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!

Danielle Vandervlugt

Danielle has choreographed, taught and coached numerous age levels for over 20 years. Her dance training started when she was 3 years old and continued into a teaching role. Her background in cheerleading also allowed her the opportunity to coach professional dance teams, college cheer and dance teams in addition to schools with all grade…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!

Melanie Der

Melanie has always been drawn to enabling individuals to reach their goals, no matter their abilities and situation (yes, that includes you!). Her teaching method draws from a range of knowledge and experience: over 10 years of dance involvement, being an occupational therapist (MScOT), and over 15 years of general teaching experience. She started dancing…Read More Here!

Megan Telford

Megan started dancing at the age of 3, with Ballet RAD and Tap. As she got older she became interested in other styles such as Ballet Cecchetti, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, Variety and Musical Theatre. She trained with Beaumont Society School of Dance and Dance Fusion Academy of Dance. Megan found passion for…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!

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!

Abby Kropielnicki

Building on the spark that fired her passion for performing, Abby has been recognized on the stage for 15 years. Successfully taking the Royal Academy of Dance Examinations at the end of each year has also allowed her to gain credentials in both Ballet and Tap (Al Gilbert Syllabus). In addition to these genres, she also…Read More Here!

Nadia Funaro

Nadia Funaro is a 19-year-old University student who works to fulfill the highest expression as a human being and artist. Nadia has studied and competed in all genres of dance for 16 years. She loves the adrenaline rush of jazz, hip hop and acro, but feels prettiest in a contemporary class. She is known for…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!

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