At McCarthy School of dance we pride ourselves on our world renowned staff. All of our teachers are experts and professionals in their disciplines and love to share their wisdom with our students. Being a family owned and operated business we have chosen a staff that is both professional and personal so that all our students feel like a part of the family.
Kathrine McCarthy (Director)
A.S.R.B.(Society of Russian Ballet), M.C.D.T.A., A.I.S.T.D., T.C.R.A.D., I.D.O. World Judge.
Kathrine McCarthy is an internationally well known and accomplished dancer, teacher, adjudicator, choreographer. She has won many awards for her choreography, including for Team Canada, in Ballet and Modern Formations, small groups, and Solos/Duets.
As a dancer she studied with the National Ballet School, professional program, won awards and scholarships at competitions, and has danced professionally in the UK. Kathrine has an extensive background in many dance disciplines, receiving Honours and the highest marks for her ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance examinations, all grades, including Advanced (R.A.D., I.S.T.D., C.D.T.A.). Kathrine also trained in Vocal and Drama, and has won National Awards, and Scholarships, in both.
As a choreographer Kathrine has taught internationally and choreographed for Team Canada since 2010.
Recently she was awarded the title of I.D.O. (International Dance Organization) World Judge.
Kathrine has been teaching Classical Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Acro, and Musical Theatre for the last 25 years, putting children through examinations with 100% success. She has taught throughout Southern Ontario as guest teacher and permanent teacher in several dance schools, and in the UK, and is in demand for workshops.
Kathrine McCarthy is the director of McCarthy School of Dance in Burlington, Ontario.
Lynne McCarthy (Co-Director)
Lynne McCarthy began her dance and performing career in England at the age of six, performing in musicals and pantomimes. Lynne modeled professionally across Europe and was the muse for Dorothy Perkins the designer. She also trained and performed with the esteemed Sadler’s Wells Ballet and Walsall Operatic Society before emigrating to Canada and continuing her teaching studies. She became a Teaching Member of the Royal Academy of Dancing, gaining her Teacher’s Certificate and Teacher’s Diploma. She is currently a Member with the Society of Russian Ballet (Vaganova) and the Canadian Dance Teachers Association. In addition to excelling in their ballet studies and exams, Lynne’s students have always, and still continue to, win many awards and scholarships. Lynne has been teaching for over 35 years and has trained teachers as well as professional dancers. She has been a Team Canada choreographer for ballet since 2006.
Courtney began her dance career at McCarthy School of Dance at the age of 3. She became a competitive dancer at the young age of 4, performed her first solo at the age of 5 and continued until she graduated high school. Throughout her competitive career she has won many special awards for dancing such as judges choice, highest jumps, great facial expression and outrageous legs, just to name a few. She has trained in many styles of dance such as ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, acro, hip hop, musical theatre, lyrical, modern and contemporary. She has been successful with exams in both R.A.D. (ballet) and C.D.T.A. (jazz and tap), consistently receiving high marks like Highly Commended and honours. She became a dance teacher’s assistant at the age of 11. She loves teaching and has a passion for children. In addition to working towards her C.D.T.A. certification for teaching acrobatic jazz, Courtney in is the summer camp instructor for McCarthy School of dance. She recently graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts (Child, Youth and Family) and she is has recently graduated from teachers college.
Stephanie Truman began dancing at age six at McCarthy School of Dance and has since studied many styles, including classical and contemporary ballet, jazz, modern, acro, pointe, lyrical, and musical theatre. Stephanie graduated Cum Laude from the dance program at York University in 2014 and now holds a BFA with Honours. During her training, Stephanie achieved great success in dance competitions, including becoming the World Champion in the Ballet Duo category with her sister in 2007 and 2009. Her love of teaching has inspired her to become a Student Teacher in Training with the Society of Russian Ballet and work towards Associate status. She is also a Module One certified instructor with Acrobatic Arts. Stephanie danced for Emmy award-winning choreographer Debra Brown in Panamania, the cultural festival accompanying the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Para-Pan Am Games. Stephanie currently teaches ballet, jazz, acro, lyrical, and modern at dance studios in southern Ontario.