OUR FACULTY

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CANDACE KALWAJTYS

Artistic Director & Certified Head Coach
Acrobatic Arts M2 | Acro Dance Teacher Association (ADTA)
ADA Hand Balancing M1 | Alixa Flexibility M4
NCCP Artistic Gymnastics Foundations | Active Start | Dance Cirque

Candace has always had a true passion for the performing arts. She started as a gymnast, then became a dancer, and was competitive as both. Candace was fortunate to attend the Victoria School of Performing Arts. She studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap and Musical Theatre. Her passion for Acro Dance was a natural progression. The art allows her to combine her trainings while offering cutting edge opportunities to offer new and exciting opportunities to dancers and athletes in and around Edmonton, and Alberta

With over a decade of experience as a dance and acrobatic educator, choreographer and coach in the community, Candace is driven to continue challenging herself to grow and develop her teaching methods through continuous education and training. 

Candace’s goal is to share her passion and knowledge with all athletes and offer them opportunities to achieve their own personal success.  

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ALLISON SAN MARTIN-FEENEY

ADTA (INT, ADV in progress)  | Acrobatic Arts M2 | Alixa Flexibility M4 | ADA Foundations, M1 | Dance Cirque |
B Sci

Allison is an experienced dance educator and choreographer from Edmonton, AB. She grew up dancing at Edmonton Dance Factory, Edmonton School of Ballet, and spent time training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She has performed with Edmonton Festival Ballet, Edmonton Contemporary Dancers, and The U of A Dance Team before discovering her passion for teaching dance.

Allison is a faculty member at the ADTA. Allison is proud to be an active member of the dance community in Canada and is passionate about sharing her expertise and experience.

 

Allison’s teaching has a strong focus on building strength and flexibility in her dancers which allows them to succeed in dance while keeping their bodies safe. She believes in shaping dancers who have a love and understanding of their bodies, an appreciation of hard work, and a desire to continually push the boundaries of their art form. 

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KATHRYN FILEVICH

Acrobatic Arts Preschool & M1 | ADAPT Yr 1 & 2 | Dance Cirque | B. Ed

Kathryn is a dancer born, raised and trained in Edmonton, Alberta. At the age of 3 Kathryn fell in love with dance. Starting at the Edmonton School of Ballet she trained in ballet (RAD and Cecchetti based), jazz and tap (Al Gilbert) as well as Ukrainian dance with the Shumka School of Dance. She later moved to Dance Alberta where she expanded her knowledge and added lyrical, contemporary and musical theatre to her training. Kathryn also had the amazing opportunity to train in London England at Pineapple dance studios and Trinity Laban Conservatory for Music and Dance where she expanded the knowledge that she now brings to her classes.
Kathryn has been teaching dance for seven years in all genres and with all levels and takes her love of teaching into elementary classrooms. 

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KEIRA WARD

Acrobatic Arts M2 | Alixa Flexibility 2 | Dance Cirque

Keira started dancing at the age of three and has never looked back. It has truly been her passion. She trained in acro, ballet, jazz, tap, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, Pointe and Hip Hop. Acro has been her passion since she was introduced to it. Keira has done Cecchetti ballet exams to further her own knowledge and continually test her skills. Keira began assisting teaching all genres of dance at the age of 13, then a few years later, teaching her own classes. Keira loves to continue to learn and improve her own acro skills, and her teaching skills. She loves to teach and share her passion for acro with new and aspiring dancers. She loves to watch young danceers learn new skills and develop confidence in their abilities. Keira is excited to be teaching at Velocity and sharing her passion, for dance and acro.

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HEATHER POULIOT

Dance Cirque | Intellidance 

Heather started dancing at the age of 3 and was teaching by an early age. After she became a mom, her focus shifted to early childhood education. Heather has run a day home for over 15 years and has loved her time working with and learning to understand our tiniest humans. Intellidance certification was a natural progression for Heather; it focuses on whole body and mind connection, expanding on body movements beyond dance, the program supporting a holistic growth through physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. Heather is also an active dance mom and is excited to inspire the next generation of movers, shakers and acrobats

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CHERI BERG

CEO

Cheri is retired air traffic controller and mother of three active athletes. She has been a dance mom, soccer mom, hockey/goalie mom, wrestling mom, track and field mom, and more. She understands the demands on dedicated sport athletes and their families. She is familiar with sport specific training, the importance of cross training, nutrition, and the need for balance across all aspects of sport and life.

She looks forward to enhancing and supporting the vibrant dance and sport community in and around Edmonton, and helping dancers and athletes of all ages and levels achieve their goals.