Training for Life

CONNECTIVITY TEAM

Our Mission is to give students of all ages and abilities a love of the art, knowledge of the technique, commitment, self-discipline and memories that will last a lifetime. We strive to provide professional dance training that is developmentally and physically appropriate for students ages two through adult in a positive learning environment.

Supporting the individual growth and bringing out the personal uniqueness in every dancer!

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Welcome to Connectivity Dance! The 2022/23 Season commences August 29, 2022. Should you have specific questions regarding the upcoming season, please contact the studio at dance@connectivitydance.com.

Who We Are

JANA HAMILTON

Owner, Director

Modern, Ballet, Acro, PreDance, Tap, Jump Rope, CI Training, GUIDance

BFA (Dance) ~ ADAPT TTS2 ~ ESB Junior Grades and Progressions Certified Instructor ~ AAC2 ~ Alixa M4 ~ Zumbini ~ PreAcro Dance ~ NCCP/ RSC Certified Coach ~ Red Cross First Aid CPR C & AED

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Jana began her dance training in the small town of Tilbury, Ontario. She continued on to achieve a BFA (hon) specialized in Dance from York University in Toronto. Jana has studied with the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Kaeja d’Dance, Ballet Creole. She also had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Holly Small, Darcey Callison, Alex Cilic, and Peter Chin.

Jana is passionate about dance and full body integration, continuing to build on her training and knowledge. Jana is trainined in the Bill Evans Technique of Contemporary Dance (L2), which is based in Laban Theory and Bartenieff Fundamental Movement Patterns. Mentored under the guidance of dance icon Bill Evans and master instructors Don Halquist, Debra Knapp & Suzie Lundgren.

With the influence of diverse instructors, Jana has experienced many genres of dance such as ballet, modern in the styles of Graham, Limon, Cunningham, Duncan, Horton, and Evans, tap, jazz, classical East Indian, hip-hop, ballroom, tribal belly dance and National dance.


MANDI CARREIRO

Administrator

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Miss Mandi is our master of social media and communication support for CDL Family. She is our bright smile at the door and can answer your studio questions. Just ask Mandi for assistance with registration, dance accounts or navigating the website, she will help you find whta you are looking for.

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VALLEENA LITTLE

Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, PreDance

ADAPT TTS2 ~ ESB Junior Grades and Progressions Certified Instructor ~ CI Training ~ Red Cross First Aid CPR C & AED

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Miss Valleena began her dance journey at the age of 13 after being asked if she wanted to try a jazz class that her figure skating off-ice coach’s daughter was a part of.

Her off-ice coach happened to be Jana Hamilton, the owner and director of Connectivity Dance. Since then she has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical and contemporary as well as training in figure skating for 10 years, her favourite discipline being ice dancing.

Miss Valleena has a joy for the process of creating projects from learning choreography and pursuing ideas in the studio to executing it on stage to it's fullest potential. Miss Valleena has been a part of numerous productions big and small ranging from performing in the pre-show for the Harlem Globetrotters to taking part in a production of Coppelli AI with Out of Body Physical Theatre. MIss Valleena and is eager and excited to explore what the future holds.

FELICITY IRWIN

Acro, Jazz

AAC1

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Felicity has been training in Acro dance since the age of 9 receiving awards like top solo and scholarships throughout her dance journey. Within the past eight years she has continued to expand her training into ballet, jazz, lyrical and pointe. She continues to take classes inside and outside the studio to continue expanding her dance knowledge. Felicity began her instructor path by assisting classes within CDL. She is Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certified and has taken Aerial + Back Handspring training.

MORGYN HAMILTON

Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Jazz

AAC1 ~ Red Cross First Aid CPR C & AED
Connectivity Dance is excited to welcome Miss Morgyn to the Instructor Team for the 2022/23 season.

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DEIRDRE BOVAIRD

Lyrical, Jazz, Flexibility, Conditioning

Alixa Flexibility Module 3 Certified ~ ADAPT TTS2 ~ ACE ~ Red Cross First Aid CPR C & AED

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MIss Deirdre took her first step into the dance world at age 4 and has been unstoppable ever since!

Training all over Canada and the United States, her love for dance continues to grow and evolve.
MIss Deirdre has trained in multiple styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, acro, modern, contemporary, and musical theatre. Her most recent training focus has been in more commercial styles, such as, jazz funk, heels, and hip-hop. She is currently training with Drea Lee Dance Company, and is in her third season as a dancer for the CEBL Edmonton Stingers.
In 2012, Miss Deirdre launched her journey towards dance instruction, as an assistant. During her time as an assistant, she gained many valuable tools that she was able to apply to her own classes, which she began teaching in 2017. She continues to develop her training as an educator, most recently through, the American Council on Exercise, Alixa Flexibility, Broadway Dance Center and ADAPT. Deirdre remains inspired by all of her dancers and finds joy in igniting the love for dance inside all of her students.
Believing that as dancers, and human beings, we are always students, Miss Deirdre is eager to share her knowledge of dance with others, while continuing to learn from those around her.

MARYNIA FEKECZ-MANGAN

Contemporary

Marynia Fekecz is a Polish dancer/performer/choreographer/teacher/producer based in Edmonton

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Marynia Fekecz is a Polish dancer/performer/choreographer/teacher/producer based in Edmonton where she was part of a residency program and Creative Incubator at Good Women Dance Company. She first came to Canada a few years ago to Calgary where she collaborated with W&M Physical Theatre dance company as part of a residency program. She danced in the WM2 project “RICING”. During this residency she also created a duet “Still a number” with Nicole Charlton Goodbrand. Also, Marynia was a choreographer for Alberta Dance Festival in Calgary during the years 2017 and 2018. In 2017 she choreographed a piece “Lake”, with Artistic Director Davida Monk. In 2018 she choreographed the piece: “Is about you, not me”, with Artistic Director Sasha Ivanochko.
Marynia studied Dance in Poznan School of Social Science. She has collaborated with artists such as David Lorenc (Ultimate Vez), Anna Krysiak, David Zambrano, Melissa Monteros and Wojciech Mochniej, Przemyslaw Blaszczak (as a teacher assistant in Kokyu Studio in Institute of Grotowski).
Marynia has been a participant of workshops, festivals and dance projects in Europe and the world.Welcome to the CDL Team Marynia!



Class Assistants

Miss Aurora M ~ Primary Tap

Miss Violet ~ Primary Hip Hop

Miss Kate ~ Mini Ballet

Miss Aurora P ~ Novice Ballet

Miss Mika ~ Primary Ballet

Miss Amy ~ Mini Hip Hop

Miss Alice ~ Novice Ballet

Miss Carissa ~ Mini Jazz

Miss Brooklyn ~ Primary Ballet

CAMILLE HOWARD

Tap

Mrs.H began tapping at 16 with Dance Works ofEdmonton Ltd. under Natalie Witte. Here she studied Al Gilbert Tap and completed examinations. She moved to Vancouver at 21 and started dancing at Harbour Dance and RnB Dance in North Vancouver under Miss Charmaine Nobes, learning a totally different style of tap. After a few years, Mrs.H trained with Melanie Dance of Pro Arte and took examinations in ISTD Tap. Mrs. H has continued to train and dance through all five of her pregnancies and has been at Connectivity Dance since 2012. Mrs. H is excited for this new adventure to instill the love of tap to others. Welcome to the CDL Team Mrs.H!

KIT DOHAYLO

Hip Hop

Kit has studied many forms of dance, including ballet, tap, street jazz, contemporary jazz, broadway, modern, cheer, breakdance and several forms of hip hop (popping, locking & animation). His bouncy style is rooted in foundational, old school hip hop moves. Kit has a passion for teaching children the art of free movement and finding one's expression. Kit has competed for many years in the Phillipines, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Canada.

Welcome to the CDL Team Kit!