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Ward School of Dance

Instructors

Jayme Macdougall

Dance has been a part of Jayme’s life since the age of three. When Jayme began teaching dance she quickly realized that the preschool program was her passion. She followed this calling in her Post-Secondary Education and received a Bachelor of Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education at the University of Alberta.

Jayme was a school teacher for ten years in grades five, six, and kindergarten. She continued to be a preschool dance instructor at the Ward School of Dance during her teaching career because of her love for dancing and sharing that love with her students. After the birth of her daughter, she took a leave of absence from her school division and concentrated on her passion for teaching dance.

Jayme is excited to be embarking on the new journey of becoming an Intellidance instructor. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for children and her love of being a mom with other parents and their wee ones. The Intellidance program will be a perfect extension to her dedicated career in teaching and her love of dance, music and movement.

Kirsten McOuat

Kirsten McOuat is the owner of Ward School of Dance in Spruce Grove, Alberta. Kirsten has dedicated her life to the arts for the past 26 years. Kirsten began instructing dance 13 years ago. Along with her passion and love of dance, she has sung in a variety of choral ensembles.

Kirsten graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Her degree focused on the development of children and youth, which has been a wonderful complement to her dance instruction. Along with being a dance instructor, she has worked with the City of Spruce Grove as a Community Development Coordinator (Youth) focusing on preventative social programming.

Kirsten’s goal is to inspire love and passion for dance and music in people of all ages and is so excited to be an Intellidance® instructor!

Robyn Sansom

Robyn began dancing at the age of 3 and continued until age 21 when she began teaching. She trained in many different disciplines and now teaches a variety of different styles of dance including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Preschool, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and now Intellidance!!

Robyn also works with children and youth in other facets in Edmonton and surrounding areas. After realizing at an early age that she had a passion for working with children and youth, she decided to take the Child and Youth Care Program at Grant MacEwan University where she received her Diploma. She then went on to specialize in using creative arts, and travelled to Denver to train at the Colorado School of Family Therapy. There she became a certified Dance and Movement Therapist and a certified Systemic Play Therapist.

Since then, Robyn has started her own business using creative arts to work with at-risk youth in local communities. She is extremely excited to be an Intellidance® instructor as it combines her love of dance and her business using creative arts to work with children and youth. Robyn can’t wait to share Intellidance® with families in her community!

Tessa Korby

Tessa began her dance training at Kate’s Dance academy in Calgary, AB in 2001, where she studied the I.S.T.D. method in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro, and Dance Theatre. She performed at various assisted living homes as well as the outdoor stage at Calaway Park just outside Calgary, AB. After moving to Spruce Grove, AB in 2007 she began dancing at Ward School of Dance, training in various disciplines including Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. In her senior year of high school, while still dancing at Ward, Tessa transferred to Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts to gain new dance experience and further her technique. Tessa travelled with the dance group to Miami, FL for the National High School Dance Festival in 2010 where she took classes with prestigious instructors as well as advanced dancers from both Miami’s New World School of the Arts College and from around the world. She has also performed at various events within Edmonton and area such has Hip Hop for Hope, Artist’s Emerge, Leaps and Bounds at the Eva O. Howard theatre, and the opening ceremonies for the Alberta Winter Games of 2012.

While studying at the University of Alberta, Tessa began assistant teaching and realized her love of dancing had bloomed into a passion for dance instruction as well. She began teaching Preschool classes at Ward in 2012. Since then, Tessa has pursued higher levels of dance instruction education to further her technique and teaching methods. Tessa is certified in both Module 1 and Module 2 of the Acrobatic Arts syllabus and has spearheaded the Acro program at Ward. She is also a certified Intellidance™ Tots instructor, and has a High Five certificate in “Principles of Healthy Child Development.” In July 2015, she attended the “Dance Teacher Summit” in Long Beach, CA alongside Ward’s owners and some of its amazing teachers to enrich her methods of teaching even further.

In 2016, Tessa purused additional teaching opportunities including instruction for the Devon Skating Club off ice training program as well as Acro instruction at Dance Unlimited. She has started to explore the role of choreographer as well as teacher.

Tessa’s work with children in her professional life greatly assists in understanding how to be a better teacher and role model in the dance studio. She has been able to combine her work with children with special needs and her love of dance by teaching the Dance Without Limits program at Ward in collaboration with the Cerebral Palsy Association.

Dance has always been the greatest joy in Tessa’s life, and she cannot wait to take on another year of teaching, learning, and fun!

Contact

Email Phone Website
780-962 3283 http://www.wardschoolofdance.com/

Class Schedule

Program Dates Location Instructor Registration Information
Intellidance® Tykes
12-23 months
Wednesday
Apr 5 - May 24
9:30am to 10:15am
Ward School of Dance
Spruce Grove, AB
Canada
Kirsten McOuat

Please visit Ward School of Dance, call 780-962-3283, or email info@wardschoolofdance.com.

Intellidance® Kids
3-5 years (un-parented)
Wednesday
Apr 5 - May 24
10:30am to 11:00am
Ward School of Dance
Spruce Grove, AB
Canada
Kirsten McOuat

Please visit Ward School of Dance, call 780-962-3283, or email info@wardschoolofdance.com.

Intellidance® Babies
3-11 months
Wednesday
Apr 5 - May 24
11:00am to 12:00pm
Ward School of Dance
Spruce Grove, AB
Canada
Kirsten McOuat

Please visit Ward School of Dance, call 780-962-3283, or email info@wardschoolofdance.com.

Intellidance® Tots
2-4 years
Thursday
Apr 6 - May 25
10:00am to 10:45am
Ward School of Dance
Spruce Grove, AB
Canada
Kirsten McOuat

Please visit Ward School of Dance, call 780-962-3283, or email info@wardschoolofdance.com.

Address

215C 1st Ave East
Spruce Grove, AB T7X 2K6
Canada