about us

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Cadance’s Mission
Cadance provides you with a fun, no pressure atmosphere in which to dance.  Whether you’ve never danced a step in your life, used to dance and want to get back into it, or you have danced all your life, there is a class for you.

Rachel Santos, Artistic Director

Photo credit: http://www.lucybaumphotographer.com/Rachel has been dancing since age 5 and has been performing in musical theatre since age 13. She has studied jazz, ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop, and folk dances. In addition to choreographing for the dance stage, Rachel has also choreographed for competitive roller and ice skaters and for the musical theatre stage. In 2003, she graduated from San José State University in California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with a minor in Musical Theatre. There she earned the Haws Award for Excellence in Performance.  In October 2010, Rachel began her Pilates training through Studio Praxis in Montreal, QC.  She successfully completed the training and examination to become a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor for Matwork, Levels 1 & 2 (Essential/Intermediate & Advanced) and has earned her full STOTT PILATES® certification in June 2013 (with an impressive 97% score!).  In February 2012, she completed the GROOVEmethod™ Instructor training course and is excited to have GROOVE classes as part of the Cadance repertoire!

Her Montreal teaching and choreography credits include Powell School of Dance, Broadway Academy Westmount, La Vie en Mouvement (ensemble La Fantaisie), and Ballet Allegro International.  She is available for choreography, including wedding first dances, and for teaching workshops. Please contact Cadance for rates.

She is also a Pilates instructor at Studio Espace PilatesDita Pilates and Pilates Bois Franc where she can train you in a private or semi-private lesson or in group classes.  Contact Studio Espace Pilates (Plateau Mont-Royal), Dita Pilates (NDG/Westmount), or Pilates Bois Franc (Ville St-Laurent) to book an appointment with Rachel!

Click here to see Rachel’s certifications and on-going continuing education credits.

Testimonials

Rarely have I felt more welcome in a dance class.  Rachel is an engaged and knowledgeable teacher and makes the class fun without compromising her teaching method.  The warm-up and technical work provide an amazing and balanced workout, and Rachel’s ability to create brilliant choreographies for all levels really made me feel like I was progressing as a dancer and helped me to build my confidence in my movements both in and out of dance class.

~ Nadine of R.A.M. Management

My name is Susan Powell.  I am the Artistic Director of ECOLE DE DANSE POWELL SCHOOL OF DANCE Inc.  I am a classically trained dancer, teacher, and choreographer.  With my husband and partner, Anthony Powell, I am a professional ballroom dancer and former Canadian competitor.

ECOLE DE DANSE POWELL SCHOOL OF DANCE INC. of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, is a multi-disciplined dance school. My three daughters, who are all professionally trained dancers, are teachers in the school.  Lindsay, Hilary and Ainsley Powell have trained with Rachel Santos in jazz ballet since 2008.  She has also choreographed for them for our year-end production.

Rachel is a highly-qualified and accomplished dance professional. To say her work is creative and inspirational is an understatement.  Each of her choreographies shines like a well-cut gem.   As a dancer, she is high-skilled with exceptional technique.  Rachel is a very soft-spoken and caring teacher.  Her students admire and respect her.  She is very dedicated and hard-working and devoted to her students and to the art of dance.  On a personal level, she has also become a friend and a mentor.  I would strongly recommend Rachel Santos and Cadance to student dancers wishing to pursue their expertise in jazz ballet.

~ Susan Powell, Artistic Director POWELL SCHOOL OF DANCE

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