Our Teachers

The dance faculty at Canterbury come from many diverse, professional backgrounds and recognized dance institutions.  The aim of our teachers is to provide a positive and caring atmosphere as a foundation for learning the discipline of dance.  Every student  not only will feel welcome but is also encouraged to explore the world of dance.  The teachers are the heart of the dance program at Canterbury helping the students to fulfill their dreams and build lasting high school memories.

Jessica Graham

Jessica has been dancing for over twenty years and is a trained instructor through the British Association Teachers of Dancing. She also has an extensive background in gymnastics and is a trained technical and theory coach with Gymnastics Ontario. She competed internationally as a member of Team Canada Dance and was co-captain of the University of Guelph Dance Team.  Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in English Language and Literature from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Education from Western University.

Connie St. Louis


Allison Blakley

Allison Blakley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction from the Contemporary Dance Department at Concordia University in 2004 and continued her training with the Halifax Ballet Theatre in 2008. She has worked as a dancer, choreographer, and artist and has performed in Ottawa, Sherbrooke, Montréal and Halifax, at SappyFest Music Festival in Sackville, NB, Nottingham, England as well as Paris and Maubeuge, France. Allison graduated from York University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Education.



Alvaro de M. Yanez

Alvaro de M. Yanez

Alvaro Yanez, multi-percussionist, was born in Santiago, Chile and studied percussion at the University of Chile and at the Superior Music Conservatory of Barcelona, Spain. In South America and Canada, Alvaro has performed with numerous symphonic orchestras, ensembles and bands in styles ranging from classical to ethnic and Latin to jazz. He is a member of the Gatineau Symphony Orchestra. He was the accompanist for Le Groupe Dance Lab and is now the percussionist for the Dance Department at Canterbury HS.

Alvaro de M. Yanez


"By the time I graduated I had found just how much I loved dancing and decided it was the career for me."