OUR TEAM

Telisa Dubasov

Owner, Director & Instructor

Telisa began dancing twenty years ago at Dance Innovations in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and continued her training at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario where she completed the Dance Performance Foundation program. Telisa has extensive training in many areas of dance including ADAPT jazz, RAD ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary and hip hop and has taken vocal and acting classes as well. In addition to dancing, Telisa has also been teaching for the last fifteen years and has most recently become certifed in Rhythm Works Integrative Dance and Autism Movement Therapy.  Her love for the arts continued to grow as she received certification in teaching yoga to children from the profound teachers, Sonia Sumar, founder of Yoga for the Special Child, and Sherry LeBlanc, founder of Yoga 4 Kids.  In addition to teaching children and youth, Telisa enjoys teaching and coaching professionals within the industry, as a keynote speaker for such events as the Southern Alberta Preschool Teacher’s Convention and Mount Royal University Bachelor of Child Studies Degree Program.  After her years of work following a multidisciplinary approach with children and youth with special needs, Telisa is thrilled to unite her passions to create a dance & yoga community fostering the uniqueness of its families. Telisa brings forth a world of expression and joy through her teaching and cherishes every moment she spends with her students!

Abigail Payne

Instructor

From the young age of 14, Abigail was certain she wanted to teach dance. This lead her to study dance and drama and she became heavily involved in musical theatre. Abigail knew she had passion to instill confience in others to perform and move, and with exposure in the special needs community for many years, set out to make this her career. This began her path to continue to learn more about all areas of disability and special needs, teaching all forms of performance and movement, which lead her to specialize in a practice known as Conductive Education. This has given Abigail in-depth knowledge of the body, movement patterns, educational psychology, family support, and neurological conditions. Teaching in Europe, Africa, Vietnam and Canada, she has finally settled in the country she now calls home. Abigail believes that learning never stops, and that every life can be impacted by accessing any form of movement activity, so has added yoga and Zumba instructing to her repertoire. Abigail is glad she continues to follow her lifelong dream of teaching to such a wonderful community and she is excited to share her love of movement with the DDW family!

Teaching is an art, teaching is a science, teaching is sharing your passion with love!

Melissa Neal

Community Outreach, Program Consultant

Melissa began dancing at the age of 4, and has always had a keen interest in all things related to the expressive arts. Her passion for working with children with special needs developed over ten years ago working within community programs and led her to complete her Master’s in Educational Psychology at the University of Victoria. She currently resides in Calgary working as a Registered Provisional Psychologist.

Growing up exploring the arts and using them as a form of personal growth and expression turned into a professional pursuit while interning for an arts organization in New York City. Integrating her passion for working with children and families with special needs, and love of the arts led her to explore various therapeutic modalities and intervention programs in cities including Victoria, Vancouver, New York and Calgary, eventually landing here at Dubasov as part of our dynamic team.

Melissa thrives off of the unique, unpredictable, and special moments that she shares with the children and families she works with every day, and is so excited to share these moments with everyone at Dubasov Dance & Wellness!

Lindsay Tokar

Yoga Instructor

Lindsay began practicing yoga in my hometown of Edmonton in 2005. It was love at the first deep inhale she took! Her practice quickly became a part of her daily schedule, being the first thing she thought of in the morning, and the last thought in her mind at night. She has lived between Calgary and Vancouver over the past 8 years, and she has enjoyed spreading her wings at the various local yoga centres, immersing myself in the styles of Hatha, Yin, Ashtanga, Restorative & Baptiste Power Vinyasa Flow yoga. Lindsay was lucky to spend 1 year volunteering at the Chopra Yoga Centre in Vancouver prior to moving back to Calgary in 2012. Alas, an opportunity arose in 2014 and she took her yoga teacher training through Hot Yoga on 17th in the style of Vinyasa Flow, taught by Kathy Zorzit & Natalie St. Hilaire.

Yoga has planted the seed of awakening in her. Every time she returns to her mat, it is an opportunity for her to connect to her breath, to let go and find the gift of acceptance and compassion that naturally resides within.

Lindsay’s desire to teach has come from an inner knowingness inside of her which says it will be one of the most rewarding and gentle ways for me to connect with those around her, especially those she would not otherwise be exposed to. It supports the values that she has that we are all ONE, and it is there that Lindsay will find growth, learning from others and sharing her (com)passion for this way of life which has blossomed within herself.

She hopes her students will see a transformation come by way of their openness and commitment to the experience. That they will find peace and pleasure in the opportunity yoga offers to be in the NOW moment, opening our hearts and releasing tension from the body.

Jane Brownridge

Yoga Instructor

Jane has been practicing yoga for over 12 years, and her practice is continuously deepening, evolving and offering new lessons. Her interest in the power and art of movement led her to complete a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge, followed by a Yoga Therapy certificate program at Pacific Rim College in Victoria. It was around this time, having spent many years working in childcare, that Jane began to bring these two worlds together and see the potential of movement as therapy for children with special needs. She moved back to Calgary and put knowledge into practice working as a therapy aide in school and community programs, integrating yoga and movement into everyday learning and development. In 2014 Jane deepened her knowledge and practice in this field by completing training in Yoga for the Special Child with Sonia Sumar. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering others and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Occupational Therapy through the University of Alberta. Jane aims to create a safe, welcoming and fun place for her students to explore the practice of yoga, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to connect and share her passion with them.

Elle McAndrews

Music Therapist

Elle McAndrews is an accredited Music Therapist in Canada and board certified Music Therapist in the United States. Elle has shown her passion for music from a very young age. She can remember humming and singing songs as a small child and began playing the piano at 9 years old.

Elle sang in church and university choirs as a young adult, and enjoys song writing and performing in addition to her job as a Music Therapist. Elle completed her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music in piano and went on to pursue a major in classical piano during her degree at the Nazarene University College (now Ambrose University College). Elle discovered the music therapy profession shortly after receiving her Bachelor degree and went on to pursue her training at Capilano University in North Vancouver, British Columbia. She returned to Calgary to complete the 1000 hour internship requirements and graduated from Capilano University in 2013.

Upon completion of her education, Elle launched her own music therapy company, Core Music Therapy in June 2015 and continues to work with a variety of populations including ASD, CP, children with speech delay and varying developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury, woman and children at risk, and persons living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Elle also completed her level II Guided Imagery in Music training at Concordia in the Spring of 2015. She volunteers for Music Heals and the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund to raise money and awareness for music therapy in Canada.

Elle is extremely excited to join the DDW team and share her passion for music, singing, playing, and creating with others! Elle believes that at the core of each person is a musical being that is drawn to music, rhythm and sound in his or her own unique way. She believes that with support and the right environment, everyone can show their creative and musical self. 

Jennifer Bon Bernard

Creative Arts Instructor

Jennifer believes when we open our hearts to new experiences happiness will follow. She has spent the last 20 years as a public health nurse where she had the honour of sharing in the beautiful and intimate experience of families welcoming a newborn into their lives. It was this experience that motivated her to pursue graduate studies to examine factors that contribute to a healthy transition to parenthood.  And it was with her involvement in graduate studies that she crossed paths with Dubasov Dance and Wellness. 

From the first moment Jennifer was introduced to the compassionate philosophy of Dubasov Dance and Wellness she knew it was a studio she wanted to become involved in. Jennifers encounter with Dubasov Dance and Wellness came at a time in her life when she was looking to find more meaning and purpose. By listening to her heart this joyful opportunity presented itself.  Jennifer holds a special place in her heart for art, a bigger place for children and an even bigger place for children with special needs. 

As a mom to nine-year-old twin girls, she has spent many hours doing crafts, dancing, singing, being silly and nurturing their artistic souls. She has always been amazed at the creativity children share when provided the opportunity to explore their precious talents. Jennifer nourishes her soul by exploring nature in her happy place (a.ka. Griffith Woods), sweating it out in hot yoga, sharing ‘young at heartmoments with her family and finding contentment in simple everyday moments. 

Jennifer is thrilled to be offered the opportunity to bring sunshine into your childs life and learn about his or her artistic gifts.  Thank you allowing me to engage in this special moment.

Naomi Brown

Tap Instructor, Volunteer

Naomi has been with Dubasov Dance and Wellness since 2011 and cherishes every moment spent with the dancers.  She began (and continues) as a volunteer and moved into an administrative role based on her dedication and loyalty to the studio.  As a child, Naomi participated in all types of dance and spent 5 seasons with the Youth Singers of Calgary.  She is finishing her third year of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary with plans to continue with pediatric physiotherapy once completed her undergraduate studies.  Apart from her time at the studio, she has enjoyed the last 2 years she has spent working as an aide for children with special needs.  Naomi is excited to continue dancing with our wonderful students!

Asha Bansal

Website Designer, Volunteer

Asha discovered her passion for working with people with disabilities four years ago while volunteering with Between Friends. She joined the Dubasov team during the summer of 2015 as an intern where she integrated her desire to work with people with disabilities and her knowledge of website design that she acquired through her involvement in the Junior Achievement Program. Now in her second year at the University of Calgary, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree, Asha looks forward to her continued work with the Dubasov community as a Website Designer and volunteer!

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Bay 12, 6325 – 12 St SE
(North of Deerfoot Meadows near Costco and Ikea)

 Phone:
403 452 7600

Email:
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