Coaldale Studio Business Hours

Monday - Thursday 

3:45-9:00pm (September-May)

Friday - Sunday

Hours vary every weekend

Introducing our 2021 Staff

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Gerry Unger

Owner/Artistic Director

Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre

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". 

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Amber Mueller

Ballet

One of our lovely Alumni's who is not sharing her love for ballet with our students!

 

Bio to come soon!

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Ashley Hill

Tap, Jazz & Ballet

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. 

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Kiana Unger

Event Co-Ordinator

Lyrical, PBT, Tap & 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: a touring 1-Day dance workshop for dancers ages 6-19, completing her Module One Course for International Dance Teaching Standards this Spring, setting pieces for competition throughout Alberta and British Columbia and adjudicating at Full Out Dance Challenge in Saskatchuwan in April! 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.”

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Kandis Span-Howells

Tap, Lyrical, Jazz, Acro, Contemporary & 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.

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Keely Ruckaber

Ballet & Lyrical

Keely started dancing at the age of 3 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan with Drewitz School of Dance studying Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Jazz . She took yearly Examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance, Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers and The Canadian Dance Teachers Association , as well as attending many workshops and summer schools with Brian Foley (Toronto) and Lynette Kelley (BC). She also enjoyed dancing in The Nutcracker with the Alberta Ballet Company each year. At 17, she was excepted into the Faculty of Fine Arts and studied her Bachelor of Arts in Dance, some of the best training in Canada through intensive studio training combined with rigours academic study of dance specializing in Performance and composition with focussed concentration in Choreography and Performance. She  studied Martha Graham Technique Modern Contemporary Dance and Ballet with School of Alberta Ballet.  She danced with a Distinguished Faculty of Choreographers, Performers and Teachers Wojciech Mochniej (Poland), Michelle Moss (Montreal), Melissa Monteros (Los Angeles, Artistic Director of W&M Physical Theatre in Poland), Anna Mouat (London). Along with her studies she enjoyed performing with Companies Artists Elite International and Professional Troupe. She is excited to have the opportunity to teach with Dance Images."No matter where the road of life has lead me, it has always brought me back to Dance, which is why I know this is where I am meant to be. Dance will always be my home and I am honoured to share my love of Dance with everyone I teach." 

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Marley Mayo

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.

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Brittany Bickerstaff

Ballet

Brittany Bickerstaff was born and raised in Lethbridge Alberta. She started her training at the age of 3 at Joy’s dance factory. At 5 years old her love for classical ballet was developed with the arrival of Nina Pavlova, a prima ballerina from Russia. She competed in many festivals across Canada, receiving scholarships for dance schools, such as Santa Barbara State Street Ballet with Rodney Gustafson, Banff center for the arts, and Harbour dance center. During her training she completed the Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations up to Advanced, and also completed North American recognized ADAPT jazz exams to Advanced with Brian and Faye Foley. After graduation, she moved to Vancouver to dance with Ballet British Columbia. Also while in Vancouver, she attended Blanche Macdonald, Canada’s #1 school for stage/film make-up and hair. After moving back to Alberta, she found a passion for teaching dance. She began and completed her teachers training with Brian Foleys ADAPT teachers training program and became a registered RAD ballet teacher. Finally finding her way to Gerry Unger at Dance Images!! This is where she was inspired by Miss Gerry to not only teach children to dance, but to shape and create them into compassionate, confidante young adults.