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Meet Our Director, Miss Carolyn Bristowe

Born and raised in nearby St. Agatha, Ontario, Carolyn grew up with an endless passion for dance. She pursued professional training, and now she inspires creativity and enthusiasm for dance in all her students. Carolyn's training includes:

» Ballet
» Latin
» Jazz
» Ballroom
» Tap
» Contemporary
» Hip-Hop
» Musical Theatre
» Lyrical

Carolyn Bristowe

Professional Career

Carolyn's professional credits include several contracts as dance captain and featured dancer with Royal Caribbean® Cruise Lines. She has worked in theatre, appearing in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Music Man, and Little Shop of Horrors. She has participated in several industrial dance performances around the Greater Toronto Area, in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, and in London, Ontario.

It's been Carolyn's joy to train her dance students and watch them grow into amazing people as well as amazing dancers. Many of her students have graduated and continue to live their passion in the industry. They're dancing in shows in Toronto and around the world, performing on cruise ships, and appearing in music videos and commercials. It's amazing what a safe and supportive space can allow a dancer to achieve, as a dancer and a person. This is the creative space that Innovative Dance provides.

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Innovative Dance offers classes for everyone. Check out our fall schedule for lesson times.

Our Instructors

More information about our faculty is coming soon. Get to know our instructors. They include:

» Lorraine Kruger
» Melanie Good
» Megan Kerr
» Madelyn McCabe
» Brenner Smith
» Taite Brenneman
» Taryn Meyer

Lorraine Kruger

Lorraine was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo and began dancing at a local studio at the age of 8, within 2 years she started in the competitive stream and then realized that is what she wanted to pursue as a career. She has performed at Disney World's Magic Kingdom as well as dancing on Broadway in a 90 minute floor show representing Toronto as an I Love Dance Sweetheart.

Lorraine believes in furthering education and has participated in various pedagogical workshops including The National Ballet of Canada, RAD and Dancefuzion as well as with Paula Morgan in Los Angles. Lorraine was a guest teacher at the annual Bon Aimee Dance Mania festival in New Brunswick, has coached the KW skating club pair's athletes and has had the pleasure of rehearsing the children's ensemble for Drayton entertainments productions of Aladdin, Peter Pan, The Christmas Story and Cinderella. She has appeared in numerous Disney made for TV movies including Model Behaviour with Justin Timberlake as well as the Universal Pictures movie the Skulls with Paul Walker, Joshua Jackson and Leslie Bibb.

Lorraine holds the Elementary certificate, RAD teaching certificate, is an affiliate of the Russian Society of Ballet, a certified Kindermusik educator and a Salsa Babies instructor. With 15 years of teaching Lorraine has produced many award winning pieces and has received many choreography and judges choice awards as well as numerous overall high scores. She is currently teaching at Innovative Dance in Baden and is proud to say she has had students go on to dance at Ballet Jorgen, Quinte and The National Ballet of Canada. Lorraine is committed to making each and every class a positive and fun experience for all.

Lorraine Kruger

Melanie Good

Melanie Good

Since the young age of 5 all Melanie has ever wanted to do is share her love of dance with whom ever crossed her path. Her dance training started at a local studio in KW with plenty of opportunities to train in and around North America. She was intrigued and inspired by the likes of Joe Lanteri from New York City Dance Alliance Summer Dance Intensive which included Mia Michaels, Andy Blankenbuehler, Joey Dowling, Suzi Taylor, Laurie Kanyok, Lisa Hopkins, Ray Leeper to name a few. She has competed since the age of 7 winning numerous solo/duet/trio/group overall awards. She has had many professional stage and screen experiences working with the KWMP, NYC Dance Intensives and Toronto short film troupe Group Therapy. Sharing her passion for dance and theater with a new generation of dancers drives her to continue her learning in the art of dance, and has helped to continue to propel her students to the next level. She is happy and excited to be back with the ID family for the 7th season and can’t wait to take her students to the next tier of performing, and making dance their favourite art form as much as hers.

Taryn Meyer

Taryn began dancing at the age of 3, and her passion for the stage was evident early on.  She is a well rounded dancer, trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop.  She has danced competitively since the age of 8, and has won numerous overall awards and scholarships.  She continues to enrich and develop her skills as a dancer by attending many workshops, conventions and classes outside of the studio.  Taryn has expanded her involvement in dance to include choreography, and has choreographed her school musical and an overall winning competitive solo.  Her stage experience includes:  Lest We Forget (Showplace Entertainment), Footloose (Drayton Entertainment) and Grease (K-W Musical Productions).  Taryn is excited to have been accepted as a member of KW Glee term 14, where she will be able to bring her love of singing and dancing to the stage.  Taryn loves being part of the Innovative Dance family, and is looking forward to helping her students reach their full potential.

Taryn Meyer