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Where Passion And Talent Explode

Lorri’s Dance Place staff strives to provide a professional, creative and stimulating environment where our students will develop a sense of self confidence, discipline and love of the performing arts through the high standard of dance education we provide.


Lorri McKay
Lorri is the Owner and Director of LORRI’S DANCE PLACE. Lorri is a member and a Past President of Maple Leaf Dance Masters of America Ch. #43. Lorri has taught workshops and has adjudicated for many National Dance Competitions across Canada and the United States. Her students hold many National Titles and Honors, including Petite Miss Dance of America 1991, Miss Dance of America 1998 and Petite Miss Dance of America 2002.Many of Lorri’s students have gone on to become Teachers and Professional Dancers in Musicals, Ballet Companies and on Cruise Ships in North America and Overseas.


Bryanne Sawaged

Bryanne started dancing at the age of 5. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical with many accomplished teachers at Lorri’s Dance Place.Bryanne is a member teacher of the British Association Teachers Of Dance and has attended many workshops in Canada, the United States and Europe. As a competitor, she was a member of the Canadian National Tap Dance Team that won the 1st Canadian Gold Medal in 1998 in Reisa, Germany. She has also participated in many competitions at both the regional and national levels.Bryanne has taught and choreographed for many studios in the Toronto and surrounding communities. Her work has won many prestigious awards and scholarships. She has been a member of Lorri’s Dance Place faculty since 1999.Bryanne is a very passionate and energetic teacher who encourages confidence, discipline and commitment from all of her students. Bryanne has a very special talent in communicating and working with children. Her passion and love for dance shines through in the students she teaches.


Lisa Augste

Lisa Auguste (pronounced O geest) is a multi-faceted performer working out of Toronto, Ontario. She has trained extensively in ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, modern, salsa, hiphop, breakdance, and acting, and is an avid teacher, choreographer and student of her craft.

Lisa can be seen in the feature film "Shall We Dance" starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez and choreographed by Fatima. Silent Hill 2, The Strain, Full out, as well as music videos/ Live performances for Our Lady Peace, Katy Perry, Janelle Monea, Jully Black, Kreesha Turner, Shawn Desman to name a few. She was a featured dancer on the Toronto One television show as well as the Kiss 92 award show, Much Music video awards and the lead in the reality programs "Style By Jury" and "Match Maker" on the Life Network.

Lisa was fortunate to play the role of the Cheetah in the Mirvish production of "The Lion King", and was involved in Helix Dance Project's inaugural show "Integration, Evolve and Verbatium", The Waiting room choreographed by Linda Garneau. She has travelled through Europe, South America and the Caribbean as a dancer with both Royal Caribbean and Regal Empress cruiselines. Lisa has extensive experience as a dancer and guest choreographer in Toronto's professional sports dance scene with the Raptors, Argonauts, Blue Jays and Phantoms. She has also worked for Remax, Mac Cosmetics, Maxim Magazine and Stop Line Productions, Fashion Cares in several live industrial and fashion shows.

Currently Lisa is working as a teacher, dancer, choreographer and adjudicator throughout the GTA, where she is well known for her creative and disciplined style, with a touch of humour! She is also a member of Toronto's first top 6 So you think you can dance Canada.

Jade Delarode

Jade began dancing at the age of 3 and is trained extensively in all dance styles with some of the top teachers and choreographers in the industry. Jade has completed ballet exams under the Royal Academy of Dance, Jazz and tap exams under A.D.A.P.T. and Level 1 Certification with Gymnastics Ontario. Jade is currently studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and a Bachelor of Education at York University. During her many years of competitive dancing, Jade has won many scholarships and awards in Canada, the United States and Europe. Jade competed for Team Canada at the IDO World Championship in New York City, Niagara Falls and Poland. Jade has performed in professional dance shows including Fever After Dark, Dance Innovations, Dance For It, The Happening with Toes For Dance, Bringing Tap Back with Everett Smith and M.I.X Dance Company, who performed in Paris, Germany, Austria and Venice. Other significant achievements include; Choreographing for York’s Dance Energy team, Dance the Dream TV Pilot Top 20 finalist, tap dancing in Bellwoods Music video Live it Up, and performing for the Toronto Raptors Junior Dance Pak for 5 seasons.

Jade’s passion for dance is highlighted through teaching and her ultimate goal is to teach her students to not only be strong in one aspect of dance but to be versatile in all. Jade strongly believes dance is not about the prize at the end of the day but the journey of what you learned along the way. Jade is very grateful for all the opportunities she has received throughout her dance training at LDP and is very excited to share her joy of dance with students at LDP!

Miranda Durbin

For over twenty years, Miranda Durbin has excelled at all forms of dance. Her inter-disciplinary expertise makes her a sought after choreographer, teacher & adjudicator. Miranda spends her summers travelling across the United States setting countless pieces for the competitive year ahead and teaching workshops to students of all ages. Her innovative, award-winning choreography is recognized on National and International stages. Her dancers have achieved acclaim and titles across the continent. She is a certified member of the Professional Adjudicator's Alliance.

No stranger to the stage, Miranda has performed at Walt Disney World in Florida, Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and has appeared on the hit CBC TV show “Degrassi: The Next Generation”. Recently, she has danced in professional shows and has been cast in a music video for Toronto based singer Francesco Yates. Miranda is well acquainted with the competitive stage, having won many titles, scholarships and overall awards throughout her competitive career.

Miranda's deep love of dance sees her regularly travelling to Los Angeles to take classes at Millennium Dance Center and the Edge Performing Arts Center, as well as to New York City to train at Broadway Dance Center. She has assisted many Master choreographers which has helped her become a well rounded and versatile teacher in many genres. By continuing to educate herself, Miranda takes pride in staying current and creative in her ability to train dancers to be the best version of themselves.

Whether leading master classes of hundreds of dancers or individually focusing with a soloist, Miranda's pedagogic skills are invaluable to competitive and recreational dancers alike!

"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak."

Irene Vujic

Irene started her training at the age of 3 as a gymnast and as a dancer and by age 5 she was a competitive dancer training in jazz, acro & ballet. By age 10, not only was she an award winning dancer, she was also an assistant instructor in recreational classes. Irene later expanded her training to also include tap, lyrical, musical theatre & hip hop. She continued to compete across Canada & USA and remained an assistant instructor in both competitive & recreational classes. Irene was also a professional model and obtained diplomas in professional children's & pre-teen modelling from Destinations Modeling School. She continued to model into her late teens, appearing in several print ads, commercials & film.

Irene is a Full Member of the BATD in Stage (Jazz & Tap) and Acrobatics/Gymnastics. She also holds her NCCP level 1 trained coach in Women’s Artistic, Trampoline, and Rhythmic gymnastics and is currently training for her level 2 certification in each and is also a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s International Dance Council (CID-UNESCO). Irene continues her training by attending conventions & conferences that have included distinguished industry professionals.

While attending McMaster University, Irene continued to be active in the dance world. She was teaching competitively & recreationally at various studios in Ontario; was a guest instructor at many studios, elementary schools & universities/colleges; and was a member of the MAC dance club as a dancer & choreographer. Irene later received her Business Accounting diploma from Sheridan College and is currently taking medical administrative courses at Centennial College.

Irene is passionate about the performing arts and is an accomplished and respected teacher. She was the former owner, director & principal teacher at IV Dance Academy. Her students have represented Canada at the Dance World Cup & the World Dance Championships (winning gold, silver & bronze medals), competed for Best Dancer at The Dance Awards in New York, have been selected to for team Canada with World Performers and have won esteemed titles such as Miss Mini & Teen Bedazzled, Mr. Junior Bedazzled, 1st runner-up Senior Mister & Miss Dance Canada, Dancer of the Year, Intermediate Elite Dance Champion, Most Potential Dancer, and Destined to Succeed. Her students have extensive training in many dance forms and their combined talents have won numerous awards in Canada & USA including best choreography awards, highest mark of competition, best precision awards, outstanding entertainment awards, overall awards, and special awards. Irene also professionally developed her students into certified teachers with the BATD in Stage (Tap & Jazz) and Acrobatics/Gymnastics, and has done so with great success. Her students have also danced under some of the hottest industry leaders as well trained with elite companies such as L’École Nationale du Cirque & Canada’s National Ballet School and many of her students have also continued their dance education in a Fine Arts University Programme.

Irene is ecstatic about joining the faculty at LDP, and is devoted to extending her passion, dedication, and appreciation of dance to her students!


Kristin Morriss

As a student Kristen trained at Lorri’s Dance Place. In 2003 she graduated from Canada’s National Ballet teacher training program.  Kristen has had many successful exam candidates from primary grade through to advanced 2.  Additionally, she has also had the honor of training and coaching solo seal candidates.  Her work has won many prestigious awards at dance competitions and some of her students have been invited to dance on Team Canada’s Ballet team.  Kristen loves working with children and watching them grow and progress.  Kristen is beyond excited to be part of our amazing faculty and to be part of the team training our talented students. 


Victoria Villani

Victoria has been dancing since the age of 3. She has continued to train in multiple dance styles with some of the best teachers and choreographers in Canada and the United States. Victoria has completed ballet exams under the Royal Academy of Dance. She is currently studying dance and education at York University in their concurrent education program. Victoria is working to achieve her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees. Throughout the many years of competitive dance Victoria has acquired many scholarships, awards and overalls across Canada. Victoria has performed and co - choreographed in professionals shows such as Dance Innovations at York University.

Victoria has a passion for dance and teaching shown through her continuous care for her students. She believes in the importance of positivity and love for her students in order for them to succeed. Victoria has had many wonderful experiences dancing at Lorri’s Dance Place and is excited to share her love of dance with her students.


Alessia Pereira

Alessia started dancing at the age of 3 and has been a student at Lorri’s Dance Place since the age of 6. She has been a part of the competitive program since age 8 and has trained and is continuing to train in ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, lyrical, hip-hop and contemporary with some of the top choreographers and teachers including Rebecca Zizek, Ashely Schofield, Christianna Stanley and Andrew Kyrzyk just to name a few. She has participated in many competitions at both the regional and national level and has won various awards for her routines. Alessia has also completed ballet exams under the Royal Academy of Dance and continues to attend workshops to further her dance education. She started off as an assistant instructor for recreational classes at a young age and has then moved on to teaching various styles including jazz, tap, acrobatics, ballet and hip-hop for dancers of different ages.

Alessia’s passion for dance started at a young age and has continued to grow, allowing for her to continue dancing until this year, her final year, and also aspiring to continue dancing at a university level next year. She thoroughly enjoys working with kids and wants her students to use dance and her classes as a way to express themselves. She strongly believes that anyone can dance, but it is the drive and passion that makes you a dancer. Alessia is very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Lorri’s Dance Place faculty and is excited to share her passion with her students!


Vanessa Guinto

Vanessa trained in RAD and various genres of dance at Lorri’s Dance Place before studying at Point Park University (Pittsburgh). Under the artistic direction of Susan Stowe, Vanessa graduated Summa Cum Laude in December 2014 with a BFA in Dance and concentration in Jazz. While at school, she was privileged to perform in the choreographic works of Robert Battle, Brian Enos, Martha Graham, Kevin Iega Jeff, Kiesha Lalama, Jessica Lang, Garfield Lemonius, José Limón, Terence Marling, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Ronald Tassone, and David Parsons.
Vanessa also received further training at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Movement Invention Project (NYC), Ignite! (Toronto), and Springboard Danse Montréal.
While in Pittsburgh, she performed for Reed Dance (formally known as the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble). Upon graduating, Vanessa briefly moved to NYC where she completed Pentacle’s (DanceWorks Inc.) Internship program and was involved in project-based performances, including working with Kristin Sudeikis and the Brooklyn Dance Festival Company. Vanessa danced professionally with Koresh Dance Company (Philadelphia) from 2015 to 2018. Along with performing at different national and international venues, she was involved with teaching master classes and outreach programs while on tour.
Ms. Guinto has taught, choreographed, and adjudicated for various studios, high schools, and competitions throughout North America. Her choreography was presented in Raw Artists 2018 Philadelphia’s MAGNIFY showcase. She is currently based in Toronto and teaches at All That Dance, The Dance Institute, and Lorri’s Dance Place. 



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