Having started her teaching career at the age of 15, April is celebrating 31 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 dream: Acting, Singing and 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!
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.
Leah began her dance training at Casey's Dance Centre in Edmonton, where she trained for many years in various styles including: Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Voice. She also trained extensively in Ukrainian Dance throughout her life, training with Doug Rachinski and leading her to become a professional dancer with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers for 8 years. She toured to Hong Kong and China as an evil stepsister in Shumka's Cinderella. She performed with the Kiev Ballet in the Nutcracker and toured with Sulyma Productions Inc. in the Home for the Holidays tour with Robert Goulet and Shirley Jones. A career highlight for Leah was performing alongside Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden in NYC in a Royal Christmas.
Leah has completed nearly 15 years teaching dance in Edmonton and surrounding areas. She has also taught dance in the Middle East for one season, at a private school in Abu Dhabi and at an inner city private school in Dubai. Most recently, Leah taught in St Paul, Alberta where she was brought back to her love of choreographing for the local Nutcracker Production. Leah provides a broad range of talents and education that is demonstrated in sharing the theoretical knowledge she gains from her first two years of her Bachelor of Education degree.
Leah is thrilled to be teaching at the Image School of Dance, and could not be more ready to share her love, her commitment and her passion for dance with all of her students.
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.
"The balance of fun and discipline is just right. The wonderful instructors really care about the kids
while helping them reach their potential in a fun loving way. Looking forward to another season with all of you. "
Mary Lou P.