Executive Director: At the present time, Tara-Lee Flewwelling successfully shuffles between being a dance teacher, dance studio owner, artistic director, and a school teacher for the Edmonton Public School Board. Tara is trained in many forms of dance: ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap, contemporary and Ukrainian dance. Tara has danced for 40 years. She has taught dance for 27 years. She continues to study dance by attending conferences and courses in the US and Canada. Tara also attends dance classes in the evening and competes in competitions as do many of her teachers. Dance has been her life for the past 40 years. Tara graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education Degree. Tara tries to bring her positive energy to every dance class and wants to motivate her dancers to become the best that they can be.
I started dancing at the age of 3yrs old and I have been teaching dance at Edmonton Community Dance for over 25 years. Growing up I mostly studied Ballet and Highland dancing but soon also incorporated baton twirling, contemporary/modern dance and jazz into my repertoire. As a teacher I am fortunate to be able to travel to various dance teacher conferences and watch or even participate in dance classes taught by some of the most amazing dancers/ teachers. My favorite part of teaching is choreography where I can have my students express stories and emotions through dance. It is very rewarding to watch your students perform on stage and to have the crowd feel the emotion and react to the performances.
Aside from the many hours I spend at dance I am also a family dentist in North Edmonton and own Beaumaris Dental. I graduated from the University of Alberta with degrees in Science and Dentistry in 2002 and I continue to work at the University as a clinical instructor in the department of Pediatric Dentistry since 2005. I truly believe that my many years of teaching dance has helped me to understand children and this has helped me deal with children of all ages in the dental office!! Visit Beaumaris Dental at www.beaumarisdental.ca .
Katie has been teaching with Edmonton Community Dance since 2005. Her love of dance began when she was three years old walking into her first ballet class and it has continued to grow ever since! She has taken dance classes in New York City, Miami, Las Vegas, Edinburgh and London. She currently works for the City of Edmonton and recently completed her Masters of Arts in Community Development from the University of Victoria. In her spare time she likes to travel, volunteer and play with her rescue dog, Brady.
Hayley fell in love with dance at the age of three. She trained and competed in ballet, jazz, highland, musical theatre, pointe, and contemporary into her late teens. As a young adult she trained and competed in hip hop, jazz funk, and lyrical, while maintaining her foundation and passion in jazz and ballet. Hayley began teaching dance after graduating high school, and is active in the dance community. She keeps up her technique and knowledge by attending drop in classes, workshops, and works towards new certifications and courses. Hayley is proud to be both a school teacher and dance teacher, as well as an overall life long learner. She feels her life is not complete without dance, and is inspired by her amazing students every class.
Ally started dancing at the early age of three; training exclusively in Jazz, Tap, and Ballet, Hip hop, Musical Theater, and Contemporary. Her extensive training gave her the opportunity to compete in dance competitions throughout Alberta. She graduated from a performing arts high school, where she had the opportunity to perform on-stage frequently with other dedicated students who shared her same passion for dance; it is also where she got her start in teaching as the following year after graduation she assisted with the dance program. Currently enrolled as a student at NAIT, Ally still finds a way to share her passion for dance, whether it's teaching, attending workshops or drop-in classes. Ally brings her positive energy to every dance class and motivates her dancers to become the best they can be.
Miss Tabatha’s first dance experience was walking in to an Edmonton Community Dance class when she was three years old. From there her love of dance grew and she began teaching with Edmonton Community Dance in 2011. She is continually inspired by the imagination and creativity her students bring to the classroom, and cannot wait to be back for another amazing season with Edmonton Community Dance. Miss Tabatha recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, so when she isn’t dancing she’s working as a Registered Nurse with Alberta Health Services. Dance brings Miss Tabatha incredible joy, and she eagerly anticipates sharing that joy with her students as they learn and grow together through dance.
I have been dancing since the age of 3. I have had training throughout my years in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Hip-hop and Musical Theatre. I am currently still performing in dance at the University of Alberta as well as teaching it. Outside of dance I am a school teacher. Dance has been my passion since I can remember, and I feel blessed to be able to share my passion with my students and teach them proper technique in dance while having lots of fun! I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Fine Arts Minor.
Kenedi has been dancing with Edmonton Community Dance since the age of four. She is trained mainly in ballet, jazz and contemporary but loves all styles of dance. Kenedi enjoys spreading her knowledge of dance on to her students, it's a great accomplishment watching them grow as dancers while having fun. When she's not teaching or dancing herself, Kenedi coaches cheerleading at Victoria school where she continues to spread her love of cheerleading to the athletes.
Olivia has been dancing with Edmonton Community Dance since was just a baby ballerina and is excited to further extend her relationship with the company as a teacher. As a choreographer, Olivia has worked directly with Concordia University of Edmonton on many main-stage productions such as Urinetown the Musical!, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and has worked in association with Calgary Opera on productions such as Die Fledermaus. She has also directed and choreographed one-act movement pieces that explore the encompassing walls of mental illness, which have premiered at multiple one-act festivals.
Olivia has recently received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and has currently begun an After-Degree in Elementary Education. She is ecstatic for this upcoming dance season to learn and grow with her students in an environment she herself grew up in and holds close to her heart!
This is Alyssa’s third year teaching with the Edmonton Community Dance. She is elated to share her deep love of dance with her students and grow as a teacher and choreographer. Her love of dance began at age four when she walked into her first ballet class and has grown exponentially throughout her 14 years of competitive training. Throughout her dance career, Alyssa has had opportunities to study multiple styles outside of the traditional tap, jazz and ballet offered in most studios. West African, Bollywood and street jazz are among her favourite.
Miss Alyssa is in her fourth year of the Recreation Sport and Tourism program at the University of Alberta and plans to spend her days as a university graduate program planning on cruise ships. Miss Alyssa is eager to begin this dance season and meet all her wonderful students!