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Anne Stephen | Founder of Danceability | Est. 1998

Anne Stephen began dancing at the late age of 19 in a recreational Adult class at the Eileen McGrath School of Dance. As a lover of dance, she quickly excelled and became a teacher with Eileen's School in 1985. During this time, she completed several exams in Jazz , Tap and a professional designation with BATD. Opening Danceability in 1998, was the realization of a dream. Anne condersiders helself to be most fortunate to be surrounded by a wonderful staff and great students, and to have one of the best jobs in the world.

 

 

 

 

Heather Stephen

Heather is now entering into her 13th year teaching at Danceability. She educates her students in all styles including Jazz, Tap, Contemporary/Lyrical and Hip Hop, both for recreational & competitive students. Heather has choreographed many award winning routines. Most recently, in May, a group piece entitled "Hummingbird" won the Best Choreography award at the Limelight Dance Competition in Moncton, and duo choreography "Latch" won the Final Spotlight at Take The Stage here in Saint John. Heather began dancing at the age of 4 at the Eileen McGrath School of Dance. At the age of nine she made it into her first troupe "Shoelaces". From there she trained as a Teacher's Assistant, choreographing routines, completed numerous exams and competed throughout eastern Canada and The New England States. Over the years she has had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of children and passing on her love of dance. She wouldn't trade her dancers for the world and is extremely grateful for everyone that is, and ever was in her Danceability family.

 

Jaime Wilson

Jaime has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She began her dancing career at Eileen McGrath's School of Dance, where she had the honour of having Anne Stephen as her 1st dance teacher. Jaime began competing solos at the age of 8, being one of only a few competitive dancers at the time. She was asked to join the schools first dance troupe shortly after.

 

Jaime travelled to Montreal to compete a solo when she was 12 years old and came home with a 1st place. Throughout the years with her solos, duos and troupe dances, she has won numerous awards in competitions throughout Canada and the United States.

 

In 1997, she travelled with her dance school to Boston to compete and take part in workshops at Dance Olympus. Jaime also auditioned to do the Dance Olympus VIP summer tour. Hundreds auditioned and she made it (one of only 2 Canadians on the tour). She got to tour around the States (Orlando, Chicago, Boston, Houston and Las Vegas), dance at all the conventions and was part of the faculty shows, performing as a VIP. She was also an assistant to these choreographers during each convention. It was an opportunity of a lifetime having taken classes from, and assisting such choreographers as Frank Hatchett, Steven Boyd, Debbie Dee, Jo Rowan and Gregg Russell to name a few.

 

Jaime went through an extensive "teacher - in-training" program and did many exams with Al Gilbert and BATD. At the age of 16, Jaime was asked to become a dance teacher at Danceability when it opened it's doors for the first time. It was then that her passion of choreographing and teaching became apparent. Her troupes have won many awards in Canada and the US and Jaime has won numerous awards for best choreography.

Jaime is in her 20th year of teaching dance. She is also a Dental Assistant and has been working for an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon for over 11 years. She has been together with the love of her life for 23 years and married for 11 to her best friend John. Jaime has a 7 1/2 year old little girl named Emma, who is in our youngest troupe called Expressions.  Between school, dance and acro, Jaime couldn't be a more proud mom!

 

Throughout the years, Jaime has been very fortunate to do what she loves and to be surrounded by positive, inspiring people.  She is so very happy to share her passion with her students and so proud to be part of the Danceability family.

 

Karla Renouf

Karla started dancing at the age of 3 at Eileen McGrath’s school of dance. She continued to dance there until the age of 10 when she joined Danceability. Karla then went on to audition to be a part of one of danceability ‘s competitive troupes where she was then accepted into Expressions Dance Troupe. After that Dance quickly took over her life in the best way. If there was an opportunity to dance Karla took it! And that’s how she became a teacher’s assistant. From the age of 12 Karla assisted as many classes as she could learning as much as she could from all the great instructors that danceability had and still have today! Karla continued assisting classes until she was 18 when she became a teacher herself. Karla now teaches many classes from toddlers to competitive and loves every minute of it! 

 

Throughout Karla’s 13 years in Expressions Dance Troupe she got the opportunity to compete in many competitions throughout the Maritimes and parts of the US winning numerous awards and taking as many workshops and classes as she could along the way. Karla has a huge passion for tap and she has successfully completed all her BATD tap exams in high standing. Karla loves teaching and sharing her love of dance. She only hopes that she can pass on her love for dance to her students as her teachers did for her. Karla is looking forward to another great year with Her Danceability family! 

 

Karla has been trained in : Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip hop, Ballet and Portuguese folklore.

 

Vanessa Keating

Vanessa began her dance training at the age of 5 at Eileen McGrath Dance Studio and joined Danceability when they opened their doors in 1998. She was accepted into the competitive program and joined Expressions dance troupe by the age of 9. Throughout her years competing she won numerous awards and completed her BATD exams in high standing.

Vanessa joined her love of dancing with her education whenever possible, choreographing routines for high school musicals and joining the UNB/STU Dance team in University. While on the team, Vanessa was a dancer, choreographer and a member of the executive for 4 years. Vanessa has enjoyed teaching various styles and ages at several schools including: Danceability, UNB Recreation and Dance Fredericton. Vanessa has continued to further her dance training with varied instructors in New York, Montreal, Calgary, Portland, Halifax and Saint John.

Vanessa is looking forward to another year at Danceability. Vanessa has been trained in the following styles: Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Portuguese Folklore, and Latin.

 

Kathleen McLeod

Kathleen discovered her love of dance at the age of 6 at Eileen McGrath School of Dance, and it immediately took over her life. With the opening of Danceability in 1998, Kathleen joined the Assistant and Competitive Programs, dancing with her fellow “power players” in the Expressions Troupe for 15 years. Proud to be a Danceability Dancer, Alumnus, and Teacher for the last 10 years, Kathleen hopes to ignite the love of dance in the next generation of Danceability dancers!

Kathleen earned her BBA at the University of New Brunswick and now works full time at Imperial Theatre, feeding her passion for dance and the arts.  

Styles Trained In: Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Theatre and Musical Theatre

Exams: BATD and Al Gilbert

 

Amanda Verner

Amanda began dancing at the age of 6 and joined Danceability’s recreational program in 2002. After falling in love with dance, she quickly joined Danceability’s competitive troupes where she performed and competed all over the US and Canada for 12 years. During this time she won numerous awards and had the opportunity to take classes with world-class dance instructors.


She found her passion for ballet at the age of 12 and joined Port City Dance Academy’s performance group in 2007. She continued train there for the next five years and began teaching ballet at Danceability in 2012. This is Amanda’s seventh year teaching and she looks forward to another great year with Danceability!
Amanda graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and now works for a fast-growing software startup in Saint John.
Styles trained in: Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop

 

Tori George

Tori started her dance training at the age of 4 at Theresa Giddings Dance School and moved over to Danceability when it opened in 1997. Tori was a part of Danceability’s competitive program from 2000 - 2008 and during that time she also trained with Andrea Scott at Port City Dance Academy. After high school Tori obtained her BSc from the University of Ottawa. Since beginning instructing, Tori has taught a wide range of ages and abilities in various styles including jazz, tap, hiphop, ballet, and musical theatre. She has also done the choreography for the Harbourview High School musical productions for the past 5 years and has worked with the Saint John Theatre Company on two production (Boys in the Band (2017), MammaMia! (2018)). Tori is so honoured to be a part of the wonderful Danceability staff and gets the most enjoyment from seeing her students perform and have fun.

 

 

 

Brittany Lawrence

Brittany started taking tap classes at the age of 3 at Eileen McGrath Dance Studio. She joined Danceability in 1999 and successfully auditioned for Expressions dance troupe in 2000. The next six years she spent travelling to Halifax, NYC, Maine and more local areas to compete in dance. On top of training and competing, Brittany had many opportunities to learn from some of the industries top teachers and also completed her BATD exams.

 

After high school, Brittany found her love of teaching dance to children in Hampton and eventually became the owner and creative director of Dance Factor. She works as an X-ray technologist and is a mom to two.

 

Brittany made the move back to Danceability in 2017 and has had a fantastic time working with both competitive and recreational classes.

 

Over the years, Brittany has trained in the following styles: Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop.

 

 

Erica Melvin

Erica is looking forward to a new year with Danceability!

Darrah Hayman

Darrah is looking forward to a new year with Danceability!

Kieran Fitzpatrick

Kieran is looking forward to a new year with Danceability!