Erin Feltham has been a dancer, teacher and now studio owner in Calgary for the last 20 years. A graduate of the University of Calgary Dance Program, she was fortunate to study under many faculty members including Davida Monk, Michelle Moss, Melissa Monteros and Wojtek Mochneij. She performed in several works in Dance Montage, Alberta Dance Explosions and Mainstage before moving on to a professional teaching career. In addition to her BA in Contemporary Dance she also holds her Associate Diploma in Modern Theatre with the ISTD and is certified Module 1 & 2 with Acrobatic Arts. She has been the owner and artistic director of Invitation To Dance for the past 10 years and has been passionate about creating a dance training space that is non competitive, inclusive and professional. Striving to keep artistic integrity in dance, she believes it is important to show budding dancers that dance is as much about artistry and individual expression as it is about physical prowess.
Melissa Jeffery, AISTD, has recently completed her Associate Exam in Ballet with the ISTD. She has also recently been successful in completing her Advanced 1 Ballet Exam. She is passionate about ballet and anything involving creativity! Melissa values people and enjoys helping them achieve their full potential. She has studied under Ms. Shirley Agate-Proust and is excited to share her knowlege and love of ballet at Invitation To Dance.
Alicia started teaching at Invitation to Dance in 2007 concentrating mainly on hip hop. Since then she has taken up the tap department at the studio along with teaching various open classes and some Dance Alive choreography.
She has completed her Intermediate and Advanced 1 exams in both ISTD modern and tap with the aim to complete her Associate in Tap this year. Alicia has also received a BFA with distinction from the University of Calgary where she focused her studies on the marriage between dance and drama.
Following an informative year interning at Theatre Junction Alicia chose to pursue intensive dance training through the Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Professional Training Program for 2 consecutive years. Alicia works in the Calgary community as a multidisciplinary artist with a passion for creating pieces that bring communities together. Currently she works for Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre while teaching dance at various locations around the city. The students at Invitation to Dance keep Alicia coming back to the studio year after year thanks to their good humour, big energy and dedication. It’s a pleasure to teach them!
A graduate of the University
of Calgary, Jana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a Concentration in
Choreography and Performance. Jana is one of three Artistic Directors of
Gravity Dance Collective and worked professionally for five seasons at
Calaway Park as a member of the Entertainment Department. Jana has been dancing
at Invitation to Dance since the age of four, and has trained in various styles
including Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Acrobatics.
Outside of ITD, Jana has expanded her passion of working with children to taking up a new role as a Preschool Teacher.
Entering her 8th year
teaching at the studio, Jana looks forward to sharing her knowledge and love
for dance as an art form, as well as to inspire and engage her students as they
pursue their love of dance.
Leslie began attending Invitation to Dance in 2004, where she received training in ballet, jazz, tap, acro, hip hop, and musical theatre. She was also a member of the studio’s performing troupe, Dance Alive, for many seasons.
Since then, Leslie has graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Degree from the University of Calgary, and has acquired her Module 1 and Module 2 certifications with Acrobatic Arts. She looks forward to beginning her 5th season with ITD, and continuing to explore her passion for acro with her students!
Brianna began dancing at the age of 4 at a competitive studio in Calgary. Her training began with ballet, and later broadened to include jazz and tap. She began attending Invitation to Dance at the age of 14 where she focussed on her main passion, ballet. Brianna has also enjoyed taking some of the open classes and is a graduate of the STEP program at ITD. She recently took an interest in modern and contemporary which has led to her being involved in Dance Montage at the U of C several times. Also, she recently received her Associate in Modern from the ISTD. While training for that, she was able to go to London, England last summer to take classes at the ISTD2 studio. She plans to pursue the Associate Diploma in several years. Brianna is also currently working on Grade 6 Tap with the goal of receiving the Tap Associate soon as well.
Brianna has volunteered with mentoring the Mixed Ability classes here at ITD off and on since she was a teenager. She has enjoyed working with them and is excited to take over teaching those classes. This summer she became certified in RhythmWorks Integrative Dance. This certification is built specifically for students who may have disabilities or learning challenges. She is excited to bring what she has learned to these students!
Dance has always been an important creative outlet and form of expression for Brianna. She is excited to continue sharing her passion for the arts with the students that she teaches
Brittany started dancing at the age of three in Calgary, Alberta. After training in several styles of dance she focused primarily on Irish/Highland dance for four years. In 2016, Brittany graduated from the Performing and Visual Arts program with a focus on dance where she gained additional dance training in African, Jazz, Ballet, Bollywood, Swing and Tap. She also obtained her professional development in the arts certificate. Through this program, she trained at Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
Training under Joey Braunworth, she realized her true passion was urban dance. In 2015, she began dancing with Illfx Entertainment, training under Katherine Burrowes and Edgar Reyes while further developing in many various styles of hip hop dance. With a primary focus on femme and R&B hip hop, Brittany also worked on foundational styles, grooves, animation, waacking and much more. She has competed in many competitions in hip hop hubs such as Edmonton and Vancouver. Brittany is very excited to continue training under UniverseSoul Dance Company, a leader in Urban Dance.
Brittany feels blessed to have worked with world renowned choreographers such as Luther Brown, Carlo Atienza, Lucas Lock and Roberta Bierman.
When she is not dancing, you can find Brittany hitting the books at Mount Royal University working towards her Bachelor of Communication - Public Relations.