Focused on building self-esteem.

The S.P.A.C.E. (The School of Performing Arts for the Community of East York) is a full performing arts centre focused on building selfesteem. We encourage students to dream, challenge them to develop determination and perseverance along with technique and give them the confidence both to get up on stage and perform, and to believe in themselves.

Who is it for?

My name is Linette Doherty, and I founded The S.P.A.C.E. in 2004 as a place where students can learn from industry professionals in a warm and supportive atmosphere.

Whether you’re serious about pursuing the arts, or just want to learn something new, the experience of our staff of qualified, trained, professional actors, dancers, and singers offers a unique and exciting opportunity to you and your family – the chance to learn about the world of performing from actual working performers.

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our teaching team

Linette Doherty - Owner & Artistic Director

Linette encourages students to develop strong technique and performance skills along with a genuine love for dance and the arts, and opened The S.P.A.C.E. in 2004 for students to learn from industry professionals in a warm and supportive atmosphere.

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Erynn Brook - Musical Director

Erynn is a multifaceted performer who in addition to singing, dancing, and acting, is also a musician who plays keyboards and percussion with the bands Molly’s Chamber and The One And Onlys. She attended Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and received her diploma in Acting, Singing, and Dance. She joined the faculty of The S.P.A.C.E. in 2013, and has been our Musical Director since 2014.


Sarah O'Brecht - Dance & Musical Theatre Teacher

Sarah is a multi–talented performer and teacher, who joined the faculty of The S.P.A.C.E. in 2011. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and French, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick. She also trained in New York City at American Theater Dance and Tisch School of the Arts, and is excited to share her love of the arts with students of all ages!

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Anna Collins - Cecchetti Ballet Teacher

Anna began her dance and ballet training at the young age of three. Although ballet is her main focus, Anna has trained in a variety of styles, including contemporary, modern dance, Graham technique, tap, jazz, hip hop, and African dance. She graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School Teacher Training Program, receiving her Cecchetti Associate. Anna is also trained in American Ballet Theatre’s National Teacher Training Curriculum.

A studio close to home

During studio hours (please see Class Schedule), I invite you to drop by to meet our staff and to observe classes. You’ll see that The S.P.A.C.E. provides quality performing arts instruction that focuses on building self–esteem in each student, and you’ll see classes in action, which is a great way to tell if a class is right for you. Whether you love to dance, sing, or act; if you’re three or seventy–three, we’ve got the class that’s sure to be just right for you. I hope you’ll visit us soon to see all that we offer!

Practice makes perfect

Our goal is to foster a genuine love of the performing arts in each student. The S.P.A.C.E. is a small, but growing studio, with classes of no more than 12 students to ensure that everyone receives the individual attention they need to become the very best performer they can be. Students perform twice a year, at our Christmas show and at our Annual Year End Show in June. Serious about performing? You can also audition for our Student Performing Artist Company Ensemble. Some of Toronto’s top talent – guest directors, choreographers, and music directors – work with Company members on numbers for the Christmas show, the Year End Show, in studio events, and local community performances.

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1324 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M5J 1M9
416 850-1677

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