Tara Pickford (Miss Tara) is the CEO of APA. She began dancing at the age of four and hasn’t sat still since! These days Miss Tara loves being in the classroom coaching her staff and students on how to discover their passion for the arts.
Miss Tara is a fully certified teacher in Acrobatic Arts, ADAPT, and Al Gilbert, and has also earned her qualifications in Alixa Flexibility and Perfect Form Physio. She is YPAD certified and a member of the Wild Rose Dance Arts Association. She earned her Bachelor degree in Kinesiology with a major in Mind Sciences at the University of Calgary.
A dance mom herself, Miss Tara has a deep understanding of what families look for in a studio. She knows what it takes for dancers, teachers, and parents to have an exciting and fulfilling experience from the classroom to the stage!
Miss Tara is proud that the people of APA have become like family to so many staff and students. She wants everyone who walks in the door to feel respected, inspired, and encouraged—like they have stepped in to their second home.
Andie Frederick (Miss Andie) is our Community Coordinator and a Dance Instructor at APA. She began dancing at the age of four, joined APA as a student when she was 12-years-old, and began her teaching career at 16. Having “grown up” at APA, Miss Andie feels like training here has been one of her best life decisions!
Miss Andie is a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor and has completed her ADAPT Pre-Advanced Jazz Exam, as well as her ADAPT Pre-Intermediate 3 Tap Exam, RAD Intermediate Exam, and Al Gilbert Grade 5 Tap Exam. She is also YPAD and RhythmWorks certified. She is also a member of the Wild Rose Dance Arts Association.
For Miss Andie, APA is so much more than a business; it is a family! She loves coming to work each day because she has the opportunity to help build a fun and safe community for APA’s students.
Director of Operations
Adrianne Jorgensen (Miss Adrianne) is APA’s Director of Operations as well as a Dance Instructor. Growing up, she studied a variety of dance styles, participated in competitions, and completed her Al Gilbert Tap exams, Intermediate 3 ADAPT Jazz exam, and Grade 8 RAD Ballet exam.
Miss Adrianne earned her Bachelor of Business and Entrepreneurship degree for Sport and Recreation from Mount Royal University and is a graduate of the ADAPT Teacher Training School. She is certified in Acrobatic Arts, YPAD, Alixa Flexibility, and Perfect Form Physio, and is a member of the Wild Rose Dance Arts Association.
As Miss Adrianne enters her seventh year of teaching with APA, she looks forward to giving back to her students, who have inspired her so much over the years. She loves that APA feels like a second home, and she can’t wait to see her students achieve their goals in class!
Rae-Lee Brower (Miss Rae-Lee) is APA’s Ballet Director and a Dance Instructor. She began her ballet and contemporary training in Alberta at Crossings Dance Studio and later performed with the Corps Bara Dance Youth Company. Miss Rae-Lee earned her BFA and Teacher Training Diploma from Simon Fraser University.
During her University experience, she was also privileged to attend the National Ballet School’s renowned Teacher Training Program and obtain her qualifications with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the Royal Academy of Dance.
Miss Rae-Lee’s goal as a teacher is to develop healthy and enthusiastic dancers who love art and will positively influence the world of dance. She loves encouraging her APA students to love themselves for who they are and to never give up on their passions in life!
Julie Pearson (Miss Julie) is a Music Instructor at APA. With 18 years of teaching experience, she has taught a variety of musical styles and specializes in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM), including musical theatre, rock, pop, folk, and gospel.
Miss Julie completed her Grade 10 Piano and Grade 8 Voice with Royal Conservatory of Music, and earned her Master of Music Studies in Vocal Pedagogy from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She is also certified with Somatic Voicework™, a teaching method that incorporates physical awareness, aural acuity, kinesthetic development, and vocal freedom. Miss Julie enjoys incorporating ear training, sight reading, and music theory in her lessons in order to help each student become well-rounded.
Teaching students to become independent and creative musicians is Miss Julie’s personal mission. She loves supporting her students’ growth through performance opportunities, building their confidence and encouraging them to discover their full potential. Miss Julie is honored to be inspiring students to excellence as part of the APA team!
Brandi Bielert (Miss Brandi) is a Dance Instructor at APA. As a young dance student, Miss Brandi studied every dance style available to her. She completed her Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams and Al Gilbert exams and took part in numerous competitions and live theatre productions.
As an instructor, Miss Brandi has continued her education with RAD and ADAPT workshops as well as seminars and classes at the DanceLife Teacher Conference and Brigham Young University. She is certified in Acrobatics Arts and in Tap and Jazz with ADAPT. Most recently Miss Brandi has also been YPAD certified and obtained her qualifications to teach RhythmWorks Integrative Dance.
Miss Brandi loves sharing her passion for dance at APA! She enjoyed teaching children and adults of all ages and looks forward to the new season of dance.
Rachel Viner (Miss Rachel) is our Academy Director. She has extensive training in nearly every dance style and grew up competing and performing. Miss Rachel began teaching at APA at the age of 16 and has since obtained certifications in Acrobatic Arts, ADAPT, YPAD, Alixa Flexibility, and RhythmWorks Integrative Dance. She enjoys continuing her education at workshops and seminars throughout Canada and the United States.
Miss Rachel considers APA her second home and loves sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with APA students! She highly values APA’s ideology of “we don’t teach dance to make great dancers, we teach dance to make great kids”. She firmly believes that dreams and dedication are a powerful combination and teaches her students that if they can believe it, they can achieve it.
Olivia Dietrich (Miss Olivia) is a dance instructor at APA. She began dancing at the age of 10, and trained competitively in styles such as jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. After graduating high school, Miss Olivia moved to Vancouver to study at Harbour Dance Centre in their Intensive Training Program. She also spent a year dancing with The Source Dance Company, where she focused on contemporary and hip hop and performed in numerous shows and events in and around Vancouver.
Miss Olivia continues to pursue her love of dance as a member of the Roughnecks Drill Crew, the professional dance team for the Calgary Roughnecks Lacrosse Team. She is excited to share her passion and positive energy with her students at APA! Miss Olivia hopes to instill a lifelong love of dance in her students, and inspire them to be their best selves.
Priscilla Chua (Miss Priscilla) is a Dance Instructor at APA. Miss Priscilla was just four years old when she began dancing, and she later trained as a competitive dancer in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, acro, and musical theatre. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Hill & Powers Dance Scholarship, an honour that recognizes motivation, cooperation, and inspiration, among other qualities. As a dance student, Miss Priscilla completed her RAD exams through Grade 7 and Vocational Intermediate. She is currently studying Kinesiology and Business at the University of Calgary.
Miss Priscilla loves having the opportunity to share her passion for dance with others, and to have a positive impact on the next generation of dancers. She wants to ensure that she empowers her students with the same confidence and strength that dance has given her. Miss Priscilla’s favourite part about APA is the family-friendly community that has been built.
Matt Dale (Mr. Matt) is a Theatre Instructor at APA. Since he was a child, Mr. Matt has had a larger than life personality and a flair for theatrics, which led him to pursue acting in school. (He was also sometimes known as the class clown!)
A graduate of Red Deer College’s Theatre Performance Studies program, Mr. Matt participated in many productions around Central Alberta and worked as an interactive tour guide in the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Those experiences eventually led him to Humber College’s Comedy Writing and Performance Program in Toronto, where he honed his writing and sketch comedy skills. After training and working in Toronto and Montreal, Mr. Matt decided to return to Alberta, where he now writes, performs, manages social action theatre shows, and teaches workshops on sketch comedy and creative writing. One of his biggest passions is writing plays, poetry, and kids’ books.
As a new instructor at APA, Mr. Matt looks forward to building a rapport with his fellow teachers and his students. He believes it is a true honor to share the techniques, creativity, and joy that comes with studying theatre, and he can’t wait to bring his experience to APA!
Amber Chan (Miss Amber) is a Dance Instructor at APA. As a young dancer, Miss Amber started training with APA at the age of seven. She focused her dance studies primarily on ballet, jazz, and lyrical, and completed her Intermediate and Grade 6 ballet exams.
As a current Kinesiology major at the University of Calgary, Miss Amber’s long-term professional goal is to become an occupational therapist. She also loves teaching dance at APA and strives to encourage the joy of movement while emphasizing proper technique and alignment.
Miss Amber’s favourite aspect of teaching is that she gets to watch her students grow and develop confidence in themselves. She loves being a role model to her dancers because she remembers what it was like to be in their shoes at APA!
Alexa Lefebvre (Miss Alexa) is a Dance Instructor at APA. Her love of dance began when she was just a child, and she studied many different styles throughout the 15 years she was a competitive dancer. After high school, Miss Alexa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Calgary.
A dedicated lifelong learner, Miss Alexa loves working with children and has achieved her Level 1 Kids Yoga Teacher Certification as well as her Level 1 Child Development Assistant Certification. She looks forward to continuing her professional education in the coming years!
Miss Alexa appreciates having the opportunity to teach at APA, where she loves the positive atmosphere and strong sense of community. She takes pride in finding new and creative ways to help her students learn, grow, and express themselves through dance. For Miss Alexa, there is no greater reward than to see her dancers light up with the joy of dance!
Mackenzie Cook (Miss Mackenzie) is a Dance Instructor at APA. Growing up, Miss Mackenzie trained in every style of dance offered to her, including ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. She obtained her Grade 8 RAD ballet exam, Intermediate RAD exam, Intermediate 3 Tap exam, and Intermediate 1 Jazz exam.
Miss Mackenzie is currently attending Teacher Training School for her ADAPT certification and also working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University of Calgary. She loves being in the classroom, both as a student and as a teacher!
As a new instructor at APA, Miss Mackenzie is excited to begin her teaching journey here and be a part of APA’s mission. She is looking forward to contributing to APA’s positive classrooms and being a positive influence on her students.
Marketing and Community Liaison
Nicole Eddy (Miss Nicole) is the Marketing and Community Liaison at APA. Since 2007, Miss Nicole has called Airdrie home. She loves living and working in Airdrie, and is thrilled to join APA’s team! With expertise in the communication industry, Miss Nicole is ready to bring her passion for helping others to APA’s expanded community outreach efforts. She’s excited to integrate her customer service experience into APA’s mission.
Miss Nicole’s favourite part about APA is its friendly, positive environment. She loves that APA is a place where relationships can grow and flourish, and she looks forward to building more of those relationships with APA’s dance families and surrounding community.
Ana Morales (Miss Ana) is an Office Administrator at APA. She began dancing at the age of seven, after her family moved to Canada, and trained in many different dance styles. With a focus on ballet, Miss Ana completed her RAD exams up to Intermediate and Grade 7. Miss Ana also danced at APA during her training and during that time fell in love with APA’s culture.
Miss Ana has a passion for dance and helping others, which is why her position at APA is an ideal fit. She is committed to bringing her positive attitude and smile to the studio every day! Miss Ana loves that APA is about family, positivity, and excellent service, and she is looking forward to being a part of this mission.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We are driven to provide quality dance and music lessons in a safe, innovative and enriching environment. We hold ourselves to a high standards and put life skills, community, friendships and family first.
Parents choose APA Dance Studio for our convenient location, friendly service, and welcoming atmosphere. They stay with us because of our commitment to excellence, value, and customer care.
Our mission is to be an innovator in dance education, developing friendships and skills for a lifetime. We believe that an arts education is about more than just great dancing.
HAPPY PARENTS AND DANCERS
This was our first year at APA, and it has been a wonderful experience for our daughter. Between the excellence and caring shown by the staff, and the friendliness of other students, this has been the best dance year yet!
We love APA. It's an amazing dance academy and I would highly recommend to everyone to come and join. It has been an amazing experience for my girls, and they have learned so much from the amazing instructors, we wouldn't go anywhere else!
Amazing! The dance academy staff is outstanding, the parents are so welcoming and supportive, and my daughter is thriving off her experiences. She made a comment to me just the other day that sums up Apa: "Mommy, I finally fit in." I am so thankful I found APA.
I love Ambition Arts for many reasons. They really show how much they care about their students by taking the time to acknowledge improvements and hard work. I praise APA staff. They are the main reason my daughter loves dance!