FACULTY

539539_284216471679853_1652594510_nOur mission is to give students of all ages and abilities a love of the art, knowledge of the technique, commitment, self-discipline and memories that will last a lifetime. We strive to provide professional dance training that is  developmentally and physically appropriate for students ages two through adult in a positive learning environment.

Supporting the individual growth and bringing out the personal uniqueness in every dancer!

JANA HAMILTON, BFA    

Owner, Director

Instructor: Modern, Creative Movement, Ballet, Tap, Skipping, Acro, Private Conditioning, Dance Therapy, Pre-Dance & Company

Jana began her dance training in the small town of Tilbury, Ontario. She continued on to achieve a BFA (hon) specialized in Dance from York University in Toronto. While in Toronto, Jana experienced 
intensive workshops with the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Kaeja d’Dance, and Ballet Creole. She also had 
the opportunity to tour with the York Dance Ensemble working with choreographers such as Holly Small, Darcey
 Callison, Alex Cilic, and Peter Chin.Jana Headshot 2017

Upon receiving her BFA, Jana relocated to Alberta and now calls Leduc home.  Since moving to Alberta in 2000, Jana has trained
 with a variety of instructors from Mile Zero, Vibe Tribe, Isis Dance and the Edmonton School of Ballet. She has
 choreographed and performed solo work, groups and musicals, most recently choreographing parts of Sleeping Beauty with the Leduc Drama Society and co-choreographing an opening performance for a Harlem Globetrotters half-time show in Edmonton and the Alberta Summer Games in Leduc.   Jana also spent 7 years with the Leduc Figure Skating Club as the Off-Ice Training Co-ordinator.

Jana is passionate about dance and full body integration, continuing to build on her training and knowledge. She has completed training in all 11 levels of the Junior Preparatory Ballet and Progressions Ballet Syllabi. Jana has studied in New York and maintains a Level 2 in the Bill Evans Technique of Contemporary Dance, which is based in Laban Theory and Bartenieff Fundamental Movement Patterns. Mentored under the guidance of dance icon William Evans and master instructors Don Halquist, Debra Knapp & Suzie Lundgren.

With the influence of such diverse instructors, Jana has experienced many genres of dance such as ballet, modern in the styles of
 Graham, Limon, Cunningham, Duncan, Horton, and Evans, tap, jazz, classical East Indian, hip-hop, ballroom, tribal belly dance and 
National dance.

  • M3Red Cross First Aid CPR & AED certified
  • RSA  & RSC Registered Skipping Coach
  • Bill Evan Contemporary Technique – Level 2
  • Former Off-Ice Coach for Leduc Figure Skating Club
  • Triple P Parenting
  • Alixa Flexibility Level 3
  • Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certified
  • GrowUp SmART ~ BrainDance Method Certified
  • Al Gilbert Tap Syllabus Qualified Instructor

KRYSTAL HRYNIUK

 Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Acro, Accelerate Jazz & Company  

Krystal adds 25 years of diverse dance experience to the CDL faculty.  Training in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and Cheer.  Krystal’s excitement for dance is sure to motivate!  She has spent the past 14 years teaching in Edmonton and Leduc. Krystal developed and coached the Dance/Pom program for 5 years at Perfect Storm Athletics.  Krystal’s passion for dance fostered a Pom Team for an Edmonton High School for 10 years leading them to championship titles.Krystal 1

The former Edmonton Eskimos Cheer Team member has performed in 4 Grey Cup half time and pre-game shows, performing with artists including Salt n Pepa and Lenny Kravitz. After 4 years dancing with the Edmonton Eskimo Cheer Team Krystal continued on for 6 years as team manager.  Krystal was a co-director for WMBL Edmonton Prospects Cheer/Dance Team for 2 seasons.

Krystal is well travelled across North America having taken classes in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and South Carolina and has trained extensively with Professional dance teams from the NFL, NBA and other professional organizations.  Krystal is eager to share her training and performance experiences, which also include performing at Disneyland.

Her high intensity and drive for perfection will have every student striving to be their best.

  • m2Red Cross First Aid CPR & AED certified
  • Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certified
  • Alixa Flexibility Level 2
  • GrowUp SmART ~ BrainDance Method Certified
  • Al Gilbert Tap Syllabus Qualified Instructor

 

CASSIE KUSYANTO

Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Accelerate Jazz, Adult

Cassie 3

Cassie brings 25 years of versatile dance training to CDL. She began dancing at the age of 5 and has experience in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and Cheer. Cassie was awarded the Most Promising Junior Dancer Award at her studio, which fueled her motivation to always strive for perfection.  Cassie has won numerous awards at local competitions including Junior Overall Runner Up High Score Award and an Intermediate Overall Adjudicators Choice Award.

 

Once joining the Edmonton Eskimos Cheer Team she performed in 4 Grey Cup half time shows along with pre-game shows. With the Edmonton Eskimos organization Cassie was given the opportunity to train with numerous professional teams from the NBA, NFL and top collegiate clubs. During this training Cassie was selected as a Runner Up Dance Star at the United Spirit Association camp in Los Angeles and then as part of the 2009 National Dance Alliance All American Team.

Cassie was the co-director and choreographer of the WMBL Edmonton Prospects Cheer/Dance team for 2 seasons. Cassie is excited to start the 2018/19 dance season and looking forward to passing on her knowledge and love for dance to each one of her students.

  • Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certified
  • Al Gilbert Tap Syllabus Qualified Instructor
  • First Aid CPR Certified

JOANN ZAYAK        

Ballet, Accelerate Ballet, Pre-Pointe, JoAnn #3Jazz

JoAnn was born and raised in Derwent Alberta, and has been training in dance since the age of three.  Training in Cecchetti ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap, and Ukrainian folk dance. JoAnn began her dance training in Vermilion Alberta, and has participated in many competitions and workshops. Since an early age JoAnn has had a love for teaching children in the art of dance. JoAnn has recently completed the Edmonton School of Ballet’s extensive Teacher’s Training Program, receiving her Associate Diploma with the Cecchetti Society of Canada.  JoAnn continues to develop her performance abilities training and travelling across North America as a member of the Cheremosh Ukranian Dance Company.

  • Cecchetti Associate Diploma

VANESSA BORGES                         Vanessa Borges - 2015 pic

Hip Hop, Jazz

Vanessa began dancing at the age of three and has experience in many areas of dance. She found her passion in hip hop and the genre has been her focus for over a decade. She has trained extensively in its various styles, primarily at 3rd Street Beat studios in Edmonton.

Vanessa formerly trained and performed with Edmonton based hip hop crew “YegrBombs” alongside some of the city’s most experienced dancers and instructors. She is a veteran of the Eskimos Cheer Team which has awarded her the opportunity to perform for upwards of 30,000 people at every home game.  Vanessa now directs the Edmonton Eskimos “Esks Force Hype Team”

Vanessa graduated from a performing arts high school and continued with a degree from University of Alberta. She has returned as a guest instructor at her high school as well as has taught at other high schools around the city. She also had the opportunity to choreograph for the University of Alberta dance team. Vanessa can’t wait to be back with Connectivity for the up-coming season and share her passion for hip hop and performance with all of her students.  She is looking forward to further developing the competitive stream!

SALLY FAKES      Sally Fakes - head shot

Acro

Connectivity Dance is excited to welcome Sally to our instructor team for the 2018/19 dance season!  Sally holds a BA in Dance and BA in Communication Studies from Western Kentucky University.  Sally has special talents with single and double point harness, partner work and tumbling.  Sally teaches at various studios throughout Edmonton and has also taught in St.Louis and New Mexico.  Sally has an extensive background as a professional performer, dancer and soloist for Carnival Cruise Lines, SRO Associates and was a background dancer in Get Shorty

  • Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certified
  • National Dance Institute (NDI) Teaching Excellence Training Program

ERIN GILLESPIE, MSc

SkippingErin #1

CDL is excited to have Erin back to coach our Competitive Jump Rope Team,  the Connectivity Skippers.  Erin holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree as well as an MSc in Exercise Physiology. With 12 years as a certified personal trainer and Erin’s extensive background in competitive skating, both as an athlete and coach,  she brings a great strength to our program.  Erin’s vast knowledge of Long-Term Athlete Development and proper jump technique ensure longevity of our athlete’s performance.  Erin is also current the Chair for Rope Skipping Canada.

  • NCCP certified Coach

Autumn Nesdoly, Jeff Fox ~ Skipping

HALEY MYHRE

Hip Hop, Connectivity Crew Haley #3

Connectivity is excited to have Haley Myhre back this year instructing our Hip Hop Program.  Haley has been assisting and teaching in the Edmonton and Sherwood Park areas for the past seven years. Haley has also trained in Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical, however Hip Hop is her speciality. Haley has travelled various places for her training, participating in Disney’s Magic Parade as well as competing at World of Dance where she received a 3rd place standing.  Haley is a former Edmonton Eskimos Cheerleader and  is a current member of the Edmonton Eskimos “Esks Force Hype Team” and the lead instructor for the 2018/19 Connectivity Crew!  Haley is currently attending the U of A and continuing her passion for learning the art and various styles of Hip Hop.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE & PERFORMANCE STAFF

  • Andrea Carlson
  • Tamara Bellerose
  • Morgyn Hamilton
  • Valleena Little

CLASS ASSISTANTS & LEADS 2018/19

Valleena Little – Company Assistant

Morgyn Hamilton – Connectivity Crew Assistant

Trey Hamilton –  Junior Skipping Coach, All Boy Hip Hop Assistant

Jayda Perrault – Primary 1 Ballet Lead

Rory Lesage

Aurora Michaud – Mini 3 Ballet Lead (Thursday Class)

Gabriella Colbourne – Primary 1 Jazz Lead

Kyleigh Pyrcz – Mini 1 Ballet Lead (Tuesday Class)

Ryleah Perrault – Acro Demonstrator, Primary 2 Hip Hop Lead

Dancers Junior 2 level and above interested in assisting for the up-coming season, please contact Miss Jana.

 

 

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