Nancy Marie_FNLNancy-Marie Viegas, A.R.A.D, R.A.D., RTS
(Artistic Director, Ballet, Creative, Lyrical)

Ms. Viegas trained with the National Ballet School in Toronto. She is an Associate member of the Royal Academy of Dancing and has her Advanced and Teacher’s Certificates. Ms. Viegas has attended numerous dance seminars in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Calgary. Her past credits include being the local children’s ballet mistress for the Alberta Ballet’s Grande Prairie production of The Nutcracker, co-choreographer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1995 Canada Winter Games and 2000 Alberta Summer Games.

 

 

 

 

 

Jacquie_FNLJacqueline Taylor, R.A.D., RTS
(Modern, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Bodyworks)

Mrs. Taylor is a graduate of the Grant McEwan Dance Program. She is a registered and certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dancing. She has professionaly trained with the Toronto Dance Theatre for four years and is certified Stott* Pilates Instructor. She was the co-choreographer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1995 Canada Winter Games and the 2000 Alberta Summer Games.

* STOTT Pilates is a trademark of Merrithew Corp.

 

 

 

 

 

Nadine_FNLNadine Stewart-Smith (Jazz, Hip-Hop)

Nadine Stewart-Smith started dancing at the age 7, training first in jazz and ballet at The Dancer’s Academy and later in tap, lyrical, modern and hip hop. After graduation, Nadine was a member of Orchesis Dance Company while obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. She has also danced in the opening ceremonies for the IAAF World Track and Field Games in Edmonton, AB.

Showing an early interest in dance instruction and choreography, Nadine started teaching jazz and hip-hop at the age of 16.! She has since taught in a number of schools throughout Alberta and the GP Dancer’s Academy is excited to have her back teaching more classes in jazz and hip hop this year.

Keeping up with current dance trends, Nadine has attended multiple conventions/conferences, most recently in New York and Orlando. Her students benefit with new and challenging work each year and she has received numerous choreography awards for these works. Nadine LOVES dancing and sharing that passion with her students!

 

 

MandiFNLMandi Sutherland Olivier, BA (Dance)
LLB, ARAD RTS, CDTA Jazz & Tap Member
(creative dance, tap, ballet, jazz, jumps & turns)

Mandi is a dedicated and accomplished dance educator. Her teaching experience includes 15 years of instructing ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and modern dance to students ages two to adult in dance studios across Alberta. She has trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, the Walnut Hill School of Fine Arts, International School of Ballet, Alberta Ballet School, the Dancer’s Academy, and the University of Calgary. In 2000, Mandi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance (with distinction) from the University of Calgary. During her time at University, she performed in various productions including Dance Montage for which she also later choreographed for. Her choreography has received Outstanding Choreography awards at dance festivals throughout Alberta.

As a former studio owner and the present Dance Director at the Edge School Skills Academy North in Grande Prairie, her teaching style is one that embraces achievement through hard work and dedication. She takes pride in being a positive role model for her students, and strongly believes that the study of dance teaches invaluable life skills which are transferable to any path her students may choose to follow. Mandi is eager to share her love of dance and passion for learning with her students.

 

JeanineFNLJeannine Younger, C.D.T.A.
(Musical Theatre)

Jeannine Younger started dancing at the age of 3 with tap and soon added ballet, jazz, modern and lyrical. She completed her Gold Star CDTA tap exam with Honours with distinction and has finished her Silver level exam in CDTA Jazz. Jeannine has competed at multiple dance competitions winning numerous awards for outstanding and most promising performances as well as choreography and has participated in numerous dance workshops and summer schools. Jeannine is an American Musical and Dramatic Academy graduate in Musical Theatre and has been teaching for more than 10 years.