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 has primarily studied contemporary dance, ballet and acrobatics but has also trained in jazz, African and tap dance. 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 from the University of Calgary, 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 11 years and has been passionate about creating a dance training space that is non competitive, inclusive and professional. Striving to keep the 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.
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 Advanced 1 exams in both ISTD modern and tap and most reciently completed her Associate in Tap. 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!
Siobhan Began her journey of dance at the age of 3, taking up highland dancing. At age 5 Siobhan continued dancing in technical genres such as Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Acrobatics. Committing to many hours of training, Siobhan was part of a performance group in Calgary and was eventually contracted to dance with Calaway Park at the young age of 15. Looking for as many opportunities as possible, Siobhan attended many workshops and conventions training under amazing choreographers such as Jillian Meyers, Jason Samuel Smith, and Nappy Tabs.
Siobhan completed both her Advanced 2 Modern and Tap exams with the I.S.T.D and then continued on to attain her Associate Modern and Tap Teaching Certifications, training under some of the founders of the I.S.T.D in London, England. Siobhan also has certifications under the A.G.F holding her Level 1 N.C.C.P Gymnastics Certification, Acrobatic Arts Module 2 Certification, and Acrobatique Syllabus Course Completion. Siobhan has had the opportunity to teach children and adults of various ages for almost a decade!
She is also quite involved in the dance community, performing in many events around Calgary, as well as training in a professional Hip hop company. Continuing to grow within the urban dance community, Siobhan has had the opportunity to train under guest choreographers such as Roberta Bierman, Carlo Atienza, Luther Brown, and Scott Forsyth.
Siobhan is always thrilled to share passion and love for dance in hopes it will resonate with her students, so they can reach their true potential and inspire others.
Brianna began dancing at the age 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 focused on her main passion, ballet. Brianna is a graduate of the STEP program at ITD and has received her Associate in Modern Theatre from the ISTD. She has traveled to London, England to train at the ISTD2 studios and hopes to complete her Associate Diploma in the near future. Most recently she completed her Rhythm Works Integrative Dance certificate and is finding deep satisfaction in getting to share her love of dance with our special needs students.
Dance has always been an important creative outlet and form of expression for Brianna and she is excited to continue sharing her passion for the arts with the students that she teaches!
Melissa Jeffery, A.D.ISTD, has recently completed her Associate Diploma Exam in Ballet with the ISTD and has had the pleasure of training under Shirley Agate Proust. She has also recently been successful in completing her Advanced 1 Ballet Exam and has completed her Progressive Ballet Technique certification. She is passionate about ballet and anything involving creativity! Melissa values people and enjoys helping them achieve their full potential. She has been teaching at Invitation To Dance for the last 3 years and excited to share her love of dance for many more.
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.
As a PMDC student, Brittany has performed in the Grey Cup pre-game show alongside the Stereos and fellow PMDC dancers. Additionally, she joined PMDC in the first WE Day event held in Calgary 2012 and in Disneyland for the Dance the Magic Parade in 2011.
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.
Johi grew up dancing in Calgary and enjoyed a variety of amazing opportunities.She trained in all disciplines of dance and successfully complete R.A.D. ballet exams up to the advanced level.She was very involved in the competitive stream of dance, which allowed her to travel to western Canada and the United States.Johi also had the pleasure of being involved in a variety of musicals, including small scale featurettes of ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Wicked’, as well as full scale productions of ‘Good News!’, ‘Guys & Dolls’ and ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’.During this time, she was lucky to work closely with Canadian talent such as Stan Lesk and Kevin Aichele.
Johi began her teaching career at 20 years of age and has loved inspiring children in their love of dance ever since.While teaching in Calgary, Johi has grown and been inspired to continue her dance education.Between 2016-2018 she successfully completed her ISTD Intermediate, Advanced 1, Advanced 2 and Associate Tap Exams.She has a great desire to pursue knowledge and excellence and looks forward to extending her reach of impacting the next generation of dancers.
Madeline has been trained in a variety of dance styles under the instruction of Miss Erin and other various dance instructors at Invitation to Dance since age eight. She began training in jazz and acrobatics but instantly fell in love with all dance in all styles and picked up as many classes as she could, including ballet, tap, lyrical, hip hop and more! Madeline then joined Invitation to Dance’s performance group Dance Alive training alongside her friends for many years.
Madeline has recently graduated from the STEP program at Invitation to Dance and has successfully completed several ISTD exams, most recently achieving her Intermediate Modern with Distinction.
This past year Madeline has chosen to specialize in many styles of hip hop dance. She has begun dancing with a local hip hop crew, allowing her to take class from Edgar Reyes and Katherine Borrows, as well as world renowned choreographers such as Luther Brown, Carlo Atienza and Lucas Lock. She feels incredibly fortunate to have trained under such talented artists and is excited to continue learning and growing as a dancer.
Madeline is beyond excited to share her passion for dance with her students and is constantly searching for new inspiration and creativity!
At the age of three, Victoria discovered her love of dance in a ballet class at Invitation to Dance. Since then, she has trained primarily in both ballet and modern. She was a part of ITD’s performance troupe Dance Alive for eight years, volunteered in the studio’s mixed abilities classes for four, and has recently graduated from the STEP program. She also successfully completed her Intermediate Modern exam with the ISTD last year.
Victoria recently graduated from the Performing and Visual Arts program at Central Memorial and received her Professional Development in the Arts certificate. Over the course of three years, Victoria trained in additional styles including West African, Hip Hop, Latin, Swing, and Tap. The PVA program also gave her the opportunity to take classes in New York City at the Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey.
Victoria is currently working towards her Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing at the University of Calgary, and is looking forward to helping the next generation of dancers discover their own love of dance.