• MEET THE STAFF

  • Miss Marilyn

    Owner/Artistic Director

    Marilyn, began her training at the age of 4 ½, at private dance schools in Edmonton. At the age of 20 she attended the Foley's Academy in Toronto for a year of concentrated training. Marilyn has studied and taught dance for 30 plus years. Over the years she has worked hard to keep current and expand her teaching and choreography skills through countless workshops, conferences and teachers' meetings throughout the Province, across Canada in Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Hawaii. Marilyn has taught at various schools in Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan and Sherwood Park before forming Riverbend Dance Academy in 1994. Marilyn was an active member of the ADAPT for many years, and is committed to the ADAPT Syllabus. Has received her Elementary RAD Ballet, along with numerous Advanced level examinations both with Al Gilbert and ADAPT Syllabus. Marilyn's natural ease with children makes her a sought after adjudicator and teacher. She has been a guest instructor, choreographer, and adjudicator. Marilyn's students have entered into competitions and exams, many of whom have received high standings and scholarships in competitions and festivals. She is a recognized instructor for ADAPT - an acronym for Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers.

  • Miss Hannah

    Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip-Hop

    Hannah began her dance education at Riverbend Dance Academy at age 4 in jazz, tap and ballet and has loved it ever since.  She trained for 15 years at Riverbend in a Variety of styles including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre and Contemporary.  She has taken classes with a multitue of talented instructors in Edmonton and Toronto.  Hannah has attended countless workshops, examinations, competitions and shows winning awards and schlarships throughout her training.  She is currently studying for her Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degress in physchology at the University of Alberta with plans to pursue a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy, and excited to be dancing with Orchesis Dance Group at the U of A beginning this fall.

    Hannah is looking forward to the upcoming dance season, teaching for Riverbend Dance Academy and sharing her Love Of Dance with her students!

     

  • Miss Tegan

    Tap, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Hip-Hop & Musical Theatre

    Tegan has been passionate about movement and dance from a very young age. She has trained and studied in various disciplines of Ballet, Irish dance, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Modern dance. With a focus and passion for ballet, Tegan has received training in RAD, ISTD, and Vaganova methods and examinations. In addition to dance, Tegan grew up in musical theatre, taking workshops and classes from schools such as the Citadel Foote Theatre and Grant Macewan University, and performing in shows from the ages of 8 – 18. She spent many years studying voice, violin, and bass guitar, and played in multiple bands allowing for many exciting performance opportunities in and around the city of Edmonton.

    Tegan has attended courses and workshops in child and adolescent development and learning, lesson planning, choreography and contemporary dance, dance for preschool years, and the Intellidance Method. Tegan has completed coursework with the NDEO in dance pedagogy, elements in dance, and ballet theory and composition. She has also studied in IDTS dance teaching method, and Progressing Ballet Technique, both of which have contributed to Tegan’s passion in teaching towards a solid understanding of dance anatomy, conditioning for dance, and safe development of technique. Tegan believes in regular professional development and as such has attended teaching courses with Winnipeg Royal Ballet, Cecchetti Society of Canada, and Vaganova society, and workshops Creative Movement and composition to name few. In addition to teaching dance, Tegan has had the opportunity to work as a teacher’s assistant in a specialized learning program with Edmonton Public School and has her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Psychology.

     

  • Adriana

    Pre-School/Kinder, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre

    Adriana has grown up competing in Tap, Contemporary, Ukrainian, Jazz, Lyrical and Musical Theatre in various studios around Edmonton. She has specialized in Tap, taking workshops, exams, and winning various awards. She has studied jazz music and other genres to support her Tap background. She has produced an album with Edmonton Youth Jazz Ensemble, and has won awards with other groups. Adriana has performed tap and improvisation with live jazz bands. She has studied contemporary, taking workshops from various artists from around the world; her favourite experience was studying modern briefly at Laban Trinity Dance Centre in London, England. 

    This year, Adriana is teaching kinder dance, and is choreographing the Tap for Avalon’s annual musical “Thoroughly  Modern Millie”. She is also going to be a guest choreographer for Scona’s  Pathways Show. Adriana has a passion for music, choreography, and working with students! She is extremely excited to join the Riverbend Dance Academy team for her first year! 

     

  • Miss Kyla

    Acro, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre

    Miss Kyla started to dance at the young age of three in her home town of Stettler and has loved every moment since. Learning the art form soon became her life as she started taking formal training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip hop, Contemporary/modern, Lyrical, Tap, and Musical Theatre.  This sparked an interest in sharing her passion with other and resulted into her first student teaching positions, and later into having her own classes.  She has trained under the watchful eye of Rhonda Gillrie for the past 16 years, along with workshops taught by the likes of Brandon Bryant, Matt Marr, the professional staff at the Edmonton School of Ballet, and others. Currently she is working on her Acrobatique JR certification and is excited to keep learning. She has Previously taught at Danceology in Stettler Ab, The Alix Dance Club in Alix Ab, Dawn's School of Dance in Carstairs Ab, and Caroline Dance West in Caroline Ab.
     
    Miss Kyla moved to Edmonton in order to continue her education at the University of Alberta in the Bachelor of the Arts program majoring in Psychology and to be closer to more dance learning opportunities. 


    Miss Kyla loves teaching and working with dancers of all ages.  She aspires to encourage every student to be the best dancer he or she can possibly be, and strives to help every student reach that level while also keeping their love for the art alive.