Dawn Moss – SDTA
Celtic Ceilidh Director, Highland

Dawn founded Celtic Ceilidh and is our Principal Director. She has ample experience working with children of all ages through teaching dance and as a teacher in the public school system. Her love of dance began at the age of 3 with Highland and continued with training in Irish, Tap, Jazz and Ballet. She fosters a passion and appreciation of the Celtic World in each one of her students.

Kylie Adams – SDTA
Admin, Highland

Kylie started dancing at Celtic Ceilidh 15 years ago. In this time, she completed all of her Highland Exams up to the Members level, plus exams in the RAD Ballet syllabus. She has participated in workshops and competitions in Alberta, Scotland, Ireland, California & Florida, and performed at many events. In addition to teaching, Kylie can also be found in our office to answer your questions regarding our dance school.

Audrey Boccara
Ballet

Audrey Boccara was born in France and started to love ballet at the age of 5. At 12, she began studying at the Paris Opera Ballet School.  Audrey won several Gold Medals and a National Award at international dance competitions in France. After attending dance courses with the Ballet of the Opéra National du Rhin in France and Eifman Ballet of St Petersburg in Russia, Audrey joined the Ballet Eddy Toussaint of Montreal in December 2014. In June 2015, she won the gold medal at the Danse Encore Festival Competition in Quebec. After attending the Ballet Jörgen Summer Intensive, Audrey danced for two years with the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. She has joined Edmonton’s Citie Ballet in September 2017, and is exited to live and share her passion in Western Canada. Audrey loves teaching and sharing her professional experience through high quality standard, dynamic and fun classes of Ballet, Pointe shoes, Repertory/Choreography and Conditioning/Stretching. She has extensive experience as guest teacher as well as 2 years teaching with the school of Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada.

Brett Bowser
Lyrical, Jazz, Adult Tap

Brett Bowser trained in Vancouver, BC where she began dancing at the age of 6. At the age of 15 Brett attended the Socapa Arts Summer program in New York City where she got her first experience working on film. In the Fall of 2010 she trained both in her home studio as well as Harbour Dance Centre where she was later accepted into their Intensive Training Company at the age of 17. A year later Brett took part in “Lux Dance Co.” opening year. Throughout the years Brett has performed on stage, video, and flash mobs, including performances in California, New York, and Seattle at various events. Brett’s most recent work has been in “Felix Check’s Out” in Edmonton Fringe 2017 as a performer and co-choreographer. Brett has been teaching since the age of 17 and is now the owner and founder of Motives Dance and Fitness Company based in Edmonton. Brett teaches her students not only technique, but also the importance of confidence and encourages her students to go beyond their comfort zone to reach their goals as an artist.

Elizabeth Decorby – SDTA
Highland

Elizabeth has been a competitive dancer since the age of 4. She has trained and tested in both Irish and Highland dance, and has completed all of her Highland exams, including her SDTA Members exams. During her time at Celtic Ceilidh, she has been fortunate to have received many opportunities to travel and compete across the country, as well as in the United States, Scotland, and Ireland. She has also been grateful to have had the opportunity to perform at events across the province, as well as in Disneyland, Disney World, and was a performer in the 2018 Okanagan Military Tattoo.

Elizabeth is excited to share her passion and love for dance with her students at Celtic Ceilidh.

Danielle Ganz
Irish, Tap, Ballet

Danielle has studied, competed and performed in dance for 20+ years, training and completing exams in RAD Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Highland, Musical Theater, piano and voice. Her teaching experience includes Tap, Ballet, Highland and Irish over the past 10 years. Danielle has trained with highly respected teachers and adjudicators in Dublin, Glasgow, the Edge in L.A, and across Canada. She has also performed with Natalie MacMaster, the McCuaigs, in the Alberta Tattoos, Disneyland and hundreds of  other events.

Gabrielle Garwasiuk –
SDTA, Highland, Irish

Continuing into her 14th year of dance at Celtic Ceilidh, Gabby has trained in Highland, Irish, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, and Jazz. During her many years, she has completed all of her Highland Exams including both her STDA Associates and Members Exams. In addition to Highland, she has tested in Tap, Irish, and ISTD Ballet. Throughout her training, she has been grateful to have been given opportunities to perform and compete locally and internationally. Performance highlights include: Disney World in 2013, a child performer in the The Royal Alberta Ballet’s Nutcracker in 2014, Disneyland in 2016, and the 2018 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Gabby hopes to continue pursuing and sharing her love of dance for many more years and is excited for what opportunities may lie ahead.

Kerri Kendziora
Pilates

From the age of 5 activity and sports have been a staple in Kerri’s life. In 1991 Kerri became a member of Team Canada Volleyball and competed  until 1997. Highlights included the 1991 & 1995 Pam Am games and 1996 Olympic games.
Kerri holds her Balanced Body Pilates Certificate in both Mat and Reformer Pilates disciplines.  Her drive to become an instructor stemmed from her time playing Volleyball in Europe professionally and engaging in “extra work” off court for strength training.  It wasn’t until Kerri returned to Edmonton that she realized her “extra work” was really mat Pilates.
Kerri holds her Balanced Body Pilates Certificate in both Mat and Reformer disciplines.  Her classes reflect her positive energy and you will always find yourself among friends. Kerri’s goal is to help people enrich their lives as they gain or regain the quality of life she believes we all deserve.

Valeria Potter
Stretch

Dance has been a part of Valeria’s life for as long as she can remember. Expressing herself through movement is something very significant to her. Valeria has experience in many styles including; ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, street jazz/ hip-hop, musical theatre and fitness. She has completed her R.A.D and Cecchetti exams in ballet, as well as ADAPT jazz exams. During high school Valeria attended and graduated from Vimy’s dance program, run by the Edmonton School of Ballet. After high school Valeria continued her passion of dance through Brett Bowser’s company; Motives Dance and Fitness. Valeria now spreads her knowledge and love of dance through teaching. She loves to challenge the young and eager minds of dancers as they grow into something spectacular.  

“To me, the body says what words cannot. I believe that dance was the first art.” 
– Martha Graham

Katherine Quirke – TCRG
Irish

Katherine was an Open Championship competitor for over 10 years, Western Canadian Champion 4 times winning and qualifying to represent Western Canada at the World Championship level for 10 years. She has had the experience of recalling at the World Championships level and placing at the All Irelands. As well, she placed top 10 at the North American Championships 2 years in a row and top 15 for 5 years in a row. During University, Katherine performed on dance tours in New Zealand and as a back-up dancer for a North American dance tour company based out of Chicago. She is a newly certified TCRG and is registered with the Irish Dancing Commission (CLRG), the Western Canadian Irish Dance Teachers Association (WCIDTA), and the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA).

Keanna Widdup
Junior Ballet

Miss Keanna brings a warm spirit to her classes and works diligently to make a connection with each of her students. Her main focus is providing a creative and imaginative classroom setting that supports all the needs of her dancers in class.  Through her many years of dancing she has had the privilege of training in RAD Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Pointe, Musical Theater, Hip Hop and Contemporary. She loves working with all ages however has a particular interest for younger children.  She hasperformed professionally  on Carnival Cruise Lines, in Disneyland and in Dominican Republic resorts. Presently Miss Keanna is in her second year of obtaining her Teaching Certification with the A.D.A.P.T Teacher Training Program and has completed her PBT training course. 

She is excited to meet all her students for the new upcoming dance season!!

Mary Wharton
Irish

Mary has been dancing with Celtic Ceilidh since 2002 and teaching Irish dance at Ceiltic Ceilidh since 2014.  She has competed for many years across Alberta, both as part of a team and as a soloist. She has also performed at many festivals and events in Alberta, most notably on stage at the Winspear Centre and Roger’s Place.

In 2015, Mary traveled with Celtic Ceilidh to Scotland and Ireland to compete and to learn from legendary Irish dance instructor, Olive Hurley.

Mary hopes to inspire her students with the same passion for dance that she has carried with her for many years.

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Faculty

Our team at Celtic Ceilidh is always looking for experienced, qualified instructors who love the idea of a Celtic world of dance.  We are all about keeping the Scottish and Irish traditions and dance forms alive.

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