Meet the Teachers

Gail Scott Manager and Principal - Gail Scott

Please see below for the talented, 2018-2019 teaching staff at Danscott Studio. We are all very excited to offer your child an amazing dance experience through our detailed and well rounded dance programs.

We thank you for choosing Danscott Studio!



Aleigh Aleigh Ford

Aleigh is thrilled to be taking on a more involved role at Danscott! As manager of the Junior Program, Aleigh cannot wait to inspire and train our next generation of dancers alongside her amazing teaching team. Having completed all levels of the ADAPT Syllabus in both tap and jazz, it was only natural that she participated at the ADAPT Teacher Training Seminars. In July 2013, Aleigh graduated the three year program and is now a certified ADAPT teacher. During her competitive years, Aleigh completed all of the RAD Grades, as well as her Advanced Two Vocational Exam. Aleigh is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and is so excited to be able to enhance all of our dancers technical training. Aleigh has completed both the Junior and Intermediate Acrobatique seminars and is acquiring her practical teaching hours. Something that you may not know about Aleigh…she participated in the Calgary Stampede in the mutton busting event when she was 5! (She is very thankful that she stuck with dancing!).



Gabrielle Springette Gabrielle Springett

Gabrielle grew up in South Western Ontario, where she fell in love with ballet from a picture of a ballerina on a record of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty. Gabrielle Danced with the Cambridge Theatre Dance School. At a young age she had many performing opportunities holding leading roles with The Black Walnut Youth Ballet Company. She had various opportunities to dance with Les Grand Ballet Canadiens from Montreal when on tour for major productions such as the Nutcracker. Later she attended the Ryerson Theater School in Toronto, where she majored in dance and voice. While in Toronto she studied modern dance with the Toronto Dance Theatre as well studied the Russian method of ballet the Vagonava style. In 1998 Gabrielle began her teaching career and become a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance in 2000. Followed by achieving recognition in music, human anatomy and the history of ballet. In 2005 she opened her own dance school on the west coast of Vancouver Island called the Rainforest Dancers and moved to Calgary in 2011 where she has since been teaching at several dance studios in the city of Calgary. Credentials 1998: RAD Teaching Diploma courses; music, human anatomy, history of ballet 2000- present: RAD (Royal Academy of Dance registered teacher) 2015- present: Royal Academy of Dance Mentor to Ballet teachers in training



Katie Smith Booth Katie Smith Booth

At age seven Katie started her dance training, which began by focusing purely on ballet. In a matter of only two years she was preforming in The Nutcracker with Alberta Ballet, as well as The International School of Ballet, and earned the coveted role of The Sugar Plum Fairy at the age of 17. Katie attended many prestigious summer schools over her dance career, including National Ballet of Canada, Royal Winnipeg and The Goh. In her mid-teens she branched out to Lyrical, Jazz, contemporary, tap and musical theatre. At 18 she started her professional career dancing for Tokyo Disney's Encore!, a musical revue show choreographed by Patty Colombo. Shortly after, Katie booked an international tour which visited 14 major cities though out China, in which she was a lead dancer and featured soloist. Continuing to seek challenges, Katie moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dance career further. There she worked with Choreographers such as Andre Fuentes in the world renowned Choreographers Carnival. Katie has also appeared in the Bollywood film Blue, where she worked with Choreographer Liz Imperio. In 2008 Katie moved to Vancouver and worked with Josh Beamish in Move: The Company, for the 08/09 season. Katie has been teaching and choreographing for over 10 years, across North America and Australia. Returning to Calgary for the past five years, she continues to share her life long passion for dance with her students. Katie cherish's watching her students grow as individuals, develop as athletes and succeed as dancers. Her teaching philosophy believes that the best results come from a combination of hard work, sound technique, and most importantly, a love for dance. Katie has been blessed to work with passionate and driven dancers. Teaming up with these great athletes, who believe in the same philosophy has led to many overall awards and choreography acknowledgments.



Amanda Hillman Amanda Hillman

Amanda has trained with Danscott studio since the age of 13 in disciplines such as ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and acro. She has completed the three year ADAPT Teacher’s Training School program and is now a fully qualified ADAPT teacher. Amanda is an Acrobatique Master instructor and examiner and has completed both her junior and intermediate certifications. She has also attended the advanced seminar and is in progress of completing her certification. She has lots of personal experience with acro skills such as balances, walkover variations, aerials, tumbling and partner adagio tricks. Amanda is currently attending Mount Royal University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education majoring in Athletic Therapy. She is excited to be able to apply her knowledge of injury prevention and care, healthy habits for athletes, and proper kinematics of movement to her classes.



Molly Mcfarlane Molly Mcfarlane

Molly is a former dancer and graduate of Danscott studio and is excited to continue on as a teacher. She started her training at Danscott at the age of 5 in every style including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, acro, lyrical and contemporary. Molly has completed both her junior and intermediate certifications. She has also attended the advanced seminar and is in progress of completing her certification. Molly is currently attending St. Mary's University and is pursuing a Bachelor's of Education degree. She has a passion for teaching and working with students and is looking forward to the upcoming dance season.



Hailey Hahn Hailey Hahn

Hailey has been dancing for more than 20 years. She has trained and competed nationally, in disciplines such as Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre and Lyrical. Hailey currently holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary and is also a Certified Ballet Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. Hailey is dedicated to consistently expanding her knowledge of dance and teaching techniques to ensure she is able to inspire her students and provide them with a high quality dance education. Hailey is excited to share her knowledge of the RAD syllabus and ballet culture with all her students and she hopes that she can inspire them to share in her love of dance!



Brittany Barton Brittany Barton

Brittany has been a part of the Danscott family since she was six years old. From being a student herself, to teaching students of all ages - she has loved every minute of it. She is fortunate to have been trained by Miss Gail in both tap and jazz following the ADAPT syllabus and to have succeeded in the RAD ballet program. For six years Brittany has been a part of the amazing teaching team that makes up part of the Danscott Family, and she cannot wait to continue to pass along her creative ideas and technical training to her students for the upcoming dance season!



Erika Hansen Erika Hansen

Erika began dancing at the age of 6 where she trained mostly in the disciplines of ballet, tap, and hip hop. She then became a part of the Danscott team at the age of 10, which is when her love for dance truly developed. Erika has now been trained in various disciplines such as jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre and acro. She is proud to have graduated at Danscott Studio in 2015 alongside many talented dancers, and is very honoured to be a member of the teaching team. Erika is currently in the midst of completing her Junior and Intermediate Acrobatique certification, and plans to complete her advanced. Erika truly loves to teach and share her passion and knowledge of dance, with all of the danscott students.



Evan Cooksley Evan Cooksley

Evan has trained in many forms of dance and acrobatics since he was 5 years old. Starting out using dance as cross training for freestyle skiing, Evan has had training in many disciplines of dance including jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, ballet, and acro. Since joining Danscott at age 12, dance has become one of Evan's greatest passions and he hopes to inspire and pass on what he has learned to the younger children. Evan has had the wonderful opportunity to learn under many prolific artists and has performed in shows and showcases around the world, including the Grandstand Show of the Calgary Stampede. He also continues to train and perform tap around North America as a member of the Tri-Tone Rhythm Ensemble. Evan is currently beginning his first year of his Engineering and Dance double major at the University of Calgary.



Joey Braunwarth Joey Braunwarth

Joey Braunwarth has been a professional dancer and teacher for over 10 years. In 2008 he co-founded the Calgary based Hip Hop crew and entertainment company, ILLFX. Joey has back-up danced for international platinum recording artist Raghav as well as opened up and/or choreographed opening acts for artists such as Migos, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Lauryn Hill, Wale, Lecrae, Blackbear, Danny Fernandes, Boys To Men, MC Hammer, Girlicous & Jazzy Jeff. Joey studied for 5 years in the Professional Training Program at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks where he immersed himself in African, Jazz, Funk, Ballet, Afro Cuban, Salsa, Swing & Contemporary and traveled as far as Sweden to study Lindy Hop, a swing dance style from 1930s. Although his primary focus is Commercial Hip Hop, being a diverse dancer, teacher and choreographer allows him to train dancers from multiple genres with a more well rounded, knowledgeable approach.



Julia Casorso Julia Casorso

Julia has been dancing ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre since she was three years old, and has trained at Danscott since the age of 12. She has received distinction in every graded and vocational RAD ballet level, and has also had the amazing opportunity to perform her Solo Seal Exam. Julia has completed the ADAPT jazz exams up to the Pre-Advanced level, and has just completed her second year of the ADAPT teacher certification program. She has trained at several dance institutions, including the International School of Ballet, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, and the Goh Ballet in Vancouver. Besides dance, Julia has also pursued film and voice acting, having worked on film series in Japan and Calgary. She is going into her fourth year at the University of Calgary, majoring in Ecology and Anthropology. Julia has always had a strong passion for choreographing and teaching dance, and looks forward to sharing her training and knowledge with all the DS students!



Jennifer Leckie Jennifer Leckie

Jen has been dancing at Danscott since the age of 11 and is very excited to continue being involved with her studio as teacher. Trained in disciplines such as ballet, pointe, character, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and her personal favorite musical theatre, she is ready to share her knowledge with others. Taught by Miss Gail for many years, Jen was able to find success in ADAPT jazz exams up to intermediate 3, as well as completing RAD certifications and her intermediate exam. Her passions include travel, education and of course dance. Jen values the lessons learned at Danscott as well as the technical and stylistic sides of the art. Excited and honoured to be able to continue with the studio she grew up in, Jen is ready to teach others to love dance as much as she does.



Alexa Coelho Alexa Coelho

Alexa began dancing at the age of 3 where she was trained through the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. Once she joined the Danscott family at the age of 12, her love for dance flourished and began to be trained further in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop along with lyrical and contemporary. She is a proud graduate of the Danscott family in 2017 and is thrilled to now be apart of the teaching staff at Danscott. Something you may not know about Alexa is that she is also apart of her cultural Portuguese community here in Calgary and takes part as a dancer in the Portuguese Folk Group of Calgary. Alexa is going into her 2nd year at the University of Calgary pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree, majoring in Psychology. Alexa is looking forward to sharing her undying love for dance with all of her students in this upcoming season at Danscott Studio.