Meet the Team

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Kelsey Allen

Owner & Artistic Director
BA, AAM1

Kelsey has been dancing for over 25 years and her teaching career has been thriving for almost a decade. She is the proud Owner & Artistic Director of Connections Dance Collective and also works as a freelance teacher and choreographer in Guelph and the surrounding area. Kelsey has a broad background in a variety of disciplines, including hip hop, jazz funk, jazz, acro, musical theatre, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. In her youth, she competed across Ontario, winning many awards and scholarships for her charisma and performance quality, specifically in urban styles. While attending university in Hamilton, Kelsey was a member of the McMaster University Dance Club as well as the Director of the McMaster Dance Company. In her professional career, she has been the proud recipient of many choreography and special awards for her uniquely themed routines and dedication to teaching true hip hop movement and culture in her classes. She is a certified Zumba and and Acrobatic Arts instructor and is known for her lightheartedness, humour, and warm nature.

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Sophie Mlodzik

Recreational Instructor

Sophie has been dancing for over a decade and is proud to have trained with Miss Kelsey for 7 years. She started her dancing career as solely a hip hop dancer and has since expanded her catalogue to include almost every classic style including jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, and musical theatre. She has also been assisting dance classes for multiple years. Over the past few years, Sophie has developed a love and talent for choreography and choreographed multiple unique pieces. In 2019, she entered the Young Creators Choreography Challenge with a hip hop small group in which many of her fellow CDC peers participated. Sophie is currently studying Software Engineering at the University of Guelph and is beyond excited to be spending her free time at the studio.

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Sara Pica

Recreational Instructor

Meet Miss Sara - our resident acro Queen! Miss Sara will be working with not only our acrobats this season, but also our tiny pre-schoolers and youngest hip hop dancers. Sara is a natural-born leader and role model. Dancers who have trained under Sara will know her unique blend of passionate motivation and humour make every dancer want to push themselves to be better. Sara has trained in a variety of styles including jazz, ballet, acro, contemporary, and hip hop - and somehow manages to excel at them all! She is proudly Acrobatic Arts certified and excited to continue sharing her knowledge with our dancers again this season.

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Sherri Chaffey

RAD(AdvTDip),CDTA,DMA,PBT

Sherri has been teaching dance professionally for over 30 years.  Her passion to excel her students with proper technique, effective musicality and excellence in performance is her greatest strength.  She trains dancers in Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, and Contemporary with attention to the finest detail and an holds great expectation in each and every one of her students. 


She has a long list of credentials and certifications which include:

  • Canadian Dance Teacher's Association  - Tap, Jazz, Ballet & Acrobatics

  • Royal Academy of Dance - Ballet Degree with an Advanced Teaching Diploma, which also includes psychology, history of dance & anatomy

  • Dance Master's of America – Tap & Jazz


She trained at Ryerson University, National Ballet Prima, Kiev National Ballet, Metro Movement, Ryerson Artistic Director in the Professional Dance Teacher Training Program….the list goes on and on. She continues to train through professional development courses, the latest being Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), various workshops & conventions throughout the United States & Canada.


As a studio owner & Artistic Director for 25 years with her own studio, Basic Attitude Dance Company, she established herself in the community as a heartfelt genuine leader.  Many of her students have gone on to perform and teach in professional careers in Canada, United States, & Europe. 

A happily married mother of two, Sherri knows that she has created a solid foundation for each and every student that passes through her dance class doors, to achieve whatever career path they choose. She is excited to be a part of CDC and share her passion for dance with all of you!