Faculty

Cindy Dewing Ayotte – Tap, Jazz, Intro to Dance, Back2Back Tap & Jazz

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Miss Cindy has been part of the dance world forever and passed on her love of dance to her three grown children. She is grateful that dance is part of her life. The great crew at Dance Connection with their love and passion for dance makes it easy to be a team leader. With many years of teaching experience she hopes to help provide a good solid foundation of dance and life skills for the students of Dance Connection.

Sheri Lagace – Jazz

Sheri Lagace

Sheri’s passion for dance began at the early age of three. Training in Jazz and Chinese Acrobatics her love of dance continued to grow by adding Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Ukrainian to her repertoire.

Sheri trained in St. Albert in her early years then had the opportunity to continue her studies in Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York. She performed throughout Canada with Dance Nouveau, Naughty but Nice and The Canadian Girls.

Sheri has choreographed for events such as Canada’s International World Youth Day, Britney Spears “Curious” perfume launch, several seasons of Bridal Fantasy, musicals,  and fashion shows. She has had the privilege of adjudicating festivals, competitions and has been on the panel for Government Grant and Scholarships.

Sheri has instructed at Vimy Ridge Professional Dance Program, The University of Alberta Dance Program and many other dance studios throughout Alberta. Many of her students are now enjoying successful careers in dance. After fifteen years of operating her own dance school Sheri has changed her focus. Along with her new career she continues to instruct dance.

Sheri loves to share her knowledge and experiences in dance and continues to further her dance education and experiences;  hoping that what she shares with her students will encourage them to fulfill their dreams in dance.

Courtney Woods – Jazz, Tap, HipHop, Intro to Dance

Courtney Woods

Being involved in the Alberta dance community for over 20 years, Courtney Woods has had the amazing opportunity to not only train under some of the most influential individuals in the diverse dance industry, but also all over Canada and the United States in numerous styles; Jazz, Tap, Ballet, HipHop, Funk Styles, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, African, and Latin, to name merely a few. With over 10 years of experience in the competition circuit, becoming certified in both A.D.A.P.T Jazz and Tap, and training with a specialization in Tap, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop, she has developed a passion for the art and a desire to ensure that the Alberta dance scene is not only a great place to learn and grow as an artist, but also a cultural hub for the Performing Arts.

Over the past twelve years, Courtney has had the amazing opportunity to be a part of numerous shows and events in Calgary including the Special Olympics, Rhythm in the Garden, the Lilac Festival, multiple seasons of Dance Explosions, West Side Story, and most recently, a month-long tour of Hip Hop Saved My Life in mainland China. She has also danced in numerous Tap, Hip Hop, and Contemporary shows in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Chicago, was a founding member of two Tap companies: “MADD Rhythms Canada”, and “Fab Feet”, has volunteered her time with numerous Jr. and Sr. High schools and MoMo Dance Theatre across the province.

She continues to broaden her horizons  and strengthen her teaching skills by attending workshops such as Dance Ideas Seminar in the summer of 2016 in California.

McKenzie Piper – Jazz, Intro to Dance, Acro

McKenzie grew up in Morinville and has been dancing at Dance Connection since the age of 5 taking classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, and Lyrical. She has performed around the city and province at many festivals and events and has had the pleasure of adjudicating the Rising Stars Dance Festival in Edmonton  in 2014. She still loves to take classes and is currently working on furthering her education in ballet technique as a dancer and teacher respectively. This past summer, along with fellow teacher she attended the Dance Ideas Seminar in Burbank, CA and will be using her new skills in the classroom

She attended Victoria School of the Arts where she was a part of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble, and participated in a variety of Dance Master Classes and school performances. She is a graduate of Sturgeon Composite High school and is now attending MacEwan University pursuing her Bachelor of Education degree, specializing in languages.
McKenzie is excited to be teaching again this year at Dance Connection and is eager to continue sharing her commitment and passion for dance with the hope of encouraging her students to do the same.

Parisa Mehregan – Ballet Technique & Choreography

Parisa discovered her love of dance at the age of five and never looked back! She began her training in Vancouver where she was born, and continued training at several professional ballet schools across North America. Parisa is a Professional Graduate of the School of Alberta Ballet, and also trained at the School of American Ballet in New York City(2008-2010). In 2012, she graduated from the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, WA. Later that year, Parisa joined Ballet Victoria as an Apprentice, performing in roles for Dances with Wolfgang Amadeus MozartThe Gift of Pandora’s Box, and Ballet off Broadway. Never taking a break from the art she loves, Parisa enrolled in several summer programs at the School of Alberta Ballet (2012-2014), Miami City Ballet School (2009), The School of American Ballet (2008) and the American Ballet Theatre (2007). From 2014 to 2016, Parisa continued her professional career with Edmonton’s Citie Ballet. Where she got the opportunity to perform and collaborate with some of Edmonton’s finest arts organizations. She is very excited to share her passion for ballet with Dance Connection students!

Jennifer Moore – Musical Theatre, Private Singing Lessons

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer is a graduate of the Canadian Triple Threat Theatre School, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts.  She has studied under Marc Cassius from the Canadian vocal group, The Nylons as well as several other top Canadian and American musical theatre performers.  Jennifer has been teaching voice and musical theatre across Canada for the last 12 years.

Students will learn fundamentals of proper singing and stage technique performance.

Private singing lessons will prepare students for performances in different styles such as pop, jazz, Broadway, classic, rock, country, lyrical and contemporary. Audition techniques will be covered for the student who wishes to enter a post secondary program in theatre or voice.

Cassie Dalrymple – CheerPom, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro

Cassie Dalrymple

Cassie has extensive dance training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and HipHop. She is an alumni of the Edmonton Eskimo Cheerleaders and the co-director of Edmonton Prospects Cheer/Dance Team.  As part of the Eskimo Cheer Team, Cassie performed in 4 Grey Cup half time and pre-game shows. The opportunity to train with other professional teams from the NBA, NFL and collegiate clubs has broadened her knowledge and love of the sport.

Cassie has always strived to be the best she can and has been awarded numerous awards for her hard work.

She has varied stage performance experience including acting in “BIG” at Grant McEwan College, Rhythm Kids, plus  modelling and dancing in many bridal show productions.

Cassie is excited to join the team at Dance Connection to pass on her love of dance and cheer to her classes.

Hannah Klose – Ballet

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