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of dance science, and literary theory. She also performs in student and professional works presented in shows such as Mainstage Dance, Dance Montage, Dance at Noon, and Dance at Night. Reanna has had the honor of training with and/or working under the choreographic direction of Melanie Kloetzel, Marie-France Forcier, Melissa Monteros, Wojtek Mochniej, Heather Ware, Sasha Ivanochko, and many other distinguished artists. She has also choreographed semi-professional work for Dance at Noon, which was presented in the 2019 Alchemy Festival. She plans to combine the perspectives of Dance and English to further pursue her love of teaching and theory. More than anything, she finds the most passion and fulfillment in helping guide young dancers in their creative paths to artistic and self- acceptance, as well as fostering and nurturing creative and inspired energy in our littlest dancers.

During those years of her extensive training she performed in many shows and musicals, took part in many competitions, and attended several conventions with some of the most remarkable choreographers across Canada and The United States.After many years of specialized training in technical genres of dance Haley decided to take part in ILLFX education to further her knowledge in dance and to learn more about Hip Hop. Haley has had the opportunity to compete at many prestigious competitions some including, Dancers Paradise in Mexico, Monsters of Hip Hop in California and Artists Emerge in Vancouver.

Haley has completed many Adapt and RAD exams over her years of training and has also completed her Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Course. In addition to being a competitive dancer she has also performed in musicals with the Calgary Dance Express. Haley has learned so much about dance over the years and has been so inspired by all the wonderful teachers and peers she has had the opportunity to work with. She is very passionate about dance and teaching and bellieves that anything is possible with hard work and dedication. Haley hopes to inspire her students to become the best dancers and people they can be.

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The teachers are exceptionally qualified and committed to developing the whole child in their programming. My daughters have always felt safe to push themselves and take risks, knowing that if they are willing to put in the effort, the teachers at Evolutions are there to nurture them every step of the way!

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Miss Stephanie has a passion for creating safe spaces where children, youth and their families can experience dance! She began her dance journey over 3 decades ago, focusing on both ballet (Vaganova), and Ukrainian dance.

A lifelong learner, Miss Stephanie completed her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of Calgary. Social justice issues and multicultural education have always been important to her philosophy as an educator. She has taught at various local public and private schools, both as a classroom teacher and in leadership roles. She completed her Master of Arts Degree in Educational Research in 2017 with a focus on social justice issues in education.  

Miss Stephanie believes play and exploration are the foundation for skill building for the littlest dancers, and emphasizes the importance of a proper dance education that is age and developmentally appropriate. It is her goal to create a dance school where all dancers feel valued, respected and safe.

Miss Stephanie is also a mom to 4 children - 8 and under… and all aspiring dancers!

Vanessa’s philosophy of teaching is what drives her both at the studio and as an educator. Vanessa is proud to be a Learning Leader, middle school dance specialist and humanities teacher with the Calgary Board of Education.  

When not at the studio Vanessa enjoys family time and has an adorable daughter and son who both love to “bust a move” with their mama!

Owner and Studio Director, Vanessa Wright is a dance educator, choreographer and life long learner.  Vanessa sought out dance at a young age and continues to be a dedicated ambassador for dance.

As a student of dance, she trained extensively in ballet (RAD, ISTD, Cecchetti, Vaganova) and modern dance techniques as well as studied lyrical, jazz, contemporary and more. Miss Vanessa completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance at the University of Calgary majoring in ballet through the School of Alberta Ballet.  

Miss Vanessa’s desire to share her enthusiasm of dance with others began as a young teaching assistant.  In 2008 she began teaching with a dance residency company, Three Left Feet Movement Creations, which connected her love for dance with education. After 2 years dancing with the company, Vanessa went back to school to obtain her Bachelor of Education at the University of Calgary.

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Miss Vanessa (BA Dance, BEd.)

Miss Jenna (RN)

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Miss Jenna has over 20 years of dance experience. She grew up dancing and competing in Calgary and has a vast knowledge of ballet, lyrical, and Ukrainian dance.

Miss Jenna has worked closely with children of all ages as a dance teacher, nanny, and day camp leader. She has been with ESD since its inception and has taken on many leadership roles as well as instructing students over the past few years.

When she is not in the office, you will find her delivering babies as a Labour & Delivery nurse at Foothills Medical Centre.

Throughout her dance life, Kyla has enjoyed teaching dancers of all ages. She is able to say that she has taught dancers from 6 weeks old (Mommy & Me right here at ESD) all the way up to professional company classes. While she enjoys the challenge and complexity of teaching senior level dancers, working with our youngest dancers and those just starting their dance journey is where Kyla really shines.

Kyla is proud to be a part of such an amazing dance studio that focuses on the whole dancer and really fosters a supportive environment. Not only that, she loves that her own son and daughter are able to dance here and experience the love and passion ESD has to offer!

Miss Kyla began her dance career with Highland dance at the age of 2. From there, she went on to add Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Tap and Musical Theatre. Knowing that dance was her passion, Kyla moved to Winnipeg for her post-secondary training. Attending the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers, in affiliation with the University of Winnipeg, Kyla earned her BA(Hons) in Dance. While in Winnipeg, Kyla danced professionally with several companies and performed throughout Canada and the United States for the better part of a decade.

Making the difficult decision to leave Winnipeg in search of new opportunities, Kyla moved to Calgary and immediately found a home at ESD! Since making Calgary her home, Kyla has taught at several studios around the city, as well as for the Calgary Board of Education, and both Youth and Professional Dance Companies.

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Miss Kyla (BA Dance)

Miss Stephanie

Stephanie began dancing at 4 yrs old with the former Hanson School of Dance in Kindersley, SK.  She achieved her ADAPT Advanced Jazz, RAD Intermediate Ballet, RAD Gr. 8 Ballet, CDTA Advanced Tap and CDTA Advanced Jazz.  She also studied voice and piano and achieved her RCM Gr. 8 Piano and RCM Gr. 7 Voice.Stephanie attended Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program in Edmonton and received a Diploma in Musical Theatre studies.  After completing college she moved to Calgary to study for a year under the jazz style instruction of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in their Pre-Professional Program.  After her training with DJD she went on to achieve her ADAPT Teachers Certification in Jazz and Tap.

Stephanie has had the joy of dancing and performing with many dance groups and events over the past few years in Calgary. Some of the groups she has performed with are En Corps Dance Collective, Wild Aces, Army of Sass and, Outriders - the Stampeders CFL Dance Cheer Team.

Stephanie hopes to share her passion of dance and performing with the students while they have fun learning.  She is proud to be part of the faculty at Evolutions School of Dance.

Miss Sam is inspired by the creative curiosity that is innate in each student, and is so excited to join the incredibly kind, dedicated, and talented faculty at Evolutions!

Originally from Edmonton, Miss Sam is a performer, choreographer, educator, and administrator with a deep passion for collaboration and innovation in the arts. After completing her BFA in Dance with Distinction from the University of Calgary in 2018, Miss Sam has taken on many roles in the Calgary dance community. She is the Programme Coordinator for Dancers' Studio West, and has recently worked on projects for W&M Physical Theatre, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and Maddox Dance Company.

In 2013, Miss Sam followed her passion for tap dance to New York as an intern for the American Tap Dance Foundation's Tap City festival, where she performed at Symphony Space on Broadway. Miss Sam is the Co-Creative Director of Untold Physical Theatre, and is working towards her Bachelor of Social Work with a Minor in Womens' Studies at the University of Calgary. Miss Sam’s choreographic practice focuses on the body as a source of research and storytelling and collaborating with her students in the creative process.

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Miss Sam (BFA, Dance)

Miss Reanna

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Miss Reanna started her dance journey at the age of 4, training in Ukrainian/ National dance in Calgary, Canada. In 2007 she began in-depth training of various techniques, and has acquired a knowledge of Cecchetti classical ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Ukrainian dance. She has since completed her Standard 6 and Senior Certificate Cecchetti examinations. She has competed in many dance competitions in Alberta, as well as has performed various main character roles in productions.

Reanna joined ESD's Student Instructors Training Program at age 14, and became an instructor upon her completion of the program, where she remains specializing in early-childhood dance education. In 2016 she received a fine arts scholarship to further her passion for dance education.

Reanna currently attends the University of Calgary where she will graduate this year with a double major in Dance and English with distinction. She is currently studying choreography, contemporary technique, dance pedagogy, pedagogical perspectives

Miss. Karissa began her dance training in Ukrainian dance, but expanded her focus to include ballet (both ISTD and Cecchetti), Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary dance. She has since completed her Standard 6 and Senior Certificate Cecchetti examinations. Miss Karissa currently attends the University of Calgary where she is working towards completing a double major in Sociology and Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education.

Miss Karissa is excited and privileged to be able to be teaching in such an inspiring and enthusiastic studio. She cannot wait to share her love and passion of dance with her students in the creative, caring, and educational environment of ESD!

Miss Karissa

Miss Misha (BA Dance, BEd.)

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Miss Misha has over ten years of dance teaching experience, six of which have been at Evolutions.

Misha graduated from the University of Calgary in 2017 with a BA in Dance, focusing her training in contemporary, ballet and choreography. During this time and following graduation, she has had opportunity to choreograph and perform around Canada and train under some of the worlds highly recognized and renowned dance artists and teachers.  

Professionally, Misha has had the privilege of working as both a teacher and choreographer for numerous companies and studios around Calgary over the past eight years, including: Trip the Light Dance Company, W&M Physical Theatre: Surge, Alberta Ballet and En Corps Dance Collective.  

In the studio, Misha strives to create a learning environment where every student is welcome, challenged, engaged and successful; she roots her dance pedagogy in fostering meaningful relationships with each one of her dancers and recognizing their individual and personal potentials.  

In addition to teaching dance, Misha is a certified Alberta teacher and a Spin, Barre and HIIT coach. She coins herself as a lifelong learner and is continuously striving to merge and connect the mind and body.

Miss Melissa was born and raised Invermere, British Columbia where she enrolled in ballet at 3 years old. Growing up she trained and competed in various styles of dance specializing in Jazz, Tap,and Ballet. After graduating high school in 2013, she travelled to Toronto to start working on her Associated Dance Arts For Professional Teachers (ADAPT) certification, which she graduated from in July 2015.

Melissa has completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance with a concentration in Pedagogy in June 2019. During her University career, she performed with the Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede, which gave her a multitude of performance opportunities, including the 2015 Trans Alta Grandstand show “A Canadian Classic”. She has worked with, performed, and trained with dance companies in Calgary including ‘The Show Company’ and ‘Illfx Entertainment’. Miss Melissa has also trained with The University of Calgary Cheerleaders who are a competitive stunt team.

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Miss Melissa (BA Dance)

Miss Nicole (BA Dance, RN)

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A graduate with a University of Calgary Bachelor Degree in Arts with a specialization in Contemporary and Jazz, Nicole has been fortunate to have had many opportunities in the YYC arts community and abroad. After graduating Nicole worked with W&M Physical Theatre and travelled to Poland  performing and teaching around the country; a truly unforgettable and inspiring experience. Nicole also worked with Three Left Feet Movement Creations teaching in Alberta Elementary and Junior High schools sharing her love of dance and creativity.

Nicole then took a hiatus from the YYC dance community to pursue another passion of hers and received her Bachelor of Nursing Degree at the University of Calgary and is now a Registered Paediatric Nurse at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.  Nicole is inspired every day by the children she cares for as a Registered Nurse; they are strong, resilient, free, happy, energetic, positive, forgiving, and trusting – all qualities Nicole strives for on a daily basis.

Tasha has been dancing and performing for over 16 years and has been teaching dance for 8 years. She has trained extensively as a competitive dancer in a multitude of dance styles and has been recognized for her performances and choreography.

She spent 5 years training and dancing with En Corps Dance Collective and has recently begun training and performing with Army of Sass. Tasha completed her Bachelor of Education in April 2019 and also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She believes in life-long learning and continues to strive to grow as a dancer, performer and educator. She is very excited to share her passion with her students and inspire them to persist and grow.

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Miss Tasha (BA Dance, BEd.)

Nicole is a Principal Company Dancer with Trip the Light Dance Company, choreographing and dancing with the company since 2013. Nicole’s passion for teaching and inspiring young dance artists is what brought her to Evolutions School of Dance; a studio that holds all the values and principles that Nicole holds dear to her heart.

Natalka serves as a volunteer on the Alberta committee for Cecchetti Canada. Natalka’s students excel in their Cecchetti ballet examinations and many of them are working towards or are enjoying professional dance careers. Natalka has over 17 years of experience teaching dance.

Natalka has over a decade of professional experience in dance. She has performed as both a freelance artist and has also been a company member with several dance companies such as Corps Bara, Trip the Light Dance Company, Soulocentric, & Dancers Studio West. Natalka is the Artistic Director and founder of Trip the Light Dance Company which she formed in 2013.

Natalka is well known in the Calgary dance community for her work choreographing and performing for large events, theatre shows, corporate activations and industrials, creative projects, music videos, and productions. She has taught at prestigious institutions such as Alberta Ballet School & DJD Dance Centre. Natalka’s education in both the dance and mental health fields enriches her practices because of her keen knowledge of the physical, psychological and motor development of students, human anatomy & physiology, pedagogy, safe dance practices, anxiety/depression and other mental health concerns, etc. Her teaching methods are strengths-based, trauma-informed and play-based. Natalka was nominated for the 2020 ATB Financial’s Healing Through the Arts Leadership Award.  2020-21 will be Natalka’s 14th season with Evolutions!

Miss Natalka is a dance artist, educator, and choreographer based out of Calgary, AB. Natalka has an extensive background in ballet and contemporary dance; she has studied in depth the Cecchetti method, RAD, ISTD & Vaganova ballet, as well as modern dance techniques, contemporary,  jazz, lyrical, and more.  

Natalka has completed ballet & modern exams in Cecchetti, RAD and ISTD. She received her BA in Contemporary Dance & Ballet at the University of Calgary while simultaneously training in the School of Alberta Ballet’s professional division. She has completed her MA in Counselling Psychology, is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and is currently working towards registering as a psychologist.

She holds her Associate Diploma teaching qualifications granted by Cecchetti Canada and is working towards her Licentiate qualifications.

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Miss Natalka (BA Dance, Associate Diploma CC-CICB, MA Counseling Psychology, PBT US)

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Miss Stephanie (BA, BEd., MA Educational Research)

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Miss Emily (BA Dance)

Miss Emily began her journey of dance training and practice in Fort McMurray, AB, at the young age of two-years-old. Developing her ballet, jazz, and contemporary technique, she had the privilege of attending the EDGE Academy and performed at the World Symposium 2012 as a part of Team Canada. Arriving in Calgary, she continued to develop her ballet and contemporary technique, achieving Distinction in her Standard 6 Cecchetti exam and has been working towards her BFA degree in Dance at the University of Calgary, with an emphasis on choreography. Throughout her university career, she has created choreography for the CBE, the IGNITE! Festival, the University of Calgary, Arts Commons, and Springboard Festival's Physical Therapy Cabaret. She has also performed and worked as a company member with W&M Physical Theatre, Corps Bara Dance Theatre, Ember Dance Company, and Trip the Light Dance Company.

Miss Olivia

 

Olivia has taken numerous Cecchetti ballet exams and has most recently completed her Intermediate exam. She is currently going to Mount Royal University and is working towards her Bachelor of Education. Olivia is so excited to share her love and passion for dance with all of the students at ESD!Olivia began her dance training in ballet and Ukrainian dance at Evolutions School of Dance. Her love for these styles allowed her to expand her training to include jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. Being a graduate of the PVA program at Central Memorial High School, Olivia has also been exposed to diverse styles of dance such as West African, swing, and body percussion - to name a few.

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Miss Haley

Haley has been dancing for 18 years. She started off taking Tap and Ballet and very quickly discovered her passion for dance and started incorporating many other genres throughout her early years of training. Throughout the years Haley has had the opportunity to train in many genres including Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. At the age of 8 Haley became a competitive dancer and attended competitions both locally and internationally. She has loved having the opportunity to train and compete. Haley is continuing her training and is always looking for ways to expand her knowledge as a dancer and teacher.

Haley realized that dance was something she wanted to pursue when she furthered her training at her former dance studio.

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Miss Melissa continues to grow as a performer and a teacher. The dance world is vast, and she wants to continue to educate herself so she is always learning for and with her students. Her teaching style focuses on foundational technique, with an emphasis on dance injury prevention while encouraging students to explore their own creativity. She cannot wait to begin working with the talented faculty and students at ESD!

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Miss Emily is interested in the many benefits of movement, particularly for dancers' mental health. To begin her research and understanding, she has been accepted into the School of Peer Support through the Canadian Mental Health Association to receive training on how to support others through traumatic experiences. She aims to complete her MA in Movement Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the coming years to understand the benefits of movement as a therapeutic practice. She hopes to share her knowledge and passion with her students, the Calgary arts community, and beyond.

Miss Emily finds inspiration in her students and the bravery they show through learning and dedication to their passion. Her pedagogy is rooted in cultivating each dancers' personal artistic expression through collaboration, exploration, and discovery through play. Miss Emily is so proud and honoured to become a part of the supportive, uplifting, and passionate Evolutions community!"

Miss Eva

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