Faculty

Our Mission is to give students of all ages and abilities a love of the art, knowledge of the technique, commitment, self-discipline and memories that will last a lifetime. We strive to provide professional dance training that is  developmentally and physically appropriate for students ages two through adult in a positive learning environment.

Supporting the individual growth and bringing out the personal uniqueness in every dancer!

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JANA HAMILTON, BFA

Owner, Director

Instructor: Modern, Ballet, Acro, Pre AcroDance, Tap, Jump Rope, CI Training, Zumbini

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Jana began her dance training in the small town of Tilbury, Ontario. She continued on to achieve a BFA (hon) specialized in Dance from York University in Toronto. While in Toronto, Jana studied with the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Kaeja d’Dance, and Ballet Creole. She also had 
the opportunity to tour with the York Dance Ensemble working with choreographers such as Holly Small, Darcey
 Callison, Alex Cilic, and Peter Chin.

Upon receiving her BFA, Jana relocated to Alberta and now calls Leduc home.  Since moving to Alberta in 2000, Jana has trained
 with a variety of instructors from Mile Zero, Vibe Tribe, Isis Dance and the Edmonton School of Ballet. She has
 choreographed and performed solo work, groups and musicals, choreographing parts of Sleeping Beauty with the Leduc Drama Society and and the Alberta Summer Games in Leduc.   Jana also spent 7 years with the Leduc Figure Skating Club as the Off-Ice Training Co-ordinator.

Jana is passionate about dance and full body integration, continuing to build on her training and knowledge. She has completed training in all 11 levels of the Junior Preparatory Ballet and Progressions Ballet Syllabi. Jana has studied in New York and maintains a Level 2 in the Bill Evans Technique of Contemporary Dance, which is based in Laban Theory and Bartenieff Fundamental Movement Patterns. Mentored under the guidance of dance icon William Evans and master instructors Don Halquist, Debra Knapp & Suzie Lundgren.

With the influence of such diverse instructors, Jana has experienced many genres of dance such as ballet, modern in the styles of Graham, Limon, Cunningham, Duncan, Horton, and Evans, tap, jazz, classical East Indian, hip-hop, ballroom, tribal belly dance and National dance.

  • M3Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hon) ~ York University, Ontario
  • Edmonton School of Ballet – Junior Grades and Progressions Certified Instructor
  • Bill Evan Contemporary Technique – Level 2
  • GrowUp SmART ~ BrainDance Method Certified
  • Al Gilbert Tap Syllabus Qualified Instructor
  • Alixa Flexibility Module 4 Certified
  • Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certified
  • Acrobatic Arts AcroDance Preschool Certified
  • ADAPT (Year 1)
  • Zumbini Certified  Instructor
  • Triple P Parenting
  • Mind-Up
  • RSA  & RSC Registered Skipping Coach
  • NCCP Certified Coach ~ Coach Initiation in Sport, Making Ethical Decisions
  • Red Cross First Aid CPR C & AED certified

HALEY MYHRE

Instructor: Summer Intensive

Follow Miss Haley on Instagram – @misshaley_cdl

Connectivity is excited to have Haley Myhre instructing at our CDL Summer Intensives and Camps for 2021.  Haley has been teaching in the Edmonton and Sherwood Park areas for the past nine years. Haley has training in Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical & Hip Hop. Haley has also travelled various places for her training, participating in Disney’s Magic Parade as well as competing at World of Dance where she received a 3rd place standing.  Haley is a former Edmonton Eskimos Cheerleader and was part of the first Edmonton Eskimos “Esks Force Hype Team”.   Haley is a graduate of U of A and continues her passion for learning the art and various styles of Hip Hop.

SARAH BROWN

Instructor: Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical

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Connectivity Dance is excited to have Miss Sarah back to our faculty for the 2021/22 dance season! Sarah has been dancing her way through life since the age of three.  She became a student teacher in her teen years and found joy in helping and teaching younger dancers. She is experienced in tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, and hip hop and has received many awards within each of those genres throughout her life. Notably, the Harbour Dance Centre scholarship, and the Rocky Mountain Dance Project scholarship. Also, Miss Sarah  has won 1st place with local professional hip hop group, NXG Company at World of Dance Edmonton in 2017. Sarah continues to strive for growth not only as a teacher but as a dancer as well.

Al Gilbert Tap Syllabus Qualified Instructor ~ RAD Intermediate ~ Red Cross First Aid CPR C & AED

KATIE DUNCAN –  ACC-CICB, CPed

Instructor: Summer Intensive

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Katie began training in Edmonton at the age of six. In 2018, Katie was awarded a Cecchetti Associate Certificate from Edmonton School of Ballet’s Teacher Training Program, as well as a Certificate in Pedagogical Studies and Dance Teaching from the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. This training included advanced studies in a wide variety of styles including Cecchetti, RAD, and Vaganova ballet, as well as jazz, lyrical, and national dance. In addition to teaching, Katie is also the artistic director of Out of Body Physical Theatre, who work on multi media performances throughout the year. We are excited to have Katie join us for our 2021 Summer Intensive & Camps before she moves to Montreal to further her dance studies and achieve her goals.

FELICITY IRWIN

Instructor: Acro, Jazz

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Connectivity Dance is excited to welcome Miss Felicity to our Dance Faculty for the 2021/22 season. Felicity has been training in Acro dance since the age of 9 receiving awards like top solo and scholarships throughout her dance journey. Within the past seven years she has continued to expand her training into ballet, jazz, lyrical and pointe. She continues to take classes inside and outside the studio to continue expanding her dance knowledge. Throughout high school Felicity was on her school’s pom team which consistently came in first at all their competitions. Felicity began her instructor path by assisting classes within CDL. She is Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certified and has taken the Acrobatic Arts aerial + back handspring workshop.

AAC1 Certified

VALLEENA LITTLE

Ballet, Jazz, Modern

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 Valleena started dance training at the age of 13 after being asked if she wanted to try a jazz class that her figure skating off-ice coach’s daughter was a part of. Her off-ice coach happened to be Jana Hamilton, the owner and director of Connectivity Dance Ltd. Since then she has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical and contemporary as well as training in figure skating for 10 years, her favourite discipline being ice dancing. 

Valleena hopes to work as a professional dancer as well as earn more teaching credentials to pass on the knowledge she has learned thus far and more to younger dancers. Valleena has a joy for the process of creating projects from learning choreography and pursuing ideas in the studio to executing it on stage to its fullest potential. Valleena has been apart of numerous productions big and small ranging from performing in the pre-show for the Harlem Globetrotters to taking part in a production of Coppelli AI with Out of Body Physical Theatre and is eager and excited to explore what the future holds.

ESB Junior Grades and Progressions Certified Instructor ~ ADAPT (Year 1) ~ Red Cross First Aid CPR C & AED

DEIRDRE BOVAIRD

Lyrical, Jazz

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Deirdre took her first step into the dance world at age 4 and has been unstoppable ever since! Training all over Canada and the United States, her love for dance continues to grow and evolve.
Deirdre has trained in multiple styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, acro, modern, contemporary,  and musical theatre. Her most recent training focus has been in more commercial styles, such as, jazz funk, heels, and hip-hop. She is currently training with Drea Lee Dance Company, under the direction of Drea Lee, and is heading into her second season as a dancer for the CEBL Edmonton Stingers. 
In 2012, Deirdre launched her journey towards dance instruction, as an assistant. During her time as an assistant, she gained many valuable tools that she was able to apply to her own classes, which she began teaching in 2017. She continues to develop her training as an educator, most recently through, the American Council on Exercise, Alixa Flexibility, and Broadway Dance Center. Deirdre remains inspired by all of her dancers and finds joy in igniting the love for dance inside all of her students.
Believing that as dancers, and human beings, we are always students, Deirdre is eager to share her knowledge of dance with others, while continuing to learn from those around her. 

Alixa Flexibility Module 3 Certified ~ ADAPT (Year 1) ~ Red Cross First Aid CPR C & AED 

AUTUMN NESDOLY

Jump Rope ~ Head Coach, Camp Co-ordinator

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Autumn is a Ph.D. Student in the faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. Her research is broadly focused on enhancing the sport and physical education experiences of youth. She has been involved with various sports and sports organizations (e.g., soccer, volleyball) over the past several years. However, she is most passionate about the sport of skipping. Over the past 20 years, Autumn has coached and competed in the sport. She has been a member of the Connectivity Skippers team for the past 5 years. In her spare time she likes to be outside with her dogs Marlo and Wacey. 


B.Sc. in Education from the University of Victoria ~ M.Sc. in Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation from the University of Alberta ~ NCCP certified ~ Standard First Aid/CPR C

Jeff Fox

Jump Rope ~Assistant Coach

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  • Former Bonnyville Skipperoo
  • NCCP certified Coach ~ Coach Initiation in Sport, Making Ethical Decisions
  • RSC certified Coach
  • Standard First Aid/CPR C
  • Rope Skipping Alberta National Record holder

CLASS ASSISTANTS & LEADS 2021/22

  • Aurora Michaud
  • Violet Michaud
  • Katelyn Dahlgren

Dancers Junior 2 level and above interested in assisting for the up-coming season, please contact Ms Jana.