SDDC was built on the principle of mutual respect. Every teacher leads with a passion for dance and arts and respects each dancers artistic contributions.

The emphasis of this program is on training and performance, whether the dancer wants to enter the industry or be a patron of the arts, the goal is for every student to develop skills to find success in their chosen path.

SARAH KLYMCHUK – Artistic Director
Sarah was raised in Winnipeg and trained at The Academy of Dance under the direction of her mother, Barbara Daurie.

Sarah has received her advanced certification in Canadian Dance Teachers Associaton (CDTA), Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT) and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabi as well as a member of Canadian Actors Equity Associaton (CAEA) and Actra. Her theatre credits include ensemble - Brigadoon and Damn Yankees (Rainbow Stage), Diana Barry – Anne of Green Gables, Jenny Strang – Emily: A New Musical, Hot Box Dancer – Guys and Dolls (Charlottetown Festival), Meg Giry U/S – The Phantom of the Opera (Mirvish productions Toronto), Ensemble – Little Shop of Horrors (Brockville Arts Centre), Maria U/S – West Side Story (Stage West Toronto), Sophie U/S – Mamma Mia (Mirvish Productions Toronto), Liz – Chicago (Pantages Theatre).

She has worked with dancers across Canada from PEI to BC, as an adjudicator, choreographer, she has led workshops, master classes and competitive programs where many students have received top honours for their work. Sarah’s enthusiasm and love for dance is evident in all her classes with the energy and passion she brings to the studio.

BARBARA DAURIE - Artistic Director Emeritus

Ms D as she is still called by her many past and present students has been educating dancers in this city for over 50 years. Ms D is an OG of the competitive dance world running her own successful dance school, The Academy of Dance. She was a key contributor in starting up Dance Manitoba which over time become our largest dance festival in the province. Ms D was also a registered teacher with the CDTA, ADAPT and RAD syllabi where she successfully entered students in examinations. She now holds a lifetime membership with The Royal Academy of Dancing from London England for her contributions to dance. Many of her past students have gone on to successful careers in the arts as dancers on broadway, summer stock and long running musical shows, company dancers, actors in movies and TV, artistic directors of major theatre and dance companies, directors, choreographers and arts educators. Ms D is incredibly proud to be part of the SDDC family in a mentorship capacity.


Catherine Wreford, Kersey Sarao, Eugene Salvador, Brynne Abgrall, Josh Assor, Stephanie Rutherford, Claire Marshall, Andrea Katz, and Rachel Cooper.