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ALETHEIA MENDES

Artistic Director/Co-Owner

(M.A., A.I.S.T.D. (dip.)) 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 for excellence in ballet instruction from London England. Ms. Mendes graduated out of University with a Masters of Arts in physical education with a specialization in dance and earned a teaching diploma from the Imperial Society of Teachers Dancing. Ms. Mendes taught for the Vimy Ridge Professional dance program for eight years and instructed a teacher’s modern course in hopes of inspiring teachers to reach their potential both technically as well as creatively. She has adjudicated the World Track and Field auditions in 2000 as well as across Western Canada. Currently, Ms. Mendes is the Artistic Director/Co-Owner of SGSDance, a faculty member at MacEwan University teaching a variety of dance disciplines and an examiner for the international progressions and junior grades ballet syllabus. Ms. Mendes is consistently training. She holds her level 3 Alixa Flexibility certification as well as trains in the U.S. to stay current in the latest contemporary trends with top industry professionals.

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JENNIFER BRADSHAW

BCOMM, CO-OWNER AND BUSINESS DIRECTOR

Jennifer has over 25 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 is actively involved in the community and has been involved on a variety of boards including Wings of Providence. Jennifer is very involved in Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) continually learning the latest trends in business within the Edmonton community and globally. 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.

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JOSH CAPULONG

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

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 to the finals and won third place overall!

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SHERRI MULCAHY

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

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. 

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MIKKI KOEHLER

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Mikki Koehler was born and raised in the Edmonton area and spent most her dance training under the tutelage and mentorship of SGSD Founder, Sandra Gray. Disciplined in jazz, ballet, lyrical, tap, and musical theatre, Mikki travelled extensively as a young dancer, performing in such places as Austria, Italy, Germany, Thailand, and Hong Kong. After graduating in 2003, Mikki has enjoyed many professional dance and choreography opportunities working with the Viva and Amresorts companies across North and South America from 2003-2006. Since returning home and joining the SGSD faculty in 2006, Mikki has taught and inspired hundreds of dancers through her positive and motivational teaching style. She has choreographed numerous award-winning dances, including the routine awarded top mark in Canada for the 2015 competitive season. Now a working professional and proud mom of two, Mikki remains committed to the growth and development of her dancers by encouraging hard work, accountability, perseverance, and authenticity. She is thrilled to be in her 14th season as a dance educator and choreographer at SGSDance and looks forward to everything this season has to offer. 

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ABBY WONG​

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

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 traveled 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.

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KERRI NEITSCH​

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

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”, “Once Upon A Time” and “Annie”. Kerri was 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.

For almost 30 years, Kerri has enjoyed both a career as a dance studio teacher, as well as a dance education specialist with Edmonton School Division. Her International Baccalaureate training, in the area of dance, has taken her around the world to obtain a global dance perspective. She has been honored in a variety of capacities; for choreography, for dance education advancement and for excellence in teaching. 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. In 2015, she was honored with a “Teaching in Excellence” award, given to only 20 teachers in the province of Alberta, by Alberta Education, each year. 

After having taught in the Dance Programs at Victoria School, the University of Alberta, Vimy Ridge Academy, and Lillian Osborne High School, Kerri moved on to the district level as a K-12 Arts Consultant with Edmonton School Division. She co-wrote all K-12 dance curriculum used by ESD and acquired throughout the province. She currently is working for Alberta Education to develop K-12 Arts Education Provincial Curriculum, specifically in the area of dance. Each spring, Kerri enjoys adjudicating various competitions and festivals across Canada.

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KRISTIN NOWAZEK

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

ADCSC-CICB, RAD MRT, NBS Grad TTP (Dip.), AISTDMs Kristin is a graduate of The National Ballet School of Canada’s 3 year Teacher Training Program, and brings to SGSDance over 25 years of teaching expertise in Vagaonova, Cecchetti and RAD Ballet. She holds teaching qualifications with the ISTD National Branch, The Cecchetti Society of Canada, The Royal Academy of Dance, and has trained and entered hundreds of students into successful examinations from Primary through Advanced 2 levels. Past students include scholarship recipients to such prestigious schools as The National Ballet School, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School,  School of Alberta Ballet, The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, Goh Ballet School, among others. She was honoured to be recently invited by the Royal Academy of Dance, to work as a mentor to teachers enrolled in the CBTS Teacher Training Program. Ms Kristin is excited to bring her ballet expertise to the SGSDancers this year.

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KYLEE HART

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

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 Dancer’s Academy under the direction of Nancy-Marie Rigler. She completed all of her RAD vocational exams including her Advanced 2 with distinction. 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 join the Goh Ballet Youth Company before signing a contract as company dancer with Ballet Edmonton in 2014. Some of her most memorable performances with Ballet Edmonton have been Kiera Keglowitsch’s ‘Love Articulated’, Alysa Pires, ‘Herd’, and Wen Wei Wangs’ ‘Last Words’, ‘X-body’ & ‘Le Quattro’
In April 2017, she choreographed her debut professional work, a piece entitled ‘FIVE’ for the company.
During her time with the company – she had the opportunity to perform as a guest artist with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mrs. Stahlbaum in their version of the Nutcracker, and has been a part of many performances with other local arts organizations such as the Edmonton Operas Valentine’s Day Gala, The Kaleido Festival and Opera Nuevo.

In May 2019, Kylee retired from the company as a full-time artist to pursue a career in teaching and explore other choreographic opportunities.

Kylee’s is also a resident teacher at Ballet Edmonton, and a Pilates instructor.

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KIERA KEGLOWITSCH

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

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 City Ballet for three seasons and was given the title of Artistic Associate in 2015. Under this title, Kiera acts as an 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. 

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SHAUNA WEAVER

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

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 as 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.

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SAMANTHA KOEBEL

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

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 an 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 Bachelor 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, teamwork 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. 

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HANNAH WONG

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

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 include jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theatre, hip hop, and street jazz.  Hannah has had many travel opportunities to compete, perform 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.

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MADISON MCELLIGOTT

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

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 on 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.

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MCKAYLA KIRKPATRICK

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

McKayla began dancing at the age of six. At ten years old she joined  SGSDance and the studio quickly became her second home. She spent many years as a teacher’s assistant before joining the faculty in 2017. She has trained in many disciplines including jazz, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, modern, open, musical theatre and hip hop. Over her years as a competitive dancer she has trained with choreographers such as Sarah Dolan, Lukas McFarlane, Danny Lawn, Michelle Dawley, and Sabrina Phillip. McKayla has won numerous awards and scholarships including runner up Miss CanDance 2018 and Dancer of the Year at SGSDance in 2018. She is always excited to teach and motivate her dancers. Her top priority has always been to share her love for dance and encourage her students to be hard workers, in and out of the studio.

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LAUREN MENDES

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Lauren has been dancing at SGSDance since the age of four. Over her years of competition experience, she has won many special awards, scholarships, and titles. She won triple threat intermediate soloist at dance power competition, top teen soloist and top teen powerhouse soloist at Fever International Dance Championships as well as top 15 and 16 year old soloist at Peak Invitational. In the summer of 2018 Lauren went to USC for two weeks where she trained at Complexions dance intensive. Lauren has recently been a Pure Dance Convention Ambassador and iDance convention assistant. She has been a member of SGSDance Tour Co since 2017 where she has traveled throughout North America to take a class and compete at Jump and Nuvo dance conventions. She received an almost perfect score at Jump dance convention for her self choreographed solo. In addition, she had competed for Best Dancer at the Dance Awards for the past four years. Lauren has performed dances choreographed by Mandy Moore, Teddy Forance, Michelle Dawley, Allen Lupien, Sabrina Phillips, Lukas McFarllen, Danny Lawn and Nick Lazzarini. Her choreography has won awards throughout open, contemporary and jazz categories.

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