Stretch & Strength Classes for All Staff & Students

I will be teaching Stretch and Strength classes on Tuesdays at lunch in Dance studio 2. Classes will start at 11:45 and are open to all students and staff. No sign up required. Just come ready to move!

Hope to see you there!

M. Michailidis

Dance Department in Need of Fitness Equipment

I need your help! I’m looking for donations of fitness equipment. Items of particular interest…Pilates balls, yoga mats, tennis balls,lacrosse/road hockey balls, 9″ toy balls, skipping ropes, elastic Therabands, phone books (if anyone even has these anymore), large bath towels, etc.

The equipment doesn’t need to be pretty, just functional. I am looking to further develop the health and wellness strand in the Dance department, as well as my extra curricular stretch and strength program offered to all ESA students and staff. So if you have cleaned out your basement, garage or catch all room lately and you have come across any of these items that you are wanting to purge, send them in! Your donation will help others get moving!

Wanting to donate? Please contact me at:     [email protected]

Any help is greatly appreciated!


Melissa Michailidis

ESA Dance Company Auditions – DancESAtion

Dance Company Auditions – DancESAtions

New ESA students are are welcome to audition for the ESA Dance Company, DancESAtions. A rehearsal to learn the audition material will be held on Thursday, September 7th at 11:40pm in Dance studio 1. Auditions will take place the following day on Friday, September 8th at 11:40pm in Dance studio 1. The results will be posted by the end of that day.

Dance Department Newsletter June 2017

Come see what the Dance department has been up to via our June 2017 newsletter. Advised by Ms. Friedman, it features the voice of the dance students and has been edited by Annie Boss.

ESA Dance NEWSLETTER June 2017

Congratulations Grade 12 Dance Majors!

Congratulations to the grade 12 Dance majors in their successful final ESA performance. The show was a tremendous accomplishment and a fantastic showcase of your growth over the past 4 years.  The pride and hard work you all put forth truly stood out. Thank you to all who came out to support these brilliant young individuals. Your support over the years has not gone unnoticed and continues to be greatly appreciated by all of us. 

Grade 12 Dance Show Thursday June 8 at 4pm in the Auditorium – tickets are FREE!

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DancESAtion Audition Wednesday May 17 @ 3:30 in Dance Studio 1

DancESAtion auditions for our 2017-2018 season will be taking place in Dance Studio 1 at 3:30pm on Wednesday May 17. All ESA students are welcome. If interested please pick up an audition package from Dance studio 1 (or see Ms. Friedman, Mrs. Michailidis, or Ms. Saum) before the audition. A flyer with more information is attached.

DancESAtion Audition notice 2017

ALICE Slideshow – Click to check it out!

Whether you got to see the Dance Department’s ALICE in April or not here is a beginning of the week treat for you.

Play the embedded track above or click the link to see a slide show of our April performance of ALICE.

Thank you Mark Wilson for your brilliant photography and attention to detail!

DancESAtion Auditions Wed. May 17 @ 3:30 in Dance Studio 1

Want to explore the world of dance? Come out and tryout for Etobicoke School of the Art’s Dance company DancESAtion!

We are inviting all interested dancers/performers to audition for the DancESAtion 2017-2018 season next week. Auditions will be held on Wed. May 17 in Dance Studio 1. Auditions are open to ALL ESA students. All interested participants need to sign in at 3:30 pm and auditions will start soon after.

You must bring in a completed Interschool athletics (Dance) Tryout and Participation form and a completed Medical Information Form with you to the audition.  These forms must be signed by a parent/guardian before you are able to audition. Forms are available in Dance studio 1 (or ask Ms. Friedman, Mrs. Michailidis, or Ms. Saum for one).

Please wear appropriate movement attire and be prepared to dance barefoot.

We are looking for dancer/performers who are:

  1. strong and diverse movers
  2. open to collaboration and works well with others
  3. invested in the creative process
  4. focused, committed and have strong work ethics
  5. interested in being challenged and passionate about dance


September through December : Monday & Wednesday – 3:30-5:30 pm

January through May: Monday & Wednesday – 3:30- 6:00 pm

We have an exciting year planned with multiple performance opportunities and guest artists!

We look forward to seeing you on WEDNESDAY MAY 17!

ALICE Closes Friday April 28. Last chance to see this show (and Mr Lessard as a dancing hot pink flamingo!)!

It is your last chance to come out and see this amazing show. Don’t be late for this very important date! Friday April 28 is the last night of ALICE. Come out and support the hours of sweat and dedication the entire cast has put into this crowd pleasing show. Let Mr Lessard impress you as a dancing Flamingo! Get your tickets at

ALICE Opening Night a Big Success! Only 2 Days Left. Get Your Tickets Before They’re Gone!

Congratulations to all involved in tonight’s hugely successful opening of ALICE. There are 2 nights left to come out and see what the Dance Department has been up to these past few months. Tickets can be purchased at , in the main foyer at lunch, or at the box office. Don’t miss out on this spectacular show. It is fun for the whole family. It features our dance majors grades 9-12, our dance company, DancESAtion, and a very special guest, Mr. Lessard!

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ALICE Tickets on sale!

The Dance department proudly presents ALICE Wednesday April 26- Friday April 28. The show opens in less than 24 hours. Do you have your tickets yet? Come out and support this amazing cast of dancers from grades 9-12. It is filled with fun and entertaining performances from our department, our dance company, DancESAtion,  and our special guest Mr. Lessard! Go to http://www.esainfo.cafor tickets.