Meet Your Instructors

Elite Dance Studio has many accomplished and talented dancers to guide you on your journey of dance discovery. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced dancer, we have fun & friendly instructors who will help you grow. Check out the biographies of our current staff and feel free to send them any questions!

Dominic Lacroix

Dominic started to train to compete in ballroom & latin dance in 1989. To advance his knowledge of dance, he trained with some of the best coaches in the world for 5 years in London, England. In 2002, he moved to Edmonton to start training dancers here and eventually retired from competition. He opened Elite…Read More Here!

Jim Deglau

Awards and Accomplishments: 4 time Canadian Latin champion 2 time Canadian 10 dance champion 6 time Canadian representative to the world championships 7th in world 10 dance 2011 Semi finalist in Latin at Blackpool 2011 Experienced in Ballroom, Country dance, choreography… Questions? Please contact Elite Dance Studio to book your lessons!

Michael Dore

Michael started dancing at the age of 7. His career and love for the art form includes; choreography, performing, studying, and teaching in a variety of genres. Teaching and sharing his love for dance is his greatest passion. Starting his dance career here in Edmonton, Michael choreographed and danced for productions and dance companies. Moving…Read More Here!

Grace Lau

Grace has been in dance since she was a child, but only entered the Ballroom & Latin world when she was in university. Once she started training and competing, she was hooked! Having competed all across Canada and the US in the amateur circuit for over 10 years, her and her dance partner Marc turned…Read More Here!

Meagan Smithman

Meagan started her dancing journey at the age of 3 training here in Edmonton at Casey’s Dance Centre and finishing off her training at Strive Dance Academy in Red Deer. Meagan trained, competed, and performed a range of styles such as ballet, hip hop, musical theatre, jazz, tap, and modern. Shortly after graduating high school,…Read More Here!

Montse de Oca Ibarra

Montse embarked on her dancing journey in 1999 by pursuing the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) grades at Zayi. During her professional career, she was privileged to receive training from two of the best RAD-nominated teachers hailing from Brazil and Mexico. Montse continued to advance her skills and completed her professional RAD grades (Advanced 2)….Read More Here!

Myiah Boison

Myiah moved to Edmonton in 2012 from her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. At an early age, rhythm, movement, and music became integral parts of her life. Beginning with Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, and Ballet, Myiah learned the importance of learning the basics of dance while having fun and being creative. Her favorite dances…Read More Here!

Kyro Vadnais

Kyro has been in dance since the age of 3 and teaches since 2018. She has been with Elite since July of 2022, and is looking forward to many years with them. She has an absolute passion for dance, especially in Hip Hop, contemporary, and Jazz. She attended a workshop in New York to be professionally…Read More Here!

Mara Palahniuk

Mara has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Beginning with the styles of Ballet and Ukrainian dance, she pursued her passion of dance into many other stage dance styles, including Ballroom, Latin and Martha Graham Modern dance. Mara has traveled all over the world for dance. Studying at the Alberta Ballet, the Royal…Read More Here!

Selena Sembaluk

Selena Sembaluk has been teaching various styles of dance since 2019. She started dance when she was 3 and has trained in hip hop, ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern, and lyrical. Selena completed her Advanced 1 RAD exam and intermediate Cecchetti exam. She danced with Edmonton Festival Ballet, and Edmonton Contemporary Dancers. Outside of dance, she…Read More Here!

Brandon Theurer

After taking an introductory ballroom dance class at Brigham Young University, Brandon quickly grew to love ballroom dancing and joined the BYU Ballroom Dance Company, which he was part of for 4 years. He has competed in Standard, Latin, American Smooth, and American Rhythm, including competitions for the US Amateur Rhythm Championship title. He is…Read More Here!

KylaLee LaRose

Miss Kyla started to dance at the young age of three in her home town of Stettler, and has loved every moment since. Learning the art form soon became her life as she started taking formal training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip hop, Contemporary/modern, Lyrical, Tap, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre. This sparked an interest in…Read More Here!

Sandra Nerona

Sandra attended her first ballet dance class at age 3 in her hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Throughout her childhood she studied and competed in many dance styles such as Tap, Jazz, Modern, and Hip Hop all in addition to Ballet. Sandra joined her first Ballroom group class at age 7. By 12 years old, she…Read More Here!

Alessia Alampi

Alessia is an elementary teacher with a passion for dance and music. She began dancing at the age of 3, performing in ballet and hip hop recitals, and started ballroom/latin when she was 9, and immediately fell in love! After taking a break from dance during university, she has returned as a teacher and her love for the art…Read More Here!

Emily Stodola

Emily started dancing when she was three years old, training and competing in various styles of ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. For the past 6 years, she’s focused mainly on hip hop and contemporary, and has had the opportunity to train & compete in various cities across the US and Canada. Emily’s passion for…Read More Here!

Chelsea Leach

As a Grade 12 Honours graduate from Vimy Ridge Academy, Chelsea studied Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Jazz, and Contemporary, in the Dance Program. She achieved the Advanced One certificate at The Royal Academy Of Dance. In Calgary, Chelsea studied at the International School of Ballet for eight years and danced in the Jeunesse Classique Ballet Nutcracker…Read More Here!

Brittany Ward

Brittany started her dancing journey at the age of 26 and she never looked back. She started teaching Zumba to fulfill her love of Latin culture and music, which eventually introduced her to a world she never knew existed. She has been able to learn and train in many styles such as Salsa On1, Salsa…Read More Here!

Alice Bailey

Alice began dancing after watching a friend perform. Intrigued, Alice signed up for a beginning level social dance class and never looked back. She met her husband through the ballroom team at BYU and, after they got married, they began competing together in Ballroom, Latin, American Smooth, and American Rhythm. They have placed in many…Read More Here!

Kim Ehman

Kim started dancing competitively at the age of 9, beginning in hip-hop and then trying my hand at jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical/contemporary, and acro. Tap is by far her favourite style (and her mom’s least favourite) but ballet is a close second. She grew up dancing at a small-town studio so it was a big…Read More Here!

Sara Sereda

Sara grew up training, competing and performing at Marr-Mac Dance and Theatre Arts in dance forms such as Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Hip-Hop training under Cathy and Marie McFarlane and Nicole Schultz in addition to competing with her own choreography. She has also spent a number of years training and competing at…Read More Here!