DWP INSTRUCTORS

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Claire Wootten

Claire is a graduate of the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School and holds an MA in Dance (York). She has taught at York University’s Department of Dance since 1990, specializing in contemporary ballet and dance education. Claire is also a certified instructor of 3-D Workout ™, an integrated fitness program based on the work of Bartenieff and Laban. In addition to her teaching, Claire is an experienced rehearsal director, an avid music student and a passionate Argentine Tango student.


Claire joined the teaching roster of Dancing with Parkinson’s Canada in 2015 and is thrilled to be combining her love of movement and music in DWP classes!

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Lainie Magidshon

Lainie has danced since she could walk, studying ballet, modern dance, expressive movement, contact improv, jazz and musical theatre. She performed with Village Folk, an international folk-dance group, and is currently a dancer, choreographer, and Co-Artistic Director of the Toronto-based community dance company, PushPULL. She is a certified Black Belt, Moving to Heal, FreeDance and FloorPlay instructor with the Nia Technique, leading movement classes for people of all ages, genders, body types, abilities and fitness levels. Lainie is also a non-denominational Metaphysical Minister, officiating at weddings and other lifecycle events. In everything she does she is committed to the important work toward equity, diversity and inclusion. Find out more about Lainie here:  www.lainiemagidsohn.com

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Robin Mcphail Dempsey

Formerly a company dancer with Toronto Dance Theatre, Robin holds a BFA in Dance form York University, and a certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy from The CREATE Institute. With this extensive training and professional experience in both dance and expressive arts, she is passionate about sharing her love of movement with dancers of all ages and abilities. Robin teaches with MamaDances, danceAbilities, for community organizations that support those living with the effects of COPD, Stroke, and Dementia, and for elementary students in the TDSB and TCDSB. Thrilled be an instructor with Dancing with Parkinson's since 2012, Robin also served as the Rehearsal Director for DWP’s Intergenerational Dance Project (2016-17), and Bridging Generations Through Dance (2018-19).

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Sarah Murphy-Dyson

Sarah toured the world as a Principal Dancer with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She also danced with Alberta Ballet, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She coached Jennifer Lopez for the film Shall We Dance, has been a Stunt Double for Kate Beckinsale and Milla Jovovich, and was in the North American Premiere of Dirty Dancing Onstage (Mirvish), which played at the Royal Alexander Theatre in Toronto for almost 2 years.  Sarah has choreographed for stage and screen, including a production of Cabaret for the Lower Ossington Theatre. Sarah lives in Toronto, works as an actor, and continues to teach, coach, choreograph, and perform dance whenever she can.  Teaching at Dancing With Parkinson’s is a career highlight, she loves sharing the powerful connection of music and dance --

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Paloma Olan

Paloma was born and raised in Mexico.  She has danced  professionally in Mexico, USA, Cuba, and Canada since 2008.

She holds a BA in dance. While living in Canada she discovered Dance for PD in August 2017 and finished her Introductory Training Course and the Advanced Training/ Professional Development Workshop in New York. Paloma resides in Houston, TX where she offers Dance classes to seniors from different mobilities in Assisted Living Facilities and community centers in the Houston area.