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Our Faculty

 
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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.
Rochelle Gartner (B.A. Dance, S.T.A.R.S) - Artistic Director

Rochelle started dancing at age 3 and now is an international performer who has over 22 years of professional teaching and performing experience in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop. She has performed throughout the world including Japan, North America and Europe. Some of her past credits include: Japan-based production "Fantasy Tonight," produced by Farrington Productions (Las Vegas); "Spirit of a Nation" Victoria, BC; choreographer for CBS movie of the week "Papa's Angels"; Disney's "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"; 1988 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies; "Legends Alive Tour"; dancer with Princess Cruises and most recently dancing on the American Movie Channel's TV series "Hell on Wheels". An alumna with the Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede and the Calgary Stampeder Outriders, Rochelle is the founder and Artistic Director of the Professional Division "Artists Elite", which is an International Performance Company and Talent Agency. Rochelle holds a BA in Dance from the University of Calgary and has also danced professionally on Princess Cruise line circuits for 7 years, performing in over 18 different Broadway Musical and Las Vegas style production shows. Miss Rochelle has an undying passion for dance and performance. She absolutely loves witnessing the growth in her students from year to year!

Jacquelyn Zvanciuk - Instructor

With years of extensive dance training in jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop, musical theatre, modern, and lyrical, Miss Jackie brings her fresh style and flair to Dance with France. Miss Jackie is an alumna of the Young Canadians School of Performing Arts where she spent seven years performing for audiences up to twenty thousand under the direction of Canada's renowned director/choreographer, Brian Foley. Performance accomplishments include AMC’s Hell on Wheels television series, Gemini Awards, World Skills Calgary Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Labour Day Classic Half-Time Show, “Season of Wonder” presented by the Downtown Calgary Association, opening ceremonies for the Alberta Special Winter Olympics, multiple corporate appearances and productions with Artists Elite International, and a special production for HRH Queen Elizabeth II in celebration of the Alberta Centennial. Miss Jackie’s students have achieved the highest advanced S.T.A.R.S dance syllabus training and have gone on to win top division scores and awards at dance competitions around Alberta. Choreography awards include ‘Top Choreography Award’ for Artists Elite International’s ‘Fearless Dance Challenge’, choice choreographer for Peak Invitational Dance Competition, and is the 2010 recipient of the Enbridge “Citizens of Tomorrow Award.”

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.