Kim has been teaching Dance and providing Choreography for over 20 years. She is knowledgeable in all genres of Dance. She has worked on local performances for “A Chorus Line”, “Fame”, and “Grease”. She choreographed Keyano Theatre's 2011 Musical "All Shook Up". In February 2013 she choreographed and starred in local musical "HomeTown, The Musical". She was also the choreographer for Keyano Theatre Company's "Cabaret", "Footloose" & "FlashDance". She has taken many professional classes in LA, Florida, NY and Las Vegas to further her knowledge. Kim has completed the DEA Teacher Training Syllabus Program. She is an Affiliate with The Society of Russian Ballet. She has worked on choreography for neighbouring Alberta schools and is sought after across the province for her teaching skills. She has been recognized by agents who represent Dance Educators for her choreography. She has been featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine for her Artistic Direction and Business Operations. She is a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance as well as an Acro Dance Certified Adjudicator. She prides herself on her dancers’ accomplishments – as they have obtained numerous titles with her choreography and training; many are successful Artists in the Industry and have also become entrepreneurs in all facets of health and the arts. Kim Hurley is the Artistic Director for "Northern Dance Off" Competition, and was the Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 Wood Buffalo Alberta Winter Games. Her expertise as an instructor, choreographer and Artistic Director has given her dancers key elements in life long pursuits dance and non-dance careers. Her extensive knowledge and years of dance teaching have made her one of the most successful dance business owners in Alberta. Kim loves dance and she loves the accomplishments her training brings out in dancers she instructs! Welcome Kim! ♥
Morgan is one of our Senior Instructors this season who is full of energy and positive enthusiasm! We are delighted that she will be leading some of our younger Tiny Tots through some of their first encounters with dance and GDS. Being a Tiny Tot herself at the age of 3, Morgan has been through all the training it takes to be able to provide a structured, safe, happy dance education to our dancers. Not only with our little ones, but Morgan is also a great asset to our Competitive dancers. She has graced the stage many times with many dance routines and never leaves without a high standing award, or a gracious comment about her performance. She looks forward to this upcoming season and the ability to help our dancers excel and improve. Welcome Morgan! ♥
Ava is one of our longtime dancers! We are so excited for her to join us on the faculty this season. She has been assisting us for a longtime and is now venturing over to becoming an instructor. Ava has so many skills to offer GDS. To begin, she is a high achiever in the Acro world and utilizes these skills in her dancing. She has demonstrated the necessary qualities to be able to transfer this knowledge onto our students. In addition, she is well trained in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary and Ballet. We are fortunate to be able to have her begin teaching here at GDS! If your in Ava's class be prepared for a fun filled informative experience. We can't wait to see all the progress take place this season from the students she will instruct. Welcome Ava! ♥
Brianna is a great asset to our team! She has had countless awards recognizing her accomplishments in dance and in Youth Leadership. Ready to start instructing her own classes, Brianna has demonstrated the keys elements in providing dance education. She is fantastic at breaking down technique for the beginner dancer and assisting them in classes in order to inspire them to keep working hard. Her passion comes from her many years at GDS and the influence it has had on her life. Brianna hopes to meet all the dancers families and welcomes them all to Generation with open arms. Welcome Brianna. ♥
Julia is here to begin her teaching skills at GDS! As an assistant for many years she is now ready to offer instruction on her own to our new and returning dancers at Generation. Her outstanding accomplishments in all areas of academics and primarily her leadership qualities and achievements have led her to a promising teaching career. We love that she is so determined yet very fun and warmhearted. Students will enjoy the atmosphere she creates in her classes and will leave with a smile on their faces. Welcome Julia! ♥
Ashley Shears-Matei was born and raised in the RMWB, Ashley is passionate about the community, she volunteers on numerous boards in the community and supports diverse youth-related and charitable organizations.
Ashley grew up loving the arts, and also loving shows like "So you think you can Dance". When her daughter joined dance its sparked her joy and encouraged her to jump in and learn. Ashley has completed her Acrobatic Arts Preschool Certificate, and is a member of the Acro Dance Teachers Association. Welcome Ashley♥