Manager and Principal: Gail Scott
Gail has a broad background in all styles of dance, Acro and Musical Theatre and has studied in Canada and the US since she began her dance career at a very young age. Gail is a diversely talented teacher and her inventive choreography has bean acknowledged through many prestigious awards and scholarships. From the classroom to the stage, Gail is able to transform dance into unique and special works of art, each displaying passion, commitment and unbelievable heart!Gail also prides herself in meticulous technique and challenges and encourages all students who come under her care to reach their personal best. Many of her former students are thriving in the professional dance world and in 2013, one of her students, Lukas McFarlane, proudly won Got Dance, UK.Gail established Danscott Studio in Calgary in 1982 and has proudly remained the director and principal teacher since it’s inception. 2020-2021, Danscott Studio proudly celebrates it’s 39th Anniversary!Gail has a special way of touching children’s lives and inspiring them to express themselves through dance and ultimately creating everlasting memories. Danscott Studio, a uniquely different and dedicated studio where the focus is on each and every dancer to be their best. Gail’s dedication to the art of dance creates a presence that is unmatched.
Aleigh Scott Ford
ARAD, RAD RTS, CERTIFIED ADAPT TEACHER
Progressing Ballet Technique Level 1, Level 2 Certified
Alixa Flexibility Certified Level 1, Level 2, Level 3
Aleigh grew up at Danscott Studio, and is honored to be carrying on her moms legacy. A registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, Aleigh is passionate about the pursuit of technical excellence. Through structured class management, and a hands on approach, Aleigh enjoys watching her students improve and grow year to year. As a dancer, Aleigh completed all levels of the ADAPT Tap and Jazz Syllabus, RAD Graded Exams, and RAD Vocational Exams up to and including Advanced Two. As a dancer, she enjoyed training at summer intensive programs in LA and NYC, and is committed to continuing her dance education as a teacher. Aleigh completed the ADAPT Teaching Training school in July 2013 and has enjoyed setting yearly exam goals with her students in tap and jazz and also receiving consistently high marks. Aleigh believes in quality over quantity, and is proud to know each and every Danscott student.
Aleigh is driven by passion, and backed by experience!
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
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 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 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.
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!
Allison Dolan Coleman
Allison’s career in the art of dance has taken her to all corners of the globe as a performer, choreographer and instructor. Allison uncovered her passion for dance right here at Danscott Studio. She developed a love of all styles of dance tap, ballet, lyrical, open and musical theatre but ballet always stood out in her heart. Following high school graduation, Allison accepted several contracts with Princess Cruise Lines and spent the next five years travelling and performing on the seas while attending university. Allison has also performed with the En corps Collective, based here in Calgary. She graduated the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Health Science, and then the University of British Columbia with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Allison has choreographed several pieces at various studios in Western Canada, most of which in ballet, lyrical and jazz disciplines. She has also done choreography for the Calgary Stampede show Spurlesque and The Christmas Special with Princess Cruise Lines. Allison recently moved back to Calgary from Vancouver with her husband and three children. She enjoys working with young dancers building a foundation and inspiring them to develop their expressions through dance. She is so excited to be back home at Danscott Studio and looks forward to working with all the DS students
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 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. Together they opened up for Danny Fernandes, Boys To Men, MC Hammer, Girlicous, Jazzy Jeff as well as back-up danced for international platinum recording artist, Raghav. Since then Joey has choreographed for local musicians & dance crews in the One Love Music Festival - featuring artists such as Migos, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Lauryn Hill, Wale, Lecrae & Blackbear. In addition, he also pursues his own music career!
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.
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.
Dance has given Nadine an extra family. Born and raised in Calgary, AB, Nadine started dance at age three. Training and competing in all disciplines (Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Partnering) ignited a passion and appreciation for the artistic expression through movement and music. When not training, competing, or teaching, Nadine was performing with Artistique Performing Arts Company, affording her amazing experiences such as dancing in the 1988 Calgary Olympics, many Calgary Stampedes, and various holiday events in Alberta. There may have been an appearance or two on the Buck Shot Show even. Having successfully completed exams with both ADAPT and RAD syllabi, she joined Calgary Dance Theatre to perform with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Disneyland. She spent high school summers demonstrating in dance workshops that took her all over Alberta and British Columbia.
Nadine has a B.Sc in Nutrition and Food Science. Upon completing her degree, Nadine traveled the globe performing first with Norwegian Cruise lines and then five years with Princess Cruise Lines. Here she married her love of dance and travel and met her husband. Settling back in Calgary, Nadine joined Encorps Dance Collective (proud local dance company) as a board member and dancer. Nadine has two children and joined the Danscott family in 2016 with her daughter in dance.
The studio has always been her second home. She is driven to inspire young dancers to learn something new, to encourage them to challenge themselves while enjoying the process and feed their passion for dance. She is blessed because of dance and looks forward to being a part of the Danscott faculty magic.
Morgan’s dance journey began when she was 4 years old, joining the Danscott family at the age of 13. She has completed her RAD graded exams with exceptional marks and her Advanced One vocational exam with success. Morgan recently completed her Inter 3 Jazz ADAPT exam and continues to train under the ADAPT syllabus for both Jazz and Tap. She has studied and trained in many genres of dance including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and has even explored some Bollywood and African Jazz classes. She has been studying as an assistant teacher at Danscott for the last 3 years, under the guidance of Miss Gail and Miss Aleigh in Jazz and Tap. Morgan is currently attending the University of Calgary for Nursing. She is excited to share her love and passion for dance with Danscott’s Junior dancers.