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CORE Team

The secret ingredient to CDC’s continued success.

This collective was established in 2010. A result of a desire to improve the quality of education, communication and direction of the company.

Like a family they work together to produce the best environment for any student and this stems from their ideas and desire of what the ultimate performing arts centre should be; A professional atmosphere with a personal interest in every student’s success. The focus is on how the arts can be presented to engage the young and upcoming stars of tomorrow. 6 individuals, 1 vision…it takes a team to impact the world.

The C.O.R.E. Team – Creative Original Revolutionary, Extreme!

Allain Lupien
Director

Allain has always been a firm believer in improving the quality of life for students he has taught and people he has connected with through dance. With this in mind he felt it was time to create a core team which would have the same impact on the Canadian Dance Company that he has had on each individual dancer.

"After one year of dedicated efforts and diligent work from my close team, the results are evident that this is not only the future of CDC, but the future of dance education for everyone."

Dennis Lupien
Assistant To Directors, Studio Operations, Head Of Tech Team

Dennis has had an extensive career in theatre performing in many musicals: Cats (Canada/Germany/U.K.), Beauty and the Beast, Crazy for You, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Chorus Line, Swingstep, Chicago to name a few, film credits include: Sing, Superstar and Hairspray, as well as a few commercials along the way.

Many wonderful experiences of performing in various musicals have led Dennis to currently working full time for Canadian Dance Company. A great deal of creativity along with hard work go into designing and building props and set pieces required for the numerous exciting routines choreographed by the extremely talented staff of teachers and choreographers. The family business under the direction of Allain and Dawn Lupien, involves many duties in which every family member has their own responsibilities to perform, and together make an awesome team that strives for success and providing the family environment CDC is known for.

Dennis would like to congratulate all of the many talented dancers on their hard work and commitment, training, rehearsing and performing at their utmost best, representing Canada’s #1 studio for dance.

Samantha Lupien
Head Of Administration, Costume Coordinator, Competitive Teacher/Choreographer

Samantha Lupien began her dance training at her grandmother's studio, Dot Blakeley Dance Studio in Simcoe, Ontario. She then continued her dance training at the Canadian Dance Company when they opened their doors in 1985 under the direction of her parents Allain & Dawn Lupien.

Samantha trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Acro, Pointe & Lyrical throughout her competitive years. Upon graduating high school, Samantha received the opportunity to perform aboard Celebrity Cruise Lines as Dance Captain and sailed to such places as the Caribbean, Hawaii and Alaska. She has also performed in Sears Fashion Shows, Mary Kay Cosmetics Industrials and Choreographed for the Disney Fashion Show at the young age of 17. Other Choreography credits include; Raven Simones Charity Benefit & various club performances for the Freestyle music artist Zoe. Samantha has taught both the Recreational and Competitive students here at the Canadian Dance Company for the past 14 years and currently teaches the competitive Hip Hop and Tap.

Not only is Samantha a Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer but she is also the Head Studio Administrator for the company. Samantha would like to thank her parents Allain & Dawn Lupien for providing such a fun & positive dance environment for all the dancers past, present & future of the Canadian Dance Company.

Lindsay Lupien
Competitive & Recreational Teacher/Choreographer

Lindsay Lupien began her training at the Canadian Dance Company at the age of 2, studying in all types of dance. Growing up in the competitive world she won many awards and titles while traveling around Canada and the United States.

She also had a passion for acting filming various commercials/TV shows and appearing in the movie The Santa Claus. Following her training at CDC she studied one term at the Randolph Academy For The Performing Arts studying dance, acting and singing. Lindsay continued to compete, going to Germany for the IDO World Dance Championships coming home with the gold medal. As well as getting ready for Germany she started working with Linda Garneau and Helix Dance Project doing 3 company shows. Industrial shows have also kept her busy including Disney Fashion Show, Mary Kay, and Bell Mobility. In summer of 2007 she co-choreographed a show for the Aorta Dance Company collaborating with David Norswrothy for the show called "Hello, I am".

Lindsay is currently teaching competitive Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, and Tap at the Canadian Dance Company. She is so honoured to teach and choreograph for all the talented and inspirational dancers she works with at CDC and can’t wait for another amazing year with them and the CDC family.

Tabitha Lupien
Competitive & Recreational Teacher/Choreographer

Tabitha Lupien has trained in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz for seventeen years. She continues to train in those areas, as well as Acrobatics, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She received all of her professional dance training at the Canadian Dance Company and this year will mark Tabitha's tenth year of teaching for CDC.

Tabitha has earned various titles such as: Mini and Petite Miss Dance of Canada, Petite Miss Dance of America, Junior Miss Candance, ADA Junior Dancer of the Year, and First Runner-up for Junior Miss Dance of Canada. Tabitha was also a part of the Canadian National Team at the IDO World Dance Championships, bringing home one silver and two gold medals in 2005. In 2008 she brought home two silvers. Tabitha has also had the experience of performing in such shows as the Disney Fashion Show, the Sears Dance Pack, and the Bay industrial shows. Tabitha is not only a dancer but she is also a veteran actress. She has worked on many movies including Look Who's Talking Now (lead), Rent a Kid, The Santa Clause and many more. She has also done many TV shows including two Goosebumps episodes, three episodes of Ready or Not and many more. Her latest film was Hairspray, in which she played the role of Becky and got to work with John Travolta once again. She has had the opportunity to work with John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, James Marsden, Amanda Bynes, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, and Nicky Blonsky (Tracey Turnblad). She has definitely learned a lot from watching and working with them. She has also worked with: Kirsty Alley, Leslie Neilson, John Stamos, Tim Allen, Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg, Bette Midler, and many others.

The Canadian Dance Company has been Tabitha's home for most of her life. She didn't just learn how to dance, but she learned some important life lessons that most won't come across until they are older. She will continue to use everything she learned at Canadian Dance Company for every single aspect of her life. Tabitha is so grateful to have been given such a positive and motivating atmosphere. Thank-you Canadian Dance Company!

Andrew Insanally
Head of Graphics & Media, Competitive & Recreational Teacher/Choreographer

Andrew Insanally is proud to have thirteen years of training under his belt. His repertoire includes Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop and Contemporary.

During his competitive career Andrew was honoured with many awards such as; Teen Mr. Dance 2002 (StarPower), 2005 CNE Rising Star Champion, 2005 Gold Medalist at the I.D.O. World Championships in Riesa, Germany. His professional experience includes; a music video Canadian Brass Quartet and dancing for Norwegian Cruise Lines as a part of the Jean Ann Ryan Company. He has also performed for many industrial shows including Mary Kay and GM.

Andrew has also always had a desire to give back. He has performed for many charitable organizations including CIBC Run for a Cure, Three Rivers Foundation and Caribbean Children’s Fund. His passion for making a difference has really done just that as he is currently on the board of directors of the Team Brother Bear Foundation which to date has raised over $100,000 for SickKids Hospital.

This will be Andrew’s forth year with the CDC faculty teaching competitive and recreational. His classes emphasize a love for dance while ensuring his students develop their technique and style. Andrew has also studied Graphics at Ryerson University and is proud to act as the studio’s graphic designer. He is grateful for the amazing experiences and opportunities that CDC has warmly extended to him throughout the years.