Meet Our Family

Michelle Fracchia-West, Associate CSC-CICB (ballet), RAD RTS (ballet), ADAPT T.T.S. (jazz and tap)

Artistic Director, Ballet, Conditioning, Jazz
  • Over 20 years teaching experience
  • Award-winning Choreographer
  • Adjudicator
  • CSC Associate Diploma
  • Progressing Ballet Technique (P.B.T.) Certified
  • Mentor for dance teacher trainees for the Royal Academy of Dance
  • Royal Academy of Dance, RTS (Ballet)
  • CSTD Affiliate Member (all disciplines)
  • ADAPT TTS Certified (Jazz & Tap)
  • Acrobatic Arts Certified Module 1 (AAC1)
  • B.A. Sociology with Distinction

Karsen Morrison – ADAPT TTS Certified (Tap & Jazz)

Contemporary/Lyrical, Tap, Jazz & Musical Theatre
  • Award-Winning Choreographer
  • Trained in Saskatoon
  • Advanced levels in RAD ballet and ADAPT jazz
  • Professional dancer in the 2005 centennial gala under the instruction of Sean Hansel and Sarah Nolan-Downs
  • So You Think You Can Dance Canada Finalist Season 2
  • Instructor for 7 years
  • Studied with Kelly Kono and Mia Micheals
  • Danced with Dare to Dance Company, Saskatchewan Under The Northers Lights Company & Inspired Dance Company
  • Performed with the Moscow Ballet in Swan Lake

Maegan Marshall, CDTA Full Member (Jazz), MSc in Physical Therapy

Conditioning, Contemporary / Lyrical
  • Award-Winning Choreographer
  • BA of Kinesiology with Distinction
  • CDTA Advanced Jazz
  • RAD Intermediate Foundation Ballet
  • Alixa Flexibility Workshop
  • Former Cheerleading Coach & High School Musical Choreographer
  • Trained worldwide

Mariana Souza – Diploma in Dance (ballet)

  • Award-Winning Choreographer
  • Trained in Brazil
  • Diploma in Dance, Municipal Dance School of Sao Paulo
  • Pursuing B.A. Kinesiology
  • Advanced 2 RAD
  • Trained in various ballet methodologies
  • Years of ballet teaching experience
  • Fluent in Portuguese, English & Spanish

Melanie Sunderland, B.A. Kinesiology

  • Award-Winning Choreographer
  • Trained in Humboldt
  • Danced with Abiding Lines Dance Company
  • Guest Instructor for Abiding Lines Dance Company Workshops
  • Instructor for 8 years
  • Pursuing U of S Registered Nursing Degree
  • Taught at various summer camps across Saskatchewan

Megan Lorenz – A.RAD & RAD RTS

  • Award-Winning choreographer
  • Danced with the White Birch Ballet Company
  • Advanced 2 RAD (ballet)
  • Studied with The Banff Centre for the Arts and The Quinte Ballet School of Canada
  • Former ballet teacher at Juliette’s Dance Centre
  • 25 years combined dancing and teaching experience
  • Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts (Great Distinction)
  • Lawyer with McDougall Gauley LLP

Taylor Landry, ADAPT TTS Certified (Tap & Jazz)

Tap & Jazz
  • Award-Winning Choreographer
  • Studied in North Battleford
  • Advanced 2 RAD ballet
  • Trained in CDTA Tap
  • Instructor for 7 years
  • B.Comm. Human Resources
  • Performed in the Nutcracker for Moscow Ballet
  • Ballet Across the Prairies tour local guest performer – White Birch Ballet

Kyla VonGrad – AAC1 & AAC2

Acro & Musical Theatre / Ignite Danceworks Inc. Social Coordinator
  • Trained in Saskatoon
  • Acrobatic Arts Certified Module 1 & 2
  • Pursuing U of S Education Major
  • Teacher for 4 years
  • Years of Management & Event Organization Experience
  • Dance Workshops in New York, Chicago and Disney World
  • Numerous volunteer hours for charitable events

Meagan Komada – Certificate in Business Admin & Human Resource Management

Office Manager
  • Years of admin & management experience
  • Mother of 3 boys

Kersten Samoleski

Samantha Sangitan-Wurzer

Kirk Ford


Ignite Danceworks Inc.

511A 51st Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 6V4


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