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 & running, she bases her philosophy from 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 and Fire Games, 1988 Winter Olympics, Choreographer and sponsor of the Calgary Stampeder Outrider Cheerleaders, Radz Roller Hockey, Entertainment for Calgary Flames Play Off Games, 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, Chad Doherty, and Danny Phan - Breakdance and Hip-Hop Instructors
These fantastic B-BOYS are heading up our 2012 ALL GUYS breakdance program. They train intensively on their craft, constantly creating new exciting tricks, and are very passionate about this very popular athletic artform. Our talented and enthusiastic Break Dance Instructors are 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!
Brenna Goertson - Instructor
Brenna is a high energy and motivated individual with a passion for Jazz dance. She began her career in Vancouver, British Columbia, attending gymnastics at the ripe age of three. She competed for over 12 years, winning multiple awards and attending the provincial championships. While a full time gymnast, she also attended dance classes taking jazz and ballet. Dance really became the focus in her life at the age of 12 when she moved with her family to east British Columbia. She had the opportunity to compete with a company production and ended up show casing her talents in Disneyland’s magic music days. With her favoritism of Jazz, Brenna competed a Jazz solo each year for 5 years and a majority of the time took first place. Most recently, Brenna walked away with a first place High Gold victory, winning second highest mark overall in the competition and a cash prize. Brenna hopes to pass down her enthusiasm and passion for Jazz to those willing to learn and experience her crazy fresh style.