Vegreville School of Ballet

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Vegreville School of Ballet 2015-2016 Instructors

Laura Fleming

Laura has twenty years of teaching experience throughout BC and Alberta, with ten years right here in Vegreville.  She has studied many disciplines including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical and swing.  Miss Laura’s passion for dance has taken her to New York City where she studied at the Martha Graham Institute, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Centre, Alvin Ailey and Peridance Centre.  Laura has attended the Teacher Training Program at the Edmonton School of Ballet where she studied the Cecchetti method of Ballet as well as anatomy, music theory and dance history.  She is excited to continue teaching in Vegreville, where she can share her passion with dancers in whom she believes.

Tara Kobitowich

Starting at age five, the dance studio has always been her second home. For 11 years, Tara danced competitively, training in jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, hip hop, musical theatre and modern. She had the opportunity to perform in Spain and LA, compete across Alberta and BC, learn from the industry’s top choreographers in classes at the Edge Performing Arts Centre in LA and Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver and attend conventions, such as Costal Dance Rage and Triple Threat Conventions, each year. Most recently she performed in the FIFA opening ceremonies and a video shoot for Miss Brett’s dance company, Motives Dance and Fitness. She also regularly takes classes in Edmonton at Dance Code and Pique Dance Centre. As an instructor at both Sandra Gray School of Dancing and Vegreville School of Ballet, Tara has taught a wide variety of classes over the past seven years and has received various choreography awards and has led her groups to high scores and recognitions. She is passionate about passing along the knowledge she has gained over the years. Dance will always be one of the loves in her life. She is happy to be starting her seventh year with VSB and is excited for another season!

Deeyana Baydala

A VSB Alumni - Deeyana trained in her hometown Vegreville, since the age of three, practicing Ukrainian dance, hip-hop, jazz, ballet, and contemporary. During her dance school years she received numerous trophies, awards, and scholarships. At the age of nine, Deeyana was awarded the “most outstanding female dancer” through out a whole Ukrainian Dance festival. Deeyana is now attending MacEwan University in the Acupuncture program following her certification of becoming a 2200 hour trained Massage Therapist. She currently trains with the Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir and Drea Lee Dance Company. Dance has taken Deeyana to Quebec, Florida (Disneyworld), Ukraine, and all over Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba for performing opportunities. She has attended the 3rd Street Beat Bootcamp, the Triple Threat Convention, and Miss Brette’s Motives Dance and Fitness Winter Intensive. This past summer Deeyana travelled to Las Vegas where she performed at the event “Tuesday Night Blend”, sharing the stage with ABDC’s “A Team”. She also took workshops with Kishema Pendu and Matthew Guerroro of Cirque de Soliel at The Rock Centre of Dance. With Viter, Deeyana also toured five cities in Ukraine performing sold out shows and taking cultural dance workshops from popular choreographers enriching her knowledge of the Ukrainian dance culture. Deeyana has previously taught hip-hop classes for VSB in 2014, where one of her dances won the choreography award. This past year she had taught beginner hip-hop classes for Puddle of Mud Productions. Dance has always been a big part of Deeyana’s life, and she is excited to share her love and passion for dance with the dancers of VSB. 

Danna Santrock

Danna's love for dance began at the age of 3 and has been going strong ever since. She is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Hip-Hop. Her passion for dance has led her to perform and train across Alberta, British Columbia, New-York, Las Vegas, Chicago and Germany. While dancing with a professional Hip-Hop crew based out of Edmonton, she performed as the opening act for KC & Jojo, Joel Madden, Fanny Pack, Jabbawockeez and Super Crew.

In her 11 years of teaching, Danna has won numerous choreography awards including Adjudicator’s Choice for choreography for the entire festival two years in a row, as well as her groups winning outstanding or high score overall in multiple competitions. Danna is excited to meet all of her new students and dance families and is looking forward to a fantastic year!

Brett Bowser

Brett was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, where she began dancing at the age of 6 and immediately fell in love with it. At the age of 15, Brett Bowser trained both in her home studio as well as Harbour Dance Centre, where she was later accepted into their Intensive Training Company at the age of 17. A year later she took part in the opening year of “Lux Dance Co”. Throughout the years Brett has gotten many exciting performance opportunities from stage performances, to video performance and flash mob experiences and has been able to travel to California, New York, and Seattle to perform for various events. Brett has been teaching since the age of 17 and recently opened her own dance company based in Edmonton called “Motives Dance and Fitness.” Brett teaches her students not only technique, but also the importance of confidence, while encouraging her students to go beyond their comfort zone to experience dance from within. Brett is very excited about what is to come with the 2015/2016 season of dance.