Andrea Downie is the Founding Director of EnhanceDance, established in 2017 to enhance dance training, performance and dance teaching. She is the Immediate Past President and a founding member of Healthy Dancer Canada, established in 2008. She is also a third-party CPD course provider for Royal Academy of Dance Canada. Andrea is a dance educator, choreographer and kinesiology instructor with 25 years of experience. She received her HonBFA in Dance Performance and her MA in Dance Studies from York University. She completed her professional training at Dance New Amsterdam (Dance Space Centre) in New York City, and performed with Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects while there. Andrea is one of only a few certified teachers of Simonson Technique in Canada. She is also a certified Level 1 & Level 2 Conditioning-with-Imagery Training teacher and the C-I Training Course Administrator. Andrea recently returned to the Toronto area after living for more than 20 years in BC.
Andrea specializes in motor learning. From her master's research, she developed the Multisensory Pedagogical Model for Dance Skill Instruction to enhance dance skill learning. Andrea has experience working with dance teachers, in post-secondary dance and kinesiology programs, secondary school dance programs, pre-professional programs, arts centres and private dance studios. She works actively as a teacher-tutor, guest dance instructor, choreographer and speaker across Canada, enthusiastically sharing her passion for dance with teachers and dancers of all ages, levels and abilities. Her dance classes are intelligently-structured, founded on evidence-based principles and best practices, and integrate dance history. She encourages somatic awareness, movement efficiency and effectiveness, and individual artistic expression within a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment.
Andrea is certified teacher of
Andrea is a member of
- C-I Training - Certified L2 C-I Training Teacher, C-I Training Course Administrator
- Simonson Technique - Certified Simonson Technique Teacher
Andrea is a member of
- Healthy Dancer Canada - Immediate Past President, founding member
- International Association for Dance Medicine & Science - member
- Canadian Dance Assembly - member