Our professional, certified and experienced instructors are fully qualified in their expertise and believe in the philosophy of building self-confidence in each individual student in a positive learning environment.
France Gartner Johnson (S.T.A.R.S, ADAPT, RAD, GILBERT)
France, past owner and founder of Dance with France Studios, one of Calgary's #1 Dance Studios for 25 years and running, bases her philosophy on an extensive career in the dance industry. France started dancing at the age of 5, training at Premiere Dance Academy under the direction of Linda Scherger. She is a Graduate of the University of Calgary Dance Degree Program and has choreographed and performed in many TV/movie productions, appearing with Billy Ray Cyrus, "Dirty Dancing" the movie, was 1st place winner at the competition in Los Angeles Greek Theatre, Legends Alive Tours, BMG Country Music Awards, World Police & Fire Games, 1988 Winter Olympics, Choreographer and sponsor of the Calgary Stampeder Outrider Cheerleaders, Radz Roller Hockey, Entertainment for Calgary Flames Play Off Games, and Disney's "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" the series. First Place Awards from The Calgary Stampede Board for The Calgary Stampede Parade. Adjudicator for many dance and fitness competitions. Many of France's students have gone on to professional careers in the dance and entertainment industry.
Micheline Rae, S.T.A.R.S - Instructor
Micheline has many years of training and performing in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop. Following a career as an international model with numerous professional modelling agencies, she became the dance/modelling consultant and casting agent for a variety of entertainment companies. During that time, she designed the Personal Development and Modelling Training Program for High Schools and The Bay’s Teen Council. Some of her dance credits include performing for the BMG Country Music Awards, Legends Alive Tour, DWF Pro Troupe for 9 years, The World Police & Fire Games, and Dance Productions at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (Arizona). Micheline is the owner and Director of Dance with France’s sister company “MAG Models” and has choreographed many dance fashion shows for The Bridal Fair & Expo.
Laura Dupuis - Instructor
Over fifteen plus years of combined experience as a ballet and highland dancer, Dance with France welcomes back Laura Dupuis to another term as our enthusiastic ballet instructor. Laura started her dance career at age six by participating in her first highland dancing competition. Laura won numerous competitions and channeled her love of highland dancing into ballet. Laura auditioned and was accepted to the Alberta School of Ballet 'Professional Division'. During Laura's three year term at the Alberta School of Ballet, she achieved her certification for the Cecchetti dance style. After leaving Alberta Ballet, Laura continued her dance career at several dance studios focusing on modern, lyrical and tap dance styles, and choreographing several show numbers for Artists Elite International Performance Company. As an instructor with Dance with France, Laura will continue to enhance the ballet program.
Sarah Trawick - Hip-Hop Instructor
Sarah has been dancing intensively for fourteen years taking classes in Hip-Hop, Jazz, Modern and Contemporary. For the past eight years, she has focused on hip-hop styles including break dancing, popping, locking and house. Sarah has performed in many shows including Slammenberry Jam, Dance Explosions, Calgary Cares, Werk It!, Magical Extravaganza 2, Dance Salad, Destination Unknown and numerous other dance performances. She loves to share her abilities with others, and is looking forward to another exciting year being a part of Dance with France's teaching staff.
Jonas Magnien - Breakdance and Hip-Hop Instructor
This fantastic B-BOY is heading up our 2014 ALL GUYS breakdance program. Jonas trains intensively in his craft, constantly creating new exciting tricks, and is very passionate about this very popular athletic artform. Our talented and enthusiastic Break Dance Instructor is 100% committed to our award winning DWF Guys Floor Team... who took home 1st Place High Gold Award again at competition this year!
Calgary's #1 studio for ALL GUYS BREAKDANCE!
Sarah Katz (B.F.A, S.T.A.R.S)
Sarah has been teaching dance and swimming for over 8 years. She has bachelor degrees in Education and Fine Arts, and has been active in dancing, swimming, drama and gymnastics for over 20 years. With her positive personality, Sarah is extremely excited to be back for her 6th year of teaching at Dance with France, and she is looking forward to another great year of dancing.
Rebecca Leong - Instructor
Rebecca has been dancing since the age of six, focusing on Jazz and Tap technique. She has been teaching at various studios including preliminary dance classes in Germany and adult Jazz in New Zealand. She has over five years of professional dance group experience including various performances in Calgary and area, and intense training. Rebecca has finished all her "Canadian Dance Teachers Association" exams in both Jazz and Tap, and has completed performance exams for Jazz and Tap from the "British Association for Teachers of Dance". Rebecca has a passion for performance and teaching performance routines and technique. She enjoys working with children and helping them to discover themselves through the expression of dance.