At Leap Studios, we are passionate about dance, supportive communities, and learning skills that make lives better. Our talented team of teachers is dedicated to providing a friendly atmosphere where students learn and grow while making strong friendships and building confidence.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Leap Studios!
I love being able to inspire people in their daily lives, make them smile and feel lighter…I’ll be your guide into the wonderful world of dance and movement here at Leap!
I started Leap in 2013 when my daughters were 2 and 5 years of age.
As someone who grew up dancing all styles of dance and competed for over 10 years as a youth, I was inspired to build a studio where kids could have the same opportunities as I did. I wasn't finding that same balance of keeping kids "kids-first" and able to have proper time for their family, school, and friends that I had experienced - but also, have come to know additionally through academic research and leadership experience, is important for the mental, physical, and social health of developing young children into healthy adulthood.
My reason for building the Leap community is to do what it takes to make the dance industry better - for your children and mine, and the children who will follow. It was a "leap of faith" to do something that had not been done before, to seek out the industry's most stringent and highest standards of excellence for teaching children and youth and making those the standards of Leap! We don't just coach dance - first and foremost, we coach kids - that's why we hold ourselves to the highest standards.
I thank you for entrusting Leap Studios with the education and experiences your child will have with dance. I promise we will take great care of them, and will provide a nurturing and rewarding community for them and your family. We are glad you're here!
JILL'S LEADERSHIP IN THE DANCE INDUSTRY:
Jill holds instructional dance certifications from Rhythm Works Integrative Dance, Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (Y.P.A.D.), Leap 'N Learn ballet, Acrobatic Arts Preschool Curriculum and Sugarfoot Therapy. Jill's formal education business, interior design, leadership, and mindfulness has taken her around the world in her career working in industries such as oil and gas pipeline and refining, regulatory training and compliance, critical infrastructure management, workplace design and product manufacturing, and marketing leadership.
Besides building a positive community within the studio, she also enjoys giving back to the community-at-large. Jill is a co-founder and current President of Dance Safe Canada Council Inc., a national non-profit association that serves the mission to create and educate on safety, compliance, policy and procedural standards of excellence for dance studio owners and educators. DSCC originated as Dance Safe Alberta (www.dancesafealberta.com) which remains the active Alberta-based chapter of DSCC assisting all studios and educators in Leap's home province. In 2020, Jill was invited to become a member of the International Dance Council CID at UNESCO. This admission distinguishes leaders in the dance industry on the International level.
Leap Studios is a proud sponsor of local school foundations, community groups, and non-profit agencies through corporate donations and sponsorships.
Ziad Aly is an Egyptian Hip Hop dancer who established himself as one of the key pioneers of Streetdance in the Egyptian Dance Community. In order to further develop his skills, Ziad has traveled to many different countries including the United States, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Cyprus, Turkey and Lebanon. He is also the founder of Swaggers crew, which has allowed for hip hop dancers and BBoys all across Egypt to join, train and bring hip hop to mainstream culture through events, performances and workshops. Ziad is Also the Co-Founder of the Egyptian Breaking Federation. His hard work and dedication landed him and his dance crew on the renowned show “Arabs got talent”. Ziad has also had several opportunities to host some of the greatest names and pioneers of hip hop and Street dance from the United States to Egypt. As a highlight in Ziad’s career, he was credited by choreographing some of the biggest celebrity names in Egypt for Vogue Arabia magazine, Choreographed and performed with his crew opening shows for Grammy award winning artists Mya & Eve in Egypt, As well as working as the dance consultant for Redbull Egypt. He worked on choreographing shows for brands like Red Bull, Nike, Intel, Samsung, Coca Cola and more. Ziad is now residing in Calgary, Canada Teaching HipHop/Streetdance and helping the community grow in Calgary.
Jenny Dahm is a certified dance instructor, experienced in teaching styles including Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Musical Theater, hip hop, modern, lyrical, and Pointe. Miss Jenny competed for 12 years at many different dance competitions in Canada and the US and performed in Disneyland! Right now Miss Jenny is pursuing her Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Royal University. She is a certified Adapt tap and jazz syllabus teacher.
Born and raised in Calgary, Brynna has been dancing for over 15 years and teaching for five. She has trained in all forms such as Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre and Tap; she also spent seven years training and performing as a member of the Calgary based Tri-Tone Rhythm Ensemble.
Brynna is a graduate of Central Memorial High School’s Performing and Visual Arts program in dance, and is working towards her certifications with the CDTA (Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association) and the ADAPT syllabus. She's a graduate of the University of Calgary (Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies), and holds a Broadcast News Diploma from SAIT. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Education in Elementary Social Studies at the University of Calgary. In 2019, she was a member of Team Canada Dance’s Western Tap team and represented Canada at the International Dance Organization’s World Championships for tap.
Brynna looks forward to sharing her knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm with her students at Leap Studios!
Bio coming soon!
Anna started dancing at the age of 3 and has been in love with it ever since! She grew up dancing competitively in all styles such as Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern/Contemporary, Hip hop, Tap, and Pointe as well as Acro, graduating from Airborne Dance Centre in 2018.
Anna loves to be able to bring her own stylization and knowledge forward as well as share her love and passion for dance with all students.
Currently, Anna performs with the Roughnecks Drill Crew (Lacrosse) dance team as well as the Stampeders Outriders (CFL) cheerleaders. She still keeps up with her own training alongside teaching, as she continues to pursue a professional career in the dance industry.
Miss Zoe began dancing in Calgary at the age of four, and her love of dance grew quickly and steadily as she trained in jazz, ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical, contemporary, acro, hip hop, and musical theatre. She has performed and competed at numerous competitions, conventions, and showcases where she achieved awards, titles, and scholarships that recognized both her technique and dedication.
Currently, Miss Zoe is working towards her ADAPT teaching certification. She recently completed her second year and will become certified in July 2023. This Fall, she will complete her Acrobatic Arts (M1) certification. Spending her childhood and teen years in the studio, Zoe has developed an understanding of the significance of providing a positive environment where dancers can learn and grow their love of dance.
Miss Zoe is thrilled to have joined the Leap Studios team this year, and is eager to share her passion and excitement with her students!
Born and raised in Calgary, Grace started dancing as a young child and has had various competitive and performance opportunities as a youth. She danced with The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede in her youth, as well as the Trip the Light youth company, which provided contemporary training and performances. She has more recently completed the Arts Umbrella International Summer Intensive, and a season with the MRU Cubs Dance team. Her choreography will be shown in Netflix’s upcoming TV show, My Life with the Walter Boys!
She is currently a Stamps Outrider (CFL), and performs at all home games! She is a student in the Bachelor of Arts (Dance major) at the University of Calgary, and a member the pre-professional contemporary company CBII. Miss Grace is very excited to be teaching at Leap Studios, and cannot wait to share her passion for dance and movement with her students.
Ms Sarah recently moved to Calgary from Grande Prairie, Alberta, where she opened and managed her own studio from 2007 to just recently. She studied at the Edmonton School of Ballet, was a company member of Edmonton Festival Ballet Company, and is certified as a CDTA Ballet teacher and RAD Ballet Teacher. Beyond achieving these top distinctions in Ballet, Sarah is also a Highland Associate, a MUV Method (injury prevention flexibility and conditioning program)Instructor, and certified in Acrobatic Arts (M1).
A lifelong learner and dedicated teacher, she believes in the “person first, dancer second” philosophy and is excited to work with Leap Studios' students to develop holistically safe and happy dance skills and experiences!
A diversely trained and experienced dancer in genres such as jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, and contemporary techniques, Paige spent her youth learning and competing in dance, then as part of the first graduating class of the LCI Dance Arts Academy. In 2017 Paige was awarded the opportunity to join the Hollywood Summer Tour directed by Menina Fortunato, where she trained under a variety of well-known artists and choreographers. She danced as part of Danielle Cohn's music video for “Lights Camera Action” directed by Sir Francis Michael, choreographed by Ed Moore, Carlo Atienza, and Christopher Scott. Paige’s love of choreography blossomed through the dance academy at LCI, and she created two pieces for the 2018 production of “Inertia” and a piece for the production of “New York State of Mind”.
Paige has a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance from Simon Fraser University/School for Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, and continues to further study and create as part of the pre-professional division of Decidedly Jazz Dance.
As a dance teacher and previous studio owner, Miss Karen has over 40 years of dance experience within the dance community in Calgary.
Karen is a fully accredited teacher with the ADAPT Syllabus and was a member of the WRDAA dance association for over 25 years. Miss Karen has traveled abroad with her students to Spain as well as performances at Disney’s California Adventure and Magic Kingdom in Anaheim California. Many of her students have moved on to pursue careers in various dance programs across the country as well as professional programs in the US.
After selling her studio in 2020, she realized her time in the dance community was not done and after two years away is excited to get back into the studio.
Miss Karen looks forward to getting to know the Leap parents and students and is excited to join the Leap dance community! coming soon!
Ashlynn is a born and raised Calgarian who has been dancing for 15 years and still actively dancing to this day! She has performed in many dance recital and competitions, and danced with The School of Alberta
Ballet for 7 years where she performed in The Nutcracker for 2 years in the children/student cast.
Currently, she is working toward Certification of Ballet Teaching Studies with The Royal Academy
of Dance, and is enrolled at the University of Calgary studying dance and kinesiology.
She is so excited to be teaching at Leap Studios this year and help inspire a new generation of young dancers!
Our conveniently-located studio in Springbank Hill/Aspen is equipped with viewing monitors, state-of-the-art equipment and is professionally cleaned daily. Enhanced COVID cleaning and disinfection protocols in place, using safe and Health Canada approved botanical products.
For more information on our Safer Studio™️ certification, click HERE
We are proudly affiliated with leading dance curriculum that encourages safe, happy and healthy training.
One of the best indices of our safe training philosophy is that we have had one injury (a broken finger) since our studio started...over the course of 18,000 hours of instruction! Our students do not get injured or experience strain - we believe our ultimate responsibility as coaches is to teach progressively, with safe techniques, so that children learn to take great care of their bodies!
Whether dance is a primary activity or a casual interest, we have intake throughout the year to keep you moving!
Ms. Melissa Klassen (Acrobatique founder and master instructor and examiner)
Mr. Brandon Wood (Acrobatique master instructor and examiner)
Miss Julie England (RAD Ballet, Acro; Award-winning choreographer; Expert Adjudicator)
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. Farzam Bahrambic