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Donna Johnston-Martel is a mother of two beautiful boys and a licensed Kindermusik Educator. Donna has taught arts education for several years at both the university and public schools level. Donna has her Bachelor of Music (University of Saskatchewan – 1989), Master of Music (Indiana University, Bloomington – 1993), and a Bachelor of Education (University of Regina – 1996). Donna plays piano, organ, saxophone and has performed as an Accompanist, Church Musician, and Choir Director for many years. She has sang in several choirs as well as played in a variety of concert and jazz ensembles. Donna enjoys a lifelong commitment to learning through her work in provincial Arts Education boards and committees, research in Early Childhood and world music, and regular performances. Donna enjoys teaching children of all ages and loves watching them learn in their magical, marvellous world. She is excited to offer a variety of classes at her Kindermusik Studio in Southeast Regina (Village/Foundations, Our Time/Level 2, Imagine That/Level 3, Young Child/Level 4, and classes ‘en français’ to francophone families in the community). Thanks to all of Donna’s hard work, she has just been honoured with Maestro designation from Kindermusik headquarters for 2008 through to 2017!
Carson is thrilled to be back assisting! Carson started at Class Act in 2010 and has since completed all graded ballet exams, as well as Advanced 2 with Distinction. Carson achieved up to an Intermediate level with both the Canadian Dance Teachers Association Jazz and the ADAPT Jazz and tap syllabus. In 2013, Carson attended the Summer Intensive at Alberta ballet, which lead to her continuing there through the 2013-2014 year. She has since attended Texas Theatre Ballet's summer program and was accepted to Summer Intensives such as American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet. After many successful years at Class Act Studios, Carson moved to New York to further her dance career. She attended the conservatory program at Steps on Broadway with a Ballet Contemporary focus and plans on returning in January, 2019. Currently, Carson is attending the U of R focusing on a Psychology Degree and training with Monica at Class Act! She looks forward to spending time at home and at the studio!
Jaimee Leggett has been dancing at Class Act for 15 years and has been assisting dance classes since 2014. She attended the summer programs at The National Ballet School in 2013, and The School of Alberta Ballet School 2016. She was also accepted into the summer program at Ballet Jörgen in Toronto, and was accepted into the Trainee Program at Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. She has finished all graded RAD ballet exams with distinction, along with finishing RAD Advanced 2 with distinction.
Jaezila Crittenden was born and raised on a farm near Simpson, Saskatchewan, and filled her time with sports, dance and exploring the prairies. She began dancing at 6 years old, studying jazz, RAD ballet, tap, lyrical, and musical theatre, under the instruction of Nadine Riehl, at The Watrous School of Dance. Following an internal draw to the west coast, Jaezila moved to Vancouver, BC, in 2006, where she attended Simon Fraser University, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance with Honours, and was awarded the Contemporary Arts Service Award. In her third year of university she began dancing professionally with companies such as The Dancers Dancing Company and The Karen Jamieson Company. She has also been able to dance works from artists such as Mui Cheuk-yin, Serge Bennethan, Jennifer Mascall, and Desiree Dunbar. While dancing she fell into acting for film and theatre, and began modeling. In 2014, Jaezila accepted the opportunity to be Director of The Saskatchewan Express Musical Theatre Studio, and moved to Regina, Saskatchewan. After two successful studio seasons she began work on a honours degree in psychology while continuing to act in film (Chokeslam, Welcome To Nowhere, Woman on the Front line…), being featured in multiple commercials (SUN, SGI…), creating choreography for The Saskatchewan Express Touring Company, and modeling (A Wedding Expo, Most Incredible Bridal Show, Wow Factor Media…). She finds great fulfillment in being able to mentor upcoming artists in her classes and is working towards being able to counsel psychologically involving art processes. Jaezila believes art is one of the greatest forms of therapy benefiting the connection of the mind, body and soul.
Jazz / Tap
Trina was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. She began her dance training at Ritenburg Dance Studio in Regina, continuing her studies under Ana Maria Campos at Class Act where she completed her Royal Academy of Dance Examinations through Advanced 2. She danced at a variety of competitions, performed in a number of Class Act's full length repertoire ballets, and has attended summer schools and workshops at the Banff Center, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and Quinte Ballet School. She is also an accredited teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. Trina loves to share her passion for ballet with others. She is honoured to be a part of the Class Act family.
A graduate of the University of Regina with a degree in music education, Jane has directed, music directed, conducted, stage managed, played for and performed in over one hundred productions for various theatre companies and schools in Saskatchewan; most notable of these would be the annual Brunch for Lyric and her annual school mega-musicals. This year, she conducted her 13th brunch for Lyric “I Love Broadway- Broadway’s Greatest Love Songs” and directed “Alice in Wonderland,” which had a cast of over 180 children at Grant Road School.
Kaitlyn is an actor, singer, dancer, teacher, multi-instrumentalist and choreographer from Regina SK. Since completing her BFA in Acting from the University of Regina, she has trained with top professionals in Toronto with CBC's Triple Sensation, in Edmonton at the Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Program, and in Regina with the Globe Theatre Conservatory. Acting credits include: The Little Mermaid; Us; Bittergirl; Mary Poppins; Johnny Cash: Ring of Fire; Man of La Mancha; Shout Sister; Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story; The Wizard of Oz; Jake and the Kid and Metamorphoses (Globe Theatre); It's A Wonderful Life, Little Women and Ring of Fire (Persephone Theatre); Root, Hog, or Die(Sandbox Series); Cope (Persephone Theatre Youth Series, Sandbox Series at The Globe, Live Five in Saskatoon); Cinderella and Steel Magnolias (Rubarb Productions); Mary Poppins (Western Canada Theatre and Persephone Theatre); Cash: Ring of Fire (Rainbow Stage); The Fan (Odyssey Theatre in Ottawa); As You Like It (Citadel Theatre); The Last Five Years (The Golden Apple Theatre); Alice In Wonderland and The Hockey Sweater (Sum Theatre). Upcoming Kaitlyn will be playing Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof at Persephone Theatre and will be a part of the ensemble of the new Catalyst musical called The Invisible playing at Vertigo Theatre in Calgary. Kaitlyn is also a choreographer, having choreographed Bring It On, Legally Blonde, and Shrek at Sheldon Williams Collegiate, for Saskatchewan Express' 2013-2016 Casts, and Mine To Have, Peter and The Starcatcher, Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol and The Drowning Girls for the Globe Theatre. You can buy Kaitlyn's album SPEAK EASY: At the Syncopation by sending her a message on her website:
Studio Director / Ballet / Jazz / Lyrical / Musical Theatre
Studio Director / Toddlers / Pre School / Ballet
Micaele Johnson grew up in Northwestern BC where her love for the arts began. At age 13 she took her first tap class and began to compete all over the Northwest. Her love of dance grew from Tap, to Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre and Contemporary. After graduating High School she went off to school in Victoria At CCPA. She continued her professional experience Dancing, Singing and Choreographing in musicals in Historic Barkerville BC, the Sunset Cabaret in Wells BC and in her hometown helped choreographed the High schools production of "Fame" During her time in Vancouver, Micaele frequently attended tap classes with Jim Hibbard at Harbour Dance Center. Continuously participating in Tap Jams with the "West Coast Tap Dance Collective". Harbour was a great place to keep up skills and take in their Hip hop, Contemporary and Tap classes. After Understudying for Anybody`s and Dancing her way through Royal City Musical Theatre`s Production of "West Side Story" in Vancouver, she hauled herself off to NYC to study at Circle in the Square where she dove into her Acting, Classical, Mask, Physical Theatre and Musical Theatre training. All winter Micaele was excited to sing with "Regina Philharmonic" and "Halcyon Chamber Choir". Tap dancing her way into a guest spot in this springs "Broadway show". This Summer Micaele performed Improvisational Tap Dancing with the "Jazz Vespers" in Stratford Ontario, along side her friend and Canadian Jazz artist Jim Hodgkinson. Right here on the prairies, Micaele and has been thankful and thrilled beyond words to work with local film talent in a feature indie film as "Taylor" in Mark Whiak`s "Resting Potential", and work with "Play Creative" to film a Commercial for HSAS. Micaele is an Alumni of The Canadian College of Performing Arts (2005) and Circle in the Square Theatre School (2009) and represented by Lisa Marie at Edge Agency for film and TV work. Dance teaching and choreography credits include at her hometown of "Creative Roots Performing Arts", and in Prince George BC at "Judy Russell`s Enchantment" Studio. I can`t wait to meet you all and not only get you successfully learning new steps, but to also get creative with some fun choreography and most importantly. Dance! Work on it at it and for it.