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You love dancing and feeling the beat.
It’s your release, your escape and your happy place.
Dancing is your pathway to personal growth.
And, that’s where I come in.
I created Collingwood School of Dance for children to feel joy, build confidence and grow into amazing people. I believe in fostering children’s development in a healthy way, and to encourage their individual growth in a way that is positive and helps them to thrive.
I’m Devon Stone, and I’ve been a certified dance educator for over 17 years. I trained as a professional ballet dancer at Canada’s top professional ballet schools, and graduated from the highly reputable School of Alberta Ballet Teacher Training Program.
I hold full membership and Associate Diploma credentials with Cecchetti Canada and Cecchetti International – Classical Ballet, and I’m a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor.
As a dancer I’ve received top marks on all my Cecchetti Ballet Exams, and was awarded the prestigious Celia Franca Scholarship Award in 1998.
I believe in nurturing children through their dance journey, with excitement, encouragement and growth oriented dance training. I will teach your child to dance with exquisite technique, building their confidence and self-esteem.
My classes are intentional and developmentally appropriate, so that your child thrives as a dancer, and most importantly, as an individual.
We are a school of integrity, professionalism and excellence. Start your dance journey today.
Tammi attained her full C.D.T.A. membership and taught in Ottawa for ten years at the Greta Leeming Studio of Dance. While there she became an accredited teacher with the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT), a CFL Cheerleader and spent time performing for various concerts and benefits.
Tammi is a diverse and talented teacher and choreographer, having been invited to be a guest teacher at many studios across Ontario and now calls Simcoe County home. She has had the privilege to adjudicate for Dancezone, Kiwanis and Dance Masters of America, teaching classes for their solo title scholarship competition.
Many of her students have won dancer of the year titles and her choreography has received numerous overall awards. Her students have had great success dancing with various companies, in music videos, on cruise lines, television and on Broadway in New York City. Others have gone on to further their career at the university level and continued their love of dance through teaching.
Tammi believes learning and teaching go hand in hand and continues to further her own training, always pursuing a higher education in dance.
She is looking forward to dancing with the students of Collingwood School of Dance!
Olivia Slat started dancing at the age of 4, and she quickly fell in love.
Ms. Olivia trained as a competitive dancer in jazz, ballet, hip hop, acro and lyrical, and eventually started teaching hip hop, jazz and acro classes.
Ms. Olivia regularly attends dance intensives including The Pulse and VIP dance events to keep her skills and teaching style fresh and up-to-date.
Ms. Olivia has performed as a background dancer on the hit Family television show, The Next Step.
Ms. Olivia’s passion for dance has continued to grow and she brings that joy and passion with her to the studio every day, and she is excited to share her love of dance with the students of Collingwood School of Dance.
Tara Pickford started dancing at the age of 4 and hasn’t sat still since. She is committed to teaching young people how to find a passion for theatre and dance at her studio.
Tara received a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology, with a major in Mind Sciences, at the University of Calgary. She is a fully certified ADAPT Teacher, Al Gilbert Teacher, and Acrobatic Arts Teacher, and a member of the Wild Rose Dance Arts Association.
Tara has created award-winning choreography for competitions and exciting recitals for all ages and abilities. Still in the classroom, teaching all types of dance and all ages from age 1 to pre-professional, she has a strong understanding of the hard work and the process dancers, teachers, and parents take on to get to the stage and have a great experience.
When she is not with her studio family, she is at home with her two energetic children – both dancers! She loves living for the day and inspiring her children. Now that both have started their own journeys in the dance world, Tara has a deeper understanding of what families are looking for in a studio.
Rae-Lee is devoted to helping aspiring young dance artists. Her goal is to create healthy and enthusiastic dancers who love art and will positively influence the world of dance. She began her ballet and contemporary training in Alberta at Crossings Dance Studio. Later, she danced for six years in Corps Bara Dance Youth Company traveling around Alberta, Toronto and New York City.
In 2012, she began her training in contemporary dance at Simon Fraser University where she studied modern dance and choreographic composition. Rae-Lee moved to Toronto in 2014 to learn from renowned faculty at Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. During her training at NBS she obtained her teaching qualifications with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the Royal Academy of Dance.
In 2017, she graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Contemporary dance from Simon Fraser and her Teacher Training Diploma. She is excited to be returning to Calgary to begin spreading her the knowledge she has gained while learning from the teachers and students at APA and around the province.
She encourages all dancers to love themselves for who they are and to never give up on their passions in life.