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Yorkton & Canora Expert Dance Teachers
Meet The Extravadance Dance Studio Teaching Staff!

Miss Kristin
Owner/Dance Instructor
Kristin has been teaching and assisting for over 20 years. Kristin started her dance and teacher training in Yorkton taking classes in Tap, Jazz and Ballet. After graduation from high school Kristin completed the ADAPT Teachers Training program where she became a certified ADAPT teacher in Tap and Jazz. Kristin is a certified Acrobatic Arts teacher, has her Red Cross first Aid certification and is currently completing her American Barre certification. Kristin has taught in numerous places from Kamsack SK, Roblin MB and Hinton AB. Kristin likes to travel to wherever she can to keep up to date with her teaching; New York, Calgary, Arizona, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Toronto are just to name a few. Kristin loves adjudicating and being able to share positive reinforcing critiques with any of the dancers she has an honor to watch. Kristin is the proud owner of the Extravadance Studio which originally opened in 2007 in Canora, and since then has opened in Yorkton & Preeceville. Kristin loves to share her passion for life and dance with all the students she teaches. Sharing her positive and uplifting teaching methods are a priority in all the classes taught at Extravadance. Kristin has been married to Garrett Karcha for 10 years and they have 2 beautiful children together: Keegan & Kamdyn. We are very excited to start another FANTASTIC year of dance together!
Miss Aleesha
Dance Teacher
With the thrill of athleticism and the exhilaration of the spotlight, Aleesha pursued dance at a very young age. She grew up as a competitive dancer as well as taken RAD and CDTA examinations. After graduating high school she moved to Toronto to attain her diploma in Dance Performance Studies from George Brown College. After which she stayed in Toronto and continued her professional career and has done commercial work for Much Music and MTV as well as live performances in various companies. These opportunities led her to perform for artists such as Francesco Yates, Shawn Desman, Jully Black, Alyssa Reid, Barenaked Ladies, Nicole Arbour, Divine Brown and Anjulie. Her passion has even taken her abroad with working for Royal Caribbean Cruise lines to perform worldwide. After meeting her Husband and moving back to Saskatchewan she became part of the Extravadance family. Since then she has also become a certified Acrobatic Arts teacher and a PBT instructor. She is also a CDTA Associate for Ballet and has completed her first-year training with the ADAPT program. She continues to be ambitious and dedicate herself to the art and looks forward to sharing her passion with her students again this year.
Miss Melissa
Dance Teacher
Miss Melissa, from the young age of 3 trained extensively in tap, jazz, ballet, musical theater, and lyrical dance. Studying in Wetaskwin, AB at Shanda Aalbers Academy of Dance under the direction of her teacher and mentor Shanda Aalbers, then continuing in Edmonton at Sandra Gray Academy under Sandra Gray as well as Mrs Aalbers, Miss Melissa participated in numerous competitions, workshops, summer schools, and performances. In high school she enjoyed assisting numerous classes as well as coaching the Hillcrest junior high cheer teams. After marrying her Saskatchewan sweetheart in 1998 Miss Melissa opened Melissa's School of Dance in 1999 in Norquay. She enjoyed directing and choreographing a variety of numbers for competitions and performing opportunities across the spectrum of dance styles. After 11 years of teaching, Miss Melissa closed her studio and has enjoyed the life of a hockey/dance mom. She is looking forward to again having the privilege of introducing dance to some of our youngest ballerinas.

Miss Leah
Dance Teacher
Miss Leah is our main instructor for toddlers and youngest dancers. Miss Leah is 28 years old and has a Bachelor of Social Work degree which helps her to be as amazing as she is with our students and our families. Miss Leah started dancing at the age of 5 and fell in love from the moment she stepped foot into the studio. Although she took a few years off during her elementary years, Miss Leah attended dance classes in Yorkton until she graduated high school. Miss Leah is extremely patient with the very young students and more importantly, she's a ton of fun! She loves to get right down on the ground and participate alongside the students. During Miss Leah's spare time you can find her playing with her dog, watching movies or tending to her raspberry bush. "I love watching the love for dance grow inside my students from week to week. My classes have a great balance between discipline, dance education, and fun. I can't wait to see you in the studio!"

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Our Junior Teachers

Miss Abby
Junior Dance Teacher
Miss Abby began her dancing at the age of 4 with Extravadance Studios. She quickly developed a passion for dance and fell in love with performing. This led her to train extensively in a variety of styles, including jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, acro, pointe, and contemporary. She also successfully completed the Extravadance Teacher Training Course twice, in 2017 and in 2019. In the summer of 2020 and 2021, Abby was a featured dancer for SaskExpress. She had the opportunity to film 2 musicals and do live performances this past summer. Miss Abby is currently going into her senior year of high school, 14th year of dance, and 5th year of teaching. She is excited for the upcoming year and cannot wait to share her love of dance with her students.
Miss Aunnika
Junior Dance Teacher
Aunnika began her training at the age of 4, in Tisdale SK. Throughout the years she has preformed in competitions all around the province of Saskatchewan. She has completed Tap and Jazz exams through the program RAD, and Ballet through CDTA. Tap achieving up to the elementary level and Jazz to the Advanced 1, as well as Ballet up to the level Advanced 1. This has allowed for further knowledge in her studied classes of Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, and Pointe. Upon graduating Aunnika moved to Saskatoon to pursue her studies. While living in Saskatoon she was the head instructor in Langham, SK. Aunnika resides in Yorkton with her puppy Oliver! She is also training to be a Registered Dental Assistant. She is very excited to be going into her 16th year of dance with Extravadance here in Yorkton!
Miss Emma
Junior Dance Teacher
Miss Emma started dance at age 3 at Melissa’s School of Dance in Norquay and finished her 15 years of dance at Extravadance Studio in 2018. She has taken classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and pointe. Miss Emma has great memories of attending competitions, dance workshops & camps as well as performing with the Extravadance Performance Group at Disneyland twice throughout her dancing career! Miss Emma enjoyed teaching and assisting dance during her high school years and is excited to be back teaching! Miss Emma is currently in her 4th year of Nursing and will be graduating in the spring of 2022. She is looking forward to sharing her passion of dance with her students this coming year!

Miss Alexi
Junior Dance Teacher
Alexi has been dancing for 11 years. She danced at DanceInnovations for 1 year then moved to Extravadance Canora for 7 years. She then moved to dance at Extravadance Yorkton, which is where she dances to the current day. Alexi has taken her Acrobatics level 4 and 5 exams, her Junior 3 and Pre-Intermediate 3 Jazz and Tap exams. In 2014 and 2018 Alexi had the opportunity to go dance in Disneyland California with her dance studio. She got to dance in two parades down Mainstreet USA and through California Adventure. She has performed 3 different dances in the Fantasyland Theatre. and got to participate in multiple workshops held by various Disney Directors. In 2019, Alexi’s studio held a teacher training workshop where they had lots of assignments and tests. In 2019 Alexi had the opportunity to dance at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer intensive where Alexi learned lots of new technical skills that she has put to work teaching her younger students. Alexi has participated in lots of workshops across Saskatchewan in which she has thrived and continues to grow in her dance skills. Alexi has assisted in many Creative Dance classes, Tiny 2’s, Combo, Grade 1-4 ballet classes, and Junior Jazz and Tap classes. Alexi always works her hardest in assisting and teaching classes and hopes the best for her students.
Miss Kendall
Ballet
Kendall started dancing at the age of five at the Melville Dance Association, participating in tap and ballet classes. After a couple of years she decided to broaden her horizons and begin dancing competitively in Yorkton. Starting at the age of eight, she dedicated her spare time to training in all genres of dance, including tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, pointe, acro and musical theatre. During those years she completed her RAD exams up to the grade 5 level, as well as her ADAPT exams up to the pre intermediate 2 level. Kendall has also been able to travel with her dancing to places like Germany for the 2014 World Tap Championships , where she represented Canada, placing 4th and 5th with her small and large group, as well as to British Columbia for the 2017 Dance World Cup, where she represented Saskatchewan, placing 1st with her tap duet. Aside from competing, Kendall loves taking part in workshops and conventions, and most recently has received top senior dancer at Pure Dance in Saskatoon. Kendall is eager to share her love of dance with her students and classmates in the upcoming season, and can’t wait to see their smiling faces again soon.
Miss Lila
Junior Dance Teacher
Miss Lila started dancing at the age of 4. After watching her dance everywhere she went, her parents enrolled Lila in her first dance class. She quickly fell in love with the spotlight and the stage. She is currently going into her 11th year of dance and starting grade 9. Miss Lila has taken classes in multiple styles of dance at the studio. In the summer of 2019, Lila first took the Extravadance teacher training program. Since then, she has loved assisting classes when required. Her outgoing, bold personality allows her to share her love of dance with others successfully. Outside of the studio Lila enjoys socializing with her friends and family. She also enjoys other ways to keep active, like golfing and badminton. Miss Lila is definitely looking forward to the coming dance season and cannot wait to start teaching!
Miss Oakley
Junior Dance Teacher
has been dancing for 12 years. She takes Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro and Core strengthening with Tap being her passion. In 2018, she received the Dancer of the year award with a full year scholarship to take unlimited classes. That same year she also had the opportunity to dance in Disneyland. She worked hard all year training and learning the choreography to dance in 2 parades down Mainstreet USA and through California Adventure. Oakley danced in the Fantasyland Theatre twice, and got to participate in multiple different workshops with many Disney Directors. This year she took her Acrobatic Arts Levels 4 and 5 exams and passed both times with the highest mark of Distinction. She also took her ADAPT Junior 3 and Pre-Intermediate 3 Jazz and Tap exams. To add to the year she also graduated from the ADAPT, ATP (Assistant Teachers Program). In 2019, Oakley attended Fusion Dance Camp in British Columbia where she had the opportunity to take classes and learn from teachers from across North America. In 2019 and 2021 Oakley participated in the rigorous Extravadance Studio teacher training program. Oakley has received multiple cash scholarships as well as a dance camp scholarship. She looks forward to using her skills, technique and discipline she has learnt with her students.
Miss Anna
Junior Dance Teacher
Anna has danced for eight years. She started out at Pure Energy in Saskatoon where she danced for two years. Then she moved to Extravadance Canora, and has danced there since. Anna has participated in various workshops and intensives in Yorkton and Saskatoon. She also has completed ADAPT exams for Jazz and Tap, and passed her acro exams through Acrobatic Arts. Anna has participated in two Dance Teacher Training courses offered by Miss Kristin (The studio owner), and to increase her knowledge even more, participated in an Adapt Certified assistant teacher program. In the courses she learned the techniques, requirements, and responsibilities a teacher needs to know. Anna takes all disciplines of dance provided by Extravadance, and loves to continue to learn new things. She hopes that as a dance teacher she can help people continue to learn and grow in their passion for dance.