Lee Hawkins has been active in the
dance community since starting dance lessons at the
age of 3 years. She began a journey in Toronto that
would take her into the competitive and professional
world of dance before settling on a career as a teacher
and studio owner.
In 1977 Kerry opened her first dance studio and owned
and operated a successful studio until 1995. Dancers
who trained with Kerry have gone on to successful careers
as professional dancers, teachers and studio owners
In 1990 Kerry debuted DANCEFEST. After attending numerous
dance competitions across Canada and the U.S. with her
own students, Kerry felt the need for a dance competition
that was positive, fun and inspiring. Thus began the
journey with DANCEFEST. A huge advocate of dance, Kerry
loves to reward dancers of all ages for their talent
and commitment to the arts.
Leigh Baggetta, the eldest
child of Kerry has been dancing since the age of 3 years.
Kristy started out at her mother’s studio, became
a highly successful competitive dancer and then a teacher.
Kristy is a sought after choreographer, teacher and
adjudicator, judging for many dance competitions across
Canada and teaching at several studios in Ontario. Dedicating
herself to the world of dance, Kristy balances marriage,
motherhood, judging and teaching. Kristy’s students
have deemed her a memorable influence in their lives,
she strives to bring the passion of dance, emotion,
style and confidence to all she instructs. So it is
a very natural progression for Kristy to join her mom
as co-director of DANCEFEST, that promotes “healthy
competition through the art of dance.”