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 8th 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 8 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 7th 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.

Melanie is thrilled to be heading into her 6th season with Elements!

 

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 with 20 years of teaching experience. 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. Suzy holds certifications in Acrobatic Arts (level 1 & 2), ADAPT Jazz and Tap, Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT), Alixa Flexibility, Mental Skills Teacher Training, and Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD). Suzy is also a certified Acro Dance Adjudicator. 

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. Suzy went back to University in 2018 and received her Bachelor of Education (2020) and will be teaching with the Performing & Visual Arts Program at Central Memorial High School with the Calgary Board of Education.

Miss Suzy is excited to be returning to Elements for her 5th season

Brooke Mauro

Brooke Mauro

(ACRO)

An EDC graduate, Brooke grew up dancing and baton twirling and continues to share her passion for both! Brooke trained in acro, jazz, and ballet with Elements, alongside her training with Airdrie Sky High Twirlers where she competed at the international level- she has represented Canada at 5 different international competitions! Brooke has also worked as a demonstrator Mandy Yip, founder of Acrobatic Arts, at several different teacher conventions around the world. 
  
Brooke is currently attending the University of Calgary in their Law and Society program. She is a certified preschool and module 1 Acrobatic Arts instructor.
 
Growing up, acro was always Brooke’s favorite style of dance and she is excited to share her love for it with others- she loves teaching and sharing her passion and excitement for dance. She is looking forward to her first season with EDC! 
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 for her third 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 7th 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 third 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 holds certifications in ballet (CBTS), acrobatic dance (AAC2), Handbalancing (TADA2), Aerial Hoop (AAM1), Gymnastics (AGF Tramp 2/C1), Yoga (200RYT/50AIReal), and is currently completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology (UOFC). This is Morgan’s 4th year of teaching at Elements and she is excited to teach all dancers from mini movers to seniors!

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!

VALENTIA DIMITRIOU

VALENTIA DIMITRIOU

(BALLET, CONTEMPORARY, LYRICAL)

Born and raised in Calgary, Valentia Dimitriou is an Alumni of the University of Calgary and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance, concentrated in Choreography & Performance. With a background focused on Ballet and Modern/Contemporary dance, Valentia has also trained in at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center New York, Toronto Dance Theatre, Transformations Danse Montréal and ImpulsTanz International Dans Festival Vienna. Valentia has been seen performing with Corps Bara Dance Theatre, J-SIK Movements, Dancers’ Studio West, Project InTandem and many individual dance artists in and around the city.
As an educator, Valentia has 12 years of dance teaching experience in ballet, modern/contemporary and jazz to students of all ages. She holds her Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association Full Membership teaching certificate (2016), and most recently completed her Royal Academy of Dance Teaching certificate through the Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in Berlin Germany (2020). Valentia is looking forward to her first season with Elements and excited to be part of the Elements dance family!
Abby Froslev

Abby Froslev

(ACRO, BALLET, JAZZ, 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 two of the ADAPT Teacher Training School in Toronto, with the ultimate goal of becoming a certified ADAPT instructor in 2022.  Abby is Level 1 certified with The Fine Arts Club, Acrobatic Arts, and is pursuing her Acrobatic Arts Preschool certification this fall, along with Sound Kreation’s Teach to Inspire training. Abby loves spreading happiness and her passion for dance with everyone around her, and is so excited to return to EDC for her third year on staff!

EDC

OUR VISION | At EDC, we’re about more than movement - we endeavour to offer a purposeful community through dance.

OUR MISSION | Through creating in the studio, we strive to elevate and empower our students to achieve in all elements of their lives.

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HOURS

Our office is open:
Monday- Thursday 4:00-7:00pm
Saturday 9:30am-1:00pm

CONTACT

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