Welcome! Athabasca Dance Society is dedicated to igniting and supporting a lifelong passion for dance in dancers, instructors, parents and the public. We foster physical and personal growth by developing dancers and instructors in an open and inclusive environment.
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We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to participate in dance and other athletic activities. Organizations such as Jumpstart and KidSport can make that happen.
* If you are needing to drop a class, please email our Registration Director at email@example.com
We offer multiple classes for many types of dancers, from 4 years old to adult classes. Fun for all ages!
Creative Movement (4-5 years)
Tap (intermediate only)
15 Tchaikovsky (2)
25 white roses (9)
26 painting the roses (8)
31 slaying the jabberwocky (10)
13 erica (7)
WEB 25 Mona Lisa (1)
Tap6.5 Singing in the Rain (25)
2021-2022 Year Schedule
4:00 - 5:15 pm Ballet Choreo 1
5:15 - 6:15 pm Modern
6:15 - 7:15 Junior Ballet
7:15 - 9:00 Ballet Choreo 2
6:00 - 7:00 pm Jazz 1/2
6:30 - 7:00 pm Beginner Ballet/Creative Movements
4:00 - 5:30 pm Ballet 6
5:30 - 7:00 pm Ballet 9/10
7:00 - 7:30 Pre-Pointe/Pointe
7:30 - 9:00 Int Rad
6:30 - 7:00 Creative Movements 5
7:00 - 8:00 Tap 3/4
4:30 - 5:30 Jazz 3
5:30 - 6:30 Lyrical 2
6:30 - 7:45 Ballet 9/10
7:45 - 8:45 Adult Jazz
5:30 - 6:00 Creative Movements 4/5
6:30 - 7:00 Creative Movements 4
*Note - There is a Ballet 9/10 Class offered on both Wed & Thurs - both of these classes need to be taken if the dancer is enrolling in Pre-Pointe/Pointe
SEPTEMBER 13 FIRST DAY OF CLASS
OCTOBER 11 THANKSGIVING - NO CLASSES
NOVEMBER 8-12 NOVEMBER BREAK - NO CLASSES
DECEMBER 2 CHRISTMAS SHOW
DECEMBER 20 to JANUARY 3 CHRISTMAS BREAK - NO CLASSES
JANUARY 4 CLASSES RESUME
FEBRUARY 17-18 TEACHERS CONVENTION - NO CLASSES
FEBRUARY 21 FAMILY DAY - NO CLASSES
MARCH 28 to APRIL 1 SPRING BREAK - NO CLASSES
APRIL 29 REHEARSAL
APRIL 30 REHEARSAL - PICTURES AT THIS TIME
MAY 5 LAST DAY OF CLASS
MAY 7 & 8 RECITAL
I began dancing with the Athabasca Dance Society when I was 6 years old. Dance has remained an important aspect of my life through my elementary, high school, and university careers.
Being a part of the society was very influential in my life as it allowed me to begin teaching and ignite a passion in myself for helping others learn. I continued to take dance classes and teach dance while I was completing my education degree at the University of Alberta.
I now teach senior high English, fitness, and yoga at Edwin Parr. I love to spend as much time as possible outside with my husband and our dog hiking, snowboarding, and exploring nature. I look forward to engaging with the dancers this year and working with them to learn something new in every class!
My name is Bethany Irla, and I am currently teaching Jazz 1/2. I began my dance career with ADS as a little bluebell in beginner ballet, and carried on dancing until graduation. After graduating from the University of Alberta with my Bachelor of Education, I came back to Athabasca, and have been teaching Grade 4 at LTIS ever since. I am very excited to be back doing what I've always loved most, dancing - but this time as a teacher.
Karen (Kerry) Doidge
ADCC-CICB, A.I.S.T.D. (Cecchetti), RAD (Mutually Recognized Teacher)
Karen has been a ballet professional working in Edmonton and the surrounding area for nearly three decades. Since she received her Associate certification with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the Cecchetti Society of Canada, she has been an integral member of Alberta's classical ballet community.
Ms. Doidge operated her own studio in Vegreville for six years. Upon moving to Athabasca she was asked to direct the recently established Athabasca Dance Society. In a community that had never previously had the benefit of a professionally run dance school, she instituted the use of a ballet curriculum and raised standards through Cecchetti examinations. Her students take yearly examinations with consistent results, and have been accepted to such prestigious schools as: The School of Alberta Ballet, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, as well as the dance programmes at Simon Fraser University, York University, the University of Calgary, and Grant MacEwan University.
In addition to teaching in Athabasca, Ms. Doidge instructs ballet in Edmonton. With a strong appetite for learning, she never misses an opportunity to take workshops, classes, and teaching courses, consistently expanding on her knowledge of ballet, pedagogy and anatomy.
Over the last decade, as a student of the Athabasca Dance Society, Alexandra (Zander) McRury has received instruction in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, Broadway, acro, and most recently hip hop. Over the past few years, she has gained experience as a student assistant, helping several teachers in creative movement, ballet, tap, Broadway, and hip hop classes, and has participated in the ADS introduction to teaching dance course.
Zander fondly remembers looking up to the senior dancers who filled the positions of teacher's assistants and student teachers in her earlier years with the ADS. She feels honoured to now have the opportunity to guide young dancers on their own journeys to find a source of inspiration, and to provide the same encouragement she felt and to foster a sense of belonging within the Athabasca Dance Society community.
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