Dance Educators International
Dance Educators International (DEI) focuses on developing knowledgeable dance teachers. A professional training program that offers hands-on practical approaches to key teaching fundamentals in dance education. These strategies can be applied to multiple dance genres and age levels. Our training programs cover topics on health, student development, class structure, lesson planning, implementation of technique, and offers insight into the business of being a dance teacher. We offer more than just a syllabus for new and experienced dance teachers. DEI advocates building an international community of highly qualified dance educators around the world. With online programs and in-person training, we strive to be the best source of information for you to continue on your upward journey as a dance teacher or studio owner.
Rebecca Reinhart is a professional choreographer, director, and producer. Her work can be seen in award winning musicals (Broadway World) and huge-hit music videos (Alx Veliz, Gord Bamford, Paper Lions, Lights, Classified, Warren G, Featurette, Jake Robertz and MUGZ). Rebecca’s dance films and choreography have been showcased in film festivals around the world including Stockholm, London, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto and Calgary, most recently winning an award in Prague for ‘Best Music Video’. Featured in magazines across the country, you can find interviews and highlights in NOW Magazine, The Dance Current and the Calgary Herald. Giving back to the world through dance is important for Rebecca. She has had the pleasure of working with charities such as WE Day, Youth Without Shelter and Tokens for Change.
Rebecca has a diversified technical dance background in tap, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, acro & ballet. An entrepreneur at heart, she opened Dance Educators International with her business partner Meaghan, and can be seen hosting events across Canada and the United States. Rebecca loves adjudicating competitions and judging dance battles each year. You can see her leading seminars and teaching workshops around the globe. Follow @rebeccareinhart to see where she goes next!.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF FULL YEAR PROGRAMMING - OWNER J’Adore Dance
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. ~Wayne Dyer
Chantel Sampson has been dancing since the age of three. A lifelong passion for dance has continued to fuel her spirit. Her background includes tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, ballroom, and Irish Dance. She has studied and trained under many talented teachers from across Canada and the United States. During university, her parents exposed her to the world of ballroom dance where she met her husband and lifelong dance partner. After extensive training with coaches from across Canada and the United States and seven successful years in competition including three top 3 placements at the Canadian Championships, Chantel felt it was time to explore a new genre of dance and began training in Irish Dance. Her Adult Ceili team holds three North American Irish Dance Championship titles and an All Ireland Ceili Championship title. Chantel is a member of the ADEA, Performing Arts Medical Association, Yamuna Practitioner Association and ALFCA . Through these organizations she continues to further her training in the areas of dance education and dancer wellness. Chantel received her Bachelor of Education degree with distinction in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta in 1998 and has always brought her love of dance into her teaching. Chantel was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award, developed and implemented dance programs in three Edmonton Catholic Schools, has directed and choreographed over 20 musicals, presented at several ATA Fine Arts Conferences, and continues to work on developing dance curriculum. She believes that every child should have the opportunity to express themselves through dance and has developed curriculum integration documents for grades K-6 bringing dance and movement into each outcome of the program of studies. Chantel embraces the philosophy of dance as a universal form of expression. In 2007, after many years of teaching school and community-based dance programs, Chantel founded her own dance company, “For The Love of Dance”. Her teaching provides children and adults an opportunity to explore different dance and movement styles in a non-competitive, supportive environment. For Chantel, dance is a family affair and she has always been excited to share dance with her parents, husband, and three beautiful children. She is happiest when on the dance floor. Chantel partnered J'Adore dance's original owner Jessica Baudin-Griffin in 2015 to continue to develop and expand the studio's award winning programming. In 2016 Jessica made a change to pursue the expansion of Intellidance and Chantel's joined forces with former dance team member Jenna Brenan to take J'Adore into its next decade of award winning programming!
Chantel in holds certifications in Yamuna® Body Rolling, AFLCA with Portable Equipment, First Aid ad CPR-C, a Certificate in Performing Arts Healthcare through the American College of Sports Medicine and in Pre and Post Natal Fitness, Intellidance instruction, Infant Massage Instructor Certification from Trimesters Massage.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF SESSIONAL PROGRAMMING-OWNER J’Adore Dance
Jenna Brenan has been dancing since the age of four. Her background includes Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and Irish. Jenna not only studied and trained locally here in Edmonton, but has also trained under a variety of professionals from across Canada and the United States. She has danced on teams with the Edmonton Oilers Boomers and with Scoil Rince Clannad Ceili Club. In fact, Irish dance is where Jenna met, traveled and competed with Chantel Sampson.
Jenna has been a dance specialist teacher with Edmonton Public Schools for over 10 years. She has taught classes to a variety of ages at Victoria School of the Performing Arts, Afton School of the Arts, and is currently teaching dance at Glenora School.
In 2014, Jenna was fortunate to take the Conceptual Dance Education Training with Terry Goetz from the Seattle Creative Dance Center. There, Jenna was inspired to incorporate this philosophy into her school-based dance programs. In 2016, Jenna was fortunate to study under Anne Green Gilbert, Terry Goetz, and Anna Mansbridge at the Creative Dance Center’s Summer Dance Institute in Seattle, Washington.
Jenna is also no stranger to small business. In 2014, Jenna co-founded Artists on the Gogh inc., a community-based art and dance program for children ages three to eight.
In January 2015, Jenna joined the J’Adore Dance family. She was thrilled to connect with Jessica Baudin-Griffin, who shared similar philosophy of dance education. What a beautiful marriage of teaching Anne Green Gilbert’s Conceptual Dance Education both with Edmonton Public Schools and at J’Adore Dance! Jenna instantly fell in love with being a part of the J’Adore community.
In May 2016, Jenna partnered with Chantel Sampson to become the new co-owner of J’Adore Dance. Jenna and Chantel’s strengths and talents truly compliment one another, and they are grateful to have found one another to create a very special duo.
Jenna also loves sharing her passion of dance with her two boys, Finn and William.
Jenna holds certifications in the following:
Bachelor of Elementary Education Degree
Intellidance® Certified Instructor
AFLCA with Group Exercise and Portable Equipment
Fit 4 Two® Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist
PiYo® Live and CIZE® Live Pro Team Instructor
Standard First Aid and Level C CPR
When you dance with your heart, your body will follow. ~ Mia Michaels
Founder of Spectacle Blue, Robin Szuch, spent almost 20 years as a dancer, training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern and contemporary dance. Armed with those of years dance training, and a degree in Fine Arts in Drama and Dance, Robin moved to Toronto to pursue her love of theatre and dance. While working as a dancer and actor and continuing her professional training, Robin found the element of artistry she was looking for to complete her artistic vision, Aerial. Taking the plunge with fellow artist Stacy Clark, High Strung aerial dance was born and the two spent the next 10 years training, performing, coaching and creating dance, circus and aerial dance works around the globe.
After 10 successful years on the road High Strung aerial dance officially retired and Robin opened a full-time training and coaching studio, Spectacle Blue Studios. Spectacle Blue is a place where students of all ages and skills levels can train safely, explore their creativity, and build self-confidence and discipline as both technicians and performers.
Having made the full-time transition from choreographer/performer to choreographer/coach Robin had time to look at her world, the world of Aerial Dance, only to discover a gap in formal training methodologies for youth for this exciting genre. And so began the diligent work to create a solid, safety conscious syllabus of training to help young dancers delve into the world of Aerial Dance and Circus.
The culmination of Robin's years of experience in Dance, Aerial, Theatre and fitness, along with the guidance and advice of experts in a variety of sport medicine fields, dance, circus and acrobatics is the Spectacle Blue Aerial Dance Syllabus.
Sarah Dolan is the Founder and has been the Artistic Director of O2 the Dance Company, since it began in 2010. Her commitment to the art provides a critical framework under which the contemporary company and its members thrive.
She has had the privilege of working on numerous live performances and Films/TV Shows/Commercials. Sarah has particularly enjoyed being a part of “Art On Ice” as a Dancer and Assistant Choreographer/Creative Director. She has had the opportunity to work with musical artists such as Jessie J, The Jacksons, James Morrison, Chaka Khan, Nelly Furtado, Tom Odell, HURTS, Helene Fischer and skating champions such as Tessa & Scott, Meryl & Charlie and Aliona & Bruno. She has also had the pleasure of choreographing for artists Alessia Cara and Shawn Hook. Sarah has assisted on “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox (America), CTV (Canada) and BBC (UK)) and CBC’s “Over The Rainbow”.
Sarah is a sought after teacher and choreographer, traveling across Canada, the UK and Europe, sharing her passion and creativity. She is
very honoured to be part of the Dance Teacher Expo.
Danny Nielsen is originally from Calgary, AB, where he began tap dancing at the age of 8 under the direction of Gail Scott. He furthered his training joining MADD Rhythms Canada under the direction of Lisa La Touche. At the age of 20, Danny was hired by the highly regarded jazz company Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, which lead to having featured tap choreographies in their productions of Tinge and Tone and 25.
In 2010, Danny became the ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Vancouver Tap Society, where he directed the boys program, the girls program, and youth ensemble Tap Co with the Society for 2 years. During his time in Vancouver, Danny was a part of many productions including A Chronological Life Story of a Few Tap Dancers with Matt Shields and Travis Knights, Stark Pulse with Jessie Sawyers, and the original tap dancer in the creation of Taps and Twang with the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. In 2012, Danny was the recipient of the Santa Aloi Award from the Scotiabank Dance Centre. He later used the grant to create and direct his first full length production Love.Be.Best.Free, which just finished toured BC for a month in February of 2017.
Danny has emerged onto the international tap scene as a soloist, having performed at various tap festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, Houston, Portland, North Carolina to name a few. Television credits include the worldwide broadcast of the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies and the opening number for the 2008 Jerry Lewis Telethon choreographed by Chloe Arnold in Las Vegas, NV.
Jamee Valin currently works as a solo dance artist, choreographer, educator, performer, producer, as well as stage manager for her own works. Jamee trained at York University and George Brown College for Dance Performance Studies and Fine Arts Cultural Studies as well as mentored with Dreamwalker Dance Company, Across Oceans, The Chimera Project, Project CPR, MascallDance, PuSh Festival, National Artist Program and the Cultch.
She has performed and choreographed for a variety of dance festivals including: Toronto Fringe, Dance: Made in Canada, Your Dance Fest, New Blue Festival, Dusk Dances, ROMP!, 12 Minutes Max, BC BUDS, Fresh Blood, Series 8:08, Kinetic Open Studio Series, and Vines Art Festival. She has worked for La Scala Opera Company, Canadian Royal Opera Company, Jay9 Dance Projects, Sweett Moves Dance Collective, The Lovers Cabaret, Give Me Brilliance, LastName FirstName Productions, Cadence Progressive Contemporary Ballet, and Diamond Tooth Gerties. Jamee flourishes as a producer running small-scale dance events happening in non- traditional places.
Her events have included: The Living Room Series, Morning Jam, To.Be.Announced Choreographic Series, locked on SHUFFLE., Mix, What Exists Here, and Come If You Want. In her outreach efforts she has worked across the country educating and adjudicating dancers as well as facilitated community arts practices with MabelleArts and Youth Programs for Canada’s Ballet Jorgen. She holds Level 1 Acrobatic Arts Certification, Level 1 and 2 Conditioning with Imagery Training and teacher training in Limon Technique through Donna Krasnow, PhD.
Jamee began teaching in 2010 and has taught at: City Dance Corps, Defy Gravity Dance Co, The Landing Dance Centre, True Colours Youth Performance Company, Broadway Arts Centre, Dance Soul, Toronto Youth Ballet Ensemble, George Brown College's Dance Department and more. Jamee is extremely energetic and loves sharing knowledge about dance as a physical and artistic practice. She has also performed as a Magician's Assistant for John Kaplan's Western Tours and in 2008 York University awarded her "Rookie of the Year" for competitive cheerleading.
Irene Widdup B.Ed. R.T.S R.A.D.
Miss Irene is the owner and artistic director of Footworks Dance Academy. With 30+ years of teaching and choreography experience, a Teaching Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance, Bachelor of Education Degree with Honors, a Member of the International Academy of Dance Adjudicators and the President Alberta Dance Educators Association and 40 years of dance training, Miss Irene comes highly qualified. She makes sure to keep updated with the latest in dance by attending various dance conventions and master classes in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Phoenix, and even here in Alberta. She has published her Student Teaching Education Program (S.T.E.P.) Program for dance teaching preparation and has presented the program to various schools abroad. She is specialized in Preschool Training as well as classroom lesson development and has trained many young teachers in the art of teaching and has presented her unique and progressive teaching methods at various teacher conventions across Canada. She has been a teaching mentor for the R.A.D. with the Certified Ballet Teaching Studies Program. She has owned her own business for 23 years and has shared her business skills at various conventions including marketing techniques and customer service relations. She is very enthusiastic and passionate about the dance industry and she looks forward to passing on her knowledge and vast experience to teachers of all ages and experiences. Sharing is the key to becoming an exceptional teacher and business owner!
Priscilla Campos has had a love affair with dance for over 30 years and is grateful for all the beautiful blessings it has brought into her life. Dance has afforded her numerous opportunities to travel and train in some of the most amazing cities in the world including Vancouver, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris, Barcelona and St. Petersburg. She has also made the greatest connections and met the most beautiful souls found in her students and fellow peers.
In 2015, Priscilla became a Level II Reiki Practitioner and begun exploring spirituality. She shared meditation, deep breathing, crystal healing and Reiki with her students over the next two years and noticed a huge difference in the vibration of the studio as well as the mental and physical health of her students. Eventually after much debate, Priscilla retired from teaching dance and owning a studio in 2017 and took the leap into energy healing work.
Since then she has attained her Usui Reiki Masters, Karuna® Reiki Masters, Crystal Reiki Masters, Animal Reiki Practitioner, Atlantean Healing Master Practitioner, and Crystal Healing certificates. Through her private practice she has served 100s of people across Alberta as well as internationally. Sharing light, clarity and bringing deep healing to those that walk through her doors has been an amazing form of freedom and peace.
While energetic healing work is her main passion now, Priscilla still has ties to the dance world and has loved sharing Dancer Wellness Workshops with studios in the Edmonton Area. These workshops focus on self love, self care, breathing, and recovering from injury. She also teaches dancers about true connection to themselves through their chakras, as well as with their teammates and the music. It has been extremely rewarding to give back to the dance community in this way and help dancers, teachers and studio owners become more whole, healthy and balanced.
Priscilla is excited to share her knowledge with the ADEA in a greater capacity and is grateful for this opportunity.