An accomplished dance instructor and mother to two dancers, Jill is the Owner and Studio Director at Leap Studios. Beyond managing the studio, she enjoys leaping in to produce performance choreography and provide technique training to all ages. Jill is proud to have acquired her dance training at Showtime Dance Promotions - known as Canada's leading dance talent production company and founders of the Great Canadian Dance Challenge competition.
In addition to learning and experiencing the joys dance for over 40 years, Jill enjoyed a successful corporate career that spanned continents, in finance and marketing management in oil & gas and manufacturing industries. She is passionate about creating consistently exceptional experiences for all of our students, their families, and our community. Above all, she loves watching the gifts of being a dancer unfold for each student (her own children included!).
Jill holds instructional certifications as a Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Instructor, Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (Y.P.A.D.), and Leap 'N Learn ballet Instructor. She is currently obtaining Teacher Certification in the ADAPT tap and jazz syllabi and Acrobatique acro syllabus.
Besides building a positive community within the studio, she also enjoys giving back to the community at-large. Jill is an active member of the local non-profit "Wild Rose Dance Arts Association" (WRDAA), and serves internationally on the Board of Directors for YPAD (www.ypad4change.org). Leap Studios is a proud sponsor of local school foundations such as the Battalion Park Carnival, and hosts studio events that support the The Calgary Food Bank.
Miss Chelsea's love for dance began when she took her first dance class at the age of three in her home town studio in Lloydminster. As a dedicated technique and performance dancer, Chelsea completed all R.A.D. Ballet exams and all C.D.T.A. Tap exams. Her talent and commitment earned her exciting opportunities to travel and showcase her artistry: she has performed as a dancer with Caribbean Cruise Lines, on stage with Shania Twain and in a Jason Blain music video.
Chelsea obtained her Bachelor in Education from the University of Saskatchewan in 2011, and has taught in elementary and middle schools in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. She recently moved to Calgary from Kelowna with her husband and daughter (who celebrated her second birthday this past summer!). Chelsea has completed her Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) and Leap N' Learn (ballet and creative movement) certifications through Leap Studios' -sponsored faculty development program.
Chelsea is excited to be back in her home province, bringing her 7+ years of dance teaching and choreography experience in all genres to our studio and to contribute to our "small town" studio culture. Her areas of expertise are vast: Chelsea is teaching tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop/street, lyrical and contemporary dance styles, in both the non-competitive and performance competitive divisions.
Miss Allie grew up dancing in her home town of Innisfail, Alberta, dancing competitively and completing exams in Adapt Jazz & R.A.D. Ballet. She had the opportunity to attend many dance festivals and competitions around Alberta as well as participate in two dance trips to Disney Music Days in Disneyland. In 2016, Miss Allie helped train Leap’s performance dancers for our Disneyland Parades trip, teaching choreography and performing in the parades herself!
Allie is a Junior Acrobatique Certified Instructor and is currently working on her Intermediate Acrobatique Certification. She holds the honour of being an Associate Member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA), earning her designation in the Stage Division (jazz). Allie has completed her Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) and Leap N' Learn (ballet and creative movement) certifications through Leap Studios' -sponsored faculty development program.
Allie has been teaching for over 8 years and is excited to enter her fifth year with Leap Studios. She enjoys teaching at Leap because it has a small studio feel and teaches solid technique, focuses on fun and prides itself on building community. Her overall goal as a dance teacher is to share “the love of dance”, igniting the passion within students to achieve while providing the highest level of dance training possible to her students !
Miss Carley continues her great momentum from last season, teaching our Mini Company Tap and Acro programs, Crew Performance Jazz, plus Hip Hop/Street, Ballet, Jazz and Musical Theatre in our non-competitive division.
Miss Carley recently completed a childcare education degree at Mount Royal University, and is pursuing a Bachelor of Education.
Miss Carley has completed her Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) and Leap N' Learn (ballet and creative movement) certifications through Leap Studios' -sponsored faculty development program.
Miss Kristy has been dancing and teaching in the Calgary area for the past 20 years. She has created, nurtured and grown successful recreational and competitive programs and students. Kristy began her training in Ballet and continued on to master styles such as Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, African, Street Jazz, Funk & Contemporary and more!
Miss. Kristy has completed her certification in Acro Dance and is an accredited Acrobatic Arts instructor.
Miss Kristy has also achieved her certificate for teacher training in Zumba and Zumba Kids.
Kassidy began dancing at the age of 4 at her hometown studio in Trochu, Alberta. She travelled all over Alberta to attend competitions with her team and went on three Disneyland trips to perform on-stage and in the Dance the Magic parades. She has also danced on a cruise ship with her studio team. Kassidy was a competitive dancer throughout her childhood and until she graduated high school in 2016.
Kassidy is currently completing her Junior Certification in the Acrobatique syllabus. This past Summer, Kassidy completed her Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) and Leap N' Learn (ballet and creative movement) certifications through Leap Studios' -sponsored faculty development program.
We are always looking for fun, enthusiastic and skilled members to contribute to our stellar programming and team! Interested teaching candidates are welcome to send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Ms. Melissa Klassen (Acrobatique founder and master instructor and examiner)
Mr. Brandon Wood (Acrobatique master instructor and examiner)
Mr. Christopher Scruggs (Alberta Ballet Company Dancer)
Mrs. Beverly Spell (Founder, Leap 'N Learn syllabus program)
Mr. Ryan Jackson (touring member with "Wicked")
Ms. Abigail Gatlin (touring member with "Beauty and the Beast")
Ms. Danielle Benton (touring member with "Mary Poppins")
Mr. Joey Braunwarth (illFX)
Mr. Farzam Bahrambic