Kerry 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 landing on a career as a teacher and studio owner.

A trained dancer in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Pointe, Stage and Musical Theatre, Kerry is proud of being a past President of Dance Masters of America, Chapter 38.

Kerry also enjoyed years of being a runway and print model, but dance always remained her one true passion.

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 themselves.

In 1990, Kerry debuted DANCEFEST. After attending numerous dance competitions, across Canada and the US with her own students, Kerry felt the need for a dance competition that is 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.