Miss Melodie is an award winning choreographer and performer and a certified ADAPT Instructor. With three decades of dance behind her, including 20 years of teaching, Miss Melodie has studied under such legends as Al Gilbert, Brian Foley, Susan Mensinger, Van the Man Porter, Mia Michaels, Art Stone, Bill deRicco, Debbi Dee, Charles McGowan, Brenda Buffalino, Frank Hatchett, Tyce Diorio, Gregg Russell, Tina Landon, and Marty Kudelka. Competition has taken her across North America and led her to the stages of Tremaine and Dance Olympus, creating a solid background in choreography and technique. In 2016 Miss Melodie received her certification through Dance Teacher University affiliated with UNLV. Miss Melodie has studied dance at renowned studios such as The Edge Performing Arts Centre, Broadway Dance Centre, and Millenium Dance Complex. Through freelance teaching, Miss Melodie has instructed at numerous studios throughout North America, and has seen prior students go on to dance professionally for the likes of Hillary Duff, Marianas Trench, Randolph Academy, The Banff Centre, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, DDC, Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT), LUX, The Source, The Bakery, Ballet Victoria, and several notable cruise lines.
Miss Brettainy (B.A. Dance, RAD RTS, CDTA Ballet & Modern), is a passionate dance instructor and has danced since the age of three. She holds her Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, and is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. As a dance student, Miss Brettainy trained in Calgary, as well as in New York, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Calgary with Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Dance with Distinction. After graduating, Miss Brettainy joined dance company Three Left Feet and had the opportunity to perform and teach in schools all across Alberta. She also had the wonderful opportunity to perform with the Calgary Stampeder Outriders Cheer Team for two seasons!
Miss Brettainy continues to further her professional education, and has attended dance teaching courses through the Royal Academy of Dance as well as Canadian Dance Teacher Association, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, DanceTeacherWeb Conference in Las Vegas, and Dancelife Teachers Conference in Arizona. Her most recent studies include learning Benesh Movement Notation a form of dance and movement notation as well as completing her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through the Baptiste Yoga institute in Sedona. In 2008, she received the Heather Simpson Award for Ballet Teachers which allowed her to advance her dance teaching education through the Royal Academy of Dance.
Miss Brettainy focuses her dance teaching in a technique based class, emphasizing correct posture and placement with creative and fun touches. She looks forward to training our wonderful students at Kelowna Dance & Fitness!
Miss Bri’s dance training started in Salmon Arm where she trained in all dance styles over 15 years (including jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, contemporary, hip hop and swing). After graduating, Miss Bri moved to Vancouver to train with Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program (ITP) under the direction of Moe Brody. ITP gave her the opportunity to perform in various local events. After finishing training with ITP in 2016, Miss Bri spent the next year training with the The Source Dance Company under the direction of Joanne Pesusich. Both of these companies gave her the chance to focus on improving her technical skills and creating her own movement.
Miss Bri is looking forward to working with the dancers at Kelowna Dance & Performing Arts!
Born and raised in Surrey, British Columbia, Miss Simonne started dancing at a young age, first taking ballet at 3 years old in a small home studio. She continued to dance through her young years but really became competitive at age 10. From that time on Miss Simonne began broadening her interests in other genres but truly fell in love with Hip Hop.
In 2014, after 5 years of teaching up in Whitehorse, Yukon, she decided to take on the biggest training highlight of her life – The 1 Year Education Program held at The Hip Drop Dance Complex in Malmö, Sweden. The program was eye opening to her, as she got to know the ins and outs of the industry by training under some of the most prestige instructors: Sho-Tyme, Keone & Mariel Madrid, Anthony Lee, Kyle Hanagami, Tony Tzar, Andye Jamieson and so many more.
Since then, Miss Simonne has become a certified Health & Life Coach, been featured in music videos, done many live performances and even choreographed music videos in the Vancouver area. As much as she enjoyed being in front of the camera, her real passion is being the mastermind behind the camera and watching her creations come to life.
Miss Simonne has fallen in love with the dancers at Kelowna Dance & Fitness and can not wait to see what the future years have in store!
Miss Tianna grew up a competitive traditional Highland dancer until she decided it was time for a change. Her first jazz class was at Kelowna Dance the year it opened. Over the following years under the direction of Kelowna Dance, Miss Tianna earned her place on the senior Limelight team, completed her RAD intermediate exam, attended dance conventions, performed in the Disneyland in “Dance The Magic Parade”, took classes at the Edge Performing Arts Center, Harbour Dance Centre and became a part of the Kelowna Dance Student Teacher program.
Since graduation, Miss Tianna has attended the Dance Teacher Summit 2015 in Long Beach CA, En Avant Dance Teacher Convention 2016 in TO, Dance Teacher Summit 2017 in Long Beach CA, and taken classes throughout the year at Harbour Dance Centre. Always pursuing her passion, this summer Miss Tianna travelled to New York to take dance classes at the Broadway Dance Center STEPS on Broadway. To further her education Miss Tianna will complete her certification for Acrobatic Arts Module 1 by the end of August and she looks forward to applying these new and great techniques at Kelowna Dance. Miss Tianna has currently been accepted into the RAD CDTS program and continues to further her search for more certifications.
Miss Tianna’s enthusiasm is loved by all of her students at Kelowna Dance – “I can’t wait for this next season to begin!”
From Salmon Arm BC, Miss Paige has always had a passion for the performing arts. She started her career as a competitive gymnast, training with Momentum Gymnastics, and eventually joined her first jazz/hip hop class to improve her sport. She began training in all styles at Just for Kicks Dance Studio, and became part of their faculty at the age of 17. Teaching hip hop at her home studio is where she first realized she wanted to pursue commercial dance. Some of Miss Paige’s credits include Rzeszow Festival, Make a Wish Foundation, Brilliant! St Paul’s Hospital Foundation, back-up dancing for Canadian singer/songwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, and the Vancouver Spring Show. Miss Paige has had the opportunity to train with many companies in Vancouver, training over 25 hours a week in jazz, hip hop, ballet, contemporary, tap, and Broadway. She has danced with Harbour Dance Center’s Intensive Training Program (ITP), under the direction of Moe Brody, Kill the Lights Co. directed by Ken Yung and Shauna Smith, Aviary (directed by Julio Fuentes), and with Illustrative Society, directed by Joe Tuliao. Miss Paige is currently signed with Premiere Talent Management, and is thrilled to launch her professional career.
Miss Paige has recently joined the faculty of Kelowna Dance and Performing arts, and can’t wait to share her passion of dance with her new dance family.
Kelly began her dance journey in Kelowna B.C with Kelowna Dance and Performing Arts. She then continued her passion in Vancouver B.C with The Source Dance Company and Scholarship Dance where she trained with Heather Dotto, Curtis Foley, Sarah Brewer, Joanne Pesusich, Carla Catherwood and more. Both companies opened many doors for Kelly in the performance world. Kelly shared the stage with Stef Lang, A-Lin, and worked with the production company The Lovers Caberet. Kelly also went on to feature in multiple projects such as, Laurell’s “Girls” choreographed by Melena Rounis, Brooke Turner’s “Convince Me” produced by Ben Knetchel and many more productions in Vancouver.
In Toronto, Kelly trained with The Conteur Academy. She worked under Eryn Waltman, Kelly Shaw, Ryan Lee, Julia Cratchley and Dani Matte. Her time with Conteur polished her craft and opened her eyes to the artistic side of Contemporary dance. Conteur gave Kelly the skills technically and choreographically to excel in the industry. She then moved back to Vancouver to study Human Kinetics to complete her goal in becoming a well-rounded, knowledgeable dance teacher.