Our Staff at Soul to Sole

 

Breanne Johnson-Lee (BA Dance) – Artistic Director/Owner

Breanne grew up dancing here in Calgary, taking various classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern/Contemporary, Pointe, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Swing, African, Latin Styles, Ballroom, Funk, Choreography and Improvisation. She graduated in June of 2004 from the University of Calgary with a BA in Dance, where she had an opportunity to work with some incredible choreographers and teachers which included Michele Moss, Davida Monk, Melissa Monteros, Wojtek Mochniej, Shirley Murray, Hannah Stillwell, Anne Flynn and Joanne Baker just to name a few. Breanne has been teaching dance both recreationally and competitively for the past twenty-one years. She has also taught dance in both the public, separate and private school systems, where she has incorporated dance into the students’ curriculums, physical education programs as well as dance programs. Over the years, Breanne has done choreography for various groups throughout the city which included Dance Montage at the University of Calgary, Central Memorial High School’s “Dance Central Showcases,” Alberta Dance Explosions at Dancer’s Studio West, Calaway Park, Dance The World at the Jack Singer Concert Hall and Velocity Motionwerks. She is extremely passionate about sharing her knowledge and love for dance with her students, which is why she decided to open Soul To Sole Dance Company Ltd. in September of 2005, which had always been a dream of hers. Breanne is an active member of the Wild Rose Dance Arts Association, where she enjoys staying connected to and volunteering within the dance community in Calgary. Many of Breanne’s students have won several prestigious awards and scholarships in competitions/festivals throughout Alberta, have received top marks for their ADAPT Tap and Jazz exams and some have even gone on to dance professionally and attend University dance programs and classes. She still continues to study dance and attends workshops and classes, which she believes is important when it comes to teaching, as dance is a forever changing art form. Breanne also has experience adjudicating at competitions/festivals which she really enjoys, as it gives her an opportunity to give constructive feedback in a positive atmosphere, where she hopes that dancers and teachers can push themselves even further in their artistic and creative expressions.

Amanda Brown – Teacher/Choreographer

Amanda Brown grew up dancing competitively at the age of four in Calgary, AB, where she trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. Growing up she was trained through the R.A.D syllabus focusing greatly on Ballet technique.  After graduating she worked abroad for four years dancing for Carnival Cruise Lines traveling around North and South America. She got the opportunity to work with dancers from all over the world, learn new styles and perform on stage every night. Amanda is in her twelfth year of teaching specializing in Jazz, Tap and Lyrical. Over the years her competitive groups have won high scores and received choreography awards. Choreography is her favourite aspect of teaching and tries to find new and creative ideas for her routines each year. By attending and dancing in different conventions, Amanda tries to stay with current styles and techniques.

Sean Butler – Dancer/Choreographer/Teacher

Choreographer and Dancer based out of Calgary, AB, Canada. Sean is the creator of VibeTribeYYC, and a founding member of theTOMORROWS dance crew. His knowledge of music and movement is a direct result of his training in Flavorshop, a world-wide motion of like-minded artists created and developed by Lenny Len (Toronto). Sean strives to affect artists and students alike, generating an enhanced understanding and mentality, as well as promoting growth and success through dance and music. Credits involve performing on Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards 2014 for INEZ JASPER, achieving 1st place at the 2014 Cowboys SYTYCD competition with theTOMORROWS, Choreography and performing with YUNG DRE at Stampede 2017, dancing for Commonwealth Bar and Stage’s monthly Hip Hop show: 10@10, back-up for INEZ JASPER at Indspire 2014, back-up choreography for local artists YUNG DRE, HAYDEN MCHUGH, MIKE TO, as well as various performances with One World, Masked Canvas, Mpact, and Downtown Calgary.

Tanya Chumak – Teacher/Choreographer

Tanya Chumak grew up in Calgary and began dancing at the age of three. She decided to pursue her love of ballet by training at the School of Alberta Ballet full time. She completed her advanced 2 Cecchetti exam by age 16, which is the highest major examination in the Cecchetti method. After high school she joined the professional graduate program at the School of Alberta Ballet to further her training. She was also selected to compete in the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition. Upon graduation Tanya received a contract to dance professionally with New York Theatre Ballet. She danced in New York for two years and then returned to Calgary. She is currently dancing professionally with Alberta Ballet and is going into her fourth season. She has also been teaching and choreographing at Soul to Sole for the past six years. Tanya is passionate about teaching the students at Soul to Sole and enjoys the rewarding experience!

Mackenzie Hollinger – Teacher/Choreographer

Mackenzie started dancing at a local dance studio in Calgary when she was three years old and completed her dance education there in 2012. She trained in many disciplines which included Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. She has completed numerous Ballet exam, the most recent one being her Advanced 1 I.S.T.D. exam. During her years at dance competitions, Mackenzie has won several high score awards and overall achievement awards for her solos and trios that she performed with her two sisters. Her proudest moment was when she received the Tammy-Lynn Powers Memorial Tap Scholarship through the Wild Rose Dance Arts Association in 2011 for her tap solo.
Mackenzie is ADAPT certified as of July 2018 and is also a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor. She is currently preparing for her ISTD Associate Ballet exam which she is planning to take in November 2018.
Mackenzie graduated in 2014 from the Mount Royal University Theatre Performance Program where she performed in various theatre and musical theatre productions. She was trained in an assortment of disciplines including stage combat, clowning, Laban Movement Analysis, and other theatrical training.
Currently, Mackenzie is at Mount Royal University finishing up her Bachelor of Business Administration in which she will be graduating from in December 2018.

Brittney Johnson – Teacher/Choreographer

Brittney began dancing at the age of five at a local dance studio here in Calgary, where she took classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern/Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. As a dancer, she won many awards and scholarships in various competitions/festivals throughout Alberta. She also took many of her ADAPT Tap and Jazz exams as a student. Brittney has been teaching dance for eighteen years, thirteen of which have been at Soul To Sole. Many of her students have won several awards and scholarships in various competitions/festivals throughout Alberta. She even had a student be chose to go to New York and dance on Broadway! Miss Brittney still continues to attend various workshops and conventions and is also an active member of the Wild Rose Dance Arts Association here in Calgary. Her main passion is Jazz. She loves to be able to share her passion and knowledge with all of her students!

Katherine Woodhead – Teacher/Choreographer (BA Psychology, RAD RTS)

Katherine loves to teach dance to children of all ages and abilities and this is her thirteenth year of sharing the love of Ballet with her students. As a dancer, Katherine trained at the International School of Ballet, McDonald Wilson Dance Academy and Alberta Ballet. In 2010, she graduated from Mount Royal University with a degree in Psychology and began working as a child aide for children with special needs as part of a Specialized Services Team. Katherine completed the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies in 2012 and is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. In 2010, she received the Heather Simpson Memorial Award which allowed her to enhance her continuing professional education and continues to attend teaching courses such as Dancelife, En Avant and the Dance Teacher Expo. In 2016 Katherine completed her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique and is excited to incorporate these exercises in her Ballet classes! Katherine enjoys helping her students to grow and develop each class, by focusing on technique, posture and placement while ensuring that her students feel nurtured and comfortable. She is very excited to be a part of the Soul To Sole faculty again this year and is looking forward to seeing her returning students and meeting new ones!

Cailynne Smith – Teacher/Choreographer – Cailynne has 14 years of dance training in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, and acro. She has successfully completed her Intermediate 3 ADAPT jazz and tap exams, as well as her Advanced Foundation RAD exam. She has grown up dancing here at Soul To Sole, 12 years of which she spent competing across Alberta and attending conventions to further her training. This past year she had been invited to perform at National Tap Day with various other outstanding artists. She has also won numerous scholarships such as the Jaimie Hill and Tammy-Lynn Memorial Scholarship, Wild Rose Dance Arts Scholarships, Be Discovered Florida Intensive at Disney World, Acrobatique AcroDance Certification Course, and multiple high score and overall achievement awards for her solos, duos, trios and groups throughout her competitive years. This will be Cailynne’s third season teaching at Soul To Sole, with three prior years of student teaching. She still attends regular classes and workshops to further her dance and teaching knowledge. She currently is training at Soul to Sole and has recently started with The Tomorrows, a local hip hop dance crew, under the direction of Lenny Len. Cailynne is excited to be able to share her love of dance with her students!

Sydney Gray – Teacher/Choreographer – Sydney Gray was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and has been training in dance for the last fifteen years of her life. Sydney’s introduction into dance started at the age of three years old at Axis Dance studio in Calgary, Alberta. When she turned six years old, she moved to Soul to Sole Dance Company where she trained in many styles including tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary/modern, hip hop and pointe. Sydney was trained here by many incredible choreographers and dance instructors such as Breanne Johnson-Lee, Tanya Chumak, Amanda Brown, Brittney Johnson, Sean Butler, Katherine Woodhead and many others who helped to develop her dance technique. In addition to her studio training, she also received training from the Performing and Visual Arts program at Central Memorial High School under the instruction of Jason Stroh, Alison Stone, Christie Preston and Corinne Vessey. Through this program, Sydney got to be exposed to many different dance styles such as West African, Afro Cuban, Latin, Bollywood and swing. She also got her first official taste of choreography when she along with her student choreography groups created their pieces entitled “Stuck” and “Against the Flow”. Dance has always been Sydney’s main focus and passion in regards to the arts, however she also has a background in art and music as well. Sydney is also presently a dance instructor at Soul to Sole Dance Company where she teaches young dancers various styles including ballet, tap, and jazz. Sydney loves teaching dance and looks forward to another great year of dancing!

Jackson Rethy – Teacher/Choreographer – Bio coming soon!