MEET OUR STAFF & FACULTY
Dancing at the age of 6, Tayler has completed her six years of teaching with the SPACE. Her love for dance has grown throughout the years, leading her to train in tap, jazz, ballet/pointe, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, Irish and ballroom. For the past 15 years she has been competing in numerous competitions and has been fortunate enough to be able to travel with dance and train in places like Los Angeles, Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, and Minneapolis. Travelling has given her the opportunity to be able to learn from some of the best choreographers. Tayler was honored to have received the Extreme Apprentice Scholarship Award where she was able to travel and assist with Canadian Choreographer Melissa Williams (SYTYCDC). Tayler has recently transitioned into her new role as Executive Director of the SPACE.
Assistant Executive Director
Melissa started her dance education at the age of 4 with CCDA. After starting her training in our Mentorship Program in 2008/09 she joined our Faculty in 2013/14. Melissa has taken on many different roles and can't wait to continue her future at the SPACE!
Lyrical, Jazz, Dance Fit, Acro
Melanie has many years of teaching and performing experience. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Arts, Education and a Post Baccalaureate in Special Education. Starting at age 6, Melanie's formal training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical and musical theatre was completed through the Academy of Dance and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She received her jazz and tap training through the ADAPT syllabus and attended many workshops and seminars in both Canada and U.S. Travelling the NYC for the New York Dance Teachers Summit to attend workshops given by Master teachers from across the globe was a definite highlight. Melanie has performed in local performances at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Club Regent Casino, The West End Cultural Centre, The Pyramid and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet adult program. Miss Mel enjoys sharing her love and passion for dance with her students. She provides a high energy class that focuses in developing dance technique, musicality and confidence as a dancer.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Gloria Chen started dancing at the age of 6, studying various dance forms including Chinese dance, modern and ballet. Her dance journey led her to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet where she graduated from the Professional Division Teachers' Course program in 1998. Gloria holds certificates in Intermediate, Advanced I and Advanced II Cecchetti as well as Associate and Associate Diploma degree's in teaching from the Cecchetti Society of Canada. For the past 19 years, Gloria has been dancing with Bolero Dance Theatre, performing Flamenco, Spanish Folk, Classical Spanish and Bolero.As a member of the company, she has performed in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's Indigenous Festival Concert with the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers as well as many Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Gloria has been with the SPACE since 2003/04.
Musical Theatre, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Springfield Theatre Company Director
Rebekah is a Triple Threat performer and teacher with many years of experience and training. She has performed in local theatres and as a vocalist for Queen Elizabeth II, former Prime Minister Jean Cretien, Adrienne Clarkson, among others. Rebekah is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Character and Musical Theatre. She has choreographed full-length musicals and most notably won the Paddy Stone Scholarship through the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional School's First Steps competition. Rebekah has completed the 3 year Teachers Training Program at the RWB. Rebekah is currently the director for Springfield Theatre Company.
Tap, Hip Hop, Pre-School,
Springfield Theatre Company Assistant Director
Melissa started her dance education at the age of 4 with CCDA. After starting her training in our Mentorship Program in 2008/09 she joined our Faculty in 2013/14. Melissa has been a member of the Canadian Junior Formation Tap Team travelling to Riesa, Germany in 2008 and 2011 placing 3rd overall in 2008 and 2011 and placing 2nd overall on the Production Team in 2011. In 2012 she began her involvement with the Springfield Theatre Company as a student and then in 2014 she started as the Assistant to the Director. In 2015 Melissa received the Senior Tap Scholarship at the Dance Manitoba Provincial Festival and performed at the annual Dance Manitoba Gala Night. Melissa has taken on many different roles and can't wait to continue her future at the SPACE!
Ballet, Jazz, Combo Tap/Ballet, Pre-School, Lyrical, Acro, Dance Fit
Dayna has been dancing with CCDA since she was nine years old. She started her training in our Mentorship Program in 2009/10 and joined our faculty in 2014/15. In 2015, Dayna received the Senior Tap Scholarship at the Dance Manitoba Provincial Festival and performed at the annual Dance Manitoba Gala Night. Dayna has recently graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a 4 year Bachelor of Kinesiology degree and is now working towards becoming a certified Fitness Leader.
Tap, Jazz, Combo Tap/Ballet
Karley started her dance training with Cooks Creek Dance Academy at the age of 3. She studied many different styles including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Pointe. Karley travelled as part of the Performing Program Team for two years, competing in Minneapolis multiple times and attending many competitions/conventions around Winnipeg. She joined the Mentorship program in 2010/11 and graduated to join the faculty in 2015/16. Karley currently teaches tap as well as combo ballet/tap classes. With the completion of her studies at the University of Manitoba, she has graduated on the Faculty of Science Dean's Honour list and has received her Bachelor of Science with a Major in Psychology.
Combo Tap/Ballet, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz
Hannah started her dance journey at Cooks Creek Dance Academy when she was 7. She continued to grow with dance, taking ballet, jazz, tap, hiphop and lyrical over the years. She joined the Mentorship Program in 2012/2013 and joined the faculty in 2016/2017. Hannah has taught Hip Hop, Combo Tap/Ballet, Lyrical, and Jazz. She currently studies Sciences at the University of Manitoba, in the pursuit of joining the Faculty of Nursing.
Hip Hop, Street Jazz
Kenzy starting dancing at the age of 5 and competing at the age of 7. Slowly adding more styles to train in; including Ballet/Point, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and Contemporary. She continued her training in those styles for 10 years which earned her a scholarship with the Manitoba Dance Festival. Dancing allowed her to travel to compete in California, Chicago, Toronto, Minneapolis in the different styles studied. Learning from some of the best Choreographers in the industry. At the age of 15 she started to dance with B.O.S.S Dance Team making her the youngest dancer to make it on to the team. During that time she helped organize free dance sessions to introduce kids to hip hop, this includes participating in Move ’N Groove-a-Thon with The movement Centre of Manitoba. She moved on to be apart of Wolves Dance Team, which helped her travel and continue to compete. She is currently still taking classes in the hip hop community to further her knowledge and growth.
Preschool, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Acro
Starting at the age of 6, Julia has studied many different styles from Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Ballet, Pointe and Musical Theatre. She started off dancing in Regina and after moving here in 2009, joined us at the SPACE. Over her time here with us, Julia has been a part of the Performing Program Team, travelled to Minneapolis to compete, attended many competitions/conventions around Winnipeg, and completed three Cecchetti Ballet exams including grades 2, 3, and 4. In 2013, Julia joined the Mentorship Program training to be an assistant dance teacher, which eventually led to her graduating from the program in 2018 and becoming a fully trained dance teacher. Julia has also been a part of our summer programs here at the SPACE. Starting as a Junior Leader for two summers, Julia eventually took on the role of Summer Day Camp Coordinator for three summers. Julia graduated from College Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau in 2016 with a french diploma and has her DELF (Diplômes d’études en langue français) certification. Currently studying at the University of Manitoba, Julia is in the Faculty of Education working towards her Bachelor of Education after completing her undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts in 2019.
Performing Program Support
Andrea began dancing at the age of four at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. At 6 she joined the CCDA family. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. She has completed examinations in the Al Gilbert tap syllabus as well as her senior certificate exam in Cecchetti ballet syllabus. In 2006 Andrea became part of the Canadian National Tap team winning gold in the IDO World Tap Dance Competition in Germany. She has attended various workshops throughout her dance training as well as numerous competitions locally and internationally. Andrea has been teaching for 8 years, and in 2008 she completed her Royal Winnipeg Ballet Teacher Intensive training. Andrea spent a year away in Australia, and since has been happy to be back home at CCDA.
Deanna started her dance education at the age of 4 with CCDA. She started her mentorship journey in 2008/2009 and joined our teaching faculty in 2013/14. In 2011 she travelled to Reisa, Germany to compete in the World Tap Dance Championships as part of Team Canada. She placed 6th overall with the Senior Formation Team and 2nd overall with the Production Team.In 2015, Deanna received the Senior Tap Scholarship at the Dance Manitoba Provincial Festival and performed at the annual Dance Manitoba Gala Night. On top of all her dance success she had also had many academic accomplishments. In 2013, She received the highest overall average in her grad class and the Governer General's Bronze Medal award. She currently studies Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba.
Lucas started his love of music taking guitar lessons at age 10 as a hobby and in middle and high school, playing clarinet and bass clarinet. He took private lessons guitar lessons in Oakbank for two years and decided from then on to teach himself. He began and continue to learn by ear, listening to songs and learning to play by following along. He has taught guitar to students all from ground zero, no experience while attending university as well as having played, recorded and performed with a few ensembles. Lucas is currently playing lead guitar in a six-piece blues/funk band, from which he writes the majority of the original material they perform. He also performs locally as a traditional acoustic blues duo along side a harmonica player. He is also a practicing songwriter, working on guitar, banjo, and ukulele and currently working on a musical with a couple friends. Lucas attended U of W for Biochemistry, and UCN for Natural Resource Management Technologies and is currently a natural resource officer working towards gaining full-time employment with the provincial government.
SPACE Administrative Assistant
NANCY ZIPRICK BAERT
SPACE Financial Manager