Our Educators

Andrea Marcucci / Photo by Michelle Heron

Andrea Marcucci, affectionately known as Miss Andrea, has been the Principal and Proprietor of the Orillia Dance Academy since 2004. With over 21 years of performance experience, Miss Andrea has been  involved with productions such as Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Odd Couple (Female Version) and Jesus Christ Superstar to name a few. She is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance (CBTS), and is an Associate member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (Theatre Branch). She has trained in Ballet, Modern, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Tap, and National Dance. She is also a company member with Simcoe Contemporary Dancers. In 2011 Miss Andrea was nominated for Educating in the Arts  through the Orillia District Arts Council (ODAC) and Orillia Dance Academy was nominated for Educating in the Arts.
Owner/ Artistic Director, Ballet  Teacher RAD, Modern Teacher ISTD, Tap Teacher ISTD, Jazz Teacher ISTD, Musical Theatre Teacher.

Jill Hanson-Lester, is a RAD Registered Teacher, Associate Teacher of the ISTD and founder of  the Orillia Dance Academy. Miss Jill is now semi retired and only coaching vocational ballet students for their exams with the RAD.
Founder of Orillia Dance Academy,  Ballet Teacher ARAD (Advanced Member of the Royal Academy of Dance)

Kim Dodson (bio coming soon)

Sarah Lochhead is the Founder/Executive Director of Simcoe Contemporary
Dancers, a local not-for-profit professional dance company. She holds a BFA
honours in dance (summa cum laude) from York University and studied dance
aboard at University College Chichester in England.  Sarah holds
intermediate level ballet exam certificates from both the Royal Academy of
Dance and in Cecchetti method.  She completed a Limón teacher-training
course with Donna Krasnow in Toronto, an intensive on teaching contemporary
Limón with the Limón Company in New York and pedagogy classes in Humphrey
technique with master teacher Gail Corbin in Oak Park IL.

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In addition to her certifications in dance, Sarah has completed training
through Parks and Recreation Ontario in High Five - principles in healthy
child development, Positive Youth Development and has her Standard First
Aid with CPR C. In 2011, she was nominated for two Barrie Arts Awards, as
an Emerging Artist and for Community Contribution. Her work has been
acknowledged through the receipt of arts grants from both the City of
Barrie Cultural Department and the Canada Council for the Arts. Sarah holds
professional memberships with the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, the
Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Dance Ontario and the Canadian Dance