Having started her teaching career at the age of 15, April is celebrating 32 years of instruction. April has enjoyed danced 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 opened Image years ago. Recently, April began her journey towards becoming a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). This is a new venture that she is really enjoying so far and cannot wait to bring joy to others through support and movement.
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.
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!
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.
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.