Health and Safety

We make the safety and wellbeing of our students our top priority.

Everyone at CGDA is here to help you and your dancers feel safe and excited to come to dance.
At CGDA we ensure a safe dance space. Our practices are guided by Federal, Provincial and Ottawa Public Health recommendations. We will keep everyone up to date as things change so we can all stay safe and healthy.


Common Ground Dance Academy is a private, peanut-free facility and while we ask parents/guardians to refrain from providing nuts to their children, we are unable to guarantee a nut-free environment.

We ask parents to list allergies and medical conditions in writing to Common Ground Dance Academy during the registration process. We also ask parents to inform us of any potentially life-threatening allergy (anaphylaxis) prior to the first day of class and ensure their child has auto-injector on them at all times.

Safety in Our Facilities

We prioritize safety in our facilities.

We have installed brand new harlequin floors in our facilities in order to provide a safe environment for dancers. Harlequin sprung floors reduce risk of injury by offering better protection. Sprung floors reduce the risk of injury through impact, slipping or falling.

Common Ground Dance Academy’s space also features brand new ventilation which improves air quality.

Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Common Ground - Elisabet White

Elisabet White, RAD RTS

Owner & Artistic Director

Elisabet has been teaching dance for over 10 years and dancing for more than 25 years. Born and raised in Ottawa, Elisabet danced locally where she successfully completed her RAD Advanced 2 Ballet and ADAPT Advanced Jazz examinations while attending Canterbury High School - Performing Arts – Dance program. In 2012 Elisabet went on to attend the prestigious Ailey School Professional Division, NYC where she received a Certificate of Dance with Honours. After graduating she pursued a certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). She has also trained at Alonzo King LINES, San Francisco, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Summer Professional Programs. During her dance training she had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers such as: Alonzo King, Sidra Bell, Matthew Rushing, Darrell Moultrie, Amy Hall, Ray Mercer, and Carlos Dos Santos.

While studying dance at The Ailey School, Elisabet had the privilege of teaching children in The Ailey School First Steps Program, and travel to Florida as a guest teacher. These opportunities ignited her passion for teaching dance. After graduating from The Ailey School, she went on to expand her teaching skills in Halifax, NS and the surrounding area, teaching various methods of ballet, and jazz styles of dance, to children and adults, and choreograph for national competitions and local performances. While in Halifax she also volunteered at local schools to engage students in dance activities.

Over the years, Elisabet has had the opportunity to perform in the Tri-State area of New York, Canada and Mexico.

Elisabet has now returned home to Ottawa and in pursuing her passion for dance and vision to explore dance with children, she opened the doors to Common Ground Dance Academy in 2020.

Her passion for teaching children the art of dance is evident in her guidance and support for her students.

As Elisabet continues to pursue her passion for dance and to teach the art of dance, she now sees her vision to offer her love for dance to children of all ages and opened the doors to Common Ground Dance Academy to pass on her passion to the community.

“No matter where you come from or who you are, when we’re in the studio, we’re all on common ground” is the founding vision of Common Ground Dance Academy.