Having started her teaching career at the age of 15, April is celebrating 33 years of instruction. April has enjoyed dance since she was 3 years old and has studied all genres. She graduated from the Grant MacEwan Dance Program, choreographed and performed with both the Edmonton SkyHawks BasketBall Team and a local performance troupe "The Canadian Girls". She won many awards in her younger years of dance and enjoyed starting out in the Muir Lake Community Hall with her first students.
April enjoys seeing the love for dance in both students and staff. Currently specializing in Preschool, Ballet, Tap and Jazz, her students have always been her second family. For the first 10 years in business, April taught almost every class in the studio. Teaching all genres including Tap, Jazz, Preschool, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Ballet. As the studio grew and she started to raise a family, she was able to hire some amazing teachers. April manages all three locations and is kept busy keeping dance families happy! She loves meeting new families and is excited to open a 3rd location in Stony Plain, the town where she first started teaching many years ago. Recently, April started teaching at the Autism Centre in Edmonton. She enjoys bringing her love of music and dance to all children and youth.
Katherine started dancing at the age of 3. She trained in ballet, jazz and lyrical for many years. She began as an assistant teacher when she was 11 and is now going into her third year of teaching. Currently she is going to school at MacEwan University and is studying to become an elementary school teacher.
Larissa began dancing at the age of six and has trained primarily in ballet and contemporary. For the past seven years at Image, she has taught competitive students in ballet and contemporary. She has also offered Musical Theatre to our recreational dancers. Prior to this, she spent five years performing in and choreographing for festivals such as Nextfest, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Feats Festival of Dance and Fluid Festival. Currently, Miss Larissa is working towards her Associates Degree in Cecchetti International Classical Ballet. Her favourite thing about teaching is sharing her love of dance with her students and watching them as they progress and grow.
Reyna is very excited for the opportunity to bring musical theatre to Image Dance students! She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Calgary where she trained in classical acting, voice, improvisation, and musical theatre. Credits include leading roles with the U of C, Alberta Theatre Projects, Pegasus Performances and Stage West as well as several festivals and voice over work. Although she performed all genres, musical theatre was her passion.
After acting in the professional scene for several years, she decided on a life change to get married and start a family. Reyna has been a part of the Image dance family since her oldest daughter started dance classes in 2011. Since then, 3 more of her daughters have started their early dance careers here! After seeing their continuing growth and success, Reyna was inspired to return to the world of performance by joining the Image team as a musical theatre instructor. Although cut short, her first season teaching with Image was amazing and she is looking forward to many more!
Trung Nguyen is a choreography and hip hop dance teacher who aspires to build and influence the community as much as possible. He has performed on stages like World of Dance, Artists Emerge, and HipHop Internationals. Trung also trains with and choreographed for Cool Giraffes, first place winners of Represent Dance Competition 2018 and HipHop Internationals Canada 2019. Trung loves to share knowledge of his craft and preserve the history of it and is excited to be joining the Image School of Dance this upcoming season.
Dance and Miss Zoii are like best friends that could never be separated. Zoii has over 35 years of dance, theatre and video experience (spanning several modalities from Acting, Singing, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical) . She is currently studying to become a Dance As Medicine practitioner, with a specialization in Transformational Somatics. She is co-founder of CC Choreography Competition, and has graced stages all over Canada with performance alchemy, opening for artists such as Afro Man, An-Ten-Nae, Jake Robertz and as a headliner at Astral Harvest. She is also a professional narrator, so you never know when you might hear her voice in an audio book! Zoii’s passion for wellness, empowerment and transformation are evident and she can’t wait to bring her inspired creativity to Image.
I am a mom to two little girls, one with a passion for dance. The last 8 years I have been blessed to have quality time with my girls and be a stay at home Mom, this year it was time for me to get back out there since they are both in school. I enjoy spending time with my family and planning/enjoying adventures together. I have a passion for all things travel and most people would say I am Disney obsessed :) I am also a certified travel advisor. In my spare time I really enjoy assisting people in making their vacation dreams come true. I love learning about new destinations and experiences around the world. I also have a certificate in interior design from the U of A and always excited to help with anything decor related, changing up my own house often. I'm so excited for this next chapter with Image School of Dance and I will always aim to make the dancers day enjoyable and provide a positive environment for them.
Kim is a mom to two kids - one fully grown boy and one half grown girl who has loved dancing since she could stand up and twirl. Being a mom is probably Kim's favorite thing to do, to be honest. Aside from mom duties, Kim enjoy reading and watching her two miniature dachshunds - they are easily more entertaining than anything you could find on the television!
Kim's full-time career is in a law firm as a legal assistant but working at Image definitely adds some extra joy to her days. The kids, young preschoolers all the way up to the teenagers, are so enjoyable to watch and she is very thankful for the opportunity to work with all of them in my position at the front desk.
Evanna started dancing when she was 6, doing Ballet and Contemporary. She has done all types of dance but found her passion in Ballet, she is currently still taking dance at Image School of Dance in Spruce Grove. Evanna grew up as an only girl in a big family so dance is her escape, a way to express herself in a way that words can't. Evanna desires to give others that same experience through teaching while at the same time having lots of fun!
Linsay recently moved to Spruce Grove with her husband and two children from Yellowknife, NWT, where she spent the last 8 years teaching ballet to students of various ages and abilities. In 2018, Linsay was certified as an Acro teacher by the Acrobatic Arts Program and opened the first Acro program in the Territories.
Linsay has danced since the age of two, and since 6 studied ballet in Calgary in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus achieving an intermediate level. Linsay furthered her study of dance at the University of Calgary and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Linsay worked in an elementary school for many years along with teaching dance. She enjoys working with students and sharing her love of dance.
Victoria has been dancing since the age of 3 and has been a competitive dancer for 12 years. She has studied RAD ballet for over 5 years. Victoria has also danced with and been taught by some known well-renowned hip-hop dancers. She appreciates how many different styles of hip-hop there are and looks forward to passing on that knowledge to her students. Victoria’s favorite style of dance is contemporary because that is where she can dance with true emotion and let whatever she is feeling out. Victoria has also tap danced and taken jazz for 7 years. Victoria likes to push herself with her dancing especially with tap, because she thinks that if you don’t challenge yourself enough, you won’t improve. In Victoria’s free time she loves to play sports such as rugby, soccer, snowboard, travel with her family and spend relaxing weekends at her cabin with family and friends.
Victoria is looking forward to teaching children to become elegant and graceful dancers.
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Victoria started dancing at age 5, then took a three-year break before
coming to Image School of Dance. She enjoys all varieties of dance and
works hard to succeed in all dance styles. Outside of dance, Victoria takes
lessons for piano, violin, and guitar. She enjoys reading, being out on the
water at the cabin, and hanging out with her friends and family.
Victoria is excited to be teaching and helping young students expand their
love for dance.
Jillian has been dancing at Image since the age of seven. Her first love is ballet, and she also studies contemporary, lyrical, and jazz. In addition to dance, she plays a variety of sports, including basketball, volleyball, hockey and badminton, and loves to create visual art, especially acrylic painting.
Dance is special to Jillian, as it combines her passions for creativity and movement - dance is art in motion. She is excited to help young dancers develop and learn to love dance as she does.
Amanda started dance lessons when she was four, beginning with tap and ballet in her hometown of Stettler, AB. She progressed into learning various other styles; jazz, contemporary, lyrical, acrobatics, pointe, and musical theatre. She most enjoys tap, loving to make rhythms and beats with her feet. She danced competitively most of her dancing career, taking time in High School and College to perform on the Polar Express in Stettler. She looks forward to sharing her love of dance with her students.
Since the age of 10, Lily knew dance would be a part of her life forever. She has had the great opportunity to attend numerous prestigious schools across Canada including The National Ballet School, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and the Alberta Ballet School. It was at the Alberta Ballet School, where she attended on scholarship for 5 years, that she developed a strong passion for both ballet and modern/contemporary dance. Lily then attended post-graduate training at The Ailey School on full scholarship, this prestigious school falls under the company of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (AAADT) in New York City and is where she further developed her talents. While attending The Ailey School, Lily had the opportunity to perform in the Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2019, perform on stage with the AAADT’s company, participate in choreographic works done by students and teachers, as well as choreograph her own pieces on peers for shows and auditions.
Lily is very excited to bring her love of ballet and contemporary to Image School of Dance! Not only is she excited to bring her love of technique but cannot wait to create pieces for her students due to her long-time desire to choreograph.
Lily is currently attending the University of Alberta to receive her Bachelor in Kinesiology to eventually receive her Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy. Lily hopes to remain in the dance world by aiding its current and future dancers with injuries/issues that should arise throughout their training.
Mac has danced for 14 years participating in multiple dance genres such as Tap, Modern, Contemporary, lyrical, Hip Hop, and musical theatre but has put her core focus on Jazz and Ballet for many years. She has a true passion for anything music such as singing, guitar, and basic piano. Mac is attending Prairie Bible College and graduating this year with their Songwriting and Recording Program. Mac is very excited to be joining the Image School Of Dance this year and can’t wait for what the future holds.