The Director

Krista Cardwell


Krista Cardwell is an accomplished, performer, choreographer and teacher, with over 25 years in the industry. Krista is the Owner/Director of Ignite Dance Project, a Burlington, Ontario based dance company, founded in 2016. As a studio owner and director, Krista knows the work, training and commitment, that goes into a competitive dance team. She is a sought-after choreographer and guest instructor throughout Southern Ontario. Krista is a full member of the Performing Arts Educators of Canada (PAEC) in the ballet and jazz division.  Her students have earned top examination marks at the highest levels of ballet and jazz, including the professional division. Originally from Hamilton, Krista has trained in such styles as jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, modern, musical theatre and acro.


As a fully certified dance instructor, Krista is best known for continuously striving to provide the best in dance education. Krista realizes the importance of preparing her students for a career in dance and theatre. Her students are continually recognized for their flawless technique, cleanliness and performance qualities.  Her outstanding choreography has earned her the Overall Choreographer award at multiple competitions throughout her career.  Krista’s students have earned top marks and overall titles such as Highest Mark of the Competition, and Dance Off Champions. Her students have also earned thousands of dollars in cash scholarships, as well as countless dance scholarships throughout Canada and the United States. Many of Krista’s students have earned apprenticing and assistant positions at prestigious conventions and workshops.  Many of her graduate students have gone on to pursue dance and theatre at a professional level.


Miss Krista bring excitement and charisma to a class room, she is so excited to be able to share her love of dance with all of her studio family members.