Andrea Pass :: Artistic Director
Andrea Pass is a graduate of Calgary’s Young Canadians and the University of Calgary Program of Dance. Working as a choreographer and professional arts programmer over the last 25 years, Andrea has a diverse arts background in professional and educational arts. She has developed and managed dance education programs for the Wildflower Arts Centre, St Margaret’s School, and Ballet Victoria. Her choreographic work has varied from musicals to traditional ballets to contemporary dance on both film and stage. A classically trained dancer, Andrea’s film CEA was part of the Cultural program at the Canadian Cultural Pavilion, Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
Nicole Pemberton :: Instructor
Nicole Pemberton is a dance artist and director of the new dance collective J’ouvert Playhouse currently residing in Calgary, AB. Her extensive training in Caribbean, hip hop, contemporary, African, Afro-Cuban, jazz, funk, ballet ,and house dance has taken her around the globe. Nicole holds a diploma in dance from Grant McEwan University and a BA in Dance from the University of Calgary. Her professional performance experience includes work for Ballet Creole, Canboulay Dance Theatre, and she was featured in BravoFact. Nicole is a well-known dance educator and choreographer in demand across North America. Watch Nicole dance in the ‘ASC Highlight Series’.
Lori Goods :: Instructor
A native Calgarian, Lori Goods dance training includes R.A.D, ADAPT, as well as the Al Gilbert tap syllabus along with training in early childhood education. At a young age Lori joined Calgary Dance Theatre, performing throughout Alberta, Australia and Europe; her biggest thrill was performing with Mickey and Minnie at Euro Disneyland. Lori has been involved in the competitive dance community winning her several scholarships throughout her performance career. Lori’s passion for tap dance continues to flourish on local stages. Lori has been teaching for the past 20 years inspiring hundreds of dancers to work to their fullest potential in the hopes that they fall in love with dance and pursue their highest dreams.
Shelby Holt :: Instructor
Shelby graduated from the University of Calgary’s Drama program with a minor in dance and a masters of teaching. Shelby trained with W and M Physical Theatre (SURGE) and Theatre Encounter. She has performed/choreographed with ND Theatre, The Alberta Dance Festival, The Calgary International Children’s Festival, The Cochrane Children’s Festival, Soulocentric Dance, and many more. When she is not teaching dance, she works in schools teaching physical theatre residencies. Her style of performance and teaching explores physical theatre narratives as well as somatic and emotional connections.
Karen Berry :: Instructor
Karen earned her BA in Recreation Management from Malaspina in 2002. She has been teaching, performing, choreographing in dance for over 20 years, for various organizations in Canada and abroad. She specializes in hip hop, ballet, jazz, fusions, Latin and African. Her choreography was part of the Western Canada Summer Games Opening Ceremonies in July 2007. A certified fitness leader she is also the founder of BassBurn.
Jennifer DeWolf :: Instructor
Jennifer is a passionate Calgary-based performer, choreographer, and instructor adept in many styles of dance who thoroughly enjoys the journey of artistic creation. She has travelled abroad to Cuba, France, Finland, and Poland. In 2010, Jennifer received her BA in Dance from the University of Calgary, specializing in choreography and performance. In 2012 she completed the Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Professional Training Program. Since then, Jennifer has been the Artist in Residence at many local schools, and acting as the Calgary lead for Canada’s National Ballet School Sharing Dance Program. She uses her rich background in dance to inspire and nurture students’ potential and creativity.
Lysa Downey :: Instructor
For 33 years, Lysa has been indulging in her greatest passion, dancing. A recipient of multiple dance performance and choreography awards, Lysa holds a BA in Dance along with other post-secondary diplomas and certificates. Since 2004, she has been teaching creative process and dance including tap, jazz, ballet, modern, improvisation, and contact improvisation. Lysa seeks to challenge her students by fusing creative exploration and rigorous technique. Since beginning her choreography career in her parent’s kitchen, Lysa now spends her creative time expanding her knowledge and practice in dance film.)
Anthony Kadak :: Dramatic Arts Instructor
Anthony Kadak is a graduate of the Queens University film programme. He has worked as a director in theatre, cabaret, musical theatre and independent film for over 25 years. Anthony has worked as a unit manager on many major Hollywood feature films as well as prime time television shows. Over the last 15 years, he has coached over 200 kids in soccer and hockey.
Juanita Patterson Price :: Dance Researcher
Juanita is a former anatomy instructor at Mount Royal University and dance instructor for the Wildflower Arts Centre. Having spent several years competing internationally in highland dance she can now be found sharing her love of Latin dance, especially bachata. She has a specialty in adult education and a passion for connecting the biomechanics of movement with dance for all ages and abilities. Over the last three years she has been collaborating with the specialist dance team of Footprints Dance Project to develop teaching tools specifically focused on physical literacy. She is currently working on a PhD, with a research concentration in anatomy, at the University of South Florida.