Meet Our Faculty

Owners

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

Staff

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

Jenna Zoe

Front Desk Staff
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Rachel

Front Desk Staff
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Maria

Front Desk Staff
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Instructors

Bridget

Instructor
Bridget was introduced to dance in junior high when she began attending Victoria School of Visual and Performing Arts. She went on to receive her BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University in Montreal where she was trained by a number of pro ... 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 has been an instructor at J'Adore Dance since its opening in 2011. Melanie has extensive training in pre/postnatal fitness, aerial arts and her speciality - early childhood movement. At ... Read More

Tatiana

Instructor
Tatiana Cheladyn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC). She teaches dance and movement at various schools and studios in Edmonton, AB. She has shown her choreography at the Edmonton In ... 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

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Instructor
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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

Camille

Instructor
Camille Ensminger has trained and performed for many years in ballet, jazz, tap, flamenco and contemporary dance. Camille is a company member of Synaethesis Dance Theatre, performing at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in Letters an ... 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

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

Kasha

Instructor
Music, Fitness, and Community have always been a driving force of Kasha's being. Growing up, she trained and played soccer competitively at the college level. Kasha is passionate, a lover of people, and a champion for her daughters. After having ... Read More

Erin

Instructor
From a young age, Erin found and developed a passion for an active lifestyle. She danced competitively for 16 years, became a swimming instructor/lifeguard, and developed a love of teaching dance and movement. She married her high school sweetheart a ... Read More

Olivia

Instructor
Olivia Thomas has been dancing for ten years, nine of those years at J'Adore Dance. She started off learning ballet and jazz but found that hip hop was what she was best suited for. Throughout those years of dance, Olivia has had the opportunity to d ... Read More

Ethan

Instructor
Ethan Sampson is completing high school at Mother Margaret Mary and throughout his education he has had the opportunity to take part in all aspects of the performing arts. For as long as he can remember, Ethan has been up on the stage acting, sin ... Read More

Jilly

Intern
Jilly has been dancing for 11 years and is looking forward to continuing to take after her mom, her mentor. Jilly has danced for many studios including Cloverdale Community League, For the Love of Dance, Scoil Rince Clannad, Monsignor Fee Otterson Sc ... Read More

Amanda

Instructor
Amanda Hodgins started dancing when she was 4 years olds. She has trained in many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical/contemporary, and hip hop. While studying at Edmonton Dance Factory (EDF), she competed in many co ... Read More

Trung

Instructor
Trung has been training for 10 years at Edmonton's Kore Dance Studio. His favourite styles include bboying and popping. Trung is inspired by the well-known dance, The Kinjaz. Outside of training, Trung enjoys spending time with friends and family a ... Read More

Mackenzie

Instructor
Mackenzie commenced her performing arts training at age three at Casey's Dance Centre where she trained in various genres. She's thrilled to have recently graduated from MacEwan University's Theatre Arts program where she was exposed to vigorous trai ... Read More

Daelyn

Intern
Daelyn has been dancing for 17 years at the Wainwright Dance Academy.  Growing up she had the opportunity to dance around Canada and the United States including dancing on the stage in Disneyland. Daelyn started teaching dance when she was 14 an ... Read More

Junior Assistants

Eve

Junior Assistant
Eve has been dancing at J'Adore for 11 years with amazong teachers like Ms. Jeannie, Ms. Jessica, and Ms. Chantel. Over that time she has done different styles such as ballet, jazz and contemporary. When Eve is free she enjoys doing musical theatre, ... Read More

Thea

Junior Assistant
Thea has been dancing for 12 years in ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary under Ms Chantel, Ms Bridget and Ms Jenna.  Thea has danced at the McKernan Community League as well as at J'Adore. Outside of dance her hobbies include sports such as ... Read More

Grayson

Junior Assistant
Grayson has been dancing since the age of 5. She began with Ms. Jeannie is a level 2 class and is now back dancing with her in the youth contemporary and pre-pointe program. Grayson has also trained under Ms. Chantel,  Ms. Jenna and Ms. Je ... Read More

Kate

Junior Assistant
Kate has been dancing for 10 years and has trained at Riverbend Dance Academy before coming to J’Adore.  She has trained in ballet, contemporary and jazz under Ms. Annie, Ms. Bridget, Ms. Jenna, Ms. Chantel and Ms. Jeannie. When not dancing, K ... Read More

Avery

Junior Assistant
Avery has been dancing with J’Adore dance for the past 9 years. She has trained in the JBallet and JTap and Youth Contemporary programs.  Avery's teachers have included  Ms Chantel, Ms Jenna, Ms Annie and Ms Bridget and Ms Jeannie. When n ... Read More

Hailey

Junior Assistant
Hailey has been dancing her whole life. She started in parented classes until she was old enough to dance on her own at age three. Hailey has trained primarily in ballet with one and a half years of tap. Hailey loves to camp with her family, read, pl ... Read More

Julianna

Junior Assistant
Julianna has been dancing at J'Adore for the past 5 years. Her teachers include Ms. Shara, Ms. Farah, Ms. Chantel, Ms. Bridget, Ms. Robyn, Ms. Jenna, Ms. Teighan and Mr. Trung. When not dancing, Julianna loves making art, playing video games and watc ... Read More

Mikayla

Junior Assistant
Mikayla has been dancing at J'Adore for five years. She has trained in jazz, ballet, and tap. She loves to paint, draw, and collect pins and snow globes. Mikayla also loves to dance, play trumpet, and play piano. Mikayla looks up to good leaders such ... Read More

Reed

Junior Assistant
Reed has been dancing for the past 6 years. She has trained in ballet and is adding hip hop to her repertoire this year. Reed has danced with Ms. Chantel, Ms. Bridget, Ms. Annie, and Mr. Trung. When she is not dancing, Reed loves to read and swim. Re ... Read More

Sophie

Junior Assistant
Sophie started dancing when she was 4 years old and has been training at J'Adore since 2015. Over the years, she has taken ballet with Ms. Chantel, Ms. Bridget, and Ms. Teighan. Her tap teachers include Ms. Shara and Ms. Jenna and her hip hop teacher ... Read More

Aaliyah

Junior Assistant
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