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Phoenix - Owner & Director

This is Miss Phoenix’s 3rd year as the owner of Bella Dance Academy, but her 10th with the studio! Her love for dance began her own childhood, taking tap and musical theatre in a small basement studio in Alberta.

 

Miss Phoenix loves working with the littlest people in the studio - watching their growth as dancers and individuals throughout the season and beyond, but she also loves to see adults in the studio, stepping out of their comfort zone and taking an opportunity to try something new, fun, challenging, or simply finding the joy in movement.
 

She is dedicated to ensuring that Bella Dance Academy remains a nurturing and inclusive place where everyone feels welcome.

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
10th season at BDA

Jas - Student Services Director & Instructor

Miss Jas is our amazing Director of Student Services and although never having danced as a kid, Miss Jas relied on music in her daily life, as do our dancers. She has spent the past couple of years studying the art of Freestyle & Hip Hop, and is brining her knowledge to the classroom this season teaching Hippity Hop and Hip Hop 1! When not at the studio, you can find Miss Jas at home gaming or spending time with her two kids and four cats.

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

Ady - Mental Health Liasion & Instructor

Mx. Ady’s first dance memory is covering themself with a scarf during a movement class at their local community centre and pretending to be a rock. Since then, they have trained in multiple styles of dance and theatre! This is Ady’s 6th season with Bella Dance Academy. When they are not teaching and playing at the studio, Mx. Ady travels to perform and teach across North America. A little fun fact! Mx. Ady own 20+ puppets and zero tutus.

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CDTA Junior Jazz 
Mental Health First Aid Certification

 

Quin - Legacy Coordinator & Instructor

Miss. Quin's started with Bella Dance in 2012 as a student. As a teen she spent her time dancing at Bella Dance Academy and throughout North America. Since returning to the studio back in 2020, Miss. Quin has been helping grow and develop our Acro Program!

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

Janessa - Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

Miss Janessa has been with Bella Dance Academy since 2007! Over those years she has been a student who loved (and still loves) Tap and Jazz, an instructor, an admin assistant and is now the studio's Social Media & Marketing Coordinator. Miss. Janessa is currently studying Communications and Media at the University of Calgary and although she is not physically at the studio throughout the season, you may see her pop-in from time to time during the holiday and summer months.

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3rd Year Communications & Media Studies, University of Calgary
17th season at BDA

Benji - Instructor

Since he started dancing at the age of 13, Mr. Benji has trained in the styles, Hip Hop, Krump and Breaking. In 2017 Benjamin joined B.O.S.S (Built On Self Success) Dance Team and has performed at numerous competitions and showcases such as BYOB Toronto and BOSS Dance Academy Recital. He also has dance battle experience and has represented B.O.S.S dance team at dance battle events such as; Heat the Streets, Downtown Moves and Flow Down. This will be Mr. Benji’s fourth year teaching, previously working with Graffiti Art Programming (GAP), a non-profit organization that provides after school programs that focus on music, dance and art to youth.

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

Gabbi - Instructor

Coming Soon!

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

Iona - Instructor

Coming Soon!

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

Chelsea - Instructor

Coming Soon!

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

Jasper -  Instructor

Coming Soon!

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

Karen - Instructor

Coming Soon!

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

Kenzie - Instructor

Coming Soon!

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

Keri-Lyn - Instructor 

Keri-lyn has danced since the age of four when she took her first Highland dance class in Yellowknife. She has moved around Canada and Europe with her military family, and managed to continue dancing until her teenage years. Miss. Keri-lyn happily reconnected with dance as an adult and now enjoys participating in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and Tap classes whenever she can fit them into her busy family life.

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

Morgan - Instructor

Miss Morgan has been taking creative movement and Modern dance since she was four years old, and as a teenager, she fell in LOVE with Hip Hop and Tap! She believes in dancing and exercising for the joy of movement and that it is a great way to stay active. A fun fact about Miss Morgan is that she has her certification in pre and postpartum personal training. Miss Morgan has loves getting to groove with all her dancers , and she cannot wait to see you in class!

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

Sara - Instructor

Miss Sara has been dancing with Bella Dance Academy since she was four years old! Over her many years at the studio Miss Sara has traveled as a member of the Bella Beats Dance Team, which has brought her all over North America. From Calgary and Vancouver to Long Beach and Disneyland California. This is Miss. Sara’s second year teaching with us and she hopes to see you in her Ballet and Tap classes season!

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BAS Honours,  McMaster University

BEd, University of British Columbia 

Diploma of Dance Teaching Studies, Royal Academy of Dance (London)

Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher Status

YPAD

17th Season at BDA

Tomiko - Instructor

Miss Tomiko first took a ballet class at the age of six and has been dancing ever since. She completed her Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate level examination in ballet and then fell in love with contemporary dance in university. While earning her degree in Arts and Sciences at McMaster University, she danced with the McMaster Dancers, a contemporary dance company under the direction of David Wilson. There, she was exposed to a wide range of contemporary styles and aesthetics through working with a variety of Toronto-based independent dance artists. While at McMaster, she also had the opportunity to perform professionally with the Parahumans Dance Company in Toronto and on its 2002 tour in the United Kingdom.

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

Shannon - Music Together Instructor

Coming Soon!

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

Kristen - b.class Leader

Kristin started at Bella Dance Academy as a student for the inaugural season in 2004 and then joined the faculty in 2005. She has taught a variety of dance classes at Bella including Ballet, Jazz and summer intensives. Prior to the opening of Bella Dance Kristin was a competitive Highland dancer, a member of the Aurora Ukrainian Dancers and competed as a varsity synchronized swimmer. She also studied Ballet and Modern dance with Karen Wasicuna through the City of Yellowknife programming. Kristin fell in love with b.class when she started as a participant in 2014, and then loved it so much that she became a certified b.class leader 2017!

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BA Honours, University of Calgary
BEd, University of British Columbia
CDTA Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet
9th season at BDA

Tina - b.class Leader

Coming Soon!

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