Dawn Moss, SDTA
Director, Highland

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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.

Melissa Bettley
Jazz, Lyrical


Enjoying the world of dance since she was three, Melissa has over 19 years of competitive dance training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre & Hip Hop. She has performed on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, represented the Grant MacEwan Dance team, and both national and international sports dance teams. Melissa has been presented with a variety of scholarships and awards while attending several workshops, including the Broadway Dance Centre in New York.

April Dawn


April loves yoga!  She teaches because it makes my heart sing! In addition to her love for yoga she also loves snowboarding and the outdoors. Put them together and you have, in her perception, the perfect remedy for the balance of mind, body and spirit. She took her 200 hour hatha training at Yoga Within in 2011 and is now currently working towards her 500 hour certification. She believes that yoga is for every BODY! No matter your ailment, body type or attitude there is a style of yoga for you!


Marie Doyle


Marie has been Irish dancing for 20 years and has competed in many Feis’, championships and Oirechtas’. She has performed at numerous venues including the Winspear, the Emerald Hall, the Ireland Fund and Heritage Days. Marie has over 10 years of teaching experience, with her students having competed in many competitions and traveled to Ireland to train. She has also choreographed numbers for many performances, including for Natalie MacMaster.

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.

Kerri Kendziora


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.

Carmelle McKinlay
ARAD, RAD RTS - Ballet

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Carmelle grew up in a family that was passionate about the arts. She has had extensive training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Voice and Musical Theatre under some of the most prestigious instructors and institutions across Canada and the United States.  She is a certified instructor with Associate status (ARAD) through The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and has prepared 100’s of students successfully for ballet exams. Some of these students have gone on to perform nationally and internationally with companies such as Alberta Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, Canadian Youth Ballet, Royal Caribbean Cruise lines, Cirque du Soleil and more. She prides herself in allowing each dancer a voice in the choreographic process to encourage creativity and ownership. Carmelle is also a current Mentor with the RAD CBTS program, sharing her knowledge and love of ballet with aspiring teachers.

Erika Musik


Bio coming soon!

Katherine Quirke


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).

Meghan Ropchan B.Ed
Preschool/Primary Ballet

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Meghan has been studying the art of tab, jazz, ballet and highland since the age of 3.  She has completed all of her SDTA highland, national and theory exams as well as several RAD ballet exams.  She is excited to be taking her SDTA teacher’s exam this fall!  Workshops and competition have taken Meghan to Scotland, Ireland, New York and California as well as numerous locations in Alberta.  Megan has also spent time performing with the University of Alberta dance team.  You will find Meghan assisting in Celtic Ceilidh’s pre-school and primary classes.

Outside of dance, Meghan is a recent University of Alberta Graduate with her B.Ed., specializing in Elementary Education.

Mary Wharton


Bio coming soon!

Join our 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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