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 M3

NCCP Artistic Gymnastics Foundations | Active Start

Candace has always had a true passion for the performing arts. When her gymnastics and dance journey moved into competitive levels, Candace was fortunate to attend the Victoria School of Performing Arts. Her love of performing on the stage and commitment to dance allowed Candace to thoroughly study the disciplines of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap and Musical Theatre. Candace developed a strong appreciation and understanding for Acro Dance through the knowledge and passion that has been passed down to her. 

 

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 her students and to offer them opportunities to achieve their own personal success.  

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Tianna Stephen

RAD RTS, ISTD Nat., TTP Dip. (NBS), Acrobatic Arts Certified, Alixa Flexibility

 

Tianna Stephen started dance at the age of 3 and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater and contemporary.

Tianna graduated from the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School where she won the coveted Carole Chadwick award and scholarship for demonstrating significant potential over her teacher training in June of 2018. During her time at the National, she graduated with her Royal Academy of Dance, Registered Teacher Status as well as her Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in National (Folk) dance. Soon after she received her teaching certificate in the Acrobatic Arts syllabus as well as Alixa Flexibility.

 

Tianna was most recently the head Acro teacher for her studio in Scotland. She taught acro students between the ages of 5-16 in levels 1-6. She has developed a passion for acrobatics and loves finding new ways to incorporate Acro skills into other styles of dance.

 

Tianna understands the importance of proper dance training and has always sought out the best instructors. Tianna is very excited to be teaching with Velocity Complex and is looking forward to meeting all the students.

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Michelle McBride

Michelle began her training with R.A.D. ballet, but became a multi disciplined dancer shortly after. She has studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theatre/acting, piano, as well as Ukrainian, Latin and Polynesian dancing. Michelle has been fortunate to study under many talented instructors over the years, abroad and at home, including Alberta Ballet’s Ruth Carse and Shumka’s Terry Mucha.

 

She continues her dance/acro education through classes with Leaders in Fitness, IBBFA, Acrobatic Arts, ADTA, CLI, Mather Dance Company, yoga and strength training.

Michelle is a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor and Adjudicator and is excited to share her love of AcroDance.

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Allison San Martin-Feeney

ADTA (Intermediate Certified, Advanced in progress) | Acrobatic Arts (Module 1 and 2 Certified) | 

Alixa Flexibility (Module 1-4) | Aerial Dance Academy (Foundations, and Module 1 Certified) | Bachelor of Sciences

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 holds teaching certifications in ADAPT Jazz and Tap Syllabus, Acro Dance Teachers Association, Acrobatic Arts, Alixa Flexibility, and is a certified Hand Balancing coach through Aerial Dance Academy.

 

Currently, Allison teaches a variety of dance styles in both recreational and competitive settings and is a faculty member at the Acro Dance Teachers Association. 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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Cheri Berg 

Business Director

Member of Dance Safe Alberta

Cheri is a 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.

Her desire is to help meet all the needs of our Velocity athletes. She looks forward to enhancing and supporting the vibrant dance community in and around Edmonton, and helping our dancers and athletes of all levels achieve their goals and dreams.

Cheri is an air traffic controller and will strive to provide the same dedication and precision to the care and training of the dancers at Velocity that she has provided to countless pilots and passengers over the past twenty-six years.