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Teachers

Anne Stephen

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 going on her 16th year of teaching. She is also a Dental Assistant and has been working for an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon for the past 7 years. She has been together with the love of her life for 18 years and married for 7 to her best friend John. Jaime has a 3 year old little girl named Emma, who enjoys coming to the studio to hang out with Mommy and "her girls". Emma is in tap, jazz and ballet and Jaime couldn't be a more proud dance mom!

Throughout the years, Jaime has been very fortunate to do what she loves and to be surrounded by positive, inspiring people. Anne has been her teacher since she was 3 years old and to this day, continues to teach, inspire and mentor her. Jaime is so very happy to share her passion with her students and so proud to be part of the best dance school in the city!

 

Karla Renouf

Karla Renouf is a recent graduate from UNBSJ with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in French. Karla started dancing at the age of 3 at Eileen McGrath’s school of dance until she was 10 when she joined Danceability, where she auditioned and got accepted into Expressions Dance Troupe. A few years later, when she was 12, Karla became a teacher’s assistant. Karla continued assisting classes until she was 18 when she became a teacher herself.

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 many workshops and classes, and she has also successfully completed her BATD exams in tap. Karla enjoys teaching and sharing her love of dance with her students and is looking forward to another great year!

 

Vanessa Trindade

Vanessa is a graduate from St. Thomas University with a double major in Journalism & Communications. Vanessa began her dance training at the age of 5 at Eileen McGrath Dance Studio and continued on with Danceability, where she was accepted into the competitive Expressions dance troupe by the age of 9 . Throughout her years competing with Expressions she won numerous awards and completed her BATD exams in high standing.

Vanessa also joined her love of dancing with her education whenever possible, choreographing routines for high school musicals and plays, and joining the UNB/STU Dance team in university where she was a dancer, choreographer and a member of the executive. Vanessa has enjoyed teaching different styles and ages at several schools including: Danceability, UNB Recreation and Dance Fredericton. Throughout her years dancing Vanessa has continued her training in diverse styles with varied instructors in New York, Montreal, Calgary, Portland, Halifax and Saint John. Vanessa is looking forward to a new 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 has been dancing for 18 years and teaching the last 4. She has trained in Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Theatre and Musical Theatre. During her 15 years of dancing competitively she has competed throughout the east coast of Canada and the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erica Melvin

Erica is looking forward to a new year with Danceability!

 

 

 

 

Amanda Verner

Amanda is a recent graduate of Kennebecasis Valley High School, and is in her first year of the Business program at UNBSJ. She has been dancing since the age of 6, and has been in Danceability’s competitive troupes for 10 years. At Danceability she has trained in jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, and contemporary. Amanda has attended several dance competitions in the east coast, and the United States. She has attended several workshops, and had the opportunity to learn from some amazing professional dancers. She has 12 years of ballet experience, and received her ballet training from Port City Dance Academy. This is her second year teaching ballet to Danceability’s competitive troupes. She loves teaching, and looks forward to another great year at Danceability!

 

 

 

 

Tori George

Tori is looking forward to a new year with Danceability!

 

 

 

 

 

Raylene Rice

Raylene is looking forward to a new year with Danceability!