Dawn O'Reilly began dancing at the age of 5 while she lived in Brampton and Mississauga. At the age of 8 she was also participating in competitive gymnastics and was accepted to the Elite Team at her local Gymnastics club. She also took classes in Orangeville from the ages of 11 to 14 and then continued when her family moved to Labrador where she continued to study dance.
Her dance and gymnastics experiences allowed her to have strong skills in performance and choreography. She moved to Orangeville Ontario in her late teens and attended Sheridan College in Brampton as she continued to dance competitively with Anne Marie’s Dance Academy before returning to Kirkland Lake to raise her family as a young adult.
Dawn’s dance training included Jazz, Tap, and Ballet. She was primarily trained with Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and completed examinations throughout her training. She has ballet training in both the RAD and Cecchetti styles of dance.
Throughout high school, Dawn lived in Kirkland Lake for 3 years. During this time she was active in Performing Arts and choreographed many productions. She sang and acted and played the lead character for several musical theatre productions. She danced for several summers as a student of JSANO. She also performed for many years in Kirkland Lake’s Kabaret as both a vocal performer, dancer and choreographer.
She has attended Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School in Buffalo New York and is currently attending ADAPT Teacher Training, Acrobatique Teacher Training, Acrobatic Arts teacher Training, and is in the first year of obtaining her certification as a coach with Gymnastics Canada. She continues to attend workshops and training courses each season. She believes that continuing her education as a teacher and continuing to learn new skills to offer students is important to the growth of the studio. She also became licensed to teach Zumba and Kids Zumba through the Zumba Instructor Network training, and also has her YogaFit certification through Yogafit Canada.
Miss Dawn has always believed that an instructor can be very qualified and have many certificates and achievements, but that doesn’t necessarily make them a good teacher, or make them good at working with children. She strives to provide every child a positive experience at her studio, where they can feel safe and accepted, develop skills as a dancer and have memories that will last a lifetime. She expects her staff to uphold the same values that she has about teaching children.
Dawn recognized that her passion for dance and performing was something she wanted to offer students in Kirkland Lake. She joined JSANO as a dance teacher in 2010 and taught their fall dance program for 2 seasons. She opened her own Studio in 2012 with the hope that she could further share her love of dance and performance with the community by expanding the programs she offered. In her first 3 years of operation, over 150 students in Kirkland Lake have joined Pulse Dance Studio each year!
Dawn has five daughters ranging in age from 6 to 19. They all share her passion for dance and performance. As a mother, she has experience in nurturing children of all ages. Many of her current students feel as though she is like a mother to them.
Pulse Dance and Fitness Studio is heading into its Eighth season of operation this year. We hope you will join Miss Dawn on her journey to bring the love of dance, theatre and voice to Kirkland Lake children.