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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

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


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 Rae Schinbein

CDTA Jazz, Tap and Modern Member

Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Pre-School (YES…everything)

What You May Not Know About Me:
I take way too many pictures of my cat Brontosaurs. Oh wait . . . you do know that . . . . because I show them to everyone.

Miss Mel McTavish

Certified with CDTA in Jazz

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 Leah Holliday

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

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.

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 Jess Knapp

Acrobatic Arts 1, CPR-C-AED
Teaches: Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical

What You May Not Know About Me:
I can sling a bail of hay, drive a tractor…and give you the best manicure on the block. I’m a dance teacher, esthetician….and a jack of all trades!

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.

Mr. Eugenio Hipolito


Hip Hop

What You May Not Know About Me:
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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.

  • Studio Two
  • Studio Three
  • Changing Room
  • Waiting Area

– 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 2018 Showcase will be held at Glenmore Christian Academy May 23 – Dress Rehearsal 4:30pm (all dancers) May 25 – Sr Showase – Rise Up – 5:30pm (same show presented May 26) May 26 – Jr Showcase – Pixar Presents… -1:00pm May 26 – Sr Showcase -Rise Up – 3:30pm  

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