Have you started making plans for the summer yet? We sure have!
Miss Charlotte is a senior competitive dancer and now a dance teacher! She started Dancing at three in Calgary and moved to Okotoks in 2011. Miss Charlotte has Danced at the Alberta Dance Academy ever since! She now takes classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-hop, and lyrical. Miss Charlottehas been an assistant teacher for four years and really enjoys teaching. Miss Charlotte has attended a large variety of conventions/classes with dance choreographers such as Saxon Fraser, and Bree Wasylenko. She has also attended the Summer Intensive Program with the School of Alberta Ballet. She performed with the Alberta Dance Theater for Young People under the direction Jennifer Mahood. Miss Charlotte enjoys Dancing as well as reading, Marvel Movies, cooking and baking, and being creative in other ways. She can sew and knit, loves to paint, draw, and make collages. Miss Charlotte recently received a certificate of Distinction for her performance on the Mathematica Centrum, Newton Mathematics Contest. Miss Charlotte is currently a grade 10 french immersion student at the Foothills composite high school, she hopes to receive her B-1 D.E.L.F., or the Diplôme d’études en langue française, by the end of the year. Miss Charlotte is a self proclaimed nerd, with a deep love of harry potter, she is a Ravenclaw. After high school she wishes to tour Europe, specifically Italy, France, and England.
Lorraine is excited to be back working as a Studio Administrator for Alberta Dance Academy. She is a proud dance mom of a 15 year old dancer, and a mama to a 12 year old son.
Lorraine is an Educational Assistant with the Foothills School Division working with high risk students. She has her Early Childhood Certification, First Aid Certification including First Responder, she also has NVCI (Non-Violent Crisis Training).
She has been happily married to Mr.Bills for 17 years, and looks forward to cheering on ADA this season!
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.
Tasha is also a proud dance mom of an ADA Company Dancer, and can’t wait for another excitng season of competition!
This is Ms. Tashas’ 11th Season with ADA, and we would be forever lost without her amazing skill set! She is the face of ADA, instantly welcoming each performer and parent with her charasmatic ways. She is the reason ADA is a well-oiled machine day in and out.
This past summer Tasha attended the Alberta Dance Teacher Association conference in Edmonton. She is also our Jackrabit, Dancestudio Pro, and Quickbooks Guru.
Erica attained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary, a Collaborative Degree in Contemporary Dance and Kinesiology. Additionally, Erica studied in New York at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy & Broadway Dance Centre; Guinea, West Africa with Les Ballet Africains; and the School of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary.
In 2007, Erica purchased Alberta Dance Academy from Founder Brenda Bilozir. She is thrilled to be entering into her 13th season as owner, the 28th year of ADA!
More recently, Erica studied with International Dance Teaching Standards and the Intellidance Program, “A unique series of creative dance programs created to foster critical development in children ages 0-5.”
Erica is a member of the Alberta Dance Teachers Association. This past summer she attended their conference and convention in Edmonton, training with Artists such as Sarah Dolan, Jamie Verlain and Robin Suzh.
Born in Calgary, Christahh 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 with a focus on choreography and performance where she choreographed Indomitable Spirit (2016) and Essence of Humanity (2015). Christahh has had the privilege of working with a number of artists including Yung Dre, opening for Juice Wrld (2019) Big Sean and Fetty Wap (2017) 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 Hannah Stillwell. In 2014-2015 Christahh 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 issue of teen pregnancy. She has completed two years of the professional training program at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and dances with a local hip-hop crew, The Tomorrows, under the direction of Lenny Len. Christahh is also the founder and designer for Dance YYC (www.danceyyc.ca) , an online platform providing free organized promotion for the Calgary dance community.
At the young age of three Kara put on her first pair of dance shoes and instantly fell in love with the art. By age seven, she found herself competing in both dance and gymnastics: a perfect combination which allowed her to become very versatile at a young age. Throughout her dance career she has received many scholarships and awards. Her most memorable ones being: Junior scholarship winner at COdance (Paula Abdul convention) and High Score Senior Soloist two years in a row at Centre Stage Dance Competition.
In 2004, Kara was accepted to the Dance Performance Preparation Program, in Toronto, under the instruction of the Ballet Jorgen at George Brown College. Here she danced five to seven hours per day studying the disciplines of: ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical and jazz as well as taking acting and vocal classes. She was also chosen to be a part of the Performing Ensemble for George Brown. This group danced for promising dance schools in southern Ontario to help promote the various dance programs at George Brown.
Upon her return to Thunder Bay in 2005, she continued to dance but began her successful dance teaching career. Since then, she has choreographed many group numbers, solos, duets and trios that have won a variety of choreography, specialty and overall high score awards. In addition to teaching in Calgary, she has been a guest choreographer for Legacy Performing Arts Studio in her hometown where she works with advanced students creating competitive numbers.
Outside of the dance world, Kara is a certified school teacher in Ontario, Alberta and the United Kingdom. This fall she will be returning to Lord Beaverbrook High School not only an English Language Arts Teacher but as a Dance Teacher as well. She is also a specialized cheerleading coach in Ontario where she has five years of experience coaching competitive cheerleading teams at the provincial and national level.
Currently she has completed all levels of certification in Acrobatics with the Acro Dance Teachers Association (formerly Acrobatique) and is thrilled to be able to offer Acrobatic exams not only at the Junior and Intermediate level but Advanced level as well to students at ADA. Entering in to her fifteenth year of teaching, Kara is excited for what’s to come this season at ADA!
After a fourteen year professional dance career, Serena is now enjoying passing 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 Ballet 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 dancedmany principal and soloist roles. Her favourite roles include the title role in A Cinderella Story (Caniparoli), the Lilac Fairy in the Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, the Dark Angel in Balanchine’s Serenade, the lead women in Jean Grand- Maitre’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, the Lover in Balletlujah (Maitre), and the Black Couple in Kylian’s Forgotten Land.
Serena is also a Certified Stott Pilates Teacher. She loves combining her passion for dance and pilates; helping dancers to prevent/ recover from injury, understand alignment, disfunctional movement patterns and teach them to take care of their bodies for life! Serena is also certified in Progressive Ballet Technique.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!