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About Us - Spruce Grove Dance Studio

The Dance Place Dance Instructors

Here is a listing of our talented Dance Instructors along with their bios:

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Richelle Boivin

Owner/Instructor - Tap/Jazz/Preschool/Musical Theater/Adult Classes

Richelle started dancing at the age of 4. She has trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Musical Theater. She has trained in the Al Gilbert Tap and Jazz syllabus, A.D.A.P.T syllabus, C.D.T.A and R.A.D and Ceccetti Ballet syllabus. Richelle has trained under some of North America’s most well known teachers & choreographers.  She has won numerous scholarships and top awards for her dancing and participated in workshops across Western Canada and the U.S. Her training has taken her to Vancouver, Seattle, Las Vegas, Denver and Los Angeles where she trained at Dupree’s, Tremaine’s and The Edge Performing Arts Center.

Richelle is entering her 30th year of instructing dance, the last 20 of which have been in Spruce Grove. At the age of 19 she was teaching both the regular and professional jazz programs at the Alberta Ballet School, where she choreographed a jazz production for their 20th Anniversary Gala. She then went on to teach and manage Studio Scott in Red Deer. Upon moving back to Edmonton she taught at various schools in Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park and Spruce Grove. Her students have won many top awards and scholarships, and her work has been recognized with numerous choreography awards. She has choreographed many fashion shows for the Edmonton Women’s Show, Meadowlark Mall and Kingsway Garden Mall. Choreographed variety shows, charity events and school productions in and around Edmonton. Has worked with the Red Deer Allied Arts Council teaching movement and dance to school children, and choreographed many routines for Rhythm Kids. She choreographed the 2012 Alberta Winter Games Opening Ceremony. Richelle has taught all ages from 3 – 83 and all levels from beginner to advanced. She takes pride in the fact that her students always feel confident when stepping onto the stage or into an exam and most importantly, makes memories and friendships that last a lifetime.

She has been an active member of the Northern Alberta Dance Association for the past 16 years, holding such titles as Festival Director, Secretary and  President. She is also a member of the Alberta Dance Educataors Association.  She is well respected in the dance community and has been fortunate to put her experience and knowledge to use as an Adjudicator and Examiner across Alberta.

She is thrilled to be opening The Dance Place Inc in her home town where she can continue to provide the high quality of dance instruction to dancers in Parkland County, and is looking forward to sharing her love and passion for dance with all her students.

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Raymond Bulatao

Hip Hop

Raymond Bulatao started his dance life as a b-boy, training at his high school dance club with local b-boy Sean Paul "Pha-rush" Arceta. Two years later, Sean’s sister, Layne Arceta, then introduced Raymond to hip-hop choreography. After graduation, Ray began to make the transition to choreography when he was offered a position as the main dance club teacher at Harry Ainlay High School.

RayBulataoIt was not until 2009 when Ray joined Edmonton dance crew, attention, that Ray became a full-fledged dancer. For the past few years, Ray has performed with attention at several benefit concerts (Little Hearts Big Dreams, Stand Up for Love, Forever Young, A Friend In Need is Japan Indeed, Too School for Cool). During this time, Ray also trained under Carlo Atienza (Faculty, 3D, White Chocolate) for two years, and danced in many hip hop teams in the city, such as 3D Company (2009-2010), Exposure (2009-2011) and TrailMix (2010-2012). Currently, Ray is an active member of Edmonton hip hop dance group NXG Company (directed by Alexander Chung), co-choreographs an all-male group called Menergy, and performs with his original dance family, attention, who recently won 2nd place at Represent Dance Competition on April 2012.

Throughout his dance career, Raymond Bulatao has had the opportunity to train under many up-and-coming choreographers and dancers, his most influential ones would be: Jerome Esplana (Faculty, 247 Company), JP Tarlit (Faculty), Christopher Martin (Choreo Cookies, BreakFX), Mariel Martin (Kingdom Made, Choreo Cookies), Lyle Beniga (Movement Lifestyle), and Jun Quemado (Mos Wanted Crew, Movement Lifestyle). Not only does Raymond Bulatao believe that good dance training is a must for a dancer, but also a teacher, as he wants to pass down as much knowledge and experience to the younger generation of dancers.

Raymond Bulatao's style of dance involves intricate movements that follow the character and heart of the music that inspires him. He likes to challenge his fellow dancers to find their own style in the dances given to them, and continue to inspire students everywhere to maintain a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and passion for what they do.

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Dasha Rozhdestvensky

Ballet 

 Rozhdestvensky Dasha 00648Dasha was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta.  She started her dance training at Dance Alberta in her home town and studied various forms of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop.

At the Age of 13, Dasha was accepted to the School of Alberta Ballet in Calgary, and moved there shortly after the ninth grade.  While living in Calgary, Dasha focused on ballet and contemporary, and was exposed to many great teachers, choreographers and various artists that inspired her.

Dasha has been taught by various dancers from Ballet BC, Paul Taylor Company and the Royal Ballet.

She has performed in many shows across Canada which have broadened her ability to share her love of dance.

Dasha was one of the few graduates from the Dedicated Contemporary Stream at the School of Alberta Ballet.  In addition, Dasha is very fascinated by different styles of choreography, which she is still working on, including a piece she choreoraphed with another artist on the schools Contemporary Stream.

She is very excited to share her passion and knowlede with younger generations.

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Shayna Engelking

Ballet/Lyrical/Jazz 

Shayna has been dancing since the age of 5 years. She has trained in a variety of genres including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop.  She continues to grow as a dancer and teacher by attending workshops and conventions.

She has performed in many comptetitions and festivals across Alberta where she was recognized with many top achievement awards. She took part in the 2012 Alberta Winter Games opening ceremony, Stars of Hope and many performances for community events.

Shayna is currently attending the University of Alberta where she will receive a degree in Education. She moved away last year to attend school and we are very excited to have her home and teaching for The Dance Place!

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Candace Kalwajtys

Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary Dance Classes and ACRO

Candace has always had a great passion for the performing arts. Starting at the age of 3, she formed a love for gymnastics and dance. As her gymnastics journey moved into competitive levels, Candace started attending Victoria School of Performing Arts.  Her passion for dance and performing on the stage grew which led her to decide it was time to dedicate her life to dance.

Thoroughly studying the art of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Tap and Musical Theatre, she received numerous opportunities to travel and work with top choreographers around North America and she received many awards and scholarships throughout her training.  Candace started to attend Vimy Ridge Academy and Shelley's Dance Company and took her level of commitment to dance to new heights.  Having the opportunity to train longer hours and under the instruction of some of Edmonton's most influential instructors Candace developed a strong appreciation and understanding for the art form through the knowledge and passion that has been passed down to her.

Realizing at an early age she also had a passion for working with children and youth, Candace chose to dedicate her life to teaching dance and gymnastics.  She has now been sharing everything she knows with her students for the past 9 years and couldn't see it any other way. To provide her students the most effective training, Candace continues to educate herself and stay current in her teaching methods.  

With her strong gymnastics background it was natural for her to develop an interest in AcroDance. Most recently Candace has started her Certification as a Junior and Intermediate Registered Acrobatique Instructor, as well as Level 1 Certified with NCCP - gymnastics division.

Candace is so excited to bring her knowledge and passion to all her students, and can't wait to be apart of their journeys!

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Shelby Engelking

Hip Hop Kids & 8 week sessions 

Bio coming soon! 

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Thomas Boivin

Hip Hop

Thomas has been training in Tap since the age of 3 and Hip Hop since the age of 6.  Although young, he has caught the eye of many teachers, choreographers and dance masters across North America.

He has trained with artists such as; Barbara Vargas, Danny Neilson, Lisa LaTouche, Jenna Werhun, Alexander Chung to name a few.  He attends many dance workshops and conventions to stay current with all styles of Tap and Hip Hop.  He has received many awards and scholarships throughout his training.  He has won the titles of Mr. Teen CanDance 2015 in Calgary, AB and Mr. Senior CanDance 2016 in Red Deer, AB.  He is a member of NXG Company under the direction of Alexander Chung. He took part in the Next Steps tap program under the direction of Jenna Werhun.  Thomas is a teacher in high demand, teaching in Edmonton, St.Albert, Spruce Grove and Tofield.

Thomas continues to train at the Kore Dance Studio as well as attends many conventions across North America. He has attended the Vancouver Tap Society's Tap Boot Camp in 2015, BuildaBEAST Experience 2016, Dance Ideas Teachers Seminar in California and many more. He has performed in shows for Feats Festival (Alberta Dance Alliance), Hip Hop for Hope 2015, Stars of Hope, Stand Up For Love, 2012 Alberta Winter Games Opening Ceremony, For Kids by Kids, Youth Day and WEM Fest.  Recently, he was in the music video "Hooked" for Lia Cole.

Thomas is looking forward to sharing his love of dance with his students.

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Patricia Perez

HIP HOP

Bio coming soon!!

Dance Class Reviews

Awesome Teachers, family atmosphere, and all above Fun! - Robyn Thomas

Best dance studio ever!! My daughter is learning so much & enjoying every minute of it!! Thanks Ms Richelle! - Brenda Mydlak

Such a wonderful studio with fantastic staff. I highly recommend The Dance Place. - Brandi McNallie

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The Dance Place
470A South Ave
Spruce Grove, AB
(780) 962 – 4285

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3396
Spruce Grove, AB T7X 3A7

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