Miss Irene is the owner and artistic director of Footworks Dance Academy. With 30+ years of teaching and choreography experience, a Teaching Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance, Bachelor of Education Degree, a Member of the International Academy of Dance Adjudicators and the President Alberta Dance Educators Association and 43 years of dance training, Miss Irene comes highly qualified. She makes sure to keep updated with the latest in dance by attending various dance conventions and master classes in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Phoenix, and even here in Alberta. She has published her S.T.E.P. Program for dance teaching preparation and has presented the program to various schools all over Alberta at the Alberta Dance Educators Association. She organizes a dance teachers convention, Team Motivate, for dance teachers all across North America to attend through the ADEA. Her students have won several awards, as has her choreography. She has four girls, a small group in the dance world, a wonderful husband and 2 adorable grandbabies, Olive and Opal, and her dog “Luna” that travels with her on all her dance adventures! Miss Irene is very proud of all her dancers and is looking forward to another exciting year with all her dancers.
Miss Emily has been inspired to dance in numerous ways throughout her life. Her early days in the Intensive Training Program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet gave her strong foundations in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and modern and led her to pursue a degree in dance at Brigham Young University where she focused on contemporary dance. Following her graduation in 2017, she returned to Winnipeg to teach at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In June 2019 she made the move to Edmonton and has enjoyed teaching both in Edmonton and the surrounding areas.
Miss Stacey loves teaching and is ready to rejoin the Footworks Teaching Team after taking some time to have her baby and raise her family! Miss Stacey has studied all forms of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop. She completed several RAD Ballet exams, is a certified Acrobatic Arts Module 1 and 2 instructor, has attended various dance conventions to train with many dance masters over the years, and in addition to her dance education she has a degree in Occupational and Physical Therapy.
Mr. Blake started his training at the age of eight and never looked back! His first steps on to the stage secured his love of performing and the art of dance! Blake continued his training in local studios in and around Edmonton and as he grew up he developed a passion for Hip Hop! He has become an integral body of the Edmonton dance scene and strives to inspire the next generation with competitions and showcase performances that he has been fortunate to be involved in.
Blake has traveled the world with his dancing and continues to grow as a professional dancer and as a leader in the dance community. He recently competed professionally on the world stage of Hip Hop International and left inspired and motivated to pass on his passion to others. His goals as a teacher and mentor are to pass on his love and knowledge of dance, and Hip Hop in particular, so that they too may find their love of dance.