Jill Danielson Owner, Artistic Director & Teacher Ballet - Modern - Contemporary Certified ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Certified Silver Swans ballet teacher (RAD) CEGEP Diploma in Professional Theatre
Born and raised in Montreal, received her formal training (ballet & modern) at l'Académie de Danse Classique under the instruction of Renee Rouleau (former professional ballerina with The Royal Ballet in England alongside Margot Fonteyn & Rudolf Nureyev) & Linda Marchand. Jill was trained primarily in the Cechetti method of classical ballet where she completed exams. Jill furthered her training by becoming a company member of Ballet Ouest de Montréal for eight years. Jill danced in many full-length classical productions including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Cinderella, Les Sylphides, Firebird, Pineapple Poll and several original modern dance pieces. Jill's dance training was complemented by a variety of competitive sports including swimming, synchronized swimming, diving, gymnastics, figure skating, running and volleyball. Jill graduated from the Professional Theatre program at Montreal's CEGEP John Abbott, where she had the opportunity to act, sing and dance on-stage in a variety of theatrical styles. Jill has trained in other dance styles such as Irish dancing, Breakin' and Hip-Hop and continues to take classes and explore new styles such as Gaga. Jill continued her dance studies as an adult and became a certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in 2013. She trains and enters students for yearly RAD exams and has maintained a 100% pass rate. She absolutely loves all aspects of teaching as well as choreographing and staging productions with the entire student body of Canmore Dance Corps every spring. Jill loves a good cup of tea, snuggling her cats, playing the drums and festival-ing with her extremely supportive and handy studio husband (aka Mr. Jill) and tween year-old daughter.
Sean Butler Hip-Hop Sean is a choreographer and dancer based out of Calgary, AB, Canada. Sean is the creator of VibeTribeYYC, and a founding member of theTOMORROWS dance crew. His knowledge of music and movement is a direct result of his training in Flavorshop, a world-wide motion of like-minded artists created and developed by Lenny Len (Toronto). Sean strives to affect artists and students alike, generating an enhanced understanding and mentality, as well as promoting growth and success through dance and music. Credits involve performing on Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards 2014 for INEZ JASPER, achieving 1st place at the 2014 Cowboys SYTYCD competition with theTOMORROWS, Choreography and performing with YUNG DRE at Stampede 2017, dancing for Commonwealth Bar and Stage’s monthly Hip Hop show: 10@10, back-up for INEZ JASPER at Indspire 2014, back-up choreography for local artists YUNG DRE, HAYDEN MCHUGH, MIKE TO, as well as various performances with One World, Masked Canvas, Mpact, and Downtown Calgary. Sean rocks sweats harder than Rocky Balboa and likes to beatbox in the shower.
Candice McMullin; aka Candi Drama Candi’s love for theatre began in Winnipeg at the young age of 3 when her aunt gifted her with a live recording of the Broadway musical "Cats". Since then, she's come from casting and directing her sisters in Lion King renditions to working for professional and non-profit theatre companies. A 13 year member of the Pine Tree Players, Candi has directed and staged managed productions as well as acted in Nunsense, Young Frankenstein The Musical, A Lucky Stiff, and Noises Off, to name a handful. Candi’s performance with Theatre Canmore’s original play Eric and Ada led to her directing the YouTube series Canmoretown, creating and hosting Miss Candi’s Variety Show out of The Stoney Nakoda Casino and most recently, guiding the Canmore Ghost Tours. Candi has taught drama clubs and camps with Artsplace and Lawrence Grassi Middle School where alongside teaching the art of dramatic acting, improvisation, and musical theatre, Candi instructs the students in how to apply stage makeup, design sets and costumes, write plays and how to embrace their own unique selves through performance.
Amanda Brown Competitive Jazz - Lyrical - Tap Certified Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Certified Spin teacher with HotShop (Calgary)
Born and raised in Calgary, AB, Amanda trained at Calgary's premier studio, Drewitz Dance Productions, in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and musical theatre where RAD classical ballet training was a great focus. She was a member of her studio's elite competitive dance team where they competed in Canada and the US. After graduation, Amanda worked as a professional dancer for Carnival Cruise Lines where they traveled around North and South America. She had the opportunity to work with dancers and choreographers from all over the world, learn new styles and perform on-stage every night. Amanda has been teaching for over a decade years, specializing in Jazz, Lyrical and Tap. Amanda's technical expertise and award-winning choreography have greatly helped to develop our competitive dance team. Choreography is Amanda's favorite aspect of teaching and she is dedicated to coming up with new and creative ideas each year to keep our dancers inspired, excited and current. Amanda also teaches dance in Calgary, owns her own wedding planning company called Calgary Wedding Company, and is also a certified Yoga instructor and Spin instructor with Hot Shop (Calgary). Amanda's continued commitment to our dancers is absolutely amazing and we are so thankful to have her! Amanda loves traveling and spoiling her adorable dog Kipper. We are also convinced that she is well-versed in the ways of time-travel, which would explain how she is able to stay on top of her ridiculously busy schedule!
Alexis Macintosh Ballet Certified ballet teacher with the RAD Certified Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Alexis began her dance training in Victoria B.C. with Maureen Eastick before moving to Toronto to train at Canada’s National Ballet school. She enjoyed a dance career that lasted over a decade performing with: The Guangzhou Ballet, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, The Banff Centre’s Festival Dance, and as a soloist with Alberta Ballet. Alexis has had the pleasure of working with world-renowned teachers, artistic directors, and choreographers. This professional experience has developed her keen eye for technique, choreographic ingenuity, and artistic subtleties. Alexis is enthusiastically dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in the discipline of classical ballet. This passion for the art form easily translated into a career as a teacher. She has been teaching ballet in the Bow Valley for the past seven years, and she is a certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. Alexis has helped students achieve a high level of excellence in RAD examinations, regional competitions, and local productions. In addition, Alexis holds a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Calgary, and is a certified yoga instructor. She enjoys all artistic pursuits, from culinary to literary; and works very hard to keep up with the wild adventures and antics of her husband and two sons.
Meghan Brown Recreational Ballet - Jazz - Tap University degree in Kinesiology Certified Yoga Teacher with AFLCA Certified in American Barre Technique Certified in Progressing Ballet Technique Meghan discovered dance at a young age and her love for the artform blossomed and developed as she grew up. Meghan was a competitive dancer in her home town of Red Deer for her entire school career and kept dancing and expanding her dance knowledge through her university years while she acquired her kinesiology degree. Meghan is a certified Yoga instructor who teaches fitness and yoga classes in various establishments in Canmore. She is a busy mom to two young children and is often involved in children's programming around town. Meghan loves to pass along the joy of dance to the community as well as to spark passion in young dancers.