Shanda Aalbers has been involved in the arts for over thirty years and offers a wealth of teaching experience in numerous facets of dance. She is well known in the dance community for her innovative choreography and her unique creative talents.

Ms. Aalbers was the owner and artistic director of the Academy of Dance in Wetaskiwin and for many years has been a freelance teacher for studios throughout Alberta. Her greatest rewards as a teacher are the accomplishments of her students. Many of her dancers have graduated from renowned performing arts programs including the Julliard Academy. Former students can be seen in companies such as Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal, the Alberta Ballet, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Radio City Rockettes, Disney Productions, as well as a variety of cruise lines around the world. She also takes great pride in knowing that many of her past students have developed into fine teachers and choreographers with wonderful creativity and compassion for children.

Dancers trained by this warm and caring teacher can often be recognized by their emotional quality and strong sense of performance. A perfectionist, Mrs. Aalbers’ choreography stands out because of its originality, attention to detail, and professional quality. Her artistic versatility allows extremely varied works that always showcase dancers in their best light.

Her positive, sensitive approach encourages dancers of every age to work to their individual potential. For this reason, Ms. Aalbers is always in demand as a guest teacher and adjudicator. She is passionate about her art and genuinely enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of dance with teachers and students of every age.

“You just feel so great in her care… you feel like you can do anything.” Jenna Hanson
Dancer 14 years

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