Allison Darling – Director

 

Allison Darling - Director

Allison Darling is a Fellow Member of The British Association of Teachers of Dancing.  Allison began her dance career at the age of 4.  She studied Ballet for three years before branching out into Jazz, Tap and Highland.  Her love for dance flourished over the years and she extended her study to other dance disciplines such as: Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Pointe and Hip Hop.  She danced competitively across Ontario for many years.

 

 Certification


Allison has been a dance educator with the BATD since 1983.  She holds many teachers certifications  with the Association.  Allison opened her own studio in 1985.  She acquired her Fellowship in Highland in 1990 along with her adjudicators credentials with the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing.  She continues to take professional classes and exams to extend her dance knowledge.  Allison obtained her Zumba and Zumba Kids license in 2011 and enjoys sharing her passion for fitness with her studio family.

 

Allison teaches both recreation and competitive students.  She has prepared many students for Exams with the BATD both at the amateur and professional levels.  Many of her students have been nominated for scholarships with the BATD in the Ballet, Highland and Jazz divisions.  Many of her competitive students have also won scholarships to various workshops in North America.  Most of her students begin teaching careers of their own.





Deanna Salib

Deanna has been perusing her passion for dance since the age of 6, when she started in Pickering.  Deanna participated in competitive dance for over 10 years including ADA and CDMA.  Deanna has studied tap (ADAPT), jazz (ADAPT), ballet (RAD), pointe (RAD), lyrical, musical theatre, acro and hip-hop.  Throughout her competitive years, Deanna had the opportunity to travel throughout North America and bring home many overall awards together with her team mates.  She also completed her ballet exams (RAD).  


Deanna has appeared and performed on TV shows like Degrassi: TNG in 2010.  Ever since the beginning, Deanna always knew that performing, acting and dancing was her main passion that she had always wanted to share with other members of the community.  Now as a teacher and choreographer, Deanna’s students have made tremendous technical improvements and have won overall competitive awards.

 

Deanna furthered her knowledge by completing her judging license with the International Academy of Dance Adjudicators (IADA).  Deanna continues to broaden her education as she continuously takes classes and attends conventions regularly.  Deanna attended the University of Toronto for Psychology Mental Health and Sociology earning her Honours Bachelor of Science degree, she then went on to pursue her Masters of Applied Disabilities (M.A.D.S) She also is working in behaviour therapy with children who have both low and high functioning autism.



Melissa Tolkunow

 

Melissa is in her second year of teaching at Allison Darling Dancers and she is currently teaching contemporary/lyrical and tap. Melissa has received her Associate Stage certification in B.A.T.D. She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts- Dance and Concurrent Education programs at York University where she has performed in the York Dances choreography shows.


Melissa has been a member of the Bringing Tap Back Company directed by Everett Smith for 3 years and has been a part of the annual stage productions including: Lights and Sound, Tap Love Connection, Tap Water (2013), A Day Through Rhythm and Sound (2012), Creating Monsters (2011).

Melissa enjoys teaching at Allison Darling Dancers and working with the amazing dancers.

 


Robin Calder

Robin Calder - Faculty Allison Darling Dancers

 

Robin is a Member of The BATD in the Highland Division and also the Scottish National Division.  She

started dancing at the age of 3and has studied Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Highland. Her real love is Highland.

She competed all over Ontario during her dancing career. She has been with the studio since 2002.  She continues to study Highland and Tap.  Robin enjoys teaching beginning dancers.  It is amazing to see their development  and enjoyment of dance grow throughout the year.
   



  


Shauna Bartley

 Bio coming soon.




Hailey Warrington


Hailey has been dancing for over 11 years, she began as a student at Allison Darling Dancers in 2007. She then assisted in dance classes for 5 years, and since then has taken her passion for dance and begun to teach. Hailey has participated in many dance competitions for over 7 years with Allison Darling Dancers. Hailey has won many scholarships, and awards for groups, solos, and duets within her competitive dance career, she has also participated in a multiple of Ballet Jorgen's local performances.


She is trained in B.A.T.D. and has studied many genres of dance including: Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern, Pointe, Ballet, and Musical Theatre.   She loves to create and choreograph for any age groupand any genre. Hailey's love for dance and the studio is what inspired her to begin teaching, and she enjoys working with everyone at Allison Darling Dancers. When Hailey is not at the studio, she works full time as a Hair Stylist, and enjoys being able to continue both of her passions in her career... hair and dance.





Michael Crawford

Michael Crawford has been training in dance since the age of five. At the age of six he was asked to join a competitive dance team, where he won several awards for his performances. When dance became a serious venture for him, Michael started attending every workshop he could in Toronto and abroad, where his passion and love for dance was ignited further.

Over the years, Michael has had the pleasure of working with esteemed choreographers from Toronto and New York including Mindy Cooper (Dracula, The Musical, Wrong Mountain, Law and Order: Criminal Intent) and James Kudelka (National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker, Cinderella, The Man in Black). Michael has a knack for detail and is quite passionate about performance and

choreography. His performing credits include: How to Succeed, A Des McAnuff Tribute (2011) choreography by Mindy Cooper, The Nutcracker with the National Ballet of Canada (2012) choreography by James Kudelka, Heart Strings A Canadian Original Musical (2013) choreography by Yui Ugai, Look Up (a solo piece) own choreography, and several performances with York University’s productions of York Dances and Dance Innovations (2012-2015). Michael has also been an individual artist performing

as b-boy Flawless with urban dance crew Unity Defines Creativity (UDC) in Toronto and the GTA.


Michael continues to refresh and broaden his scope of dance through workshops and conferences held in and around the GTA. In June 2016, Michael graduated with a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in Dance Education from York University. Michael is humbled to impart his knowledge, love and passion of dance to inspire young dancers in the GTA and surrounding areas.





Faculty Alumni

Stephanie Nadeau-Turner


Krista Flannigan


Aaliyah Garcia


Amber Bowen


Jessica Stewart



Guest Choreographers/Facilitators


Devonte Black

Jocelynn Roy



Give us a call (905) 831-9800  or email allison@allisondarlingdancers.ca  for more information