Cassandra Ford is the proud new owner of Grand River Dance Academy. She began dancing at GRDA at the young age of 4 years old under the direction of Monica Hildabrand. Her dancing career brought her to Eastwood Collegiate Institute where she studied dance and vocals in an elite Arts Program.
As a competitive dancer with In.Motion School of Performing Arts, she took her roll as Front Desk Manager, Directors Assistant, and Instructor in her later Teens.
At the age of 18 Cassandra was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dance’s 2 year Ballet Teaching Program, where she began a 2 year mentor ship with Felicity Jones.
Cassandra has completed all of her ballet exams with the Royal Academy of Dance. She is now a Certified and Registered ballet Instructor with the Royal Academy of Dance. Her professional career connected her with some of the most talented and passionate dancers and choreographers.
She was a loyal company dancer with ONE Movement Dance Company for 4 years. Together the company travelled to elementary and High schools to educate, empower, and inspire students through the art of dance to make their move to stop bullying. They used dance, motivational speaking and entire audience participation to send the message that our youth can be strong, powerful, confident, and stop bullying.
Cassandra has performed in multiple gigs such as opening for We Day Kitchener 3 year in a row, traveled to Germany to represent Team Canada in a National Tap Competition, and has even trained in Los Angles.
The act of giving back is important to Cassandra. She has participated in mission trip to Africa, has headed multiple fundraising events in the community, and has helped encourage her students to do the same.
Cassandra is excited for this next chapter in her career and is beyond fortunate to be back at GRD ... where her love of dance all started.
Cassandra teaches Bellet, Tap, Hip Hop & Acro.
Milwaukee teaches Jazz, Triple Threat & Contemporary.
Lindsay teaches Acro.
Front Desk Manager