Calgary Hip Hop Classes

Faculty

Elizabeth Rieb | Director

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Elizabeth began dancing at the young age of 8 years old. Throughout her youth she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and lyrical.

Over the years, she participated in many competitions and master classes all over Alberta. Elizabeth went on to complete jazz and tap examinations with the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (A.D.A.P.T) and ballet examination through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).

After high school Elizabeth enrolled in classes at the Alberta Ballets University of Calgary’s Dance Program to further develop her knowledge of the art. Over the next two years, Elizabeth studied for her Advanced 2 ballet examination, achieving this designation in 2008.

After reaching one of the highest achievements in ballet, Elizabeth continued to immerse herself in to her ballet studies. Enrolling with the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England, she would spend two more years completing her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies.

With this certificate Elizabeth is a registered teacher, allowing her to put students through RAD examinations. Elizabeth looks forward to working with dancers of all ages where she can showcase her passion for teaching while spreading her love of dance!

Sadie Rieb | Instructor & Office Assistant

Sadie Rieb began dancing at the age of 3. Quickly after her first day in ballet, a passion started to grow! Her love for dance swiftly became all-consuming as she ventured into trying multiple disciplines within the art. She has training in ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and musical theatre, and this was only the start!

Her passion took her to the stage where she spent 15 years competing all across North America! From Calgary to Edmonton, all the way to Las Vegas, Nevada! Winning scholarships that took her from Triple Threat Dance Convention here in Canada to the Edge Performing Arts school in Los Angeles. Where she has trained under choreographers Tyce Diorio, Megan Lawson, Luther Brown, Jillian Meyers and from So You Think You Can Dance, Nappytabs!

As her career as a competitive dancer came to an end, her passion was as strong as ever, and so she decided to inspire her love of dance into the next generation of young budding dancers.

As Miss Sadie continues to teach and choreograph for the competitive scene, she has been giving numerus choreography awards,overall placements and awards for her competitive pieces.

As a child at heart, Miss Sadie’s love of dance has surpassed what she thought was possible. Being able to inspire and bring joy to the little dancers makes every second worthwhile.

Alexandra Woodley | Instructor

Alexandra Woodley began dancing at the age of three. Alex took examinations in ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance and jazz and tap with the Canadian Dance teachers Association. Alex began competing at the age 5 in provincial and national competitions. She also expanded her knowledge of dance through participating in conventions and summer intensives both in Canada and internationally.

In 2015 Alex moved to Toronto and obtained a certificate in Dance Preparation (2016) and a diploma in Dance Performance (2018) from George Brown College (GBD) in association with Canada’s Ballet Jorgen. Upon graduation Alex was the recipient of the GBD Leadership, Choreography and Acting awards. The choreography award was a one-year mentorship under Hanna Kiel, director of the dance company Human Body Expression. 

Alex began her dance teaching education in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern and musical theatre at her local studio completing the Dance Teacher Training Program (2014) and took on her first independent teaching position at the age of 17. Alex has had the privilege of teaching at many studios across Alberta and Ontario. She is passionate about creating a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment that celebrates a dancer’s desire and passion no matter their age or ability. Alex is thrilled to be able to work with the students at Devotion Danceworks!

Carley France | Instructor

Carley Pobran enjoys sharing her love and passion for dance to children of all ages.Carley has been teaching for over 19 years. She holds Register Teachers status with the Royal Academy of Dance.Carley has won numerous awards for her choreography and her students have won many scholarships and awards across North America. Carley is a very proud mom to two fantastic children Kaius and Madelyn.

Her students are now dancing in programs such as Ryerson University, George Brown college, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Dance Centre, Royal Academy of Dance England, Disney Cruises,University of Calgary

Carley truly loves watching the children learn and grow through movement and music. She can’t wait to meet your child and share her love of dance with them.

Kara Brown| Instructor

Kara has been dancing since the young age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. After competing all through school, Kara decided to pursue dance on a professional level. After becoming an RAD certified teacher, she moved to Toronto to attend Toronto Metropolitan University (former Ryerson University) where she obtained her BFA in Performance Dance, graduating with honours. 
Kara has had the opportunity to work with fantastic choreographers such as Alysa Pires, Vickey St. Denis, Colleen Snell, Hanna Kiel and Alyssa Matin. She has also had the opportunity to perform overseas in Greece with the Hydrama Theatre and Colombia, South America with Juntos Collective. 
Kara is so excited to be a part of the Devotion Danceworks team and cannot wait to share her love of dance with all of the students! 

Amber Morrison | Instructor

Amber was born and raised in Calgary where she found her passion for dance. She trained in multi-disciplinary styles such as jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, etc. However, she found and began to pursue her strong passion for street dance, specifically in the styles of femme, hip hop, and R&B, when she became a student with illFX Education. She has also trained and is hungry to continue to learn in styles of house, funk, afro, and many more.

Amber has trained and performed through several opportunities, including Dance the Magic in Disneyland, The Dance Awards in Las Vegas, Artists Emerge in Vancouver and Edmonton, We Day Alberta (2019), and many other opportunities. You can catch her in advertisements for food chains, such as RE:GRUB and Chronic Tacos.

As she learns more about the art and culture around dance, Amber’s goal is to, alongside her fellow hip hop teachers, construct an understanding of hip hop based on origins and foundation that acknowledges history. She hopes to further the understanding of the dance when it translates into more complicated choreography. She believes that hip hop culture should be preserved and spread in its authenticity.

Thanks to her mentors and teachers, Amber is ecstatic to be a part of the Calgary community of dance instructors. She is always excited to grow as a dancer and to share her passion with the next generation of aspiring dancers!

Isabella Tarasoff | Instructor

Isabella Tarasoff is a dancer, choreographer and educator. Born in Edmonton and
raised in Calgary, Alberta. Isabella has had the opportunity to train under various street dance choreographers and mentors from a young age which has impacted her and allowed her to have influences in a variety of styles of street dance and choreography.  In the last five years, under the direction of Universesoul Dance Studio, Isabella has had the opportunity to travel across Canada and with the company to train under various well-known choreographers and compete at reputable competitions such as Release Dance Competition & Arists Emerge.

Recently she has developed a passion for creating and exploring movement and has
had the opportunity to share her choreography and artistry with others in the Calgary
dance community with the intention to give back to the community that serves her.

Brooke Emery | Student Assistant

Brooke started dancing at the age of two, and is still dancing today! She began training at Devotion Danceworks when she was three years old with Miss Liz and is so excited to get to come and assist with the learning of the younger dancers. Brooke is starting her third year in the assistant teacher role, while still continuing with her own training. The genres that she is currently taking are ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, and lyrical. 
 
At the age of seven, Brooke got the opportunity to start competing with her studio, and she is still doing so now. She does everything from solos to groups in multiple disciplines. She has taken ballet exams with the Royal Academy of Dance, and both jazz and tap with ADAPT. Brooke has always worked to further her dancing by going to conventions as well as taking drop-in classes to work with other people in the industry. Brooke has also received the chance to perform at Disney Springs in Disney World, Florida as well as on the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship Majesty of the Seas. Most recently, Brooke was chosen to be a part of Team Canada which will compete at the World Tap Championships in Germany. 
 
Brooke cannot wait to share her love of dance with the students at Devotion Danceworks!