Sandie brings to Beaumont over 40 years of dance training at prestigious schools such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. She performed with many junior companies and professionally with Ontario Ballet Theatre. Her performance credits include: music videos, commercials, TV & film, and choreographer. Sandie has 27 years teaching experience at studios in and around Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, and Oregon. She attended Grant MacEwan College for Dance Teacher Training and holds a degree in Professional Dance with Honours from George Brown College in Toronto. She is a registered teacher in the RAD method and was awarded "Distinction" for her teaching certificate and has recently been certified in Acrobatic Arts up to level 10. She is very proud of her students
that have moved on to other schools such as the National Ballet School,
Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Vimy Ridge Academy, Joffrey Ballet, and Alvin Ailey … as well as those who’ve gone to work professionally teaching at BSSD, dancing for Citie Ballet and performing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. One of Sandie's greatest joys in her career was having Miss Abbey qualify and compete in The International Genne Awards. Traveling to London with Abbey and Julia to watch and be a part of the Genne live was a dream fulfilled.
Pamela has been involved in dance for 40 years, in one capacity or another. She trained for 16 years in RAD ballet and CDTA tap and jazz. Before taking a break from teaching dance, Pamela taught tap and jazz for 6 years, as well as two years RAD ballet. She received her CDTA Teaching Certification in both Tap and Jazz, with Honours. Pamela just recently completed her Level 1 Certification in International Dance Teaching Standards. She also holds her Bachelor of Education from the U of A and served on the BSSD executive for 7 years. Since Pamela's return to the studio, she has attended Nuvo, Triple Threat and Groove Street Dance Conventions, as well as The Big Apple Tap Festival, to advance her teaching methods. She considers herself very lucky to be a part of the talented BSSD teaching staff and is so proud of the growth of the BSSD Tap program. She would like to thank her students for inspiring her to be a better teacher, and the BSSD executive for their support and dedication.
Taylor grew up dancing with BSSD since the age of four. She has trained in RAD ballet, jazz, lyrical, novelty, modern and hip hop and has been involved in the Performing Group since the day it was formed. After graduating, she trained with Shelley’s Dance Company in Advanced RAD Ballet, Novelty and Modern. Taylor has excelled in dance over the years and received numerous awards at various dance competitions. She competed in the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant in 2009, placing in the top three for talent and has also participated in the Grey Cup halftime show as well as the Feats Festival. Taylor currently teaches Lyrical with BSSD and has received recognition for outstanding choreography for many of her past numbers. She is a Graduate of MacEwan University with a major in Int’l Business. Taylor is the owner of MNDFL Movement Studios, currently working on her full STOTT Pilates Instructor Certification; including reformer/ prop pilates & injuries and special populations. Movement is her passion and she loves to share it with all of her students!
Richard Andries has become one of the key driving forces within the Hip Hop dance scene in Edmonton and across Alberta. With his high energy classes and his passion for the art, he continues to share his vision of the positivity of hip hop culture in everyday life. His personal style is heavily influenced by the foundation of hip hop dancing; popping, locking, breaking, house, etc, and newer forms such as Krump, and Street. Richard and his company, “Rhythmic Flow Productions” (alongside Urban Metropolis) have produced shows with
the Jabbawockeez, Super Cr3w, Fanny Pak, and Supreme Soul, from America’s Best Dance Crew. Richard acts as Senior Manager of 3rd Street Beat; Edmonton’s only hip hop studio. He continues to sharpen his skills training with North America’s finest and lives with the motto that you are always a student of the dance.
Carmelle grew up in Fort Saskatchewan and was fortunate to be raised in a large family that was passionate about the arts. She has had extensive training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Voice and Musical Theatre under some of the most prestigious instructors and institutions across Canada and the United States. She is a certified instructor and mentor with Associate status (ARAD) with The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and has prepared 100’s of students successfully for ballet exams. Carmelle has had the great honor to train, mentor and inspire these students, many of whom are now teachers, choreographers and professional dancers around the world. She prides herself in allowing each dancer a voice in the choreographic process to encourage creativity and ownership. Always dedicated to expanding her knowledge, she has attended training workshops in St. Petersburg, Russia in the Vaganova method with the Mikhailovsky Ballet, New York City at the American Ballet Theatre where she was successfully certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum and also had the opportunity to attend the NY Dance Teachers Summit. She has been certified in The Progressing Ballet Technique curriculum and more recently in Lisa Howell's Level 1 Dance Teacher & Practitioner Training with Perfect Form Physiotherapy.
In addition to teaching, Carmelle has choreographed and co-produced Bridal Fantasy, the largest bridal convention in western Canada for over a decade, as well as being an artistic consultant and choreographer for various events and fashion shows at West Edmonton Mall. She continues to appear throughout western Canada as a guest examiner, choreographer, and teacher.
Sarah Ranger brings us over 25 years of dance knowledge and education. In addition to the 12 years of RAD ballet & Al Gilbert Tap examinations, she also studied Classical Voice, Piano, Acting and Rhythmic Gymnastics. Having completed her Teacher Certification in Acrobatic Arts & Alixa Flexibility, she decided to further her studies and became a Level 1 CNADE Certified Teacher and has recently become a Founding Member of the ADTA : Acro Dance Adjudicators. Performing has taken her across many city's in Canada, the United States & China and she is thrilled to bring her knowledge & experience home to her dancers.
From the age of 4, Abbey has been training in various styles of dance with BSSD. Additionally, she has trained at Citie Ballet, Edmonton Dance Centre, Triple Threat Convention, as well as two summers at the National School of Ballet in Toronto. Abbey was a semi-finalist at the 2015 Genee International Ballet Competition in London, England. More recently, she was a member of "MOD contemporary dance movement" at the University of Alberta and has started her professional career with Royal Caribbean Cruises. She is currently in Miami rehearsing for her second ship "Serenade of the Seas". Abbey is proud to call BSSD home and is so grateful to have been able to work with her students during her vacation! She wishes everyone the best of luck with their performances and will see them in December :)
Sylvia has enjoyed teaching dance for over 20 Years. Sylvia began her ballet training at the age of 7 at the Edmonton School of Ballet and her flamenco training at the age of 4 with Conchita de Pectel. Sylvia completed her advanced Flamenco training in Spain with Berta Valencia and she completed the ESB teacher training program with Distinction in RADRTS and AISTD (National Branch). Sylvia has also enjoyed adjudicating ballet in various competitions and examining the Classical Ballet Progressions of Canada. Sylvia’s Flamenco students danced in the opening ceremonies of the IAAF World Track and Field opening games.
Sabrina Eng comes to us with over 15 years of dance experience. She has
trained in Ballet/Pointe (RAD and Vagonova), completed Advanced 1 RAD
examination, Jazz, Tap (Al Gilbert), Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and Urkrainian. She has furthered her training by travelling across North America attending various conventions and workshops both as a dancer and a teacher. She has performed at numerous competitions and received awards, performed at shows and galas. For the past 10 year, she has worked at other well known dance studios in Edmonton such as Edmonton Dance Factory teaching Jazz, Hip hop and other disciplines as well. She is excited to join the BSSD teaching team this fall.
Megan has been dancing with BSSD since the age of 4 and has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and novelty. She has participated in many summer intensives and is looking forward to organizing the BSSD Summer Dance Camp again this August. Megan has performed in events including the AB Winter Games Opening Ceremonies, Grey Cup Half Time Show, Spooktacular, AB Ballet Nutcracker, etc. Megan will be graduating from the University of Alberta this December with an Elementary Education Degree. After being a company member for 4 years, Megan performed her final show with the advanced dance company "MOD Contemporary Dance Movement" this past March. Last summer she became a certified dance teacher by completing her "International Dance Teaching Standards" level 1 course in BC. Megan absolutely loves teaching and sharing her passion for dance with everyone at BSSD!
Mackenzie began dancing at the age of 8, taking a hip hop class where she discovered her love of dance. She has trained in a variety of styles including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, heels and hip hop. She has competed and trained all over North America including in Vancouver, Toronto, New York and LA. She teaches and dances at many Edmonton based studios, as well was a member of the MOD Contemporary Dance Company. She is the winner of various choreography awards including placing top 3 in the Young Choreographers Ball for three consecutive years.
Madelyn is better known as “Miss Maddie” to all her students this season. She is currently enrolled in Grade 12 at the École Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School and has been dancing with BSSD since a very young age. Miss Maddie has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. She also represents BSSD competing in the performing group. Miss Maddie assists with our Movement & Mobility, as well as, ballet classes. She has also been part of the dance choreography team for the Block 5 productions at the High School for the past 3 seasons. Miss Maddie loves working with our students and sharing her love for dance.
Megan has been dancing with BSSD for 11 years training in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern as well as Novelty and Hip Hop. She’s also had the opportunity to assist various classes for the past 7 years and is certified through International Dance Teaching Standards (IDTS). Megan was apart of the Performing group for 9 years and has won several awards and scholarships for solos, duos and groups. She is currently enrolled in Concordia University for Fall 2020, where she will be taking a 3-year Biology Degree in hopes to transfer to the University of Alberta after completion to take an after degree in Education. Megan was selected to participate in the YoungLeaders.World conference in 2019 where she learnt qualities of leadership and the importance of personal growth as well as team work. She is so excited to dance with her students and share her love of dance with each of them.
McKenna has been dancing with BSSD for over 10 years and has trained in various styles such as RAD ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, novelty and contemporary and musical theatre. She has been a competitive dancer for 8 years and has won many awards and scholarships while participating at competitions. Additionally, she has participated in many master classes around Edmonton and conventions such as Triple Threat Dance and the VIP Dance Events. McKenna has also worked as a choreographer at Beaumont Composite High School for their musical theatre productions for the last 4 years and has worked with a local voice coach to create and dance movement routines for her students. She also worked as a choreographer for the high schools drama troupe who brought their production of Girls Like That to the Provincial High School One-Act Festival where she won the award for Best Choreography. McKenna is so excited to be teaching where she grew up dancing and cannot wait to share her love and passion for dance with the students of BSSD!
Trisha has been dancing with BSSD since the age of four and has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. She was a part of the BSSD Performing Group for 8 years where she received many group and solo awards and scholarships. She has also attended various master classes and has performed with Alberta Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker". Trisha is entering her fourth year of Political Sciences at the University of Alberta and will be applying for the Education After Degree Program next fall. She is also entering her fourth year as a company member and executive with MOD Contemporary Dance Movement, where she has had the ability to choreograph and direct a professional video project and various other small and large groups. Last summer, she collaborated with Ms. Abbey and the City of Beaumont to choreograph a flash mob for Beaumont's Town and Country Daze. Trisha is very excited to be returning to teach with BSSD this season and is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with her students!
Brenna Grewal started dancing at the age of three at Riverbend Dance Academy, 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 her senior years, Brenna began her acro training with Jill Ford and realized her love of the discipline. 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. In the summer of 2020, Brenna graduated from the Faculty of Nursing and hopes to work as a Registered Nurse in paediatrics. Brenna primarily teaches jazz and acro and has taught at various studios in the Edmonton area over the past 6 years including Edmonton Dance Factory, Dance Unlimited, and Supernova Baton and Acro. She is excited to be joining the teaching staff at BSSD, and she is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with her students.
Jemma has been dancing with BSSD since the age of four and joined the competition team at the age of nine. She is trained and has competed in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and novelty. At the age of 11, Jemma was diagnosed with scoliosis and underwent spinal surgery in 2016. Dance has been an integral part of her recovery and continued health.
In 2019, Jemma was selected as a member of Team Canada Tap West
and traveled to Germany to represent Canada in the IDO World Tap Dance Championships. That same year, Jemma was one of three student choreographers for Beaumont Composite Highschool’s production of ‘Bring it On’. Over the years, Jemma has been an assistant teacher with BSSD and is certified through International Dance Teaching Standards (IDTS). She is excited to continue to grow her teaching skills under the mentorship of Ms Pam. Jemma’s career goals are to become a physiotherapist and dance teacher. Dance will always be a significant part of Jemma’s life and she is excited to share her love of dance.