Who are we?

The Joanne Chapman School of Dance (JCSOD) is an independently owned and operated dance school for students looking to explore a passion for dance or take their training to the next level. With over four decades of professional dance experience, our studio offers students in Brampton and surrounding areas outstanding dance instruction and choreography. Taught by fully qualified dance educators, many JCSOD students have gone on to showcase their talents in the community and around the world.

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We don’t just teach dance skills. We build physical and mental strength.

Our training does more than teach your child how to excel in dance. It also gives them regular exercise and a love of movement that enhances their physical and mental fitness. Whether it’s through mastering the classical technique of ballet, the contemporary steps of jazz or hip hop, or the strenuous moves of acrobatics, dance builds the strength and character that helps your child shine both inside and outside the studio.

Self Confidence:

When your child showcases their skills in front of an audience, they build self-confidence, develop self-awareness, and gain a sense of accomplishment. Even shy and reserved dancers learn to feel comfortable in their own skin.

Musicality:

By learning to dance, your child gains a basic understanding of the moods and rhythms of music. This helps them build creativity, express themselves artistically, and develop their emotional skills.

Physical Coordination:

In dance, your child conquers the challenge of learning how to move their hands, arms, and legs in coordination. They also build teamwork and cooperation skills as they practice synchronizing these movements with classmates.

Health:

A highly physical activity, dance improves your child’s fitness level by enhancing their stamina, strength, and range of motion. It also boosts their balance, posture, and muscle tone no matter which genre of dance they enjoy.

 

Our Faculty

Our highly experienced and passionate instructors are trained to help your child reach their full potential.

 
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Joanne Chapman

Joanne has owned and operated the Joanne Chapman School of Dance since 1974. She holds a fellowship from the British Association of the Teachers of Dancing and is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance, Dance Masters of America, and Performing Arts Educators of Canada. Known for her outstanding reputation, dedication, and standards, Joanne is frequently sought after to teach workshops across Canada and the United States, judge competitions, and serve as an ambassador at the Dance Teachers Summit. Her students have gone on to become highly regarded teachers at other studios or their own dance schools. Many have also performed professionally on and off Broadway. As a teacher, Joanne strives to instill a passion for dance in her students while helping them develop into knowledgeable and experienced dancers.

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Jessie Chapman-Carroll

Jessie started dancing at the JCSOD at the age of 2 and hasn’t stopped since. She has obtained her full teaching certificate in stage and acrobatics from the British Association of the Teachers of Dancing and is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance. An outstanding teacher who has won many international dance awards, Jessie is loved by her students.

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Dana Chapman-Carroll

Dana grew up at the JCSOD after beginning to dance at the age of 2. With training in all areas of dance and the circus arts, Dana holds full teaching certificates in stage and acrobatics from the British Association of the Teachers of Dancing and Dance Masters of America. She is also a member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Her extensive experience and strong skills in jazz, contemporary, and acrobatics have allowed her and her students to secure many Canadian and US awards, including choreography and best dancer awards.

Nathan Espejo

Nathan has been a student at the JCSOD since the age of 7. Passionate about dance and hip hop in particular, he holds a teaching certificate in stage from the British Association of the Teachers of Dancing and is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Based on his extensive dance experience and abilities, Nathan has earned opportunities to showcase his skills on YTV and Consumer Product Goods and in a variety of music videos, TV shows, and live performances. His choreography and students have earned top awards at several regional and national dance competitions in Canada and the United States.

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Erin Wu

Mrs. Wu began dancing at the age of six and has had the opportunity to study and compete in a variety of dance genres. During her formative years of training, Mrs. Wu discovered a tremendous passion and talent for ballet - leading her to complete all Graded and Vocational Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations, Intermediate and Advanced 1 Cecchetti ballet examinations, and Intermediate through Advanced 2 National Dance examinations. In 2006, Mrs. Wu transitioned towards a teaching career when she became one of only a few successful applicants accepted into the Teacher Training Program at Canada's National Ballet School. During her time at the National Ballet School of Canada, Mrs. Wu had the privilege of being mentored and coached by some of the world's most renowned and respected instructors, choreographers and dancers. 

With over 10 years of teaching experience, Mrs. Wu holds Registered Teacher's Status with the Royal Academy of Dance and is an Associate with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing - National Branch.

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Sherry Reid

Sheri is a graduate of the Dance Teachers' Training Academy and has been a fully certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance for over thirty years, teaching all levels of their graded and vocational syllabus.  She trained under several RAD examiners, as well as at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's professional division. She loves sharing her passion for teaching classical ballet with all of her students and has been member of the team at JCSOD since 2011.

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Julie Gabrile

Julie has been teaching dance across the GTA for over 15 years on a competitive level. She has been in high demand as a guest choreographer and workshop teacher at studios throughout the region and her choreography has won her much acclaim by competitions across Canada and the US. Her students have received scholarships and have been title winners. A part from teaching dance, Julie Gabriele is the founder and co producer of Be Dance Competition for the last 10 successful years. Presently, Be Dance is one of the largest growing dance competitions in Southern Ontario, where many come to celebrate dance. Although running a dance competition has currently been a primary focus for Julie, she has never strayed away from her love of teaching. Julie teaches with great passion and enthusiasm to dancers of all levels, and is very excited to continue to share her knowledge and experience with the students at Joanne Chapman School of Dance.


 

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