Meet Our Team

The Faculty at Dance Theme Academy is passionate about sharing their love and knowledge of dance. They have trained with some of the best dance educators and choreographers, and more importantly continue to develop their skills by attending conventions and workshops.


The professional faculty at Dance Theme Academy has trained extensively not only regionally, but in London, New York, and Los Angeles. Bringing their unique style and personality to each class, Dance Theme Academy's faculty have one thing in common ... energy! They all exemplify the Dance Theme Academy mantra: INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE, EMBRACE! Along with an amazing in-house faculty, Dance Theme Academy brings in many guest choreographers and teachers to broaden the dance education of their students.

Shari VanderWoude


Artistic Director

Shari is proud to have shared in the lives of countless children, parents and teachers who have been a part of the Dance Theme family for over 40 years.


Vince Akinyode

Hip Hop

Vince began teaching 15 years ago and has had outstanding results as both dancer and instructor.


Stacey Bronsch


Stacey commenced her training at a young age in Edmonton and surrounding areas, and has trained extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater and hip hop. read more  

Jayden Clarkson


Jayen's bio is coming soon!

Wendi Danbrook

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary

Wendi has been involved in the dance and entertainment industry for over 25 years. read more...

Debbie England

Tap, Adult Tap

Debbie England began her dance training at private dance schools in Edmonton. read more...

Kathryn Filevich

Ballet, Hip Hop

Kathryn is a dancer born, raised and trained in Edmonton, Alberta. read more....

Heather Gagnier

MA, BA (Hons), LRAD, ARAD,

RAD RTS, ABT Certified Teacher


Heather is a graduate of the prestigious Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Ballet Education degree program at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England. read more...


Taylor Letendre

Ballet, Hip Hop

Taylor is compassionate and always excited to teach.


Katie MacEachern

Musical Theatre, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap

Katie started dancing at Dance Theme when she was three years old and was immediately drawn to the performing arts. read more....

Michelle McBride


Acro, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary

Michelle started dancing at a young age and soon discovered her passion for it. read more...

Carmelle McKinlay



Carmelle grew up in Fort Saskatchewan and was fortunate to be raised in a family that was passionate about the arts.

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Laurence Menotti


Born in France, Laurence began her ballet training under the careful tutelage of her mother. read more..

Davin Ness

Hip Hop

Davin Ness has been teaching hip hop since 2013 but has taken class at Dance Theme for over 10 years! read more...

Paul Otterbein

Hip Hop

Paul is an International Hip Hop Choreographer originally from Vancouver, BC, but now resides in Edmonton and is exclusive to Dance Theme Academy / Tigers Academy.  read more...

Aurora Pachkowski


Aurora began her dance training at the age of three and was inspired her mother who also danced. read more...

Bobbi Payne

Mini Stars, Jazz,

Musical Theatre

Bobbi is an energetic and passionate teacher who began her dance training at the age of three with Dance Theme. read more...

Jane Porter

Early Childhood

Jane fell in love with dance because of her love of movement.


Cassidy Reagan

Hip Hop, Jazz

Cassidy began her dance journey at Dance Theme when she was 6 years old. read more...

Jolie Van

Tap, Jazz

Jolie trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Hip-Hop and has studied with many renowned teachers and choreographers. read more...

Amy VanderWoude

Early Childhood, 

Super Stars

Amy started her dance training at an early age at Dance Theme where she studied tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop.


DTA Office Staff









Monday to Thursday 4:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Fridays 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Daytime hours vary, so please call ahead to confirm that staff are in the office.

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