Instructors & Office Staff

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Kristy Neumeier Sotnikow
Miss Kristy fell in love with dance at the age of seven. She began training intensely in the ADAPT syllabus (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) in her twenties. Kristy was a Dancer, Choreographer and Captain for the “Saskatchewan Storm Dance Team of the World Basketball League” in 1990 and 1991. She performed professionally for Weird Al Yankovich in his “Straight Outta Lynwood” tour in the summer of 2007. She is a qualified ADAPT Dance Instructor who is constantly furthering her training through various workshops, conventions and revision courses in Canada and the USA.She has traveled to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Boston, New York and across Canada to remain on the cutting edge of what is new and fresh in the dance industry. During her travels she has been fortunate enough to take class from many celebrity choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels and Doug Caldwell. She has assembled teams of dancers and choreographed for many local events in Saskatoon with high profile clients such as Redken Hair Shows, Black Tie Bingo Hospital Charity Event and The Pink Lime Party. She has now been teaching dance for more than 25 years and has been a studio owner in Saskatoon for 17 years. Kristy has made adjudicating provincial dance competitions and festivals a priority in recent years; she enjoys reaching students at this level and sharing their love of dance. Her own students have won numerous awards, scholarships and cash prizes at dance competitions and workshops locally and internationally. Her students are now moving on to make a mark for themselves in the dance industry; working professionally in film and creating teaching careers of their own. Kristy promotes exam work and competition work to her students so they are given every opportunity as dancers and performers. She believes that all dancers deserve a quality dance education.With the support of her husband and two children, Kristy is thrilled to be the Artistic Director of Kristy’s Dance Fusion where valuable life lessons are realized through the discipline and grace that dance class offers.

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Rachel Konkin
Rachel began her dance training at the age of 4 in Saskatoon. By age 9, ballet had become a lifelong passion and she began training with Yvonne Jaspar in Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations. She trained vigorously and almost exclusively in ballet throughout her teenaged years and succeeded in completing the RAD Advanced 2 Examination at the age of 18. She has earned status as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance in recognition of her exam achievements. To further her ballet training, Miss Rachel has attended numerous RAD workshops and classes under some of Canada’s most knowledgable ballet instructors. As a teenager, she began doing more serious jazz training and completed Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association examinations from Grade 1 through to the Advanced level with high marks. Miss Rachel is a Certified AcroDance Teacher’s Association Junior level instructor, as well as a Certifying ADTA Intermediate instructor. She has already had so much fun working with students on accomplishing new tricks that can be performed amongst their dance choreography. Miss Rachel enjoys sharing her love of dance with students of all ages, as well as getting to know the families of KDF through her work as the studio’s Project Manager! You may hear from her throughout the year in regards to newsletters, competitions, and a variety of our studio’s large administrative projects.

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Christina Ling
Mrs. Christina Ling is a Registered Teacher in Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance. She discovered her love for dance at the age of nine years old when she began taking jazz, tap and ballet lessons. Her love of dance persisted through many years of academic training and professional work and it continually pulled her back into the studio for more training. She equally loves stage performance and enjoyed competing. Christina has been influenced by many excellent teachers and believes in taking the best of each of those experiences to build new and better ones for her students. She is a lifelong learner in both dance and life. Her teaching ethos is to impart the joy of classical ballet in a friendly, safe and respectful studio environment. She provides a holistic teaching approach incorporating excellence in technique and artistry, while minding dancer wellness.

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Cassidy Jellison
Cassidy began dancing at the age of six at Kristy’s Dance Fusion. It didn’t take long for her to know that dance would be a large part of her life. Soon, Cassidy began to compete with groups, solos, and duets in all genres. She has also completed numerous exams in tap, jazz, and ballet. In the summer of 2015, Cassidy attended a five week long summer intensive at the ‘Goh Ballet Academy’ in Vancouver BC. There she was able to train under various instructors, and expand her knowledge in ballet, Contemporary and Musical Theater. Teaching dance has always been a passion of Cassidy’s. In 2017, Cassidy attended the “Dance Teachers University” conference in Las Vegas and received her Level 1 Certification. In 2018 Cassidy Graduated the ADAPT teachers training school, making her a Certified ADAPT teacher. As well in 2018 Cassidy completed her ADTA (Acro Dance Teachers Association) Junior certification. She loves working with children of all ages in all genres. Cassidy is a passionate teacher and is dedicated to share her love of dance with others. She continues to further her training in all disciplines of dance.

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Josie Roden
Josie has been dancing since the age of 3. She grew up dancing in Yorkton at Dance Innovations training in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hiphop, and contemporary. In 2014 she had the opportunity to travel to Germany to compete at the world Tap championships with Team Canada. Leading up to the competition, she took tap classes at Kristy’s Dance Fusion. She has also been dancing with the Abiding Lines Dance Company in Saskatoon since 2015. Dancing with Abiding Lines has brought her opportunities to dance at WE Day Saskatchewan, the Sabex awards, and other events. She has also travelled to Austria with the Canadian hiphop team in October of 2016. Recently, she was also apart of a music video for Saskatchewan Country artist Jackie Guy.

Ahna Constantinoff
Ahna has been dancing at Kristy’s Dance Fusion since she was 4 years old. She is excited to continue on as a faculty member and can’t wait to teach all her dance knowledge to the younger students. Throughout Ahna’s years of dance, she has completed multiple tap, jazz, and ballet exams. In 2014, Ahna was given the opportunity to audition for World Tap Championships and travelled to Germany to compete. Ahna is also attending the College of Nursing through the University of Regina. She is looking forward to a fun-filled and exciting year!

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Cara Remai
Cara Remai has been dancing with Kristy’s Dance Fusion since the age of 7, taking classes in tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary. Throughout her competitive dance career, she completed many ADAPT tap and jazz exams, as well as RAD ballet exams, receiving high standings. One of Cara’s favourite dance memories was dancing in the Dance the World parade in Disney World, Florida in 2012, and she was fortunate enough to help train a group of KDF dancers for the same parade in Disneyland in 2016. She has also enjoyed being an assistant to the Acrobatique classes at KDF since 2015. Cara is currently pursuing degrees in Engineering Physics and Computer Science at the U of S, while continuing to be involved with dance. She loves teaching dancers of all ages, and is excited to share her passion and knowledge with her students!

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Hannah McCutcheon
Hannah began dancing at Kristy’s Dance Fusion when she was three years old. She has trained and competed in all genres as well as completed multiple exams in tap, jazz, and ballet. Hannah has always enjoyed working with children and became a dance assistant when she was twelve years old. Hannah is looking forward to the coming year and sharing her knowledge and love of dance with her students.

Ryan Sheppard
Ryan began taking hip hop classes when he was 7 years old at La Danse School of Dance Arts. He enjoyed performing at competitions throughout his 11 years at the studio. Ryan was fortunate enough to attend various hip hop conventions around Canada, further strengthening his love and passion for dance. He has appreciated working closely with choreographer Sasha Kozak who offered a unique style and motivation. Ryan also enjoyed being a guest performer for the Abiding Lines Dance Company for three years. Ryan joined Kristy’s Dance Fusion teaching hip hop in 2017 and looks forward to returning for another amazing season. Ryan is currently pursuing degrees in Engineering Physics and Physics at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Hannah Walton
Hannah started dancing with Kristy’s at the age of 5. Her love of dance started then, she has competed in jazz, ballet, Hiphop, lyrical, and contemporary. She competed with Eye Candy Company, attending World of Dance four years in a row. Hannah loves working with children and helping them learn and grow. She has assisted since the age of 12, where she knew teaching was the end goal for her. She hopes this year she can spread her love of Hiphop with her students and help them grow as students.

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Madi Bahr
Madi has a diverse background when it comes to her training. She was a gymnast for a large portion of her life, then decided to expand her skillset and become a dancer at Kristy’s Dance Fusion. Madi has competed in many genres of dance and has taken multiple ballet exams, but has a strong passion for acro dance. She is currently attending the University of Saskatchewan and pursuing an Education Degree. While completing her studies, Madi is an athlete on the U of S Dance Team which allows her to further her dance education. Madi is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and passion of dance with her students.

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Kylie Besse
Kylie started dancing at Kristy’s Dance Fusion at the age of 3. She has a love for jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, and lyrical. She enjoys traveling to all competitions and watching all the children grow. Kylie has been an dance teaching assistant from the age of 12 and had always dreamed of teaching. She gets along well with children and can’t wait to share her love of dance with all the students at the studio!

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Lauren Myers
Lauren began dancing with KDF at the age of 3, following in the steps of her two older sisters. Since then, she has trained, competed, and taken exams in tap, jazz, and ballet and trained and competed in hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre. She completed her ADAPT Pre-Intermediate 3 jazz exam, ADAPT Intermediate 1 tap exam, and her RAD Intermediate ballet exam. Lauren has had the opportunity to train in hip hop styles with Vince Akinyode as part of the Eye Candy World of Dance teams in 2015, 2016, and 2018, as well as with Paul Otterbein as part of Team Canada Hip Hop in 2017. She was also part of Team Canada Tap in 2014 and 2016. In the past two years, Lauren has trained with tap choreographers Caley and Kelsey Carr in Los Angeles. Lauren is currently studying at the U of S with the College of Arts and Science. She is excited to share her passion and knowledge of dance with her students at KDF!

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Alec Remai
Alec began his dance journey at the age of five at Kristy’s Dance Fusion. He instantly fell in love with tap and jazz and eventually became a student in every dance style offered at the studio. Over the course of his almost fifteen years at the studio as a student, Alec completed all of his ADAPT jazz and tap exams up to the Intermediate 1 level, as well as several RAD ballet exams including Advanced Foundation in which he earned a mark of distinction. As a competitive dancer, Alec won the Candance “Mister” Title in 2013, 2017, and 2018 with his tap solos. He was very excited to be a part of the Team Canada Tap group in 2016, which competed on the world stage in Germany and earned a silver medal. Outside of dance, Alec is pursuing a dual degree at the U of S at the Edward’s School of Business and the College of Arts & Sciences (Computer Science). Alec is very eager to be able to share his love of dance with his students and is excited for this dance season!

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Vince Akinyode
Guest Choreographer: Vince began teaching 10 years ago and has had outstanding results as both dancer and instructor. He is not only an active member with a performing group, but his career has given him the opportunity to work with Ashanti, Shawn Desmond, Ludacris, Chris Brown, Boyz to Men, 112, Chingy, and Genuine. His numerous performances have included dancing for the royal Queen visit and the official Juno after party viewed by Alice Cooper. Vince has also had the honour of performing at the 2009 Canadian Grey Cup half time show in Calgary Alberta Canada. He was also featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” seasons 1, 2 and 4. Vince has taught award-winning groups that have performed all around Canada. He was also the recipient of the “Choreography of the Year” award at the all Hip Hop competition “Artists Emerge” judged by Jojo Diggs and Rhapsody James.
With his own dance company “Eye Candy Company” he has taken 3rd place at World of Dance Seattle 2015, 1st and 2nd place at World of Dance Arizona 2016 and 1st and 3rd place at World of Dance Edmonton. His routines include such dance styles as House, Street, New School Choreography, Diva, Krumping and Break Dancing. Vince’s easy going attitude combined with his passion for his art and sharing it with others creates a great learning environment for all his students.

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Cole Neumeier
Guest Choreographer: Cole was born and raised in Saskatoon, SK and danced at Kristy’s Dance Fusion for most of his life up until he graduated from high school. He then moved to Vancouver, BC where he was accepted into the Intensive Training Program held at Harbour Dance Centre and was represented in the industry by da Costa Talent Management. Throughout his studio career he has been a part of Eye Candy studios in Edmonton training with Vince Akinyode and performing in competitions in Seattle and Edmonton. He traveled to Graz, Austria with the Canadian Hip Hop team to compete at IDO lead by Paul Otterbein as a part of the main company and a team member of the battle crew. He is currently dancing with TwoFourSeven company in Vancouver and has competed at Vibe L.A. and World of Dance L.A. coming in 3rd place at Vibe and 1st place at World of Dance.Cole has been busy in the film industry recently, booking jobs with Disney for a Freaky Friday re-make and most recently working as a stunt dancer and dance double for Disney’s: Descendants 3.

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Kelly Woodley
Guest Choreographer: Kelly Woodley began his training at the age of 5 at the Diane Will Dance Studio in Saskatoon Sk. From there he continued his training at Brenda’s School of Baton and Dance, where he trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Lyrical.This past year Kelly was a member of the Abiding Lines Dance Company and the Saskatchewan Dance Project, with whom he has had many performance opportunities.He has taken master classes from Kate Jablonski, Tara Jean Popowich, Christian Vincent, Robert Roldan, Mia Michaels, Ferd Tercol, Alex and Joanne Pesusich to name a few.Kelly has taught for studios across Saskatchewan, where his students have won numerous awards and have gained performance experience. He is excited to work as a guest choreographer for KDF and pass on his passion and love of dance.
Office Staff
Miss Wendy & Miss Lonna are our wonderful Office Staff. We are grateful for all they do! Please reach out to the office by email or phone if you have any questions. Our Office Staff will also be present during busy times of the year to assist us, such as Visitor’s Weeks and Costume Distribution.
KDF Studio Greeters
Our KDF Studio Greeters will be at the front and side lobby doors to welcome your children into the studio all year long. All of our greeters are former or current senior students and are so happy to be continuing their work with the KDF family. They will work as efficiently as possible to guide our students into their classrooms while sanitizing dancers hands, asking screening questions upon entry, and keeping our lobbies running smoothly to comply with social distancing protocols. Thank you to Cassidy Jellison, Cara Remai, Alec Remai, Kylie Besse, Madi Bahr, Hannah Walton, Hannah McCutcheon, Lauren Myers, Macy Boensch, Mackenna Mourre, and Kaebri Baier!