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Theater credits include Rumpelstiltskin Revisited for Goodger-Pink Productions, Grey Matter for the Magic World Theatre, Titus Andronicus, Othello, The Queens and Richard lll for The Shakespeare Company, Love(her)/Fight(her) for Urban Curvz, King Lear for Theatre Prospero, Without You, Major Barbara, and Roberta Zucko for Studio Theatre, As You Like It for Free Will Shakespeare Festival, Blood Wedding and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for U of A, and Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare In The Park. Samantha has a diploma from the theatre program at Mount Royal College as well as a BFA degree in acting from the University of Alberta.
Born and raised in Grand Prairie, Alberta; Tyler started dancing at the age of 15 at a local studio. After graduating high school he moved to Calgary here he trained at the School of Ballet under the tutelage of Murray and Nancy Kilgour. He has been fortunate to preform with many companies including the Alberta Ballet, Ballet Quest de Montreal, the Atlantic City Ballet, and finishing off his career as a principle dancer with Baller Pensacola. Mr. Tyler has also taught at Atlantic Contemporary Ballet theatre, Ballet Pensacola and the School of Alberta Ballet.
After a fourteen year professional dance career, Serena is excited to pass on her knowledge, passion and experience to the next generation. A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Serena began her training at the Edmonton School of Ballet. After graduating from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Professional Division, Serena went on to dance with Banff Festival Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. She then spent nine seasons with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet where she became a soloist. Most recently, serena spent three seasons with Alberta Ballet where she danced many principal and soloist roles. Her favourite roles include the title role in A Cinderella Story (Caniparoli), the Lilac Fairy in the Sleeping Beauty, the Dark Angel in Balanchine’s Serenade, the lead women in Jean Grand-Mitre’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, the Lover in Balletlujah (Maitre), and the Black Couple in Kylian’s Forgotten Land. This past summer, Serena completed her Stott Pilates Intensive Mat-Plus Training and is excited to share her love of both dance and pilates!
Choreographer and Dancer based out of Calgary, AB, Canada. Sean is the creator of VibeTribeYYC, and a founding member of the TOMORROWS dance crew. His knowledge of music and movement is a direct result of his training in Flavorshop, a world-wide motion of like-minded artists created and developed by Lenny Len (Toronto). Sean strives to affect artists and students alike, generating an enhanced understanding and mentality, as well as promoting growth and success through dance and music. Credits involve performing on Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards 2014 for INEZ JASPER, achieving 1st place at the 2014 Cowboys SYTYCD competition with theTOMORROWS, dancing for Commonwealth Bar and Stage’s monthly Hip Hop show: 10@10, back-up for INEZ JASPER at Indspire 2014, choreography for local artists YUNG DRE (Stampede 2017) and MIKE TO, as well as various performances with One World, Mpact, and Downtown Calgary.
Dancing and Teaching have always been a lifelong passion of Robyn’s. Her journey began as a young student dancing competitively, attending summer schools, workshops and starting to teach exam classes at a young age. She is a certified CDTA teacher; RAD trained and holds a double degree in Psychology and Education with a minor in dance. After teaching abroad in Spain, then spending a few years in the Private School system teaching students with learning disabilities, Robyn realized her dream. Seventeen years ago she opened King Edgar Dance Studio and continued to teach all ages and levels of students from pre-school to Adult in recreational and competitive programs. After a very successful career, she has retired from studio ownership and is thrilled to be joining the ADA team and sharing her passion of dance with her students.
Kara is a Vancouver born dance artist graduated from the Arts Umbrella Professional Dance Program and is an alumnus of their Senior Dance Company. Her training took her to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Summer Program, L’Ecole Superieure de Ballet du Quebec, the Banff Summer Training Program and Springboard Dance Montreal. As a performer, Kara apprenticed with Josh Beamish’s MOVE: the company and Amber Funk Barton’s the Response, toured Western Canada with Judith Marcuse’s interdisiplinary show Earth=Home and John Kaplan’s Fundraising Magic show. Kara received mentorship on her choreographic practice from Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg through the pilot project Art Police in 2013. Her work has been shown throughout Canada and she has been growing her choreographic practice in Calgary through residencies with W&M Physical Theatre, Theatre Junctions’s TJ Labs and Springboard Preformance’s contain. Kara as been teaching since the age of 15 and seeks to cultivate a love and respect for the work of dance in her students. She has taught all ages and skill levels across British Columbia and Alberta, setting choreography on advanced students and young professionals. She is a much sought after instructor and choreographer having worked with students at the Alberta Dance Academy, FreeHouse Dance Plus, Decidedly Jazz Dance Centre, Springbank Dancers, Counterpoint Dance Academy, Trip the Light Youth Company, Caulfield School of Dance and Danza.
Ms. Kara is a graduate of George Brown College’s Dance Performance Preparation Program. As well, she is a certified instructor in the Acrobatique Syllabus. In addition, to teaching in Okotoks, she works as a guest choreographer at Legacy Preforming Arts Studio in Thunder Bay where she works with advanced students creating competitive numbers. Outside the dance world, Kara is a certified school teacher in Ontario, Alberta and the United Kingdom.
Heather Herring grew up practising gymnastics at a national level with Calgary Acro. She later transitioned into dance at age 12, when she began dancing with Elite Dance Academy and studying jazz, acro, lyrical, modern, ballet and hip-hop.
In 2013, Heather had the opportunity to train and perform with the Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede as the city recovered from the major flood only weeks earlier. She was also given the privilege to attend the National Circus School’s summer intensive in Montreal on three separate occasions. While training at Elite, Heather completed her ISTD Advanced I Ballet and ISTD Intermediate Modern exams.
Since 2015, Heather has worked alongside the owner and manager of Acrobatique Acro Dance as an assistant teacher, demonstrator, and syllabus model. She is also in the process of completing her Junior Acrobatique certification.
Heather is currently a member of the Calgary Roughnecks Drill Crew. She is also a second-year student at Mount Royal University pursuing a degree in health and physical education with a speciality in physical literacy.This is Heather’s first full season teaching with Alberta Dance Academy. She is excited to get to know and work with the studio’s talented group of dancers.
Darlene Schmidt is a recognized teacher and musician. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Music (Voice), Bachelor of Education from University of Western Ontario, and has Royal Conservatory of Music certificates in both Voice and Piano. She is a member of Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Darlene has been publicly performing since the age of 5, bringing her smooth clear vocals and lyrical piano playing to churches, weddings, music festivals and recital halls. She has over 10 years of experience teaching voice and piano in music studios and her home studio. Her musical talent is complemented by 5 years as an elementary school teacher, teaching homeroom classes along with leading choirs, school concerts and ensembles. Darlene has extensive knowledge of music education philosophies and approaches including Orff and Kodaly methods. Darlene’s passion for music and movement is inspiring!
Coach Dannica was a CFL Cheerleader and heads up our ever growing cheer program! Additionally, she will be teaching Acro this year!
Dannica also runs Outlaw Country Dance, a County Swing Company in Calgary that utilizes amazing partner and lift work!
Courtney Niebergall (ARAD RTS) began her dance training in Regina, and since that time dance has been a great passion, and an integral part of her life. Her amateur training culminated with being awarded the Advanced Certificate in Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet, and Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA) jazz and tap exams. As a young dancer, she performed with Saskatchewan Express, a musical theatre performance group, and later returned to work as Rehearsal Director for the group.
Courtney continued her training in Toronto where she received a Diploma in Theatre Dance from Ryerson University. While in Toronto, she preformed at Dusk Dances and Series 8:08, and appeared with the Chimera Project and IDAC Dance Collective. Courtney preformed with City Centre Dance Company at the Stream of Dance Festival, and the Cathedral Village Arts Festival in Regina, and danced in the Casino Regina commercial “Two of a Kind”.
Courtney is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, and takes great pride in sharing her passion with her students. She is committed to keeping her training current, and is inspired when learning with fellow dance teachers. Most recently she attended the Dance Teacher Expo in Calgary, as well as curses studying Multi Sensory Teaching Techniques and methods for enhancing Turnout.
Courtney is happy to be sharing her love of dance with her students, and is looking forward to another successful season at ADA!
Born in Calgary, Christaah became captivated by the art of dance at a young age. She has studied a variety of dance styles and is the recipient of scholarships from the Edmonton School of Ballet. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Dance Program at the University of Calgary whit a focus on choreography and performance in the spring 2016. Christaah has had the privilege of working with a number of artists including Sabrina Naz at the Obsidian Awards (2016), Deanne Walsh in Ciclo De La Vida (2016), as well as dancing in Suite of Dreams (2014 originally choreographed by Hanna Stillwell. In 2014-2015 Christaah was a member of the pre-professional training company, SURGE, directed by Melissa Monteros and Wojciech Mochniej. In the summer of 2015, she was an intern with OYO (Ombetja Yehinga Organisation) dance troupe in Windhoek, Namibia where she contributed in the creation of Ania, a piece that tackles the issues of teen pregnancy. She has completed two years of dance professional training program at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and dances with a local hip-hop crew, The Tomorrows, under the direction of Lenny Len.
This is Charli’s 9th season teaching with ADA and she is looking forward to another fun and inspiring year with all of her students! She continues to train in Tap and various styles of Hip Hop. Recently, she has been working on the Al Gilbert Syllabus with her mentor Linda Hovagimian.
Outside of the dance world, she is studying Nutrition through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Upon completion, she will be a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
Chantelle graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in dance. She has traveled to New York, Las Vegas & Los Angeles to train and preform. Chantelle continues to take classes at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Calgary, and Harbour Dance Centre, Vancouver. Chantelle is excited or her fourth year at ADA and looking forward to working with you!
Challen first started dancing in Calgary at the age of 5. By the time she was 8, she transitioned to a competitive gymnast. Some of her gymnastic accolades include P3 Novice Provincial Champion, 3rd Place on Beam, and 3rd place Team both in the Alberta Winter Games.
By age 14 she missed preforming on stage and decided to enroll into dance again. At age 16 Challen retired from gymnastics and took up competitive dancing at The Alberta Dance Academy at the recommendation of a friend. Since then she has trained in Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, and Acro. Additionally, Challen completed her Grade 5 Tap Exam through Al Gilbert and obtained her Level 1 Coaching certificate.
Challen recently ventured to Los Angeles to train at Millennium Dance Complex in their 6 month Certificate Program. There she took classes in Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Grooves, Jazz, Turns, Popping an Locking. There she had the pleasure of working with many well-knows choreographers in the dance industry such as G Madison and Brinn Nicole, and performed at an NBA Clippers game in December along with various dance events in the Hollywood area.
Welcome back Miss Challen!
Bailey has spent fourteen years studying ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary and lyrical at Alberta Dance Academy. She has completed several RAD ballet and Al Gilbert tap exams. Currently Bailey is working to further her knowledge of the Al Gilbert Tap syllabus, working closely with Miss Charli, completing the teacher workshop, and becoming certified in the syllabus. Additionally, Bailey was a competitive dancer representing ADA for many years. Highlights include being invited to Dance world Cup and competing her tap solo at Nationals in Whistler BC. She has assisted a variety of classes over the past five years and is excited to be able to create a fun, active learning environment for her students this season!
Alex has trained with the Alberta Dance Academy. Over the years she had the opportunity to learn a variety of styles from many teachers. Alex loves being a part of the ADA family. More over, she loves that her daughter is now an ADA Company Dancer!
Adryann began dancing in High River at the age of 3. Moving to Okotoks in 2005 brought her to ADA. She started with Ballet and Jazz and later added many other styles including Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Acro. Adryann is entering her 12th year dancing at ADA and her 7th year as a company dancer. As an ADA dancer Adryann has had the opportunity to compete in 5678 Showtime’s national competion, preform in Disneyworld and compete in many different competitions across the province. Adryann was also on a competitive cheerleading team for three years before choosing to leave her cherr and focus her energy into her dance training.
Adryann has recently become a level 1 Alberta Cheerleading Association certified cheerleading coach and is in the process of becoming certified in the Junior Acrobatique syllabus.
Adryann is very excited to share her love of both dance and cheerleading with her students this year!
Tasha grew up dancing at the Alberta Dance Academy, and is proud to still have ADA in her life today. There are places and people that “feel like home” and the Alberta Dance Academy is one of those places for her. This is Ms. Tashas’9th Season with ADA, and we would be forever lost without her amazing skill set! Tasha is also a proud dance mom of an ADA Company Dancer, and can’t wait for another exciting season of competition!
Erica attained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary: a Collaborative Degree in Contemporary Dance and Kinesiology. Addidtionally, Erica has studied in New York; Guinea, West Africa; and the School of Decidedly Jazz Dancewords in Calgary. Erica is currently studying in the Intellidance Program. “A unique series of creative dance programs created to foster critical development in children ages 0-5.”