Instructors

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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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Mandy Dahlen
Mandy began dancing at the age of three in Saskatoon. She thoroughly enjoyed her lessons in Tap and Jazz and knew at an early age that dancing would play a great part in her life.Along with completing numerous exams in Tap and Jazz, Mandy attended the ADAPT Teacher Training School program in Moose Jaw, SK and graduated in July of 2007. She is proud to be a Certified ADAPT Instructor. Along with being Tap and Jazz Certified, Mandy had the opportunity to participate in the Junior and Intermediate Acrobatique Certification Course.To expand her training, Mandy has had the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles as well as various Canadian cities to attend a variety of conventions and competitions. She has been fortunate enough to take class from a wide range of professional dancers and choreographers.Teaching dance is truly Mandy’s passion. She loves to work with children of all ages, as well as adults! Mandy is the Assistant Director of Kristy’s Dance Fusion, and she is looking forward to the excitement of this season and the years to come!

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Rachel Sydiaha
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. Most recently, she became 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 has recently participated in Acrobatique Certification courses and is currently a Certifying Junior and Intermediate Acrobatique teacher! 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. For her first two years she participated in tap and jazz, and in her third year she began to take ballet as well. 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 completing her RAD Advanced Foundation Ballet Exam.To further develop her training and experience, she attended many workshops and conventions such as, Jump in Calgary, Tremaine Dance Convention in New York, and Showtime Production Summer Camp in Kelowna. 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. She loves working with children of all ages in all genres. She began assisting at the age of 12 and started her teaching career at the age of 17. 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.

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Erica Baker
Erica is currently working toward a Kinesiology degree at the University of Saskatchewan. She started dancing at the age of 4 at Dance Innovations in Yorkton, and trained there as a competitive dancer. She participated in extra dance opportunities including travelling to New York, L.A., and Germany for World Tap Championships.Dancing is her passion and she takes every opportunity to take class and perform, while also getting her degree. Erica was a member of the Abiding Lines Dance Company in Saskatoon from 2015-2017. She had the opportunity to represent Abiding Lines in Vancouver during a performance with the Source Dance Company. Erica is excited to share her love of dance with her students this season.

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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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Jeana Myers
Jeana has been dancing at Kristy’s Dance Fusion since she was three years old. Throughout her years of dance she has completed multiple jazz, tap and ballet exams and competed in all genres.She hopes to teach more in the following years as her knowledge and experience grows. Jeana has been a dance assistant since she was ten years old and it was from there her passion for working with children sprouted.She is very much looking forward to the following year and is excited to work with many new people and share what she has learned over the years with younger students.

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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.

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Vince Akinyode
Guest ChoreographerVince 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 ChoreographerCole 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 ChoreographerKelly 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.