About Us

Footworks Dance Academy offers professionally accredited dance instruction to students’ 18 months of age to adult. A wide variety of programs are available, providing dance education for beginners to the advanced students. Footworks is in its 23rd year of operation in Barrhead with 200+ students in attendance.


The Academy is owned and operated by Irene Widdup, who is the principle instructor and choreographer. Miss Irene holds a Bachelor of Education Degree and is a Certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance from London England. She is a certified adjudicator with the International Dance Adjudicators Association and a member of the Alberta Dance Educators Association. She has trained with Dance Masters from all over the world, in New York, L.A., Phoenix and Vancouver as well as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Alberta Ballet. She has won several choreography awards and her students have attained many outstanding awards for their group’s efforts.


Footworks Dance Academy offers students opportunity to perform and attain dance training through educational field trips to dance conventions in Calgary and Edmonton as well as extended trips to New York, Disneyland performances, Carnival Cruise Line Performances and training at the EDGE Performing Arts Center in L.A. and recently the Dominican Republic. Students can also train to become a teacher of dance through the S.T.E.P.  (Student Teacher Education Program) Program taught by Miss Irene at Footworks.


Miss Irene is an enthusiastic teacher and enjoys sharing her love of dance with her students. She inspires her dancers with her energy and passion and believes everyone can dance at any age! Her style of training not only builds strong dancers but strong team skills, confidence and long lasting friendships. So come join the fun!


Studio Highlights

* Fully Mirrored Studio
* Floating Dance Floors
* Classes for Boys & Girls
* Student Teacher Education Program
* High School Course Credits
* Member of the Royal Academy of Dance
* Member of the International Academy of Dance Adjudicators
* Member of Alberta Dance Educators Association

* Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructors

Contact Information

Footworks Dance Academy
5022 - 50 Street
Barrhead, Alberta