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              Come Dance with Us... Classes start Sept. 9th. 

                                    2019  Lecky School of Dance

Myrna Lecky Lalonde was born and raised in Edmonton.  She started dancing at the age of three at the Lecky School of Dance.  She trained in Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles  and New York.  She graduated from the dance program at Grant MacEwen and attended Theatre School in Vancouver.  She continues to attend classes and workshops throughout Canada and the United States. Myrna has appeared in numerous television shows, films and commercials throughout her career and has appeared in several musicals including Funny Girl, Guys and Dolls, Chicago and Cinderella.  Myrna was also a dancer and choreographer for two United Nations tours that travelled to the Middle East as well as the North Pole! Myrna continues to teach tap, jazz and her favourite-Musical Theatre! She loves to inspire her students with the “love of dance”!

Myrna Lecky

Marlene Perron

Marlene Lecky, a daughter of the founder Maxine Lecky has been a student and then a teacher with the Lecky School of Dancing for many years. As a student she studied extensively in the fields of ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theatre. Today she teaches tap, jazz and musical theatre classes. 

 

Throughout her career as a teacher Marlene attended many workshops and classes throughout Canada and the United States. In the most recent years she has taken courses in New York, Toronto, and Las Vegas. This summer, 2018, she attended the Dance Teacher Workshop, run by the Broadway Dance Center, in New York City. While teaching classes at the Lecky School of Dancing, she also has been employed as a school teacher with the Edmonton Catholic School Board.

Linda was born and raised in Ontario where she developed and nurtured her love of dance. She has extensive and diverse education and training in jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, character, national dance, and karate but her main focus and love has always been Classical Ballet. A move to Alberta brought Linda to a very successful and rewarding career in the hospitality industry as the Head Concierge, then National Sales Manager with the Four Seasons Hotels and Hilton International.  She was the first Alberta Member of the prestigious Clef D’Or organization of International Concierges. 

Her extensive ballet background and training led her to obtain the Licentiate Qualification with the Cecchetti Society of Canada, Cecchetti International Classical Ballet and the Imperial Society of Teaching of Dancing, London England. She also holds her ISTD National Dance Qualifications. She is currently, the Principal of the ballet division and a member of the management team of the Lecky School of Dance.  She is the past Provincial Representative of the Alberta Branch of the Cecchetti Society of Canada.  She is a dance Adjudicator, and an Examiner of the Ballet Junior Grades and Contributor and Examiner of the Ballet Progressions Syllabi. 

Many of Linda’s students have gone on to teach dance and work professionally in dance and related positions.  Linda enjoys working with dancers of all ages, levels and abilities and hopes her students will “Love Dance” as she continues to do!

Linda Pellis

Colleen started dancing at the age of 3, but was around the dance studio well before she could walk! Her Grandmother, Maxine Lecky was the owner and operator of Lecky School of Dance and is Colleen’s biggest inspiration. Colleen grew up in Edmonton and studied in the disciplines of jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, musical theatre, and hip-hop at Lecky School of Dance. She now specializes in teaching/choreographing jazz, lyrical and hip hop. Colleen has attend many dance conventions in Vancouver. Las Vegas, Las Angeles and New York. In July 2018 she completed a Dance Teachers Course held by Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Colleen has won numerous awards for her choreography at competitions throughout Edmonton.

 

She recently graduated from Grant Macewan University with a BA in Psychology. In 2018 Colleen choreographed the Grey Cup Parade Dance which was featured on national television.Colleen has been teaching since 2010 and believes it is the “best job in the world!” Her goal as a dance instructor is to inspire her students to develop a love for dance and to always leave class with smile.

Colleen Lalonde

NBS TTP Dip,  Associate Diploma CSC, CICB

Christine's passion for dance began at the age of 2, when she put on her first pair of ballet slippers.  Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, she studied classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical and Musical Theatre at the Lecky School of Dance. She has participated in various competitions in Canada as well as the United States, receiving numerous medals, awards and scholarships both as a dancer and choreographer. In 2002 Christine graduated from the Teacher Training Program at theNational Ballet School of Canada with Distinction. She also holds the Associate Diploma Qualification from the Cecchetti Society of Canada as well as an Associate Qualification in National Dance with the Imperial Society of Teacher of Dance, London England. Christine has over 22 years of teaching experience in Edmonton and Toronto. She strives to instill the Love of Dance in all of her students while developing their poise, technique and discipline

Christine Arends

Linda Richens

 Linda is a native Edmontonian who started her training at 8 years old.  She studied tap, jazz, ballet, Cecchetti, Pointe & musical theatre throughout her years of training and is an accomplished competitor and performer along with experience as an adjudicator in provincial competitions. She joined a local dance company as dancer and co-artistic director for three years before leaving Edmonton to open her own dance school.

Linda has been working with the Lecky School of Dance ever since she returned to Edmonton in 1984.  She loves to teach and work with the children and share her passion for dancing.  Linda continues to train by participating in local and international Workshops and dance events working with internationally renowned artists.

Stacey started dancing at 3 years of age and has studied jazz, tap, classical ballet, highland dancing, hip hop and acrobatics in Perth, Western Australia. Stacey began assistant teaching and teaching at the age of 16 in jazz, tap, ballet and acrobatics. Stacey is a certified teacher of Acrobatic Arts and Alixa Flexibility. 

In Australia Stacey performed as a corporate dancer, and on dance teams for Australian Rules Football and Soccer teams. Stacey's extensive experience lead her to singing and dancing roles in the stage productions of Pinocchio, local and West Australian tours of Snow White, Gypsy the musical and Chicago the musical. Upon moving to Melbourne Australia, Stacey danced and choreographed the Australian “Cher” show for Cher impersonator Candi Stratton, touring all major cities of Australia. She then joined the P&O Australia and Princess Cruises as a Dancer/ Dance Captain onboard the Pacific Sky, Pacific Princess, Regal Princess and the Royal Princess.  Stacey relocated to Canada in 2009 and in 2010 joined the faculty of the Lecky School of Dance.  Stacey has also been a dancer, choreographer and assistant coach for  the Edmonton Oiler’s Octane dance team.

Stacey Grey

Nicole Cowley 

Nicole has been dancing since the age of 6 and continues to dance to this day.   She has had over 20 years of teaching experience in the both jazz, ballet and lyrical.  She has entered many competitions as both a choreographer and a teacher and has achieved much success.  She has been well trained in Jazz and the Cecchetti method of classical ballet and very much believes that strong ballet technique is the basis of all genres of dance.  She was part of a dance company called "Canadian Girls" and trained in jazz in the United States.  To teach the love of dance to young students is so important to her and to see the benefits (such as a wonderful sense of self) in later life is a great reward.  She is now a mother to both a girl and boy and loves being a mom!

Sally Fakes

Sally is an experienced dance professional with a Bachelors in Dance and Communication Studies from Western Kentucky University. Sally is continually recognized for being a creative, detail oriented and dependable teacher and choreographer.  Over the course of her eleven year teaching career she has developed a skill set that is directly relevant to teaching dance, including the education to properly teach correct technique, the professional experience to share with her students, and the drive to continue her dance education to be the best artist and teacher she can.

 

Training and Education: BA in Dance and Communication Studies from Western  Kentucky University, Basic Safety Training (BST), Proficiency in Survival Craft and  Rescue Boat other than Fast Boat (SCC), Crowd Management Training, Crisis  Management Human Behavior training, Carnival Care Team Training, Security  Awareness Training, National Dance Institute (NDI) Teaching Excellence Training  Program, Acrobatic Arts Module One  Teaching Experience: Intermediate/Advanced Jazz at Dance Theme in Edmonton. Intermediate/Advanced Jazz, Advanced Lyrical, Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Intermediate/Advanced Acrobatics, Beginner Baby Combination of ballet/tap/tumbling at Laurie Stream Dance Inc in St. Louis, Missouri. NDI Teaching Excellence Program: teaching basic movement and dance in two public schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Performance Experience: Mission Control CBS Pilot, Get Shorty, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Liberty, New Wave Magic, Halloween Hullabaloo, Dancer/Vocalist Cedar Point Amusement Park, Chosen, Beyond the Dragon Gate Dance Captain/Dancer SRO Associates/Hershey Park, Dancer, WKU/ Civitavecchia, Italy, Dancer/Flyer, ZFX Flying Effects

Sagan Speer

Sagan’s love for dance began at 4 years old when she took her first ballet class at Lecky School of Dance. For over 16 years she has trained in Ballet, Cecchetti, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro, as well as Song and Dance. She has competed in many competitions travelling to Calgary, Banff and Red Deer. Sagan was trained in the Cecchetti method of classical ballet completing up to her Grade 6 Cecchetti examination. Sagan has also had the opportunity to perform in the Alberta Ballet’s Nutcracker production for two years as well as performing in the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. Along side dance, Sagan will be graduating with a Biological Sciences Degree with a Minor in Psychology in 2019 from the University of Alberta, she is hoping to a pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

 

Sagan’s passion for the arts has also extended to acting as she has now acted in over 20 different videos including many with Alberta Education. She continues her love of dance by passing on her passion to those she teaches. Sagan has been teaching at Lecky School of Dance for 3 years. In addition to teaching she has demonstrated for 4 years. Sagan believes that a childhood of dance has taught her discipline, a body/mind physical connection, and through association with peers she has developed strong interpersonal skills and commitment to her team. She looks forward to shaping her students to develop a love for dance like her own.

Chelsea Robinson

Chelsea was enrolled by her great-grandmother at Lecky School of Dance at age three and began her dance training in ballet. Since then, she has trained in Cecchetti, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Musical Theater, Hip-hop, Street Jazz, Acrobatics, and Lyrical. Chelsea has completed her Intermediate Exam in Cecchetti in April of 2017, as well as her Junior Grade Classical Ballet Teachers course in August of 2017.

 

Along with teaching dance, Chelsea is actively involved in her community through teaching swimming at the Jaime Platz YMCA, and volunteering at the YMCA Doggie Dips, CPAWS Big Wild Challenges, and the MEC race series. Chelsea is currently studying Political Science in a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alberta. Chelsea is very excited to continue to spread the love of dance through her community and wishes to do so for many years to come.

Ivy Cech

Ivy has always loved to dance, starting at Lecky's when she was 3 years old. She has many years of experience in styles such as ballet, Cecchetti, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, and musical theatre. Ivy has a passion for dance and performace, which has been recognized through receiving individual awards at competitions, as well as Joy to Teach and Student of the Year from the studio. 

She has been granted many opportunities to enhance her training around the world. Ivy was the recipient of a scholarship from Five Star Dance Company - allowing her to work with industry professionals in Toronto and perform in the Dominican Republic, she had been accepted to a summer intensive program at the National School of Ballet, she has performed in a Disney parade, and has been to many dance conventions to strengthen her technique. 

Ivy started as a demonstrator when she was 13 years old, and has been teaching since she was 17. This love of working with children inspired Ivy to become a teacher, as she is currently enrolled at the University of Alberta working towards her Elementary Education degree. Her goal as an instructor and choreographer is to develop technique and inspire a passion for dance. 

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Magdalena Princ

Magda has been dancing at Lecky school of dance for 15 years. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, song and dance, lyrical, cecchetti, street jazz, pointe, and acrobatics. Amongst the training at Lecky’s she has done many workshops and studied with various teacher in Calgary, Jasper, Edmonton and New York. She is currently at the University of Alberta studying sciences in hopes of becoming a doctor. Magda is very excited to be sharing her love of dance with her students. 

Karolina Princ

Karolina has been training at Lecky School of Dance since the age of 2. She immediately fell in love with dance when she was enrolled in her first ballet class. Since then, she has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, cecchetti, lyrical, musical theatre, street jazz and acrobatics. She has trained with many inspiring teachers in New York City, Calgary, Jasper, and Edmonton. Karolina completed her 200hr Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training this August of 2018, and is officially a certified Yoga Alliance teacher.

 

She is very grateful to be able to share her love for yoga as she believes it has the power to bring light and mindfulness into people’s daily lives. Karolina is currently pre-accepted at the University of Alberta for psychology and is thrilled to be able to continue teaching and sharing her love of dance with others.

Alexis Hoekstra

Alexis has been dancing since the age 3 at the Lecky School of Dance. She first started dance because she wanted to be like Barbie in the movie, “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” and after that she continued to dance because of her love for it. Alexis has done ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, acro, street jazz, cecchetti, pointe, and musical theatre. Her favourite classes are jazz and musical theatre, because they are the most expressive. She has competed in many different competitions and has been apart of groups that have won major awards: “Sunday by the Sea” was a musical theatre number that won first place at The View Dance Challenge in Calgary, AB, “A Musical” was also a musical theatre number that won first place at the Dream Team Dance Festival in Sherwood Park, AB. At the studio, she has won three awards: Junior Student of the Year, Senior Student of the Year, and Student of the Year. She has done some training with the Drea Lee Dance Company for performances around Edmonton.

 

There she trained more in hip hop, street jazz, and dancing in heels. After many years of dancing in her own classes, she started to demonstrate classes such as hip hop, jazz, and lyrical and now she teaches her own hip hop classes. She is currently 18 years old in her first year at MacEwan University taking sciences. Alexis loves teaching and demonstrating because she gets to share her passion of dance with the younger kids. She helps the children grow as a dancer so they can always strive to be their best. She loves to dance with her peers as well because it brings them together and they can all share the love of dance between each other. 

Janelle Jorde

Janelle started her training at Leckys when she was three years old. Since then she has dedicated herself to the performing arts in every way she can. She has trained extensively in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre styles of dance, and learned from teachers across Canada and the United States. In 2016 she graduated from the MacEwan University Theatre Arts program. When not dancing, Janelle spends her time performing as both an actor in Edmonton and as a choral singer with the Kokopelli Choir Association where she has been lucky enough to work with amazing artists from Vancouver to Italy to the Philippines. Janelle has always had an incredible passion for dance and performance and is very excited to pass that passion on to the next generation of Leckys dancers. 

Liz Allison-Jorde 

Liz Allison-Jorde has been involved with Lecky School of Dance for over 40 years. First from 1974 to 1988 as a student then she became a demonstrator and front desk assistant in the early eighties she also received scholarships and awards for her musical theatre performances and solos in her years as a senior dancer. In 1988 she left to focus on college, a career in Theatre and started a family. In 1998 she came back as a parent and started helping out with costumes and in 2001 she started working at the front desk one day a week, which has evolved into her current position as Costume, Competition and Customer Service Manager. Lecky School of Dance is her home away from home and she is proud to be a part of their 60 years of bringing Dance to Edmonton.


Since she was young, Karina has always loved to dance. She began dancing at Lecky School of Dance when she was three years old. Many school afternoons were spent learning ballet, jazz, cecchetti, lyrical, stretch, song and dance, and acro. Over the years, she has competed in many dance competitions, and has completed numerous cecchetti exams. Karina has also had the opportunity to perform in the Alberta Ballet's Nutcracker production for two Christmas seasons. Currently, she is studying to achieve her Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta. At Lecky's, she has taught and demonstrated the love of dance to children for over five years.

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Katalin Bihari

Miss Kati’s is a passionate, dedicated choreographer, educator and evaluator. She graduated from one of Europa’s best known ballet school the Hungarian University of Dance Arts in Budapest as a professional dance arts performer. She was trained in Russian Vaganova technique, character/folk dance, pointe, pas de deux, acting, music and choreography, as well as history of arts. As a member of the Hungarian State Opera her repertoire included Aïda, Giselle, Gypsy Baron, La Traviata, Macbeth, Nutcracker, Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Sylvia, Tales of Hoffmann, the Walpurgisnacht scene from Faust and others, along with a range of contemporary work.

After leaving Hungary, Miss Kati taught at the Scuola di Danza Suzanna Egri, Torino, Italy. In addition to technique, she taught classical repertoire and prepared students to compete at the International Ballet Competition in Lausanne. She left Italy to dance and choreograph in her role as Assistant to the Artistic Director in the Theatre of Ulm, Germany.

Since arriving in Edmonton, Canada in 1992, Miss Kati has taught, choreographed and run examinations for organizations like the Vaganova Dance Society, the Royal Glenora Club, Variations Academy of Dance, Dansation, Sandra Gray School of Dancing, Citie Ballet, Dance Theme, Dance at Brijet’s, DanceCo, Miss Joanne’s School of Dance and others. She has also been in demand as a private instructor and choreographer as well as for audition preparation.

Miss Kati's primary focus has been as a ballet educator and choreographer, teaching ballet, pointe, modern dance and flexibility technique. Working with several competitive schools, she has had the opportunity to develop a remarkable choreographic repertoire ranging from classical and romantic through neoclassical and contemporary. Her work regularly achieves high scores and awards. Miss Kati has been a Vaganova examiner for the past 30 years, and she is an adjudicator for ballet competitions.

Miss Kati's instruction helps students improve arm co-ordination, presentation, different styles of dancing, characterization, jumps, turns, lifts, strength, flexibility, and other elements essential to a professional or competitive career. Her philosophy on dance is “you should never stop learning”. In addition to encouraging her students to take advantage of every training opportunity outside of their own studios, Miss Kati offers educational trips to Budapest, Hungary during Spring Break.

Miss Kati is excited to be teaching at Lecky School of Dancing and wishes a great year for all students and teachers.

Jade Radke

Jade began her dance training at the age of 4 years old and is trained in all styles of competitive dance including lyrical, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, pointe, and hip hop. She began her hip hop training at the age of 10 and immediately fell in love with the style. Since beginning her journey she has had many opportunities to train and compete around the world including in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Budapest, Arizona, Vancouver, and many others. In 2016 she was named MVP of Team Canada, which competed in Graz, Austria at the IDO Hip Hop World Championships and took 9th place out of hundreds of countries. In 2017 she backup danced for Tefzee opening for T.I and for Kiki Ireland opening for Young M.A. She has also choreographed and appeared in Tefzee’s music video “Remember When”. She has partially choreographed and taken part in pieces that have competed and placed in World of Dance Arizona, World of Dance Seattle, and many competitions around the country. She has also had the opportunity to travel alongside world renowned hip hop choreographer Paul Otterbein and assist in training and choreography all over Canada. Jade is also currently a full time student at MacEwan University in the Honours Psychology Program and is writing her thesis with a focus on behaviour analysis. She feels the skills she is learning from her degree are directly applicable to her work in this industry and have shaped her approach to instructing. Her goals are to teach the fundamentals of hip hop and push anyone taking her classes to their fullest potential, while having fun at the same time.