Our Team

Lorri McKay
Owner/Artistic Director
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. Email: lorri@lorrisdanceplace.ca
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 Auguste

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 Delaronde

Jade Delaronde is a dancer, teacher and choreographer from Toronto, Ontario. She found a love for the art of dance at a young age and has trained extensively in multiple dance disciplines.  Jade has recently graduated from York University with a BFA in dance specializing in choreography and performance and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Education. She 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.  She is also a certified member of the Professional Adjudicator’s Alliance. Jade had the privilege to study under the direction of various artists such as Barbara Duffy and Ted Levy in residency as well as performed choreographic work by Ayodele Casel, Mike Minery and Anthony Morigerato at the American Tap Festival in Los Angeles, California. She has also performed at the festival and is the two-time world champion of the adult solo category. Most recently, Jade has performed at the Commonwealth Cup in Sun City, South Africa where she won the silver medal and placed fourth overall. Furthermore, she has travelled to South Africa, Poland, Germany, New York, and Niagara Falls to compete internationally with the Canadian National Dance Team and has won three world titles at the IDO World Championships during this time. 

Jade has performed internationally in a variety of shows and festivals including American Tap Festival Concert of Stars (California),  M.I.X Dance Company (Germany), Disney (France) and CAPA (New York). She had the privilege of performing in shows with companies including Rhythm and Sound (Toronto), Toffan Rhythm Project (Toronto), and Toes For Dance IGNITE (Toronto). At York, Jade has performed and choreographed in several iterations of York Dances and Dance Innovations. 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. 

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.”

Kristin Morriss

As a student Kristin trained at Lorri’s Dance Place. In 2003 she graduated from Canada’s National Ballet teacher training program.  Kristin 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.  Kristin loves working with children and watching them grow and progress.  Kristin 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.

Emma Searles

Emma Searles is a dancer, teacher and choreographer from Woodstock, Ontario. Her passion for dance began at a young age and she has trained in various disciplines in dance. Throughout her competitive dance career, Emma won many scholarships and awards in Canada, the United States, South Africa and throughout Europe. Emma has competed internationally with the Canadian National Dance Team at the IDO World Championship in Poland, Germany and South Africa. Upon her competitive career, Emma continues her training and studies at the School of Performance at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON, under the direction of Vicki St.Denys. Emma has achieved up to Grade V Cecchetti Ballet and has completed The British Association of Teachers of Dancing exams in jazz, tap and acro. She is also a certified member of The International Dance Council.

She has most recently performed at the Commonwealth Cup in Sun City, South Africa both competing and studying under Bonnie Dyer. Emma has also worked, trained, and assisted with many world-renowned choreographers and artists across North America. Some include Tiffany McLachlan, Stephanie Rutherford, Everett Smith and Breanna Willis. Emma’s performance credits include: Captain of the Ryerson Dance Pak, Stratford Dance Collective, Choreographer’s Ball, Emerge, Dancing for Dogs Gala, Extra on The Next Step, Productions of Cinderella and Guy’s & Dolls.Emma is thrilled to launch CREO Dance Movement and CREO Dance Company as the co-founder and artistic director. She is currently working with Team Canada and is an up and coming choreographer in the industry. Emma thoroughly enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and passion for dance through her teaching and choreography and is excited to start a new journey at LDP! 

Erica Fry

Erica has been dancing since the age of 6, and continues to strive to overcome any obstacles that are thrown in her way. Despite being told she would not be able to dance competitively due to health complications, Erica always wanted to prove to others she could do anything. With any disability comes a sense of doubt and a diminished self-confidence. Erica worked hard to push through those thoughts and has been determined to overcome any difficulties both physically and psychologically. With the
support and dedication of Lorri McKay and various teachers at Lorri's Dance Place, Erica has danced competitively for 10 years. She has trained in various styles of dance as a competitive dancer with some of the most talented choreographers in Canada. Throughout her competitive years, Erica has won many awards, and has completed ballet exams under the Royal Academy of Dance. As a graduating student at Lorri’s, Erica strives to further her dance education through teaching.

Erica has a great passion and dedication and continues to share her love for dance
with her peers and students. She loves working with children, and hopes to pass on
the life lessons that dance has taught her to her students. Erica is excited to be joining
the amazing faculty team at Lorri’s Dance Place.