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Instructors

Alicja Gruntowicz

Alicja Gruntowicz was born in Krakow, Poland. Early on, she took on dance and discovered her love of movement. While indulging in her love of dance, it was easy to see the love she has for Ballroom and Latin dance.

Her career of over 23 years has allowed her to share the love of dance with many desirous learners and see the fruits of her passion on the dance floor through many generations of dancers. Alicja has taught children, youth and adult classes in variety of styles from Ballroom, Latin, Nightclub, and Western. After taking time for her family, Alicja is excited to return once again to her passion and spread the love of dance throughout the small rural communities.

 

Anna Manja

Anna is a professional ballerina, author, dance director, psychologist, teacher, and business manager. She received most of her education in Salzburg, Austria, and later graduated from the Vienna State Opera. With her teaching record and performance experience in dancing, she founded a children & youth dance company. A mixture of her activities as a director and choreographer and her soloist performances have earned her scholarship offers in the United States.

Anna has won numerous awards and honours including the Suzanne Farrell Fellowship, the ORCA Grant, Best Choreography Award, Best Teacher Award, Full-Tuition Artistic Scholarships, Best Performer Award, Choreography Award Winner at the National Dance Competition Berlin, Germany, and Stipends & Scholarships from the Theatre of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria.

 

Caitlin Tazzer

Caitlin is a recent graduate of Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program. There she studied singing, acting, and dancing in various styles including ballet, tap, and jazz. She has been performing since 2009 in both plays and musicals. Most recently she has enjoyed her role as “Smitty” in Foote in the Door’s production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”.

Becoming a mother has strengthened her desire to nurture and grow young artists. She hopes to instill in them the confidence and passion they need to further their training and creativity. Caitlin is also a vocal instructor with the North Eastern Music Association and teaches various styles and techniques, with a particular passion and focus on musical theatre.

 

Leah Sarafinchan

Leah began her dance training at Casey’s Dance Centre in Edmonton, where she trained for nineteen years in various styles including: Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Voice.

During her time with Casey’s, Leah had the opportunity to perform on The Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas performing Rhythms Around the World. She then became a professional dancer with The Ukrainian Shumka Dancers for the next eight years. Leah has toured China and Hong Kong 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. A career highlight for Leah was performing alongside Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Gardens in NYC in A Royal Christmas.

Leah has just completed her 13th season of teaching dance in Edmonton and surrounding areas. She has also taught dance in the Middle East for one season, teaching dance in Abu Dhabi at a private dance school and in Dubai at an inner city private school.

Lynda Young  

Lynda holds a Post-Graduation Diploma in Education and a double degree in BA and BSc. She first joined a performance dance company in 2009 and has since been performing Salsa, Bachata, Cha-Cha, Brazilian Samba, Afro Peruvian, and other dance styles at corporate and private events as well as Salsa congresses in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Toronto. Lynda has also performed contemporary and jazz choreographies in musical and dance theatrical productions and has taught dance and theatrical performance to various age groups, in addition to her teaching students aged 17-19 in a formal school setting as a profession for 5 years.

 

 

Nancy Pratch

After dancing for 10 years during her youth, Nancy brings the importance of strength and stretch to the dance program with a class that focuses on injury prevention and increased flexibility. Physiology of the body has always been an interest for Nancy with her enrollment in the Kinesiology Program at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. For Nancy, stretch and strength are excellent ways for a dancer to work on the overall body conditioning while achieving optimum performance in a safe and friendly environment. Each individual is encouraged to work at their own level and grow from there. When not in studio you will find Nancy with her passion for outdoors, horses, and rural lifestyle.