Creative Edge has been offering competitive & recreational dance classes in Abbotsford for over two decades! At our school there are two large dance studios with sprung floors and, a parent favorite, “one-way mirrors” so parents can peek in on the dance lessons without the students knowing.
All of our dance students are taught technique and choreography and they really look forward to showing off their dance moves during exciting performances we hold each year at the Abbotsford Arts Centre.
Below is a list and brief description of the types of dance classes we offer - from Ballet to hip hop!. You can check out the schedule to see when each class runs in throughout the week.
Pre-dance classes at Creative Edge are always fun for ages 3 to 5. Parents love to watch the kids through the one-way mirrors looking look so cute while attempting to learn a little “pre-ballet” and “pre-jazz”.
BALLET - LYRICAL
“We have thoroughly enjoyed the instruction offered in the ballet program taught by Miss Elizabeth Her grace, energy, enthusiasm and patience are evident in every class. We found this very true in the predance program which introduces children at a young age (3 and 4) to various forms of dance with an emphasis in ballet. The girls learned so much from Miss Elizabeth and her encouragement and love for the children has prompted my girls to continue with their ballet. We will definitely be continuing with our lessons at Creative Edge!” Kim Anderson, Abbotsford
Our ballet program follows the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum. All ballet dance students are placed in RAD grade levels and ballet exams are available each year for those who are ready to progress with beauty and grace onto the next grade level.
HOP HOP - JAZZ - TAP
Hip Hop dance lessons are very popular, with the types of dance moves seen on today's music videos. No other formal dance training is required to busta move in our hip hop classes although competitive Hip Hop classes are available for the more experienced Hip Hop dancers!
Jazz and Tap classes are also offered for a broad range of ages, with an emphasis on technique, choreography and also using music the students really enjoy.
Our musical theatre class develops jazz skills and techniques with emphasis on choreography which is fun and entertaining. Dancers portray character and acting out through their dance.
“Four years ago, when our daughter started competitive classes, she felt enormous pride that her team had received several gold medals. The aspect of teamwork is very much emphasized, along with the sentiment that it is not about winning at the competitions, but about doing your best. The camaraderie the children are taught toward the other competition dancers will serve them well as they grow, and transfer to other aspects of their lives.” Lori H, Abbotsford, BC
Creative Edge offers competitive classes in Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Hiphop, Lryical and Ballet. These classes prepare students intensively to compete at various competitions throughout the lower mainland.
OUR DANCE TEACHERS
Mary-Anne Langstaff - Competitive Dance Classes
Mary-Anne has been teaching competitive dance classes at Creative Edge since 2006, and she says she “loves working at "The Edge" because of the great organization, professionalism, and positive atmosphere!”
We have to say that Mary-Anne plays a tremendous part in creating this great atmosphere and is one of the reasons why we are affectionately known as “The Edge”. She has a natural “edge” and her passion for dance shows through a genuine love for kids and a natural teaching ability. Mary-Anne is an “in demand” teacher as well as performer!
Mary-Anne has extensive performing experience which includes:
Member of the “Felions” dance team for the BC Lions
Lead dancer in the music video "Lula" by 16mm that was debuted on Much Music;
Dancer/promotions model for Voltage Entertainment
Lead Dancer in "Shout"
Show Dancer in "Here's Hollywood", both above were cast by Simon Griffiths
Lead Dancer in The Miss Canada Teen Global Pageant '04, and a Top 10 finalist in The Miss Canada Teen Global Pageant '05
Dancer in the BC Summer Games
Promotional, commercial, and runway model for Vancouver Fashion Week
Dancer with Carnival Cruise Lines!
Currently a Lead Dancer for Dominators World Wide Entertainment
For over 18 years Mary-Anne has been trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Tap, Hiphop, Acro, Musical Theatre, Modern, Clogging, Country, and Ballroom. Her classes at Creative Edge promise to be upbeat, encouraging, very educational and you will always be in need of a water bottle
Marissa Culpin - Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Tap
Marissa began dancing at the age of 4 as a Creative Edge student and quickly discovered her passion for dance.
She went on to train in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, and Hip Hop.
As a teacher, Marissa has extensive experience, having taught all over the lower mainland at dance studios, high schools, elementary schools, and fine arts schools.
Marissa also has extensive performance experience. As a dancer her highlights include:
Danced at the Canadian Country Music Awards with Aaron Pritchett and Gord Bamford
Lead dancer at Miss Canada Teen Global
Danced in the BC Summer Games
Dancer and promotional model with Voltage Entertainment
Worked with local Hip Hop artists
And on TV - Marissa can also be seen dancing on the CW's show "Hellcats".
Marissa is so happy to be a part of the staff at Creative Edge, loves the atmosphere there and truly enjoys the students and their parents.
Elizabeth Lisa - Ballet and Predance
Elizabeth was born in Bandung, Indonesia. Her father is from Malaysia and her mother is a Chinese-Indonesian. Raised up in three different countries in Asia, she started her first Ballet class when she was 5 years old. At the age of 9, Elizabeth was introduced to Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus and took her first RAD Ballet exam (Grade 3) and continued through Advance Levels of dance over the next nine years.
She began teaching at the age of 17 and at 19 became a professional dancer with Singapore Dance Theatre where over the next 5 years she performed with them, mostly Contemporary Dance. After completing six years of intensive training in the UK, she was awarded her RAD RTS from the Royal Academy of Dance. In Indonesia, Elizabeth went on to build her own Dance School (15 years in operation), and during the last 8 years of operation this Dance School was voted the best in the country.
Since then, Elizabeth immigrated to Canada and became Creative Edge's Ballet teacher. She has been with Creative Edge for 7 years now. Elizabeth says:
“I am so proud to be part of this fantastic Arts School. This school is great and full of wonderful people. I am so grateful that I can express my creativity and my ability to my students and I am glad to see their improvements. I love to work for Creative Edge and I hope I can help my students to gain more and more achievements in the future. Thank you to Mark and Eileen, you are truly great people.”
Creative Edge is proud to have Elizabeth working with us also. She brings such a high level of skilled teaching, along with a cheerful personality, which is why her students truly love her as their teacher.