NEW! Little Leapers starts November 14! // Ages 3-4 and 4-5 // 10-week session
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.
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.
Kathryn has a zest for life and aspires to share the gift of movement with everyone! She is a passionate advocate of the great joy and fullness that dance can bring both for the individual and the community.
Kathryn began her formal dance training in Edmonton and later in Calgary, completing exams in RAD ballet and ISTD Modern. She later obtained a BFA in Dance at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude and received the Daniel Award for Scholastic Achievement.
Kathryn as performed with various companies including Corps Bara Dance Theatre, CIC Dance Theatre, Inlet Dance Theatre, and Cleveland Dance Project, and in the past year participated in the start up of a new dance studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Kathryn has experience teaching a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip hop, creative movement, musical theatre, Zumba, Pilates, and Barre Fitness. She is thrilled to be back to the city of Calgary and eagerly anticipates this upcoming year with Leap Studios!
Sydney has been dancing since the age of five, well before she knew that this was something that she loved. She has trained in tap, ballet, lyrical, jazz, and hip hop; her favorite styles being tap and ballet. In addition to her studio training, Sydney has studied with Alberta Ballet, Decidedly Jazz Works, Harbor Dance Centre, and Tri-Tone Productions. She has also performed for local dance and theatre companies En Corps Dance Collective and Mob Hit Productions.
Sydney holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and recently completed her Acrobatic Arts certification. Outside of dance, Sydney is also a barre instructor and loves practicing yoga and skiing in the winter. Sydney is passionate about working with her students to achieve their goals and is excited to be a part of the Leap Studios team!
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