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!

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.

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.

Samaa Bhangra

Samaa Bhangra

Bollywood

Samaa Ali began her dance journey at the age of seven, dabbling in Indian classical art forms and performing in front of live audiences. At the age of eighteen, Samaa started professional Bollywood training as part of the Sanskriti Arts Ensemble (Toronto, ON) under the mentorship of choreographer Puja Amin and since then, has performed in front of large audiences at major festivals, participated in sold-out theatre productions and been featured on major television networks. Samaa began sharing her passion for Bollywood as a teacher in 2013 and in 2015, founded Edmonton's competitive advanced Bollywood dance team, Maddy Superstar, under the expert management of South Asian Arts Movement.

Shaza Chung

Shaza Chung

Bellydance

Since Shaza took her first class at Dancefusion with Nancy Bromley of Vibe Tribe productions, she hasn't looked back. Belly Dancing since 2002, Shaza has studied with Aurora Ongaro, Maria Thomas and Anita Schreyer of Arabesque Dance Company, Anemone Ruder and Tracey Stefaniuk of Isis Dance Productions and many more. Always on the quest for continual self-improvement and knowledge Shaza has participated in workshops with some of the finest Belly dancers in the world including: Yasmina Ramzy founder of Arabesque Academy, Beata and Horacio Cifuentes of Germany, Carolena Nericco of Fat Chance Belly Dance, Kamie Liddle and Petite Jamila of Belly Dance Super Stars, to name a few. Shaza has been Teaching at Dancefusion Academy of Dance for the last 3 years.


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