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Miss Ali              Amrdance@hotmail.com

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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 <completed June 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!), Dance Exams, Summer Camps, Workshops, Travel opportunities, and Student Teaching programs.

Miss Laura                       Laura.AMRdance@hotmail.com

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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!

Miss Jessica                            jessica.AMRdance@hotmail.com

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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.

Miss Kristine.                           kheilman@ualberta.ca

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Kristine’s academic background is in Psychology and Human Resources, she has found unique ways to merge the two disciplines and utilize those principles through the dance industry. She has formalized teacher training completed through the Fine Arts program at Grant MacEwan University. She has experience in RAD ballet, musical theory, Contemporary Philosophy, and Contemporary Technique – including choreography theory, movement workshops with companies like Montreal Danse, Holy Body Tattoo, and artistic guests Usha Gupta. Reinforcing her early training with professionals has helped develop her eye for articulation, strength and alignment development in dancers, progressive Contemporary choreography and conditioning. Her teaching focuses on building foot strength and articulation early on and as a compulsory element prior to Pointe progression. Among those prominent figures in Ballet which she gleans from technically, are George Ballanchine (for his de-emphasized and open port a bras, particular to foot movements and his exaggerated over-crossed 4th position, and use of flexion). Contemporary technique which she currently uses and have studied are from the foundations of Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham. All of which has broadened her appreciation for not only dance education, but also the business of people and how to best create optimal solutions for all those involved. Miss Kristine has the benefit of being bilingual in English/German so that she may expand my best business practices to those native speakers in a different language. 
 
Combined with her practical dance background, she has been able to converge both of her skill sets with the business side of the dance industry.  In 2007 she completed the Can-Fit-Pro program for resistance training and fitness, in Calgary. She completed an adult based program for instructional design with a Ballet Barre program.  In 2016 she wanted to formalize the background she had already acquired in aerial training and choreography with an accredited program through CPFA (Canadian Professional Fitness Association), therefore becoming a certified aerial yoga, pole choreographer, and strength instructor.  Kristine decided to pursue this after completing nearly one year of physiotherapy due to a motorcycle accident, which she believes the injuries would rip away a life of dance… as she continued to strengthen and train in a different discipline, she knew she had much more to offer.  Kristine proceeded to become a member  of the Canadian Dance Assembly, to keep a finger on the pulse of local and national Dance initiatives, while maintaining current dance education within central Alberta.
To date, Kristines dance background professionally has allowed her to compete in all genres including fitness, dance, and aerial (trapeze included). She continues to train and mentor competitive level and pre-professional level dancers. Her passion with continuing to be involved in dance education, hopes to promote correct technical foundations for the next generation of dance students. She has aspirations to become more involved in higher level productions, dance ensembles, and artistic collaborations with other artists and choreographers.  Ideally, including student musicians into productions and giving them opportunities to perform and be exposed to other mediums of entertainment and artistry as well.

She feels her passion and raw determination comes from her early upbringing, where her parents tried their best to allow Kristine opportunities to dance, but at times dealing with difficult travel and the financial backing. Becoming part of the cultural and arts community of Drumheller is an honour and an absolute delight for Miss Kristine, in what the future will bring for enriching a beautiful community and unlocking those potential artisans in movement and creative design.

AMR Dance is proud to have Miss Kristine joining the team with her passion & knowledge.

 

Mikala Chambers              mikala.martinell@hotmail.com

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Mikala started her journey with Massage Therapy, obtaining her certificate in 2011 and diploma in 2012. In between being a mother, massage therapist and aspiring yoga teacher, Mikala explored reflexology, Reiki, and meditation before taking her first yoga teacher training in 2016. Mikala expanded her knowledge of yoga in 2019, obtaining her second 200-hour certificate with Inspired Yoga Institute.

Her desire to help others find inner peace was inspired after she found yoga and meditation during her own struggles with depression. Mikala’s Hatha classes are fluid and dynamic; linking breath and movement, and have characteristics of strength, alignment, mantra, music, compassion and spirit.

She is inspired by the teachings of Nora Maskey, Alice Hong, Erin McCaig, Eastern, Hindu, Indigenous and Pagan traditions, mantra, nature, the Divine Feminine and Tantric philosophies. Her goal is to invite everyone to step on the mat so they too may rediscover their natural state of harmony and unlock their vast potential.

Mikala also runs a variety of workshops, blogs about wellness, and facilitates women’s circles. You can find more @mikalasmusings on Facebook and Instagram.