Debra has an extensive background in dance. As Director, she oversees the development of all Ultimate Dance Company students. She opened Ultimate Dance Company, in Calgary, Alberta in 1996. Debra has a strong passion for dancing, teaching and choreographing and is trained in various segments of the art. In addition to attending summer intensives with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet school, Debra has trained in both the Cecchetti and Vaganova methods of ballet and has achieved a number of certifications in ballet, including credentials with the Royal Academy of Dance and British Association of Teachers in Dance. Debra is currently a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. Debra has performed in Ballets such as Swan Lake, Coppelia, Les Sylphides, and Nutcracker to name a few. She has participated in several competitions throughout Calgary, Lethbridge and Red Deer, and performed in the opening ceremonies for the 1988 Olympics. Her Love and Passion for dance brought her to open up Ultimate Dance Company.
Amy began dancing over 14 years ago training extensively in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop. She has completed exams with the Royal Academy of Dance up to and including the Intermediate level. Over the years, Amy has attended many dance conventions and competitions all across Canada, winning many solo and group awards. She is currently a full time student at the University of Calgary where she is working towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree as well as a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree. Amy looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with the students at Ultimate Dance Company.
Tiana started dancing at 6 years old and hasn’t stopped since. She is a certified teacher with Acrobatic Arts and Acrobatique. Tiana has also completed Acrobatic, Jazz, Tap and Ballet B.A.T.D syllabus exams as well she has studied Modern, Lyrical and Musical Theatre disciplines extensively. After graduating from a three year 2200 hours extensive Massage Therapy Program in Ontario, Tiana moved to Alberta and started teaching again. Miss Tiana has been teaching for 15 years and loves sharing her passion for dance at Ultimate Dance Company.
Erin has been dancing since the age of 4 and has been trained in Hip-hop, Jazz, Ballet (Royal Academy of Dance), Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. Erin was a competitive dancer for 12 years and has competed in several different dance competitions throughout Alberta. Erin has excelled in Hip Hop, Jazz and Musical Theatre. She has furthered her dance education by taking popping, locking, house and grooving classes at Harbour Dance Centre and classes at The Edge in Los Angeles. Erin has performed in Dance Montage and Mainstage at the University of Calgary as well as performed with live jazz music. Erin has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University of Calgary and has been educated in dance history, choreography, modern/ contemporary and jazz dance. Erin looks forward to sharing her passion for Hip-Hop with the students of Ultimate Dance Company.
Breanna began her dance training at the age of 3. Breanna’s training included the following disciplines; Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, and Contemporary. Breanna is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. At the age of 6, Breanna began dancing competitively and after that never stopped. She has attended many competitions and conventions throughout Canada and the United States. Highlights include; LA Dance Magic, The Pulse Las Vegas, and a ballet intensive taught by a renowned Royal Academy of Dance examiner. Breanna has also performed in local Broadway musical productions that include; Good News and Wicked. Breanna strives to cultivate a passion for dance, and a dedication for discipline in her students at Ultimate Dance Company.
MacCall has been dancing for 18 years and teaching for six. She began her passion for dance at a few small dance studios in Calgary and as the passion grew stronger she enrolled and danced competitively for 12 years. MacCall has trained extensively in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Pointe, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop. MacCall was awarded a scholarship to Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver where she trained with professionals from all over the country. After graduating from high school in the dance program, she joined the Calgary Stampeder Outrider and Calgary Roughnecks cheerleading teams. These two opportunities gave her the chance to learn and create dynamic choreography and gain many networks throughout the performance industry. MacCall is a member of the Alberta Dance Educators Association and has completed her ADAPT Teacher certification. She continues to update and modernize her practices by attending dance conventions across the province yearly and looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with the students at Ultimate Dance Company.
Heather began dancing at the age of six and has loved it ever since. She has studied, completed exams and competed in Ballet and Jazz while also studying and competing in Modern, Lyrical, and Tap. Throughout her dance training she has also studied Pointe, learned various styles of Hip Hop and has recently branched out into learning and instructing Ballroom dance. In High School she took part in and completed the Performing and Visual Arts Dance Program at Central Memorial where she was able to learn various types of dances from Contemporary to African, Irish and Latin while also learning from many talented Dance Artists. Throughout her dance career, Miss Heather has had the opportunity to meet and dance with many phenomenal dancers but her biggest passion now is to pass down what she has learned and inspire her students. Miss Heather started sharing her love of dance with her students in 2007 with the hopes of being able to inspire others to pursue what they love.
Megan began dancing at the age of 4 in Stratford, Ontario at a local dance studio where she took Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Character, Contemporary and Lyrical. She then went on to compete for many years which is where her passion for dancing and performing really began to form. Wanting to take her training to a higher level, Megan finished high school at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. She then moved to Calgary to attend the School of Alberta Ballet and trained with Murray and Nancy Kilgour, and Edmund Stripe, among others, graduating from the Professional Graduate Program in 2015. She has participated in several summer intensives with both of these schools, as well as American Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet and ProArte Danza and has worked with Ballet Jorgen, Alberta Ballet and Alberta Ballet II. She can’t wait to share her passion for dance with the students of Ultimate Dance Company.
Lauren Van Horne
Lauren started dancing at the age of 4. Her passion for dance came early and has led to extensive training in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern and Contemporary. Lauren has been competing for over 10 years, in local competitions such as Dance Evolution, Shy-Ann Dance Festival and Terpsichore, and has also performed at Epcot in Disney World, Florida. Lauren spent three years living with her family in Houston and during that time had the opportunity to train at Becky’s Academy of Dance in Katy, Texas. Her accomplishments there in dance led her to several regional dance conventions, including Jump and Nuvo, as well competitions at Platinum Nationals, Stage One, and Masquerade Nationals in Florida. She has been fortunate to have received instruction over the years by world renowned dancers who include Bobby Newberry, Mia Michaels, and Blake McGrath. Most recently, Lauren travelled to New York City on a scholarship to take classes at Broadway Dance Centre. In addition to attending the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering this fall, Lauren is thrilled to be using her extensive training and knowledge of dance to inspire and instill this passion in others through teaching at Ultimate Dance Company.
Jasmine is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, holds Licentiate Teacher’s Status with the International Dance Teachers Association, is certified with Acrobatic Arts and with Progressing Ballet Technique. Jasmine strives to develop a passion for dance through upbeat and motivating classes where she aims to challenge each student to achieve their personal goals as a dancer and performer. She is extremely excited to be joining the Ultimate Dance Company family and cannot wait to bring her passion and dedication to her students.
Gillian has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro, Hip Hop, Modern/Contemporary and, Musical Theatre. Gillian has been competing for over 10 years and has performed in Disneyland, Las Vegas and on Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. She has trained up to and including the Advanced 2 syllabus with the Royal Academy of Dance and is currently in the CBTS teacher certification program with the Royal Academy of Dance. Gillian is also training to become a registered massage therapist and is in her second year of the program at Makami College. She is very excited to share her knowledge and passion of dance with the students of Ultimate Dance Company.
"...my daughter has grown into a self-confident, poised and graceful young dancer and woman."
Thank you Ultimate Dance Company for the wonderful dance instruction that you have provided my daughter for the past 10 years in both the recreational and competitive programs. With the faculty’s professionalism, support and guidance my daughter has grown into a self-confident, poised and graceful young dancer and woman. The dance instruction she receives at Ultimate Dance Company is top notch with a strong focus on technique. The extensive class offerings allow students to explore, experience and learn all dance forms, and the summer intensive classes allow students to experiment and refine skills in a pressure-free environment. We are so happy to be part of the Ultimate Dance family! I would recommend the studio to anyone looking for excellence in dance instruction and a caring staff.Kim Stepaniuk - Davis