Alyssa grew up on the stage, performing for the last 16 years since the age of 5. She trained in Hip Hop at Step by Step School of Dance and Third Street Beat. She graduated from Victoria School of the Arts in 2011 where she studied music and dance. Dance has given her the opportunity to travel, train and perform across Canada, the United States, Spain and China. She currently dances with Rhythm FX Entertainment, Toxic Elegance and BBM. Alyssa is excited to share her love of dance and knowledge with her students this year.
Anna Van Woerkom
Anna began dancing at the age of three and soon discovered her love for styles including ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and acro. Through her early years of dancing Anna also grew her love for gymnastics which she balanced with dance for four years until she decided to pursue dance. Anna has been trained in RAD, Cecchetti and now has her certification in Acrobatic Arts. Dance has given Anna the opportunity to be part of many shows through school where she has had many chances to choreograph for her peers. Her many jobs with children have helped her realize her need to share her passion of dance with others. Anna is a student at the University of Alberta where she hopes to grow her knowledge of dance. Anna is very excited to share her love of dance at the studio and to watch the students grow and excel!
Becky has danced at Step by Step since she was four years old, training in all styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet and Contemporary. She has participated in many competitions and workshops throughout Canada, winning numerous awards. She recently attended the Tremaine Workshop and Master Classes in Las Vegas, working with different teachers and guest choreographers. Becky took a teaching course at the Edmonton School of Ballet to attain her certificate in teaching Junior Grades Syllabi. She has also been working through a student teaching program with several instructors at Step By Step which has given her the opportunity to learn and participate in different styles of teaching.
Her love of dance and enthusiasm with children contribute to positive and rewarding classes. She is very excited to share her passion and love of dance with students and is proud to be part of the Step By Step team.
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Chantel grew up immersed in the world of classical ballet. Her training began in the professional program at the Alberta Ballet School under the direction of Ruth Carse and Deborah Morgan. Her formative training enabled her to complete examinations up to the Intermediate level in both RAD and Cecchetti methods, achieving top marks in both syllabi. She successfully auditioned for, and attended, the Professional Division summer intensives of such illustrious schools as: The National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg, L'école Superieur de la Danse and The Banff Centre for the Arts. Chantel concluded her training at the Edmonton Dance Centre and Shelley's Dance Company before completing a Diploma in Dance at Grant McEwan Community College, under the direction of Brian Webb. Post-graduation, Chantel performed one season with Ballet North as an apprentice and spent several years in Toronto expanding her repertoire to include modern/contemporary dance, musical theatre, acting and television. While in Toronto she was a featured performer in the televised Canadian Gemini awards and continued to study ballet under National Ballet of Canada Alum, Kevin Pugh. She was delighted to perform with Princess Cruises for 3 years, where she had the opportunity to pursue two of her passions, performing and travel. Upon returning to Edmonton, Chantel completed a Bachelor of Education, awarded with Distinction, at the University of Alberta and is completing a Master of Education through Newman Theological College. Most recently, Chantel was awarded her Diploma of Dance Teaching Studies through the Royal Academy of Dance's London Branch and has the distinction of being one of 16 teachers internationally to do so.
For the past 15 years, Chantel has remained involved in the local dance community, both as an instructor, choreographer, adjudicator and performer. She is tremendously excited to be a part of the Step by Step Faculty.
"Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world." ~Voltaire
Originally from Calgary, Chelsea began her ballet training with the International School of Ballet at the age of three. Later she moved to Sherwood Park where she expanded her repertoire to include pointe, lyrical, jazz, modern, and musical theater. Chelsea performed in “The Nutcracker” with Alberta Ballet and Jeunesse Classique for ten years with roles including Russian and Miniature Spanish Doll.
In addition, Chelsea has received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta and is working as a structural design engineer. She has recently taken up aerial silks as a hobby to continue to explore new methods of movement.
In her five years of teaching, Chelsea’s choreography for both ballet and lyrical routines have won numerous awards. She constantly strives to grow and learn by attending classes and conferences. She completed her RAD Intermediate level exam and is now working towards gaining her RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. Chelsea is thrilled to join the Step by Step faculty and to share her expertise and passion for dance.
Corynne Barron was born in Calgary and trained at prestigious schools such as Royal Winnipeg Ballet, KSD in England and Edmonton School of Ballet where she received honours in Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Grades in Cecchetti . In 2008 Corynne was chosen to compete in The International Cecchetti Competition where she was scouted to train in England under Royal Ballet's former Principal Dancer; Kate Simmons. In England at age 17, Corynne performed the lead role of Zobeida in The Ballet Scheherazade. Soon after, her passion led her to her biggest accomplishment to date; Top 6 Female on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. The Experience proceeded to open opportunities such as becoming the Spokesperson and Model for MONDOR DANCELINE to Starring in the Original Cast of Aerial Shows, Aqua Shows and Musicals on Royal Caribbean's Newest Cruise ships. After meeting the most inspirational people throughout her travels and having such a large support system from her friends and family, Corynne wishes to provide that support and life experience to the upcoming dancers. She hopes to encourage them to pursue their passion and reach their potential as the upsets and accomplishments have truly enriched her life in many different ways and shaped the person she is today.
Through his own personal travels in the hip-hop industry Daniel has become one of the driving forces behind the Hip-Hop scene in Alberta. Daniel is a member of the Hip-Hop Crew White Chocolate, which is one of Edmonton’s longest running professional hip hop crews!
White Chocolate has opened and performed for artists such as; Chris Brown, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, Ashanti, Ginuwine, Sean Paul, Kreesha Turner, The Game, Nelly Furtado, Obie Trice, 112, Boyz II Men, Fabolous, K-Ci & JoJo, Chingy, Sean Desmond, Massari, Gary Beals, Rochester, and Snoop Dogg! White Chocolate was featured as the only Hip-Hop group set to perform at Alberta’s Centenniel event where the Queen of England was in attendance. Daniel also starred in the hit music video “Bounce With Me” by Kreesha Turner which was directed by world renowned director Little X. Daniel was part of the opening ceremonies for the 2009 Grey Cup in Calgary. Daniel recently returned from performing across mainland China with the production called "Hip Hop Saved My Life." This was the first all Hip-Hop Production to travel to China from Canada. Daniel also performed as a dancer in the movie "Lullaby For Pi" which will be in theatres February 2011. Daniel has been formally and self trained in many styles of Hip-Hop. Training with such choreographers as The Electric Boogaloos, Sho-Tyme, Brad Rapier, and many more. Daniel has become very involved in the education and training of dancers across Alberta. He has taught across Alberta and travels across Western Canada teaching classes. Daniel has earned countless awards and is major driving point behind the growing hip-hop scene in Edmonton and across Canada!
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Jacques did most of his dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet where he graduated from their Professional Division Program in 1988. He went on to tour with the company in the production of “The Nutcracker“ which toured across Canada and “Romeo and Juliet” which toured the former Soviet Union. He was also invited back to dance in the school’s 25th Anniversary Production of “Don Q”. Jacques has also performed with and choreographed for “Le Cercle Moliere” a french Theatre Company and danced and toured extensively with L’ensemble Folklorique de la Riviere-Rouge, both from Winnipeg. His folk dancing has taken him around the globe to Ivory Coast-Africa, Istanbul-Turkey, France, Spain, USA and across Canada to many major International Dance Festivals.
In 1990, Jacques moved to Edmonton to perform with Ballet North and Northern Light Theatre before taking up teaching. Moving back to Winnipeg, he completed his teacher training in the Cecchetti method with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Now residing in Edmonton, Jacques has been a teacher and choreographer at The Edmonton School of Ballet for 17 years and has been teaching at Step by Step in Sherwood Park for 10 years. He was ballet master and choreographer for the Edmonton Festival Ballet Company from 1997 until 2002.
Jacques has trained in all three major ballet syllabi, Vaganova, R.A.D. and Cecchetti. He teaches Ballet, Pas de Deux, Repertoire and Jazz. He is an examiner for the Edmonton School of Ballet “Junior Grades” program. He also enjoys adjudicating dance festivals and competitions all over Western Canada.
From April – July 2010, Jacques spent 4 months studying and training in the UK with Kate Simmons and Gillian Hurst and has successfully passed his Master Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and his Fellowship exams.
Janelle began dancing at the age of 3, starting her training in Ukrainian dance and continued into to classical ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary in Edmonton. Her passion for the art continued in her post secondary studies when she became a member of the MacEwan Dance Team. Following this, she joined the MOD Contemporary Dance Movement at the University of Alberta where she participated for four years and acted as the Executive of Finance in her final year. In both groups, she had the opportunity to choreograph for advanced level dancers and perform in a range of shows. Her 20 years of dancing has taken her to many venues where she gained experience and developed a better understanding of the art. Her love of dance has previously led her to become a ballet and lyrical instructor/choreographer in Peace River. Janelle is excited to continue sharing her passion for dance with Step By Step students and parents!
Jennah's love for dancing began in September of 2012, in teen jazz/lyrical classes. From the moment she stepped into class, she fell in love with dance and made it her goal to continue to pursue dancing for the rest of her life. Jennah has studied both the RAD and Cecchetti ballet syllabus, as well as studied jazz, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. Jennah is honoured to have represented Team Canada West at the IDO World Championships in Poland, in December of 2017. In the summer of 2018, Jennah completed her second year of the ADAPT Teacher's Training School. Outside of the studio she is a student at the University of Alberta. Jennah believes that dancing builds confidence, promotes creativity, and brings meaningful joy to others.
Jolie trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Hip-Hop and has studied with many renowned teachers and choreographers. She has a special affinity for tap, has completed the Al Gilbert Tap Examinations and was a feature dancer in his instructional videos. Her choreography has won numerous awards and has been featured in 'The History of Rock & Roll’, the annual CFLPA All Star Charity Baseball Game, Bridal Fantasy and The Rainbow Gala.
Jolie’s passion for dance and sharing this with students inspired her to direct her own successful studio for fourteen years. During this time she trained hundreds of students in all genres, but tap remained her specialty. Her students excel in both exams and competitions, where her own talent is acknowledged with numerous choreography awards.
Along with teaching her own students, Jolie is continually asked to teach at workshops and summer schools. She also enjoys adjudicating at several competitions throughout Western Canada. Jolie loves to share her passion and knowledge of dance with others!
Kristy has been very active in the Edmonton dance scene and at SBS for over 20 years, studying Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop. Her training and competitive experiences have taken her to many places in the U.S. and Canada, such as Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Vancouver. She has opened for artist's such as Lady Gaga, Girlicious and more! Kristy's numerous awards and successes have given her added enthusiasm in her ten years of teaching and her professional performances. Kristy teaches high-energy dance classes with a positive attitude and has an excellent rapport with students.
Mandy began dancing at the age of 5, and has extensively trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Lyrical. Her joy of dance and passion for working with children has inspired her to become a dance instructor and choreographer. Mandy consistently strives to expand her skill set by attending conferences, seminars, and classes across North America. She is always seeking fun and innovative skills to bring into her classes.
In addition, Mandy is formally trained in Tae Kwon Do, obtaining her first degree black belt. She has also earned two university degrees (Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education), and is currently teaching at an elementary level.
Throughout her career as an instructor, Mandy has won numerous awards for her choreography and routines. She has been recognized for having an excellent rapport with parents and students alike, and consistently seeks to encourage and inspire all of her students to reach their fullest potential. Mandy is a valued member of our team at Step By Step!
Born in Langley, BC, Miss Johnston began her ballet training under the guidance and teaching of Gwen Grant at Tri-Dance Academy. Throughout her training she attended summer intensives at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and was a featured dancer in the Merrit Motion Picture's television series of "Ballet Girls" and "TuTu Much".
Miss Johnston is a two-time Surrey Arts Festival's Ballet representative and scholarship winner at the Performing Arts BC Provincial Championships. Upon graduating from the Goh Ballet Academy in 2009, she spent time at Boston Ballet School and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's graduate program on full-scholarship, later joining Vancouver City Ballet Theatre.
Miss Johnston began her immersion at VJPD as an IAP student in the Senior Preparatory program, and also spent a full year training under faculty at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She further more returned to the school a second time to work with Marcia Dale Weary and other teachers to gain more knowledge of the CPYB curriculum. In doing so, Melissa uses much of her personal training and teacher training lessons of the CPYB program to help train her students
Nicole Van Woerkom
Nicole discovered her love for dance when she began dancing at the age of 3. She is trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical and Contemporary and has trained in the RAD, Cecchetti and Al Gilbert syllabi. Dance has given her the opportunity to take classes and to perform in many different places, some of which including Los Angeles, Vegas and Denver. She is currently a student at the University of Alberta, and is a part of the University of Alberta Dance Team. Being a part of the dance team gives her the opportunity to perform at various events around the city, as well as allowing her to travel to different places to take a wide variety of different styles of classes. Nicole loves being able to share her love of dance with students and is so excited to be a part of the Step by Step team!
Noelle has been a major motivating force behind this family business, which started in 1980. Noelle's love of children has motivated her to organize countless dance shows, annual trips to the U.S. and Canada, and the building of two parks in Sherwood Park. Noelle implemented a high school program for dance students where they can receive 30 credits through the Elk Island Catholic School Board. Noelle has been involved with the Alberta Dance Educators for 20 years. Her 25 years of teaching experience as well as organizational expertise has helped make SBS a pleasure for students and parents.
Sammi's dedication and passion for dancing began over 20 years ago in Sherwood Park. Since then her love of dance has led her to train in R.A.D. ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop and musical theatre.
In these disciplines Sammi has won multiple awards and scholarships for dance, choreography and taken extensive workshops one of which included training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer intensive program.
Sammi has over 10 years of teaching experience. Most recently she has completed her Certification in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance and has Registered Teacher Status. Sammi's own dedication to dance has given her an appreciation for the arts and strength both physically and mentally; She believes in passing these values along. Sammi looks forward to getting to know new students, introducing them to the joy of dance, music and education that will help them through many areas in their lives.
Stephanie’s love for dance and working with children began at a young age and has flourished throughout her career and while raising her four daughters. With a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant Diploma, she acquired certification as a Child Development Worker and has spent more than ten years supporting children and families in their growth and development, most recently instructing preschool classes. She was a Highland dancer in her youth and her passion for dance has continued to evolve while helping her own daughters learn this beautiful art form. Stephanie is thrilled to join Step By Step and be part of our youngest dancers discovering their passion!
Charlotte started dance in Jasper at the age of two. After moving to Edmonton, she continued with her passion of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Pointe. She has also trained in RAD and Al Gilbert syllabus. Charlotte started as an assistant teacher at the age of 14 and continued to teach on her own throughout high school, including choreography for musicals. Charlotte and her husband have a daughter who shows great interest in dance. Charlotte has always had a love and passion for working with young children. She is so excited to be part of the Preschool Teaching team and working with the next generation of dancers!