BBA, ADAPT, AAC, PBT, NCCP
Dancing for almost all of her life, Makenna has trained in many, many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, open, musical theatre, hip hop, funk, african, and more! Makenna danced competitively for years, travelling across the country, receiving multiple group and individual awards/scholarships. During her competitive dance years with her childhood dance studio, she also studied at The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.
Soon after her career as a competitive dancer ended, Makenna threw herself into her teaching practice and completed multiple teaching certifications. Makenna is Acrobatic Arts Certified and also a graduate from the three year, ADAPT Teacher's Training Program. She also has certifications with Alixa Flexibility, Progressing Ballet Technique, and the National Coaching Certification Program. Makenna's most recent accomplishment is graduating from Mount Royal University with her business degree, concentrating in Business of Sport and Recreation. As a recent graduate, Makenna has many fresh and innovative ideas that she cannot wait to bring to life through her studio. Makenna will be entering her 12th year of teaching dance this September and is now, more than ever, so excited to educate, choreograph, and DANCE with Chestermere!
Chestermere is and has been Makenna's home since she was a young girl, attending Prairie Waters Elementary School, CLMS, and Chestermere High School. The community of Chestermere is extremely important to her, therefore important to Dexterity Dance Studio!
You will hopefully see Makenna out and about in the community! You will also find her working with the dancers in their jazz, tap, lyrical, acro, and Barre None classes!
BA, IDTS, AAC, PBT
Tyra began dancing at the age of three in Kelowna, BC. After moving to Calgary, AB dance became a childhood passion carried through to adulthood.
Tyra's training in various styles includes: ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, contemporary, musical theatre, hip-hop and other urban styles. She has performed and competed since the age of seven, traveling around North America earning various scholarships and awards. Tyra has been teaching and choreographing for 6 years. Her choreography has been featured and awarded at multiple competitions across Canada.
Tyra is grateful for all the amazing experiences she has had thus far and all the incredible artists and students she has worked with along the way. Eager and excited to continue growing as a teacher and choreographer, she makes it a goal to regularly attend classes of all styles and be a forever student.
Tyra earned her International Dance Teaching Standards Module 1 certification in Seattle, WA. In addition, she is also holds her module one certification with Acrobatic Arts and all levels of Progressing Ballet Technique.
Tyra prides herself in teaching her students discipline, respect, and a hard work ethic through the art of dance. She successfully curates an enjoyable, safe, challenging and considerate environment both in and out of the studio. Furthermore she makes it a priority to recognize, support, and reward her students’ progress and ultimately educates through positivity and light.
Tyra will be working with the dancers in their acro and contemporary classes!
RMT, CLC, PBT
MacKenzie began dancing at the age of five, and by the time she was twelve, she was accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. During her second year, she was selected to tour with the professional company as Clara in the Nutcracker. MacKenzie then went on to train under full scholarship with the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, and spent her summers with the Boston Ballet.
After graduation MacKenzie returned to Canada to further develop her performance abilities, and began teaching at The Performing Arts Warehouse and working with The Broadway North Theatre Company. It was at this time that she was selected to perform her most memorable role, Peter Pan in the musical Peter Pan. Her theatre credits include: Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, “But it’s a dry cold…”, and several more incredible shows.
MacKenzie is currently a freelance dancer, choreographer, and adjudicator. She is involved in many collaborations between performance and visual artists throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. She has been a judge for the Calgary Stampede Talent Search for the last two seasons and the dance professional for their performance workshops. Most recently, MacKenzie became the dance technique teacher for Storybook Theatre.
MacKenzie is very honoured and excited to begin working with all of the dancers and teachers at Dexterity Dance! You will find MacKenzie working with our dancers in their ballet, jazz, lyrical, and pointe classes!
Kyla grew up dancing all over the province of Alberta! She has experience with both recreational and competitive levels of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, open, and musical theatre. Musical Theatre is one of Kyla's favourites; with over 10 years of experience on stage and on film. Kyla was signed to Talent Inc. and got the opportunity to attend their National Conference in 2015. Along with dance and film, Kyla is also vocally trained, singing with many groups and bands. Kyla's teaching experience includes many years as a student teacher, before receiving her own classes. She has now been teaching solo for just over 4 years!
Kyla's most recent accomplishment is graduating from Mount Royal University with a degree in Education and landing a position with the Calgary Board of Education. She also recently completed her IDTS certification and is excited to further improve her dancers' experiences at Dex.
You can find Kyla working with our dancers in their Tap and Lyrical/Contemp classes! The dance studio has always been Kyla's second home and she can't wait to help her dancers find the same love and passion for dance as she has found!
Sarah began her dance journey at the age of 3 and was competing provincially by the age of 9. She danced for many years at Fabulous Feet in Turner Valley before making the move to Winnipeg. Once in Winnipeg, she started at Focus Dance Studio, training under Barb Daurie. Sarah completed her RAD ballet exams and trained in both ADAPT and Bob Fosse style Jazz, while learning from Barb Daurie.
Dance was a major part of Sarah’s life as she trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Pointe, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. She competed nationally and internationally in Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop and has attended many different dance workshops; some of which were hosted by Mia Michaels, Justin Timberlake’s dance team, and many other industry leaders.
In her teens, Sarah moved to Kick It Dance Studio and embraced the world of hip hop. Her hip hop group won nationals and she competed In Germany at Hip Hop Worlds Dance Competition. She also placed third for her hip hop solo at dance nationals. When she came home, she decided to join a Hip Hop crew called Un1te. While dancing with Un1te, she indulged in many different styles of hip-hop including, popping and locking, krumping, breakdancing, and stepping. She found a whole new passion for dance once again through hip hop.
Sarah began assist teaching with her dance company at the age of 13, and was teaching her own competitive dancers by the age of 18. Teaching dance is a calling and passion for Sarah. You will find Miss Sarah in all of our hip hop classes and in our junior ballet, jazz, lyrical, and tap classes. She hopes to inspire her students and help them find their passion as her dance teachers once did for her.
BA (PR & COMM)
Madi has been in the cheer and dance world since the age of 6, starting in tap and jazz and moving into cheer as she entered high school. She has cheered at every level, from competing in high school to performing in the Professional Arena Football League.
Madi was a UCA and NCA All-American cheerleader and high school coach for many years. She was the head cheerleader at Central Valley High School and captain of the EWU Co-Ed cheer team. Madi was a member of the Palouse Thunder semi-professional dance and stunt team in 2011. She has traveled across Western Canada and the US coaching private cheerleading camps and attending competitions.
Madi started coaching high school and all-star cheer while she was captain of the EWU cheer team in Washington. She was also co-head coach of the CVHS Varsity cheer team for 3 years. During this time, Madi was also a partner stunting and tumbling coach at Washington Extreme Cheer.
Upon moving to Calgary, Madi became the manager and head coach/choreographer of Premier Academy Calgary, where she coached until the birth of her first daughter. Madi now has two little girls that can’t wait to be performers!
You will find Coach Madi working with all of our cheerleaders! She is very excited for this season!!
Developing a love for dance at the age of 6, Allie grew up dancing in her small hometown of Innisfail, Alberta. Allie danced with Joys School of Dance where she competed in every genre of dance offered at the studio. She also completed her ADAPT Jazz & R.A.D. Ballet exams during her childhood dance career.
Upon graduating from high school, Allie enrolled at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, taking the Travel and Tourism Program. She was eager to start teaching dance and was fortunate enough to teach a preschool dance program in all styles. She instantly knew this was the career path she wanted to pursue. Fast forward 11 years, Allie has now been teaching and choreographing in the Calgary area ever since.
Allie has multiple teaching certifications including Canadian Dance Teacher Association Jazz Division, Junior Acro Dance Teacher’s Association, and Child Development Assistant qualification from Alberta Children and Youth Services. Allie’s most recent accomplishment is starting her own dance costume company!
Allie is excited to be working with the Saturday six week session dancers - teaching Acro, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Ballet and parented classes! She can’t wait to share the love and passion of dance with all her students while providing the safest and highest level of dance training possible.
& MISS DENA