Ms. Lindsay Boychuk
Studio Director & Instructor
Miss Lindsay grew up in Kindersley, SK and started dancing at the age of five. She started with Carol Ann Hanson of Hanson School of Dance and in her later years trained under Eloise Sitter of Sitter School of Dance. Growing up she took classes in all genres of dance including tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, pointe and musical theatre. During her dance training she completed her exams in ballet, tap and jazz through the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA), Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT), and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Upon graduating from high school Lindsay continued dancing and completed her student dance exams. In 2009 Lindsay received her Teachers Training Certificate through the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT) from Brian and Faye Foley, who had a deep impact on who she would become as a dance teacher.
Lindsay auditioned and was a member of the Dare to Dance Company for three consecutive years from 2001 – 2003. During these years she had the opportunity to train under the Emmy Award winning Artistic Director, David Connolly as well as many other talented and recognized teachers and choreographers such as: Andrea Palmer, Scott Kufske, Sarah Nolan Downs and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal.
Lindsay went on to own her own dance studio, Rocky Mountain Dance Academy, in Bragg Creek, AB. Rocky Mountain Dance Academy ran for four successful years and grew to having 102 dancers, 3 teachers and her students winning many awards at the various competitions they attended throughout Alberta. Due to a personal life change, in 2012 Lindsay moved back to her hometown of Kindersley and had to close her studio. Lindsay taught at Premier Dance in Kindersley for the past four years and is thankful for the opportunity she had to get to know the students and studio owners.
Throughout her dance training and 20 years involved in this wonderful world of dance, Lindsay has competed in many competitions, conventions and master classes. Over the past 14 years she has taught a wide variety of classes for students ages 3 – 18 years old, as well as adults and seniors fitness. She has taught a range of dance styles including Acro, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Pointe, Stretch & Conditioning and Tap. Many of Lindsay’s students have successfully competed in competitions as well as in dance exams.
Miss. Shalyn Kennedy
Miss. Shalyn is homegrown from here in Kindersley. She started dancing at the age of three and has trained in many styles including tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, and contemporary. Miss. Shalyn has taken tap, ballet, and jazz exams through the CDTA and ADAPT syllabi.
“I love every style of dance because they all offer something unique and an opportunity to express yourself in a different way, but tap would be my favourite as it is a way to make music using just your feet. When I leave the studio at the end of the night I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to be teaching the kids. Nothing beats the look on a students face after they accomplish something they’ve been working so hard on!”
Ms. Richelle Ortman
Ms. Richelle grew up in Kindersley training under the direction of Carol Ann Hanson of Hanson School of Dance. After high school she went on to study dance and leadership at Hillsong College in Sydeny, Australia for four years and has been a dance instructor and choreographer for the past 10 years. She is also the owner and director of the creative/performing arts company Dahling Productions.
“I’m passionate about performance and creativity and am excited to share that with the students and team at Enlightened Dance!”
Ms. Margaret Stephen
Mrs. Stephen received her dance training in Ballet, Tap and Highland dance in Scotland and has performed with The Scottish Ballet.
During her dance career she has danced in classical ballets such as Les Silphides, Giselle, Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Swan Lake.
Mrs. Stephen also competed at Scottish Highland Games in Gatherings at Aboyne, Braemar, Drumtochty, Forres and Inverness.
Mrs. Stephen received her Highland Dance teaching qualifications in Scotland with the United Kingdom Alliance and ballet qualifications through British Ballet Organization. Mrs. Stephen taught Ballet, Tap and Highland in Scotland for several years before immigrating to Canada with her husband and two children. Margaret then received her teaching qualifications through Royal Academy of Dance and is also a Practical Teaching Supervisor with the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies Program.
Margaret has trained students to Advanced 2 level through the Royal Academy of Dance, Children’s Grades and Vocational Graded syllabi.
She regularly attends workshops and teachers courses to stay current with teaching techniques and believes dance is a lifelong passion which continues to grow.
Margaret is a dedicated teacher who is very proud of her students accomplishments. Many students have pursued dance careers and are working nationally/inter-nationally. She believes students learn much more than dance in a dance class. The studio is a place where we learn many life lessons and skills, self confidence, time management, team building, inter-personal skills, perseverance, self discipline, respect for others and of course form life-long friendships.
Mrs. Stephen is an experienced adjudicator, teacher and award winning choreographer, she has worked extensively throughout western Canada teaching workshops and summer schools and adjudicating such competitions as; Dance Power, Surrey Dance Festival, Alberta Dance Festival, Festival of Friends.
Mrs Stephen is now semi-retired but continues her dance career through teaching classes and workshops, coaching and mentoring.
Ms. Heather Boisvert
Ms. Heather grew up in Leduc, AB where she danced and acted with Just for Fun Theatre School. She has always been creative and involved in the arts. In 2016 Heather became a RYT200 Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor. As well as a trained Pilates and Barre Instructor.
“I believe there are many benefits of yoga for our dancers. Not only will they increase flexibility, core strength and balance… yoga releases stress, tension and reduces anxiety. Something I feel is very beneficial and complimentary to competitive dance training.”