All ABOUT ADI

WHY CHOOSE US?

At Apex Dance Industry we offer a wide variety of recreational and competitive level dance, circus, and gymnastics classes for all ages with a specific focus on ages 2 to 18. ADI is committed to providing a positive environment where students can learn to perform and in doing so; ADI will focus on the following features:

 

-State of the art facility- 2 Full size dance studios, 2 full size circus gym, 1 full sized acrobatics/gymnastics gym high-grade mats and equipment, 2 full size air tracks, 1 full size tumble track, full wall mirrors, wall mounted ballet barres, high ceilings, Locker room to store your belongings and a lobby for the students and parents. 35 ft ceilings! In house theatre that seats 150. 

 

-ADI is the only studio in Lambton County that offers aerial dance and circus arts and now gymnastics.

Always age appropriate music, costuming, & themes. 

 

-Small class sizes- this allows students to have the most attention and highest extent of learning.

 

-Affiliation with Acrobatic Arts dance program- providing instruction and examination.

- The first Module 2 certified Acrobatic Arts studio in all of Lambton County as of August 2016. This ensures safety all they way up to a professional level. We have 3 coaches certified in AA. 

-We have 5 Certified Aerial Coaches through Aerial Arts by Cirque Du Soilel's, Meaghan Wegg. Born to Fly, and Spectacle Blue. 

 

-Personal coaching sessions for students looking to further their dance education with one on one interaction.

-We are the only Youth Protection Advocates in Dance Certified Studio in all of Lambton County. This means our studio focuses on a proper and appropriate dance education. This also means that not only do we always promise to offer appropriate education but safe education. All staff members are required to have a Vulnerable Sector Check done prior to employment. It also requires us to be up to date on our First Aid & CPR Certification. We promise to protect our students and steer them in a positive direction with safety as our number 1 concern; physical and mental. 

-Professional and credible dance instructors with experience.

 

-Professional hard working travel Competitive Dance team.

-Family orientated studio that allows a comfortable safe approach.

 

-Fun learning environment with a zero bullying tolerance in full affect.

 

-YRASP (Youth Recreation and Sports Program) of the YMCA with Christine Riggs, offers financial assistance to low income families in Lambton County if they meet the County's eligibility requirements. 

-No experience needed! We offer classes for all levels and even adults! 

FACULTY
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Allyx Smith

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     Allyx Kayleigh Smith began dancing at 4 years old in Sarnia, Ontario. Studying different dance styles at multiple studios in Sarnia, London, and Port Huron, Michigan. At age 15 Allyx went on tour with Blue Lake Fine Arts, performing various dance styles in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, and the United States. Following high school Allyx accepted a scholarship to Alma College in Michigan. After 2 years Allyx transferred to the University of Colorado Boulder to search for a broader dance education. Allyx graduated with a BA in dance. She has performed in many well known choreographers pieces such as Michelle Ellsworth’s FRESH piece, “Antifragile “. While at the University of Colorado Boulder Allyx has had the opportunity to work with lighting, set and costume design for various pieces and shows. While attending, Allyx also received the chance to intern with Turning the Wheel Dance and Theater Company facilitating pre-school - university aged students, as well as maximum security prison inmates. While at university Allyx found her passion for Aerial Dancing specifically silks and plans to continue to pursue this dance form and share it with Sarnia! Acrobatic Arts Module 2 certified means Allyx can teach acrobatics from primary to pre-professional dancers. She also holds a special certificate through acrobatic arts for teaching Primary Acrobatics. Allyx is also certified to teach aerial dance through Born to Fly, Aerial Arts by Cirque Du Soleil's Meaghan Wegg and Spectacle Blue. 

She is also the only certified instructor through Youth Protection Advocates in Dance in all of Lambton County. 

Allyx carries multiple other certificates such as First Aid & CPR, Preventing Covid 19, Protecting Children Through a Crisis, Barbicide Sanitation Certification, Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect, and Talking with Children about Safety from Sexual Abuse. Allyx is continuing her dance education every single day. Allyx has recently become certified in aerial yoga through The Flying Yogi. 

Owner/Director

Mo McLeod

Artistic Director

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    Maureen (Mo) McLeod was born and raised in Sarnia and discovered her love of dance at a very young age. At the age of 13 she began dancing with Albuquerque Dance where she studied a variety of styles and was hired on to assist and teach at age 14. A few years later she began coordinating a small competitive team with Elite Dance Academy instructing hip-hop and jazz. Mo has been teaching locally for 15 years and has loved sharing her passion for dance with students of all ages, most recently sharing it with her own two children. She has continued to study a variety of styles over the years and has had the privilege of learning from other professionals in a variety of dance styles and continues to further her knowledge at workshops and intensives to help keep current in dance teaching methods. She is thrilled to have had the opportunity to teach alongside some of her old students who have pursued careers in dance and is very excited to move into her next chapter teaching with another former student Allyx Smith who is the owner and artistic director of Apex Dance Industry. Since being apart of Apex; Mo has become a certified Aerial Arts teacher! Mo is also Acrobatics Arts Module 1 Certified. 

Grace Burroughs-Ottens

Administrative Assistant & Certified Aerial & Acrobatics Instructor

Tasia McNaught

Dance Instructor

Sally Forse

Certified Aerial Instructor/Fitness Instructor 

Brittany Elliot

Certified Aerial Instructor

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Makayla Brandon

Student Assistant

Ryen Mella

Meghan Harris

Student Assistant

Student Assistant

Student Assistant

Brie Harris

Cassie Elviage

Student Assistant

Anne Horvat

Gymnastics Trainer

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