Dawn Moss – SDTA
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.
K-Pop, Preschool, Admin
Anna Savage has attended the Celtic Ceilidh Dance Academy since the age of six. She has trained in several forms of dance, but especially enjoys the challenges and hard work of highland dance. Dancing has given her the opportunity to travel, compete and participate in workshops, not only in Canada, but in the US and the UK as well. She believes that dancing is an excellent way to stay strong and healthy, and it is a great way to meet like-minded people. Outside of the dance studio, you can also find Anna helping in our office and dance store. Anna graduated from Victoria School of the Arts in 2018 and is currently attending the University of Alberta.
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 excited 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.
Ashley began dancing in Edmonton at the young age of 3, training extensively in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, hip-hop, lyrical and contemporary. Throughout her years of dance, she participated in travel groups, workshops and competitions in Florida, California, British Columbia and all around Alberta. She has trained with renowned teachers and choreographers and has performed in Disneyworld, Disneyland, and the Royal Caribbean Cruise line. She found a particular passion in tap, completing all Al Gilbert Tap Examinations and was chosen as a feature dancer in the Grade 8 instructional video. Currently Ashley still competes with an accelerated adult tap group that has won numerous prizes, trophies and medals throughout the years. Ashley is excited to share her love and passion for dance with the eager and talented students at Celtic Ceilidh.
Camille Ensminger has trained and performed for many years in ballet, jazz, tap, flamenco and contemporary dance. Camille is a company member of Synaethesis Dance Theatre, performing at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in Letters and Words (Sterling Award nominated for Outstanding Fringe production), Self(ish), Felix Checks Out and SWIPE (Sterling Award nominated) as well as other company productions including The Heliotrope. Other select performances include The Yellow Wallpaper (Chinook Series festival), The Soldier’s Tale, accompanied by members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (Edmonton Fringe) and Plain Jane Theatre’s Get Happy. She was most recently involved in dance projects including a live-streamed performance, Iterate (Mile Zero Dance) and a Canada-wide theatre collaboration with Catalyst Theatre, until the next breath. Camille teaches jazz classes at the U of A Orchesis Dance Program and contemporary, jazz, ballet, lyrical and dance conditioning classes throughout the city. She is a certified Xtend Barre instructor. Camille has a B.A. degree in Modern Languages from the University of Alberta.
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.
Elizabeth Decorby – SDTA
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. You will also find Elizabeth often helping in our office and store, Celtic Encore.
Elizabeth is excited to share her passion and love for dance with her students at Celtic Ceilidh.
Gabrielle Garwasiuk –
SDTA, Highland, Irish
After beginning dance at Celtic Ceilidh in 2005, 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.
Janna Maclelland –
Janna has been a dancer at Celtic Ceilidh Dance Academy since the age of 3. She has trained and tested in both Ballet and Highland dance, with experience in many other disciplines. Janna has received many opportunities to travel and compete across the country, as well as in the United States, Scotland, and Ireland. She is also very grateful to have had the opportunity to perform in Disney Land 2016, Disney World 2013, and the Okanagan Military Tattoo 2019. Janna has been tested in several ballet ISTD examinations, and has completed her SDTA Highland Associates exam. Aside from dance, Janna is currently a student at the University of Alberta Campus Saint-Jean in Elementary Education, and is Alberta Child Care Certified. Janna strives to provide a creative and positive classroom environment! She is so excited to share her passion and love for dance with her students!
Jeanette’s love for dance began at the age of three when her mom enrolled her in Highland Dancing and has continued throughout her life. Shortly after the birth of her first child, joining fitness organized fitness classes sparked Jeanette to pursue certification as an AFLCA Group Fitness Instructor with designations in portable equipment, indoor cycling, pre and post-natal fitness, TRX, and NASM Personal Trainer among others. During her time as a fitness professional, Jeanette discovered Xtend Barre. From that moment she was hooked and knew she discovered what she was passionate about! Xtend Barre was the most innovative and comprehensive barre method she had experienced. Not only is it challenging, but safe, and the choreography is constantly changing. Jeanette loves that the workout is for every fitness ability and there are several class modalities to choose from. Jeanette is a proud mother of 3 beautiful sweethearts and also teaches Junior High in Sherwood Park.
Katherine Quirke – TCRG
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).
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.
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.
Natasha began dancing in her home country, Belarus, at the age of five. She traveled across Europe performing with a kids’ folk-dance group, and has also studied Ballet, Character, Modern, and Ballroom dance. Her love of dance has become a career, having graduated with a four-year diploma from a Professional Dance College program and a Bachelor of Theory in Fine Arts from the Belarussian State University of Culture and Art, in addition to completing her Advanced Vaganova Ballet exams and working as a dancer and choreographer at the Polesie Drama Theater in Pinsk. Since coming to Canada, Natasha has taken the two-year Teacher Training Program at the Edmonton School of Ballet (Cecchetti method). Natasha has a strong interest in all aspects of human health, moving and biomechanics, ranging from anatomy to dance. She is also certified and teaches the Barre Method, and working to obtain certification as a Personal Trainer. Natasha continues to perform with the Russian Dance group, Hohloma, and in her spare time can be found doing floral décor. She enjoys all the challenges, experiences, and journeys that have given her the opportunity to educate dancers and support their development.
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Kylie Adams – SDTA
Kylie has been a part of Celtic Ceilidh for 20 years, having started in Highland dance as a child. Since then, she completed all 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, including performing at Disneyland, Disney World, the Alberta Centennial Tattoo, the Okanagan Military Tattoo with the RCMP K Division Pipes, Drums & Dancers, and much more. Kylie has also been assisting in our office for nearly 15 years and is happy to answer any of your questions regarding our dance school. Outside of her work with Celtic Ceilidh, Kylie is a Marketing & Communications Manager.