An accomplished dance instructor and mother to two dancers, Jill is the Owner and Studio Director at Leap Studios. Besides managing the studio and staff, she enjoys leaping in to produce performance choreography and provide technical training to all ages. Jill is proud to have acquired her early dance training with Showtime Dance Promotions and various companies throughout her adulthood.
In addition to learning and experiencing the joys of dance for over 40 years, Jill enjoyed a successful corporate career that spanned continents in finance and marketing management in critical infrastructure industries. She is passionate about creating consistently exceptional experiences for 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.
Besides building a positive community within the studio, she also enjoys giving back to the community-at-large. Jill is a co-founder 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, which remains the active Alberta-based chapter of DSCC assisting all studios and educators in Leap's home province. Jill is an active member of Wild Rose Dance Arts Association (WRDAA), and serves internationally on the Board of Directors for YPAD (www.ypadnow.com). Leap Studios is a proud sponsor of local school foundations, community groups, and non-profit agencies through corporate donations and sponsorships.
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.
Miss Jenna has been an active member of Calgary's dance community for over 20 years. She has gleefully spent 13 years dedicated to dancing competitively, and three years in a pre-professional high school program at Central Memorial High School. She loves to teach all styles of dancing but in particular Jazz and Acro hold a place in her heart.
Jenna recently completed her certification in Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT), Module one of Acrobatic Arts, as well as her first and second module of Acro Dance Teachers Association. Miss Jenna has also attended countless teacher workshops with some of the top choreographers in the world including:
Mia Michaels, Shannon Mather, Denise Wall, Anthony Morigerato, Mandy Yip and more.
Heather Thomson was born in Calgary Alberta, Canada. She started her professional training at the age of 15 at the School of Alberta Ballet under the direction of Murray & Nancy Kilgour. She later joined Alberta Ballet II under the direction of Aram Manukyan, where she performed a variety of Ballets including Ben Stevenson’s Don Quixote, Edmond Stripe’s The Nutcracker and Madame Butterfly, set by Houston Ballet’s Stanton Welch.
Heather received the Muriel Jolliffe Endowment for Dance scholarship to attend the Banff Centre’s Professional Dance Program the summer of 2015. She later joined Ballet Kelowna, and since that time has performed works by Artistic Director Simone Orlando, and choreographers such as John Alleyne, Gioconda Barbuto, James Kudelka, Heather Myers, Donald Sales, Gabrielle Lamb and Matjash Mrozewski. In 2017, she joined the Performance Research Project in Vancouver, under the direction of Lesley Telford. Most recently in 2018, Heather has performed in Dancer’s Studio West's 37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival under the direction of Sasha Ivanochko, performing We Three choreographed by Allison Burns.
Heather’s true passion lies in movement and connection with her students. Through her dance and teaching experience, she aims to create a motivating and empowering atmosphere for her students to grow and unlock their maximum potential. When Heather is not occupied by the arts, you can also find her on her yoga mat as a registered yoga instructor.
Miss Josie will tell us more about herself soon :)
Miss Rachel keeps our office running oh so smoothly with her keen eye for detail and exemplary organizational skills. It's not a wonder she approaches every task with precision: she is a Professional Ballerina after all!
Miss Maegan will tell us more about herself very soon :)
Dance has been a big part of Miss Jenny's world since she was 7 years old. She has experience with all different kinds of 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. Miss Jenny started teaching when she was just 13 years old as an assistant teacher. She loves all styles of dance, but tap and lyrical hold special places in her heart. She loves tap because she can create music with her feet and experiment with different rhythms. Miss Jenny loves lyrical because she believes that telling a story and making the audience feel something is one of the most important aspects of dance.Miss Jenny's love of dance is contagious and we are so excited to have her share that with our students at Leap Studios!
Miss Amber will tell us more herself very soon :)
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:
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 15,000 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 and minds!
Whether dance is a primary activity or a casual interest, we have intake throughout the year to keep you moving!
NEW this season: we have implemented 4 Terms. You can take as many terms as you wish! This is intended to help you make the choices for your family that suit you best.
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. Farzam Bahrambic
We're back in the studio - Happy, Healthy, and Safe! Join us this Summer to keep the fun going: creating, moving, and making friends. Check out our Summer Programs by clicking below.