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STAFF

TEAM DSi


Meet our AMAZING Team of knowledgeable and caring teachers who are passionate about dance education and mentoring youth.

Miss Amanda

Teacher

Miss Amanda

Teacher

I am so happy to return to the DSi teaching staff for my 20th year! As a DSi dancer, I trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. I was given opportunities to compete in various disciplines and successfully complete many exams; including top levels of graded RAD Ballet exams, and the Advanced ADAPT Jazz exam.

In 2007, I completed a three-year teacher’s training program to obtain my ADAPT teaching certificate. I have now entered my own students into ADAPT Jazz exams and choreographed competition numbers for the past 18 years. I am so grateful to be part of such a wonderful and inspiring team, which includes some of my teachers, my friends I grew up dancing with, and my former students!

In 2017, I completed my studies at the University of Calgary obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, as well as a Bachelor of Education degree, and feel so lucky to share my love of teaching between the school classroom and the dance studio. I am looking forward to another season at DSi and am excited to share my passion and love of dance with all of my students.

Miss Ashley

Teacher

Miss Ashley

Teacher

I am so excited to be returning to Team DSi for the 29th Season! At the age of 3 I took my first dance class and fell in love! Through my years dancing I successfully completed my ADAPT Tap and Jazz exams as well as my Al Gilbert Tap 9 Exam. I was fortunate enough to have dance take me to Disneyland, Las Vegas, and Spain but what really excited me as a young dancer was Student Teaching. I knew at a young age that I wanted to be just like my Dance Teachers! So, 16years ago I started teaching and found my passion! I am now entering my 12th year as a teacher at Dance Spectrum, and I feel so fortunate to work with such a great team of talented, educated, and passionate teachers. It is the dancers that continue to inspire us and make coming to the studio feel like a second home. This is going to be a great year dancers! I can’t wait to catch up with returning students and welcome the new!

Miss Corrissa

Teacher

Miss Corrissa

Teacher

I am so excited for my tenth season at DSi! The fact that it has been a decade since I started my journey with this amazing team of people is amazing to me! I have been pursuing the art of dance for the past 23 years, coming to DSi at the age of 5. During the time that I spent dancing I completed some of the most advanced exams in Tap, Jazz and Ballet, including my Advanced Two RAD Ballet exam and my Advanced Adapt Jazz exam. I have also studied in many styles such as Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Pointe. I was grateful to receive the award for Most Outstanding Ballet Dancer for the 2012-2013 season, and a scholarship for the Triple Threat Dance Convention in the 2011-2012 season. As well as dancing at DSi I have also been in Alberta Ballet’s production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream (2008) and Summer stock Calgary’s Musical Productions of Hairspray (2011) and Legally Blonde (2012). I’m happy to say that I danced competitively at DSi for 8 years achieving High Score awards and receiving scholarships. I currently hold my Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies through the Royal Academy of Dance, as well as Certification from Acrobatic Arts to train students from Primary to level 8. I have also completed the ADAPT Teacher Training School, certifying me in the ADAPT Jazz and Tap syllabus. I can’t wait to see what 2022-2023 has in store for me!

Miss Daniela

Teacher

Miss Daniela

Teacher

We did it! I’m beyond thrilled to form part of the DSi family. Born and raised in the beautiful city of Monterrey, Mexico. My beginnings in dance were established in the school “Carla Eugenia School of Dance”, under the foundations of the “Imperial Dance Society”. Trained in classical, contemporary, jazz, lyrical and tap.

I’ve participated in various national and international classical competitions, such as “Youth American Grand Prix”, obtaining prestigious awards and scholarships to international schools, such as Orlando Ballet School, Kirov School of Dance and Rock School of Dance.

I’ve been part of Coastal City Ballet, Harbour Dance Centre, The Calgary Opera and had opportunities in film and commercial work, working with Facebook, Netflix, Hulu, and Disney. Working also with producer Kenny Ortega, Mandy Moore, choreographers like Paul Becker, Jilly Meyers, and Louise Hradsky.

I’m beyond grateful for this opportunity and I can’t imagine what the future holds for me. I love to teach young generations and to form, not just beautiful dancers, but beautiful human beings. I can’t wait to share, learn, and grow with the DSi family! Let’s dance

Miss Hallie

Teacher

Miss Hallie

Teacher

I am thrilled to be starting my fifth year of teaching at DSi this year in the fall. My love for dance began at the age of 3 when I took my first class at DSi and I haven’t left since. I have had the pleasure of learning Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Lyrical from my co-dance teachers and am honoured to be a part of this team for another year. I had the opportunity to be a part of the Performing and Visual Arts program at Central Memorial High School from 2016-2019 where I was able to learn Bollywood, Latin, West African, Modern and Tap and further my skills in styles I was taking at DSi. I also received my PD in the Arts Certificate at Central Memorial after graduating in 2019. I completed both grade 7 and 8 ballet exams at DSI and was awarded “Most Promising Jazz Dancer” in 2015 by the studio. I competed with the DSi competitive team for 6 years dancing in large, small, and solo lines in Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz and Ballet. I am so grateful to DSi for the opportunities to learn from talented dancers and artists who have positively impacted my style of dance and teaching. I am currently a student at Mount Royal University aiming to acquire a degree in Policy Studies. After the year and a bit that we have had, I cannot express my excitement to see you all in the studio and dance with you again. See you soon friends!

Miss Holly

Receptionist

Miss Holly

Receptionist

I am delighted to join the Dance Spectrum Inc. team for my first year as part of the office! I have been a part of DSi as a dancer for the past 13 years and I am excited to continue my journey with this amazing team. I have danced competitively for 5 years, successfully completed RAD Jazz and Ballet exams, including the Grade 8 RAD Ballet Exam and the Advanced 1 Ballet Vocational. In addition, in 2017 I was fortunate enough to receive the Most Improved Dancer Award. I am currently enrolled in the Business program at the University of Calgary pursuing a degree in International Business. DSi has always been a family for me, and I can’t wait to help the other students feel the love and support from the staff at DSi.

Miss Isabella

Teacher

Miss Isabella

Teacher

I am beyond excited to start my sixth year of teaching here at DSi! I have been dancing since I was three years-old and cannot wait to share my knowledge and passion about dance with all my students. I have been part of three different dance schools, including one in Monterrey, Mexico, one in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and finally DSi. Throughout my fifteen years of dance, I have had the opportunity to work with incredible mentors and build a passion for dancing that I carry with me through this day. I have been trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, and Pointe. In 2012 I was awarded the Judge’s Star in my Lyrical solo category in the Northern Dance Off and received the mentorship award in 2018 here at DSi. From 2014-2018 I was one of the wonderful DSi understudies, and I am delighted to keep working with young dancers. DSi teachers have helped me grow and understand what it means to be a role model, and I cannot wait to pass it on to my students and build relationships to help them grow as dancers and more.

Miss Jayda

Receptionist

Miss Jayda

Receptionist

I am thrilled to join Team DSi as a receptionist for the 2022-2023 season! I began dancing at Dance Spectrum at the age of three and have spent fifteen years as a student at DSi, until recently graduating in 2022. Throughout my time at DSi I have trained in numerous disciplines, including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, and Lyrical, as well as completed multiple examinations in Al Gilbert Tap. I have also danced competitively for 7 years with DSi’s competition team, leaving me with some of the best memories that I will cherish forever. Additionally, I was extremely grateful to receive the Most Dedicated Jazz Dancer award for the 2021-2022 season. For the past 4 years I have been an understudy with Team DSi, and I am incredibly grateful to be given the opportunity to continue my work here at Dance Spectrum, while also studying Psychology at the University of Calgary. I cannot wait for another year with my DSi family. Go team!

Miss Karly

Teacher

Miss Karly

Teacher

…a.k.a. “Miss K”. I am thrilled to be spending my 20th year as a DSI instructor. Dance Spectrum has been my home for 28 years now training in a “spectrum” of disciplines. As a dancer, I successfully completed many ADAPT Jazz, Al Gilbert Tap and RAD Ballet exams. I also dove into the world of competitive dancing at age 8, competing in a wide range of styles around Canada and the US. Now I share my love of Tap, Contemporary and Strength and Conditioning with my beautiful students. One of my favorite parts of being a dance teacher is successfully preparing students for exams and competitions.

When I am not at DSI I’m at Studio 85 HIIT + Yoga, my own fitness and yoga studio. Inspired by Miss Wendy owning my own small business has been a dream of mine for years and now I not only get to share my love of dance I also get to share my love of fitness, yoga, and business!!

Miss Katie

Teacher

Miss Katie

Teacher

Bring on the new season! I was lucky enough to grow up at DSi where my admiration for dance started and where I received the love and encouragement to pursue my passion! I have gained a respected reputation within Toronto’s dance community where I spent time dancing professionally, teaching, adjudicating, and choreographing. I have been involved in various film and live theatre performances and found a passion for choreography working at youth, pre-professional, and professional levels. I am a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance and have enjoyed working for many competitions all over Canada. Internationally, dance has taken me many places including New York, Florence, Italy, and Vienna, Austria where I worked with and studied extensively from respected dance educators. As I progress with my research and development, my enthusiasm to share with the next generation continues. I am forever inspired by my teachers who shaped me. My goal is to share not only the love of dance but the life lessons that those teachers, now colleagues, had taught me all those years ago. I can’t wait to start my third season teaching at the place that I cherish so much!

Miss Laura

Teacher

Miss Laura

Teacher

I am so excited to be returning to the DSi family for my third year as the Tap Enrichment teacher! I grew up dancing in Calgary training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro and Musical Theatre. I successfully completed my RAD Advanced I exam, danced competitively in all previously mentioned styles and I also trained extensively in the Tri-Tone Rhythm Ensemble. Tap dance has found a special place in my heart and is the reason why I have pursued it professionally! I have been lucky to perform in Lisa La Touche’s Tap Phonics Production of “Fools Gold” co- commissioned by Fall for Dance North and Harbourfront Centre, I performed in Danny Nielsen’s work “On Foot” and I most recently premiered my own collaborative work in Düsseldorf, Germany as part of an artist residency program at tanzhaus nrw for their annual Tap Dance Days festival! I am also an alumni of the 2021 Tap Performance Ensemble at The School at Jacob’s Pillow. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education majoring in Physical Literacy from Mount Royal University and find it has really supplemented my knowledge and has made me a better dancer and teacher. This will be my ninth year of teaching dance and I am so excited for the year ahead at DSi, we have been through so much this past year and a half as humans and dancers and I am just so excited to share some joy via tap dance!

Miss Lilly

Teacher/Receptionist

Miss Lilly

Teacher/Receptionist

I am thrilled to be back on the Dance Spectrum staff team for my third year! It is also wonderful to be back at the studio for my thirteenth year, first as a student, and now as a teacher! During my time as a dancer at DSi, I competed for 8 years and trained for 11 years in disciplines including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Acro, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Pointe. I have also successfully completed multiple examinations in ADAPT Jazz, RAD Ballet, and Al Gilbert Tap. As a graduating dancer, I completed my Tap 8 examination with honours as well as my Advanced One and Grade Eight RAD ballet exams. Currently, I am a University of Calgary student pursuing a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree. DSi has been a hugely positive part of my life for many years and I’m so proud to continue to be a part of this incredible community for the 2022/2023 season!

Miss Michelle

Teacher

Miss Michelle

Teacher

This year will be my twelfth season as a Team DSi teacher! Before becoming a staff member, I was a DSi dancer for 15 years. During that time, I completed top examinations in Al Gilbert Tap, ADAPT Jazz, and both Graded and Vocational RAD Ballet. I competed internationally for 10 of those years, attaining High Score awards and scholarships. In 2008, I performed in Alberta Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I had the privilege of attending the Ballet Summer Intensive Program at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City in 2011.

When I’m not teaching dance, I work as a Registered Nurse at the Foothills Hospital after having completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree in 2015 and my Bachelor of Nursing degree in 2017. I am very excited to continue to be a part of my beloved Team DSi and share my passion for teaching and dancing with all of my students!

Mr Rocky

Teacher

Mr Rocky

Teacher

I am stoked to be returning for another season with DSi! I grew up performing traditional cultural dances and was fortunate enough to have a dance program be part of my curriculum as I continued through school. My earlier years as a dancer include a background in Locking, Salsa, Bollywood, West African and of course choreography inspired by Hip-Hop. My love for creating and pursuing the choreography route grew as I entered my high school years. Hence where I am now, a choreographer with a vision! Almost a decade later, I continue to work on honing my craft by training across Canada, as well as travelling to Los Angeles, San Diego, and New York. Creating choreography inspired by the Hip-Hop culture has also allowed me to compete on international platforms such as Hip-Hop International Qualifiers in Ottawa, to World of Dance Edmonton, Vancouver, and Las Vegas. I’m grateful to have been granted opportunities such as performing at the Juno Awards for Alessia Cara and receiving a scholarship at World of Dance. Although, my greatest accomplishments would have to be creating and putting my own projects on stage. Having my dancers be recognized for their quality while bringing my creative visions to fruition will always be the most rewarding. As corny as it sounds, I believe teamwork really does make the dream work. I’m incredibly excited to be bringing in my own style along with the fundamentals of Hip-Hop to the DSi students. I know with the immense amount of talent, this season is only going to be stellar!

Miss Sarah S.

Teacher

Miss Sarah S. (ARAD, PDTD, RTS)

Teacher

I am so excited to be a part of the DSi team! Originally from England, I trained professionally at the Northern Ballet School, graduating with a Diploma in Professional Dance, and receiving the “Best all- rounder” award. I am an associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) having completed Advanced RAD (1&2). I also passed Advanced ISTD and IDTA Ballet, Modern and Tap, Advanced ISTD National Character Dance, and IDTA Graduate Ballet Teaching Certificate, all with honours.

For 11 years I had a varied and continuous professional dance career throughout the world, gaining an in- depth knowledge and expertise of all genres of dance. I have been understudy to Pamela Anderson in Aladdin (The Liverpool Empire and New Wimbledon Theatre), performed lead roles in On Eagles Wings (Irish Tour) and Irish Wings (Dutch Tour), Hans Klok -The Beauty of Magic and Faster than Magic (Las Vegas and European Tours), Queen Mary II (Inaugural cast-world cruise), Pacific Princess and Celebrity Infinity cruise liners, lead Irish dancer in Fire of Dance (European Tour) and Essence of Ireland (UK tour), lead role in Spirit of the Dance (U.S, European, Far East tours & Las Vegas), Nabucco (Manchester Opera House and Royal Albert Hall), Godspell (Jazz Galore Dance Co), Singin’ in the Rain (Manchester Song and Dance Company), The Nutcracker, Coppélia and Giselle (Manchester City Ballet), and in various television programs and commercials.

I completed the Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma (PDTD) course at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, where I gained Registered Teacher Status (RTS) and moved to Calgary where I have been teaching students at various schools including Alberta Ballet School since 2011.

I am excited to be able to work with the students at DSI to motivate and inspire and help instill a love of dance by passing on my knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for ballet.

I am a mother of three and the founder of Balletiques through which I teach a ballet-inspired fitness program that I designed and Silver SwansTM ballet classes to adults.

I look forward to seeing you around the studio!

Miss Sarah V.

Teacher

Miss Sarah V.

Teacher

This is my 23rd year being a part of DSi’s amazing teaching staff! I grew up dancing here at the studio and have been sharing my love of dance with the SPECTRUM students ever since!

As a dancer, I had the opportunity to compete in multiple disciplines, both locally as well as in the United States. I also successfully completed top level exams in both ADAPT Jazz and RAD Ballet. Some of my fondest memories and best friends came from these experiences!

As a teacher, I have been successfully entering students in exams and competitions throughout the past twenty years. I obtained my RAD teaching certificate with a ‘Distinction’ and am a recognized member of the ADAPT Jazz syllabus, Acrobatic
Arts Syllabus, and the non-profit Wild Rose Dance Arts Association. Ballet and Jazz have always been my favorites, but I have loved adding other disciplines to my repertoire such as Lyrical, Acro, and Stretch/Strength. I love creating and am so lucky to
have choreography as my creative outlet. Teaching dance is my true LIFE PASSION. I am continually inspired by my students.

I have had the privilege of teaching many talented and hard-working individuals over the years. Dance Spectrum means so much to me. It is a true community. My family away from home. I’m now a proud momma of two little girls and will ALWAYS be “dance mom” to my studio kids.

Miss Wendy

Director/Teacher

Miss Wendy

Director/Teacher

I grew up dancing in Calgary and found my love for teaching at an early age. After opening DSI in 1994, I have been so privileged to teach so many wonderful individuals. I have seen students grow from Preschool to the highest levels of dance, graduate High School, University, get married and now have their own kids as students at DSI!

Over the years I have travelled with students to Chicago, New York, Boston, Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Disneyland. I am so proud of former students who’ve continued their love of dance. Their accomplishments include: choreographing and directing Madonna’s world tours, working on numerous T.V., film and stage projects, acceptance into Juilliard, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and dance contracts on Cruise Lines.

I am equally proud of my former students who have turned into exceptional DSI staff members and choreographers, now sharing their own passion for dance with our DSI students.

After an extraordinary 28th season, I am looking forward to getting back into the studio to once again experience the wonderful community we have created here at DSI. Season 29… Let’s Dance!