Our Instructors

Dana Sekulich

Studio Director

Dana is a recent graduate from the Business program at Mount Royal University. She is also a member of the internationally recognized Dance Studio Owners Association. She is fulfilling a lifelong dream of starting a dance studio as a platform to share her passion for lifelong learning and artistry.

Dana has taught Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop and choreographed for 8 years in the Canmore and Calgary area. In this time, she assisted many of her students to achieve success and recognition at various dance competitions and conventions. She had the opportunity to train in Los Angeles on scholarship and also at Pineapple Dance Studios in London, England. She has spent time training at the Edge Performing Arts Center in L.A., as well as, Broadway Dance Center in New York. Locally, she has worked with a contemporary company O2 The Dance Company on a passion project: IM The Seasons of Love, featuring Ingrid Michaelson’s music. Dana is so excited to bring excitement, fun and challenge to the classroom, and share the joy of dance with her students.

Alexis MacIntosh

Ballet Instructor

Alexis began her dance training in Victoria, B.C. with Maureen Eastick before moving to Toronto to train at Canada’s National Ballet School. She enjoyed a dance career that lasted over a decade performing with: The Gaungzhou Ballet Company, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, The Banff Centre’s Festival Dance, and most recently as a soloist for Alberta Ballet.

While dancing with Alberta Ballet Alexis guest taught at The School of Alberta Ballet and the International Ballet School. Alexis’ students maintain 100% pass rate in their RAD examinations.. Alexis is also a certified yoga instructor and has a BA in Urban Studies. Since moving to the Bow Valley she has taught ballet to figure skaters, as well as created ‘Yoga/Ballet Fusion,’ a popular class at The Yoga Lounge. Alexis is thrilled to be on staff at Ignite Dance Studios Inc. and to be able to share her passion for ballet with The Bow Valley.

 

Stephanie Hemstreet

Junior Jazz, Ballet & Tap Instructor

Starting from a young age of 2, Steph began dancing at Dance Magic Studio in Red Deer, AB. Steph honed her love of dance in the styles of tap, hip hop and contemporary and also studied jazz, lyrical and ballet. She has many performance experiences from various fundraisers and events around Red Deer including the 2006 Alberta Summer Games. Steph instructed tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary to kids as young as 3 up to adults at varying levels at Dance Magic and in the community at events such as Go Girls. She left the dance family to pursue Interior Design and now resides in Canmore. Leaving her Dance Magic was difficult, but she is very excited to join the IGNITE team. Adding a new chapter to her dance story has been amazing and she looks forward to continuing to help new little dreamers find their dance paths as she has found hers.

Danielle Leigh

Danielle teaches Ballet, Stretch and Contemporary at Ignite and has been an ecstatic dancer for as long as she can remember. Her first formal dance class was in Jazz, which eventually led to a deep love of Modern Contemporary dance and Ballet. Prior to college she trained in ISTD Ballet and received her ISTD Teacher Training, along with certification in ISTD Modern Dance Theatre. She was encouraged by her teachers to audition for the Dance Program at Grant MacEwan College, which then accepted twenty five dancers from across Canada. Here she studied various traditional Ballet styles and the Contemporary dance styles of Jose Limon, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham before going on to receive her degree in dance. Her training included a deep dive into Choreography, Contact Improvisation, Music, and Dance for Film. She then went on to train in the apprenticeship program at DJD, and fell in love again with Jazz and the deep African Dance roots of Hip Hop and Funk. It was at this time that she discovered a passion for the richness of Hatha Yoga, and became a certified instructor in numerous styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Pre-Natal and Sivananda. All of her skills and passions have extended into her own creations of Movement Therapy programs. She has trained with Gabrielle Roth and other teachers in the 5Rhythms and similar embodiment practices. Dance has the incredible holistic ability to heal the mind, body and emotions while unlocking creativity in profound and unexpected ways. It is this healing, unlocking, and passion igniting power that has kept Danielle dancing and teaching — there is nothing quite like seeing the pure joy from watching the journey unfold in others. Danielle is also a Pilates Matwork instructor and has trained and taught in many places in Canada, the USA and Europe.

Meghan Brown

Meghan’s passion for dance began at a young age which developed as she grew dancing in Red Deer at Dancentral Studio competing in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. Wearing the costumes and performing on stage was something she looked forward to with every dance season. She continued her dance through her university years when she moved to Calgary. Meghan is also a yoga and fitness instructor for adults and children alike. Meghan is very excited to get back to teaching dance and back to her true passion. She hopes to ignite that passion in other children while teaching here.

Krista LeBlanc

Krista is Acrobatique trained and certified, and has been teaching Acro since 2010. Krista was born with the love of gymnastics. At 4 years old she started with the Cal-East gymnastics club, earning eight badges and competing in the junior Olympics in 1988. Krista continued on with Gymnastics experience at Altadore Gym Club until the age of 15. In 1995 she completed level 1 coaching certificate. She has a love for teaching strong foundational skills, but a passion for the big tricks! Whether it’s getting her students through tough mental blocks, or helping them achieve their personal goals, she brings fun and success into every class through hard work and dedication.

Dani West

This year IGNITE is proud to offer a new “Dance Medicine Class” taught by our very own in-house dance physio, Dani West. In this class, Dani will be teaching various dance medicine topics such as anatomy, safe flexibility practices, self treatment techniques, dance conditioning and various other “dance physio hacks” that are hot topics in clinic. Dani’s ultimate goal is to give the dancers the tools they need to PREVENT any injury and promote safe and effective technique. From turn out training to flexibility programs, anatomy quizzes to taping techniques, Dani will guide the class through interactive learning; teaching key tools that they can use to supplement not only their dance training, but give them life skills that they need to take care of their bodies long term. These are topics Dani is adamant that ALL humans should know and is looking forward to passing these “physio hacks” onto young minds who can continue to practice them even beyond their dancing years. Dani hopes to inspire those who are keen to learn more about the human body and how they can easily- and effectively- maximize their dance training and reduce the risk of injury at the same time! Get more out of your dance training and come geek out with Dani in Dance Med!