Mentorship Program

Navigating the world of AcroDance can seem daunting at first, especially if you are building an acro program from the ground up, or are transitioning to acro from a strictly dance or gymnastics background. That’s why we give all Acrobatique certifying teachers FREE access to our Colleague Mentorship Program, where you are paired up with an experienced and certified Acrobatique Instructor. You can ask your Mentor any questions that come up as you work with your acro students in your studio. When you certify with Acrobatique, you always have support, whether you attended your course a month or a decade ago!

Learn more about the Acrobatique mentors below!
  • Abby
    Prebble

    Abby Prebble

    Abby Prebble is the Director of Aspire Acrobatics. She trained in competitive gymnastics for seven years before transitioning into dance. She possesses over 10 years of training in acrobatics, jazz, ballet and hip hop with The British Association of Teachers of Dancing (B.A.T.D.) exam certificates in Acrobatics, Jazz and Ballet. Abby has also trained in aerial acrobatics since 2008 to current, specializing in aerial hoop, aerial straps, silks and loop silks. Abby has a professional performance certificate in Commercial Dance Studies from George Brown College and continues to study hoop, silks, loop silks, straps and acrobatics in the Toronto area. Abby has achieved her Acrobatique Instructor Certification at the Junior and Intermediate levels. In September 2016 Abby, was accepted to the National Circus School in Montreal for their Circus Instructor Training program and graduated in June 2017. Abby continues to broaden her knowledge and experiences with continuous training and education through related courses.

  • Allison
    San Martin-Feeney

    Allison San Martin-Feeney

    Miss Allison has been dancing since the age of seven and has trained at Edmonton Dance Factory, Edmonton School of Ballet, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She danced as a member of the ‘Edmonton Festival Ballet’, and ‘Edmonton Contemporary Dancers’ amateur dance companies as well as the ‘University of Alberta Dance Team’. Miss Allison has successfully completed the Advanced 1 Cecchetti ballet exam as well as the Intermediate RAD ballet exam. She has successfully completed teacher training for the ESB Junior Grades Ballet. Miss Allison has completed her ADAPT Jazz & Tap certification. She's also completed Junior level certification with Acrobatique AcroDance, with her Intermediate level certification in progress. Miss Allison began teaching at Flexpointe Dance Studios in 2010 while pursuing a bachelor of science in psychology at the University of Alberta. Miss Allison has had the opportunity to dance and perform internationally in many settings. She has taught both recreational and competitive levels of dance and has had students compete in festivals in and around Edmonton. Miss Allison is very grateful to be a part of Acrobatique’s Colleague Mentorship Program!

  • Beth
    Gleeson

    Beth Gleeson

    Beth has extensive training in both gymnastics and dancing. She competed in gymnastics at both provincial and national level competitions and coached gymnastics for many years. She has her level 1 gymnastics coaching certification.

    Beth grew up training and competing in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, musical theatre and acro and obtained her teacher's certification under the British Association of Teachers of Dance ("BATD") in ballet, jazz and tap. Beth started the acro program at the studio where she trained and successfully prepared students for acro examinations under the BATD syllabus. Beth competed in dance for many years, with her acro solos winning numerous awards in Canada and the United States. Beth danced professionally for years, performing in various shows including fashion shows, industrial shows and commercials.

    In university, Beth was a member of the University of Western Ontario 27-time national champion cheerleading team, coached a high school cheerleading team and worked as the head dance instructor for Power Cheerleading Athletics, traveling across Canada teaching cheerleading stunts, dance and tumbling. Beth obtained a business degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at UWO and a law degree from the University of Toronto.

    After practicing law for several years, Beth was thrilled to return to her passion of teaching dance. Beth is the owner and artistic director of Toronto Dance Company. She is very proud of the popularity of the recreational program and the great successes the competitive program has seen, consistently winning both overall and special awards at competitions across Ontario. Beth has attended all levels of Acrobatique Certification, and is very proficient with the Acrobatique syllabus.

  • Dana
    Throop

    Dana Throop

    Dana Throop has been teaching recreational and competitive dance programs for several years, in all genres, across South Western Ontario, Canada. She teaches mathematics and Healthy Active Living (Phys.Ed) by day, and recreational and competitive acrobatic dance, jazz, tap and musical theatre by night. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying sports, soccer, horseback riding, and curling up with a good book.

    Dana has an honours degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Western Ontario, a diploma in Developmental Service Work with a specialist in Education/Educational Assistance, and a Bachelors of Education from Queen’s University. She has participated in many different workshops pertaining to different genres of education and coaching, and varying approaches to learning styles and learning disabilities.

    As a former dancer, Dana participated in several shows, demonstrations, and competitions throughout South Western Ontario with the Burford Dancers, Waterloo Academy of Dance, Dance Stop, and the University of Western Ontario, and was also invited to try-out for the first Raptors Dance Pak.

    Once Dana discovered Acrobatique, she has been “all-in”, and has never looked back. The training provided by the Acrobatique curriculum has allowed Dana’s local students grow tremendously as acro dancers, improving in all areas, and genres of dance, especially in strength and control. Dana’s students thoroughly enjoy the Acrobatique program as much as she does.

    Dana’s extensive experience in the art of AcroDance, her passion for the arts in all forms, and her enjoyment of passing on her love and knowledge to students and teachers, makes her an excellent mentor as part of the Acrobatique Mentorship Program.

  • Deanna
    Cormier

    Deanna Cormier

    Deanna has trained extensively in Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Acro, and Ballet. She has completed her Advanced 2 and Grade 8 Ballet Examination (RAD), and Pre-Advanced Jazz and Tap Examinations (ADAPT). She is a certified teacher in RAD Ballet, ADAPT Jazz and Tap, and Acrobatique. She teaches dance for the musical theatre program at St. Lawrene College in Brockville. She has also taught at various studios and schools in Ottawa providing exceptional dance training to students of all ages and abilities. Deanna has travelled to New Hampshire and Arizona to teach summer intensive programs. Her choreography at dance competitions has received various high score and special awards. She has received numerous personal awards at competitions across North America, including Miss Teen CanDance, Footloose Dancer of the Year and ADA Dancer of the Year. Over the course of her training she has performed with Ballet Jorgens “The Nutcracker” and was a member of the Ottawa Renegades Dance Team. Dance is a passion that Deanna loves to share with aspiring students in an encouraging and educational way!

  • Giselle
    Wilson

    Giselle Wilson

    I started dancing at the age of three and began my examination process at the age of 7. I completed examinations in ADAPT Jazz and Tap to the Intermediate 3 level; RAD Ballet from Primary to the Advanced 1 level; CDTA Ballet, Tap, and Jazz, achieving Advanced levels in all three. I took multiple exams in Highlands SDTA, achieving my Scottish Award 4 level. I also took multiple exams in Baton Twirling.

    I continued my training with ADAPT, achieving my Teacher Certificate in 2004, as well with RAD Ballet CBTS, achieving my Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies in 2006. I have been an Associate Member (Stage Tap) with CDTA since 2003. In 2015 I completed my Junior Acrobatique Teaching Certification and am currently working on my Acrobatique Intermediate level Certification.

    I established Giselle’s ShowTyme Dance Studio in 1999 at the age of 14. My studio grew in 5 years to a travelling studio, teaching dance 7 days a week to multiple small towns surrounding Assiniboia, Sask. In the year 2006 I purchased a space in Assiniboia. My studio grew in 4 years to the point where I purchased our current studio in 2010. This enabled me to hire another teacher and offer more classes teaching out of two separate rooms. I am currently in my 18th year of teaching and continue to develop my education in Teaching Dance and maintaining my competencies. I am proud to say that our studio is a small yet strong examination studio achieving high standards in Ballet, Tap and Jazz.

  • Jenna
    Ashby

    Jenna Ashby

    My Name is Jenna Ashby, I was born in Bengough, Sk and have been a part of Giselle's ShowTyme Dance Studio since the age of 5. Once I graduated from high school I went to the University of Regina and graduated with my Bachelors of Kinesiology in 2013. I then moved to Assiniboia, Sk to teach with GSD Studio full time. Since then I have successfully completed my ADAPT TTS Certification, the Alixa Sutton Flexibility Module One, my Acrobatique Junior Certification, and am currently working towards my Acrobatique Intermediate Certification. I also applied and was accepted into the RAD CBTS program which I begin January 2018! I have always had an amazing mentor in my lifelong teacher Miss Giselle Wilson and I really love having the opportunity to be that for someone else through this program!

  • Kate
    Matti

    Kate Matti

    Kate Matti is an Acrobatic and Dance Instructor, with a flair for bringing out the best in her students, through her unique training style, and her choreography brilliance. As a student, Kate trained in Sports Aerobics, under the FIG gymnastics banner; competing at state, national and international level cheerleading; while completing coaching courses, and teaching various levels of students in both of these genres. She commenced her tuition of sports aerobics as a senior student, where she won the Australian national gold medal for her division, and gold in international level cheerleading. A highlight of her career was training and performing with the Sydney Aerial Theatre Association, performing on the silks and hoops. Miss Kate gained her strong passion for dance once she commenced training at a prestigious dance academy on the Sunshine Coast, eventually teaching at the studio, as well as training for every competition she could. After completing high school, she went on to pursue Musical Theatre at the Australian Dance Performance Institute, achieving outstanding results in singing and performance composition, and performing in the Sydney Opera House finals.

    Kate’s passion for teaching was always with her through her journey as a young performer, and from there she began using her broad knowledge of all things performance, and focused on teaching and creating acrobatic-dance pieces, which has been an uncommon thing in Australia. She loves the idea of blending the technique and fluidity of ballet and dance, with the gravity defying stunts involved in acrobatic works.

    Miss Kate’s students and work speak for itself, and she has become a pioneer of the new acrobatic-dance movement sweeping Australia.

    Miss Kate is so thrilled to be able to continue creating and inspiring correct acrobatic-dance technique through the Acrobatique AcroDance Syllabus, Teacher’s Certification, Student Examinations, and the Colleague Mentorship Program. She looks forward to seeing more and more technically sound AcroDance grace Australia’s studios and stages.

  • Laura
    Elliott

    Laura Elliott

    Laura Elliott has began her training at Creator’s Arts Centre in 1999 and, in the 18 years since, has trained as a teacher, served on the Board of Directors and functioned as the Executive Director, and is now in her 7th year as the studio's Artistic Director. From 2006-2012, Laura also expanded her training under many amazing dance professionals including Steven Wynn at Dance Ad Deum in Texas, Bill Wade at Inlet Dance Theatre in Ohio, Rob Kitsos, Megan Walker-Straight, Marla Eist and Judith Gary at the Simon Fraser University Contemporary Dance Program in Vancouver, Faye and Brian Foley from ADAPT, and Melissa Klassen, founder of Acrobatique AcroDance.

    With a passion to see dance and the arts used as a vehicle for communication, connection and personal growth, Laura has spent the last 14 years teaching dance workshops throughout Canada, leading dance-mentorship groups for teens, and collaborating with community programs such as the “Cool Arts” program, Sunshine Farms, and the Parkinson Rec Centre, to bring dance and art opportunities to children and adults living with disabilities. Laura's studio is the only studio in the Okanagan that is a registered charity that offers a Tuition Assistance Program and specialized programs for children of diverse abilities, making CAC truly a place where every dancer can shine regardless of barriers.

    A strong believer in the vision and mission of Creator’s Arts Centre, Laura seeks to assist CAC in continuing to be a place of excellence, community and creativity.

  • Lesley
    Scott

    Lesley Scott

    Lesley is the Principal of the Dance Encore Performing Arts Studio in Sydney, Australia, and is a registered ADA Ballet, Tap and Jazz teacher and Examiner. She holds a Diploma of Musical Theatre, and a Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management.

    She is also the Managing Director of Dance Encore Productions …and has over 40 years experience as a Professional Producer, Director and Choreographer.

    Her professional career spans 40 years including Australian / New Zealand Tours of “Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs”, “The Flintstones”, “Peter Pan”, “My Fair Lady” and “Irene”(Australian tour/ West End-London UK),and Principal Dancer in “The Merry Widow” with the Australian Opera.

    She formed an adagio/acrobatic act with her husband Bruce, and toured the world performing in some of the most famous Theatres, Nightclubs and Cabarets including the Silver Jubilee Royal Command Performance in London, followed by starring roles in “1001 Nights” Hong Kong Palace Casino,” “Soir De Gala”-Wrest Pt. Casino, Tasmania.

    Dance Encore Productions began in 1979, supplying professional entertainment to Australia, New Zealand, S.E. Asia, Japan and Sth. Korea. Through her expertise as a teacher and choreographer, Lesley has given many singers and dancers the opportunity to pursue professional careers both within Australia and overseas.

    In 2004, the Dance Encore Performing Arts Studio opened in Sydney, and during the past 13 years, Lesley has adjudicated Scholarships and Eisteddfods as well as incorporated teaching at The McDonald College (Musical Theatre, Dance, and Gymnastics). Lesley was proud to be associated with “Billy Elliot” the musical as acrobatic coach to the “Billy’s."

  • Rebeccah
    Harder

    Rebeccah Harder

    Rebeccah discovered dancing later in life and quickly fell in love with the art form. She has trained at many studios throughout Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph and Toronto in a variety of styles including Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and most extensively in Ballet. Rebeccah is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance and has completed her RAD Intermediate (Vocational) level exam. She continues her professional development through RAD Syllabus Workshops, Exam Feedback sessions and attendance to a variety of conferences and workshops.
    Rebeccah has successfully completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance, providing her with Registered Teacher Status. Rebeccah has also completed her Junior and Intermediate level Certification with Acrobatique.
    Rebeccah has completed her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology from the University of Guelph and her Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. Outside of the dance industry, Rebeccah enjoys a rewarding Social Work career working with children, adolescents and families.
    Rebeccah is extremely excited to be a mentor for Junior certifying teachers within Acrobatique’s Mentorship Program!

  • Ryan
    Whitehead

    Ryan Whitehead

    Ryan Whitehead is a dedicated and dynamic Fitness Professional with a desire to fuel and coach athletes to perform at their best. With over 10 years experience in the fitness industry as a Group Exercise Instructor, Presenter, Mentor, Educator and Assessor, his passion is to inspire, entertain and delight people on stage. A registered professional with Fitness Australia, he is currently a Les Mills assessor and certified instructor. He is also qualified to deliver SkyFit programs, and is Pilates trained.

    The heart of his training and teaching has been focused on acrobatics and tumbling skills for over 10 years, acquiring a great amount of experience working beside his teacher, mentor and principal of the Dance Encore Performing Arts Studio, Miss Lesley Scott. He is a highly valued examiner and mentor as part of Acrobatique AcroDance.

  • Shannon
    Charland

    Shannon Charland

    Shannon was a recreational and competitive teacher in jazz, tap, acrobatics, and hip-hop for over 10 years. As a child she danced competitively and has always had a love for acrobatics, so could not be more excited to share this passion with others.

    Shannon is also an elementary school teacher and has her Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University, as well as her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Waterloo. She is ADAPT certified in both tap and jazz, and is a fully certified Junior, Intermediate, and Advanced Acrobatique Teacher.

    Shannon has traveled to Germany on the Canadian National Tap Team, and has also toured as a V.I.P. For Dance Olympus/ Art Stone as a teen. She is the Assistant Artistic Director of at Just 4 Kicks Academy of Dance, and shares her passion for learning and teaching with all of her students.

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