Bios

Sandra D’Arsie
Founder and Director of Let’s Dance Ltd., teaching young people to dance for the past 25 years. She has been registered and certified by Dance Masters of America for that time and has owned and operated Let’s Dance Ltd. for the past 22 years. Sandra has judged numerous Rhythm and Dance Masters of America competitions and scholarship auditions. She has also organized numerous Dance Masters Pageants and for two years, was Vice President of Dance Masters of America Chapter 43. Her students have a long list of awards and achievements, a few of these are mentioned in the About Us pages. Sandra teaches jazz, stretch and lyrical.

Dawn Milne
Dawn began dancing at the age of six and has received training throughout Canada and the United States. Most notably she had trained at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The Kirov Ballet in Washington D.C. Amongst the many prominent trainers that have molded her artist talents are Frank Augustyn, Max Ratevossian , Sergiu Stefanschi, Mary Jago and Alla Sizova. Dawn has studied with such illustrious choreographers as Brian Thomas (choreographer for Michael Jackson’s Tribute) , Mario (choreographer for Shawn Desmond) and Jay Blaze (Blaze Entertainment, Toronto). She is presently using these skills to choreograph as the captain for the University of Waterloo Dance Pak and is recognized for her innovative and original choreography. Performance has always been a passion and throughout her teens Dawn delighted in not only participating in competitions but the opportunity afforded by competition to renew old friendships gained from the experience. She has received many scholarships and awards for her articulate technique and artistic expression.

Jackie Titus
Jackie Titus has worked at Let’s Dance Ltd. for the past year in the position of ballet teacher and choreographer. Before this she was employed at Studio Dance Pointe in St. Thomas for six years. During that time she prepared students for ballet exams and choreographed dances for recital and competition. Her dances have been well received at competition earning several special and overall. She became interested in becoming a ballet teacher and choreographer when she was in high school and spent many hours in a London studio assisting teaching in all levels of ballet. She has continued to further her dance education by attending workshops offered by the National Ballet School and the Royal Academy of Dance. In 1996 she became a certified ballet teacher after successfully passing the Royal Academy of Dance Teachers Exam.

In 1994 she graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in dance. In 2010, Jackie graduated from Althouse College with a Bachelor of Education and is currently employed by the Thames Valley District School Board as an occasional teacher. She is married and has two girls who love to dance as well. She recently relocated to the New Hamburg area where she became part of the Let’s Dance Family. When not teaching (school or ballet) Jackie enjoys volunteering at elementary schools helping students with their reading and writing. As well she has helped many of the schools and teachers by choreographing dance routines for gym classes and the schools dance fests.

Jennifer Guitard-Linseman
Jen began dancing at the age of 4 and continued training in tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical for 16 years. Over these years Jen completed her exams with the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association, with top marks, competed successfully in Canada and the United States, winning many awards, and began her teaching career. This is Jen’s 19th year teaching, her 13th year with Let’s Dance Ltd. Jen teaches tap and jazz, both recreational and competitive. For Jen, it is such a rewarding experience to teach. To watch young dancers develop their skill, talent and confidence is what it’s all about.

Meghan Harding
Meghan has been dancing since the age of four, training in all dance forms. She has participated in the Royal Academy of Dancing ballet exams achieving honours. Meghan has had numerous successes at dance competitions in Canada and the United States. She has competed at national level competitions in New York City, Las Vegas, Tennessee and Ontario. Meghan has always been a dedicated and passionate dancer, and now she shares her passion with her students. She is a Wilfrid Laurier University graduate, and enjoyed being involved with the Wilfrid Laurier Competitive Dance Team during her time at Laurier. The best part of teaching for Meghan is to be able to inspire young dancers and help them achieve their goals and dreams.

Lindsay Magnus
Throughout the past twenty years, Lindsay has trained in various styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop. She began competing at the age of six, and has gained a wealth of knowledge through her competitive experiences. She has improved her ballet technique and artistic abilities by earning distinction in her R.A.D. ballet exams. Prior to joining the faculty, she assisted for several years in various forms of dance. Lindsay graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in Honours Business Administration and a Minor in Psychology. She was highly involved in the dance community at Laurier as a member and captain of the Competitive Dance Team. Lindsay is motivated by her students, and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with them.

Shelby Johnson
Shelby’s love for dance began at the early age of two, and she began competing at the age of five. Throughout her successful dance career, Shelby studied all genres of dance; learning from many different professional well known choreographers throughout Canada and the U.S. She was awarded numerous judges choice awards, overall awards and scholarships, winning titles such as Miss Petite Superstar, Miss Junior Starstep, Overall Junior Champion, Teen Dancer of The Year, and Senior Overall Champion.

As a true triple threat performer, Shelby was granted the opportunity to join a premier Talent Agency in Toronto at the age of eight. This led to numerous commercial appearances with some of the clients being Shreddies, Spinmaster Toys, Triple A Insurance, Business Depot, including a U.S. national commercial for French’s. Shelby was also selected to be part of several popular T.V. series such as The Gavin Crawford Show, Degrassi: The Next Generation, and Family Channel’s The Latest Buzz, where she was also chosen to represent Family Channel’s “Stop Bullying” campaign. The campaign included one of her many appearances in a music video; “Stand Up!” by The Latest Buzz cast. Shelby was a part of the performing cast in the T.V. movie “Felicity: An American Girl” and starred in the short film “The School” which won first place awards and many film festivals around the world. As a member of the Sears Canada Dance and Modelling team, she toured Ontario promoting new clothing lines.

She has now become a competitive teacher, where her students have achieved many overall awards and scholarships, attaining several choreography awards in the process. Continuing her performing career, she has become a member of the professional tap dance company “B.T.B” founded by Everett Smith, and is fortunate to be Everett’s assistant, while also being on the Tap Dance Centre faculty.

Shelby’s life long passion for the arts has brought her continued success and she is now looking forward to inspiring the next generation of dancers.

Nathan Espejo
Nathan Espejo has been dancing since the age of 7. He is trained in jazz, tap, acrobatics, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, salsa, and hip-hop. He is a versatile dancer garnering numerous national awards. However, his first love and passion is for hip-hop. He holds his teaching Certificate in Stage with the B.A.T.D. and shares his love for dance with all he comes in contact with. Nathan has worked with many world-renowned professionals such as Mandy Moore (SYTYCD), Marty Kudelka (Justin Timberlake’s Choreographer), Misha Gabriel (Michael Jackson’s This Is It Tour Dancer) and Kenny Wormald (Star of Footloose 2011 remake).

Cassandra Caccioppoli
Cassandra Caccioppoli began dancing at the age of 4 in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. She is a very versatile dancer being trained in various styles such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Hiphop, Musical Theatre, lyrical and contemporary. Throughout her 13 years of competitive dancing she competed across North America winning numerous overalls and National Titles including Mini Miss Dance of Canada Chapter 43, Pulse National Elite Protégé and Break The Floor’s National JUMP VIP. She has trained with some of the best in the Industry, working close with Gil Duldulao, Brian Friedman,Tyce Diorio, Luther Brown, Dave Scott and Jeff Dimitriou. Cassandra has worked and performed in several music videos and live performances with artists such as Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, Victoria Duffield, Shawn Desman, Cascada and MATTEL. She has also has landed feature dance roles in the feature films Bravetown starring Lucas Till and Carrie starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz. In 2014 Cassandra had the privilege to perform in front of thousands for the World Pride Closing Ceremonies. Most recently she has been working as one of the Assistant Choreographers to Gil Duldulao for the Janet Jackson Unbreakable World Tour. Cassandra is thrilled to share her love of dance with the next generation.

Scott MacDonald
Scott MacDonald is an accomplished and well-established Canadian-born dancer, with extensive training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and acrobatics. Scott's professional dance career began with the Philadelphia based ASH Contemporary Dance Company, where he was honoured to work with renowned choreographer, Mia Michaels, in the world premiere of her work, "3 Steps From Heaven". Later, Scott worked for Helix Dance Project: a Toronto based company, in "West Side Stories", the work of top Canadian choreographer, Linda Garneau.  Trained by top ballet teachers, Scott worked as a soloist in the acclaimed all-male ballet company, Les Ballets Grandiva. With the company, Scott performed works by George Balanchine, William Forsythe, and Brian Reeder. While with the company, Scott had the opportunity to dance in Japan, Korea, and Italy extensively. Scott has travelled to the most prestigious venues across Europe and the United Kingdom to perform in Cirque Du Soleil's touring show "Delirium", choreographed by Mia Michaels. While with Cirque Du Soleil, he was also honoured to work with famed choreographer, Wade Robson, on the workshop for the Vegas show, "Believe" and with Brazilian choreographer, Deborah Colker.  Scott, as a teacher and choreographer, is best known for his intense classes, innovation, and vast knowledge. He has had the opportunity to work across the United States and Canada, including Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Summer Program in New York City, Burn the Floor Dance Camp in Michigan, as well as having the title of Assistant Artistic Director at East Coast Movement in Northern New Jersey.

Josie Constantini
Josie has had many years of dance, gymnastics and tumbling training under her belt. Growing up as a provincial gymnast, she has learned to blend both dance and gymnastics together into acro.  Mentored and taught by Trish Thompson Creamer at Rythum Plus Dance Company, Josie has competed in numerous award winning acro numbers. Josie has been trained in acro, ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. While at Rythum Plus Josie was a part of the CDMA Junior Members in 2009.

Josie recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies. At U of T she was assistant captain of the dance team for 2 years where they won the overall high score of the competition. She was captain of the team in her final year where she choreographed many different dances in contemporary, jazz and acro, placing 3rd overall at the University Dance Challenge. She was also a part of the Marlies Dance Crew in 2016, performing at all home games. Josie's love for dance keeps growing, and she hopes to share that passion and drive with all of her students.