OUR DANCE TEACHERS

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.

Megan MacKay

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!

Jennifer Wolfe

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!

Jennifer started her teaching career in Edmonton in 1993. Seeing a need for a comprehensive curriculum for creative movement and jazz classes, she developed both a CM program for children 3 to 5 years of age, and a progressive Jazz Syllabus for students from 6 to adult.

She has enjoyed teaching all styles of dance including: Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Creative Movement, Hip Hop, Modern, Broadway, and Lyrical. She currently holds Level 1 certification in Acrobatic Arts.

Miss. Wolfe attended the Edmonton School of Ballet teacher training program from 2005 to 2008. Over her many years of teaching she has continued to upgrade her training with workshops all over North America. She has taken classes with Master teachers and choreographers including Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, and Stephen "Twitch" Boss. In 2013 she had a wonderful opportunity to teach dance in Egypt. 

Jennifer is currently certified with internal program Progressing Ballet technique and looks forward to bring her lessons to the classroom.

Jennifer attended the dancetreacherweb.com conference this summer and achieved level 1 of her Dance Teachers University program.

Anna Jardine

I am returning to the dance society after just graduating to teach Creative Movement, and to continue taking classes myself that will be about my 11th year with ADS.

 

I am working on getting my Bachelor of Arts online with Athabasca University, which has thankfully spared time that I can spend on dance. Being offered a spot to teach Creative Movement this year to new and young dancers is an exciting prospect, as I can work hard to pass on the passion and dedication for dance that I myself have.