Having started her teaching career at the age of 15, April is celebrating 32 years of instruction. April has danced since she was 3 and has studied all genres of dance. 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; 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 is acting CEO of Image 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 opened Image.
April loves teaching and most likely will continue until she can no longer. She is grateful for her two girls, Jessica and Julia and her husband Aaron. They have always been there to support her and cheer her on. Jessica loves to play volleyball and wants to be a surgeon and Julia enjoys Tap and Acting and enjoys doing hair!
It is April's sincere wish that dancers and their families feel welcome and educated when they attend Image. That they walk away feeling that they have learned a lot and had a lot of fun in great company.
A small town girl with big dreams: Singing, Acting & Dancing are among her passions. Sarah enjoys assisting families and offering the best dance experience possible. In her free time Sarah enjoys domestic arts and is up for any sort of adventure! She loves working with children and is passionate about their growth in every way. Sarah has worked in childcare for over 10 years offering care with special needs children, foster family respite, infant care, daycare and OOS care. "Every age group has unique strengths and challenges and its our jobs as parents, guardians and teachers to find out what they are and how to use them to teach valuable lessons that will have the most impact." Sarah has facilitated her own preschool programs in the past and offers an engaging, fun experience for your child!
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 second 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 six 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!
Thato has trained in many styles of Hip Hop dance from popping, tutting, house, locking and breakdancing. As one of the original members of Edmonton's own "White Chocolate" Dance crew, Thato has opened and performed for artists such as Chris Brown, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, Ashanti and many more amazing artists. Thato has trained from choreographers such as The Electric Boogaloos, Sho-Tyme, Kabba Modern, Brad Rapier. He was also part of the production "Hip Hop Saved my Life" which toured all over China for a month during the summer of 2010 as Alberta's 1st Hip Hop dance production to tour internationally. Thato continues to share his love and talent for hip hop while empowering his students to be knowledgeable, respectful and confident through dance.
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!
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.
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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!
Renee has always had a passion for dance, drama, music and teaching. She began dancing at age 4 and has trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet & Highland.
Renee took part in several drama productions as well as the Gilbert & Sullivan theatre group which presented Oliver & Cats.
Renee holds an Early Childhood Diploma as well as a Diploma in Social Work. She has over 20 years experience working with young children and has worked primarily in daycare settings. Renee looks forward to being a part of the Image team and offering the new, creative Fine Arts Program in the Stony Plain & Spruce Grove studios.