Across the Floor Dance Studio
 
About Us
  Shauna Shauna Strandquist
Owner
Shelley Isley
Owner
           

Alexis Wanotch
Director

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

  Loanne Walker

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

 

Ms Alexis “Lexi" Wanotch began dancing at the age of 4 in ballet class with jazz, lyrical and modern classes soon added. 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 19 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 and a Certified Instructor in Acrobatic Arts. 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 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. She looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with all her students.

 

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.

 

 

Katrina Dumo
Co-Director

Ballet Instructor
NBS-TTP (Dip.), R.T.S.-R.A.D.

Tamara Loewen
Administration

Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Lyrical

 

Katrina is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. After three years of study, she graduated from the program with distinction. While at the school, she received her Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.- R.T.S.) and has also attained her Associate for Cecchetti with distinction and her Associate for National Dance, both from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.). She also taught for the Associate Program and the Adult Program as well as assisted in the Professional Ballet Program at the school. During her time in the school, she has gained valuable experience and knowledge that equips her to competently teach and share her love for ballet. She hopes to develop young aspiring dancers into passionate artists with strong technique, grace, power, eloquence, discipline and an undying commitment for their craft.

 

Miss Tamara Loewen was born and raised in Fort St. John. She has been dancing since the age of 3 years old and has continued the love of dance to this day. She has trained in all forms of dance like Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical and Contemporary. Tamara has performed at many competitions across both British Columbia and Alberta; also she has appeared at various summer intensives as well as workshops including Nuva, Groove Street, Vancouver Tap Dance Society and Joffrey Ballet School. She has completed examinations in RAD up to Advanced Foundation and has accomplished all tap and jazz exams CDTA. Throughout her dance career she found a passion for teaching and is committed to push dancers to their fullest potential. She is excited to share her love, dedication and affection for dance with all her students!

 

Kailey Pierson
Instructor & Choreographer

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

Janna Livingston
Administration

Ballet, Tap, CDTA Associate Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary

 

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!

 

Miss Janna Livingston began dancing at the age of 4. She grew up dancing in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and pointe. She trained and successfully completed CDTA exams in Jazz and tap and up to her Intermediate level in RAD ballet.

 Janna has been teaching for five years and is an Associate member with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association. Throughout her first years of teaching she has been awarded with choreography awards at local and out of town competitions. Dance is her passion and the studio has been like a second home for 18 years. Janna graduated in May of 2013 and started her first year as an instructor for AFDS a few months later.

As a student, Janna performed at many competitions across 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 beyond excited for the 2017/18 season with Across the Floor Dance Studio. She is eager to continue to learn and share her passion for dance with her students for many years to come.

 

 
  Peyton Walker   Peyton Walker
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical & Contemporary
    Kathy Stadnyk
Ballet, Tap, Acro, Jazz, & Gymnastics Choreographer/Coach
 
 

Miss Peyton trained for 13 years with Across The Floor Dance Studio and six years with the Academy dance program. During her years of dance she performed with the Citie Ballet, in the Alberta Culture Days Wearable Art show, with Disney Dance the Magic, and was accepted into the Joffrey Full Year Intensive program in New York City but declined to carry on her training in Grande Prairie. Peyton has completed her Advanced 1 RAD Ballet exam and Advanced CDTA Jazz and Tap exams with honours. She is currently attending Grande Prairie Regional College in the Bachelor of Science and Kinesiology program as well as participating in the Teacher Mentorship Program through The Academy. She is an affiliate member with the CDTA. Miss Peyton is extremely passionate about sharing her love of dance and is grateful for the opportunity to teach at AFDS.

 

Born and raised in Saskatoon, SK, Kathy studied ballet, tap and jazz at Sitter school of dance. There she trained with one of the province top dance teacher and choreographer. Before leaving the province she was teaching in schools as well as teaching dance.

Wanting to expand her education she became a certified competitive gymnatics choreographer/coach. Her medal-winning choreography has won accolades in gymnastics competitions through the out western Canada.

Combing her love of all things dance and gymnastics she now found her home teaching Acro.

 
   

Josee Wiegel
Acro

   

Krista Van den Bon
Administration

Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Jazz,
& Modern

 
 

Josee was raised in Grande Prairie. She started gymnastics at the age of 4. Josee 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, Josee enjoys helping dancers obtain their Acro goals.

 

 

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
Hip-Hop, Lyrical & Song & Dance
         
         
       
     

Student Teachers:
Justice Walker
Jorja Wiegel
Trinity Smith
Brooke-Lynn Anthony
Jayde Bailey
Emily Johnson
Sierra Kaliel
Elizabeth Mildenberger
Keyairra McKenzie

 
     
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