At Kids Etc Youth Movement Company our faculty is a milieu of talented and caring people, each with the primary mandate of nourishing our dance students.
Kids Etc Youth Movement Company began in an elementary school auditorium with twelve students. Today Kids boasts over 1000 enrolments! Rheesa makes a point of personally knowing all the dancers enrolled at her school. Her background includes dance training at York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts in Toronto coupled with a Bachelor Of Commerce Honours Degree from the University of Manitoba. Rheesa is blessed to have such an incredible faculty of fun, reliable, and enthusiastic individuals many of whom are ‘home grown’. As a new chapter unfolds for Kids Etc Youth Movement Company, Rheesa is thrilled to begin her 39th year of teaching in our new home!
Taylor has been dancing at Kids Etc YMC almost since the day she was born! She has received many gold and gold honours awards at dance competitions over the years, and has been the recipient of dance scholarships from the Dance Manitoba, LADF, CNDC and many more. For three consecutive years, Taylor was chosen as a Hall of Fame All Star. In 2012 she choreographed a routine for Winnipeg’s WE Day celebrations and performed in front of thousands of people. Moreover, Taylor danced with the famous pop artist Vita Chambers on stage in a variety of Winnipeg venues. She continues to study jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, musical theatre and ballet. Taylor’s energetic approach to classes make it fun, not just for the dancers but for the parents as well.
Jessica began her training at Kids Etc before she was even two! She has studied ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, musical theatre and hip-hop. In 2009, Jessica competed in the World Dance Championships, and placed in the top 8 dancers for her lyrical and ballet solos. An inductee in the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, Jessica was chosen four years in a row as an All Star. Additionally, in 2011 she completed her Intermediate Cecchetti ballet exam. Jessica is thrilled to share her passion and joy for dance with her students.
Miss Heather has been involved in children’s movement, dance and recreation programs for over 20 years through YMCA Canada and more recently here at Kids Etc YMC’s Youth Movement Company. She teaches our pre-school and early years dance programs, where dancers of all ages enjoy her creative choreography and individualized attention. Miss Heather is a YMCA certified fitness trainer and personal trainer who has presented instructor training throughout the Maritimes and here in Manitoba, as well as conducting a wide variety of fitness classes. Heather is also looking forward to teaching adult stretch and strength classes at Kids Etc YMC; incorporating into these classes, yoga, Pilates and stretching exercises.
One of four original members of “B.O.S.S Dance Team”, Shaq went from dancer to one of the head choreographers. He is trained in Locking, Popping, and Breakdancing; New Style Choreography, House, New Jack Swing and is one of the few Animation Style dancers in Western Canada. He placed 1st in the Hip Hop Solo category at 5678 ShowTime dance competition and in 2012 was invited to perform at Dance World Cup. Primarily self-trained, Shaq is an up and comer in the Winnipeg Hip Hop dance community with a nearly unmatched drive and passion for Hip Hop. In the four years with his dance team, he has never missed a performance. Shaq is excited to take his talents into teaching the next generation the foundation and history of the art.
Tammy studied dance with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the School of Contemporary Dancers before heading east to study at the prestigious George Randolph Theatre in Toronto. She is a recipient of several gold medals in dance competitions and has choreographed many high scoring dance performances for competitions in Canada and the U.S. After teaching younger dancers for many years Tammy trained as a Pilates instructor and now works mainly with adult dancers. Tammy’s energy and passion for dance is evident in all of the classes that she teaches.
Ana began her dance training at Kids Etc YMC at the age of three. Since that time, she has studied ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, musical theatre and hip-hop. Ana has won numerous awards for her dance performances over the years and successfully completed many Cecchetti ballet exams. In 2012, Ana had the opportunity to dance on stage for Winnipeg’s WE Day celebrations, in front of thousands of people! Her strong technical training is enhanced by her emotional interpretation of music and grace. Ana is eager to share her love of dance with a new generation of dancers and is looking forward to teaching her students this year.
Tiana has been part of the Kids Etc YMC’s family since age five. Since then, her love for dance has been unmistakable. She has trained in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and lyrical. Tiana has received many gold and gold honours awards in competitions in Canada and the U.S.
Mackenzie began her dancing career at Kids Etc’s YMC at a very young age. She has studied jazz, tap, ballet, modern, lyrical and musical theatre. Mackenzie received many gold and gold honours awards at various regional and national competitions in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, she is a scholarship recipient from the Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival, and in 2014 was the recipient of the Bricker Family Modern Scholarship at Kids Etc YMC. Mackenzie’s energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humor create a positive learning environment for her students!
Savane has trained extensively in ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern and hip hop. In addition to the many awards, both nationally and internationally for her performances, she has also completed several levels of Cecchetti Ballet exams. Savane is delighted to share her knowledge and passion for dance with all of her students.
Carol has been playing piano for ballet classes for over 25 years. She has worked at dance studios across Winnipeg including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet where she accompanied all types of classes and taught music in the teacher’s training program. Carol also gives private piano lessons and composes. In addition, she is an avid harpsichordist and has performed with MusickBarock Ensemble, Tafelmusik and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Alex took her first dance class when she was 3 years old and she’s loved dancing ever since! She has trained in tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, ballet, pointe, musical theatre, and open. She started competing at age 11, and has participated in numerous competitions and conventions including Canadian National Dance Championships, Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival, Showbiz National Talent Competition, CanDance Competition, Jump Dance Convention, and Triple Threat Dance Convention, as well as various other smaller local competitions, conventions, and workshops. She joined the Kids Etc family in 2015, and she is extremely excited to share her dance knowledge and passion with the next generation of talented dancers in a welcoming, inclusive, and encouraging environment!
Ms Schroeder joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional division at the age of 10.She had the joy of performing with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Corps and in several Manitoba Opera Association productions over the years.
After moving to Morden with her husband and 3 children in 2001, Marilee began her teaching career at a small rural school which blossomed over the next 13 years. Ms Schroeder spent countless hours promoting arts and dance in several small southern Manitoba communities. In 2010/11 she had the pleasure of working at the Manitou Elementary school preparing young performers for the Manitou Chautauqua Festival through a Manitoba ArtSmart grant. With the desire to bring the best to her students, Ms Schroeder joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Teacher Training Program in 2009. She was recipient of the Kally Kennedy Memorial Scholarship in 2010 and 2011. In 2011 she graduated from the program after successfully completing her Advance 1 Cecchetti examination and was awarded her Associate Diploma with the Cecchetti Society of Canada. Ms Schroeder also holds her Royal Academy of Dance teaching certification (RAD-RTS), Stott Pilate’s certification, Can-pro certificates in Resist-aBall training, and Maureen Rae’s fast track yoga levels one to three. Ms Schroeder obtained her Cecchetti Associate Diploma and currently holds her (ADCSC-CICB) designation with the Cecchetti Society of Canada.
Ms Schroeder and her family currently reside in Winnipeg and look forward to a new season of dance and fitness within the welcoming walls of Kids Etc.
Arkadiy Isakov (Adik) brings 20+ years of experience as a Provincial and National Champion gymnast in both Sport Acrobatic Gymnastics and Mens Artistic Gymnastics. A former Soviet champion and master of Sport, Adik adds a depth of experience to our to our team.
Cat has been a part of the Kids Etc family since the age of two. She has loved studying jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, hip-hop, modern, musical theatre and pointe. She has competed at both regional and national level competitions, including the IDO World Championships in Niagara Falls. She has also successfully completed many Cecchetti ballet exams. Part of her love for dance comes from the close connection it has to her family; she loves Kids Etc because it is where she grew up alongside her step-sisters, Jessica and Taylor, and their parents, Rheesa and Paul. Outside of teaching preschool dance classes, Cat is an early childhood educator, and is taking courses towards her ECEII degree. She is eager to continue to share her love for dance with her students, and looks forward to an incredible year with all of her students!
Tessa Toutant Instructor
Tessa began training at Kids Etc YMC at the age of three. She has trained in tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet and hip hop. She has taught a variety of styles and ages at Kids Etc, at the CCFM dance school, for the Franco-Manitoban School Division in both Winnipeg and Thompson, and The Studio School of Dance in Ottawa. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for dance with her students.
Jonah began his dance training with his mom, Marilee, in Morden at the age of six. In 2012, he auditioned for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division and was accepted into their full-time program. While at the RWB, he had the opportunity to take part in various performances, including in Spotlight/InConcert, the Concert Hour Ballet Tour and the First Steps Choreographic Competition, in which his piece, Elegie, won an award. Jonah was also awarded various scholarships during his training, including the Royal Bank of Canada Award, Jane McEvoy O’Donnell Scholarship and the RWB Alumni Scholarship. Following his graduation from the RWB in 2017, Jonah was accepted into the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, considered by many to be the top ballet school in the world. While studying in Russia, Jonah participated in various performances, including at the world famous Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin Palace in Moscow and in the cities of Klin and Surgut. He also went on a three-week tour to Japan, including to Tokyo and Fukuoka among other cities, one of his highlights from studying at the school. Jonah graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 2019, one of few Canadians to do so, and had the opportunity to dance one of the lead roles from the ballet “Laurencia” in his graduation performance at Mariinsky Theatre, another highlight from his studies. Following his graduation, Jonah was invited to join a ballet company in St. Petersburg, and though originally intending to return to Russia, circumstances led him to stay at home in Canada.
Sam began her dance training at Kids Etc YMC at the age of 2 and has continued to train extensively in every style Kids Etc YMC has to offer on their competitive senior team. Sam’s love for dancing is something that is very evident and her love for teaching is as well. Sam is also always willing to extend her passion beyond the studio by participating in multiple volunteer and charity events. She wants all her students to experience the passion for dance that she continues to have.
Ali has been dancing with Kids Etc YMC since the young age of 4, and is now excited to share her love of the art with her students. She has trained in all styles including Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Her passion has led her to compete all around North America in Calgary, Minneapolis, and even Vegas. She has been awarded several scholarships in her years of competing including Standout dancers, Teen Miss Legacy and the Baba Sunny and Bricker Family Lyrical scholarships at the studio. She is eager to volunteer and has participated in many events across Winnipeg. Ali is now a part of our Senior team here at the studio and is so excited to be a part of our faculty to share her love for dance.
Olivia Bjornson has been dancing at home since the day she could move! She started her dance career at Kids Etc YMC with a recreational Hip-Hop class at the age of 8 and was then invited to join KEYMC’s competitive team!
Olivia has extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Pointe and has also trained in Acro, Musical Theatre and Tap. Olivia has competed both locally and nationally scoring top in her categories numerous times. She has received “Judges Choice” awards in Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz & Contemporary and a “Best in Hip-Hop” award.
Olivia has completed 4 years of Cecchetti Ballet, achieving Highly Commended on her ballet exams. She was chosen to dance in the group opening of the Human Rights Museum and was selected to dance for Star Systems in the Nationals opening group number in Las Vegas. Olivia has received dance scholarships to Canadian Dance Expo in Toronto, the Terpsichore workshop in Edmonton and recently to Greece to participate with other dancers from across Canada and Australia in the View Dance Challenge Intensive.
Throughout the years, Olivia has volunteered to perform for many fundraisers including: Children’s Hospital Ice Crystal Gala, the Rotary Club’s Chicken Festival, and the Ready Set Swim Fundraising Gala.
Additionally, Olivia has also been an assistant coach at Dakota Gymnastics and is certified through Respect In Sport.
Olivia loves to share her passion and drive for dance with all of her students!
Kendall Stacker has been dancing at Kids Etc YMC since she was 4 years old. She has trained in tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, ballet and musical theatre. Along with competing locally and in various locations across North America, Kendall has also competed twice at the national level in Las Vegas. In 2015, she and her partner placed second in the Hall of Fame Dance Competition’s Solo, Duo, Trio Showdown with her jazz duo. She has received multiple “Adjudicators Choice” awards in tap, jazz and musical theatre along with many overall category wins at various competitions. Kendall has assisted competitive tap and jazz classes and has helped instruct recreational dance camps for the past 3 years. She has also participated in various fundraising events including The Children’s Hospital Ice Crystal Gala, The Rotary Club’s Chicken Fest and Ready Set Swim.
Mickey has been dancing at Kids Etc YMC since he was 7 years old. He has trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, Tap and Musical Theatre. He has won various scholarships and awards locally and across North America, including the View Dance Intensive in Greece, Terpsichore Dance Convention in Edmonton, Dancer Palooza, Petite Mr. Legacy, The Bricker Family Modern Scholarship and has attended the SDF dance tour in Paris France. Mickey also shares his love for dance through volunteering. He has volunteered for the Ice Crystal Gala, The Hope Couture Gala through Studio 315 and the ready set swim fundraising gala. Mickey is on the Senior team at Kids Etc YMC and is so excited to be able to share his passion for dance to his students.