Dancefusion Academy of Dance

Our Artistic Staff

Dancefusion has some of the most sought after teachers in Alberta. These exceptional teachers inspire their students to become better dancers!

Kimberley Penner

Kimberley Penner

Kimberley is passionate about teaching and cannot wait to go in to her third season as a teacher at Dancefusion. Her love of dance started at an early age, traning in jazz, lyrical, ballet and pointe. She completed her junior grades certification in 2014 and is enrolled in children's movement and development course's at the University of Alberta. Kimberley is working on completing her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with aspirations to be accepted into the medical program. She loves that she has the ability to share her passion for the art with her students, as well as increase their artistry and technique.

Krista Soleski - Associate Diploma CSC-CICB

Krista Soleski - Associate Diploma CSC-CICB

Ballet

Krista has been teaching for over 10 years and has trained in jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, and ballet.  Krista graduated from the Grant MacEwan University with her diploma in dance and is also a graduate of the teacher training program at Edmonton School of Ballet. She has also received her qualifications in the Cecchetti ballet method  earning her Cecchetti Associate and Cecchetti Associate Diploma. Krista loves teaching all ages of students and loves watching them grow and progress each year.

Laurie Cahoon-Alston

Laurie Cahoon-Alston

Jazz. Lyrical, Acro

Originally from Edmonton, Laurie’s career in dance has taken her around the world as a performer, adjudicator, award-winning choreographer, convention teacher, and instructor. 
She holds her Advanced II certificate with the Royal Academy of Dancing and performed professionally with Ballet North. Performances with Ballet North included a tour of Mainland China as a Principal dancer. Laurie also worked at length as a lead singer and dancer in Japan at Tokyo Disneyland, playing such fun-loving characters as Belle, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. She has also enjoyed working in the Cruise-ship industry.
Industrial and Television credits include Calvin Klein, Lancome, Tommy Hilfiger, the grand opening of Casino Niagara, and Club Firestone. She has also performed in the Tokyo “AKOM” commercial, Berenstein Bears Christmas Show with Paramount Pictures, Legends Alive, Chiropractic Association of Alberta, Cool FM radio, and appeared as a guest singer on the TV show Day By Day.  Most recently Laurie worked with Joe Media as a dancer and choreographer on their "Born to Move" series for the Physiotherapy college of Calgary's 30th anniversary. Laurie has also had the pleasure of doing voice over work in Japan, taught dance to figure skaters at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton, and has worked with dancers from Beijing’s Capital Normal University and taught at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School for six years. She was the co-choreographer of escape artist Dean Gunnarson’s live televised Halloween Special. A great honor was being invited to audition for Cirque du Soleil and be added to their bank of potential performers.
Laurie truly enjoys meeting and teaching young dancers who continue to inspire her with their determination and love of dance.

Lindsay White-Thornton B.Ed. (Dist.), B.A.

Lindsay White-Thornton B.Ed. (Dist.), B.A.

Lindsay has been involved in the dance industry for nearly thirty years as a student, performer, instructor, choreographer, mock examiner, adjudicator and professional. Trained in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Voice, Musical Theatre, Ukrainian and Ballet, she is a versatile and sought after instructor, choreographer and adjudicator.

Professionally, dance has afforded her opportunities to hone and share her craft in studios and workshops around Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan; and across the border in New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Always looking for opportunities to further her training, she most recently studied in New York in the Spring of 2015. Lindsay has had the privilege of choreographing for various local productions, festivals, galas and sporting events, in addition to adjudicating across Alberta and Saskatchewan annually. Many of her students have gone on to establish professional careers in dance in Canada, the U.S., Asia, the U.K. and Australia. Lindsay is a recognized instructor and proponent of the Al Gilbert Tap System, having completed her training and exams, and successfully enters students in grades Primary thru Nine annually.

Ultimately Lindsay's passion is instilling in her students not only a love for movement across multiple genres, but an appreciation of the storytelling and transformational capabilities inherent in dance. She looks forward to connecting with dancers of all ages though inspiring and high-energy classes, sparking a confidence and determination in her students that transcends dance and carries them through life after they leave the studio.

Mikayla Newbold

Mikayla Newbold

tap

Mikayla is a young and passionate tap dancer on the front of the tap scene in Edmonton. She is pursuing her love for tap by performing and working with others in her community and continuing her training. Lately she has been focusing on working with musicians to than be able to arrange tunes and improvise with them live. Her most recent collaborations are with Sole Rhythm; a collaboration uniting tap dance and music in a band atmosphere. Her style is focused on musicality while still performing and engaging audiences. Along with tap dancing, Mikayla will be continuing her education at Grant Macewan University in Sciences. Her most recent work is being the driving force behind producing The Next Step show “For The Love of Tap” as Show Manager with the rest of her Next Steps peers. Her love for experimenting with choreography and setting pieces has given her and edge in the world of teaching. Mikayla has also completed many Al Gilbert grades up to and including grade nine, all with highest honours. With her many years of experience in Al Gilbert and other technique, Mikayla looks forward to working with the dancers at Dancefusion and helping them to continue their passion in tap.


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