M.A. (PHYSICAL EDUCATION), A.I.S.T.D. (DIP.), CO-OWNER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Ms. Mendes has obtained her Advanced II certificates in both the Imperial ballet and the National work as well as trained in other various styles of dance. She was one of two dancers chosen to perform in a piece by Paul Andre Segal from Paris and has trained in company class with the Limon Company in New York. Ms. Mendes was awarded the Orchesis modern dance scholarship from the University of Alberta and the Mavador scholarship class for excellence in ballet instruction from London, England.
BCOMM, CO-OWNER AND BUSINESS DIRECTOR
Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in business development, sales, marketing, management, and public relations. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta with a finance and marketing specialization as well as international education through various business programs taken abroad. She has earned numerous awards throughout her career for excellence in marketing, sales, business development, customer service, and leadership and looks forward to bringing this standard of excellence to the SGSDance family.
FOUNDER/ ARTISTIC EMERITUS
Sandra completed her early training in tap, jazz and ballet in the Edmonton area. Sandra advanced her training in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and Las Vegas studying with the greats such as Phil Black, Luigi, Gregory Hines, Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, Al Gilbert, and Brian Foley to name a few. She danced professionally in musicals, light opera, dinner theatre and toured, choreographed and performed in a variety of shows and venues in Canada. As founder and owner of SGSD, for 47 years Sandra’s passion for dance was passed onto students and fellow colleagues. Many of her graduates are outstanding professionals performing, choreographing, teaching, or working in the dance or entertainment industry in various cities around the world. Sandra has a unique and innovative choreography style and skill producing a successful long list of dance awards from all types of pieces including individual, group or large scale productions. Her work and her dancers have been showcased with performances in Canada, US, England, Italy, Spain, France, Austria, Germany, New Zealand and Thailand. She has been a driving force in the dance competition scene and is a sought after technical teacher and adjudicator, encouraging and mentoring the next generations of dancers who want to achieve the skill level necessary to reach their personal goals. Her expertise and love of the dance has influenced so many others.
With over 20 years of training in tap, jazz, lyrical and musical theatre, and 15 years of teaching, Sherri has enjoyed much success as a performer, teacher, choreographer and adjudicator. Sherri, who now resides in Calgary, Alberta, has traveled across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe with her dance career. Sherri has enjoyed watching many of her students grow into outstanding professional dancers who could be found at the National Ballet of Canada, Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company, working at one of the many cruise lines, in professional dance companies, Las Vegas shows and for Disney.
Josh Capulong has become one of the key driving forces within the Hip Hop dance scene in Edmonton and across Alberta. With his high energy classes and his passion for the art, he continues to share his vision of the positivity of hip hop culture in everyday life. He continues to compete professionally and recently Hi screw NXG Company took first place in the Upper Division at World of Dance LA. They went ot the finals and won third place overall!
Kerri has been teaching Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre at various studios, in and around the Edmonton area, for over 25 years. She has choreographed such musicals as “The Wild Flowering of Chastity,” “The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Grease," “Wizard of Oz”, “The Wiz, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Into the Woods” and “Once Upon A Time”. Kerri was also an Assistant Choreographer for the 2001 World Track and field Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the 2002 Grey Cup Half Time Show in Edmonton and the 2005 World Masters Opening and Closing Ceremonies. As well, Kerri has also coached the Victoria School Junior High Cheerleading Team, choreographed the Nellie McClung Jr. High Pom team and has auditioned dancers and cheerleaders for the Edmonton Eskimos Cheer Team.
Special awards include the 1998 recipient of the Teachers’ Aggregate Award at the Vermillion Dance Festival and a variety of Choreography awards from across Western Canada. In 2000, she was chosen as a “Favourite Teacher” by Sylvan Learning Centre and was one of ten finalists for The Edwin Parr Teacher Award for Exemplary First Year Teaching Performance. She was also chosen as a “Favourite Teacher” by CBC RadioOne and Albert’s Family Restaurant, which led to the filming of a commercial to promote the contest. In 2002, she was hired as a Leadership Team Member to open George P. Nicholson Elementary School and in 2010, opened Edmonton Public’s newest high school, Lillian Osborne. In 2011, Kerri was commissioned by Alberta Education to create a High School Completion Flashmob at Edmonton Center, incorporating over 200 dance students from a variety of Edmonton Public Schools. Recently, Kerri was honored with Alberta Education’s prestigious “Teaching in Excellence” Award.
After having taught in the Dance Programs at Victoria School, the University of Alberta and at Vimy Ridge Academy, Kerri is currently head of the Dance Program at Lillian Osborne High School. She continues to teach at private studios in and around the Edmonton area and adjudicate across Canada each spring.
Dance has always been my life. Dancing competitively for 15 years at Sandra Gray School of Dancing training in Ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop and musical theatre. Receiving such wonderful opportunities throughout those years to travel to Europe and the United States to preform and compete. I have spent many summers dancing and training at The Edge performing arts centre in LA and attending many conventions throughout Alberta and the United States. Now having the pleasure of teaching dance for 11 years, I have found every moment rewarding in a new and exciting way. Choreographing for students on Royal Caribbean "liberty of the seas" in 2009, and Royal Caribbean "oasis of the seas" in 2013. I find great joy in continuing to watch my students progress and achievements. The love of dance was my greatest gift and I strive to continue sharing that gift!
Shauna Weaver has returned to Edmonton after teaching and residing in Ontario for 8 years. She has studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip hop and Musical Theatre extensively since the age of four. Since that time, she has taken part in various competitions and performances around the world as well as achieving highest grades in major exams such as R.A.D (Intermediate), Al Gilbert Tap and Jazz, Highland Dancing. She has had the opportunity to dance in various places such Spain, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Myrtle Beach and most recently New York. Previously, she was co-owner, coordinator and performer for Hyperflex Productions in Edmonton, whose performances include the opening and closing of Miss Hawaiian Tropic, the Grey Cup 1999-2006, the Calgary Stampede 2001 and many more. After training in Los Angeles for a short period of time, she decided to continue her love of teaching. She has now been teaching for over 20 years and throughout that time she has won various awards for her choreography. As part of extending her knowledge and experience, Shauna spends some of her time as an adjudicator throughout Canada and most recently completed her “Acrobatic Arts Teacher Certification” which gives her the opportunity to teach “Acro” along with the other forms of dance. These accomplishments and expertise have lead Shauna to expand her teaching techniques to not only dancers but conditioning figure skaters to help them grow into well-rounded athletes, and develop their performance and presentation. Shauna continues to strive to pursue excellence in the art of dance, both for herself and her students.
Kiera began training in Edmonton at the Edmonton School of Ballet and received Honours with Distinction in both her Advanced One R.A.D and Advanced Two Cecchetti Examinations. After high-school she trained professionally at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School for three years, where she was chosen to perform with the company in works including The Nutcracker and Giselle. She was one of ten dancers selected to attend an Artists Residency program in Arizona with renowned contemporary ballet choreographer, Viktor Platnikov. She received student choreography awards throughout high school and was repeatedly selected to participate in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s choreographic workshops. Kiera has been with Citie Ballet for three seasons and was given the title of Artistic Associate in 2015. Under this title, Kiera acts as assistant to Artistic Director, Jorden Morris, teaches company classes, and choreographs full-length works for the company. Kiera is excited to join the team at Sandra Grey School of Dance and share her knowledge, experience, and passion for dance with the talented young artists at the school.
Mikki Koehler was born and raised in Edmonton, and spent 12 years dancing at the Sandra Gray School of Dance, where she also taught and choreographed for 2 years.Disciplined in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and modern Mikki traveled extensively with Dance Excel to such places as Austria, Italy, Germany, Thailand, Hong Kong, and San Diego, California. She has won many top awards such as a full scholarship from Dance Power to Triple Threat Dance Convention in 2003, and Dancer of the Year at Sandra Gray in 2000.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Sam has been apart of the SGSD family since the age of 3. She has been a faculty member since 2004 and was mentored under Wendi Danbrook. As a SGSD student, Sam was afforded many opportunities to train and compete all over the world; including Thailand, China, Russia and the United States. After graduation, Sam performed with Carnival Cruise Lines as a dance cast member, eventually becoming a lead soloist before deciding to return home. While attending university and teaching at SGSD, Sam was also a member of the Edmonton Eskimos Dance Team for 3 seasons. She remained with the Eskimos organization for another 3 seasons as a guest choreographer. Graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree in Honors Standing, she now works as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room at the Grey Nuns Hospital. Continuing to teach in the Competitive Jazz and Lyrical Program at SGSD, Sam works to instill positive self image, creativity, team work and resiliency in her students. She also hopes to serve as an example to her graduates that it is possible to pursue a profession in dance while aspiring to obtain a post secondary education, and to continue to share their love of dance during academic studies and post graduation career.
Abby has been dancing since the age of three; winning her first scholarship at age 5. Abby has trained in many disciplines including jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, modern, contemporary, and ballet. She has spent many years being an assistant to teachers at Sandra Gray School of Dancing. Abby has travelled to places within Alberta and British Columbia; also Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas to compete and further her dance training. She has trained under the direction of choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Stacey Tookey, Sonya Tayeh, Blake McGrath, Benji Schwimmer, Sarah Dolan, Sabrina Phillip, Kelly Konno and many more.
Starting at age five, the dance studio has always been my second home. For 11 years, I danced competitively with Sandra Gray School of Dancing in Edmonton, training in jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, hip-hop, and modern. In doing so, I had the privilege of winning various awards, including Dancer of the Year, and scoring high marks for solos and groups at multiple competitions. Dancing has also given me great opportunities to travel the world, from performing shows in Spain at the age of sixteen, competing in Whistler, and taking classes at the Edge in LA and Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver.
Brett Bowser is a born and raised dancer from 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 excepted into their Intensive Training Company at the age of 17. A year later she took part in “Lux Dance Co.” opening year. 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 has recently opened her own dance company based in Edmonton “Motives Dance and Fitness.” Brett teaches her students not only technique, but also the importance of confidence and encourages her students to go beyond their comfort zone to experience dance from within. Brett is very excited about what is to come with the upcoming season of dance.
Kylee was born and raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She began dancing at the age of 6, with most of her formal ballet training at the Grande Prairie Dancers Academy under the direction of Nancy-Marie Rigler. Kylee has completed all of her RAD vocational exams up to Advanced 2 with distinction. To supplement her training she spent many summers at Ballet Austin, the Okanagan Summer Dance Intensive and the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre in Toronto.
Upon graduating high school, Kylee moved to Vancouver to further her ballet training in the Goh Ballet Youth Company. While at the school she had the opportunity to perform many roles including, Swan Lake Pas de Trois, Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht and Balanchine's Tarantella Pas de Deux. She was also able to teach through an arts outreach program at Crofton House Private School.
In 2014 she received a contract with Edmonton’s Citie Ballet. Highlights include Kiera Keglowitschs ‘Love Articulated’ and Jorden Morris’ ‘Tierra’.
This will be Kylee’s 3rd season dancing with Citie Ballet and she is excited to have the opportunity to be choreographing a piece for the April production, ‘Boundaries’.
Kylee has a diverse background in dance including, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and lyrical and has taught all of these genres throughout her 6 years of teaching experience. Kylee is excited to be joining the SGS faculty for the 2016/2017 dance season!
Hannah has been dancing since the age of three, starting her training at a daycare with her mother as her teacher. Hannah has trained in several disciplines that includes jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theatre, hip hop and street jazz. Hannah has had many travel opportunities to compete, preform and to assist in dance workshops. She has trained and worked with choreographers such as Liz Tookey, Joanne and Alex Persuich, Jordan Clark, Sarah Dolan, Sabrina Phillip, Heather Laura Gray, Kelsey Chase, Kelly Konno and Drea Lee. Hannah is now a full time dancer in the Drea Lee Dance Company based out of Edmonton. Hannah’s dedication to her work shows through her students and always has a smile on her face throughout with motivating kids to work their full potential.
Madison has been dancing since the age of five. She’s well versed in the styles of jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theatre, hip hop and street jazz. Madison has had many performance opportunities over the years including being a performer at the FIFA world cup and performing at Tuesday Blend in Las Vegas. She has also been able to travel to many parts of Canada as well as to the U.S to compete in numerous dance competitions. She’s been to several conventions and workshops where she’s been trained under choreographers including Travis Wall, Sarah Dolan, Sabrina Phillips, Stacey Tookey, Drea Lee, and many more. Madison is now a full-time dancer in Drea Lee’s Dance Company based out of Edmonton. She always excited to teach her dancers and is looking forward to the upcoming season.