Meghan Campbell, Director
Meghan began taking ballet classes when she was only two and a half years old. From there her training intensified with each year as she included many more disciplines to become a more diverse dancer. Meghan spent a summer training at the Banff Center for Performing Arts, has attended various conventions around Canada and also took classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She successfully completed her Advanced II RAD exam in 2003. Meghan also enjoyed a year dancing on the Mariner of the Seas for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. As a teacher her students have received many top awards for both their performances and choreography. Meghan continues to share her love for dance with the students at Casey's.
Janel Park, Director
Janel is very excited about sharing her knowledge and passion of performing with the dancers at Casey's. She spent three years traveling throughout Europe and the Caribbean as a lead dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Dancing since the age of three, she has completed her Grade 8 Al Gilbert exam and her ballet Advanced II RAD exam. Janel completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta. October, 2011, saw Janel become a mom to baby Kai!
Amanda began dancing with Casey's Dance Center at the age of five. Her main passion is tap, but throughout the years she has taken instruction in jazz, hip hop, ballet, musical theatre and lyrical. In 2000, Amanda, along with two fellow dancers, won the top award at Power Finals in Banff, Alberta. In her teens, Amanda spent many hours volunteering at Dancin From the Heart, and in 2004 assisted in running the Alberta Dance Festival which she now co-ordinates. Amanda has attended classes and workshops throughout Western Canada and is very excited to once again be sharing her passion for tap with the students at Casey’s.
Margo started dancing at the age of 4 and has really never stopped. She trained in jazz and modern dance and completed her Elementary ballet exam with the Royal Academy of Dancing in Calgary. After enjoying two years teaching ballet and jazz in Yellowknife, N.W.T. she moved to Toronto to attend Ryerson University to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and the Royal Academy of Dancing teacher training program. Margo moved to Edmonton in 1991 and has taught at the University of Albera - Orchesis, Beaumont School of Dance and Dance Alberta. She recently went to Seatlle to train with Anne Green Gilbert in the art of creative dance and movement and has been teaching dance through Artist in Residence programs in various elementary schools around Edmonton and Sherwood Park. She is also currently teaching ballet at the Edmonton Ukranian Dance Academy and to their company Vohon. Margo with the creative team at Casey's hopes to inspire a love of dance and movement in all of her students.
Eryn recently completed the two-year diploma program with distinction in Theatre Arts, at Grant MacEwan University, where she was exposed to various genres of acting, dance and singing. It was a great experience for her and she landed the starring role as the dynamic, ever hopeful Millie, in the school’s musical production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has had the fortune of learning from and working with incredible mentors like, Marie Casey, Tim Ryan, Brian Webb, and Cindy Kerr. She has always thoroughly enjoyed the art of performance and is very excited to be back at Casey’s. After 16 years of jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, musical theatre and hip hop, she feels privileged to be able to inspire other young dancers. She was fortunate to be able to travel to New York to take dance classes at the prestigious Broadway Dance Center. She has also danced on three different cruise ships and coaches a high school cheer team. She believes in Carpe Diem and lives her life to the fullest!
Andrea Okonkwo began her dance training at the age of seven in Fort St. John, British Columbia. While she trained in all disciplines of dance, ballet was, and still is her first love. Growing up Andrea completed all of her children's exams as well Intermediate Foundation through to Advanced 1 with the Royal Academy of Dance while also working her way through all the CDTA tap examinations. Throughout her years of training she participated in countless dance festivals and competitions earning top marks in ballet to qualify her as a competitor at the BC Festival of the Arts six years in a row. Each summer, Andrea also attended some of Canada's finest summer programmes such as the Kirkwood Academy and the Banff Centre of Fine Arts.
After highschool, Andrea was accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's professional programme. There she trained under the watchful eyes of many world class intructors and choreographers. During her years in the school and after her graduation, Andrea perforned with the RWB company in such renowned ballets as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet to name just a few.
Wanting to pursue the challenges and joys of teaching, Andrea joined their teacher training programme and became a certified Cecchetti teacher. Andrea then moved to Edmonton to teach full time and earned her teaching certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance graduating with Distinction. For the past 13 years, Andrea has been teaching, choreographing and adjudicating not only in Edmonton but throughout Alberta, Saskachewan and British Columbia. Andrea is married and the mother of two little girls, Olivia and Rachael. She is looking forward to the new season at Casey's and is excited to share her passion for ballet with the dancers and their families.
Sara has been dancing at Casey's Dance Centre for 20 years and has taken classes in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern and musical theatre. She has traveled to Vancouver and New York to take classes. She enjoys performing and has danced on three cruise ships. Sara enjoys working with young children and is excited to share her love for dance with others by teaching at Casey's.
Kelly has been dancing with Casey's for the last 18 years. She has trained exclusively in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, and Musical Theatre. She has attended many competitions and workshops in Edmonton and Calgary as well as traveled with Casey's to take classes in Vancouver and New York. She has also performed with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Kelly is looking forward to joining the teaching staff at Casey's this year and continues to share her love for dance with others.