Our Instructors

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

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

Amanda

Instructor
Amanda has been teaching fitness for the last five years, but her passion for health and wellness stems from her involvement in the dance community. Growing up, Amanda was passionate about her Ukrainian heritage and dance. Her parents enrolled her in ... 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, studi ... 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 choreography and ... Read More

Camille

Instructor
Camille Ensminger has trained and performed for many years in ballet, jazz, tap, flamenco and contemporary dance. She has performed for 10 years with Orchesis Dance Group at the University of Alberta. Camille is a company member of Synaethesis Dan ... Read More

Cherelle

Instructor
Cherelle George is the creator of Edmonton Premier Caribbean Fitness Class and Entertainment group -SocaFit. Her classes have been published in papers and taught around the world in places such as Trinidad , Costa Rica, Barbados, etc and has been ... Read More

Courtney

Instructor
After being involved in the Alberta dance community for over 25 years, Courtney Woods has had the amazing opportunity to not only train under some of the most influential individuals in the diverse dance industry, but also all over Canada and the U ... Read More

Erin

Intern
At an early age, Erin discovered her love of dance. Her first dance classes were at Edmonton Dance Factory studying Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre. Erin focused on ballet, during her last year of dance, at Dance Discovery. Erin enjoys tak ... Read More

Heather

Instructor
Dancing since before she could walk, Heather is absolutely passionate about dancing, choreographing and performing! She started ballet at age 3, creating her first memory of performing on the stage at the Jubilee Auditorium. Over the years, she has s ... 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 ... 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

Jillian

Instructor
Jillian has been passionate about dance from a young age and began her dance training at the Edmonton School of Ballet at the age of 5. At the age of 13 she transferred into the Vimy Ridge preprofessional training program, where she gained an in- ... Read More

Jodie

Instructor
Jodie Vandekerkhove is a professional artist with extensive training and education in the field of dance, holding a holding BFA (Simon Fraser University, Canada) and MA (University of Alberta, Canada). Jodie's MA research focused on Ethical Practices ... Read More

Josh

Instructor
Josh Capulong entered the dance world at the age of 16 with recreationalbreakdancing. His life as a b-boy was short lived when the doctor told himthat the constant strain on his wrists would lead to more serious healthproblems in the future. His intr ... Read More

Just Dance Crew

Instructor
Jason (Hip Hop) Learn Hip Hop dance moves to the latest kid friendly, parent approved music sure to make them work up a sweat! Kids will explore a variety of hip hop styles including breaking, old school, popping, and locking. While movin'  ... Read More

Liesa

Instructor
Liesa began dancing at the age of 3 at her mother’s studio. It was here that she first discovered her love of movement and dance. Liesa’s sister Vanessa and her niece Kiana also began dancing at the same young age, making three generations of dan ... Read More

Lisa

Intern Instructor
Lisa Malo-Smith discovered dance at the age of 3 when she began her first ballet class and has carried a love for performing ever since. She spent much of her childhood and teenage years experimenting with many instruments such as piano, guitar, d ... Read More

Macha

Instructor
Macha is a well-rounded dancer, specializing in hip hop and afro styles. She is the co-founder and creative Director of Raw Motion Dance Project and a recipient of various awards; such as, the 2010 Cultural Diversity Award, Edmonton’s Black Ach ... Read More

Masani

Instructor
Dive into the culture of West Africa and take a spiritual, musical journey. These dances are full of joy and rhythm, and are sure to energize your week! Our West African class is taught by Masani St. Rose-Toth, a captivating and authentic instructor ... 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 / published ... Read More

Michelle

Instructor
Michelle was introduced to dancing by her mother at the age of 3 in a community dance program. She moved into competitive dance at the age of 8, participating in tap, jazz, ballet and musical theatre. In her teens she was introduced to modern dance a ... Read More

Oakley

Instructor
Oakley has been dancing since age 8. Initially starting her training at L.A Dance Academy in Ballet, Oakley transferred to Sandra Gray School of Dance for an opportunity to dive deeper into the competitive world of dance. Oakley danced at a compet ... Read More

Pamela

Instructor
From an early age, Pamela has always been actively involved with music and dance. Her enthusiasm for both eventually led her to a B.A. in Music Therapy from Eastern Michigan University. She practiced music therapy with adults and children for over 10 ... Read More

Raena

Instructor
Fascinated with the human body communicating through movement, Raena has built a 15 year career as a dancer, choreographer and movement instructor after graduating Grant MacEwan’s Dance Program in 2000. She has premiered 10 of her own choreorgraph ... 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

Robyn

Intern 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 wher ... Read More

Sabrina

Instructor
Sabrina “Naz” Comanescu is a dynamic emerging talent and an energetic supporter of the Calgary dance and Caribbean Community through her work as a dance instructor, performer, and choreographer.  Training in urban/funk and Afro-Caribbean ... 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

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

TBA

Instructor
Instructor to be announced! ... Read More

Tegan

Instructor
Tegan has been passionate about movement and dance from a very young age. She has trained and studied in various disciplines of Ballet, Irish dance, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Modern dance. With a focus and passion for ballet, Tegan has rece ... 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

Our Junior Assistants

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 Ms. Heather, Ms. Annie, Ms. Jenna, M ... 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

Avery

Junior Assistant
Avery is 12 years old and has been dancing with J’Adore dance for the past 7 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 also ... Read More

Claire

Junior Assistant
Claire has been dancing for 7 years. She also really enjoys karate, drawing, painting, contortion and reading.  Clair has danced at Prestige Dance Academy, Wildflower, and now is at J’Adore Dance.  She has danced ballet, jazz and tap a ... Read More

Eve

Junior Assistant
Eve has been dancing 8 years. She is super excited to be a Junior Assistant this year. Other than dancing, Eve enjoys doing art, singing, and musical theatre. She has danced with McKernan Community League, For the Love of Dance, and at J’Adore ... Read More

Grayson

Junior Assistant
Grayson is one of our Junior Assistants.  She has been dancing at J’Adore for 6 going on 7 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 an ... Read More

Hana

Junior Assistant
Hana is 14 years old and starting her 6th year of dance. She couldn’t be more excited. When she’s not busy moving to the music, she enjoys reading, swimming, school, and creating. She has taken classes at J’Adore since age 9 and classes at ... Read More

Jillian

Junior Assistant
Jillian is 12 years old going into Grade 8. 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, ... Read More

Kaitlyn

Junior Assistant
Kaitlyn has been doing ballet and jazz at J’Adore since she was 11. When she finished her first year of ballet, a passion for tap was quickly discovered. This wasn’t the beginning for her dance life though. Ever since she could remember her c ... 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 a ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More

Molly

Junior Assistant
Molly is a 13 year old girl who grew up with a house filled with the arts.  She has been dancing since she was 10 and came to J’Adore in 2017.  She is currently taking classes in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap and Contemporary.  When ... Read More

Nicole

Junior Assistant
Nicole has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Her hobbies include reading, dancing, knitting, and crocheting. She is trained in many places including the University Building, Victoria Schools of the Arts, and of course J’Adore Dance. Throu ... Read More

Olivia

Junior Assistant
Junior Assistant, Olivia Thomas, is so excited to be part of the J’Adore Dance Family and to share the love of dance with others. Her hobbies include swimming, soccer, dance, and baking. She has been dancing for 3 years and has danced at the Fe ... Read More

Regan

Junior Assistant
Regan started dancing when she was 7 years old.  She danced at J’Adore Dance exploring the dance style of Jazz and Ballet.  Her teachers Ms Jeannie, Ms Jessica and Ms Chantel have taught her to be a great ballerina.  Now Regan wa ... Read More

Thea

Junior Assistant
After 8 years of dance Thea is super excited about joining 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 course ... Read More