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 24, 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 21, 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 Wonatch Director/Instructor

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

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 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Mackenzie Jacobson

Mackenzie

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.

 

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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Carolyne Beaudoin Instructor

Carolyne Beaudoin

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 special events, 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.

Carolyne is a member of the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association and is in the beginning stages of becoming a certified instructor. She also aspires to become a fully certified ballet teacher through the Royal Academy of Dance. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and is currently working towards her certification to teach the renowned Luigi Jazz Technique, which she’s been studying since the age of fourteen.

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 is looking forward to 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.

Mandi Sutherland Guest Instructor

Ballet

Mandi Sutherland

Mandi is a dedicated dance and fitness professional with 27 years of teaching experience. She teaches all styles of dance and ability levels, with experience ranging from recreational to pre-professional. Mandi has a wealth of movement experience including studying at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Alberta Ballet School, Walnut Hill School of Fine Arts, International School of Ballet, Royal Academy of Dance, and the University of Calgary. She currently travels internationally as a Ballet Examiner of the Royal Academy of Dance and has taught as a Sessional Dance Instructor at the University of Calgary. In addition to her work in dance, Mandi is a yoga and barre teacher and she looks forward to sharing her unique dance/fitness inspired classes with others.

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.

Brooke-Lynn Anthony

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

Megan Green

 

Maya Millsap

Megan Green

 

Brooke Skaley

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. 

 

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Address: 10301 112 St., Grande Prairie, AB
Telephone: 780.532.2887
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