Our Faculty

Our teaching faculty is committed to excellence, personal attention and nurturing the individuality of each student. It is important for students to enjoy themselves as well as have a sense of accomplishment for their efforts. A fun and structured atmosphere is encouraged where building the students self-esteem is top priority.

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JANICE WINTER

Director, Jazz, Company

Janice was the co-founder and director of the Blue Quill School of Dance for nineteen years, and opened The Edmonton Dance Factory in September 2003. Janice has choreographed for various companies, instructed at home and abroad, and enjoys adjudicating. Janice has trained extensively in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre. She has a dance minor from the University of Alberta and has attended professional studios, seminars, workshops, competitions and performances across Canada, Los Angeles and New York. Janice is a certified teacher of Al Gilbert and Brian Foley dance syllabus and has completed major RAD dance syllabus. She performed with company and the Alberta Dance Company for several years. As a teacher with over 30 years of dance experience, her forte is jazz dance. Her passion for dance has inspired her students to progress into professional careers.

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KELSEY SNOW

Director, Jazz, Lyrical, Company

Kelsey began her dance training at the age of 3 at the former Blue Quill School of Dance and it has been an integral part of her life ever since. As a dancer, she participated in many competitions throughout North America and has taken classes from many recognized choreographers in New York, Los Angeles. She danced on the Canadian National Tap and Jazz teams in 2004 and has successfully completed her RAD Grade 8 Award and Al Gilbert tap syllabus up to and including grade 9, for which she received highest honors.

 

Kelsey has 20 years of teaching experience in the areas of Jazz, Lyrical and Tap. She works hard to ensure that she provides a strong technical background as well as providing an environment to grow every student’s passion and confidence. She recognizes that every dancer dances for their own reasons and strives to ensure that each dancer reaches their highest potential. She is looking forward to continuing the amazing legacy that is Edmonton Dance Factory and can't wait to share her passion and love for dance with every student who walks through our doors. 

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JENA RADU

Ballet

Jena Radu (she/her) is a Canadian-born artist with diverse experience in the world of dance. Originally from Windsor Ontario, Jena began her training at a local studio, where she competed in many different styles of dance and trained with world renowned teachers and choreographers. She continued her studies in Winnipeg at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in the professional training program and later performed and toured with Ballet companies performing ballets across North American (The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Beauty and the Beast, Dracula, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty) Jena has also performed with Ballet Ontario, Carnival Cruise Lines, Pro Art Danse and numerous professional conventions and competitions across north America.

 

She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a dance Major from Ryerson University in Toronto where she studied, ballet, Modern, Jazz, musical theatre, acting, Voice and dance on film. She also has extensive training in Vaganova, RAD, and the Cecchetti ballet methods, she had the opportunity over the last 5 years to be a ballet tutor in the dance programs for the Windsor Essex county district school board where she taught ballet, modern and dance history. Jena continues to take workshops and certifications on a regular basis to further gain her knowledge that she gives to her students. She is fully certified in The American Ballet Theatre Teacher Training program, the Acrobatic Arts program and is a certified Stott Pilates instructor.

 

She was recently the director of Applause Ballet Company for over 5 years and has won numerous awards and prizes for her choreography. Jena has been teaching all levels of dance in many styles for over 15 years with an emphasis on classical ballet training and body conditioning. She is extremely excited to bring her experience, professional training and true passion for ballet, dance and the arts to the community here at Edmonton Dance Factory!

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DEBBIE ENGLAND

Tap

Debbie England began her dance training at private schools in Edmonton and continued her training at Grant McEwan College as well as workshops, seminars and classes in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York. She specializes in tap and tap history though she has studied all disciplines of dance along with performing with Kompany, Alberta Dance Company and 4Tap. With 40 years of experience, Debbie has been a guest instructor, choreographer and examiner for workshops, schools and colleges in Alberta and Saskatchewan as well as an adjudicator for competitions and festivals across Canada. Her students have been awarded many scholarships and many have developed a similar passion for dance enjoying much success across North America. Debbie is an active member of the Alberta Dance Educator’s Association and is a recognized instructor of the Al Gilbert Syllabus

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MEGHAN
REINDERS

Stretch/Conditioning

Bio coming soon!

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CORYNNE
NICOLE
BARRON

Jazz

Corynne began training at the age of 12 in her hometown of Edmonton until she further pursued the art of Ballet at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. After graduation, she continued her training in England which helped her refine her craft to perform on the prestigious show So You Think You Can Dance Canada. After her experience on SYTYCD Canada she modeled for Mondor Dancewear and performed with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines as a soloist and aerialist.

Following her 2 years on cruise ships, she relocated to Berlin to perform on the largest stage in Europe at Friedrichstadt Palast as a soloist, aerialist and ensemble. During her time performing in Berlin she was contacted by Cirque du Soleil Casting about performing as a soloist in the Original Cirque Show “Mystere”. Corynne then performed the lead character role “Black Widow” for 3 years. Throughout her three years she had the privilege of performing the role for various audiences such as; Shaq's Fun House (Superbowl Party), Vegas Strong at T Mobile Arena, TMT Guest Performance and America's Got Talent. 

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CHRISTIE METCALFE

Tap

Christie began dancing at the age of five and has studied several forms of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Her dance training began at Blue Quill School of Dance where she won several awards through dance competitions and completed her Al Gilbert Tap Syllabus up to and including Grade 9, which she achieved with highest honors. Her training then took her to include Shelley’s Dance Company in Edmonton, where she also taught dance in several disciplines, before traveling around North America to train and dance professionally in Las Vegas, Vancouver and most recently in Toronto.  Christie looks forward to her return to teaching and is excited for the upcoming season with Edmonton Dance Factory.

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TAYLOR LEBLANC

Preschool, Ballet, Jazz

Taylor began dance classes at the age of two and has performed, competed, attended workshops, travelled, and taught ever since. Training up to 30 hours throughout the school year gave a lot of time to study Ballet (Vaganova & RAD), Jazz, Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Hip-hop. Never wanting to settle she has also trained aerial silks and hoop dancing. She has been fortunate to compete and perform in New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Her goal is to spread her love of dance and bring out the very best in every student that enters her classroom. She is excited to start another wonderful year at EDF.

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ALLY KINASCHUK

Hip Hop

Ally is a seasoned performer and choreographer in the Edmonton dance scene. She has been dancing in the hip hop community since 2008 training with some of Edmonton's finest choreographers and mentors in a variety of styles. Her training and skills set includes dancehall, foundational funk styles, femme as well as commercial choreography.

 

Craving a taste for the international dance scene Ally began traveling to Los Angeles training regularly at world renowned studios in the area. These experiences sparked a passion for her to Pursue this career and share her knowledge with the very same community who started her journey. Ally has a long history of competitive dancing, having competed all over Canada and the U.S. some of her credits include 1st place at world of dance Vegas and Edmonton, 1st place at artists emerge and represent dance competition. And most recently 1st place at KAOS dance convention in Los Angeles.

 

As she broke into the commercial side of dance, Ally has performed internationally and for local artists. Such as opening for Grammy award winning artist Nelly and traveling to Singapore for Lia Cole’s ‘one championship’ Asia tour. She has also worked on a wide array of music videos and commercials along the way. Being the lead role in Terrell Edwards “yesterdays moon” music video, an actress/dancer in Asim Chins music video for his song ‘colours’ and in Mackenzie Dayles “im good, thanks” music video. She has also performed in local commercials for Hughes car wash, West Edmonton Mall and team Ford.

 

Ally’s passion continues to grow in many different avenues. Launching her new business ‘Essence Talent Management’ along with her two co-owners (also prominent dance community members) to continue giving back and evolving the community in which she grew up in. In all her passions and new pursuits, Ally hopes to bring that fiery energy to her style of choreography and class atmosphere. In doing so she hopes to inspire people to explore the same passion she has developed over the years for the art of dance.

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KAITLIN MAY

Acro

Bio coming soon!

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ROBIN RENAUD

Tap

 Robin has trained in numerous forms of dance including tap, jazz and ballet for 19 years and has completed her grade 9 Al Gilbert tap exam with honors. Robin has taken classes and participated in workshops in Disneyland, Los Angeles and Vancouver. She has also choreographed for traveling groups to perform in Disneyland and the Caribbean. Robin has spent the last 19 years teaching and sharing her extensive knowledge and skills with her students. Robin’s choreography and accomplishments with her students, have her recognized as one of the top tap teachers in Western Canada. 

 

Each class is met with her enthusiasm, dedication and love for dance and shows though her students performances.

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SABRINA ENG

Lyrical/Contemporary

An active part of the teaching staff at Edmonton Dance Factory for the past 7 years, Sabrina aims to inspire her dancers to grow as artists and challenge themselves in all aspects of their lives. As an instructor Sabrina has had the good fortune of taking her students to compete and train across North America. Watching her students excel and grow throughout the years has been truly rewarding and she is excited to begin this new dance season!

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LAURA TORGRIMSON

Musical Theatre

Bio Coming Soon!

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SCARLETT WERK

Preschool, Jazz

Bio coming soon!

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ROJA SUTHAKER

Tap

Since the age of three, Roja has studied various dance styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, improv, lyrical, contemporary, South Indian classical dance, bollywood, and hip hop. In her competitive dance career, Roja had the opportunity to train on EDF’s Intermediate and Senior companies, winning numerous scholarships and awards both as a soloist and in groups.

 

Roja’s dance training has taken her to many conventions and master classes around North America and has also given her the opportunity to perform in many high profile events such as the FIFA Women’s World Cup Opening Ceremony and the Disneyland theme park parade.

 

Roja has always had a special passion for tap dancing and has completed the Al Gilbert Grade 9 tap exam with distinction. Roja was a member of MOD Contemporary Dance Movement for four years, serving as the club's President and Vice President over various terms. When she is not in the dance studio, you can find Roja at the University of Alberta studying towards completing her Doctor in Medicine degree. She is so excited to share her passion with her students this dance year! Welcome to all new and returning students!   

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BRENNA GREWAL

Jazz

Brenna Grewal started dancing at the age of three, and started her training at Edmonton Dance Factory when she was seven. She has trained in Jazz, RAD and Vaganova Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Acro.  While student teaching and assisting in her senior years of dancing at the studio, Brenna discovered her love of teaching. She has had the opportunity to travel to Vancouver, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles to participate in various competitions and workshops, as well as work with competitive figure skaters from the Royal Glenora and the Derrick club. In 2015, Brenna completed her first Acrobatic Arts certification and is looking forward to continuing to further her learning. In June of 2018, she graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Science, majoring in biology and psychology. This fall, Brenna will return to school and begin working towards becoming a registered nurse. She is excited for her fifth year with the Edmonton Dance Factory teaching staff, and she is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with her students.

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HALEY AN

Jazz, Lyrical

Haley An was a dancer with Edmonton Dance Factory for many years and a student teacher for 4 years. During her years in dance, she was a part of EDF Senior Company and won numerous awards/scholarships with both the group and as a soloist. Haley has trained in many genres of dance from ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and more. Currently, she is going into her third year of university and has continued her dance training, as a member of the student dance company - MOD Contemporary Dance Movement - at the University of Alberta. Through her work with MOD, she has also increased her creativity and choreography skills. She is truly excited to share her love and passion for dance with her students.