Eliana Girard

Eliana was set on being a dancer since the moment she watched a video performance of ‘Paquita’ by the world famous ballerina Paloma Herera. From that moment on, she worked hard in summer programs that ranged from full scholarships at American Ballet Theater to Joffrey Ballet. She became one of the original cast members of Cirque Du Soleil’s show ‘Viva Elvis” in 2009 at the age of 18. After transitioning to being an aerialist in Cirque, she went on a journey of a lifetime being blessed as the winner of FOX’s season 9 hit tv show So You Think You Can Dance. Wrapping up that experience, she toured the world with Taylor Swift in 2013-14 on the RED Tour. Eliana has performed in awards shows such as the Billboards, AMA’s, Grammy’s, Brit Awards, CMA’s and many more. After finishing her time in Los Angeles, Eliana decided to explore the way different cultures connect to dance. She lived in Israel for 6 months where she worked with the renowned international company Batsheva and the director Ohad Naharin. Continuing the purpose of growing in knowledge of dance internationally, Eliana is currently touring around Europe in countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Netherlands with the German shlogger artist Helene Fischer. Being that her origins are in the concert world, she holds true to the importance of being connected to yourself as an artist on a physical, mental and spiritual level. She hopes to share a new perspective in the exploration of movement to all ages and walks of life. Art, in the expression of dance, has changed Eliana’s life more than she could have ever hoped for, and she is extremely grateful for the opportunity to share new perspectives through dance.

Tony Loupe

Tony has studied extensively in the Tap, Jazz, Modern, Ballet, African, Contemporary and Hip Hop genres. He has trained, choreographed and performed all over the world working with artists such as Charles “Honi” Coles, Steve Condos, Dianne Walker, Brenda Bufalino, Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Wade Robson, Donald Mckayle, Terry Brock, Derick K. Grant and Sam Weber to name a few. Tony has choreographed and directed shows for Disney and has also been a featured dancer and choreographer in international industrial shows for Nike, Avia, Columbia Sportswear and Nordstroms and was a featured performer and faculty member at the International Tap festivals of Portland, Boulder, Chicago and St. Louis. Tony began his teaching career at the age 14 and has over 27 years of teaching experience under his belt including being a featured instructor for Groove Street Productions dance convention that he co-founded in 1998. He is currently the owner and creative director of Beaverton Dance Center in Portland Oregon and his students (past and present) can be seen dancing with the likes of Lady Gaga, Disney, Chonique Sneed and Justin Bieber among others. In 1991 Tony was hand selected by Charles “Honi” Coles as one of the 9 Junior Masters of Tap and his classes are known to be challenging, full of tap history and tons of fun as he brings a positive attitude, innovative choreography and high energy to every class.

Sheri Drewitz-Kanten

Originally from Saskatchewan, Sheri Drewitz-Kanten is an award winning dance teacher and choreographer who has been teaching all major dance disciplines for over 30 years throughout Western Canada. Known as an inspirational teacher, Sheri has helped create some of the most well-rounded and best technically trained dancers as recognized in several international competitions. Her talents and eye for detail make her a sought after adjudicator, choreographer, and faculty member for workshops and summer schools.

Sheri is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBTS), ADAPT, CDTA and is an Apprentice for TKM Release Therapeutic Ball and Myofascial Strength Techniques. She has successfully put thousands of students through Graded and Vocational RAD Ballet exams and the Solo Seal Award, is a Mentor for the RAD (CBTS), and was thrilled to be part of the RAD pilot project, Discovering Repertoire. In addition, she has prepared and entered students for tap and jazz exams with CDTA and ADAPT. Sheri received the Best Teacher Award and the World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix, Toronto 2016 and then was honoured to be appointed the Western Representative for the inaugural WBAC Grand Prix, Calgary 2016.

Sheri now enjoys freelancing throughout Canada: teaching, choreographing and providing customized dance workshops called Beyond Ballet. For the last 9 years, she has been directing her own summer dance intensive called To The Pointe. Sheri works very hard to prepare students to pursue professional dance careers and is very proud of her former students who have continued their passion for dance through many avenues including: the National Ballet School of Canada, Royal Winnipeg School of Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, AMDA, NYU, Savannah Ballet, Broadway productions, film, television, various cruise lines and as Registered Dance Teachers in all disciplines, to name a few. With the busy life she lives, Sheri happily resides in the Calgary area with her husband Ron and their three children.

Past Adjudicators

Andrea Palmer · Leslie Drewitz · Chris Hale · Lisa Latouche · Calen Kurka · Makaila Wallace · Caroline Gruber · Scott Fowler · Cartier Williams · Maud Arnold · Curtis Foley · Tara Nicole Hughes · Sean Cheesman · Ronda Nychka-Cunningham · Tiffany Knight · Vic DiMonda · Michelle Kittrell · Lisa Stevens · Courtney Tilford · Stephanie Saland · Alejandra Valiente Sánchez · Josh Nitkin · Jamie Holmes · Lara Kelly · Kareem Byfield · Nancy C. King · Stephen Reed · David Keener · Heather Ferri · Bethany Hook · Jason Lacayo · Lauren Beth Kassinger · Leslie Clifford · Dennis Lue · Jimmy Locust · Jeannine Trinka · Alex Hasbany · Andrea L. Hammond · Frank Augustyn · Stephen Reed · Anthony Locascio · Lorraine Graves · Scott Jovovich · Beth Woods · Winthrop Corey · Gerald Hardy · Maurice Curry · Jamie M. “Catt” Pisano · Patti Caplette · Kim Greco · Malcolm Gaile · Wendy Green · Ted Banfalvi · Paul Del Vecchio · Rodney Gustafson · Brenda Bufalino · Shirley Black-Brown · Molly Vasterling · Cindy Kerr · Betty Caplette · Doug Jacks · Mercedes Ellington · Wendy Green · Johanne Gingras · Jon Engstrom · Pam Killinger · Ken Green · Darlene Ceglia · Elizabeth Beddard · Sam Fiorella · Donald Emmons · David Adams · Lois Smith · Patsy Swayze · Gregg Bayaa · Paula Rose Peshewis · Florentina Lajekova · Robb Card · Belinda Sobie · Myrna Lecky · Cornelius Fisher-Credo · Sherry Gold · Keith Dittor · Cheryle MacDonald · Jacques Lemay · Janice Dunning · Nancy Haggarty Gibbons · Faye Foley · Maureen Webster Consolati · Donna Cove · Vincent Warren · Judy Edwards · Richard D’Isarno · Betty Farrally · Allan Cozzubo · Dr. Taras Babick · Lusia Pavlychenko · Jacque Foesier · Dianne Miller · Natalie Dobrolige · Brian Foley · Earl Kraul · Frank Bourman · Gloria Gaudry · Rene Russell · Trixie Hardy · Arlene Bain-Pederson · Sonia Chamberlain · Judy Schey · Jean McKenzie · Loree Martin Vellner · Sandra Caverly · Dennis Moore · Irene Baird · Dorothy Carter · Tommy Sutton · Jean Simpson · Viola Robertson · Bob Land · Racell Browne · Gwen Ashton · Sam McConnell · Ted Patterson · Arnold Spohr · Muriel Jolliffe · Sonia Taverner · David Shields · Jim Clouser