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!

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.

Richard Andries

Richard Andries

Hip Hop

Richard Andries is Edmonton's most sought after Hip Hop teacher and choreographer. Chris Brown, Ludacris,Boyz II Men, Ashanti, 112, Ginuwine and Shawn Desman are just a few of the international acts that Richard has opened for while performing with his dance group White Chocolate. The group was recently awarded with Top Professional Dance Crew at Canada’s first national hip hop competition Artists Emerge. This was where Richard was presented with the Most Outstanding Dancer title as well as the Icon Award. White Chocolate has also performed at Alberta’s Centennial Celebration for the Queen of England, the 2004 Juno kickoff party and the Universal Records Juno After Party. Richard has toured with hip hop legend Snoop Dogg, as well as rap artist The Game.

Richard has also accompanied Canadian stars Kayle and Gary Beals as a background dancer. With his dynamic style and energetic choreography Richard maintains the true techniques of hip hop including Popping, Locking, Breaking, Tutting and more. This year Richard traveled to Detroit with the Extreme Dance Convention Faculty. There he assisted Bradley Rapier of the "Groovaloos", and was along side of some of Americas finest choreographers including Liz Ramos, Brian Friedman and many more. Richard is currently teaching throughout Alberta and preparing for a dance tour across China with Spice Productions. He continues to train, perform and teach with North America's finest.

Tianna Stephen

Tianna Stephen

Tianna Stephen RAD RTS, ISTD Nat., TTP Dip. (NBS), Acrobatic Arts Certified, Alixa Flexibility Tianna Stephen started dance at the age of 3 and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater and contemporary. She has completed her Advanced II Royal Academy of Dancing ballet exam as well as her Grade 8. Tianna has also achieved her certificate in Cecchetti Intermediate & Advanced I as well as her ISTD National (Folk) Advanced 1. She attended the world dance competition Dance Excellence in Los Angeles in 2011 and 2014 where her competitive dance team won top awards in ballet, contemporary and jazz. Tianna has been teaching in Aberdeen, Scotland for the last 2 year, and Toronto, Canada for the 3 previous years where she had been teaching ballet students from the ages of 2 to adult. Tianna graduated from the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School where she won the coveted Carole Chadwick award and scholarship for demonstrating significant potential over her teacher training in June of 2018. During her time at the National, she graduated with her Royal Academy of Dance, Registered Teacher Status as well as her Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in National (Folk) dance. Soon after she recieved her teaching certificate in the Acrobatic Arts syllabus. Tianna understands the importance of proper dance training and has always sought out the best instructors. Tianna is very excited to be teaching with DanceFusion Academy of Dance and is looking forward to meeting all the students.


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