Meet Our Faculty

Staff

Lara

Front Desk Staff
Imagine a world where everyone can go everywhere.  With a background in architecture, public engagement, user experience and human ecology, Lara is an industry expert who can get you there.  Her work makes everyday experiences more func ... Read More

Maddy

Front Desk Staff
Maddy Whitlow is currently a twelfth grade student and has recently been accepted into the University of Alberta with hopes to becoming a drama and social studies teacher. Back in the 2017/18 dance year she participated in two different dance classes ... Read More

Instructors

Jenna

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF SESSIONAL PROGRAMMING-OWNER
Jenna Brenan has been dancing since the age of four. Her background includes Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and Irish. Jenna not only studied and trained locally here in Edmonton, but has also trained under a variety of professionals fr ... Read More

Chantel

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF FULL YEAR PROGRAMMING - OWNER
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. ~Wayne Dyer Chantel Sampson has been dancing since the age of three. A lifelong passion for dance has continued to fuel her spirit. ... Read More

Annie

Instructor
Annie has danced since she could walk and it has always been her true passion. Having had the privilege of training in many dance styles including finishing her Grade 6 RAD and Checchetti ballet,  ISTD Jazz and Tap, she furthered her education, ... Read More

Ashley

Instructor
Ashley started dancing at the age of 3 at her local community league. She then continued her love for dance at Sandra Gray School of Dance all the way until she was 18 years old. Ashley’s dance background includes Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary an ... Read More

Bridget

Instructor
Bridget was introduced to dance in junior high when she began attending Victoria School of Visual and Performing Arts. She quickly fell in love and has continued to pursue dance as a career ever since.  She has extensive knowledge in choreograph ... Read More

Jason

Instructor
Jason discovered his passion for dance while in university; but is no stranger to the teaching and performing worlds. You might have seen Jason on stage while working towards his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Concordia and other performances around ... Read More

Jeannie

Instructor
Jeannie Vandekerkhove is a teacher, choreographer and dancer who trained classically in her youth, furthering her studies at Arts Umbrella and Ballet British Columbia’s Mentorship Program.She has taught professionally at Arts Umbrella, MareMac Danc ... Read More

Liesa

Instructor
Liesa has always loved to dance. Her mom likes to say Liesa danced before she knew how to walk, which makes sense since she owned a dance studio before Liesa was born, and was her very first teacher. Throughout her training, Liesa studied jazz, music ... Read More

Meg

Instructor
Meg grew up in a household steeped in dance and music. She started highland dancing at the age of 3 and competed until the age of 24. Bagpiping went hand-in-hand with her dance career, and from the age of 7 she lived, breathed, and worked for dance a ... Read More

Melanie

Instructor
Melanie Smith-Doderai holds a B.A, B.Ed and M.Ed.  Melanie is an active member of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association, holds an Advanced Specialist Certification from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada and has written / publ ... Read More

Rebecca

Instructor
Rebecca recently moved to Edmonton from the capital city of Alaska. She grew up learning classical ballet and started a teaching internship when she was 14. Over the years Rebecca has choreographed 4 full-length ballet productions, starred as the pri ... Read More

Shara

Instructor
Shara has been dancing since the age of 6 and has been tapping her feet ever since! She grew up dancing at Sandra Gray School of Dance here in Edmonton. She trained in tap, jazz, ballet and musical theatre for 14 years and is where she met Ms Jenna. ... Read More

Teighan

Instructor
Teighan is a dancer, singer, and actress. She has performed with Edmonton Opera, Edmonton Symphony, the Fringe Festival, and Edmonton Contemporary Dancers, to name a few. She is well versed in ballet, (RAD and Cecchetti), lyrical, modern, tap, contem ... Read More

Jewel

Instructor
Jewel Zahr is a tap dancer from Edmonton, Alberta. Jewel started dancing in all disciplines at the age of four and quickly realized the love she had for tap. She graduated in 2016 from Victoria School of the Arts where she pursued her passion for the ... Read More

Robyn

Instructor
Robyn has been dancing from an early age, training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, as well as musical theatre, through which she quickly discovered her passion for dance. Wishing to pursue this, she attended Victoria School of the Arts where s ... Read More

Camille

Instructor
Camille Ensminger has trained and performed for many years in ballet, jazz, tap, flamenco and contemporary dance. She is currently in her 11th year performing with Orchesis Dance Group at the University of Alberta. Camille is a company member of Syna ... Read More

Erin

Instructor
Erin Brese is a dancer from Edmonton Alberta Canada. Erin took her first dance class when she was just 5 years old at Dance Unlimited. Every week she looked forward to slipping on her ballet shoes and getting her body moving! She continued to dance r ... Read More

Josh

Instructor
Josh Capulong entered the dance world at the age of 16 with recreational breakdancing. His life as a b-boy was short lived when the doctor told him that the constant strain on his wrists would lead to more serious health problems in the future. His i ... Read More

Farah

Instructor
Farah is a hip hop dancer from Edmonton, AB. Farah started dancing folklore in Lebanon at the age of 12 and realized that dancing is an astounding way to express herself. While attending M.E. Lazerte Highschool from 2012 through 2015, she experienced ... Read More

Junior Assistants

Jillian

Junior Assistant
Jillian is 13 years old and in Grade 9. She has been dancing for 9 years and is looking forward to continuing to take after her mom, her mentor. Jillian has danced for many studios including Cloverdale Community League, For the Love of Dance, Scoil R ... Read More

Katherine

Junior Assistant
Katherine has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She enjoys knitting, reading, writing, playing the piano, biking, running, and dancing. Katherine has done creative dance with Ms. Sally at the University of Alberta. She has done Ballet, Jazz, an ... Read More

Eve

Junior Assistant
Eve has been dancing 8 years. She is super excited to begin her second year as a Junior Assistant. Other than dancing, Eve enjoys doing art, singing, and musical theatre. She has danced with McKernan Community League, For the Love of Dance, and  ... Read More

Alexander

Junior Assistant
Alexander has been dancing since he was 6 years old. He has done creative dance and hip hop. Alexander has been taught at J’Adore Dance and Creative Dance at the University of Alberta. He has been trained by Mr. Martin, Ms. Heather, Ms. Annie, ... Read More

Thea

Junior Assistant
After 10 years of dance Thea is super excited about coming back to the Junior Assistant Program! She has trained in Jazz and Ballet at both McKernan Community Hall and J’Adore Dance.  Some of her hobbies include soccer, track, sewing and of co ... Read More

Claire

Junior Assistant
Claire has been dancing for 8 years and this is a her second year junior assisting.  She also really enjoys karate. Claire has danced at Prestige Dance Academy, Wildflower, and now is at J’Adore Dance.  She has danced ballet, jazz and tap ... Read More

Kaitlyn

Junior Assistant
Kaitlyn has been dancing for three years and is excited to continue her fourth year of Contemporary, Pre Pointe, and Tap. This is also her third year of junior assisting for ballet and she is very excited to continue helping kids pursue their love of ... Read More

Grayson

Junior Assistant
Grayson is one of our Junior Assistants.  She has been dancing at J’Adore for 8 years now.  She has been trained by Ms Chantel, Ms Jessica, Ms Jenna, and Ms Jeannie and loves them all dearly.  Grayson has done ballet and jazz and lov ... Read More

Macreena

Junior Assistant
Macreena has be dancing for 8 years and has been dancing at J'adore dance for 4 years. She has dance at 2 other school the Art of Dance and at The Dance Theatre, Performing Arts Centre. Macreena have done jazz, ballet, hip hop, and tap. She likes vol ... Read More

Kate

Junior Assistant
Kate has been dancing for 7 years and has trained at Riverbend Dance studio before coming to J’Adore.  Her hobbies include singing in a choir, dancing and bike riding.  Kate looks up to her mom because she is a great influence on her and ... Read More

Avery

Junior Assistant
Avery is 12 years old and has been dancing with J’Adore dance for the past 8 years in the JBallet and JTap programs.  Other than dance, Avery really enjoys art – particularly drawing. She plays piano and loves music of any kind. Avery al ... Read More

Angelique

Junior Assistant
Angelique has studied music, theatre, various sports and dance over the years, but it became quite clear dance stands out as her true passion!  Angelique has embraced dancing with J’Adore for the past 5 years. She has been inspired by Ms. Jenn ... Read More