Canadian Dance Teachers’Association

L’Association des professeurs de Danse Canadienne Nationale

Supporting Dance In Canada.

Aims & History

The aims of the CDTA are to advance education in the field of dance and maintain throughout Canada an organization of qualified dance teachers.

The CDTA was formed in Vancouver, BC and Toronto, Ont in 1949. There were Branches in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Provinces. As of July 1, 2022 we are officially a “Truly National Association”.

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National Executive & Administrative Team

President – Shannon Vallée
Past President & Exam Registrar Melody Van Veen
Vice-President, Website & Media Director Julie Dionne
Secretary Treasurer – Barbara Dearborn
Administrator – Paulette Puetz

National Consultants

Ballet Paulette Puetz
Ballroom/Specialty Dance Calvin Lee
Modern Barbara Miller
Tap Julie Dionne
Jazz Donna Moreau
Multicultural Carol Coulson
Acrobatic Dance GaëtaneHughes

Regional Directors


Melody Van Veen  AB
Kirstin Strang  AB
Barbara Dearborn  ATL
Lisa Hart  ATL
Julie Dionne  BC
Shauna Milne  BC
Gaëtane Hughes  ON
Marie Anne Longlade-Link  ON
Alain Milette  QC
Wendy Spicer SK
Melissa Wallace  SK

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