Creator and Director of Maven Movement, providing professional level performance and training opportunities on an equitable scale has been Ashley’s focus for the past 9 years. She believes it is essential to ensuring high caliber performance opportunities are available to all, especially those underrepresented in traditional professional atmospheres and is currently the Manager of Performing Arts at the National accessArts Centre.
An attendee of the BFA Dance Program at York University, the Commercial Dance Program at George Brown College and the Professional Training Program at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, she has actively trained in Los Angeles, Toronto and Saint Petersburg, Russia. Previously, she has taught coast to coast in Canada, the Dominican Republic and has shared her skills with hundreds of students throughout various school residency programs. A long-time faculty member at the School of Decidedly Jazz and iLLFX Education, she has also guest taught at numerous dance studios throughout Ontario and Alberta resulting in an extensive wealth of knowledge and adaptability to dance and the performing arts.
Professional performance credits include: Culture Shock Washington, D.C., the Dubai Shopping Festival, The Fringe Festival, TIFF, BravoFact!, collaborations with brands such as Loreal, Labatt and XBox, Toronto’s Choreographer’s Ball and the Much Music Video Awards with PSY,
Born and raised on the east coast, Jamie (they/she) spent most of their time in athletics & playing sports; she also loved singing and performing in stage productions growing up, but never took a single dance class. It wasn’t until later into their adult life when they relocated to Calgary, that they discovered dance and fell in love.
Since beginning her adult dance journey, Jamie has trained in numerous disciplines including burlesque, heels, performance, competitive latin ballroom and salsa, and was selected early on in her career to participate in an professional burlesque fans performance troupe.
After taking a break from dance, they came back to train in heels in 2018, and most recently, in 2020, travelled to LA to train in choreography retention with Galen Hooks. While they hold technique and training in high regard, their heart lives on the stage in their expressive and captivating performances. She has performing credits at Latino Expo, Fiestival, The Taboo Show, The Calgary Zoo, The Lilac Festival, The Attic, and numerous other festivals and events around Calgary.
They are currently loving working with students as both an assistant and instructor sharing their passion for performing and dancing with new adult movers. Her goal has always been to make sure everyone feels welcome and she is so excited to be back for the beginning of her fourth season assisting with Maven Movement to encourage, uplift and cheer on all of the students joining the company.
Introducing Jane (she/her): a dance aficionado and an impressive choreographer. Her genuine love for dance is evident as she glides through a diverse range of styles – from jazz, ballet, tap, and hip-hop to heels, lyrical, contemporary, and jazz funk. She even explores the realms of acrobatics and musical theatre, adding a unique flair to her repertoire.
Since 2018, Jane has been making waves as an integral part of the Maven Movement squad. With a flick of her wrist and a graceful spin in her high heels, she motivates and captivates adult dancers of all levels, from those taking their first struts into the world of dance to those already well-versed and experienced.
Jane isn't just a dance instructor; she's a contagiously passionate mentor. Her energy is infectious, sparking a fire within each dancer she encounters. Maven Movement isn't just about dance—it's about empowerment. It's about celebrating every race, every gender, every sexuality, all together under the dazzling umbrella of dance. Amidst her dedicated team, Jane positions herself as one of the many guiding lights, infusing each individual with limitless passion and unwavering encouragement. Anticipating yet another amazing season with Maven Movement, she's eager to pirouette back into the studio and onto the stage.
Born and raised in Calgary Alberta, Kirstin (She/Her) has been dancing majority of her life.
Kirstin started her dance training at the age of 4 in Highland Dancing and competed in this style for 19 years.
Kirstin attended Central memorial high school and was accepted in the Performing and Visuals arts program for Dance. Throughout her high school years this brought more training in a variety of styles like Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, West African, Hip hop and many other styles.
Kirstin continued to train out of high school at Decidedly jazz Danceworks, Pulse studios and IllFx education. This is where she found her passion for hip hop, femme styles and dancehall.
The studio and stage is where she became a confident dancer, teacher and individual and she looks forward to inspiring others the same way.
Born and raised in Newfoundland, Alana’s passion for music and dance started at the young age of 4. In her early years, Alana’s dance training was focused in classical forms such as jazz, tap, ballet, and pointe. With her passion for song and dance, Alana quickly became an active member of the musical theatre, performing arts, and choral music communities within Newfoundland.
As an adult, Alana relocated to Alberta where she had the opportunity to expand and train in new forms of dance including jazz funk, freestyle, diva style, and heels. Alana has performed both on the Rock and in the Rockies for productions including the BILD awards, the Rocky Horror Show, Calgary Pride, the Lilac Festival, the Dance Teachers of Newfoundland Annual Showcase, and the Mavens at the Attic.
In 2017, Alana found her artistic haven within Maven Movement, a collective that aligned with her core values, emphasizing the inclusion and confidence building of all bodies, body types, and sizes within the dance community. After performing as a Maven for 5 years, Alana joined the Maven Team as Assistant in 2022, enabling her to shareher passion and continued support for the Maven community. Alana is dedicated to working alongside her fellow Maven Movement team members to create an inclusive, welcoming and fun environment for dancers of all backgrounds and skill levels.
Shelby started dancing in Edmonton when she was 3 years old. Expanding into many different disciplines in dance such as tap, musical theatre, cecchetti and many others competitively. As Shelby got older she expended into Pom and dancing on the Edmonton Prospect’s dance team. During this time Shelby studied human kinetics and obtained a kinesiology degree at the University of Alberta. After moving to Calgary in late 2018 she quickly found Maven Movement (formerly AOS Calgary) and has been hooked on the performance program, technical growth and community ever since.
Dancing with Maven is always the highlight of her week.
Kaylee (she/her) is a born and raised Calgarian who started dance at 3 years old. Her favourite place to be in class and on stage was standing directly behind another student, blocking any and all view of her from the audience. Fortunately, she has grown out of that!
Over the years, Kaylee continued to train in several studios around Calgary mostly in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical with a few small stints of Hip Hop, Tap, and Contemporary.
In high school Kaylee was a very active member of the dance community performing in every show and even choreographing her peers for those school showcases.
After graduation Kaylee had "moved on from dance" and planned to explore her future which she thought would be void of the dance world. She started university where she received her Bachelors of Kinesiology & Bachelors of Education. Little did she know landing a performance job at Calaway Park was going to lure her back to dance. Kaylee performed with Calaway Live for 5 seasons and later moved into a leadership role helping coach the Entertainment team throughout several seasons.
This experience lead Kaylee to many different performance opportunities over the years including Dance Montage, dancing in several commercials and music videos, the Pulse Studios Showcase and many more. In 2017 the desire to get on stage and try something new lead her to heels with Maven Movement (formerly AOS) and she's been hooked ever since. Kaylee loves the love and support she's been given by the team and other dancers and wants to continue building the Maven community!