by | Nov 14, 2022 | Uncategorized

First Issue of to THE POINTE!

The Common Ground Dance Academy is launching its monthly newsletter “The Pointe.” Our newsletters will feature important information about the academy’s class offerings, special events, announcements and reminders. Enjoy!

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It’s a great way to see what is going on at the studio and get news, find us: @dance_commonground

New session starts December 5ᵗʰ

Just like that the first session of the 2022-2023 season is almost done. The last classes in this session will be the week of November 28 – December 3. The Winter session runs December 5, 2022 – March 12, 2023, followed by the Spring session March 20 – June 16, 2023. If you’re already registered for a class in the current session, you’ll be automatically added to this next session. If you do not wish to be added, you must communicate with us by email or speak to a teacher.

Invoices for session 2 have gone out by email this week, if you have not received it and you don’t see it on your online parent portal account, please let us know. Payment is due by November 25ᵗʰ to avoid a late fee ($25.00), and can be made by e-transfer to or you can come into the studio to process your payment in person by credit card or debit card.  There will be someone at the desk of the new studio the following times during the week of November 14-19th:

  • Monday November 14ᵗʰ 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Tuesday November 15ᵗʰ 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Wednesday November 16ᵗʰ 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Thursday November 17ᵗʰ 4:30-7:00 PM
  • Friday November 18ᵗʰ 4:30-8:30 PM
  • Saturday November 19ᵗʰ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Open House week of November 28 – December 3

This is an opportunity for parents to come and see what your dancer has been learning in class.  Curious about another style? Come check it out, explore the class schedule. See you there!

Zumba Party

If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to exercise and build confidence, join our Zumba party! Zumba Kids classes takes you on a journey around the world where kids will learn about different genres of music, dance, and cultures. Zumba Kids classes are on Sundays at 10:00 AM.

And why let the kids have all the fun? We offer adult Zumba classes every Sunday 11:00 AM

You can follow our energetic Zumba instructor on Facebook and Instagram for motivation, dance tips and Zumba choreography @zumbawithanissia and @anissianasr. Let’s get the party started!

Holiday Season

The Holiday Season is just around the corner. Stay tuned for fun activities and treats leading up to our Holiday break between December 24 and January 8. All classes will resume on Monday January 9ᵗʰ, 2023

Second Annual Dance Recital!!!

We are busy planning our second annual recital at the Shenkman Arts Centre! Mark the following dates on your calendar,

  • June 4ᵗʰ – Picture Day (at the studio)
  • June 5ᵗʰ – Dress Rehearsal
  • June 15ᵗʰ and June 16ᵗʰ – Show 1 and Show 2

See you at the studio!

Elisabet White

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.