Calgary Dance Studio

Teri Willoughby, Artistic Director (Ballet)

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 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.

Chantelle Lomness , (Tap and Jazz)

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!

Vanessa Paglione, (Jazz and Tap)

Vanessa began her training at an early age studying Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop & 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 receive

Tatti Snow, (Ballet and Aerial Fusion)

Tatti’s training started at an early age on another hemisphere. She fell in love with dance after her first ballet lesson, and with time it became clear her passion was not just for ballet, but for any and all forms of movement and body awareness classes.

After years of extensive training and performing in Brazil and other places in South America, Tatti discovered the Circus Arts on silk classes, after a while came the opportunity to run away and join a real Circus and she spent a number of years travelling the US performing, loading, unloading, riding elephants and travelling on a mile-long train with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baily Circus.

After her time with the circus family, Tatti felt the need to expand her spirit and added Yoga to her repertoire.

Tatti believes her love for dance and any other body movement comes from a number of past lives and she is so thankful she can use this life helping others reach within and finding their own way to express their passion for movement.

Samuel was originally inspired by music artists and street dance pioneers.

He initially began by teaching himself and sought training under professionals in Calgary's hip hop scene.

He continues to train and learn about various styles from hip hop to krump to ballet.

Sam has performed for various venues including 10 at 10, United Way, and Downtown 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 drawing on their individual inspirations. Sam hopes all dancers will grow their self-expression and confidence by finding what dance means to them.

Mackenzie Phillips