Teri Willoughby, Artistic Director
Teri has worked as a teacher and choreographer for 40 years. She began her career dancing with the Alberta Ballet then moved to Montreal to work with the founder of Les Ballet Jazz, Eve Von Gensy. Teri then turned to choreography working with stage shows, musical revue groups and spent 5 years traveling Canada and the US with Stratus Faction, a performing group made up of 26 singers, dancers and musicians. Her credits include Musicals such as Funny Girl, The Wizard of Oz, South Pacific and Little Mary Sunshine plus numerous commercial, trade, and dance shows. Teri spent 10 years working with The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede and recently directed the opening ceremonies for the World Figure Skating Championships. As a teacher she focuses on Ballet and Contemporary with a specialty in Partnering although her background includes many different disciples. Teri is passionate about her work as Artistic Director for Pure Energy Dance Foundation and looks forward to this year’s season.
Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Chantelle Lomness has been dancing since the age of 3 and has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre. She now focuses on sharing her experience and knowledge through teaching, which she has been doing for over 15 years. She has received numerous awards for her accomplishments in choreography and many of her students have gone on to professional careers in dance, as well as, won top awards and scholarships for their abilities at various festivals and competitions. She has also had the pleasure of taking some talented dancers to LA, to train, and perform in Disneyland and aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, as well as performing for the Harlem Globetrotters. Miss Chantelle has her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Drama and double minor in Dance and English, was a core member of the professional tap company Fab Feet, is a certified teacher through the CDTA, has adjudicated at various festivals throughout Canada and was the Artistic Director of a highly successful studio in Grande Prairie. She is an Equity accredited performer and has been involved in numerous theatrical productions in various roles, primarily as a performer and choreographer. Her theatre credits include High School Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, A Chorus Line, Cats, West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie!, Chicago, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and many others. Miss Chantelle is excited to share her passion for dance and performance with all talented students here at Pure Energy Dance!
Tasha has been dancing for over 10 years. She has training in ballet, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, and modern. Tasha has been a competitive dancer for over 8 years and has gained recognition and awards in the fields of jazz, contemporary and hip-hop. Tasha has been teaching jazz for 2 and a half years and continues to grow from the experience. She has also danced with the University of Calgary’s Dance Montage, as well the semi-professional dance company En Corps Dance Collective based out of Calgary. She loves learning more about the field of dance and challenges herself to grow even more as a dancer and a person. Dancing is her passion and she hopes to be doing it for a long time to come!
Vanessa began dancing competitively at the age of 7 in Calgary, Alberta and has trained in a variety of styles including tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary. Vanessa has been a proud member of Pure Energy Dance Foundation since it’s conception 5 years ago as both a dancer and teacher. In her dance career Vanessa has received numerous awards and scholarships. Her passion for performing has taken her all other North America and Europe to stages on both land and sea; notably she performing on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s “Stars at Sea”, Euro Disney, and even under the Eiffel Tower! Although trained in all styles, Vanessa has a true passion for the art of tap dance. She spent time as member of the professional percussive rhythm tap dancing company “Fab Feet” and continues to attended workshops and conventions to cultivate her skills. A recent graduate of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Nursing, Vanessa hopes to keep her love of dance alive for many years to come. She is thrilled to be sharing her knowledge and passion with the future generation of dancers at Pure Energy this year.
Sandra Repnow knew she loved ballet from the age of 6 and trained in Calgary, as well as summer intensives at the Edmonton School of Ballet, the Banff School of Fine Arts, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and in Montreal at L'Ecole Superieure de Dance du Quebec, where she danced her graduating year. She began teaching Ballet while obtaining her BSc in Psychology at the University of Calgary. In 2002 Sandra was awarded her Licentiate Diploma in Ballet, recognized by the Imperial Society of Teachers in Dance (ISTD). Sandra's teacher training continues with Intensives in Italy and the National Ballet School of Canada. Sandra is certified in Pilates, Intermediate Matt and Reformer and is working towards her diploma in CranioSacral Therapy. Sandra is inspired by her students, movement and everything body.... She hopes to excite passion and the love of dance.
Krista was born with the love of gymnastics. At 4 years old she started with the Cal-East gymnastics club, earning eight badges and competing in the junior Olympics in 1988. Krista continued on with Gymnastics experience at Altadore Gym Club until the age of 15. In 1995 she completed level 1 coaching certificate. Since her Daughter was old enough to walk, she has been teaching her skills at home, and when she was old enough, at the age of 4, Krista introduced her daughter to the sport as well. Her daughter completed 4 badges in 2 years at Stampede City Gymnastics in the recreational program, and was asked to join the competitive program at age 7.
Shannon has had a passion for dance and love of performing since her first class at the age of 5. She has trained for a total of 15 years in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, contemporary/modern, hip hop, african jazz, and musical theatre. She has received a number of awards and scholarships during her 9 years of competing. On top of that Shannon trained from the age of 5 to 13 in gymnastics until she chose to focus on dance exclusively. Her dedication to exploring the art of dance has brought her to many workshops and training camps, including an intensive summer training camp with the Alberta Ballet and 4 years training under Sean Cheeseman at his week long summer workshops. She received awards for most promising hip hop dancer and most promising video styling dancer. Ultimately, finding a true love for hip hop and contemporary she now dances with the Calgary based semi-professional dance company En Corps Dance Collective. She has two prior years of teaching experience in ballet, tap, and jazz. This is her first year with Pure Energy Dance Foundation and she couldn't be more thrilled to share her passion for dance.
Rebecca began her dance career as a highland dancer inspired by her Scottish roots. From there she was inspired by many other styles of dance. She trained in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and hiphop. Rebecca was an award winning competitive dancer for 8 years. For 2 years Rebecca assisted teachers in both younger and older classes, gaining much knowledge and experience in the art of teaching dance. This is Rebecca's third year of teaching at Pure Energy Dance Foundation and she is loving the experience. Rebecca's other qualifications include an Early Learning and Child Care Certificate from Bow Valley College.