Meet the Diverse Faculty at Elite Dance Academy

Why Choose Elite:

Environment – Family friendly atmosphere with a positive and fun learning environment where your child will feel welcome and safe!
Staff – Adult professional staff with extensive training
Facility – Over 8,000 sq. feet of space including a student lounge, a parent lounge, and 5 dance studios all equipped with specialty sprung dance floors

Class Size – We ensure small class sizes with a safe student to teacher ratio

Customer service – accessible studio manager and owner to help you with all of your needs!

Our faculty at Elite Dance Academy in Calgary come from a diverse and impressive background of dance experience, ranging from ballet and tap to hip-hop and musical theatre. Our faculty enjoys encouraging youth to be healthy and physically active while instilling confidence in a positive learning atmosphere. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with our friendly, experienced staff members who are waiting to teach you a thing or two about dance.

Candice Mathewson, AISTD (dip) – Owner and Artistic Director

Ring Leader, Night Owl, Cupcake Connoisseur, Lip Sync Enthusiast, SNL Wannabe, Confidence-Booster, Do-Gooder

Veronica Hayter – Studio Manager

Popcorn Addict, Multi-Tasker Extraordinaire, Spin Class Lover, Proud Country Music Fan, Loving Auntie, Problem-Solver

Kyla Gallant-Sova, FISTD, AISTD

Espresso Addict, Bun Doctor, Chocoholic, Dream Catcher, Pea Hater, Animal Lover, Internal Beauty Developer

Lisa Claydon, Acrobatique ADAPT

Push-up Promoter, 80s Obsessed, Crazy Cat Lady, Mentor, #1 Fan of Rainy Days

Ashley Steele

Anything Pink Lover, Always Hungry, Fancy Footworker, Hard Hitter, High Kicker

Kyla Hiebert

Gummy Worm Lover, ’80s Music Admirer,

Rock-Climbing Enthusiast, Smile Spreader

Sam Lawrence, ADAPT

Tap Enthusiast, Starbucks Addict, Barre Lover, Picky Eater, Always Early

Michelle Hennebery, ADAPT

Tap Lover, Pointed Toes Activist, Jet Setter, Beach Dweller, Pre-School Motivator

Jen Helm

Music Lover, Tapologist, Adrenaline Junkie, Addicted to Dance, Students’ Biggest Fan

Shannon Collard, AISTD (dip)

Puzzle Expert, Anthropologist-in-training, Film Lover, Devoted Mama, Blue Jays Fanatic

Sarah Kellar

Coffee Addict, Shop-Till-You-Dropper, Learning Lover, Happy Camper, Baking Devotee

Heather Herring

Watermelon Lover, Always Upside-Down, Dance Party Enthusiast, Gym Freak, Joy Chaser, Pure Happiness

Nia Hoffmann

Animal Lover, Caffeine Addict, Musician, Makeup Hoarder, Snack Lover, Sleeping In Enthusiast

Mackenzie Hollinger, ADAPT

Organization Obsessed, Tea Enthusiast, Technique Focused, Comfy-Clothes Wearer, Family Lover, #1 Radiohead Fan

Daria Strelnikova

Adidaholic, Isolation Nation, Finnegan’s Godmother, Biologist by Nature, Timing Enforcer, Sneaker Hoarder

Vanessa Paglione

Movement Lover, Coffee Adorer, Glitter Enthusiast, Can Do-er, Energizer Bunny

Finnegan - Office Assistant

Super Cuddler, Napping Pro, Treat Lover, Mood Lifter

Interested in Joining in the Fun?

Contact our office to learn more about how you can join in the fun and register for classes at our academy.

You can also view our testimonials from current and former students and parents of students to get a better understanding about what separates our staff from that of other dance studios.

Diverse Dancing

We teach a variety of styles of dance, from classical ballet to jazz and hip-hop.

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