Meet Our Faculty

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.
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Chantelle Lomness
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!
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Samuel
Hip Hop Instructor
Samuel was originally inspired by music artists and street dance pioneers. He initially began by teaching himself and now under the guidance of Empirical Freedom, a collective of artists based in Calgary, finds himself learning various styles of dance including Hip Hop, Krump and house. Sam has performed for various venues including 10 to 10, United Way and Downton Calgary. Utilizing his exposure to various mediums of art including dance, film, and photography, he teaches to provide dancers the ability to find and develop their own unique style. Sam hopes all dancers will grow their self-expression and confidence by finding what dance means to them.
Emily Bahme - Muise
Instructor
Emily has been training in a variety of disciplines for over ten years. She danced competitively in these disciplines for eight years. Competing gave Emily the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas, California and New York. From a young age Emily knew her passion was teaching the art of Dance. She was mentored by Teri Willoughby and gained experience while student teaching for her. Emily is excited to share her passion for dance with her students. She loves seeing dancers flourish, grow, and achieve their goals. She is thankful for the many individuals who have inspired her and helped her become the dancer and teacher that she is today. Emily hopes to provide the same inspiration and love for dance to her students.
Megan Wysiecki
Megan has been dancing at Pure Energy for ten years in an abundance of genres and has found great success in her passion. Growing up alongside an amazing faculty, she has always wanted to become a dancer teacher herself, to motivate young students to achieve their goals. In the last two years, Megan has been able to make this dream of hers a reality and is continuously learning and growing from this new experience. She is excited and eager to expand her knowledge of teaching and watch her students flourish.
Krista LeBlanc
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.
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Vanessa Paglione
Teacher
Vanessa began her training at an early age studying Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hiphop & Lyrical. Vanessa has had the opportunity to perform in various shows in Canada including Ignite! Festival, the University Of Calgary’s MainStage, and Skylines Dance and Film festival, and was a member of Ember Dance Company for 7 seasons, under the direction of Corinne Vessey. Additionally, Vanessa holds her Associate in Imperial Ballet and Modern theatre, which she received under the direction and guidance of Shirley Agate-Proust. Vanessa is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary, having completed her Bachelors of Kinesiology with a minor in dance. Vanessa strives to bring joy, energy and inspiration to each of the students that she teaches, while helping them reach their potential as individual dancers.
Rebecca McDade
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.
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