Meet our artistic staff

Shannon White


Mrs. White is a graduate of the Royal Academy’s Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) and is a registered teacher with the RAD. She holds her Advanced 1 certificate in Classical Ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance. Shannon has been teaching RAD, Royal Academy of Dance, classical ballet, Character, Pointe and jazz for over 15 years. She has also taught Cecchetti and Vaganova classical ballet styles as well as Modern, Lyrical and Broadway for over 10 years. Shannon has meticulously cultivated and developed the Jazz program for Island Dance Academy to complement the RAD syllabus. This allows IDA students to build and enhance their technique in multiple dance styles with a firm technical foundation. 

Shannon has performed and danced with the Charlottetown Festival’s (Anne) as an adult cast member and with the PEI symphony’s (Nutcracker) as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Chinese Tea solo. She has also performed in numerous trade shows and promotional events with Tourism PEI including PEI Tourism commercials as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the Canada Games. Her choreography has won top awards in many competitions across the Maritime’s and many of her student’s have gone on to teach and perform with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Broadway Dance Center NY, The National Ballet School of Canada, Ballet Jorgen, Alberta Ballet just to name a few.

Laken Lynds

Laken has been training and teaching at Island Dance Academy for over 10 years in such styles as RAD Classical ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Broadway and the Intensive Training Program. Laken holds her Advanced Foundation Certificate in Classic Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance and she is a recent graduate of the George Brown Dance program in Toronto, Ontario with her Certificate in Dance Performance Preparation and a Diploma in the Dance Performance Program.

Laken is an accomplished choreographer and performer specialising in Modern, Contemporary, Ballet and Jazz. Laken’s most recent performances have included Unleashed 2018 (George Brown Dance) and In Haus 2017/18 (George Brown Dance).

Laken has been training and teaching at IDA for over

Erin Cusack

L.C.D.T.A. B.Sc. M.A.​

Originally from Halifax, NS, Erin joins the Island Dance Academy (IDA) faculty with over 20 years of experience as dance educator and choreographer in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary. She is a graduate of the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts (MCPA) Dance Teacher Training Program and is a Licentiate in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap, and an Associate in Acrobatics with the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association (CDTA). Erin was the former Artistic Director of Dartmouth Dance Academy and Footsteps Dance Team, and faculty in the MCPA Pre-Professional and Dance Teacher Training programs.

Many of Erin’s students have gone on to train professionally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Peridance Capezio Center, Ballet Jorgen, Toronto Dance Theatre, Alvin Ailey, Ryerson University, and York University to name a few. Erin currently serves as the Vice President of the CDTA Atlantic Branch and is a member of the contemporary dance company Nostos Dance Collective.

With a B.Sc. and M.A. in Health Promotion, Erin is highly trained in anatomy and injury prevention and believes that strong technique, healthy bodies, and open minds are the foundation of dance artistry. Erin is excited to join the IDA team and share her holistic and inclusive approach to dance, health, and life with her students.

Fiona Clancey

Fiona Clancey has been training with Island Dance Academy since the age of 3 and holds her Advanced Foundation Certificate in Classical Ballet with The Royal Academy of Dance. She has most recently performed with the adult cast in The Guilds, Anne and Gilbert and has also performed with The Charlottetown Festival. Fiona has also trained with The Quinte Ballet School of Canada as well as Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts. 

Fiona will be joining the artistic faculty at IDA as a junior jazz and ballet instructor. As well as teaching she will be working towards her CBTS, Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, with The Royal Academy of Dance. Fiona is excited to get started and to share her passion of performance and dance with her students.

Allyson Ford

Allyson has been dancing with The Island Dance Academy since the age of 3 obtaining a wide range of knowledge in such styles of dance as, Ballet, Jazz, Broadway, Lyrical, Pointe and Step Dance. She has been training at an intensive level for several years as well as completing RAD, The Royal Academy of Dance, examinations in Classical Ballet. As well as training Allyson has been an assistant teacher with IDA for many years.

Allyson has been training and performing for most of her life and has performed in many shows such as The Guilds Anne and Gilbert, Evangeline, The Charlottetown Festival’s Anne of Green Gables and several Christmas Productions. She has also won numerous regional competitions for Step Dance. 

Allyson will be joining the artistic faculty at IDA as the Creative 3 and Creative 4 dance instructor. Allyson cannot wait to get started and see all the new and returning dancers this fall.

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