Meet Our Faculty!

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Shauna
Strandquist
Owner

Shelley
Isley
Owner

Shauna Strandquist Shelley Isley

Alexis Wanotch Director

Lyrical, RTS R.A.D, C.D.T.A. Member Ballet, Jazz & Associate Member Modern & Acrobatic Dance, AAC

Alexis Wanotch

Ms Alexis “Lexi" Wanotch began dancing at the age of 4.  She trained in the Royal Academy of Dance and the Canadian Dance Teachers Association syllabi, danced in the Opening and Closing ceremonies for the Canada Winter Games and the Alberta Ballet production of the ‘Nutcracker’. 

Lexi has been teaching for 23 years and is a Registered Teacher with The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), a Member of the CDTA Ballet and Stage Divisions, an Associate Member of the CDTA Modern and Acrobatics Division, a Certified Instructor in Acrobatic Arts and has completed the Progressing Ballet Technique course. Ms. Lexi has taught for multiple schools in the Peace Country as well as Grant McEwan and the Edmonton City Arts Centre and was a Judge at the 2010 Northern Talent Search competition in Edmonton. She is continuously upgrading her knowledge via courses, Teacher Conventions and workshops.  She has attended numerous festivals, competitions and workshops both as a participant and an instructor throughout Alberta, BC and the U.S.A and has won awards for her choreography. This past June she completed and passed her RAD Intermediate Ballet exam as part of her ongoing personal development. She looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with all her students and helping them succeed with their dance goals.

 

Loanne Walker Instructor

Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Acro Stage Division Member CDTA Jazz and Tap Associate Member CDTA Modern and Acro Level 1 Acrobatic Arts CDTA Examiner in Training RMT

Loanne Walker

Ms. Loanne’s love of dance began when she was introduced to Ballet classes while training in competitive gymnastics. Her gymnastics training lasted 11 years, she competed both nationally and internationally, attained her level 2 coaching status and was a certified judge. At the age of 13 she decided to further her dance training, first with the The Grande Prairie School of Dance and then with the Deborah Judt School of dance where she took classes in Jazz, Lyrical and Tap. It was then that she truly fell in love with the art of dance and soon after started teaching under the mentorship of Mrs. Deborah Judt. She now has over 15 years teaching experience and truly loves sharing her passion for dance with her students. She continually aspires to further her dance education and has recently been appointed an Examiner in Training for the Canadian Dance Teachers Association. In addition to teaching dance Loanne is also a certified Massage Therapist and a Realtor.

Kailey Pierson Instructor

CDTA Associate Jazz, Acrobatic Arts, Progressing Ballet Technique, Autism Movement Therapy ®, Shumka Syllabus of Ukrainian Dance

Kailey Pierson

Miss Kailey began dancing with the Troyanda Ukrainian Dancers at the age of 5 and loved dance from her first moments in the studio. She joined Across the Floor Dance Studio at the age of 13,  becoming a member of the competitive performance troupe, training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern and lyrical dance styles. She successfully completed dance examinations in Ukrainian dance, ballet and jazz and attended many intensive summer training programs throughout Western Canada and US giving her the chance to learn from a very talented and diverse group of instructors.

Miss Kailey is passionate about dance and is committed to pursuing a broad spectrum of instructor training opportunities. She has recently applied to the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Teaching Studies Program; with the intention of attaining her RAD Registered Teacher Status.  She had the amazing opportunity to participate in  the Ukrainian Dance Instructor Tour for the past 3 summers;  travelling throughout Ukraine, Poland, Hungary and Romania studying dance and culture. She has attended various dance instructor workshops, conferences and programs throughout Canada and US, including UDIC, EnAvant and DanceLife. 

Miss Kailey strives to help dancers develop strong technique while encouraging teamwork and  a genuine love of dance. She is very grateful for the opportunity to teach your children and share her passion and love of dance!

Janna Livingston Instructor & Administration

Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Acrobatic Arts, Contemporary, Modern, CDTA Associate Member Jazz and Tap, Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certified Instructor, Progressing Ballet Technique

Janna Livingston

Miss Janna Livingston began dancing at the age of 4 and grew up training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and pointe. This will be her 7th year teaching with Across the Floor Dance Studio. Dance has always been her passion and the studio is like a second home to her.

Janna is a certified Associate Member with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA), Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certified Instructor, Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) Certified Instructor, and has completed her Intermediate level in ballet exams with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Janna has been awarded with many choreography awards for her work at local and away competitions.

As a student, Janna performed at many competitions Alberta. She has attended numerous workshops and conventions across Canada both as a student and an instructor. During her years of dance she performed in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Arctic Winter Games and was part of the Nutcracker production cast in 2008.

Janna is very excited for the 2019/20 season with Across the Floor Dance Studio. She is eager to continue to learn and grown her knowledge as an instructor and to share her love of dance with her students for many years to come.

Krista Van den Bon Instructor

Tap, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary

Krista Van den Bon

Miss Krista started tap dancing at the age of 7 and quickly added a love for all types of dancing at an early age. She is trained in CDTA jazz and tap and successfully completed exams in both disciplines. As a student Krista participated in dance workshops throughout the years and also competed in numerous competitions, winning multiple outstanding and performance awards.

Krista started teaching in 2005 and demonstrated a passion for teaching tap, jazz, and hip hop specifically. She has taught a variety of levels including 8 week sessional classes for little ones, to teaching adult classes and everything in between. She took a few years off from teaching dance to complete her BSc in Kinesiology as well as the BSc in Nursing through the After-Degree program. While in Edmonton, Krista took lyrical classes at the University of Alberta and also took hip hop classes to expand her choreography style.

Krista has an energetic personality, which allows her to easily engage her students. She is excited to share her love of dance with everyone at Across The Floor Dance Studio.

Hayley Kramps Instructor

Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Song & Dance

Hayley Kramps

Miss Hayley was born and raised in Grande Prairie. She started tap dancing at the age of 3, and quickly added Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet, developing a strong love for all things dance related. She is trained in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre.

During her student years, Hayley was able to perform at many competitions across Alberta and British Columbia. She has attended numerous workshops and conventions across Canada and the United States, including the opportunity to dance at Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. During her years of dance she performed in the opening ceremonies of the Arctic Winter Games, danced on Disney Cruise Lines and was a part of Disneyland’s Dance the Magic in 2008.

Hayley has been a part of the Across the Floor Family since 2013, with 7 years of experience as an instructor. She has completed a Bachelor of Commerce and credits her love of dance for her current work in the recreation sector. She is a strong advocate for after school recreation activities, and works to give every child the best possible experience and opportunities with dance.

Joseé Wiegel Instructor

Acrobatic Arts

Joseé Wiegel

Joseé was raised in Grande Prairie. She started gymnastics at the age of 4. Joseé competed nationally and internationally for over 10 years. She has judged gymnastics and has continued coaching gymnastics periodically over the past 25 years. With good knowledge of gymnastics' fundamental basics, Joseé enjoys helping dancers obtain their Acro goals.

Nancy-Marie Rigler Instructor

Interim Ballet

Nancy-Marie Rigler has been teaching in Grande Prairie for over 35 years and looks forward to continuing to share her experience and insight with the dancers of Grande Prairie. She holds her Advanced registration status with the RAD and has been entering dancers in the RAD exam stream for over 30 years.

Mrs Rigler trained at the National Ballet School of Canada, as well as other institutions, and has continued to attend professional development courses, nationally and internationally, throughout her teaching career. She has been the co-choreographer for the ’95 Canada Winter games, ’00 Alberta Summer Games and GP Artic winter games. She is a Practical Teaching supervisor for the RAD and will hold her Silver Swans licentiate as of September 1, 2019.

Mrs Rigler is looking forward to working with the dancers of Across the Floor Dance Studio as an interim Ballet coach.

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Jacqueline Taylor Instructor

Jacqueline Taylor

I have been proud to call Grande Prairie my permanent home since 1991 where I have been raising my family, teaching dance, choreographing, and running JT BodyQuest Pilates studio.  I have a wonderful husband, three children, and 2 grandchildren.  I began dancing at the age of 17, as I suddenly discovered a passion that I did not know existed in me.  My mom drove me to Edmonton where I auditioned for the program, was accepted and attended the Grant McEwan College dance program.  After graduating from the college, I auditioned to several professional training programs, and chose to attend The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.  As a single mom of a 3 year old, the two of us moved to Toronto where I began a 4 year professional training program, gained some wonderful experience and thus began my journey into dance.

I returned to Grande Prairie in 1991, where I began teaching at The Grande Prairie Dancers Academy under the direction of Nancy-Marie Viegas, and in 1993 became a certified Royal Academy of Dance instructor. I started doing Pilates after a knee injury, which became my lifeline to core stability, and went on to complete my Stott Pilates Certfication in 2001 which has only enhanced my abilities to teach dance.   I created and have been teaching the modern program at the studio, and as well teaching classical ballet and lyrical dance.  The focus of my teaching has always been that if I could accomplish my dreams starting so late in my life, these young children have limitless potential.  I believe that each child deserves my full attention and that everybody can dance.  The life skills of dance are as important as the dancing.  Creativity, artistry, elegance, perseverance, enthusiasm, dedication, and team work along with pointed feet are our true goals in the studio.  Proudly I can say that many of the students I have taught have gone onto professional programs, companies, have become fine dance instructors, as well as fine community minded individuals.

Although my professional training is Martha Graham Technique, I have for many years been returning to Toronto to continue training and development with Peggy Baker.  She has continued to inspire desire, creativity, and joy in watching the development of the students by allowing them to have an exceptional experience in dance.  She is the leader of “leading by example”.  Her lifetime commitment to dance, her art form, and to the people she works with is truly inspirational.

I have a true love of choreography and each year try to use my creativity and the group of dancers I am teaching to inspire new works.  Each choreography should include each and every dancer to their fullest, as art is created by the bodies within it.  I have many pieces of choreography that have been Top Choreography, and although this is a lovely honour, the true honour goes to the dancers for bringing the vision to life.

Kiera Lindsay Instructor

Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical

Kiera Lindsay

Kiera started dancing at age 5, and has taken a variety of classes over the years including tap, ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical and musical theatre. She has danced competitively for 5 years.

Kiera began teaching 3 years ago, starting with tap and ballet. Kiera is attending GPRC with plans to receive an education degree. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing the piano, and spending time with her dog.

Kiera is new to Across the Floor this year, but she is excited to be part of the studio and teach some new and familiar face.

 

Carolyne Beaudoin Instructor

Carolyne Beaudoin

Miss Carolyne is excited to join the AFDS family this season and begin a new chapter in her dance career, as an instructor. At the age of four Carolyne told her parents that she wanted to be a ballerina and began taking classes. She grew up dancing in Vancouver, studying and competing in several disciplines such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical,
and musical theater. As a student she won many competitions and scholarships that allowed her to travel all over North America, the highlight being the opportunity to dance in New York City. She also had the privilege of studying ballet abroad in Tokyo, Japan.

Miss Carolyne began dancing professionally at the age of fifteen working in the film and music industries and touring with several theater, variety, and cabaret shows. She performed in the Nutcracker with the Royal City Youth Ballet Company, and many years later worked as a CFL cheerleader. She is most proud of the two years she spent with her male partner, training daily to learn to perform lifts and acrobatic tricks.

Carolyne is in the beginning stages of becoming a certified instructor. She has recently become a member of the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association and will begin completing her exams this year. She aspires to become a fully certified ballet teacher through the Royal Academy of Dance.

In addition to teaching dance Miss Carolyne is an Educational Assistant and works in a French immersion preschool. She is raising a young family and has twin daughters that also love to dance!

Miss Carolyne looks forward to meeting and working with all of you and sharing her passion for the performing arts!

Brittney Silvaniuk Instructor

Ballet and Jazz

Brittney Silvaniuk

Miss Brittney began dancing at the age of 6 and quickly developed a passion for it. During her twelve years in dance she was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, modern and pointe. She has successfully completed numerous examinations in CDTA jazz and tap as well as in RAD ballet. As a dancer Miss Brittney attended and performed in many competitions, recitals, workshops and dance camps.

After graduating high school Miss Brittney moved to Calgary where she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from Mount Royal University. After graduating she returned to Grande Prairie and is currently embarking on her Bachelor of Education.

Now that she has returned to Grande Prairie Miss Brittney is ecstatic to be rejoining her AFDS family as an instructor. Dance was an integral part of her life growing up and she is eager to get back in the studio to give back to the dance community and spark a love of dance in the next generation of dancers.

Mackenzie Jacobson Instructor

Mackenzie Jacobson

Miss Mackenzie began tap dancing at the age of three and instantly found her love of dance. Each year another genre was added to her weekly classes including Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro and Ballet and Pointe. At age 12, she joined the Competitive Performance Team and stayed competitively dancing until graduation in 2019. Mackenzie loves to share her passion for dance in the classroom providing a fun and encouraging environment for kids of all ages.

Stephanie Cowan Guest Instructor

Stephanie Cowan

Born and raised in Lloydminster Alberta, Stephanie grew up dancing and competing from a young age. Introduced to the world of hip-hop in her early teens, Stephanie began choreographing locally by age 15. As a dancer and choreographer Stephanie has trained across North America, from Broadway Dance Centre in New York City to Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver, BC.

Upon moving to Saskatoon, Stephanie began teaching jazz and hip hop at Brenda’s School of Baton and Dance (BSOBAD). She continues to teach hip hop, as well as co-direct BSOBAD’s street dance program bsoFlo, co-choreographing and co-directing semi-professional crews bsoFlo Varsity and bsoFlo Co. Over the past six years, these crews have competed across the country in some of the industry’s most respected hip-hop competitions Artists Emerge, Represent World of Dance and Hip Hop International.

bsoFlo Varsity placed 1st in Showtime’s Crystal Challenge Dance Off for 3 consecutive years. They were also named Superstar Crew in 2018 and 2019 at Saskatchewan’s Street Dance Competition, Block Party 306.

Recently, bsoFlo Co. competed at the World of Dance Qualifiers in New York City in November of 2018. bsoFlo Co. continued their season placing 1st in the All Star Megacrew division at Artists Emerge and 2nd in the All Star Megacrew division at Represent in 2019.

Through her teaching Stephanie strives to instil a passion for dance, the pursuit of excellence and the value of hard work. She believes that by consistently pushing outside of our comfort zone we grow far beyond what we believe to be possible.

“Spreading joy through dance is one of the greatest gifts we have been given. Let us never take this opportunity for granted.”

Mandi Sutherland Guest Instructor

Ballet

Mandi Sutherland

Mandi is an accomplished dance educator with 25 years of experience. As a student she trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Walnut Hill School of Fine Arts, International School of Ballet, Alberta Ballet School, and the University of Calgary. Mandi holds her Advanced 2 RAD examination, and is an RAD registered teacher. She has a passion for higher education, with a BA in Dance (with distinction) and an LLB from the University of Calgary, as well as a Masters degree in Teaching (Dance) from the University of Surrey in London, England.

In the fall of 2015, Mandi was chosen by the Royal Academy of Dance to join their Panel of Examiners. She was successful in completing her examiner training in London, England and is now enjoying examining dance students within Canada and internationally.

In 2018, Mandi created PRIMA Dance Institute, which specializes in professional training for teachers and vocational preparation for dedicated dancers. Mandi’s education and personal drive are distinctive. Her teaching style is one that embraces achievement through hard work and dedication.

She takes pride in being a positive role model for her students, and believes the study of dance teaches invaluable life skills which are transferable to any path students may choose to follow. Mandi is eager to share her love of dance and passion for learning with her students.

Morgan Mora Guest Instructor

Morgan Mora

Morgan Mora is a Dancer, Dance Teacher and Choreographer from Fort St John, B.C.  Morgan has spent the past few months in Australia where she danced full-time at Lee Academy exploring all styles of dance and specializing in Acro and Circus arts. Morgan has completed all of her CDTA exams and has completed the RAD exams to Advanced 1.   Morgan danced in New York and attended classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway and has performed as a solo artist for Team Canada in LA for World Championships of Performing Arts.  Morgan is passionate about all things art and is also a certified Special FX Makeup Artist and Nail Technician. Morgan now plans to head to Orlando FL. where she will continue dance and pursue her aspirations to become a professional dancer. Morgan is very excited to share her love and passion for dance and art.

Megan Green Guest Instructor

Megan Green

Megan originally hails from Fort St. John, BC, where she trained in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz & acrobatics. At the age of 12, she began student teaching and quickly developed a love for sharing her knowledge and passion for dance. Megan has been teaching continuously since that day. She moved to Vancouver in 2005 to join the Contemporary dance company Move! The Company, and further her teaching career. Megan holds acrobatic certifications from both CDTA and Acrobatic Arts and is also an RYT certified yoga instructor. In addition, she recently became an Associate certified teacher in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet. Megan loves using a variety of fitness and cross-training methods to keep her students healthy and challenged. Megan has taught and choreographed for many studios across British Columbia and Alberta and has recently moved to Osoyoos. She always looks forward to working with the wonderful dancers at Across The Floor.

Peyton Walker Guest Instructor

Peyton Walker

Peyton is currently a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology student at the University of Alberta and aim to pursue a career in injury prevention and rehabilitation in dance and other sports. I danced at Across the Floor for 14 years and spent 6 years in The Academy Dance program. It was during this time that I discovered my passion for sharing dance with others and aiding in the development and growth of children. I am absolutely thrilled to be apart of the AFDS family and to be given the opportunity to work with each and every dancer.

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