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 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 on her tenth 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

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 invoke performing on Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards 2014 for INEZ JASPER, achieving 1st Place at the 2014 Cowboy’s SYTYCD Competition with theTOMORROWS, dancing for Commonwealth Bar and Stage’s monthly Hip Hop Show – 10@10, back-up for INEZ JASPER at Indspire 2014, choreography for local artists YUNG DRE and MIKE TO, as well as various performances with One World, 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 and had the opportunity to perform with the Alberta Ballet Company. 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 City for two years and got to perform many soloist roles. Some of these roles include: Spanish and Arabian form the Nutcracker, the Lilac Fairy from Sleeping Beauty, and the Queen of Hearts from Alice and Wonderland. She then returned to Calgary and began teaching at Soul to Sole as well as attending University. Tanya still enjoys dancing while she is teaching and most recently has become a company member with Alberta Ballet. Tanya is passionate about teaching the students at Soul to Sole and has enjoyed the rewarding experience!

Mackenzie Fell – 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 exams including her Advanced 1 I.S.T.D. exam. She is currently preparing for her I.S.T.D. Associate exam in Ballet, which she plans to take in May 2018. 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 a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor and has just completed her second year at the ADAPT TTS. 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 and Laban Movement Analysis.
Currently, Mackenzie is at Mount Royal University finishing up her Bachelor of Business Administration in which she will be graduating from in December 2018. She also loves dancing with illFX, a Hip Hop company in Calgary, as a member of the Omega crew.

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 sixteen years, ten 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 eleventh year of sharing the love of Ballet with her students. 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. In 2012, she completed the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. As a dancer, Katherine trained at the International School of Ballet, McDonald Wilson Dance Academy and Alberta Ballet.

in 2010, she received the Heather Simpson Memorial Award Ballet Teachers, which allowed her to enhance her continuing professional education and has attended dance teaching courses through the Royal Academy of Dance as well as the “Dancelife” Teachers Conference in Arizona. Her most recent studies include attending the “EnAvant” Teacher’s Conferenceand became certified 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!