MONTANA DANCE WORKS FACULTY
Alex Canavan is a Butte native and lover of any and all art. Along with dance instruction Alex is a licensed Esthetician working out of Jade Hair Studio and Day Spa. She has a passion for helping others to feel great about themselves inside and out. Alex danced competitively with Dynamic Dance and Tumbling Academy starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Alex also studied dance at the University of Montana in Missoula. Alex has been involved with The Revolution Productions hair and fashion show going on five years now and loves anything to do with performing and stage life. When not working Alex enjoys time with her loving daughter and wonderful husband exploring Montana's rivers and forests.
Kotie is very excited to be joining the Montana Dance Works family this season. Kotie has been involved with dance from a very young age with Michele Anderson’s school of dance. During college she was a member of the Daredevil Dance Team and the Montana Tech Cheerleaders. After college Kotie began teaching and choreographing for a local dance school before starting her career as a teacher. Over the last few years Kotie has watched her daughter Reese’s passion for dance grow at this studio! Kotie is excited to share her love of dance with the students!
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Erynn is a Butte girl who started taking dance lessons at 3 years old. She joined Montana Dance Works as a student at 12 years old during their opening year and finished as a senior in high school in 2018. At Montana Dance Works, Erynn was given the opportunity to grow as a dancer and improve her skills. She also met her dance family through the studio and formed lifelong friendships. She was reunited with her dance family after graduation when she was given the opportunity to return to the studio as a faculty member in 2019. Erynn is studying Business at Montana Tech and wants to pursue a career in Marketing after graduation. Outside of the studio and the classroom, Erynn enjoys traveling, learning about Butte history, and spending time at Echo Lake with her family and friends. She is excited to be back at Montana Dance Works for another fun year!
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Hi! My name is Emily Vincent I am 19 years old and going into my junior year at Montana Technological University. I am majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology, in hopes of attending medical school once I graduate to become a pediatrician. One of my favorite classes I have taken at Montana Tech so far is Anatomy and Physiology. I have lived in Butte my whole life and danced from the age of 3 to 13, starting at Montana Dance Works their very first year, but pursuing sports after that. Some of my favorite activities include skiing, hiking, reading, and being around children. I cannot wait to meet all of you!
My name is Randi Roberts, I’m 28 years old, grew up in small town Prineville Oregon. I moved to Montana for a fresh start after falling in love with the big blue skies when visiting my parents here over the last 10 years.
My hobbies are horse back riding, hunting, hiking, going to the gym, hanging out with my friends, family and of course dancing.
I’ve danced since the age of 3 and have been teaching for a few years now. Growing up I took classes at High Desert Dance Arts and enjoyed every minute of it. I took many classes, such as tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary. My favorite has always been jazz because it involves unique turns, leaps, fun combinations and I could incorporate a lot of my own personality into my routines. The best part about dance was of course the costumes and performing at the end of the year at recital.
I was also part of the High School Dance Team at Crook County. Where I competed at State in Portland Oregon, at the Rose Garden, and placed 1st my sophomore, junior and senior year. I was also involved in dance camp where we performed some of those dances at the basketball and football home games.
Dance has always been a passion of mine and I knew from a young age I wanted to be a dance instructor. I’m so honored to be apart of the Montana Dance Works team and so excited for what our future holds!
Heidi studied and taught dance at a local studio in Western Massachusetts where she grew up. She went on to study dance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, performing and choreographing for Alive with Dance and across the Five Colleges. Heidi completed summer dance intensives at Jacob’s Pillow, Ballet Hartford, Joffrey Ballet School, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Heidi is thrilled to teach dance at MDW and as part of our Butte community. By day, Heidi works on Business Process Analysis and holds a PhD in Education from the University of Idaho, MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Bachelor of Business Administration from UMass. Heidi believes in empowering students through the rigor and joy of dance and is honored to be a MDW instructor.
Nicolle studied competitive dance at the Dynamic Dance and Tumbling Academy from pre-school through high school. Since then she has spent time on the University of Montana Dance team and as a cheerleading coach here in Butte. Nicolle has been involved with Montana Dance Works since its inception; first teaching Booty Barre and then joining the teaching faculty in 2015.
In addition to teaching at Montana Dance Works, Nicolle is a clinical pharmacist. She works at Anaconda Community Hospital and specializes in oncology.
Nicolle lives in Butte with her husband Jake, daughter Lennox, and soon to be new baby girl. Nicolle enjoys spending her free time in Seeley Lake or on a plane to anywhere! Nicolle is forever grateful for the life lessons and friendships that dance gave her. She is so appreciative of Shauna and Ashley for allowing her to continue to be a part of the dance community. She can’t wait to get to teach old and new faces this fall!
Alaina started her dancing career as an Irish dancer, at the age of 12, at Tiernan. She continued with Irish dance until she was 14. She then went on to dance with Montana Dance Works. At the age of 15 she started taking Hip-Hop, which quickly became one of her favorites. She then added Tap, Jazz and Tumbling. She danced at Montana Dance Works until she graduated and then started teaching there. Some highlight of her dance career have been going to conventions such as Nuvo and 24/Seven, where she has met and gotten to take classes from some incredible instructors such as tWitch, Randi and Hefa, and so many more. Another highlight of hers has been all the relationships she’s built along the way, from her instructors to her dance family. She really appreciates the opportunity to continue her passion in dance and creating art. She is a Certified personal trainer and BootyBarre instructor, and is very passionate about instructing strong dancers.
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I am 19 years old. I have been involved in dance since I was three years old with DeeAnna Worley. This will be my second year working with Montana Dance Works. I am currently going to school at the University of Montana Western to double-major in Mathematics and Broad field General Science, Secondary Education as well as minoring in Special Education. My hobbies include hiking, paddle boarding, and reading. In my free time, I enjoy spending it with friends and family. I cannot wait to meet you all!
Rachel Dean is one of the current cheerleading and tumbling teachers. She is 29 years old and was born and raised in Butte, MT.
She found an early passion for tumbling she started dancing at about 4 years old. Of all the areas of dance, tumbling quickly became her favorite, and she continued dancing until she graduated from Butte High School.
After high school, she attended Carroll College to pursue her civil engineering degree. One of Rachel’s jobs in Helena included coaching tumbling at one of the local gymnastic gyms. Although no longer a student, she still enjoyed the sense of comradery that coaching gave her.
After a couple of years in Helena, Rachel transferred to Montana State University. While in Bozeman, she, again, missed being part of a dance community and began cheerleading for the Bobcats until her last year in college. Upon graduating, Rachel moved to Seattle to begin her career as an engineer.
Rachel worked for Turner Construction in Seattle for over three years working on various commercial construction projects. After a few years of being away from family and needing a slower pace, Rachel returned to Montana and now works full time at Northwestern Energy. She still loves the sense of community and fulfillment that dance has always brought her.
Katie began her dance career at age 6 with a tap class and got hooked on dancing and performing right then (even taking classes from Shauna and Ashley back when). She added ballet and jazz to her slate of classes and spent most of her time dancing until she graduated high school in 2010. From there, she went to Montana State University, and took a break from formal dance training - but kept up practice on wedding dance floors with her sisters by her side. She moved from Bozeman out Seattle for a couple years, but was ready to be back in the Mining City. Now she works for UPTOP Clothing Co. and is excited to get back to training with the students at Montana Dance Works.
Misty was born and raised in Butte and have settled my family here as well. She is a full time mom of 3 beautiful girls, a kindergarten teacher and a lover of dance! Misty's daughters have participated at MDW for 6 years and now she gets to join them as part of the instruction team. Misty has 16 years of dance experience and can't wait to continue it! Misty is looking forward to becoming part of the amazing team at Montana Dance Works!