Madison DixonDance Instructor
Madison Dixon is from Fredericton, New Brunswick, and began taking highland dance classes at the age of three years old. She has won 5 provincial championships and made the NB provincial team 8 times. She has competed at Nationals 6 times, and each time medaled in several different events. She has also traveled around the world to compete and perform including the Canadiana Celtic Dance Team in Scotland where she performed in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Madison has been a Highland Dance teacher since 2008, and successfully completed her testing to receive her Associates certification with the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance. Madison has taught at the Barbara Murray School of Highland Dance, and began her own Highland Dance School three years ago, in New Brunswick.
Madison is obviously a talented Highland dancer, but has also been dancing competitively in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip-Hop and Ballet. She has previously taught Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap and Jazz, along with Highland Dance.
Currently, Madison is a Dance Major at the University of Calgary and says “I want to continue my dance education so I can become a better dancer and most importantly to be able to pass on as much dance knowledge on to my students as I possibly can. “.
Kennedy was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She has a strong background in gymnastics, as she was a competitive athlete until 2013, and has been coaching since 2010. From her coaching experience, she has worked with children from the ages of 16 months up to 17 years old in both recreational, and competitive programs, including dancers and cheerleaders.
Kennedy’s passion for gymnastics lead her to take dance classes, such as jazz and acro, throughout her childhood. Although gymnastics has always been her main focus, Kennedy has always enjoyed the nature of dance and the skills gained from dancing. In addition to teaching at Brite Studios, Kennedy is still coaching trampoline and tumbling gymnastics in Okotoks. In the fall, she will continue her post-secondary education at Mount Royal University, where she is studying Health and Physical Education. She finds this education program to be a great teaching tool when dealing with dancers and athletes of all ages.
New to Brite, and returning into the world of dance, Kennedy will begin teaching acro workshops and classes in Fall 2016. She is very excited to have the opportunity to expand her knowledge of dance, and work with Brite’s talented dancers.
Chandler Smith was born in Whitehorse, Yukon. She has been dancing since she was 5 years old and right out of high school Chandler moved to Calgary to attend University of Calgary’s Dance program. In April 2014, Chandler obtained her BA Dance degree with a concentration in Performance. Chandler has been involved in the U of C Dance department’s annual Dance Montage production for many years along with Mainstage Dance & Dance at Noon/Night. With these works, Chandler demonstrated the ability to successfully combine the genres of physical theatre with urban styles and contemporary dance, creating a hybrid form. Chandler has also performed at the Sage Theatre’s Ignite Festival, NextFest, Mpact Movement Motion Affair, Soulocentric Dance Cabernet, Pro Arts Dance scene, the Fluid Movements Arts Festival, and most recently Alberta Dance Festival. In addition, she has choreographed for Dance at Noon, Caroline School of Dance, and Leaping Feats Creative Dance. In 2014, she was in “Twice Told” (Melanie Kloetzel), “Shiv’a” (Kate Stashko), “Cradle”(Michelle Van Dyk), “BZed Series: qrf-TENSION” (Jason Owin F. Galeos) & “We Must Collide” (Dancing Monkey Laboratories). These invitations to present work and to participate in different festivals speak to the quality of her work, and passion as a professional dance artist. Chandler has had the opportunity to dance with artists of various styles. She looks forward to bringing her knowledge and experience to her students for her second year at Brite Studios.