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.
Rheesa Schachter is the artistic director, owner, and founder of Kids Etc Youth Movement Company. KEYMC began in an elementary school auditorium with twelve students. Over 40 years later, KEYMC boasts more than 1000 enrolments each year! Rheesa makes a point of personally knowing each dancer 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 ‘homegrown’. She is proud of her talented, award-winning dancers in her competitive program, as well as her hardworking recreational dancers that are ages 2-18! Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Rheesa has impressively continued to run her business through new protocols and helping to adjust her staff and students to technology. Rheesa is currently enjoying her 42nd season doing what she loves at KEYMC!
Jessica SmithInstructor/Market Development
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Kelly Swan HuckInstructor
Kelly is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and dance educator, who takes pride in inspiring young children, teens, and adults to love and appreciate the joys of dance. She is A.D.A.P.T certified in jazz and tap. Kelly has taught for over 25 years at a variety of different dance schools, and for 16 of those years, Kelly had the grateful experience of running her ownsuccessful recreational and competitive dance studio.
After completing a competitive dance program as a young adult, Kelly’s training has taken her to major cities across North America, where she attended MBS, Metro Movement, Broadway Dance Center, EdgeSchool for Performing Arts and Harbor Dance Centre…to name a few. Kelly grew up in Vancouver where she received scholarships from dance conventions to attend the Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago for a full year, and for six months at The Henry Lee Tang School in New York City.
As a professional dancer, Kelly has travelled the seas while dancing professionally on cruise ships and in the performing arts industry across North America. Hercredits include, ‘’Mimi’’ in Miss Saigon (Rainbow Stage), Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow Stage), “Little Eva” in The King And I (Rainbow Stage), Grease (Rainbow Stage), A Midsummer Night’s Fever (MTYP), The Spice of Life (Fringe), dancer for Storm Dance Company, a dancer and choreographer for Brian Glow’s touring show of Glow In The Dark. Film & TV credits include: Shall We Dance (Miramax), The Murdoch Mysteries (Bravo), Playmakers (Showcase), Falcon Beach (Global TV), Make It Happen, Less Than Kind (CityTV), Sonic Bloom music video (Much Music), music video for Jackie Shaw (Much Music), and has danced in an episode of the television series Todd And The Pure Book Of Evil.
Kelly found her passion for teaching as a full time dance teacher and director for Sisler High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Dance Program. An award-winning choreographer in jazz, lyrical, and contemporary…she has helped students gain the skills to go onto pursueprofessional careers in the dance industry. Kelly’s ambition is to provide students with quality dance training while inspiring them to achieve their goals and appreciate the rewards of dance. She is thrilled to be joining the faculty at Kids Etc., and cannot wait to meet the 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.
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!
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.
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.
Stedroy has been in love with Hip Hop ever since he was young. He was enrolled in dance classes at 8 years old, but really fell in love with the craft at 12 as he started to compete in local dance competitions. Meeting his cousin – Naquan – at this age made him hungry as ever to keep learning and growing since Naquan was far better than him and had never taken classes! This hunger helped Stedroy become the recipient of the Manitoba Dance Festival Scholarship(x2), taking home Gold at Dance World Cup (Niagara Falls), while being undefeated in all local dance competitions. Wayne Santos was Stedroy’s mentor growing up and he was fortunate to have met him at Marquis Dance Academy. Stedroy teaches drop-ins out of Muse Studios and is excited to embark his new journey at Kids Etc!
Julia has been dancing at Kids Etc YMC since the age of 3. She began to dance competitively at the age of 6 and has trained in ballet, hip hop, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern and musical theatre and has successfully completed several years of the Cecchetti Ballet Exams. She has competed locally as well as across North America in locations such as Calgary, Minneapolis, Fargo, Grand Forks and Regina and has received several awards, accolades and overall category achievements in numerous competitions for her performances. Julia had the privilege to compete at the National level in Las Vegas and received a Judge’s Choice award “Ballet Beauty” for her ballet solo. Julia loves to help and support her community. She has volunteered over the years and performed at various functions such as the Ice Crystal Gala and Rotary Club’s Chicken Fest. Julia has received scholarships for her positivity and excellent team approach and is honoured to be the 2021 recipient of the Baba Sunny Scholarship. Julia has been a teaching assistant at Kids Etc YMC for the past 3 years and is excited to extend and share her love and passion for dance with her own classes!
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.