Meet Our Faculty!

Shauna Strandquist Owner

 

Shauna Strandquist  

Shelley Isley Owner

Shelley

Born and raised in the Beaverlodge area, I have always called the Grande Prairie region my home.  In 2008, I began a new venture as a partner in Across The Floor Dance Studio and have very much enjoyed watching the dancers learn and grow over the years. The studio has turned out to be an incredibly rewarding experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to say that many of the students have become a second family to me.
 
I am a very proud Mom to my daughter Janna and my son Dayln.  Janna, now 26, has danced since the age of 3 and has made the transition from dancer to instructor at the studio. In addition to this she has also recently completed the Unit Clerk Program at Grande Prairie Regional College.  Dayln, now 23, has been actively involved in hockey since the age of 3 and has now moved onto his next journey as a student at NAIT in the Broadcasting Program.  Nothing has made me happier or more proud than watching these two grow into the amazing young adults that they are today.
 
As for myself, when I’m not working at the office or the studio, I enjoy playing volleyball, travelling with my love Ken, going on hiking adventures, kickboxing and the occasional run on the trails. I credit my strong work ethic and resilience to my rural Alberta farm roots and of course to my parents, who set the example early for me with their tireless work on the farm and or that I am forever grateful.

Alexis Wanotch Director/Instructor

RTS RAD, CDTA-L Ballet & Jazz, CDTA-A Modern & Acrobatic Dance, AAC, ACP

Alexis Wonatch

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 25 years and is a Registered Teacher with The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), a Licentiate of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association - Ballet and Jazz, an Associate of the CDTA - Modern and Acrobatics Division, a Certified Instructor in Acrobatic Arts,  a Certified Instructor in Progressing Ballet Technique and has her Level One Teacher Training status with The Ballet Blog. 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 and regularly enters dancers into dance exams in both ballet and jazz.  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 been awarded for her choreography.

In addition to her dance instruction, Ms Lexi is an Advanced Care Paramedic with Alberta Health Services.

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.

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 8th 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 in 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 2021/22 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.

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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Brooke-Lynn Anthony Instructor

Brooke Anthony

Brooke was raised in Grande Prairie and was in sports all her life ranging from competitive gymnastics, to hockey to competitive/ professional dance. She started dancing at the age of 12. She trained with AFDS all through high school and also with The Academy. After graduation she was accepted into the Intensive Training Program at Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver B.C.

During her high school training she accomplished all CDTA Jazz exams to Advanced Jazz and also succeeded in doing her RAD Ballet exams up to Intermediate. Brooke has learned all of advanced foundation syllabus in her graduating year. She is currently enrolled in college studying to become a physiotherapist.

She is new to her teaching career and is looking forward to sharing her love for dance with her dancers. She is very excited to see and help them achieve their dance ambitions.

Emily Johnson Instructor

Megan Green

 

Brooke Skaley Instructor

Brooke

Miss Brooke started dancing when she was only two years old. Instantly she loved everything about dance and continued until she was 10 years old. For a few years she took a break from dance and pursued in other things like basketball and volleyball, but then got back into dance. Miss Brooke has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, hip hop, tap and pointe. As well as she was a competitive dancer for 5 years, attending many competitions and a few workshops. She is now attending college here at GPRC, taking the Bachelor of Arts Program. She has always had a passion for dance and is extremely excited to get back into the studio, and share her love of dance with her peers. 

 

Brooke Millsap Instructor

Brooke

Miss Brooke has been dancing competitively for over 15 years. She brings enthusiasm and a love for dance to her classes, as well as training in a range of disciplines including tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and pointe. Brooke has competed in multiple competitions, attended several workshops, and has also attended summer classes at both Millennium Dance Complex and Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, CA. Brooke has successfully completed several years of Cecchetti Ballet Exams as well as training in RAD Ballet. After graduating this year, she currently attends GPRC as a full-time student. Brooke is looking forward to an exciting year of dance joining the team at Across the Floor Dance Studio!

 

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    Office Hours:
    Monday 4:30-7:30 pm
    Tuesday 4-8 pm
    Wednesday 4:30-8:00 pm
    Thursday 4-8 pm
    Saturday 10-noon

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Address: 10301 112 St.,
Grande Prairie, AB
Telephone: 780.532.2887
E-mail: admin@acrossthefloordance.com

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