STAFF & VOLUNTEERS

OUR TEACHERS & STAFF
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Sarah Robichaud

Sarah has been a professional 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. 

Click here to learn more about Sarah.

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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, 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

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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.

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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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Yvonne Nichols

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.  

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Paloma Olan
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.

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Lisa Eddis - Executive Assistant

Lisa graduated from Ryerson University where she studied Dance/Theatre. She was a professional dancer and actress for more than 25 years, appearing in numerous tv shows, films and theatre productions. She performed with several dance companies which gave her the opportunity to travel and see the world. Eventually she started working on the 'other side of the camera' for a talent agent, which led to working for three different agencies in Toronto.  She has
volunteered for Dancing with Parkinson's from the beginning when it was one class per week, partnering with participants that needed extra help.  Lisa was also involved in many of the fundraisers over the years.  She is thrilled to be a part of the DWP team.