• 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 dancing at the age of 4 at Riverbend Dance Academy and has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, musical theatre, contemporary, and modern. She has been teaching at several studios in the greater Edmonton area for the past 6 years. In university she began performing with Orchesis, a program designed to give all adults, from beginner to professional, an opportunity to dance. She has held a seat on their Board of Directors for the past 2 years. This year Hannah graduated from the University of Alberta with her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology and with a focus on dance-related research; she also studied Anne Green Gilbert’s innovative Brain-Compatible dance education program. Hannah is a certified Burlesque BOOM instructor, and also teaches dance fitness classes for women with the goal of encouraging healthy living and body positivity.

    Hannah has competed and attended workshops across Alberta. She still takes regular classes herself, and spent a summer training in Toronto in 2016. This summer she will be training in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with an invitation from TOKYO the Academy. Hannah is certified in the Edmonton School of Ballet Junior Grades and Classical Ballet Progressions of Canada.

    Hannah is also heavily involved in the theatre and visual art communities in her free time, and throughout her dance career has received several awards for her contributions to the arts.

     

  • 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, along with workshops taught by the likes of Brandon Bryant, Matt Marr, the professional staff at the Edmonton School of Ballet, Tokyo and others. Currently she is working on her Acrobatique Intermediate 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 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.

  • Miss Chelsea

    Pre-School/Kinder, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary

    Chelsea began dancing at the age of 11. She started with Jazz and Ballet and quickly discovered a strong passion for Jazz. She is also trained in Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. Her dance training initiated at Variations Academy of Dance and after years of training she discovered she loved teaching and the creativity of choreography. She began her teaching career at Dance On! Dance Society in 2014 with volunteering her time as Assistant Teacher and substitute teaching all classes, ages 3 – adult. She especially loves working with the Kinders on Tap, Jazz and Ballet and watching them grow and evolve.

    Her favorite part about dancing and teaching is being able to share her passion of movement, on and off the stage and the art of self-expression.  Her bubbly and outgoing personality is contagious and she firmly believes in a positive and encouraging learning environment. Chelsea is excited to join the Riverbend Dance Academy team for 2019-2020 Dance Season

     

  • Miss Lexie

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

    Lexie began dancing at the age of 3 and has formally trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, musical theatre, modern, contemporary and hip hop. She has competed in many competitions throughout Alberta with groups and as a soloist earning top awards. She has had the amazing opportunity to perform on 3 Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and has taken workshops in New York City at the Broadway Dance Centre and STEPS. At the age of 12 she became a dance teacher assistant and for the last 4 years she has been a sole instructor. It was during this time that she realised that this is what she was meant to do. Lexie is also an Acrobatic Arts and Barre Fitness Certified Instructor. Earning her Business Diploma in 2018 has helped her to see all aspects of what it takes to be successful in the dance industry. Lexie has been invited to be a guest choreographer for a high school dance program for the past 3 years as well as an Artist in Residence for elementary and senior high schools. She still dances and competes in adult tap and hip hop. Currently, she teaches at several dance studios in the Edmonton area, where she encourages her students to do their very best and to have fun while being kind to one another.