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Get to know our staff…

The Staff at the Alberta Dance Academy have all been selected based on their training, education, experience and passion for the arts and cheer. Decades of commitment have gone into making them who they are today and we are so lucky to have them all with us on our team. Their love and drive to inspire their students’ shows every day with the success and energy they all show.

ERICA HENDRY
ERICA HENDRYArtistic Director, Instructor, Company Choreographer
Erica attained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary: a Collaborative Degree in Contemporary Dance and Kinesiology. Addidtionally, Erica has …

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TASHA SHUKYS
TASHA SHUKYSStudio Manager
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 …

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ADRYANN NEWMAN
ADRYANN NEWMANInstructor, Senior 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 …

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ALEX KRICH
ALEX KRICHStudio Coordinator
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 …

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BAILEY LANG
BAILEY LANGInstructor
Bailey has spent fourteen years studying ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary and lyrical at Alberta Dance Academy. She has completed several …

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CHALLEN HAVERSTOCK
CHALLEN HAVERSTOCKInstructor
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 …

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CHANTELLE PIDHERNY
CHANTELLE PIDHERNYInstructor, Company Choreographer
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 …

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CHARLI ATKINS
CHARLI ATKINSInstructor, Company Choreographer
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 …

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CHRISTAAH AH
CHRISTAAH AHStudio Administrator
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 …

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COURTNEY NIEBERGALL
COURTNEY NIEBERGALLInstructor, Company Choreographer
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 …

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DANNICA ROBERTSON
DANNICA ROBERTSONCheer Coach, Instructor, Company Choreographer
Coach Dannica was a CFL Cheerleader and heads up our ever growing cheer program! Additionally, she will be teaching Acro …

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DARLENE SCHMIDT
DARLENE SCHMIDTInstructor
Darlene Schmidt is a recognized teacher and musician. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Music (Voice), Bachelor of Education from University of Western …

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HEATHER HERRING
HEATHER HERRINGInstructor
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 …

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KARA HALEY
KARA HALEYInstructor, Company Choreographer
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 …

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KARA BULLOCK
KARA BULLOCKInstructor, Company Choreographer
Kara is a Vancouver born dance artist graduated from the Arts Umbrella Professional Dance Program and is an alumnus of their Senior Dance …

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ROBYN KING EDGAR
ROBYN KING EDGARInstructor
Dancing and Teaching have always been a lifelong passion of Robyn’s. Her journey began as a young student dancing competitively, attending summer …

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SAMANTHA BELL
SAMANTHA BELLInstructor
Theatre credits include Rumpelstiltskin Revisited for Goodger-Pink Production, Grey Metter for the Magic World Theatre, Titus Andronicus, Othello, The …

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SEAN BUTLER
SEAN BUTLERInstructor, Company Choreographer
Choreographer and Dancer based out of Calgary, AB, Canada. Sean is the creator of VibeTribeYYC, and a founding of the TOMORROWS dance crew. His knowledge …

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TYLER DAY
TYLER DAYInstructor
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 …

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