Coaldale Studio Business Hours
Monday - Thursday
Friday - Sunday
Hours vary every weekend
Introducing our 2023 Staff
Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre & Tiny Tots Classes
Gerry Unger has been the Artistic Director and owner of Dance Images for 30 years. Gerry began at the tender age of 4 and found her passion for dance from the moment she began. She trained for many years with Muriel Jolliffe. She has an extensive background in many styles as a choreographer, performer, and dancer. She trained and performed with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Company, Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble and Ballet Folklorico Ibero Espanol. Gerry has choreographed over 50 musicals and shows throughout Alberta. She was a finalist in 2007 at the World Jazz Dance Congress in the Leo's Choreography competition held in Chicago, Illinois. Gerry has been a sessional dance instructor at the University of Lethbridge in the Dramatic Arts Department. She has shared her love of dance thru teaching and continues to always expect the best of her students. She believes in "creating good people, not just great dancers".
Tap & Hip Hop
I started my love for dance growing up in Lethbridge from a very young age. I grew up dancing at Studio One dance academy where I studied in R.A.D. ballet, Brian Foley Jazz, and AL Gilbert tap syllabus. I was able to perform alongside Alberta Ballet in the Nutcracker as well as national competitions and special performances. I have trained in a variety of dance styles and have been able to take classes throughout the country. After graduating, I was able to teach jazz and tap at JDA in Cardston for 3 years where I was able to choreograph for their competitive classes. Luckily, I stumbled across Dance Images when looking for a studio for my daughter and have been blessed to be a part of the team here for the last 4 years! I'm constantly striving to learn new things and to have my love for dance grow.
Lyrical, PBT, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet & Jazz
Kiana Unger grew up in a small town in Southern Alberta and began dancing at the young age of 2. Competitively training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, voice and musical theatre at Dance Images, under the direction of her mother, Gerry Unger. Kiana used her summer as stepping stones to further her training with a variety of audition based summer intensives across Canada and the United States. She feels grateful to have trained with companies such as In’trinzik Dance Project based out of Toronto, River North Dance Chicago, The Breakthrough Movement in New York and Axis Connect in New York and Los Angeles! After high school she was accepted into the Source Dance Company under the direction of Joanne Pesusich in Vancouver! Source allowed her to work with industry leading choreographers, performing at a variety of showcases and events. Kiana loves all aspects of dance; from teaching, performing, training, choreographing all the way to MCing at competitions! You can find Kiana keeping busy Co-Owning & Directing KC Dance Workshops, teaching Progressing Ballet Technique in person & online, completing her Module One Course for International Dance Teaching Standards this Spring, setting choreography and adjudicating! Kiana has a one of a kind approach when teaching, balancing the very fine details of technique while teaching the importance of artistry and self worth not just as a dancer but as a human as well. She loves to share her passion for dance and life with all the dancers she has the pleasure of meeting! Kiana’s favourite quote that best suit her is “Work hard. Stay humble. Be Kind.”
Tap, Lyrical, Jazz, Acro, Contemporary, PBT & Hip Hop
Kandis Span-Howells began her dance training at Van Dance/Studio One in Taber, Alberta, at the
young age of four. She has been studying various forms of dance such as tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, ballroom, acro and musical theatre for the past 24 years. Kandis has also been trained with various acrobatic specialties such as the web, hoops, silks and bungee. She has been awarded numerous scholarships and awards that have taken her around North America to study at numerous conventions and schools; places such as Vancouver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York. Kandis’ early credits include training with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School as well as being featured in a production of Nutcracked. She then began working with Jean Ann Ryan Productions (JAR), a company based out of Miami, on various cruise ships such as the M/S Norwegian Dawn, Star, and Crown for 4 years touring around numerous countries. Kandis also was featured as a Magicians Assistant/Dancer in a variety of magic shows. Miss Kandis has received full certification in the Acrobatic Arts Pre-Primary levels through to level 10 and has most recently been certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique. She began teaching at Turning Pointe Dance Studio in the Crowsnest Pass eight years ago and has thoroughly enjoyed being able to share her artistic passion and deep love for dance with her students. She stands by the belief that teaching strong work ethic, creative expression, personal motivation, self-love and compassion for others, connection, and the courage to embrace and share their individuality will serve as valuable attributes in their lives.
Ballet & Acro
Marley has trained in a variety of dance forms since the age of 7 with a particular passion and dedication to ballet. She completed her R.A.D Intermediate Ballet exam, and continued studying and competing in; ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern throughout her dance training. Competing in dance festivals around Saskatchewan and Alberta. After high school, Marley preformed with a touring company; GX International. She then preformed and taught dance in Montana and helped start and instruct the first School of Dance Studies (post secondary dance school in Lakeside Montana). Marley has 5+ years of teaching ballet, contemporary, conditioning, yoga, and choreographing group dances (for tour). Certified in Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Teacher Training (AAC1).
Marley’s primary love for dance stemmed from ballet and she has a passion for technique, she hopes to instil this passion to her students. She also hopes to inspire a positive self-confidence and a love for the creative.