STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
Sarah has been a proffessional dancer for over 20 years. She is thrilled to be able to use her expertise and passion for dance to help those living with PD.
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!
Lainie has danced since she could walk, studying ballet, expressive movement, contact improv, modern and jazz dance. She performed with Village Folk, an international folk dance group, and is currently a member of the Toronto-based community dance company, PushPULL. She is a certified Brown Belt Nia instructor and Moving to Heal teacher, 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. Find out more about what she does at www.lainiemagidsohn.com
Lhara is a certified personal trainer and was a ranked member of the Canadian national rhythmic gymnastics team. Dance was always a part of her training and soon became a focus and passion leading her into musical theatre. The combination of gymnastics, dance and competitive multi-sport training enables Lhara to provide innovative and inspiring training for the PD dancers and her personal clients.
Robin Mcphail Dempsey
With extensive training and professional experience in both dance and the expressive arts, Robin is thrilled and honoured to bring her passions and skills to DWP. Highlights of her dance career include 7 seasons with Toronto Dance Theatre and travelling nationally and internationally as an independent performer. Robin facilitates expressive arts programs for numerous community groups and organizations, teaches for MamaDances and aspires to play the ukulele as well as her daughters.
Tiffany has been moving since she was able to walk. Dancing has always been a part of her life and eventually lead to a career in musical theatre. Originally from Vancouver, Tiffany moved to Toronto to be a part of LiveEnt’s SHOWBOAT. Working with the amazing choreographer Susan Stroman and legendary Hal Prince was a slice of heaven. After a stint in Beauty and the Beast here in Toronto Tiffany fell in love and settled down to have a family. Lately she teaches ukulele with Melanie Doane’s USchool helping to bring ‘Yellow Bird’ to whole new generation. Dancing With Parkinson’s is her newest passion and she says " it fills my heart with so much joy to dance every week with the gang at Woodgreen Broadview"
Yvonne holds a BFA with Honours in Dance from York University, is a graduate from Professional Training Program at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre and completed the Introductory Training Course with Dance for Parkinson’s Disease. While studying at York University, she took a course called Dance for Special Populations and was inspired to take her dance experience in the direction of dance for health. Upon graduation, she has been teaching adapted dance classes throughout the city. Performing highlights include over 15 years with Famous PEOPLE Players, touring nationally and internationally, performing as a Highland and modern dancer and as an aerialist with Gravityworks.
Paloma has a BA in Dance. She has been dancing professionally in Mexico, USA, Cuba, and Canada since 2008. She discovered Dance for PD in August 2017 finishing her Introductory Training Course and the Advanced Training/ Professional Development Workshop both in New York. Paloma has volunteered for over a year at different locations in Toronto and right after she transitioned to Dance Instructor. Paloma is a part of a dance company called "Hips Don’t Lie Dance Company" and also she is a dance coach for the Olympium Rhythmic Gymnastics Club in Etobicoke.
Ming-Bo Lam (‘Bo’) is known for her love of dance and ability to share that passion with all whom she encounters. Her choreography is rooted in classical foundations, infused with urban and commercial influences, and guided by strong internal dialogue and emotional undertones. An honors graduate with a BFA in Theatre Performance Dance from Ryerson University, Bo crossed the line between classical dance genres and the commercial industry, choreographing for theatre productions and independent dance projects and commissions. Select performance credits include the Much Music Video Awards, the Toronto Raptors’ Dance Pak, and the NBA All Star Weekend 2016. She also has extensive experience working with dance film. In addition to her work for DWP as a Certified Dance for PD© Instructor, she is also on faculty at Toronto's Millennium Dance Complex and the Underground Dance Centre. You can learn more about Bo at www.mingbolam.com.
Anisa Tejpar- Executive Assistant
Dora Mavor Moore Award winner, and three time nominee, Anisa Tejpar is originally from Toronto, and is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. She has performed works by Matjash Mrozewski, John Neumeier, Guillaume Cote, Ginette Laurin, Mauro Astolfi, Robert Derosiers, Robert Glumbek, Roberto Campanella, D.A. Hoskins, James Kudelka, Christopher House, and Hanna Kiel, among others.
Tejpar is also Co-Artistic Director of the dance entertainment firm Hit & Run Dance Productions Inc. (www.hitandrun.ca) who are the current curators of programming, and live performances at Toronto Botanical Garden and also the choreographers and directors of Casa Loma’s ‘Legends of Horror’.
Tejpar is a current member of the Board of Directors of Canada’s National Ballet School, and has worked extensively with Dancing with Parkinson’s and served as choreographer and director for their Intergenerational Dance Project connecting youth and seniors through dance.