• Welcome to Kor Danceworks, located in the beautiful community of Walden. Kor Danceworks is dedicated to bringing dance and fitness instruction of the highest quality to students of all ages and abilities. We provide a place where students are comfortable to be themselves and explore their creativity in an encouraging, non-competitive atmosphere. At Kor, we are committed to the growth and development of each and every student from beginner to advanced. We strive to help students reach their full potential, while instilling a love of dance through our passionate approach to movement.
    Kor Danceworks is conveniently located on Walden Blvd, at the intersection of 194th Avenue SE, with ample parking at the front of the building. Our newly constructed space consists of three bright and spacious studios with professional dance floors, a welcoming reception and waiting area as well a private student lobby for their enjoyment, safety and security.



    At Kor Danceworks we are proud to offer a variety of classes taught by experienced, highly qualified dance educators, many with years of former professional dance experience. Our staff are dedicated to provide students with excellent training, choreography and education in a positive, motivating learning environment.


    Joan-Marie Schoen Owner, Co-Director ADCSC-CICB

    Joan-Marie Schoen Owner, Co-Director ADCSC-CICB

    Joan-Marie Schoen Owner, Co-Director ADCSC-CICB

    JOAN-MARIE SCHOEN OWNER, CO-DIRECTOR ADCSC-CICB

    Joan-Marie began dancing at an early age in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, training in such disciplines as ballet, jazz, tap and modern. Her love for ballet in particular, led her to pursue professional training at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, under full scholarship, The National Ballet School’s Professional Program, under scholarship and most recently The School of Alberta Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program, under the direction of Murray and Nancy Kilgour.

    Joan-Marie has successfully completed her Intermediate I.S.T.D modern as well as her Advanced 1 in the Cecchetti method. Joan-Marie also holds her Associate Diploma teaching certificate in the Cecchetti method of ballet and is always working to expand her knowledge and training as a certified teacher. Joan-Marie continues to study under the tutelage and artistic guidance of Nancy Kilgour, Order of Canada.

    As a dancer, in 2002, Joan-Marie was selected to represent her province as part of the first ever National Artists program, performing in the Canada Summer Games, as well was chosen to perform in the 80th Cecchetti Anniversary Gala in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Joan-Marie has performed with several professional Ballet Companies such as Alberta Ballet, Ontario Ballet Theatre, and The Banff Centre. Due to a major ankle injury, she was forced to end her professional performing career early on, which allowed her to focus on dance instruction and enhancing her teaching skills. Joan-Marie has completed the Intensive Mat program with Stott Pilates and plans to continue her pilates education. She is also a practicing member of the Progressive Ballet Technique, and uses these methods in combination with her pilates and ballet training to assist with creating strong, well balanced dancers.

    She has been fortunate to work with and receive training from renowned teachers and choreographers such as Brian McDonald, Victoria Simon, Edmund Stripe, Nancy Kilgour, Murray Kilgour, Christine Richardson, Joyce Shietze, Wendy Wright, Peggy Baker, Carol Chadwick, Deborah Bowes, Diane van Schoor, and Stéphane Léonard to name a few. With over a decade of teaching experience including The Wright Studio, DJD and The School of Alberta Ballet, Joan-Marie is so grateful she can share her passion and love of dance with her students and is very excited to pass on her knowledge of ballet to her students at Kor.

    Cassandra Uhlenberg Owner, Co-Director

    Cassandra Uhlenberg Owner, Co-Director

    Cassandra Uhlenberg Owner, Co-Director

    CASSANDRA UHLENBERG OWNER, CO-DIRECTOR

    Cassandra started dancing at the age of three and from the first time she put on her little pink tutu and ballet slippers, she fell in love with this art form.

    Cassandra grew up dancing with Alberta Ballet and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Her passion for performing led her to Calgary’s very own professional youth dance company, eko Dance Projects (formerly known as Youth Dance Unlimited), where she danced for nine seasons and then returned as a dance captain/instructor/choreographer for two more years.

    She has had the privilege to train with dance legends such as Brenda Bufalino, Josh Hilberman, Erin O’Connor, Allen Kaeja, Sean Cheeseman, Brad Rapier, Wojciech Mochniej, Kathryn Cramer, Vicki Adams Willis, Kim Cooper and many more and has been fortunate to travel around North America and dance in a variety of cities and renowned venues.

    At the age of 16, Cassandra was hired to choreograph for a theatre company in Calgary called Mob Hit Productions. This opportunity fueled her passion and desire to become a choreographer. For Cassandra, there is no better rush than seeing your own creation come to life on stage. In June, 2012, her first full-length dance show “Broken” debuted and her second show, a dance adaptation of the classic opera "Carmen" came to life in 2013.

    Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and her philosophy of dance is to mix the love of movement with the science of motion. She is so excited to share her love and knowledge of dance to each and every one of her students at Kor.

    Arlene Birnie-Browne

    Arlene Birnie-Browne

    Arlene Birnie-Browne

    Arlene grew up in Calgary where she trained in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, musical theatre and gymnastics. As a young dancer, she participated in dance exams and festivals. Her passion for dance excelled when she became a member of the Young Canadians School of Performing Arts.

    With the Young Canadians, Arlene performed in the Evening Grandstand Show at the Calgary Stampede. She was invited to perform in Las Vegas, numerous corporate events and a Grey Cup Half Time Show. Throughout this time, she worked with guest artists and choreographers from around the world, gaining valuable professional & theatrical experience.

    Arlene has studied dance at the U of C, Edge Performing Arts Centre in Los Angeles and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Recent training programs include Dance Teacher Web Conference in Las Vegas, Yoga Kids Foundations Training, Alberta Dance Educators Workshop and numerous Acrobatic Arts training events. Arlene is certified with Acrobatic Arts, the Intellidance Method, and Alixa Flexibility.

    Over the years, Arlene has instructed children & adults throughout Alberta and internationally in Bangkok, Thailand and Stavanger, Norway. She also spent time living in Dubai. For inspiration, she has travelled to New York & London to experience the magic of Broadway Theatre. Arlene has a passion for working with children and always looks forward to inspiring the next generation of dancers!

    Jon Ray Dy Buco

    Jon Ray Dy Buco

    Jon Ray Dy Buco

    Jon Ray was born in the Philippines and grew up in Calgary where his love and passion for dance exploded. He is currently a full time student at the University of Calgary getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology.

    Jon Ray has been dancing for 7 years and is part of illFX Company and Psi Crew. He has competed at Artists Emerge, World of Dance (WOD) and Dancers Paradise in Mexico. Jon Ray has performed at the Saddledome for "We Day" 2014 and in 2015 with illFX. In addition, he has performed for the opening of the YYC airport, Cancer Walk, Canada Day celebrations on Stephen Avenue, and many more. He has also had the opportunity to perform alongside Drum N DJ and DJ Kav from Amp 90.3.

    "I love to push my boundaries to try something new and always be a student."

    Lori Goods

    Lori Goods

    Lori Goods

    Native Calgarian Lori Goods fell in love with dance at an early age. She trained extensively in various dance styles, completing top exam levels in the Al Gilbert tap syllabus as well as the ADAPT tap and jazz syllabuses and competed for many years locally as well as internationally as a successful competitor. She completed many dance classes while attending the University of Calgary through the University’s Program of Dance and performed in Dance Montage, Mainstage as well as Dance at Noon during her years as a student.

    Teaching is Lori’s true passion and for almost two decades she has provided instruction in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, West African Dance, Swing as well as musical theatre to students of all ages and levels in the city of Calgary. Lori also has a passion for drama and taught at Calgary Young People’s Theatre for almost a decade and also has a background in singing and teaching Glee. She has successfully placed students through their CDTA and ADAPT exams for many years. Her award-winning choreography has been featured in competitions all over the province, in Calgary schools as well as at local festivals.

    Lori also has a real love for teaching the “little guys” and taught for six years at Calgary Preparatory School as the creative movement and drama teacher. When she is not teaching, Lori tries to take class as often as possible in Calgary, Vancouver and LA and most recently Peru to broaden her dance horizons and stay on top of the ever-changing dance world. Lori is excited to be joining the team at Kor Danceworks and looks forward to spreading her passion for dance to her new students!

    Jacqueline McKendry Hasson B.A, AFLCA, Fitness Professional

    Jacqueline McKendry Hasson B.A, AFLCA, Fitness Professional

    Jacqueline McKendry Hasson B.A, AFLCA, Fitness Professional

    Jacqueline was exposed to the group fitness environment at an early age. As a small child, she would go to the gym with her mom, sit in the childcare area and be fascinated by the sounds of the bass, people moving and instructor cheers. As soon as she was old enough to take her first class, she fell in love. "When I was doing fitness, I didn't care how my body looked, only how it felt...and it felt amazing. I loved the fact that everyone was so focused on what their own body was doing, they weren't concerned with what I was doing. There was an incredible energy that took place, when people came together to work out. After that class, I felt like I was on top of the world, like I had just achieved something great."
    Jacqueline continued on to become a competitive dancer, coach and athlete but came back to her roots in group fitness, working as a certified professional and fitness director. She currently operates her fitness business and group classes, around the schedule of her three small children. When asked how she has the time and energy to do all this, her response is simple, "when you are passionate about what you do, you never work a day in your life." Jacqueline's goal for every class she teaches, is to motivate and inspire people to experience fitness in a way that is fun and meaningful to them, helping them improve their well-being and quality of life. As a certified professional, experienced dancer, athlete, coach and fitness director, Jacqueline brings you a workout experience like no other. With her background in fitness and over a decade of working in the industry, Jacqueline will help you achieve your fitness goals, in a safe and effective manner. If you want to challenge your current fitness level, practice proper technique and alignment, while having an engaging fitness experience, then Jacqueline is the fitness instructor for you!

    Natalka Lewis BA, ADCSC-CICB

    Natalka Lewis BA, ADCSC-CICB

    Natalka Lewis BA, ADCSC-CICB

    Natalka Lewis (BA, Associate Diploma CSC-CICB) is a dance artist, choreographer and teacher based out of Calgary, AB. Natalka trained in all genres of mainstream dance & Ukrainian folk dance. In 2010 Natalka received her BA in Contemporary Dance with a specialization in Classical Ballet. Receiving her professional ballet training in the BA Program in the Professional Division at the School of Alberta Ballet, Natalka trained with renowned teachers including Order of Canada Recipient Nancy Kilgour & Cecchetti Society of Canada’s Joyce Shietze and others. She performed in works by Melissa Monteros, Wojtek Mochniej, Tania Alvarado, Linsday Walsh and worked with many faculty members including Davida Monk & Melanie Kloetzel, as well as guests such as Peggy Baker, Marc Boivin & Benoit Swan-Pouffer.

    As a teacher Natalka encourages her students to excel to their technical best and to find enjoyment, purpose and fulfillment though their art. Natalka holds her Associate Diploma with the Cecchetti Society of Canada and has successfully entered many students into ballet exams since 2010. She continues to train in the Cecchetti Method and as a contemporary dancer taking classes/workshops locally and abroad. She has taken the Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) US Level 1-3 teacher training workshop and incorporates PBT and yoga into her teaching. Natalka has received numerous awards for her dances, particularly for her demi-character ballet choreography. Many of her students aspire to or are currently enjoying professional careers in dance. In addition, Natalka is pursuing her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology and upon graduation will work primarily with teens and dancers/athletes.

    Natalka is an advocate for nurturing the dance community in Calgary and Alberta. In 2013 Natalka founded Trip the Light Dance Company. Through Trip the Light Dance, Natalka has produced work in many arts and dance festivals across Canada, several fashion shows including the well known MakeFashion, large scale corporate/ commercial events, as well as choreographed for music, circus and magic shows including Temporala in Calgary & Las Vegas. Natalka continues to work as a freelance dance artist, teacher, choreographer & adjudicator. She has danced with companies Soulocentric Performing Arts, W & M Physical Theatre’s Pro Division, La Caravan Dance Theatre, & Dancers’ Studio West. She worked as a company dancer with Corps Bara Dance Theatre for two seasons. Her choreographic work has been shown in an array of festivals and shows since 2007. Natalka’s work focuses on authentic human experiences that encourage the artist and the audience to connect emotionally and truthfully. She looks for concepts that explore the human experience & brain through a physical aesthetic of movement.

    Jill Robinson

    Jill Robinson

    Jill Robinson

    Jill has been dancing since she was four years old, immediately falling in love and never wanting to do anything else! Training first at Dance Debut and then Snap Dance Studios, these years have included training in jazz, tap, hip hop, acro, ballet, musical theatre, lyrical and contemporary.

    Through her hard work and drive, she has performed internationally in such places as Mexico, Nova Scotia and London, England. She has also performed in Alberta in the Artists Emerge competition, East Side Dance Festival, World of Dance Edmonton Qualifier, multiple parades and Canada Day celebrations.

    Jill has spent the last year training at illFX as a part of Alpha Crew, performing in and will be joining the illFX Apprentice Company to further her training as a professional dancer. In addition, she trains and performs with Artists Elite International. She has worked with such choreographers as Luther Brown, Edgar Gilbert-Reyes, Katherine Burrowes, Scott Forsyth, Joey Matt, Cody Jaxon and Roberta Bierman.

    Inspired by the teachers that helped her develop into the person she is today, she has a passion for teaching and choreography! She believes that dance not only develops technique and incredible dancers, but helps develop children into good people as well.

    Liisa Tuhkala

    Liisa Tuhkala

    Liisa Tuhkala

    Liisa was trained in both rap and hip hop from an early age. In 2008, she took her first belly dancing class and fell in love and a year later, was in her first performance. In 2010, Liisa was given the opportunity to lead a troupe and founded Bahiti Belly Dance out of Penticton, B.C.

    That same year, Liisa's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer so she began "Shimmy for a Cure, " a non profit show held anually to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. She has had the great pleasure of dancing alongside Delhi2Dublin and the Belly Dance Superstars.

    Liisa has been trained in fusion styling, blending Egyptian, Bollywood, Polynesian and Tribal. She has taken workshops in styles such as Bhangra, Arabic and tribal. Liisa loves teaching people of all ages and showcasing how diverse belly dancing can be with different styles of music and movement. Her true passion for belly dancing is in helping every woman learn how to find true confidence, regardless of age, shape or physical ability.

    Christa Vandersanden

    Christa Vandersanden

    Christa Vandersanden

    Christa grew up dancing in Calgary, starting at the age of two, and has participated in ADAPT exams as well as competitions over the past fifteen years. She has trained in disciplines such as tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, and hip hop. Christa has been fortunate to travel to New York, Disneyland, and Montreal for both performance and training opportunities.

    Although her favourite part of dance has always been the ability to perform on stage, Christa has recently discovered the joy and reward of teaching young dancers. She believes that every student has their own unique style and personality that they bring to class each week which is essential in their growth not only as performers and dancers but people. Christa looks forward to this year’s dance season and is thrilled about being a part of the Kor Danceworks team!

    Alicia Ward

    Alicia Ward

    Alicia Ward

    Alicia Ward is a multidisciplinary artist and teacher based in Calgary. After graduating from the University of Calgary with a BFA in drama, Alicia spent a very informative year interning at Theatre Junction followed by two consecutive years in the Professional Training Program at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Alicia has performed with Bach Tots, as well as Yapping Ladies. Her two most recent initiatives, Gravity Dance Company and TB Weekends, bring together her love of art, community and promoting the work of her talented peers.

    Year round Alicia works in an administrative role for Swallow-A-Bicycle Theatre and teaches dance at various locations within the city including the University of Calgary, non-competitive studios, community centres and at Youth Singers. She has undergone numerous dance exams with RAD and most recently modern and tap with the ISTD. Alicia is currently preparing to take her Associate exam (a teacher's exam with the ISTD) in tap dance.

    Alicia is passionate about growing the artist community in Calgary and fostering opportunities for dancers, no matter how young, to develop a love for dance.

    Megan Wattie

    Megan Wattie

    Megan Wattie

    Megan began yoga in 2014 and completely fell in love. It was more than just a form of physical exercise, it became a way to relieve stress, practice self-love and become part of a community full of love and respect.

    In 2016, Megan began working at Society for Treatment of Autism and started to become interested in how yoga can help with balance in both the body and the brain. In October, 2016, Megan completed her Children's Yoga Teacher Training with Wee Wild One's Yoga where she studied the physical and emotional benefits of yoga practice in children.

    Megan is very ecited to be joining the staff at Kor and sharing her love of yoga.
  • Proper dance attire is crucial as it is important for artistic staff to be able to see proper alignment of the dancers in order to properly provide feedback and necessary corrections, allow the student freedom in movement and also to keep students safe and focused. Hair should be worn in a secure bun for all ballet classes, and any style off the neck and face for all other dance classes, with the exception of hip hop.

    Below is a list of required dance attire for each class.

    Our list of uniform requirements are available at Bodythings, the Masque and Classique

    Ballet

    Ballet

    Kinder Kor Ballet
    Girls- Mondor ballet pink footed tights, Capezio Toddler/Children Daisy ballet slippers, Mondor Lilac tank bodysuit
    Boys- Black shorts, white fitted t-shirt, white socks, white leather full sole ballet slippers

    Pre-Primary-Primary Ballet
    Girls- Mondor ballet pink footed tights, Capezio Children Daisy ballet slippers, Mondor AC/Blue tank bodysuit
    Boys- black shorts, white fitted t-shirt, white socks, white leather full sole ballet slippers

    Grade 1-2 Ballet
    Girls-Mondor ballet pink footed tights, leather split sole ballet slippers, black bodysuit
    Boys-black shorts or fitted pants, white fitted t-shirt, white socks, white leather ballet slippers

    Grade 3-Advanced Ballet
    Girls/Ladies- Mondor ballet pink convertible tights, Pink canvas split sole ballet slippers, black bodysuit
    Boys/Men-Black fitted pants or shorts, white fitted t-shirt, white socks, white canvas ballet slippers

    Jazz

    Jazz

    Kinder Kor Jazz
    Girls- Tan footed tights, Mondor Lilac tank bodysuit, Black fitted shorts, black slip-on jazz shoes
    Boys- Black pants or shorts, fitted solid colour t-shirt, black socks, black lace-up jazz shoes

    Pre-Junior/Junior
    Girls- tan footed tights, Mondor AC/Blue tank bodysuit, black fitted shorts, black slip-on jazz shoes
    Boys- Black pants or shorts, fitted solid colour t-shirt, black socks, black lace-up jazz shoes

    Level 1-4
    Girls- fitted black pants, any style black bodysuit, black slip-on jazz shoes
    Boys- Black pants or shorts, fitted solid colour t-shirt, black socks, black lace-up jazz shoes

    Contemporary

    Contemporary

    All levels
    Comfortable fitted clothing allowing total range of movement.

    Tap

    Tap

    Kinder Kor Tap
    Girls- Tan footed tights, Mondor Lilac tank bodysuit, black fitted shorts, black Mary-Jane style tap shoes
    Boys- Black pants or shorts, fitted solid colour t-shirt, black socks, Black lace-up tap shoes

    Pre-Junior/Junior
    Girls- Tan footed tights, Mondor AC/Blue tank bodysuit, black fitted shorts, black slip-on tap shoes
    Boys- Black pants or shorts, fitted solid colour t-shirt, black socks, Black lace-up tap shoes

    Level 1-4
    Girls- Fitted black pants, any style black bodysuit, black slip-on tap shoes
    Boys- Black pants or shorts, fitted solid colour t-shirt, black socks, black lace-up tap shoes

    Hip Hop

    Hip Hop

    All levels
    Comfortable loose clothing that represent your own personal style.
    Suggested footwear: Converse/Chuck Taylor or mid calf height army style boots

    Please no jeans or ballet/jazz attire.

    *All footwear worn to hip hop must be for indoor purposes only

    Body Conditioning

    Body Conditioning

    All Levels
    Fitted activewear

    Children and Adult Sessional

    Children and Adult Sessional

    We do not have a specific dress code for sessional classes. We recommend students wear comfortable work-out style clothing, easy to move in OR you can use our full year dress code as a guide. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding what to wear.
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  • Year-End Show
    Every Year the full year program students of Kor Danceworks will perform in a Year-End Show. This performance will be held between May-June and allows students to showcase their hardwork and choreography that they have been working on throughout the year.

    Student are highly encouraged to participate as it is not only an exciting and fun time for any dancer, but builds confidence, promotes team work and dedication.


    YEAR-END SHOW 2018

    This year we are excited to announce we will be having 2 shows taking place on June 2nd at 1:30pm and 3:30pm at the Cardel Theatre in Quarry Park. We will be sending Kor Danceworks families additional information about rehearsals, costumes and procedures regarding this performance in the upcoming weeks.

    Tickets will be available to purchase directly at the studio and parents will be notified when they are in.
  • ...coming soon!
  • May 1- Registration Opens
    August- Grand Opening
    September 11- First Day of Full Year Classes
    September 11- Adult Sessional #1 Begins
    September 18- Kids Sessional #1 Begins
    October 2-7- Bring A Friend to Dance Week!
    October 9- Studio Closed for Thanksgiving
    October 23- Adult Sessional #1 Ends
    October 24-30- Wear Your Costume to Class Week
    October 31- Halloween (No Evening Classes)
    November 1- Costume Deposits Due
    November 6-11-Costume Measuring Week
    November 6-- Adult Sessional #2 Begins
    November 11-- Remembrance Day (Classes Still Running)
    November 13- Kids Sessional #1 Ends
    November 20-26- Parent Viewing Week
    December 1- Ballet Exam Fees Due
    December 15-21- PJ Week
    December 16- Adult Sessional #2 Ends
    December 21- Last Day of Classes
    December 22-January 7- Studio Closed
    January 8- Classes Resume
    January 8- Adult Sessional #3 Begins
    January 8- Kids Sessional #2 Begins
    February 15-19- Studio Closed for Family Day Long Weekend
    February 15 OR 23- Adult Sessional #3 Ends
    February 26- Adult Sessional #4 Begins
    February 26-March 3- Parent Viewing Week
    March 10-Kids Sessional #2 Ends
    March 26-April 1- Studio Closed for Spring Break
    April 2- Classes Resume
    April 2- Registration Begins (Internal)
    April 2- Kids Sessional #3 Begins
    April 14- Adult Sessional #4 Ends
    April 23- Adult Sessional #5 Begins
    May 1- Registration Begins (External)
    May 21- Studio Closed for Victoria Day Weekend
    June 2- Year-End Show
    June 2- Kids Sessional #3 Ends
    June 4- Adult Sessional #5 Ends
    June 4-9- Bring a Friend to Dance
    June 18- Last Day of Classes