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!
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!
Glee Club, Hip Hop 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!
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.
Marie-Claire is an energetic, creative, passionate young woman who grew up in a dance studio setting. From ballet, to jazz, modern, hip-hop, tap, and latin ballroom, she always adored dancing. Having worked with at-risk and developmentally delayed children and youth for over 10 years, Marie-Claire is so excited about teaching with Dubasov Dance and Wellness this year. She has a variety of educational and professional trainings; including a B.A in Economics from the University of Alberta, Mental Health First Aid, Diversity and Inclusion Training, among others. Marie-Claire is also in training to become a Dance Movement Therapist. Marie-Claire has been described as goofy, fun-loving, and adventurous. She has a special talent for connecting with kids, believes in spreading the love of dance and is excited to spread that love of dance with all of the DDW students and families!
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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