When I was a little girl I remember always dancing around the house and begging my parents to take dance lessons. My parents couldn’t afford it, and my father being a music teacher, said he would give me piano lessons instead. I tried piano for two weeks and hated it, I wanted to dance! I would watch all the classic movies with Gene Kelly and Fred Astare and dream one day to dance like they did.
As an adult I always wanted to take Tap lessons, but again couldn’t afford them. From the moment Daniela could walk she showed an interest in dancing. She never watched T.V. but when commercials with music came on, she would run to the T.V. and start to dance. At the age of three, I enrolled her at the Laurie Thacker School of Dance, and my husband and I worked many jobs so that Daniela could live her dream. She would always say to me “Mom, when I grow up I am going to open my own studio and I will be Laurie Thacker and you will be the office manager like Mrs. T.” After 25 years Daniela’s dream came true opening Rhythm Dynamics Dance Inc. I quit my job and came to work for my daughter as RDDI’s Office Manager. I bring 24 years administration experience, and my love of dance!
Daniela Di Santo
At the age of three Daniela began dancing at the Laurie Thacker School of Dance, training in many genres such as, Tap, Acro, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Ballet. Joining the competitive team a few years later, she was very fortunate to travel across North America, winning many overall awards and scholarships, and training with some of the industries best.
Graduating from George Brown College, receiving a diploma in Commercial Dance, allowed Daniela to train in vocal and acting as well as dance, learning the skills to combine all three art forms. She continues to expand her dance knowledge by taking classes and participating in yearly workshops and teacher seminars. Daniela recently received her Acrobatic Arts certification and is excited to offer exams and transition her Acro classes to follow the Acrobatic Arts Syllabus.
In the last 15 years, Daniela has been the dance director of a summer camp for five consecutive summers, has taught and continues to teach Extra-Curricular and Curriculum dance programs in schools across the GTA, York Region and Durham, and was a District Manager for a dance company, all while teaching at multiple studios.
"I am very excited to have my own studio to call my second home, for I grew up in a family run studio and always dreamed of someday being able to recreate that environment. I teach Tap, Acro, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and Burlesque Jazz and I look forward to building a community of equally passionate and talented dancers, but most important strong, confident individuals. I hope you will join us on this incredible journey and be apart of growing our dance family!"
In the last 30 years I have taught for many different organizations and dance studios and enjoy sharing my passion for dance. I began ballroom dancing in 1978 and trained in International Standard Division - Waltz, Quickstep, Slow Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz - as well as the Latin Division - Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive and Samba. In addition, I also trained in the nightclub dances such as Salsa, Merengue and Mambo.
In 1990 I was introduced to the Argentine Tango and was trained by two of Argentina’s greatest professional dancers, Carlos Gavito (Forever Tango) and Christina Rey (A Rose for Mr. Tango). In 1993 I joined the Toronto Argentine Cultural Association’s dance troupe, Los Milongueros and performed with them for thirteen years. I have performed in the Roy Thomson Hall, The DuMaurier Centre, The Premier Dance Theatre and numerous corporate functions and folk festivals across Canada.
Adrianna is a graduate of the Quinte ballet school of Canada where she completed her cecchetti exams. From there she went on to explore the contemporary field wit the help of the Canadian children's dance theatre. After training for a year she went on to do two nutcracker tours with the Ontario ballet theatre. Adrianna then enrolled in the George Brown dance performance studies program for two years. Graduating with honours she was accepting into Ballet Jorgen's mentorship program. She is really looking forward to working with the Rhythm Dynamics Dance Inc. team!
y names is Mike Smith - a.k.a. Tricky Troublez. I was Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto. I have become known best for my ability to ride the beat. In my 14 years of dance experience I have enjoyed success in both the commercial industry and the underground hip hop scene. From movies and TV spots such as Save the Last Dance 2, Breakfast Television, Much Vibe, Family, Adidas and TicTac just to name a few. I have also performed for many well-known music artists such as KRS ONE, Big Daddy Kane, Maestro Fresh Wes, & Black Thought from The Roots. My main focus is to travel and compete against the world’s best on an international level to help increase my knowledge and experience of the culture of hip hop.
Erica Binder earned her B.F.A in Dance at York University, where she was a member of the Ensemble. She performed in "Rite Redux," a modern version of Nijinsky's Rite of Spring. Erica danced for two seasons in Canada’s Wonderland Haunt shows, Niagara Falls Festival of Lights, Nuite Blanche, and performed at the Elgin Theatre in “Snow Queen.” She has appeared on television shows such as “Today’s Talent Time,” “A Brand New Day,” and “Degrassi.” She has been a backup dancer for Annie Lux, opening for Sarah Geronimo at Roy Thompson Hall. Erica performed on Disney Cruise Lines and has had various other contract offers with Disney. She has earned her B.A.T.D Associates certificate in Ballet and Modern. Erica has worked as a behavioural therapist and has taught dance classes with children of many ages with special needs. Erica is the Dance coach at Whitby Figure Skating Club throughout the summers and she teaches in schools frequently with The Travelling Stage. Erica is a senior dancer, performer and choreographer for TDC entertainment. She is really excited to teach Lyrical Contemporary, Abilities and Jazz at RDDI on Wednesday nights and to watch the growth of the dancers both technically and artistically!