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– About Us –

Dance tech is a high quality, innovative dance studio offering classes that are taught by professional, accredited instructors with a strong passion for teaching.   We are based in High River, AB and service the surrounding areas including Turner Valley, Black Diamond, Okotoks, Nanton, De Winton and the Foothills area.  We offer a variety of classes for any age range and ability, from the tiniest of dancers to the young at heart.  Visit our classes page for more information.

– Meet Our Team –

Our instructors set the stage for each class and create an environment that allows each dancer to excel. This combination of commitment to craft, innovation and  technical training helps our students develop their skills and take them to the next level.  Whether they are looking to have fun, get in shape, or train for a professional dance career, our instructors are here to help their students succeed.

Miss Amanda Messner

Owner/Director & Instructor
B.A in Dance, CDTA Jazz & Modern Member

Teaches:
Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Pre-School

What You May Not Know About Me:
Although I have 3 young girls at home, and I love to wear jewelry and heels, I can ride a quad like a boy…I love speed and getting muddy

Miss Carley Pobran

Instructor – 10 yrs
RAD R.T.S

Teaches:
Ballet, Lyrical, Pre-School

What You May Not Know About Me:
I’ve got mad HIP HOP skills hiding beneath my ballet tights…if you are lucky, you might catch me bustin’ a move.

Miss Leah Holliday

Instructor – 10 years
BA Kinesiology, Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP-CSEP – Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology), Exercise Is Medicine (EIM) – level 2, Acrobatic Arts Level 1/2

Teaches:
Acro, Jazz, Contemporary

What You May Not Know About Me:
I played pretty much every sport you can imagine growing up including: hockey, soccer, soft ball, volleyball, basketball, swimming plus ballet, tap, jazz, baton twirling and acrobatics. I kept my parents on their toes running from activity to activity.

Miss Mel McTavish

Instructor – 10 years
Certified with CDTA in Jazz

Teaches:
Kinderboogie, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical & Contemporary

What You May Not Know About Me:
I am a reality TV addict. I watch them all. But there is not one I’d want to be on!

Miss Kara Brown

Instructor, Assistant Director
RAD C.B.T.S., BFA in Performance Dance, PBT Certified

Teaches:
Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap

What You May Not Know About Me:
I’m a travel bug… my goal was to visit all 7 Continents by the time I was 30…. goal reset for when I’m 32 (since we lost a couple travel years). Can you guess which Continents I’ve been to?

Mr. Paul Otterbein

Instructor
International Hip Hop Choreographer

Teaches:
Hip Hop

What You May Not Know About Me:
I love the great outdoors, and I LOVE to fish. Although I look tough, I’m terrified of spiders.

Miss Alex Woodley

Instructor
Certificate in Dance Preparation, Diploma in Dance Performance, Certificate in Musical Theatre, Studio Fine Arts Impact Teacher Certification

Teaches:
Ballet, Contemporary, Kinder-Boogie, Fine Arts Club

What You May Not Know About Me:
I am a bookworm. I love reading almost anything! I usually have a couple of books on the go at the same time and I cannot fall asleep without reading at least one page eveynight.

Miss Brynna Ducette

Instructor
Team Canada Tap 2019, 2 years into B.A Communications and Media Studies (current)

Teaches:
Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop

What You May Not Know About Me:
I love movie musicals. Grease is my all time favourite and I could quote the whole movie word for word with elaborate (off key) singing, staging, and choreography.

Mrs Deb Staniforth

Office Manager

What You May Not Know About Me:
I’m not a dancer, but I am a ball payer, a skater, a volleyball player…you name it.

Mrs Tricia Bliss

Office Manager

What You May Not Know About Me:
In my grade 9 graduating class there were 2 students….me & my cousin!

Miss Tayler Brown

Office Specialist

What You May Not Know About Me:
I am an “OG” DTC Dancer. I was one of the first dancers at Dance Tech in 2004, and I’m back 18 yrs later.

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– Our Facility –

We have put a lot of thought into our studio to make it comfortable for everyone!  For our dancers we have three large studios with Sprung & Rosco Dance Flooring, each studio has large windows & mirrors, air conditioning  – with one studio set-up specifically for Acro.  We have two bathrooms, as well as a large changing room with lots storage, tables & chairs, a mini fridge & a microwave.  If you would like to stay while your child dances you can make yourself comfortable in our waiting area.

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– Dance Tech Dance Council –

Dance Tech Dance Council is a parent run volunteer group.  The goal of the council is to raise funds so that each dancer has the opportunity to learn the art of dance in a positive, structured and inspiring environment.   We meet once a month to discuss creative ways to raise funds for the dancers of our community.

2018 Parent Council

  • Trina LeisenPresident
  • Shannon DormanVice President
  • Jennifer IkebuchiSecretary
  • Nicole DunandTreasurer
  • Barb ShywtkyDirector
  • Kim TiessenDirector

– Showcase –

Come show off what you have learned!  We encourage all of our full year dance programs at Dance Tech to join us in our year-end showcase.  While the showcase is not mandatory it is an excellent opportunity for all of our dancers to experience performing on stage in a positive and supportive environment.  The Dance Tech Showcase will be divided into a Senior and Junior Show based on age. (some split classes may dance in both Senior and Junior Showcase) All Showcase routines will require a costume.  Approximate cost for costumes can rage from $85-$120. A non-refundable costume deposit is due at registration (postdated for November 1st). Jr Showcase Classes – $85/class deposit (3-6yrs) Sr Showcase Classes – $95/class deposit 2023

Showcase will be held at Glenmore Christian Academy May 27, 2023

Dress Rehearsal – May 25th 4:00pm (all dancers)

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