We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.
Miss Erin is the owner and Artistic Director of Heart To Sole Danceworks. She is the mother of two and is married to Mr Aaron (who builds all of our props!) Miss Erin has been teaching for 16 years!! She is ADAPT certified in both Tap and Jazz. She is passionate about the studio, her students and staff. She works hard everyday to create a safe fun environment for everyone to learn!
Alyssa is so excited to start her third season with Heart to Sole! A lifelong learner, Alyssa is passionate about creative work, and dancer health, holding a Bachelor’s degree in ballet and contemporary dance, and a Master’s degree in dance science. She is also a certified yoga instructor, MELT instructor, and a committee member for Healthy Dancer Canada.
Danika started dancing when she was 3 years old when her friend introduced her to ballet. When she was 10, she discovered she also loved dancing competitively. Danika has earned many accolades at competitions and loves to be on stage. Danika wants to extend her knowledge and passion to others at Heart To Sole and is excited to continue growing as a teacher this year!
Haylea began dancing at the age of 3 but did not realize her passion for it until she came to Heart to Sole Danceworks and started to flourish. She is training in many disciplines of dance including hip hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and lyrical. During her years at dance competitions, her accolades have included numerous scholarships and, this past year, she won Senior Soloist of the Year at Wanna Dance Competition in Medicine Hat. Haylea wishes to continue her art and mastering her craft of dance while also graduating from grade 12 this coming year and applying for colleges and universities. She looks forward to growing and developing younger dancers to have the same passion for dance as she does!
Libirty started dancing at age 2 with ballet and gymnastics. Over the years, she added jazz, hip hop, creative movement, Bollywood, Acro and cheerleading to the mix. Libirty joined the competitive Acro team at age 15, and continued over several years helping to ensure the team’s success. She also branched out as a soloist with many high placings. Libirty joined a competitive cheerleading team for 5 years, making her way to become a coach herself by completing the Alberta Cheerleading Association (ACA) level 1, and taking her own team to competition! She started assistant teaching for Junior Acro and helped develop their choreography. Libirty is excited to continue her dance education, on top of attending University, by starting to teach junior levels of the Acrobatique syllabus through the Acro Dance Teachers Association for certification.
Libby started cheerleading at the age of 11 at a local gymnasium in Calgary. She continued to cheer in school and through a local cheer team. Due to a sudden injury, Libby stopped participating in cheerleading and, in 2016, began coaching instead. She is certified in ACA Level 1 and ACA Level 2 (interchangeable with ICU Level 3), and has taken courses in Respect In Sport, First Aid and Concussions.
Libby graduated from high school in 2019 and is hoping to return to school in Fall 2020 where she hopes to major in Paediatric Psychology.
Libby is very excited to start using the skills she has learned from coaching cheer and translate them into teaching acro dance!
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 including tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, lyrical, hip hop and musical theatre. She has completed numerous ballet exams including her Advanced 1 ISTD. During her years at dance competitions, Mackenzie won several high score and overall-achievement awards, but 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 ADAPT certified, has her Associate in ISTD Ballet and has both her Module 1 & Module 2 Acrobatic Arts certifications.
Mackenzie has a Theatre Performance Diploma and a Bachelor of Business Administration, both from Mount Royal University.
Mackenzie truly loves her students at Heart To Sole and cannot wait to be back for another year!
Miss Nigaar has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She started her training with Classical Indian dance and, when she moved to Canada from Kenya at the age of 6, she continued her training in different genres of dance. Miss Nigaar is very passionate about Bollywood and incorporates other dance styles such as salsa, hip hop, bellydance and jazz into her choreography.
She has been teaching Bollywood for the last 9 years. Miss Nigaar wants to foster a love for dance and wants dance to bring joy into the lives of her students. Miss. Nigaar loves to dance, enjoys choreographing and is enthusiastic to teach and share her love for Bollywood with all her students.
Paige started dancing at age 2, in Ballet and gymnastics. At age 8, Paige added Irish dancing to her skills and quickly became a competitive Irish dancer competing in Vancouver, Kelowna & Montreal. She auditioned at age 15 for the Bhriomhar North American Championship team and was successful. Paige trained with over 15 hours a week and continued with other dance elements including Lyrical, Ballet and competitive Acro. Paige also started competing in Acro a placing in many high rankings, also receiving judge’s and specialty awards. Paige enjoyed assistant teaching in Acro classes and Choreography for the competitive team. She’s now proudly taking steps to learn the Junior Levels of Acrobatique and follow the Acro Dance Teachers Association towards full certification.
Sarah started dancing at the young age of three and quickly developed a strong passion for ballet, dancing on pointe at age 11, and completed the advanced level of the RAD ballet program. Throughout her dancing career, she added acro, jazz, tap, bellydancing, yoga and even a little cha-cha, Bollywood and burlesque to her training. Some of her special highlights were dancing under the instruction of Umran Suman, Turkish ballerina and founder of Jeunesse Classique Ballet; performing in the Nutcracker and Cinderella; being accepted to dance at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; and dancing in a variety of competitions. Sarah danced with McDonald Wilson, International School of Ballet, City of Calgary Ballet, Foothills Academy of Dance and the Dance Factory. She worked alongside Briomhar School of Irish Dance for a few years working on skills to help an Irish competitive dancer. Sarah has been teaching dance for 12 years and developed a passion for ‘all things acro’. She now focuses mainly teaching both recreational and competitive dancers from junior through intermediate certified levels of Acro following the Acrobatique syllabus, now called the Acro Dance Teachers Association. Her competitive groups have won several choreography awards, Specialty and Outstanding Awards, along with high placements. She’s proud to have aided in the development and successes of the Acro program at Heart to Sole and is thrilled to be part of its continued growth.
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Sarah started dancing at a local studio in Okotoks at age 8 and remained there until 2015. She took classes in pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet, contemporary and lyrical, and also completed multiple dance exams through the RAD (ballet) and Al Gilbert (tap). She has had both the opportunity to perform on a cruise line and to be featured on the Family Channel show ‘The Next Step’ with a piece choreographed by Stacey Tookey. A highlight of her competitive dancing was winning 3rd place at Nationals in Whistler, BC with her tap solo.
Sarah is attending SAIT in September for sonography.
She has never lost her passion for dance and is very excited to be teaching at one of her former dance teacher’s studios this season!
Trinity Wright-Griggs was born and raised in the Okotoks area. She started dancing at the early age of 3 dancing at a local studio, and other studios in the community. She starting teaching at Heart To Sole Danceworks in Okotoks at the age of 17 in styles such as jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary. Having travelled to compete across Alberta and other provinces she has had the chance to dance in Florida’s Disney World Parade, and been on Family Channels Chance To Dance with Stacey Tookey. She has completed the Royal Academy of Dance Grade 3 to Intermediate 2 Ballet Exams, Grade 2 to 7 Al Gilbert Tap Exams. Trinity has recently obtained her certification of Acrobatic Arts Module 1. She has had the opportunity to teach at Foothills Composite High School after graduation, as well as at Westmount K-9 School doing choreography for their production. Her passion for dance and choreography continues to grow everyday as she furthers her knowledge.
Miss Tracy has been a teacher for over 25 years and is a certified instructor in RAD ballet, CDTA ballet and has obtained her Associate ISTD Cecchetti. Her training began at the Alberta Ballet School in Edmonton in the Professional Program and continued at the Edmonton School of Ballet which lead to the world renowned National Ballet School in the Teacher Training Program. During her training, Tracy had the opportunity to perform and tour throughout North America with the Alberta Ballet Company and work with renowned artists such as Karen Kain, Veronica Tennent and Evelyn Hart.
Throughout her career, she has had the honor of being a guest teacher at workshops, a guest choreographer, a festival adjudicator and an in-house examiner for ballet exams. Her most rewarding experience is to see many of her former students go on the be professional dancers, teachers and studio owners themselves.