The NCDC Teachers
Natalie is thrilled to be starting her fifth season as owner and director of North Calgary Dance Centre. Natalie grew up dancing in Calgary, training at The Dance Factory, International School of Ballet and Ballet Arts Centre, in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern. She completed her RAD Advanced 2 as a student, and went on to complete her BA in Dance Education through the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England. Natalie has been working as a Registered RAD Teacher for 10 years, and has trained and entered hundreds of students into exams from Primary through Advanced 2. Natalie is also a fully certified Acrobatics Arts Instructor as well as a certified ADAPT Jazz and Tap teacher. She values continuing education, regularly attending teacher training event and workshops,and looks forward to sharing her passion and love of ballet and all styles of dance with her students every week.
Nicole was born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia and moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2003 to study dance at the University of Calgary. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance (ballet) and also a Bachelor of Arts graduate diploma from The School of Alberta Ballet. Since living in Calgary, Nicole has been a performer with La Caravan Dance Theatre, Corps Bara Dance Theatre, mixOLOGYdanceMine, W&M Physical Theatre's professional training division and with 02 Dance Company as a guest artist. Nicole has had the opportunity to perform across Canada in the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Calgary’s International High Performance Rodeo, The Annual Alberta Dance Festival, Springboard’s Fluid Festival, Alberta Culture Days and at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts. Nicole is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Dances’ Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate program in Berlin, Germany, where she graduated with distinction and is recognized as a fully certified RAD teacher. Nicole brings an incredible amount of knowledge and passion into all of her classes and is so proud to be teaching at North Calgary Dance Centre for her fifth season.
Michelle is an accomplished performer, teacher and choreographer who brings to her work a passion to express and share the art of dance. She is originally from Northern Ontario where she grew up studying various forms of dance. She began teaching at an early age and eventually became the assistant director of her hometown studio. Under the mentorship of Ida Sauve, she gained experience teaching all age groups and was challenged to create choreography for several different levels. Always eager to expand her creative horizons, Michelle spends her summers traveling to attend workshops and continue her education as a dance instructor/choreographer. She is certified through Dance Masters of America in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Acrobatics and is also a member of the Canadian Dance Teacher's Association. After taking part in several local arts projects and co-directing a studio of her own for 2 years, she made the move west to Calgary where she is enjoying everything the arts community has to offer. She has been a performing member of The O2 Dance Company since the Fall of 2011, participates in and teaches many dance classes in the Calgary community and is an incredibly talented and sought after choreographer and adjudicator. Michelle is part of the Acrobatique faculty and works regularly as an examiner and in teacher training courses with the organization. Michelle is excited to be teaching her fifth season NCDC and feels privileged to be a part of such a positive and progressive team!
Alex is excited to return to NCDC for her fourth season with us. Alex has been an integral part of the teaching staff here at the studio, working full time as our jazz, tap and acro teacher in our first season, and returning to us after spending one year living and working in Italy. While abroad, she was a part of the Danza Isadora Company, training and performing under the direction of Riccardo Ruiba. Alex has had many wonderful opportunities that have brought her where she is today; aside from performing the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”, the Grandstand Show at the Calgary Stampede, she has also performed at the World Skills show, the Labour Classic Halftime show for the Calgary Stampeders and The Gemini Awards. She has worked with many talented and inspiring artists who have helped her succeed including Angela Benson, Mark Erikson and Hocine Layada. Alex trains her students with incredible passion, love and discipline that allows the dancers to truly rise to their full potential and is an incredibly talented and successful teacher. Alex is beyond excited to share her love and passion of dance with all the students at NCDC again this year and her energy brings life and excitement to every class she teaches.
Rochelle is excited to be returning to North Calgary Dance for her third season, both in the office and in the classroom! She has trained and competed in various disciplines of dance since the age of 4. Rochelle grew up under the training of Natalie Madden, Michelle Godin and Nicole Charlton, who inspired her passion for creativity and her love for dance. She has worked hard to achieve high marks in all her RAD syllabus examinations and has completed her Advanced 1 exam. Rochelle has had the opportunity to take part in performing with The Moscow Ballet in their performance of Cinderella and performing in a Michael Bernard Fitzgerald concert. Rochelle has also spent three consecutive summers working with children at Camp Caroline. Rochelle is eager to bring passion to the studio and share her positive energy with all the students.
We are so excited to welcome to our staff, Melissa Kashuba this season! Melissa was born and raised in a small town called Invermere, British Columbia where she started taking ballet at 3 years old. Growing up she trained and competed in various styles of dance. After graduating high school in summer 2013, she travelled to Toronto to start working on her ADAPT certification. During this gap year, she taught dance classes at her home studio and worked as an assistant choreographer. In September 2014, Melissa moved to Calgary to begin her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance at the University of Calgary. The same year, she was also accepted into the Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede, which gave her many performance opportunities, including the 2015 Trans Alta Grandstand show “A Canadian Classic”. After the Stampede was over, she was able to return to Toronto and is now a certified ADAPT instructor. Melissa is currently entering her 3rd year of the BA Dance Degree at the University of Calgary, and has been involved in various activities in the last 2 years including Dance Montage and cheerleading for the U of C Dinos. Melissa will continue to cheerlead with the Dinos as she has been accepted into the competitive team for the 2016/2017 season. Melissa is looking forward to bringing her experience and creativity to NCDC, and is more than thrilled to share her love and passion for dance to her future aspiring students.
Taylor is an aspiring performer, teacher and choreographer. Growing up dancing in Calgary, she trained and competed in various styles of dance, and completed her RAD Advanced 1 ballet exam. In 2016, Taylor graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, with a concentration in choreography and performance. Dancing under professors Melanie Kloetzel, Wojciech Mochniej, Melissa Monteros, Davida Monk, and Sasha Ivanochko, Taylor has developed a strong base in Contemporary. She has been actively involved in performances through the university, including Dance Montage, Mainstage, Dance @ Noon and Taking Flight. These opportunities have allowed her to work with established choreographers and emerging artists. Her teaching career has brought her to Toronto during the summer as she worked toward becoming a certified ADAPT teacher in 2015. This September 2016, Taylor will be leaving Calgary in order to pursue discipleship training school focused on the Performing Arts in Sydney, Australia with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Once the training school has finished, she will be placed in an outreach program which could be in Africa, India or Asia. We are all so excited for Taylor and cannot wait to hear about her experiences abroad. We will be welcoming her back to our office staff full time upon her return in Spring 2017 and as a teacher again for our 2017/2018 season!
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