Alyssa began her dance training at the age of 5 in Dartmouth , NS. She trained in Ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary dance for over 25 years. During that time she had the opportunity to train at Broadway Dance Center in NYC , with Bob McCollum of Canada's National Ballet School and with Rebecca Lazier (New York). She completed the Maritime Dance Academy teacher training program and her CDTA exams in ballet , jazz and tap. Alyssa also spent many years performing with the Maritime dance Performance Group and in more recent years the 30 Something Dance Co-op.
Along with Directing Studio 26, Alyssa has spent the last few years working with youth in the church directing praise dance ministry's. During this time they have had the opportunity to dance at various churches throughout Nova Scotia.
Throughout the years Alyssa has developed a love for teaching dance and has been teaching all over the HRM for the past 15 years. She recently completed year 1 of her three year training in the Adapt syllabus for ballet, jazz and tap.
Hip Hop /Competition Team
Grace began her dance training at the age of 3 in Dartmouth, NS. Her first teacher being her older sister Alyssa, she always had a dance influence around to keep her inspired. Grace has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom, and Hip Hop ever since. Over the past 6 years she has danced for a local competitive youth Hip hop dance team as well as with the Woods Hip hop company , learning to improve in the style has helped her find her true love for dance and has influenced her to grow in the area of teaching as well.
About 6 years ago when Studio 26 started, she began teaching Hip Hop and has enjoyed it so much she now teaches multiple Hip Hop classes and choreographs in Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Jazz. Grace is inspired by her students and all of the dancers that she encounters everyday, Studio 26 is a very big part of her life and she is very thankful for it.
Jayla James is a professional dance artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia trained in Hip-hop, jazz, heels, contemporary, ballet and musical theatre. Jayla developed a love for the art at a young age , beginning her first dance class at the age of four. She continued dancing in studios in her hometown until her late teen years . At age 18 she moved to the city of Toronto to pursue her dreams professionally.
Jayla is now a graduate from George Brown College's commercial dance program(2019). Within the program she studied dance genres hip hop, ballet , jazz, contemporary and musical theatre as well as acting and singing.
She has performed in music videos and danced with notable dance/performance companies such as Megan boys entertaionment (2020) , High society cabaret (2020), Toronto's babe squad(2020), Nostos collective (2017), Voices (2017), and the Woods Hip-hop dance company (2016).
Jayla's most recent endeavour is establishing Rendezvous , A commercial dance training program within Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jayla plans to continue to grow the dance community in her hometown to provide more opportunities to young dance artists.