Staff

Miss Heather
Owner/Operator, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Preschool, Acro

Heather was raised in Central Alberta and danced at a couple well known studios in the Red Deer area growing up. She had great teaching opportunities with some local studios but decided she wanted to own her own studio. So in 2003 she opened her own studio in Blackfalds, Alberta and then 8 years later opened a second location in Lacombe.  Between the two studios Heather has over 600 students that attend, and many employees she has to manage. Heather is an ADAPT trained dancer specializing in Tap and Jazz. She has completed the three year ADAPT Teachers program and is a certified ADAPT instructor. She has also obtained her level 1 and 2 Acro Dance certification. Heather teaches Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, preschool and Musical Theatre at her studios. She has received many top awards for her groups including Choreography awards at the Grande Championship level. She has also had the opportunity to do choreography for various cheerleading squads, Flash mobs, Z99 Haunted House, Figure skating, drama clubs and recently got to be a part of a CMT music video for Gord Bamford as well as choreograph his 2012/2013 tour. Heather loves all that the dance world offers and has been all over Canada and the US attending work shops to further her dance knowledge. Heather is very upbeat and positive and looks forward to adjudicating at more festivals this year
Miss Tania
Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Lyrical
Miss Tania has been dancing for over twenty five years specializing in fields such as Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Musical Theater to name a few. She has also had opportunities over the years to gain experience in other disciplines like Hip Hop, Belly Dancing, Breakdancing, and National / Folk Dance. Tania began teaching at the age of sixteen and specializes in Ballet. Tania Directs and Choreographs the Red Deer College’s Annual Production of “The Nutcracker”. Tania believes hard work and determination will get the dance completed, but the love for the art will make the dance a masterpiece!
Miss Amber
Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Acro, Hip Hop, Preschool,
Miss Amber grew up dancing at Dancer’s Edge Studio and now is a full time teacher with the studio. She has studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Miss Amber successfully completed her first year of ADAPT -TTS , and is Acrobatic Arts Certified Level 1 & 2. She has also broadened her experience through many different workshops around the world. She is also Zumba and Piloxing certified. Miss Amber has won many awards for her unique choreography and students and parents love her for her fun bubbly style. Her unique dance style also landed her a job at the Calgary Stampeed with the Cowboy Ace’s dance team. Miss Amber is looking forward to sharing her new knowledge and experiences this coming season.

Miss Crystal
Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Stretch & Adult classes

Bachelor of Arts with distinction

ADAPT certified jazz and tap instructor

Since the age of 4, dance has been an integral part of Miss Crystal’s life. She has been dancing for over 25 years, studying jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet, musical theatre, hip hop, modern, and variety. She completed her degree in psychology, with distinction, while continuing to dance for the University of Alberta Dance Team. During her last year of University, Miss Crystal started the 3 year process of becoming an ADAPT accredited tap and jazz teacher under the direction of Brian and Faye Foley. She graduated from the ADAPT Teacher Training course in 2012 becoming an accredited instructor. During this time she operated and taught at her own dance studio in Fort Saskatchewan. Miss Crystal is an award-winning choreographer that has taught all ages of dancers from 3 years to adult in recreational and competitive programming. Furthermore, she has successfully prepared dancers for ADAPT examinations. She was even nominated by her students to receive a “High Five” award for being a positive role model for youth in Strathcona County.

Miss Crystal not only teaches at Dancer’s Edge Studio in Lacombe and Blackfalds, she is also the Health & Wellness Director for both locations. Miss Crystal is passionate about integrating mental health into the studio and helping youth of all ages. Furthermore, Miss Crystal is a frequent guest choreographer for a Burlesque/Cabaret Company in Edmonton—Razz Ma Berries Productions. She has also had the honor of adjudicating a dance festival for Sparkle Dance Festivals in Central Alberta.

When Miss Crystal is not dancing, she enjoys hanging out with her son and daughter, reading, and drinking coffee with friends.

Miss Jolene
Tap, Jazz, Lyrical

Future Star Program
Miss Jolene started dancing at the age of 4. Through out her years of dance, she did many years of competitive, and also took exams in tap, jazz, and ballet. A highlight for miss Jolene was when she auditioned and had a children’s part with the National Ballet of Canada when they performed in a nearby city. Miss Jolene attended the College of the Rockies in BC where she completed her early childhood education. During that time she continued teaching and subbing in Cranbrook and Kimberley with ages 3 to adult. After some years of working in daycare and running her own dayhome, she is really excited to be joining DES as an instructor and looks forward to helping these little ones with their dance story.
Miss Angie
Acro, Kindercheer

Miss Angie grew up training in artistic gymnastics and has always loved all things upside down and flippy! She later discovered her love of dance and joined a studio where she studied competitive Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, and Musical Theater as well as taught gymnastics skills classes for students to use in their dances. Miss Angie coached Artistic Gymnastics for seven years and holds certificates in both NCCP Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline Coaching. She holds both her level 1 and 2 Acrobatic Arts Certifications and loves implementing the curriculum into her classes at DES.

Miss Angie has had the opportunity to dance in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Alberta Winter Games and has danced professionally with “Kompany Dance” in Red Deer while attending RDC in the kinesiology program. She moved on to university where she was a member of the U of A competitive cheerleading team and attended competitions throughout Canada as well as USA collegiate nationals in Las Vegas. She obtained her Bachelor of Physical Education Degree from U of A and also holds her Level 2 child care certification.

When she is not at the studio Miss Angie can be found working at the elementary school in pre-k, driving her twins to and from dance, attending her son’s basketball games, or spending time with her family. This is Miss Angie’s 10th year with the studio and she continues to enjoy growing and learning with her students and fellow staff members every day.

Ms Aalbers
Ballet Tech, Pointe, Stretch & Strength- Competitive
We have been fortunate to have one of Alberta’s top ballet instructors to our studio for the past three years. Shanda Aalbers has been involved in the arts for over thirty years and offers a wealth of teaching experience in numerous facets of dance. She is well known in the dance community for her innovative choreography and her unique creative talents.

Ms. Aalbers was the owner and artistic director of the Academy of Dance in Wetaskiwin and for many years has been a freelance teacher for studios throughout Alberta. Her greatest rewards as a teacher are the accomplishments of her students. Many of her dancers have graduated from renowned performing arts programs including the Julliard Academy. Former students can be seen in companies such as Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal, the Alberta Ballet, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Radio City Rockettes, Disney Productions, as well as a variety of cruise lines around the world. She also takes great pride in knowing that many of her past students have developed into fine teachers and choreographers with wonderful creativity and compassion for children.

Dancers trained by this warm and caring teacher can often be recognized by their emotional quality and strong sense of performance. A perfectionist, Mrs. Aalbers’ choreography stands out because of its originality, attention to detail, and professional quality. Her artistic versatility allows extremely varied works that always showcase dancers in their best light.

Her positive, sensitive approach encourages dancers of every age to work to their individual potential. For this reason, Ms. Aalbers is always in demand as a guest teacher and adjudicator. She is passionate about her art and genuinely enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of dance with teachers and students of every age.

“You just feel so great in her care… you feel like you can do anything.” Jenna Hanson

Dancer 14 years

Miss Kristine
Instructor

Miss Stacee
Preschool, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop
This will be Miss Stacee’s third year teaching at Dancer’s Edge. Her students love her bubbly personality and her love for dance. Miss Stacee is eager to learn new things and will be attending teacher conferences this summer to further her teaching education. She is also been working on her early childhood degree and loves learning and growing.

Miss Madyson

Miss Taylor

Miss Teagan

Miss Brookelyn


Joyce
Administration, Blackfalds & Lacombe

Kim
Administration, Blackfalds

Crystal
Administration, Blackfalds & Lacombe

Candice
Administration, Lacombe