Alison Rutz – Owner, Director & Choreographer
Operating out of #20 – 3 Ave W, Drumheller AB
(formerly Carol Todor Dance Studio).
I was born and raised in small town, Drumheller Alberta. From a young age, the love for dance and music, has always been in my heart. In 2015, my passion fueled my motivation & courage to start my own program – wanting to pass along my love and knowledge for dance to the next generation in our community. Growing up, my dance teachers and classmates always felt like a ‘second family’ and that is one of many goals at A.M.R. Dance. Dance has always been a safe place for me to express my emotions (happy and sad), take a break from every day problems, and to push my brain and body in ways I never thought I was capable of. Dance has filled my heart with so much joy and has immensely shaped the person I am today.
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul” ― Martha Graham
With 15 years of my own performing experience (mainly ballet, jazz and tap), I have a thirst for all different styles and am currently working on different certifications to continue my knowledge and build confidence as a new teacher. I am currently enrolled in: ‘ADAPT’ Syllabus Teacher Training School – Tap/Jazz Certification Program where I will graduate in 2019, International Dance Teaching Standards Certification Program, and completed Module 1 of “Acrobatic Arts” program in Summer 2016. Even though I am new to teaching, the first few seasons at AMR Dance have been greatly successful. I have not only seen a huge improvement with my students abilities, but in their confidence and team spirit. I take pride in trying to teach all students proper technique and musicality. Through movement and music, I want to see each student build their own self-confidence, physical and mental strength, flexibility, and passion for dance.
My goal is to continue expanding each year, to give more opportunities of dance in our community, Recreational and Competitive. More available spots and more class options. I appreciate everyone who has supported me along this journey of building the studio. Going into our fourth season, I feel nothing but pride and confidence to continue moving forward.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” –Eleanor Roosevelt
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world” –Harriet Tubman