Great Lakes Dance Academy

We, at Great Lakes Dance Academy, are committed to providing you with the very best Performing Arts education. We want each experience at our academy to be positive and inspiring. Our capable teachers and staff are passionate about dance education and the performing arts. We look forward to sharing our passion with each student, and helping each dancer, singer, and actor reach their goals.

Our Staff

Tia Colborne

Artistic Director

Tia began her dance studies in Sarnia. As a student she was a competed in dance competitions and was a dancer with the International Ballet Theatre Company performing in several productions of The Nutcracker.

She is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, in Toronto, ON and has trained in Canada and New York, NY. Tia has worked professionally as a contemporary dancer and as a performer in musical productions around the world. She has taught for professional training programs at Sheridan College, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and choreographed for the University of Toronto at Hart House Theatre.

She has adjudicated dance competitions and taught master classes across Canada. Tia is a certified member of the Cecchetti Council of America, and Canadian Dance Masters. She is dedicated to continuing her own dance education to offer students at Great Lakes Dance Academy the most current and relevant training possible.

Andrew Colborne

General Manager, Co-Artisitic Director

Graduate of Music Theatre Performance at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON Andrew has been singing for as long as he can remember. He began his journey into musical theatre at a very early age, doing miscellaneous children's roles in the high school musicals where his father was a teacher. It was during this time that he began taking classical voice lessons as well as learning various instruments and playing in numerous bands.

After high school he left Saskatchewan for Oakville, ON where he was accepted for the Musical Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College, where he graduated with honors. Since this time he has been in many musicals across Canada and has played in several bands one of which took him to Calgary and Vancouver on a large- scale concert tour as a supporting act. Andrew is very passionate about music and voice and is very exited to bring his love and knowledge of singing and performing to the Great Lakes Dance Academy.

Eleonore Prokop

Ballet, Triple Threat Program

Eleonore Prokop has three decades of professional experience as a theatre/dance artist with companies in Toronto and New York City She was co-founder and director of GENERIC THEATRE COMPANY with whom she performed, directed, and choreographed for fourteen years, and was nominated for a DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARD for OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE for her work in her own play "Before Eve".

As a dancer she has studied at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, and in NYC, at the Finis Jung Studio and with Don Farnsworth and Loyd Williamson. Also in NYC, she was an ensemble member in Masque Ensemble, and Force 13. She is a specialist in physical/ensemble theatre and has led youth workshops with Soulpepper Theatre Company, the Canadian Opera Company, and the University of Toronto's Outreach Programs for Youth. She was physical theatre instructor/director with the Globe Theatre Actor's Conservatory in Regina 2008 and 2010, and is a director with First Light Theatre Company in Guelph.

Leanne Bradshaw

Leanne has come to us from Dundas, Ontario where she grew up dancing since the tender age of 3. She has been trained in all styles of dance; ballet, tap, jazz, acro, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, breakdancing and ballroom. She has competed across Canada and United States with high level of achievement, winning many national titles. After High School Leanne studied at George Brown College in Commercial Dance Studies, a triple threat program. After Graduating she worked with and choreographed for many dance companies including Honeykatz, N.V.US, and The Toronto Marlies Dance Team plus many more all over the Greater Toronto Area. Leanne also auditioned for the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance - Canada” and where she advanced to the top 50! 

Leanne has been training students of all ages and styles since her early years as a studio student.  Leanne is now certified in the “Acrobatic Arts” Curriculum. This in addition to years of experience in acro and gymnastics makes her an excellent Acro teacher.  We are pleased Leanne has moved to Sarnia to grow her family and join our faculty. 

Hala Miller

Hala was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. She has been dancing since the age of 5 and has been trained jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and ballet. In fact she is a Great Lakes Dance Academy alumni and is thrilled to be back teaching alongside her former instructors. 

Along with dance and teaching Hala has a passion for musical theatre and choreography. She has been involved in local productions of 42nd street, Crazy for You, and Faces of Broadway. She has also choreographed for rebounds productions of Fame, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin.  She hopes to continue teaching and choreographing for as long as possible.

Renee Coutu

Renee Coutu has had a passion for dance since the age of seven. Born in Toronto and raised in Montreal, she has trained at a number of dance studios throughout her childhood and adolescence. The styles of dance she studied include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, salsa, afro Cuban and breakdance. For the past 30 plus years, Renee has been choreographing plays, dance competitions, charity shows, private functions and teaching students of all ages. She has travelled across Canada and the United States competing and performing in plays, television shows and music videos. She has also worked with Canadian artists, such as Jully Black & Ricky J. In 2005 Renee moved to Sarnia and in 2010 she joined Great Lakes Dance Academy where she currently teaches and continues to mentor young dancers and pursue her passion for dance.

Annabelle Holland

Miss Holland has been training at a professional level for many years. She has attended prestigious dance programs and intensives including The Royal Ballet (London, England), Quinte Ballet School (Ontario, Canada), American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive (Alabama, USA) Ballet West Summer Intensive (Salt Lake City, Utah), Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive (Chicago, Il). She has also recently placed 12th at the prestigious Youth American Grand Prix Ballet Competition in Toronto, ON. Miss Holland joined our studio this year in September and has quickly become part of our dance family. She spends most mornings in the studio training in her own classes virtually. She strives to make her teaching accessible and fun, and she encourages her students to use their bodies for both art and exercise.

Jackie Burns

A graduate of York University’s dance program, Jackie has been teaching dance in multiple styles and settings across Ontario for over 15 years. She is trained in Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Modern/Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Lyrical. Jackie specializes in Musical Theatre choreography and has choreographed many shows here at the Imperial Theatre, including Legally Blonde, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Music Man, Heather's, Altar Boyz, Step Into Christmas, and the Outdoor Summer Concert Series.

Sarah Koehler - Student Teacher

Sarah was born and raised in Sarnia. She has been dancing ever since she was 3 years old. She is trained in jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, acro, hip hop, and ballet. In previous years she participated in a local production of Mamma Mia. She also attended Quinte Ballet School Summer Intensive and she has done a photoshoot for The Audience Dance Rivalry. She is a graduating student this season at Great Lakes Dance Academy and is excited to share what she has learned over the years.

Emily Cain - Student Teacher

Emily has been dancing at GLDA for 12 years. She is a long-time member of the Company at Great Lakes Dance Academy. She has trained in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Emily enjoys healthy competition and thinks it can be both fun and fulfilling to work toward a goal. Fun fact: She taught herself to play the Ukulele.

Kaylin Schouten - Student Teacher

Kaylin has been dancing for 13 years. She is a long-time member of the Company at GLDA. She has assisted in dance classes at GLDA since she was 12 years old and enjoys passing on her knowledge of dance to her own students. She was a cast member of Mamma Mia at the Imperial Theatre in 2019. Fun Fact! Kaylin is fluent in French!

Kasha Cook - Student Teacher

Kasha has been dancing for 13 years. She is in the Intensive Study Program at Great Lakes Dance Academy where she studies jazz, acro,
contemporary, ballet and Hip Hop. Kasha was a part of the Assistant Teacher Training Program for three years at GLDA before she became as a student teacher. She was in the cast of St. Patrick’s High School's production of Matilda-the Musical in 2020.  Fun fact: She has a twin brother.

Talia Mielke

Talia is a performer and creator who is passionate and dedicated to producing honest and quality work. The Sarnia- raised triple threat is a third year student in the Honours Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. With over ten years of dance experience under her belt Talia could not be happier to return to the studio where she grew up dancing and to help train the next generation of emerging artists. 

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