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We Are Here To Help Your Child Discover The Love Of Dance & Help Them Become The Best They Can Be

We have an incredible team of teachers that are experienced, well trained and knowledgeable. A poorly trained or inexperienced dance instructor can cause serious, or even permanent injury. Both the recreational and competitive student will receive the proper training appropriate to their level. Environment is also important. Our studio is equipped with the proper sprung flooring, mirrors and barres to facilitate proper training. The atmosphere at our studio is friendly and welcoming. Negativity and “cliques” are strongly frowned upon. It is of top importance to us that every student feel comfortable and accepted so that they may learn and progress to the best of their ability. Dance is a discipline as well as an art form and we adhere to this long-standing tradition.

Bigger does not always mean better. We keep our class sizes small so that every student can receive the individual attention they need. Dancing promotes fitness, flexibility & coordination, discipline, builds self esteem while learning to work  in a group…and it’s fun!!! We can help make dance an integral part of your child’s life. The benefits that come with proper dance training will last a lifetime!

Leanne Klassen
Studio Director

Leanne Klassen


Studio Director
Leanne has been teaching dance classes to students ages 4-adult for over 35 years and has been involved in dance for over 45 years, beginning at the young age of 5 when she started taking ballet classes. This led to studying classes in jazz & tap as well, then eventually to musical theatre, modern and lyrical. Over the years, Leanne performed in many festivals, fashion shows & performing arts shows including Hamilton Ti-Cat half time shows and Hamilton's sesquicentennial celebration. Leanne attended the University of Waterloo where she studied the dance program, and furthered her training in ballet, jazz, modern and choreography, while also studying music, kinesiology, anatomy, child psychology, drama and dance history. After graduating, she taught classes in jazz, ballet, tap, acro and modern for different studios throughout the Niagara Peninsula and performed with several dance companies before opening her own studio in Grimsby (her hometown) in 1999. Starting at a modest location with only 50 students, Beyond The Barre Dance Company has grown to a thriving studio with some of the best teachers and choreographers the area has to offer. Her studio's students continue to excel in their dance studies, winning numerous awards & scholarships at competitions and going on to study dance after high school and dance professionally or teach. Her students have also been accepted into the National Ballet of Canada's prestigious summer school, the Hamilton City Ballet's production of The Nutcracker and Ballet Jorgen's production of Swan Lake. Some of Leanne's competition awards include Highest Overall Senior Mark, Overall Adjudicator's Choice, Best Overall Senior Choreography and Most Unique Concept. Leanne also credits her amazing teaching staff who have helped raise her studio to be one of the best in the area while maintaining a close, family atmosphere. Her goal is maintain the fact that dance is a discipline as well as an art form and to share her love of dance with as many students as she can...to give them the same wonderful memories, life skills and experiences that dancing gave to her. Leanne is a proud member of Dance Ontario, Dance Safe Ontario and P.A.A. (Professional Adjudicator's Alliance).

Maria Malek

Maria Malek


This very talented and experienced dancer and teacher was born and went to school in Egypt. She started training professionally at age 9 when she was 1 of 10 out of 1,000 to be accepted to attend the Professional High Institute of Ballet in Egypt instructed by Russian teachers. In 1974, she moved to Montreal. Here, the Grand Ballet liked her Russian style of dance so she continued to be in many productions such as the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Life of Strauss, Don Quixote, Gizelle and many others. With a diploma to teach ballet professionally in the Russian Vaganova style, she teaches many group and private classes from which her students have gone on to great success. Her dance education credits include The Academic Ballet School in Cairo, High Institute of Ballet in Cairo, Governmental Institute of Theatre Arts in Moscow, The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. She has performed and taught with Ecole de Ballet de Danse Art de Montreal, Hungarian National Dance Academy in Budapest, Rainbow Stage Theatre in Winnipeg, McGill University, Les Ballets Russes de Montreal, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Cairo Ballet Company in Egypt.
Brittney Turnbull

Brittney Turnbull


Brittney has been dancing since the young age of three and began competing at the age of seven. She has trained at multiple dance studios finishing off at Rhythm Plus Dance Co. Training in multiple genres, she focused primarily on acro, ballet, modern, contemporary and jazz. As both a competitive and recreational teacher, Brittney and her students have received multiple special awards and choreography awards at competition. Throughout her training she has been molded by many inspirational teachers and has had many opportunities to further educate herself and grow as a dancer and instructor. She was part of Team Canada in 2003, travelling to Boston and working with choreographers Alex Wong and Blake McGrath. She also traveled to Poland for the jazz, ballet and modern team. In 2012, Brittney joined the Dance Masters of Canada Chapter 38, taking part in different pageants and educational opportunities . In 2015 she was announced as the new Miss Dance of Canada. Brittney continues to promote her love of dance by teaching all different genres while continuing to further her own training. She is a certified Acro instructor through Dance Masters of America. Along with dance, Brittney is also pursuing a medical education to help further understanding of the human body to aid in her teaching techniques. Brittney is excited to further promote the love of dance with her students and help them reach their goals. "If you dance with your heart, your body will follow".
Emily Clark

Emily Clark


Emily began dancing at the age of three and has been involved in the dance world ever since. She trained as both a recreational and competitive dancer for 15 years at Burlington Studio Dance, studying many disciplines such as ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary and tap, and obtaining high marks in RAD ballet examinations as well as CDTA jazz and tap examinations over the years. Throughout her many years of competing Emily found a true passion for tap and chose to further pursue this discipline as she started her career as a teacher. With a drive to teach and improve technique, coupled with a meticulous eye for detail and cleanliness, Emily’s choreography has received numerous special awards, overall standings, top scoring placements in regional competitive dance showdowns, as well as winning Shine’s Intermediate Young Choreographer’s award in 2014. Alongside tap, Emily has also taught many jazz, ballet, lyrical and stretch and strengthening classes of varying ages and levels of difficulty including choreographing for annual recitals and Nutcracker performances. Emily has completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology as well as a diploma in Fitness and Health promotion at the University of Guelph and Humber College. Her knowledge of the ways in which the human body functions and its limitations paired with her love for teaching and caring for others allows her to be a motivating and well-rounded teacher who encourages goal setting and reaching new levels in the dance field for all of her students.
Taylor Bojanowski

Taylor Bojanowski


Taylor Bojanowski is a Toronto based dance artist and is a part of the 2017 graduation class from Ryerson Universities Performance Dance BFA Program, where she studied under the direction of Vicki St.Denys. And was a competitive dancer for 13 years, winning many awards and scholarships throughout that time. Including a scholarship to train in Paris for a week and learn from talented artists from around the world. Taylor also attended the National Ballet Schools summer program in 2006. While attending Ryerson Taylor was the 2017 recipient of the “Theatre Dance Program” award. She has always been very driven to pursue a dance career, originally dedicating herself solely to classical ballet, but later discovered her passion for contemporary dance. Throughout her professional training she has had the pleasure of working with many prominent choreographers including James Kudelka, Peggy Baker, David Earl, Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbeck, Tori Mehaffey, William Yong and Kevin O’Day. Taylor had the privilege of being the understudy for ProArteDanza 2016/17 season and worked along side the company. She was also the recipient of the Apprentice Contract with the company in 2017. Since then Taylor has been a company dancer with ProarteDanza. While striving to become a performing artist, Taylor loves to teach and choreograph. She is always looking forward to working with talented and driven dancers.
Toni Ellis

Toni Ellis


Toni had her first dance class at 2 years old while living in California. Upon returning to Canada she participated in recreational classes at a few different studios in the Grimsby area. It wasn't until Toni began dancing at Beyond the Barre Dance Company at the age of 10, that her potential was recognized and she was invited to join the competitive team. Beginning with Musical Theatre then branching out to more technical styles of dance. Toni trained and competed in multiple disciplines; contemporary, jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, acrobatics. hip hop and musical theatre.Toni was a competitive dancer at BTBDC for 7 years, having many top scoring performances and winning many special awards.. One of the groups Toni participated in won a full scholarship to Step Up Dance Camp in downtown Toronto. It was here Toni branched out and was trained in a variety of new styles of dance such as old school hip hop, popping, locking, waving, breaking, tutting, house, Bollywood, African, swing and krump. In 2015, Toni began teaching recreational classes at BTBDC and began mentorship under some of BTBDC's incredible staff. Toni has a particular talent for engaging young dancers. Toni has always been passionate about her work with children. She has worked with children in many settings including daycares, schools and the YMCA . Her love for both dance and children is what makes Miss Toni an incredible asset to any dance team. She is overjoyed to be able to share her love of dance with aspiring young dancers at Beyond the Barre!
Miguel Ramirez (Guest)

Miguel Ramirez (Guest)


Miguel found his passion for dance at a young age, and has been able to teach and inspire young dancers all over the world. He is one of the most sought after hip hop choreographers working today. Miguel has choreographed for the Emmy award winning television series on PBS ‘Odd Squad’ and ‘Odd Squad: The movie’. He is on the Dance Attack workshop and student expo faculty and the Co-founder and Choreographer of the hip hop crew ‘The ARTillery’. Which placed 1st at World of dance Michigan 2018 and 3rd at the Beatdown in 2016. Miguel is also the choreographer of the youtube sensation dance crew ‘3rd motion’. Miguel choreographs numerous award winning routines all over Canada, some of the awards include; Top choreographer, Top soloists, Top duet/trio, Top scoring routine, and Top scoring hip hop routine to name a few. Miguel continues to develop his technique and refining his talents by training all over Canada and USA. Miguel was the assistant choreographer for the 2011 Canadian national hip hop team, and was a performer with Airtight Entertainment. He mentors his students with a fundamental message: with hard work and dedication, anyone can achieve greatness. Miguel has had the opportunity to take his talents worldwide including Trinidad and Tobago instructing dance and Afro Caribbean drumming. He always takes time to give back to the community by volunteering at orphanages sharing his many joys and talents with others. He always encourages his students to get involved in different community projects as it builds the passion they have for dance.
Dustin Wood

Dustin Wood


Dustin is a competitively trained gymnast and dancer. Beginning his acrobatic career in men's gymnastics at age 9, he won many Overall Awards and TOP Scores at competitions across Ontario. He started his dance training when he was 13 in Brantford, Ont. at Dance Discovery under the direction of Carol Ann Bradley. Then, at 16, he decided to continue his training at The Academy of Dance under the direction of Nancy English. Mr.Dustin is highly trained in Acrobatics, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical & Tap. Dustin holds the titles of Senior Mr. Dance of Western N.Y. DMA Chapter 8 (1996) and Mr. Dance of Canada CDMA Chapter 38 (2000). He started dancing professionally when he was 17 and has performed around the globe with Carnival Cruise Lines (Feugo del Caribe, Shout and Swing), Canada's Wonderland (All Shook Up), Panda Dance Company's The Nutcracker, Opening Ceremonies of the Ontario Summer Games, Electric Circus (Brandy & Mase), Academy Award Winning Actress Shirley Jones, Music Videos, Industrial's, Corporate Events, Much Music and Television (Queer as Folk). While working for Carnival Cruise Lines Dustin had the opportunity to Choreograph for magicians Kevin & Caruso. As a Coach and Educator for the past 27years Dustin has seen his students go on to perform on Cruise Ships, Music Videos, Television , Movies, Dance Companies, Cirque du Soleil and I AM BLAKE MCGRATH TOUR 2018 Toronto. His choreography and creative concepts have WON him and his students many Special Awards, Overall High Score Awards, Judges Choice Awards, Choreography Awards, Most Entertaing, TOP Acro Score Awards, National Top 10 & National WINNERS. Over the years, Dustin has been on staff at The Academy of Dance, Beyond the Barre Dance Company, Bojangles Dance Arts, Burlington Studio Dance, Leeming Danceworks, Rhythm Plus Dance Company & Xklusiv Dance Productions. During the Summer months Dustin keeps busy by teaching at MANY Workshops & Intensives at various dance studios and is on Faculty with Dance Attack Acro Workshops. For 10 years Dustin was the Emcee and Host for Dance Masters of Canada Chapter #38's Pageants and Performing Arts Competition as well Dustin was the Photographer with Dance Odyssey Dance Competition for 4 years. Dustin has sat on Adjudication Panels for Dance Masters of America Chapter #43, Kiwanis Dance Festival, SHOCK, Mercy Dance Productions (Halifax) Bedazzled Dance Champions & CDTA Atlantic Dance Festival in Halifax. In 2011 he proudly became a member of Dance Masters of America in 2011 and he is also a Certified Acrobatics Instructor with Dance Masters of Canada Chapter 38. At the beginning of 2020 he became a Founding Member of The Acro Dance Adjudicators Program through the Acrobatic Dance Teachers Association
Jessica Young

Jessica Young


Jessica has been a member of Beyond the Barre since 2006 when she took her first tap class and fell in love with dance. During her years dancing and competing with us she has trained in multiple styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and her favourite, Musical Theatre. Jessica began assisting with dance classes in the studio at a young age, and eventually took over teaching a majority of our 2-6 year old recreational classes for many years. She extends her work with children through being a Registered Early Childhood Educator currently working in the field. In her dance classes, Jessica uses skills gained from previous university courses including Child Development, Child Health & Wellness, and Brain Development of Young Children. She strives to make her classes age appropriate, educational, and fun for all her dancers. She builds relationships with all her dancers, and treats everyone at the studio like family. She joined our competitive staff upon starting our first mini team in 2015, bringing them to win multiple regional and national competition overalls. After taking a year maternity leave and becoming a first time mother, she returns to continue her work with our mini dancers using her skills with children, and dance experience to establish and nurture a love for dance and learning with our youngest competitive dancers.
Lynne Sargent
Aerial Silks

Lynne Sargent


Aerial Silks
Lynne Sargent is an aerial silks “theorist” with a strong dance background. She holds her Intermediate RAD Certificate in Ballet, as well as extensive further training in Vaganova Ballet, and brings a strong technical discipline and creative dance background to the realm of aerial arts. Her circus journey began in 2014 after a foot injury took her away from dance. Since then, she has completed multiple aerial instructor certificates with NECCA (The New England Center for Circus Arts), trained with circus experts around the globe, and performed with the Hamilton Aerial Group, Steel the Sky, and as an independent performer. She has previously taught at studios like Steel the Sky, Brass Butterflies, and Cirquesmith. She is passionate about helping every student find their own personal strength and expression style, and wants to facilitate leaving the cares of the ground behind. Find her on Instagram @lynne.sargent.