Faculty

Meet the Directors

Miss Stephanie {BA, BEd., MA (Educational Research)}

Dance School Director

Miss Stephanie began her study of dance over 30 years ago, focusing on both ballet and Ukrainian dance technique. She began choreographing and teaching dances at a very young age and at the age of the 15 had received her first award for original choreography. Child and youth  development is foundational to the programming and philosophy at ESD, something Stephanie is passionate about. With her 10+ years of experience as a local elementary school teacher and leader, proper dance education for all dancers and learning in a play based environment for the youngest ones is integral to her philosophy as a dance school director. It is her goal to create a dance school where all dancers feel valued, respected and safe.

Miss Stephanie is also a mom to 4 little ones –  all aspiring dancers!

IMG_3773Miss Vanessa, Dance School Director {BA (Dance) & BEd.}

Dance School Director

Miss Vanessa brings with her over 20 years of dance experience. She has received extensive training in ballet (RAD, ISTD, Cecchetti, Vaganova), lyrical, jazz, contemporary, and Ukrainian dance. Miss Vanessa completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance (Ballet Major) at the University of Calgary. Her studies included the anatomy, psychology, and history of dance as well as music for dance. Miss Vanessa is working towards her Associates Teaching Exam.
Miss Vanessa has been teaching dance to children of all ages at various dance schools in Calgary for the past 10 years. She has a creative passion for dance as well as for teaching. In the past she taught with Three Left Feet Movement Creations as a dance teacher.
Miss Vanessa is a middle school dance and humanities teacher with the Calgary Board of Education, and has an adorable daughter who loves to “bust a move” with her mama!

2018/2019 Faculty

Miss Jenna

Office Administrator
(Guest Teacher)

Miss Jenna has over 20 years of dance experience. She has a vast knowledge of Ukrainian dance, as well as ballet and lyrical dance. Miss Jenna has worked closely with children of all ages as a City of Calgary employee for the past 6 years, including teaching children’s dance. She has been with the studio since the beginning and has taken on many leadership roles as well as instructing students over the past few years. When she is not in the office, you will find her delivering babies as a Labour & Delivery nurse at Foothills Medical Centre.

 

Miss Natalka {BA Dance, Associate Diploma CC-CICB, MA Counseling Psychology (2019), PBT US}

Teacher (Ballet Director)

Miss Natalka is a dance artist, educator, and choreographer based out of Calgary, AB. Natalka has an extensive background in ballet and contemporary dance; she has studied in depth the Cecchetti method, RAD, ISTD & Vaganova ballet, as well as modern dance techniques, jazz, lyrical, and more.

Natalka has completed ballet & modern exams in Cecchetti, RAD and ISTD. She received her BA in Contemporary Dance & Ballet at the University of Calgary while simultaneously training in the School of Alberta Ballet’s professional division. She holds her Associate Diploma teaching qualifications granted by Cecchetti Canada and is currently working towards her Licentiate qualifications. Natalka’s students excel in their Cecchetti ballet examinations and many of them are working towards or are enjoying professional dance careers. Natalka has over 15 years of experience teaching dance.

Natalka has over ten years of professional experience as a dancer. She has performed as both a freelance artist and has also been a company member with several dance companies such as Corps Bara, Soulocentric, 49th Parallel Dance Co. & Momentum Dance Collective. Natalka is the Artistic Director and founder of Trip the Light Dance & Performance Company which she formed in 2013. Natalka is well known in the Calgary dance community for her work choreographing and performing for large events, corporate activations and industrials, creative projects and productions.

Natalka is passionate about human development, mental health, community building, empowerment, health & wellness, and teaching. She is currently completing her Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology. Natalka’s education in both the dance and mental health fields enriches her teaching with her keen knowledge of the physical and motor development of her students, human anatomy & physiology, pedagogy, safe dance practices, and the psychological development of children and adolescents. As a teacher Natalka encourages her students to excel to their technical best and to find enjoyment, purpose and fulfillment though their art.  2018-19 will be Natalka’s 12th season with Evolutions!

Ms. Kyla {BA – Dance}

Teacher (Preschool dance, Jazz, Contemporary)

Miss Kyla began her dance career with Highland dance at the age of 2. From there, she went on to add Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Musical Theatre. Knowing that dance was her passion, Miss Kyla moved to Winnipeg for her post-secondary training. Attending the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers, in affiliation with the University of Winnipeg, Miss Kyla earned her BA(Hons) in dance. While in Winnipeg, Miss Kyla danced with several companies and performed throughout Canada and the United States. Making the difficult decision to leave Winnipeg in search of new opportunities, Miss Kyla moved to Calgary and immediately found a home at ESD!
Throughout her dance life, Miss Kyla has enjoyed teaching dancers of all ages. She is able to say that she has taught dancers from 6 weeks old (Mommy & Me right here at ESD) all the way up to professional company classes.

Miss Kyla is proud to be a part of such an amazing dance studio that focuses on the whole dancer and really fosters a supportive environment.

Miss Stephanie

Teacher (Tap, Jazz, Preschool Dance, Adult Dance)

Stephanie has been dancing from the age of 4 yrs old at the former Hanson School of Dance in Kindersley, SK, where she grew up.  She achieved her ADAPT Advanced Jazz, RAD Intermediate Ballet and Gr. 8 Ballet, CDTA Advanced Tap and Jazz.  During those years she also studied voice and piano and achieved her RCM Gr. 8 Piano and Gr. 7 Voice.
Stephanie attended Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program in Edmonton and received a Diploma in Musical Theatre studies.  After completing college she moved to Calgary to study for a year under the jazz style instruction of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in their Pre-Professional Program.  Upon completing her training with DJD she went on to achieve her ADAPT Teachers Certification in Jazz and Tap.

Stephanie has had the joy of dancing and performing with many dance groups and events over the past few years.  She has performed with En Corps Dance Collective, Wild Aces, and is a teacher for a heels dance company “Army of Sass” that teaches those over 18 yrs to train and perform in heels.

Stephanie hopes to share her passion of dance and performing with the students she teaches while they have fun while learning.  She is proud to be part of the faculty at Evolutions School of Dance.

IMG_3795Miss Jenna {MSW, RSW}

Teacher (Hip Hop, Jazz)

Jenna has been a member of the ESD faculty for 2.5 years. She grew up dancing and competing in Calgary since she was 7 years old. She has taught dance for over 12 years and has trained, performed and choreographed with En Corps Dance Collective for 10 years. Jenna was also the Artistic Director for ECDC and directed five shows. She also danced and choreographed for Groove Academy and has joined illFX for various performances.

For two years now, Jenna has worked for Artists Emerge (writing for Steve Bolton, Loose Joint, and King Guttuh) and REP (writing for Philip ‘Pacman’ Chbeeb), and this year is also doing Artists Emerge Vancouver (Chris Martin) and Dancers Paradise in Mexico.

Jenna has her MSW in Clinical Social Work and works for carya as a full-time Registered Social Worker, working with older adults.

Miss Reanna

Teacher (Pre-school dance)

Miss Reanna started her dance journey at the age of 4, training in Ukrainian/National dance here in Calgary.
In 2007 she began training at Evolutions and has built up a knowledge of both ISTD and Cecchetti classical ballet, Ukrainian, Jazz, Lyrica l and Contemporary dance.She has since completed her standard 6 Cecchetti exam, and is currently training for her Senior Certificate in Cecchetti with Miss Natalka.
As an active member of the ESD Competitive Performance Division Team, she  has competed in many dance competitions in Southern Alberta, as well as has performed various main character roles in ESD productions, such as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz.
She has completed the ESD Student Instructor training program, working alongside ESD’s experienced faculty and directors, and is eager to take on the role of teacher with her own classes!
Miss Reanna is excited to spend another year with the ESD dance family!

 

Miss Karissa

Teacher (Pre-school dance, Teen classes)

Miss. Karissa has 13 years of dance experience. Starting her training in Ukrainian dance, she now has knowledge of Ukrainian dance, jazz, Lyrical, contemporary, and ballet (both ISTD and Cecchetti). She has also been a proud member of the Evolutions Performance Division Competitive Team. She is now working towards her Cecchetti Ballet Senior Certificate.
Miss Karissa has been student teaching for four years, helping to teach and influence preschool and junior level dancers, and is excited to be teaching her own classes! Miss Karissa is also a member of our administrative team here at Evolutions School of Dance.
She can’t wait to give the students an opportunity to learn skills that they can use for years to come, and is excited to bring her passionate love of dance to the students of ESD!

Miss Misha {BA – Dance)

Teacher (Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Preschool Dance)

Miss Misha has over ten years of teaching dance experience, four of which have been at Evolutions. Misha Behnia graduated from the University of Calgary in 2017 with a BA in Dance, focusing her training in contemporary, ballet and choreography. During this time and following graduation, she has had opportunity to choreograph and perform around Canada and train under some of the worlds most recognized and renowned dance artists and teachers.  Professionally, Misha has had the privilege of working as both a teacher and choreographer for numerous companies and studios around Calgary over the past eight years, including: Trip the Light Dance Company, W&M Physical Theatre: Surge, Alberta Ballet and En Corps Dance Collective.

Following her graduation Misha began to clearly recognize her undeniable love and passion for teaching and facilitating the growth of young students. She has focused her current training on teaching methods in ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap forms and continues to study dance and teaching methods while actively teaching. Misha strives to create a learning environment where everyone is welcome, challenged and successful; she strives to create a one on one relationship with each of her students to tune into their individual needs and help them grow.

In addition to teaching dance, Misha is passionate about fitness and conditioning, teaching spin and barre around the city of Calgary. Misha is beyond excited to be returning to school in the fall to begin her Elementary Education After Ed Degree, continuing to pursue her passion: teaching children.

IMG_3745Miss Madi {BA – Dance}

Teacher (Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Performance Division)

 

 

 

 

IMG_3753Miss Tabatha

Teacher (Adult Fitness)

Tabatha was born and raised in Calgary! She is a mother to 3 dancing children. After struggling with her own health and fitness for years she started to workout at home which led her to find her passion for health and fitness. She started with community fit clubs which lead to her getting certified to teach live classes.
When not in the studio she is strongly involved with her children’s schools, and advocates for children with T1D in schools in Alberta. She is pursuing her love for fitness with constant growth in her field. She is certified in Insanity And PIYO Live and will be adding Core De Force later this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Nicole

Teacher (Contemporary, Zumba)