Faculty

Krista Cardwell

Owner/Operator

Krista Cardwell is an accomplished, performer, choreographer and teacher, with over 25 years in the industry. As a dancer she found her passion for the performing arts and always loved being on stage. At a young age, she found her love for dance education and has never looked back. In 2016, Krista founded Ignite Dance Project, a Burlington, Ontario based dance studio. Ignite is a studio rooted in dance education, while maintaining a fun and healthy competitive environment for dancers. Krista offers dancers the opportunity to develop their own style and helps to guide them through their dance journey. As the studio owner and artistic director, Krista knows the work, training, and commitment, that goes into a competitive dance team.
As a dance instructor and choreographer, Krista is best known for continuously striving to provide the best in dance education. She realizes the importance of preparing students for a career in dance and theatre. Her students are continually recognized for their dance technique, cleanliness, and performance qualities. Her outstanding choreography has earned her the Overall Choreographer award at multiple competitions throughout her career. Krista’s students continuously earn top marks and overall titles such as Highest Mark of the Competition, as well as Dance Off Champions. Her students have also earned over $50,000 in cash awards, as well as countless dance scholarships throughout North America and Europe.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Mandy London

Sr Instructor

Adv Dip. Music Theatre Performance, ACC 2, PBT

Ms Mandy has been dancing in studios and on stages for the past 25 years. She received her Advanced Diploma in Music Theatre Performance from St. Clair College in 2012. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, and Acrobatic Arts. She also has studied ISTD Modern, CDTA Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She has also trained in gymnastics and cheerleading.  Ms Mandy has performed in many popular shows such as Cinderella, High School Musical, The Wiz, and Grease, where she got the opportunity to work/train closely with So You Think You Can Dance Canada’s Melissa Williams. She is a dedicated teacher and choreographer who loves to share her passion for performance and dance with her students. 

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