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Meet the Team

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Nikki Hawkes - Founder/Artistic Director

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Where did you grow up?

I have always lived in Calgary

Why do you love teaching?

I love providing my students with a safe place to explore who they are and be the person who they can come to with anything! I also love to get creative - Character Ballet is my jam!

Who inspires you?

My tribe of friends - I have been blessed with a beautiful group of women who inspire me everyday. Each of these women have different impacts on my life but without them I would be lost. 

Why did you want to start Compass?

I have been dancing since the minute I could walk, it wasn't until a few years ago at a personal development weekend that I came to the realization that my true calling was to inspire young dancers. I wanted to open a dance studio that not only focuses on dance but also guiding these souls through their journey of life, and what better way to do it than alongside my sister!

What are your personal interests other than dance?

My family is a huge part of my life - I have a husband and two daughters, Ella & Piper - anytime I get to hang out with them its a good time! I also love fitness, books and podcasts!

What is one thing you want everyone at Compass to know about you?

Before I knew what my life was really meant for I went to U of C where I received my Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting, and I then went on to get my Chartered Accountant designation. I have been working as an Accountant for more than a decade!

Shannon Galenkamp - Founder/Artistic Director

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Where did you grow up?

Calgary! (keep reading you will see a theme with our faculty!)

Why do you love teaching?

Dance is my passion, has been my entire life and I love helping create the same passion in kids lives. Watching my students continue to grow year after year is the most rewarding part.

Who inspires you?

This may come as no surprise to most but Nikki inspires me, not only is she my sister but she is my best friend. She has helped guide me through life and I will continue to look up to her; she is kind, an amazing mom and the worlds best email composer!  

Why did you want to start Compass?

I have danced my entire life and have been teaching since the age of 16, it lights a fire in me and I wanted to be able to spread the passion of dance as well as help guide those dancers through life.

What are you personal interests other than dance?

Funny enough when I first moved out on my own I couldn't cook a thing! Now I love trying new recipes, especially with foods that fuel your body and still taste delicious. I also love working out - it calms my mind,, listening to podcasts and of course a good car dance session.

What is something you want everyone at Compass to know about you?

I secretly wish my life was a musical, so don't be alarmed if I randomly break into song... and no I do not sing well!

Daphne White - Ballet, Contemporary & Acro Instructor

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Calgary!

Why do you love teaching?

 I love teaching because working with kids is so rewarding! I am very passionate about dance and I love being able to inspire students with that passion! I want to be able to have a positive influence on their lives, influencing their dancing/learning experience, and who they become as people. 

Who inspires you?

My parents inspire me!

Why are you excited about teaching at Compass?

I'm excited to teach at Compass because I think the studio upholds my values and will support me in inspiring our students to grow into amazing people.

What are your personal interests other than dance?

Besides loving dance and working with kids, I also love animals and gardening!

What is one thing you want everyone at Compass to know about you?

I want everyone to know that I teach all types of dance! Besides primarily teaching ballet and acro, I also teach hip hop, jazz, tap, contemporary/lyrical, and musical theatre!

Brynna Doucette - Tap & Jazz Instructor

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up right here in Calgary!

Why do you love teaching?

I love teaching because it inspires others. I think that having a chance to share your love of something is so amazing, and to have your passion being shared with others is incredible. 

Who inspires you?

There are two people who inspire me, and they are my mum and my sister. My mum is one of the most amazing women in my life. She is so supportive and loving. One day I hope to be half the women she is. The other person who inspires me is my little sister. My sister is by far, my best friend, and she inspires me to always work my hardest and to always persevere. 

Why are you excited about teaching at Compass?

I am excited to teach at Compass because the students are so eager to learn and grow. I am also excited to be apart of the dance community within Compass and to be involved in the dancer's journeys. 

What are your personal interests other than dance?

I am a HUGE history geek. I love anything to do with history. Ask me any questions about the sinking of the Titanic or any of the major World Wars, and I will probably know the answer. I also love a good Netflix crime documentary or any Netflix original films. 

What is one thing you want everyone at Compass to know about you?

One thing I want everyone to know about me is I am a HUGE Flames fan. They are my all-time favourite hockey team. I do my very best to watch every game, and I even have a goal light that I use when they score. 

Megan Robles - Jazz & Ballet Instructor

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Calgary, Alberta 

What do you love about teaching?

I love teaching because I enjoy being able to teach my love, passion and knowledge of dance and hopefully become a role model for the younger generations. I love seeing the smiles that dance provides when dancers and in class and performing onstage! 

Who inspires you?

The people who inspire me would be my dance teachers, my dance peers and my family. My dance teachers have taught me that hard work pays off. If I am dedicated towards the things I love and determined and ambitious to reach my goal, it can lead me to success. My dance peers also inspire me because watching them in class and performing onstage, inspires me to push myself and and to not be afraid to take risks. Lastly my family inspires me because they have always supported me through tough times but even happy times. They sacrifice so much for me to be able to dance. 

Why are you excited about teaching at Compass?

I am excited to teach at Compass because I am looking forward to teach in a new environment. I am excited to teach not only the technique in dance but the love of dance. I want dancers to come to dance and let dance become an anchor when a person needs support or stability. Dance should provide happiness for every person. 

What are your personal interests other than dance?

Besides dance I enjoy art and listening to music! I love painting because it brings me happiness just as much as dance. Both allow me to let out my emotions. 

What is one thing you want everyone at Compass to know about you?

One thing that I want people at Compass to know about me is that one of my favourite style of dance is ballet. I love how ballet is disciplined and allows dancers to strengthen in all styles of dance. 

Laura Lindgren - Tap, Ballet & Jazz Instructor

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Where did you grow up? 

I was born in Banff but soon moved to Calgary at 2 years old, where I’ve grown up ever since.

Why do you love teaching?

I love watching young boys and girls not only grow as dancers but also become kind individuals who support one another. The relationships I build with my students are some of which I cherish the most. 

Who inspires you?

My grandma, who I call Bubbie, inspires me daily. Her strong personality and determination pushes me to challenge myself and strive to be the best person I can be. Through her words and actions, my grandma shows her will to help and encourage others. 

Why are you excited about teaching at Compass? 

I am excited to teach at Compass as it will provide me with new opportunities, relationships and challenges. I’m looking forward to working with inspiring teachers and learning innovative teaching techniques.

What are your personal interests other than dance?

When I’m not dancing I enjoy skiing, painting and drawing. But most importantly, I love hanging out with my family and friends.

What is one thing you want everyone at Compass to know about you? 

I would like everyone at Compass to know that I am pursuing my passion for dance by entering the University of Calgary in the fall to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in dance.

Kaylee Allison - Jazz, Acro & Hip Hop Instructor

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Calgary AB 

What do you love about teaching?

I love teaching because it allows me to have a role in helping young dancers become technically strong and find a love and passion for dance.

Who inspires you?

The people who inspire me most in both dance and business are Nikki and Shannon. They have taught me everything I know about dance, shared their passion with me and I am constantly inspired by their love for dance that they are dedicated to sharing with others. I am also inspired by them because they are following their career dreams and are the hardest working people I know. 

Why are you excited about teaching at Compass?

I am excited to teach at Compass because I will be able to work with people and students who are just as passionate about dance as I am. 

What are you personal interest other than dance?

Although dance takes up majority of my time, I am also very interested in sports medicine in school and enjoy spending time with friends. 

What is one thing you want everyone at Compass to know about you?

One thing that everyone at Compass should know about me is that I have been dancing for 14 years and my favorite thing to do is compete and perform onstage. 

Hip Hop Instructor

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