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TEAM EDC

Our Instructors 

Stephanie Staniforth

Stephanie Staniforth

(OWNER/DIRECTOR) (BFA (HONOURS), R.A.D.(R.T.S.), N.B.S. DIP.-TTP)

Stephanie started EDC in 2014, and is thrilled to be leading the studio’s students, staff and parent group into their 7th season! Stephanie has been teaching dance for over 12 years, and to this day teaching remains her #1 passion within the business. She holds Registered Teacher’s Status with the Royal Academy of Dance, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from York University, and a diploma in ballet pedagogy from Canada’s National Ballet School. She is also a member of the Professional Adjudicator’s Alliance and is a certified ADAPT instructor in jazz and tap. Stephanie has won numerous awards for her choreography and her students have won many scholarships and awards at competitions across Canada. Her students have performed for Mirvish, been accepted to summer programs at Canada’s National Ballet School, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Ballet Jorgen, as well as full time dance programs at Centennial College, Harbour Dance Centre, Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University, University of Calgary and George Brown College.

Stephanie received her childhood dance training in Calgary and majored in dance at York University in Toronto. Stephanie is a graduate of the prestigious Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School. It was there that Stephanie honed her teaching skills under the guidance of Anuschka Roes and Teresa Randall, taking daily classes in ballet pedagogy, methodology, music, history and national dance. At NBS, Stephanie trained in both the Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) methods of ballet however, Stephanie’s specialization lies in the RAD syllabus where she has worked as a mentor for the RAD’s C.B.T.S. program (a certification program for aspiring ballet teachers).

While teaching has always been Stephanie’s main passion, she has also performed professionally. Her performance credits include Alliance Atlantis Films, Army of Sass, Much Music and Sarah Slean to name a few.

Stephanie is a member of the Dance Studio Owners Association’s prestigious Inner Circle, which allows her and EDC to continually innovate and stay at the top of their field, while receiving training and professional development opportunities from many of the dance industry’s top leaders and experts. Stephanie is looking forward to making season 7 the best one yet!

Alexa Clifton

Alexa Clifton

(HIP HOP, MUSICAL THEATRE, JAZZ, LYRICAL, ELEMENTS, CONDITIONING)

Alexa grew up dancing in Calgary where she participated in many classes, workshops, and competitions, receiving numerous awards. She has travelled to New York city to take master classes at Broadway Dance Centre and Steps on Broadway, and of course to see her favourite Broadway shows! Alexa has trained in hip hop, jazz, contemporary, tap and ballet.

Alexa is and ADAPT jazz and tap certified teacher, holds her Acrobatic Arts level 1, and is certified in both pilates and barre fitness. She has won numerous awards for her choreography, and brings so much life to every class she teaches!

Alexa runs the EDC Assistant Teacher Program and is also the manager of our Birthday Party Program. She is very excited to return to EDC for her 6th season!

Melanie McGonigal

Melanie McGonigal

(TAP)

Melanie McGonigal achieved her dance education at Martin School of Dance and Baton Twirling in Regina, Saskatchewan. She completed her training in jazz, tap, and ballet through the CDTA, ADAPT, and RAD syllabi.

Melanie has been teaching dance for over 20 years and has won multiple awards for her many successful dancers. She looks forward to her 5th season with Elements and the continuation of the tap dance revolution! Melanie is also a registered nurse and mother of four.

Suzanne Demers

Suzanne Demers

(ACRO, BALLET, JAZZ, TAP, CONDITIONING, ELEMENTS)

Suzanne, or Suzy as she is known to her students, has been actively dancing and teaching in Calgary and surrounding areas for over 14 years.

Suzy is a celebrated dancer and instructor known for her lively choreography and unique style of teaching that incorporates both the physical and personal aspects and reasons why we dance, believing that anyone can dance, no matter what their shape, size or experience. Her love of dance is rooted in her desire to connect with students and explore movement and expression.  A certified yoga and reiki practitioner in addition to dance, she uses her knowledge of the body and movement in these areas to bring a holistic connection to her teaching.

Calgary born, Suzy has trained and taught with many studios in the city and abroad and is encouraged by the talents she sees locally and loves that she can share her passion for dance in and around her home town. Certified in Acrobatic Arts, ADAPT Jazz and Tap and Progressive Ballet Technique, Suzy also has extensive knowledge of CDTA, RAD and Cecchetti syllabi.   Additionally, Suzy is always looking to continue her growth as a teacher and dancer and has trained and traveled to many places including Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles and London.

Miss Suzy is excited to be returning to Elements for her 4th season where she will also be continuing in the role of Costume Coordinator!

Sarah Schulz

Sarah Schulz

(BALLET, JAZZ, LYRICAL, ACRO/JAZZ)

Sarah grew up dancing and baton twirling competitively in Airdrie and Calgary for 12 years where she participated in many dance competitions as well as provincial, national and international competitions for baton!

Representing Canada three times in Australia, Florida, and the Netherlands, she always loved the travelling and teamwork aspects of both baton and dance. Sarah trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, acro, tap and musical theatre, and completed various RAD ballet exams and ADAPT jazz exams.

A certified CBTF coach, Sarah started teaching in 2013 and loves to share her passion for dance and creativity with her students. Sarah still loves to take classes and workshops and performed with Encorps Dance Collective in Calgary in 2018. She had two wonderful seasons at Elements before taking two years off to travel, live and work in Munich, Germany. Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications Studies from the University of Calgary in 2018 and is now an Editorial Director for an online media company.

Miss Sarah is so happy to be back at Elements and can’t wait for a great season!

Michelle Finch

Michelle Finch

(TAP)

Born and raised in Calgary Michelle started dancing at the age of 5. Michele trained in ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary but fell in love with tap and the concept of creating her own rhythm style. Michelle has been teaching and choreographing throughout Calgary, Airdrie and BC for over 20 years . Dance has brought Michelle to perform and take classes in New York, Australia, Chicago , Seattle and Vancouver.

Michelle loves to bring out each individual student’s personality and style to help them shine! Michelle is also a RMT of 14 years , a Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula . She is a proud mother of 2 energetic boys. Miss Michelle is looking forward to her 6th season at Elements!

Meghann Michalsky

Meghann Michalsky

(CONTEMPORARY)

Meghann is an independent Dance Artist working in Calgary. She completed her BA in Contemporary Dance, concentration in Choreography and Performance from the University of Calgary. Since graduating she has rigourously pursued her dance technique training in Canada as well as in Israel, Portugal, Sweden, the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria.

She recently received the 2019 RBC Emerging Artist Award at the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions. She is the first Dancer/Choreographer to receive this award. Between 2014 and the present, Meghann has created nine new works. Five of these were major works between 20-35 minutes in duration.

All of them were professionally produced by dance organizations and festivals, or self-produced, in Alberta, and one piece was presented abroad at the 2016 artArtica Festival in Finalnd. Meghann has been awarded Choreographic Residencies from the University of Calgary, W & M Dance Projects, Theatre Junction and DJD Dance Centre.

Meghann is thrilled to be joining EDC for her second season where she will continue to develop the contemporary program!

Morgan Pack

Morgan Pack

(BALLET, ACRO)

Morgan grew up in Saskatchewan and moved to Calgary 10 years ago. She is passionate about dance and moving your body daily. Morgan currently coaches a number of competitive disciplines including acro, ballet, gymnastics and yoga. She is AAC1 and AAC2 certified in acrobatics and has her Foundations and Module 1 in TADA hand balancing, in addition to being a registered RAD ballet instructor.

Miss Morgan recently became certified in aerial hoop through Acrobatic Arts, and completed her partner acrobatics training through Acro Love. This is Morgan’s 3rd year teaching at Elements and she is excited to teach all dancers from Mini Movers to Senior!

She encourages everyone to be both a student and a teacher at every time in their life, there is always more to learn and practice makes progress!

Paige McCallum

Paige McCallum

(JAZZ, TAP, HIPPITY HOP)

Paige graduated from EDC in 2018. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, contemporary and acro. Paige has completed year 2 of 3 within the ADAPT Teachers Training program, and is taking her Bachelor of Arts (Dance) at the University of Calgary.

Paige is excited to be returning for her third season on staff at EDC and looks forward to her classes, and all of the different studio events that take place throughout the season.

Abby Froslev

Abby Froslev

(BALLET, HIP HOP)

 Abby graduated from EDC in 2019. She has trained in a variety of dance styles, including ADAPT jazz, CDTA jazz and RAD ballet. While Abby loves all styles of dance, her first passion is lyrical- she loves expressing emotion through dance. Abby has completed year one of the ADAPT Teacher Training School in Toronto, with the ultimate goal of becoming a certified ADAPT instructor. Abby is a second year student at Mount Royal Uniersity, pursuing a Bachelor of Business, and also has interest in Health Sciences. Abby loves spreading happiness and her passion for dance with everyone around her, and is so excited to return to EDC for her second year on staff as a teacher and office administrator!