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.
Stephanie was raised in Spruce Grove and loves to meet all the wonderful families who come to the studio. She enjoys being active with her family of 5 outdoors. Cross country skiing, soccer, tap dance, and gardening are a few of her hobbies.
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!
Chyler has been dancing for 15 years, 14 of which have been at Image. She is very excited to be joining Image for another year! Her favourite hobby is dance, but aside from dance she loves to make time for her friends and family. Her future plans include going to university this fall; Receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Education to help put her on the path to becoming an elementary school teacher.
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.
Lindsay began her dance training at the age of 3, as a competitive dancer at Shelley's Dance Company in Edmonton Alberta. During this time Lindsay acquired comprehensive training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary and Highland dance. She was honored with multiple awards and scholarships throughout Alberta and B.C.
In 1999, Lindsay began teaching at Just For Kicks Studio in Salmon Arm B.C. Where she taught for 17 years. Lindsay consistently choreographed winning numbers for the competitive dancers, many of whom were awarded scholarships and burseries, many whom moved on to professional dance careers. Lindsay also choreographed many recital pieces as well as assisted under Mrs. Sonja Barton Woods (Ballet Director) in guiding and instructing students through RAD levels and exams.
Throughout Lindsay's 17 years of teaching and choreographing, over multiple disciplines, she has developed a fun, yet advanced technical approach to her craft which has proven very successful. Lindsay continues to be recognized for her ability to highlight the skills of her dancers both technically and artistically. This ability has proven to create a positive and fun environment for all of her students.
In 2020 Lindsay joined Image School of Dance and is very excited to settle in and work with all of the wonderful dancers.
At the age of 3, Kenzie's parents registered her in her first dance class, not knowing that it would lead to a lifetime of dance. She has studied Jazz, Ballet (Cecchetti, Vaganova, ISTD, and RAD) Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Pointe work over the last 15 years.
In the summer of 2017, Miss Kenzie attended the Pre-Ballet and Junior Grades Classical Ballet Progressions of Canada Examination course, giving her the certification to teach young ballerinas from the age of 4 to pre-teen the syllabus designed by Margaret Flynn. This is an internationally recognized syllabus that gives dancers a great background for any style of dance, with the opportunity to work towards examinations, or just bettering their technique and foundation. From a young age, Miss Kenzie knew that she wanted to teach and she has now been living out this lifelong dream for the last 3 years! She can?t wait to work with the dancers and help them find the passion that her teachers helped her to find!
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.
Danielle has been teaching in a dance studio setting since 2010. While she converted into studios, she continued to coach Cheer, Dance and Pom Teams (elementary to professional) 18 years prior. She has always enjoyed teaching disciplines that incorporated athleticism. Certified in Acro and Aerial, she continues to broaden her knowledge and share it with others. She has always enjoyed assisting students develop new abilities, achieve goals and live their dreams.
Jalisa has been dancing since the age of two. She competitively danced for eight years with Expressions the Dance Gallery in Strathmore, Alberta. Jalisa studied Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro, and Musical Theatre. She has completed Ballet exams (RAD) and an Acro exam (Acrobatic Arts). She has performed in Disneyland and has taken several classes in New York City. She loves to work with children and see their bright smiles light up while they are dancing. Jalisa is currently attending Grant MacEwan and studying Child and Youth Care. At her last competition, she won an award for her musical theatre duet for the highest scoring duet and another award for highest score out of the entire competition. As of 2020, Jalisa has joined the Image team and can't wait to create long lasting memories!
Kristi Sikorski has been a dancer/teacher/choreographer for over 25 years in Edmonton and surrounding area. Kristi started her training as a young dancer in Stony Plain and Spruce Grove training in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. By 20 yrs Kristi owned her own dance studio in Ponoka and was teaching in several other studios outside of Edmonton. Training with the Grant MacEwan College dance program Kristi was exposed to Modern dance which helped her to take her choreography to a more creative level. Kristi opened Groove It Dance Studio in 2007 and had studios Stony Plain, Onoway, and Devon. Throughout the many years of teaching Kristi continues to educate and keep up her training by attending Dance Teacher Conferences in New York, Las Vegas, L.A and Calgary. Kristi is a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor and Rhythm Works certified which allows her to offer hip hop classes for students with special needs. Kristi is also a Barre instructor and has trained in Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, and Phoenix to be able to share this workout to dancers and adults. Kristi enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels and has recently developed a cardio dance class for adults and seniors. Developing each students love and passion for dance is Kristi’s goal with every dancer she teaches, and is so grateful to be able to share her own passion and love for dance with her students.
"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.