Our Motto

Our motto at MKDA is Live, Love & Dance. We make it our priority to ensure quality dance training while having fun. We offer recreational classes, and we also provide an opportunity to be part of our competitive team through professional, industry-like auditions. Dance is an evolving art, and you can count on MKDA for staying on top of the dance industry, because the staff makes it a point to attend annual Dance Teacher Conventions and Workshops. From beginner to advanced levels, from ages 3 to adult, MKDA has a class for you!!

Nova Awards 2024: Young Leader Recipient

Timmins’ own Melissa Kelly-Lavoie has earned top honors at the prestigious Nova Awards 2024, taking home the Newmont Porcupine Young Leader Award. This accolade is a testament to MKDA’s exceptional contribution to youth development through dance.

MKDA, known for its innovative dance programs and community outreach, has been a pillar in nurturing young talent in the Timmins area. The academy’s director, Melissa Kelly-Lavoie, expressed her pride and gratitude, stating, “This award recognizes our commitment to empowering young dancers and fostering a positive, creative environment.”

MKDA’s win highlights their dedication to excellence in dance education and their influential role in shaping future leaders.

The Melissa Kelly Dance Academy offers 2 spacious dance studios providing you with top quality, professional dance flooring, high ceilings, 2 observation areas, 2 change rooms, homework lounge, and smart TV’s in both studios to listen to competition critiques. You will find us conveniently located in downtown Timmins.

Services include: Ballet, Pointe, Tot Classes, Tap, Jazz, Hip hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, and Adult classes. The owner and operator, Melissa Kelly-Lavoie, holds many certifications, and is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School – Teacher Training Program (class of 2005).

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Here is what our parents are saying about The MKDA

MKDA is more than a dance studio; it is a family. Melissa’s professionalism, passion and heart are contagious, and she easily spreads that goodness on to her staff, her students and their families. No matter the age, the gender or level of experience an aspiring dancer has, they will find a home at MKDA; a place to learn and grow doing what they love and forming bonds that will last a lifetime. I’ve had the immense pleasure of being an MKDA dance mom for a decade now. I will forever be grateful for the gained experiences and lessons, the joys and achievements, the friendships and memories, and the overall personal growth my boys have experienced at the studio.

Caroline Couture

Our family cannot say enough good things about MKDA! We have been a dancing family since my daughter was still a toddler and our heart belongs to dance at MKDA! We couldn’t be prouder to be part of the MKDA family and team! I am an adult dancer and my daughter has now been dancing at MKDA for 7 years. As a director, Melissa does an incredible job of creating a TEAM. She and all the teachers always show so much care, passion, enthusiasm and heart for their students. Their own enthusiasm, passion and love of dance helps guide, bolster and nurture our love of dance, our passion and confidence. We can’t thank them enough! The competitive team is amazing, too. They support each other, they cheer each other on, bolster one another. They have the most incredible team spirit. MKDA is synonymous with team spirit…they are unparalleled! We HEART MKDA! We couldn’t imagine dancing for anyone else!

Tina Girard

MKDA is more than just a dance studio…when you join MKDA you become part of a dance FAMILY; a family that looks out for one another, encourages each other and are a source of support during the difficult times. MKDA has a team of highly trained professionals who cultivate, foster and encourage an environment that is positive, safe, inclusive, and supportive. As a parent who has seen her daughter grow, challenge herself, thrive and achieve, I could not imagine being part of any other dance school. Thank you to Melissa and the staff at MKDA for the care, positive role modeling and mentoring you provide the youth in this community #MKDA strong!!!!

Josée Martin

Melissa and her team at MKDA are both passionate about what they do and extremely professional. They stay current, collaborate with leaders in the dance industry, and offer a wide variety of classes across many genres with quality instruction. What I like most about MKDA is that it is not just a dance school, it is a dance family where everyone is made to feel welcome. As a first-time dance mom, I really appreciated being able to stay to watch my daughter dance, progress week to week, and develop new friendships. We can’t wait for next season!

Fran Stefanic

Wanted to send you a quick note to express how thankful we are to have you and the MKDA family a part of Laila’s village. You have built an incredible community where our kids feel safe and supported to express themselves and grow their artistic dancing abilities. When you thanked the parents at recital for trusting you and the MKDA with our children, it really resonated with me and how thankful we are to have you and the MKDA. I grew up in Timmins, but left for a number of years. When I returned with my family in late 2021, I knew that I wanted Laila to be a part of the MKDA community. The MKDA community is everything I hoped it would be, and more. Thank you! Laila loves dance, loves her teachers and is already so excited to start back up in the fall. Thank you for inspiring our children and for continuing to offer a magical place for them!

John Wright

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We offer Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Adult Classes in Lyrical & Hip Hop, Competitive Training Opportunities.

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