Alison Rutz is the proud owner and main instructor at A.M.R Dance. At age 25, she created the studio in 2015, wanting to pass along her knowledge and passion for dance. Alison has 15 years of her own class experience in tap, jazz and ballet. During that time, she completed R.A.D Ballet Examinations and competed with Danceway 21 around Alberta.
On the side of teaching & operating the studio, Alison has continued her education with:
Tap and Jazz: ADAPT Teacher Training School in Toronto <Complete July 2019>
Acrobatics: Module 1 certification in Acrobatic Arts <completed August 2016>
Acrobatics: Acro Dance Teachers Assoc. JR & INT <Completion date TBD>
Ballet: CDTA ‘Major’ Level <expected completion Summer 2020> and Progressive Ballet Technique Workshop <expected completion July 2019>.
Hip Hop: through classes, workshop and experience.
She has a huge passion for dance, firmly believing in its ability to shape confidence, self esteem, team work, creativity, fitness and provide a positive outlet for expression. Alison has dedicated herself to building and expanding the studio, considering it her second home. June 2018 AMR Dance received the award for “Small Business Of The Year” from the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce Excellence of Business ceremony. Alison is truly following her dream and looks forward to many more years of teaching and making a difference in our community. Her plans for AMR beyond offering classes are opening a full retail space (servicing all your dance needs!), Summer Camps, Workshops, Travel opportunities, and Student Teaching programs.
Laura Hansen was born and raised in Drumheller and, is still happy to call this community home with her two young girls (who love to dance) and amazing husband. She is Alison’s oldest sister who began dancing at 3 years old and continued until age 20 when she went off to University. Throughout those years, Laura was able to experience all types of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe. Laura trained at Carol Todor Dance School in Drumheller, Airborne Dance Studio in Calgary, and also took dance education at the University of Calgary. She have the most incredible memories of helping Miss Carol teach the little ones, eventually taking on the teacher role independently.
Currently, Laura works as a Registered Nurse at the Drumheller Health Centre and has been there since 2003. Since she loves all things to do with moms and babies, Laura is very involved in the hospital’s maternity program. Although Laura’s career choice took her away from dance, she always knew she would find her way back! Laura is amazing and caring with all children, and is a great addition to the AMR team. We are so lucky to have her!
Jessica Hall started dancing at the young age of three and continued dancing at Abstract Dance Academy until she graduated high school. Jessica danced competitively from the age of seven in jazz, lyrical and tap. Following and during her time as a student Jessica has acquired over fifteen years experience teaching – with a primary focus on competitive intermediate to senior level jazz and tap classes. In 2018 Jessica completed Module 1 of Acrobatic Arts certification as well. In 2013, Jessica led a group of thirty students to travel and perform “Dance the Magic” Parade down Main Street in Disneyland! Jessica takes great pride in watching her students grow as individuals and dancers. Miss Ali considers Miss Jessica to be an amazing addition to the AMR Team bring tons of knowledge and passion to the table. We hope her role will only continue to grow at AMR.