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Saturday Youth Training Program

djd-kiddies-191DJD’s Youth Training Program has been designed to provide weekly instruction to students in a supportive, professional, and creative environment for dancers ages 8-12. With over 30 years experience in professional performance and instruction, DJD is known for providing audiences and students alike with dance experiences that speak to the integrity that the company was founded upon.

The Saturday Youth Training Program is for students who are interested in annual registration and want a
greater opportunity to dance by attending 2-3 classes of their choice per week. Dance styles offered include; Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz & Tap. The Saturday Youth Training Program will also include two
special workshops, one in the fall and one in the winter, and possible
performance opportunities.

Class Schedule – Saturday’s from September 12, 2015 – april 23, 2016

Youth Ballet Beginner

9:15-10:00 AM
Chenise Mitchell

Youth Hip Hop Beginner
10:00-10:45 AM
Chenise Mitchell
Youth Hip Hop Intermediate
10:45-11:45 AM
Jason Galeos
Youth Jazz Beginner
10:45-11:45 AM
Rebecca Fishman
Youth Jazz Intermediate
11:45 AM -12:45 PM
Jessalyn Britton
Youth Jazz Beginner
12:45-1:45 PM
Janelle Schiffner
Youth Tap Beginner
1:00-1:45 PM
Tanis Baer
Youth Tap Intermediate
1:45 – 2:30 PM
Tanis Baer
Youth Tap Advanced
2:30-3:30 PM
Tanis Baer



Dancers are required to take a minimum of 2 classes per week. Tuition includes a year end showing and 2 workshops throughout the year.

Early Bird Pricing

(until August 26)

Regular Pricing


2 classes per week*  $1100  $1140
3 classes per week*  $1650  $1710

*Payment plans are available please contact Kirstin Anderson, Dance School Manager, for more information. 403-228-8177

Class Descriptions


Ballet classes at DJD encourage students to develop a solid
understanding of posture, alignment, technique, and ballet aesthetic
through fun and imaginative instruction. A welcoming and supportive
atmosphere and professional instruction keeps children coming back year
after year. . Dress code: ballet slippers and comfortable, nonrestrictive active wear.

Hip Hop

We believe that the understanding of
foundational styles and proper execution go hand in hand with the
development of personal style and hip hop swagger. Our instructors will
bring their passion for hip hop culture to their students through the
exploration of foundation hip hop styles. Dress Code: indoor running shoes and nonrestrictive active wear.


Keeping a connection to the history of jazz dance, the DJD Youth jazz program places strong emphasis on common dance techniques and skills within the jazz context along with vernacular (social) dance steps from the early days of jazz dance. Emphasis is placed on joy of dance and accuracy of movement in an encouraging and non-threatening atmosphere. Dress code: jazz shoes (black or beige) and comfortable, nonrestrictive active wear.


The introduction of basic tap skills and rhythms will guide dancers
through this fun class. Increased speed and complexity of steps will
grow as the student moves into experienced classes. Dress Code: tap shoes and nonrestrictive active wear

faculty Bios

tanis baer
tap Instructor

Tanis has been dancing in Calgary her entire life. She is trained in many dance forms, including jazz, modern, ballet, hip hop and of course, her favorite, tap. A graduate of the University of Calgary with a minor in dance, Tanis also studied at Edge Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California. Tanis has performed in SCPA’s Mainstage Dance, Theatre Alberta’s Dance Montage, and Alberta Dance Explosions. In 1996 she founded En Corps Dance Collective, and is currently a board member for the Tri-Tone Rhythm Society. Tanis served as an Artist in Residence with the Calgary Board of Education for several years. She has been teaching at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks for the past ten years, teaching in to both Youth and Adults. As an educator in the dance community for 20 years, Tanis believes that being a teacher with lots of tools and training is very important.

Jessalyn Britton
Jazz Instructor

Jessalyn is a contemporary and jazz dancer/choreographer/teacher involved in both independent and collaborative performance and creation. She is co-artistic director and producer of CrossCurrents, and has produced two shows since its inception. Jessalyn has worked with dance theatre company kloetzel&co. for several seasons where she performed in Professional Series 2014, Toronto’s Dusk Dances, and in the full length work “The Alice Odyssey.” This past year, Jessalyn was a company member in Corps Bara Dance Theatre, which produced the collaborative show “Absence” alongside Fire Exit Theatre. Independently, she has had the opportunity to perform and choreograph in: Alberta Dance Festival, Feats Festival, Fluid Festival’s Physical Therapy Cabaret and ContainR, Ignite! Festival, Soulocentric Fesitval, Shoes Off Cabaret, and Vancouver’s Tangents. Jessalyn holds a B.A. in Contemporary Dance with distinction from the University of Calgary. Post graduation, Britton was drawn into the jazz world and danced with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Professional Training Program for three seasons.  Jessalyn loves sharing her passion for dance with children and adults. She has been teaching dance for 11 years and is currently a teacher at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and Counterpoint Dance Academy Marda Loop. Jessalyn specializes in teaching jazz and contemporary/modern , but has also studied in ballet, contact improvisation, musical theatre, tap and West African.  She studied ballet up to ISTD Adv 1 and also has her Junior Cecchetti Teachers Certification.  Jessalyn will be attending the Acrobatic Arts Level 1-5 Certification course the summer of 2015.

rebecca fishman
Jazz Instructor

Rebecca is a graduate from the University of Calgary’s Drama program. Along with acting, Rebecca has studied dance from the age of 9. She has taken classes at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in West African, Jazz and Hip Hop. She was also a company member with Eko Dance Projects for four years. Rebecca has worked as a choreographer with Full Circle Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park, Quest Theatre, and Stage West. Rebecca teaches Jazz to children at DJD. She is also part of the Artist in Residency program with DJD, where she gets to teach and share her love of dance with children of all ages.

Jason Galeos
Hip Hop Instructor

Jason Owin F. Galeos is a dance professional who has been training in Hip Hop, House, Funk Styles (including Locking and Popping), Contemporary and Physical Theatre. He is a 2012 BA Alumni of the University of Calgary Department of Dance and has studied at world renowned festivals including ImPuls Tanz (Vienna, Austria) and Urban Dance Camp (Lörrach, Germany). Jason has appeared in “Satellites” (Dancing Monkey Laboratories), “I do and I do not” (MakeShiftProject) and “Absences” (Corps Bara Theatre). He is known for his unique movement voice in the community and a cross-genre approach. Also, his major influences are Niels Robtizky, Bruno Caverna, Davida Monk and W&M Physical Theatre. Jason’s choreography has most recently appeared at the Soulocentric, MPact Movement, and NextFest.

Chenise Mitchell
Ballet & Hip Hop Instructor

Chenise is a graduate of Cawthra Park Secondary School’s Dance Program in Toronto, where she had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Darryl Tracy, Michael Trent, Nicholas Villeneuve and Sharon Wong. She is also a graduate of Ryerson University’s Dance Program in Toronto, where she took advantage of many performance opportunities both at Ryerson and within Toronto’s dance community. She has performed at the Winter Garden Theatre and the ACC for shows such as WE Day 2013, Dance Ontario Awards Gala and Much Music MMVAs. She is thrilled to continue on her performance career path with DJD’s Professional Training Program and show Calgary what she has to offer to the dance community.

Janelle Schiffner
Jazz Instructor

Janelle has been dancing for over 16 years, training at various schools around Calgary. A recent graduate from the University of Calgary, receiving a Bachelor’s of Art in Contemporary Dance with a Concentration in Choreography and Performance. Janelle has participated in dance travel studies around the world, including New York City, Cuba, and Amsterdam. Janelle studied jazz at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks with their Professional Training Program and continues to share her love of jazz dance with students at DJD and around the city. Janelle also loves sharing her knowledge by teaching dance and piano.