Upon graduating high school, Kylee moved to Vancouver to join the Goh Ballet Youth Company before signing a contract as company dancer with Ballet Edmonton in 2014. Kylee has performed new creations by Wen Wei Wang, Alysa Pires, Joshua Beamish, Gioconda Barbuto, Brett Taylor, Rachel Meyer, and many others. She has also been a guest artist with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers as the Sugar Plum Fairy in their version of The Nutcracker. In April 2017, she choreographed her debut professional work, a piece entitled FIVE.
In May 2019, Kylee retired from the company as a full-time artist to pursue a career in teaching and explore other choreographic opportunities and is now a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Kylee’s pilates certification allows her to have a deep understanding of the mechanics of the human body which compliments her teaching methods. She is passionate about continuing education and believes that the things you can learn as a teacher are endless.
Miss Sophia has grown up at SGSDance. Locally, she has won titles such as: Senior Powerhouse Soloist Champion, Miss Candace Title Winner and Runner-Up Senior Soloist at Nuvo Dance Convention in Alaska. She has obtained her Advanced 1 RAD ballet examination certificate. Sophia has also assisted Terpsichore Dance Convention in Toronto. She is currently raining with Rhonda Malkin, a Rockette trainer in New York City. Sophia attend Rhonda’s Summer Performance Workshop in 2023 and received a full scholarship. Sophia is an original member of SGSDance Tour Co and has competed for Best Dancer at The Dance Awards in Las Vegas for five seasons as well as qualified for seven. Sophia has been in choreography by Al Blackstone, Mandy Moore, Nick Lazzarini, Michelle Dawley, and Cora Kozaris. She has won numerous dance scholarships and has danced and co-choreographed a televised half time show with the Edmonton Elks. Miss Sophia plans on following her dreams of becoming a professional dancer as well as continuing to inspire and mentor the younger generation at SGSDance
Tianna Stephen started dance at the age of 3 and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater and contemporary.
Tianna graduated from the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School where she won the coveted Carole Chadwick award and scholarship for demonstrating significant potential over her teacher training in June of 2018. During her time at the National, she graduated with her Royal Academy of Dance, Registered Teacher Status as well as her Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in National (Folk) dance. Soon after she received her teaching certificate in the Acrobatic Arts syllabus as well as Alixa Flexibility.
Hip Hop INSTRUCTOR
For 16 years, Emily has been training in multiple different art forms under the Hip-Hop umbrella. She has trained and competed in many different places such as Los Angeles (World of Dance), Singapore (Asia Tour with Lia Cole), Hawaii (World of Dance – 1st Place), Dallas (Monsters of Hip-Hop), Vancouver, Montreal (Hip-Hop International – 1st Place) and many more. Wanting to share her knowledge to the Edmonton dance community, she began teaching 8 years ago. Recently, Emily has partnered with West Edmonton Mall and directed three different dance videos/commercials in the World Water Park. Years later in her dance career, Emily’s biggest accomplishment is starting her very own Talent Agency called Essence Talent Management! She has also performed for artists such as Nelly, Jay Sean, Lia Cole, and Halcyon Gray. Emily believes that training is important in order to give her students the best so she continuously travels to LA to learn the best knowledge and skills.
Leanne began dancing when she was 3 years old. While competing in dance she began gymnastics around the age of 8 and began coaching gymnastics in March 1997. In 2007 she took over the head coach position with Fort Gymnastics and assisted in starting the acro program there in 2010 and coached the two advanced teams. Leanne began teaching acro dance in 2016 and carried on with both acro dance teaching and running the gymnastics club until April 2020 when she stopped coaching gymnastics to focus more time on her children and acro. She remains working with level 5 to national level students. Leanne is NCCP level 2 certified for women’s artistic gymnastics and has completed Level 3 technical and theory and is also certified in Acrobatic Arts.
Hip Hop INSTRUCTOR
Trinity Beattie has been dancing since the age of 3 in many styles such as jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, and lyrical. However, the one she is most passionate for is Hip-Hop. She has trained from well known choreographers like Tony Tzar, Denzel chisolm, Lyle Beniga, Fefe Burgos, Dexter Carr, Ysabelle Capitule, Julian Deguzman, Bailey Sok, Kenny Wormald, Natalie Bebko, Brian Nicholson, Kolani Marks and many more. Trinity has competed in different places around North America including Los Angeles, California (Kaos Aftermath Hip-Hop Competition), Montreal, Canada (Hip-Hop International Championships), and Santa Clara, California (Monster’s Dance Hip-Hop Competition). Finally, she has also worked on many commercials and modeled for West Edmonton Mall at the World Water Park, Drive Go Karting, and Ed’s Bowling. Trinity is very excited to join the SGS team as a Hip-Hop Instructor and share her knowledge in dance to her students.
Keanne graduated from Vimy Ridge Academy’s Pre-Professional Dance Program in 2018 where she completed both her RAD and Cecchetti Advanced 2 examinations. Over the summer months, Keanne continued her training at Arts Umbrella, Boston Ballet, and Ballet Austin, amongst many other international programs. After Graduating, she went on the study at the Brussels International Ballet, Alberta Ballet’s Post-Graduate Program, as well as the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Throughout her career, Keanne has taken particular interest in functional movement and cross-training for dancers including Pilates, running, and strength training. Keanne is currently continuing to explore the biomechanics of movement in her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree at the University of Alberta. In her classes, Keanne prioritizes the well-being of each dancer, and takes an individualized approach to teaching.
Raegan has been competitively dancing since the age of 7, and has been primarily trained in ballet, contemporary, modern, and jazz. She has had the opportunity to attend high level summer intensives at schools such as The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, and Boston Ballet. At these intensives, she was exposed to numerous disciplines of study including RAD, Cecchetti, Vaganova, and Balanchine. Raegan spent two years training at the Alberta Ballet School professional division in Calgary, where she completed her Intermediate and Advanced 1 Cecchetti exams. She also attended Vimy Ridge Academy/Edmonton School of Ballet, where she successfully completed her Advanced 2 Cecchetti examination. At Edmonton School of Ballet, Raegan also performed in numerous pieces of repertoire including numbers from Serenade, Don Quixote, and The Sleeping Beauty.
More recently, Raegan graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science, where she continued her dancing with MOD Contemporary Dance Movement for 5 years. With MOD, Raegan was selected as a choreographer, and was elected by the executive team as Dance Captain for their 2022/23 season. Raegan is thrilled to be joining the SGSDance faculty and hopes to inspire her students to achieve excellence!
Shaelyn began dancing at the age of three and continued to dance competitively in a variety of styles. Over the years she has had the opportunity to attend many competitions and conventions including Nuvo, Jump, The Dance Awards, and Triple Threat. Through the convention experience, Shaelyn has taken classes with some of the most talented dancers in the industry and will continue to learn from these individuals. She has also been in pieces choreographed by Lukas McFarlane, Tyce Diorio, Michelle Dawley, Sabrina Phillips, Cora Kozaris, and Sarah Dolan. Regionally, at the age of fourteen Shaelyn received the triple threat title at dance power. In addition to many overall placements, she was also awarded the senior champion title at Summit Dance Challenge when she was seventeen. Through her many years of experience as a competitive dancer, Shaelyn is very passionate about dancing in a positive learning environment and cannot wait to share her love for dance.
Caity found a love for dance at the age of 3 and has continued to pursue her passion competitively training in the styles of jazz, tap, ballet, acro, lyrical, and contemporary. She has received many special awards locally, as well as achievement awards in styles such as tap, jazz, and acro. She has trained with choreographers such as Sarah Dolan, Danny Neilsen, Joey Matt, Brian Mueca, Julio Fuentes, and Brock Jellison. Caity has also trained under the Al Gilbert Tap syllabus, completing numerous grades where she has achieved the highest grades of excellence. She was also a member of SGSDance Tour Co throughout 2022 and 2023, where she had the opportunity to attend regional conventions and participate at The Dance Awards in Las Vegas, receiving a scholarship. Caity looks forward to inspiring and encouraging her students throughout the dance season.