Erin Thompson

Hip Hop

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Erin comes to KSD with over 30 years of experience in dance.  After being trained for most of her childhood in classical ballet, Erin became interested in traditional Irish dancing.  Although she enjoyed both, she was exposed to hip hop dance at the age of 16 and completely fell in love with art of freestyle movement.  Erin auditioned for Culture Shock Canada and quickly became a dancer and instructor for the Toronto troupe and Artistic Director for the Hamilton Troupe.  She has performed in venues such as Caribana, Toronto Street Festival, the CanFitPro Opening Ceremonies, the Culture Shock Annual Showcase in Ottawa, and the International Culture Shock Showcase in San Diego, California.  In 2002, Erin was picked up by Rhythmic Waves and competed on the world stage with team Canada in Prague, Czech Republic in Aesthetic Group Gymnastics.  In 2005, using her unique fitness, strength, and hip hop dance choreography, she earned professional fitness athlete status as the Toronto Centrals Fitness Champion.  Erin founded Hip Hop Kids Niagara, which regularly attracted over 100 local children per class for a weekly freestyle celebration of hip hop dance.

For the past 10 years, Erin has held the position of Supplementary Physical Training Coordinator and Physical Educator at the Royal Military College of Canada.  During her time at the college she equipped hundreds of students with the skills necessary to become active, to become well, and to see better performance results under pressure.  She strives to foster an environment where physical, mental, and social well-being are at the forefront of every activity and one where individuality, inclusivity, and passion for movement are encouraged and celebrated.

Elysse Chennette

Jazz , Mini Dance, Contemporary, Ballet & Step Dance

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Elysse Chennette grew up dancing in Stittsville (Ottawa) at Pointe of Grace Dance Company. She has studied ballet under the Cecchetti method since age 6, and has completed exams up to the Intermediate level. For 6 years she competed within Canada and the United States in the styles ballet, stepdance, and musical theater. Since moving to Kingston in 2014 for university, she continued dancing in multiple styles with Queen’s Dance Club. Additionally, she was a part of Queen’s Dance District, an organization motivated to liaise all of the dance groups at Queen’s University. She helped to organize a school-wide dance battle and was Co-President in 2017/18. She has performed for three consecutive years in the Juvenis Festival under choreographers Kay Kenney and Charlotte Nadine (initially/(un)conditionally-2016; Unfamiliar-2017; and, Movement Market/SERIES- 2018). She was the choreographer for Blue Canoe Productions’ Spring Awakening (Juvenis Festival 2018) and Legally Blonde (Summer 2018). This past May she graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education.

Jessica Irwin

Lyrical Fusion

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Jessica is a graduate of York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design. She graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) specializing in Performance and Choreography. During her time at York, she performed in Fleur De Sel, Dance Innovations Counter/Point, Terpsichore-in-progress and Beginnings & Endings. Jessica was also a member of the York Dance Ensemble’s pre-professional modern dance company, and has performed with them in numerous shows and on TEDX. While at York, Jessica trained in the Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus, and the modern dance styles of Jose Limóné and Martha Graham under the direction of professionals including Helen Jones (Martha Graham Company), Jenifer Bolt, John Ottoman (ProArteDanza Director and Coordinator), Tracy Norman and Megan Andres (Founder of The Dance Current). During her final year at York she studied under the direction of Modern Dance artist, Julia Sasso, participating in choreography and performance intensives.

Prior to her University and professional dance career Jessica danced competitively for several years and has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, acro, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, cheerleading, modern, and contemporary. During this time, she competed in several national and international competitions receiving numerous high honours awards, including International Titles. It was also during this time that she successfully completed Jazz and Tap exams under A.D.A.P.T..

Jessica has been a company member of TDC Entertainment, Sole Power Productions and D’air Dance Collective where she performed professionally in numerous commercial dance shows. Most recently Jessica has danced in the Juvenis Festival’s performance Unfamiliar, Women in Coats, and The Path working closely with Kingston choreographer Kay Kenny and Charlotte Tessier, respectively. Jessica has also choreographed for the Kingston Street Ballerina Project.

Jessica is continuously seeking opportunities to professionally develop and has thus participated in various master classes and workshops from professional dance artists such as Blake McGrath, Danny Lawn, and Mia Michaels. She is also a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance and has taken her Beginner/Junior and Intermediate/Advanced Level acro courses from Acro-Demics. Jessica has been teaching dance for many years and has won numerous choreography and high score awards for her routines.

Jessica is also a graduate from Queen’s University Bachelor of Education program and specializes in teaching Primary/Junior Grades. In her spare time, she works for Royal Princess Parties as a dancer, singer and actress. She works at the H’ART Centre teaching dance to adults with intellectual exceptionalities. She is also a teacher for the HAAP! program which delivers dance programs to those in long-term care facilities helping to prolong their longevity and quality of life.

Jessica continues to learn and grow as a dance artist, choreographer and teacher and hopes to share her passion of dance, choreography, and education with others, while inspiring her own students to work hard and dream big because anything is possible.

Alina Anton

Ballet, Pointe, Repertoire, Broadway Jazz

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Originally from Constanta, Romania, Alina Anton has been dancing her entire life while traveling the globe (55 different countries!). She studied at the National College of Arts “Regina Maria” in Constanta and graduated with her Certificate of Vocational Proficiency as a Professional Dancer acquiring choreography knowledge. In Romania she was taught and trained to teach the Russian Vaganova Ballet method. After completing her studies, Alina started her professional dancing career at the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet “Oleg Danovski” and performed in various operas and ballet performances such as Traviata, Aida, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty and La Fille Mal Gardee. She then branched out to take her talents all over the globe. Starting in 2000, Alina performed different styles of dance at the Huis Ten Bosch – Amusement Park in Japan. From there she was contracted by the National Theatre of Operetta and Musical “Ion Dacian” where she toured both Germany and Austria. Furthermore, Alina spent quite some time on various luxury cruise ships such as The Queen Mary II, Carnival Fantasy, and Carnival Inspiration where she performed and taught a variety of different dance styles such as ballet, contemporary, Broadway, and ballroom.

Alina now calls Kingston home and resides here with her husband Mat and her daughter (and tiny dancer) Caleesi.

Alina is proud to be a teacher at the Kingston School of Dance and she takes pride in the positive impact dance and her teaching can have on her students lives.

Meredith Dault

Ballet, World Rhythms, Latin Jazz

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Meredith Dault is trained in ballet and modern dance, and is also an avid salsa dancer. She studied ballet at Dancer’s Academy and at Vince Parrell’s Dance Centre in Toronto, and modern dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. As a performer, she has worked with choreographers Peggy Baker, Peter Chin, Ebon Gage and others. She has also taught with the Queen’s Salsa Club and at the Kingston School of Dance. Meredith is a founding member of the Kingston Stilters, a stilt-walking troupe that has performed at the Skeleton Park Arts Festival, Queen’s University, the Kingston Pride Parade and as part of the City of Kingston’s Culture Days, among other venues. She has extensive experience working with the community, including as Chair of the Kingston Arts Council and as a board member at the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre.

Victoria Bassard-Manahon

Acrobatic Arts 


Hailing from Ottawa, Victoria Brassard-Monahan took to dance at an early age starting off with classes at her local community center. She took classes in a broad range of styles, including Jazz, Hip-hop, Ballet, Contemporary, and Lyrical. When she switched to KV Dance Studio, however, Victoria wanted to try something new. Taking technical classes with Acrobatics coach, Victoria Kouzmina, inspired her to look toward Acrobatics for a new interest. With this new interest came a myriad of opportunities.

In 2016, Victoria had the chance to partake in workshops by Contortion trainer, Betsy Wray Shuttleworth, in order to augment her Contortion expertise. The same year, she also achieved her Acrobatic Arts teacher certification after attending training with Acrobatics expert Mandy Yip. In the final year of Victoria’s secondary education she began dancing competitively, competing in Hip-hop, Acro, and Lyrical categories at competitions such as Dance Starz, Move with the Beat, and Shine. With her competitive dance team, she has performed in award and scholarship-winning dance routines while receiving invitations to perform said routines in England and Las Vegas. In 2017 Victoria was accepted into l’École Nationale de Cirque’s two-week summer intensive program and trained with Irena Bozyan, William Bonnet, Pierre Carrier and Itzel Viruega at a state of the art facility in Montréal, Québec. She has been a volunteer, an assistant, and an instructor over the course of her time in Ottawa and continues to seek out opportunities to learn and inspire as an instructor.

Victoria moved to Kingston to attend Queen’s University for her undergraduate degree, though wishing to continue teaching, made her way onto the faculty at Kingston School of Dance.

Ricardo Lopez


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Originally from Veracruz Mexico, Ricardo has participated in several World Master series in Salsa including; the Adolfo Indacochea World Mastery: Beginners Salsa NY/Mambo style (2018), the  Adrian y Anita World Mastery: Intermediate Salsa LA style( 2017) and the Adrian y Anita World Mastery: Beginners Salsa LA style (2017 ). Ricardo  performs  regularly in events in Kingston and is thrilled to bring his passion for Latin culture and dance to K.S.D.