Get to Know Us
Julie was born in Glasgow, Scotland and started dancing at the age of four. After completing secondary school, Julie attended the College of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in London, England where she obtained her diploma in the teaching of ballet in 1988.
She came to Canada the same year and has been successfully teaching children and adults the RAD syllabus for the past thirty-four years. Several of Julie’ s students have been selected to attend the National Ballet School in Toronto, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer school and the Alberta Ballet professional program. Julie loves sharing her passion for dance with students, young and old and continues to find teaching an extremely rewarding career.
Jazz & Tap Instructor
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Amanda has been dancing for more than thirty years. Growing up as a competitive dancer provided her with opportunities to perform all over the world including the USA, England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand. Amanda has formal training in many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre and specializes in tap. She has trained throughout Canada and the USA, having studied extensively under tap masters in NYC. Amanda was chosen as a soloist and member of the Canadian National Tap Team to compete at the International Dance Organization's World Tap Dance Championships held in Reisa, Germany. She has performed for tap shows in LA, NYC, and was a dancer in the opening number for the internationally televised Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Amanda has been teaching dance to children of all ages and abilities for nearly two decades. From an early age, it was clear that she loved children and sharing her passion for dance with them. She has known for a long time that teaching, interacting with her students, and watching them grow is where her heart lies. In addition to preparing her students for competitions and shows, Amanda has sat as an examiner, been on scholarship adjudication panels, and adjudicated at dance competitions.
Ballet, Ukrainian & Lyrical Instructor
Miss Natasha brings with her over 2 decades of dance experience. Since the age of 3, she has been training in ballet, under Miss Julie Pratt, and Ukrainian dance. She has completed RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) ballet exams Primary to Grade 8, as well as vocational exams Intermediate Foundation to Advanced 2. Miss Natasha has been teaching ballet, Ukrainian and lyrical for the past 10 years, and has loved every moment. She is a University graduate with a Bachelors in Commerce in Operations Management at the University of Calgary, with a minor in dance. She has since finished her teacher training and is now a certified instructor with the RAD. She is also a member of the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble in Calgary.