Leading with passion
Owner and Executive Director, Nicola is the Owner and Executive Director of Pure Motion Dance Company (PMDC), a company she started in 2008 and quickly grew into one of Calgary’s largest and most successful commercial dance companies.
Nicola has a bachelors degree in sport and recreation management from Mount Royal University. She is an MRU Distinguished Alumna, winning the university’s prestigious Horizon Award which is presented annually to a recent graduate for outstanding achievement early in their career.
Nicola spent six seasons as a dancer and manager with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeder Outriders. Through her position with the Stampeders she became involved in many community volunteer activities and was a three-time winner of the club’s promotional and volunteer hours award.
PMDC is well known for its many firsts and innovations in the Calgary dance industry, earning a reputation as Calgary’s "fastest growing and most innovative dance company”. Both Nicola and Pure Motion have been nominated for and have won a number of awards including the Calgary Chamber of Commerce’s Customer Service Award in 2017. Nicola and Pure Motion appear frequently in Calgary news and media features promoting the company’s philosophy of innovation and commitment so that every member of the PMDC dance community can reach their full potential.
In addition to Pure Motion Dance company, Nicola works as a business coach helping dance industry professionals throughout North America achieve their full business potential. Nicola’s personal motto, which she shares with everyone she meets, is “You are PURE potential”. Nicola’s personal goal is to help others fulfill that potential. As a “More Than Just Great Dancing” studio, Pure Motion embraces the culture of “we don’t just teach dance to make great dancers. We teach dance to make great kids". Pure Motion has grown to include two campus locations in South Calgary and the company has exciting plans to introduce many more innovations and industry firsts.
Andrea has been involved in the dance community since she took her first ballet class at age five. Raised in both Calgary and Vancouver, Andrea danced at many local studios and focused on taking recreational classes in ballet and hip hop.
Professionally, Andrea has experience in the non-profit, corporate, and government sectors, but has found working with children always provides the most rewarding and memorable experiences. Through teaching swimming lessons and running day camps for low-income families, Andrea is a strong advocate for supporting healthy child development through recreation and extracurricular activities. She enjoys working with children and their families, and is proud that her work at Pure Motion directly supports the development of students’ dance education.
Andrea holds a Bachelor of Communication – Public Relations from Mount Royal University is excited to be a part of the Pure Motion family as the Administration & Marketing Director.
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Alyssa is one of the newest additions to the PMDC Faculty this dance season. She has been dancing for over 13 years and has trained in styles including ballet, contemporary, tap, hip hop, jazz and lyrical. Alyssa is in her final year of the STEP program at PMDC and has been dancing with PMDC since the studio opened. She is also heading into her eighth year on PMDC's Competition Team this season.
She has danced in events such as the 2009 Grey Cup halftime show, the 2011 Orange Bowl halftime show, the Dance The Magic Disneyland parade in 2012 and most recently the 2016 Junior Outrider program.
She is currently studying at Mount Royal University to become a social worker. Although she may not be very good at math, she is very good at counting to eight!
Alyssa is looking forward to another amazing year teaching at PMDC and is excited about the many to follow!
Anna has been dancing for the past 11 years and has been training at Pure Motion for the past seven. She has trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Hip Hop and has also been exposed to Swing, Ballroom, and Modern techniques. Anna has been a part of Pure Motion’s STEP Team for several years and is currently completing her third year apprenticeship. She is also heading in to her 10th dance competition season and is proud to be a member of PMDC’s competition team.
You can find Anna studying hard while completing her last year of high school in hopes of becoming a nurse one day. In the meantime, she is very excited to be starting her journey of teaching with the PMDC family!
Since the age of three, Arles has been dancing and training in Tap and Jazz (through the ADAPT syllabus), Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Ballet (through the RAD syllabus). Arles also has eight years of competitive dance experience, has attended several ballet enrichment workshops and camps, and has performed with Alberta Dance Theatre.
In regard to her Ballet training, she has completed all her graded RAD Intermediate exams and is working towards finalizing her Advance training. She is planning to continue her education by studying with the Royal Academy of Dance to earn her RAD Teaching Certification within the next few years. Arles has four years of STEP teaching experience and has a strong desire to share her passion of dance with young students.
Arles believes that there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a dancer grow in their ability. Arles is incredibly grateful and happy to be a part of the amazing PMDC dance family again this season.
Ashlyn has been a member of the Calgary dance community for 13 years. She has trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary and cheerleading. Ashlyn came to Pure Motion Dance Company as a dancer in 2009 and was an active member of the studio as a student and a member of the award-winning competition team until 2013. Ashlyn then continued to be a part of the studio as a teacher and a member of the office staff until 2015. While working at the studio, Ashlyn also had the honour of being a member of the Calgary Stampeders Outriders cheer team.
Her dance credentials include training in the ADAPT jazz syllabus in junior, intermediate and advanced levels. Ashlyn has had vast performance experience and has danced for multiple competitive events during her time at Pure Motion. In 2009, she participated as a dancer in the Grey Cup pre-game show in Calgary. In 2012, she was selected to be a part of the opening performance at the prestigious WE DAY event. As a member of the Outriders cheer team, she performed on the field for many games in addition to dancing at Grey Cup half time shows with artists included Hedley.
When Ashlyn is not busy working with Pure Motion, you’ll find her spending time with family and her little black and white sidekick, Roxy the shih tzu. She also enjoys a career in retail management and fashion.
Ashlyn looks forward to the dance season this year and can’t wait to be back at PMDC!
Brittany started dancing at the age of three in Calgary, Alberta. After training in several styles of dance she focused primarily on Irish/Highland dance for four years. In 2016, Brittany graduated from the Performing and Visual Arts program with a focus on dance where she gained additional dance training in African, Jazz, Ballet, Bollywood, Swing and Tap. She also obtained her professional development in the arts certificate. Through this program, she trained at Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
As a PMDC student, Brittany has performed in the Grey Cup pre-game show alongside the Stereos and fellow PMDC dancers. Additionally, she joined PMDC in the first WE Day event held in Calgary 2012 and in Disneyland for the Dance the Magic Parade in 2011.
Training under Joey Braunwarth, she realized her true passion was urban dance. In 2015, she began dancing with Illfx Entertainment, training under Katherine Burrowes and Edgar Reyes while further developing in many various styles of hip hop dance. With a primary focus on femme and R&B hip hop, Brittany also worked on foundational styles, grooves, animation, waacking and much more. She has competed in many competitions in hip hop hubs such as Edmonton and Vancouver. Brittany is very excited to continue training under UniverseSoul Dance Company, a leader in Urban Dance.
Brittany feels blessed to have worked with world renowned choreographers such as Luther Brown, Carlo Atienza, Lucas Lock and Roberta Bierman.
When she is not dancing, you can find Brittany hitting the books at Mount Royal University working towards her Bachelor of Communication - Public Relations.
Brianne started dancing when she was three years old and has not stopped being part of the dance world since. She has studied ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, cheer, hip-hop, and musical theatre at many different competitive and recreational dance studios in the United States and Canada.
Brianne is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. While completing her four-year study in this rigorous program, she received training and performance experience in the technical as well as the creative and compositional aspects of dance. Brianne was also part of the VCU Dance/Cheer Team and got to perform and travel with the school's basketball team.
While working in the dance industry in Los Angeles for the past two years, Brianne also worked at a studio-oriented and professional costuming dance clothing store called Karabel Dancewear. She was trained and responsible for sizing and fitting different styles of dance attire and shoes for all ages. She also worked one-on-one with many costumers from Universal, Conan Show, Ellen Show, Disney, and more.
Brianne is beyond excited to transform her experience and enthusiasm into a teaching career at PMDC.
Carmen started dancing at the age of four and has trained in ballet, jazz, modern, and lyrical. She began dancing competitively in several different styles at the age of 10. Carmen decided to extend her focus on tap in 2013 with the Tri-Tone Rhythm Ensemble and was a part of this company for four years. While being a part of this company she had the opportunity to travel and perform across Canada and internationally.
Carmen has travelled the globe for tap workshops and performances which includes the Vancouver Tap Festival, Third Coast Rhythm Project in San Antonio, TapCity in New York, and the Institute For The Rhythmic Arts in Chicago. Recently she has been a part of the show “Rhythm and Sound” in Edmonton and is now working on being part of another show which is a year-long project.
Carmen has completed her ADAPT exams in both jazz and tap and has also completed her first year of ADAPT teacher training. She can’t wait to continue her education in this syllabus!
Garrett Groat started his dance training in Edmonton with Dance Unlimited. When Garrett was 17 he was awarded a full scholarship to train at JKO the school at American Ballet Theatre, New York City. Garrett has danced professionally with Alberta Ballet for eight seasons now. He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with the students of Pure Motion.
Joey Braunwarth has been a professional dancer for 12 years and full-time instructor for seven. In 2008 he co-founded the Calgary based hip hop crew and entertainment company, ILLFX Entertainment. Joey has back-up danced for international platinum recording artist Raghav as well as opened for artists such as Danny Fernandes, Boys To Men, MC Hammer, Girlicious, Jazzy Jeff and performed at many corporate events alongside ILLFX. He studied for five years in the Professional Training Program at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks where he immersed himself in African, Jazz, Funk, Ballet, Afro Cuban, Salsa, Swing & Contemporary and traveled as far as Sweden to study Lindy Hop, a swing dance style from 1930s. Although his primary focus is Commercial Hip Hop, being a diverse dancer, teacher and choreographer allows him to train dancers from multiple genres with a more well rounded, knowledgeable approach.
Julie England was born in England, UK and has been in the performing arts industry for 27+ years. Over the years she has trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern Cunningham, Horton, Graham, Limon, National, Musical Theatre, Stage, National, Ballroom and Latin dance; receiving all graded medals from pre-primary to advance in syllabuses; I.D.T.A, I.S.T.D, R.A.D.
A graduate from the London College of Dance (now known as Middlesex University), Julie has a B.A. Honors in Dance, (A.I.S.T.D) Associate Imperial Society Teaching of Dance Certification, Acrobatic Arts Certified Teacher and Bachelor of Applied Interior Design (B.I.D).
Some of her professional performances include Hans Christian Anderson, Annie, Cinderella, Oliver, The Snow Queen, Nutcracker, Babes in the Woods, Pajama Game, Show Boat and the Opera Countess Maritza.
To pursue her career further, Julie ventured to Alberta, Canada where she has adjudicated numerous dance competitions recognizing the talent, dedication and achievement of many artists. As an enthusiastic and passionate teacher she has contributed to several dance workshops speaking to dancers, teachers and audience members on all aspects of dance; including the history of dance, areas in development of artistry, presentation and technique.
Julie earned a Bachelor of Applied Interior Design in 2003. This has afforded her the wonderful opportunity to learn more about the history of Canada through being the assistant designer for the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts as well as being part of shaping Calgary’s skyline and communities.
Best known for her innovative and compelling choreography, Julie has won an abundance of awards all over the world including the George Lon Memorial Choreography Award, awards for American Dance Choreographic Achievement, Memorial Choreographic Award for “outstanding artistic performance” in memory of Julian Paul Masi. Cathy Wade Ensemble Award in Division II at the “Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, California” and was nominated for a Canadian Special Events – Star production award with MYX Group. Recently, one of her pieces based on a famous American Sculpture “Freedom” by Zenos Frudakis was posted by the sculptor himself and the piece has been viewed all over the world.
In addition to her immense experience, Julie has had the opportunity to choreography for the 55th Oilman’s Show held in Banff and is stepping into a new role as Choreographer, Costume designer, Stage Management and Artistic Direction with MYX Group in Canada and Germany.
Now a member of the Adjudicator Alliance as well as the International Dance Council, she is hoping this will allow her to share her passion and love for dance to both dancers and audience members all over the globe.
Kalie began dancing at the age of three in Thompson, MB. She began dancing competitively in several dance disciplines when she was eight and continued to dance competitively when she moved to Calgary at the age of 14. Her extensive training and dance credentials include completion of the three year ADAPT Teacher Training School in Jazz and Tap.
Playing many roles at Pure Motion, from student to full time teacher, has allowed Kalie to acquire the skills and creativity necessary for instructing. It has also allowed her to develop a deep passion for children and for the dance arts.
Outside of her teaching role at Pure Motion, Kalie is a professional cheerleader for the Calgary Stampeder Outriders. Throughout the past five years as an Outrider, Kalie has been able to volunteer at several events and support nonprofit organizations including Hike for Hospice, the Mother’s Day Run & Walk, Dreams Take Flight, and countless others.
Kalie has also danced in the 2011 Disneyland’s Main Street Parade, the 2011 Grey Cup Halftime show in Calgary, and the 2011 Orange Bowl Halftime show in Miami.
She is proud to be joining the Pure Motion faculty team again for yet another fantastic season.
Kylie has been dancing for 12 years and has been dancing with the PMDC family for nine of
those years. Kylie has trained in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and
Tap and is currently completing her first, second and third year apprenticeship of the STEP
Kylie has danced with PMDC in the 2011 Grey Cup Halftime Show and attended the Dance The Magic
Parade in Disneyland in 2011. She is finishing up her last year of high school in hopes of
attending university to become a Nurse Without Borders. Until then she is super excited to be
sharing her love of dance with her students at PMDC!
Maddie started dancing at the age of two and her passion for dance has grown each and every year that she continues to dance and teach. She has performed at several high profile events across North America including the Orange Bowl Halftime Show, the Grey Cup Pregame Show, Disneyland’s Dance the Magic Parade, We Day and many others!
She has completed her Jazz and Tap ADAPT exams and is a Level 1 Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor. She also has her personal training certification under AFLCA.
Outside of dance, she is studying to becoming a paramedic and is looking forward to getting out into the community to help others. Maddie hopes to continue to grow her knowledge within the dance community and is excited to be back for another fabulous year at Pure Motion Dance Company.
After dancing for over eight years with PMDC, Raynie has been trained in several styles of dance including hip hop, cheer, ballet, jazz, and tap. Recently, she has completed her first year ADAPT Teacher Training School and Junior Acrobatique AcroDance certifications and is aiming to achieve the rest of her certifications over the next few years.
She is also a member of the Calgary Stampeder Outriders team and is proud to perform on field in front of thousands of CFL fans.
Shauna began dancing at the age of three in Terrigal, Australia and her passion for dance has only grown as she has moved and danced across three continents.
She has been actively involved in the Calgary dance community for over a decade. Throughout her dance career, Shauna has trained in ballet, jazz, West African, swing, tap, hip-hop, preforming arts, cheerleading, lyrical, acro and contemporary.
Her dance credentials include training at Christine Clarkson’s dance studio in England, UK. At Christine Clarkson’s studio, Shauna took exams in ISTD ballet, jazz and tap. She also had the opportunity to compete in numerous competitions, dance recitals, and dance camps. Shauna has completed the Junior to Pre-Intermediate levels of the ADAPT jazz and Tap syllabus exams! She holds her First Aid and CPR certifications with the Alberta Health and Safety Training Institute. In July 2017, Shauna graduated from ADAPT Syllabus Teacher Training School (TTS) in Toronto obtaining her Professional Certification in dance training. Shauna has also completed the Junior and Intermediate level certification in Acrobatique AcroDance Syllabus and has received certification of Module 1 of the Arcobatic Arts Syllabus.
Since moving to Canada, Shauna trained heavily at two major Calgary dance studios and has become an active member of Pure Motion Dance Company (PMDC) for the last nine years. Shauna performed with PMDC in Disneyland’s Dance the Magic parade in 2011 and was part of the few dancers selected from PMDC to perform in Calgary’s first ever WE DAY event in 2012.
Starting as a student at PMDC, to completing the three year in-house Student Teaching Education Program, to now teaching her very own classes at PMDC, has allowed Shauna to learn and utilize the tools and methods necessary to being successful in the dance arts. By shadowing faculty members at PMDC through its teacher-student mentoring program, she hopes to emulate all she has learned with her own students!
When Shauna is not busy dancing and teaching, she is a full time student at Mount Royal University obtaining her Bachelor of Elementary Education degree.
Shauna is very happy to be a sixth year faculty member at PMDC and looks forward to many more wonderful years of teaching and educating.
Shay has been dancing for over 12 years and has been a member of PMDC's competition team for seven. She has trained in several different styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Acro, Hip Hop and Pointe. She has performed in the Grey Cup Halftime Show in 2009, in the Disneyland parade in 2012 and most recently was a member of Team Canada for Dance Excellence 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
She is currently a second year apprentice in PMDC's signature STEP program and is very excited to teach this year! Outside of PMDC, she also trains with Central Memorial High School's Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) program for dance.
Taryn was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California where she attended Orange County Dance Center for 14 years. She furthered her training through courses at San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The School of American Ballet and Ballet West where she was a Professional Trainee on full scholarship. She was also an Apprentice with Oregon Ballet Theatre for two seasons and toured with the company to Seoul, South Korea.
Taryn received many awards and scholarships including top 12 in both Classical and Contemporary at Youth American Grand Prix, Spotlight Awards Semi-Finalist and YoungArts Honorable Mention. Taryn is in her 5th season with the Alberta Ballet in Canada. She has performed in such ballets as Don Quixote, Giselle and Swan Lake. She has also performed leading and soloist roles in original works by the Artistic Director, Jean Grand-Maitre.
Oliver is our official PMDC mascot (who can sometimes be seen dancing in tap classes). Outside of the dance studio he loves chasing squirrels, camping, and long walks on the beach. He’s been with PMDC since the studio opened and loves greeting dancers as they come into class.
His favourite fashion accessory is a bandana (although he hates wearing sweaters) and his favourite tap move is a cramp roll.
As a rescue from the Calgary Humane Society he’s passionate about spreading the word about the amazing work they do to support animals without forever homes in Calgary.
Bailee has spent almost her entire life as a dancer in the Calgary dance community. Starting at age three, she began taking ballet and jazz classes. She began competing at the age of six and continued to compete until she graduated high school.
Throughout her dance career, Bailee has been fortunate enough to train in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. Dance has taken her across Canada and the United States where she's performed in both Las Vegas and Disneyland.
Bailee is a member of the Calgary Stampeder Outriders (CFL) and has been a member of the Calgary Roughnecks Drill Crew (NLL). Cheerleading for both teams has become a great passion of hers and afforded her many new opportunities to perform, travel, and broaden her dance experiences.
Outside of the dance studio, she has recently graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Mount Royal University and enjoys spending her spare time volunteering with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Calgary. In 2016, Bailee was also awarded the title of Stampede Princess where she worked as the charismatic ambassador for The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth - the Calgary Stampede.
Cindy has had a passion for dance her whole life. Cindy grew up in Wisconsin and began taking dance classes as a toddler. At a young age, she trained in many styles of dance including pom/cheer, hip hop, jazz, acro, ballet, baton, and tap at various studios in Milwaukee. She trained on competitive dance and pom teams from elementary school all the way through university. While a member of these teams, Cindy had the opportunity to perform at special events in Disney World and travel to New York to study dance at the Broadway Dance Center.
Cindy's professional dance career began after high school where she became a staff instructor for dance camps across the Midwestern United States. As a dance camp instructor, she worked with all levels of dancers while choreographing and interacting with students as a professional role model. In this role, she choreographed and taught routines to thousands of dancers and assisted organizers in running major competitions. During this time, Cindy was also a part of her university's dance team where they won US National Championship titles, performed at university sporting events, and performed at Green Bay Packer games. She became a leader and captain of her university team and later moved up to a coaching position. Cindy trained in several university dance programs including jazz, ballet, and tap and was featured in several university dance showcases. Cindy also trained in hip hop and lyrical at the Dance House in Ireland while participating in a study abroad program. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business with a minor in Anthropology.
After graduating, Cindy became a full time instructor at a dance studio in Green Bay teaching pom, hip hop, jazz, and strength and flexibility classes. She also assisted with the studio's competition teams. Her dance career progressed as she became a professional dancer for the Milwaukee Brewers where she had the honour of choreographing for and performing at Major League Baseball games.
Cindy also danced for the CFL as a member of the Calgary Stampeder Outriders for three seasons. This gave her the opportunity to travel and perform across Canada while staying involved with many local nonprofit organizations.
The world truly is her dance floor and Cindy is thrilled to be a part of the Pure Motion Dance Company family!
Miranda has been dancing in the Calgary area for the past decade and has enjoyed teaching in the Calgary dance community for several years. At a young age, Miranda began Irish dancing and shortly after discovered her love and passion for dance. She quickly branched off into a variety of dance styles and furthered her technical training in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical.
After many extensive years of training, Miranda was able dance professionally in several of Calgary’s most elite dance and performance groups. To begin her performance career, Miranda was selected to be a Senior Female Singer of The Young Canadians at the Calgary Stampede. While being a part of The Young Canadians, Miranda had the privilege of performing in shows across Calgary including the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics in 2007; the 2006 and 2007 Grandstand shows of the Calgary Stampede; the Season of Wonder in 2007 at Olympic Plaza; and singing with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006 and 2007. During this time, Miranda was heavily involved as a competitive dancer at a studio located just outside of Calgary. Her experience in competitions led her down the path of becoming a dance instructor in various styles of dance including musical theatre, jazz, and hip hop.
Miranda obtained a certificate of completion in the Training of the Introduction to Competition - Part B Multi-Sport Modules of the National Coaching Certification Program. She has also recently graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and is now studying to become a legal assistant at SAIT. Currently, she works as our liaison with the Alberta Sports & Recreation Association for the Blind (ASRAB) to organize our specialty classes with members each week.
Careers at Pure Motion
As a dance company that delivers a complete range of recreational, syllabus, and competition classes to youth and adult dancers, it’s our people that strengthen our studio and make our dancers better. Since 2008, Pure Motion has become one of Calgary’s fastest growing and successful commercial dance studios. With this growth, we continue to look for passionate, qualified, positive, and enthusiastic individuals who want to join our team.
If you love working with children in a busy and family-friendly environment, please apply today!