French Kinderdance



J’ai le plaisir de vous annoncer que j’enseignerais un cours de “Kinderdance” cette année à International Dance Academy. Ce cours est pour les enfants de l’âge 3 à 5 ans. Le tout se déroulera en FRANÇAIS!!! C’est une première pour Thunder Bay. Alors, si vous avez un petit ou une petite qui aimerait danser, venez à notre session d’inscription ce samedi! (voir les infos ci-bas). Il y aura pleins d’activités pour les enfants à la session d’inscription. Les cours seront les samedis matins de 9h45 à 10h30. J’ai tellement hâte!!! En espérant de partager mon amour pour la danse avec votre enfant!
I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching a “kinderdance” class this year at International Dance Academy. This course is for children aged 3 TO 5. The whole class will be in French!!! It’s a First for thunder bay. So if you have a little boy or a little girl who would like to dance, come to our registration session this Saturday! (see information below). There will be a lot of activities for children at the registration session. Classes will be Saturday mornings from 9:45 am to 10:30 am. I’m so excited!!! Hoping to share my love for dancing with your child!


New Faculty Member


International Dance Academy is so excited to introduce and welcome Stéfanie Middleton to our staff team.  Stéfanie will be leading the French Kinderdance classes being offered for the first time here in Thunder Bay.

Stéfanie danced at International Dance Academy for over 15 years. She started at the age of 3 and danced at IDA until she left Thunder Bay to pursue her studies in Ottawa and Vancouver. Stéfanie studied all types of dance and taught a variety of classes and levels for over 5 years. She has competed in a variety of dance competitions both locally and in the US. She was a member of the University of Ottawa dance team while she studied there. Recently, Stéfanie was a Salsa Tots and Salsa Babies instructor in Thunder Bay.
Stéfanie is a speech-language pathologist and a teacher. She currently teaches at École catholique Franco-Supérieur. She is very excited to bring her love of dance together with her love of the French language for the first time in Thunder Bay.


Registrations commence August 22nd

Registrations commence August 22nd

Acro, Adult, Ballet, Events, Hip Hop, Jazz, Kinderdance, Lyrical, Modern, Tap

Whether you’re looking to dance for recreation, health & fitness, or are pursuing a continuing education in the arts; IDA is the place that can facilitate your needs. We start our little ones dancing at the tender age of 2 in our Twinkle Tots program and continue through Adult.

An exciting 2017/2018 Season is planned with registration starting on August 22nd as follows:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 pm.  Saturdays 10:00-12:00 pm

Each registration will receive a commemorative 35th anniversary t-shirt and all pre-school programs, a free tutu.

IDA-Jazz Trio

Chocolate Fundraiser Available Now


Hello Everyone – Welcome back to another great dance season !
Are you interested in some great fundraising to help offset your dance costs? We have a “sweet” deal for you !!

We will be again selling WORLD’S FINEST CHOCOLATES this year ! This has always been a great and easy seller with friends/family/co-workers !

We have the following arriving Thursday September 1 !

$2 Chocolate Covered Almonds (fast and easy to sell!!!)
$2 Variety Box
$2 Nut Free Chocolates

All cases have 30 boxes of chocolates. Payment is required at the time of pick up ( $60 per case). All cheques should be made payable to INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY PERFORMING ARTS ASSOC. (IAPAA) (please no post dated cheques)

There are limited quantities so don’t miss out this year ! I have ensured we have our cases early this year to get a nice head start – Don’t delay! Call now to reserve !!!

Chocolates are available right now for pick up anytime !! You can contact Natalie Malette directly at or phone and leave message at 344-9947 to make arrangements for convenient pick up. When ordering, please note the number the cases, which varieties, as well as the parent contact name/ number and the dancer’s name.

Payment is required at the time of pick up. All cheques should be made payable to INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY PERFORMING ARTS ASSOC (IAPAA) (please no post dated cheques)

NOTE: This is an individual fundraiser, which means the profits go into your son/daughter’s dance account and can be used to offset the costs of costumes, shoes, tights, dance classes etc. For more info, please contact Natalie (see above info) to see how easy it is ! 🙂

How To Make The Most Of Your Dance Classes


How To Make The Most Of Your Dance Classes

Dance class is an investment. A lot of money, time, and energy go into learning how to dance. The last thing you want is for any of that to go to waste by not making the most of every dance class.

You might think that the best dancers become successful by stretching longer, sweating harder, or practising more than everyone else but that’s not the whole story. If you really want to benefit from your time training in dance, start with your mental attitude toward learning. Here’s how:

Take responsibility

Learning anything is on you, friend. Dance teachers just navigate (and occasionally cheerlead) your dance journey. It’s your job to fuel and drive the car.

What are some ways to do that and take responsibility for learning in dance class?

  • Arrive early
  • Come prepared
  • Practice proper dance class ettiquette
  • Stay focused
  • Take and apply corrections and direction
  • Ask and listen to questions and really absorb the answers
  • Take notes
  • Think ahead
  • Spend more time on the things that need work than the things that don’t
  • Be eager to revisit the basics
  • Listen to your body and keep it in top form with cross-training or conditioning
  • Develop professional relationships with your teachers and mentors
  • Find great teachers you can trust and then actually put your faith in their methods

Make mistakes

Dance class is THE place to mess up because the stage is the last place you’ll want to. Give yourself permission to try big and fail hard in dance and in life.

Discover something new

Notice we didn’t say you should wait to be hit over the head with or bowled over by new information. Make each dance class a quest to learn something new– even about the same old stuff – through listening, watching, trial, or error.

Feel uncomfortable

Your best growth often happens outside your comfort zone. If dance class feels too easy, it’s not always about class level. Are you pushing and stretching yourself in all of the above ways? If not, maybe class seems effortless because you’re not making an effort to push beyond your limitations.

Enjoy the process

Achievement and accolades in dance are awesome but the celebration lasts a blip before you realize that when it’s over, there’s just something new to accomplish. Dance training includes periods of growth and periods of plateau. Make that process the fun part of dance class and you’re golden.

Give thanks

Do celebrate those accomplishments and your dancing body. Be grateful that you get to enjoy the benefits of dance and appreciate the people helping you and motivating you to get the most out of every dance class.

Former IDA Student Dancing in Tokyo.


International Dance Academy would like to extend sincere congratulations to former student Jordan Wyllie, who is living the dream and performing at Disneyland in Toyko.

Here are some photos of her as Wendy, Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.  We are all so very proud of her.  She was always a hard working dedicated student. She is proof that with determination, devotion and a little sweat, dreams really do come true!  Jordan we wish you every success in the future!  JordanWendyJordanSnowWhite