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Tanya Twerdun-Sutherland - Owner, Teacher and Choreographer

Miss. TanyaAs a teacher, Tanya has spent the last thirty-five (35) years with the Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Academy of Dance, Ziegfeld School of Dance and as owner/Director of StarCast Dance Academy and Winnipeg Dance Force. Tanya has spent the last thirteen years with Tanya’s Dance Worx in Langdon. Tanya shares her expertise in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe and Hip Hop.

As a performer, Tanya was selected as dancer/ singer for Toronto’s "Phantom of the Opera" from over 1000 Canadian and American performers where she performed for almost 3 years. She has appeared in Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage productions of Carousel, Cinderella, Peter Pan and Say it with Music.

Her credentials include being a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, Graduated Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Teachers program as certified ballet teacher and a Member of the Canadian Professional Equity Performers Union.

Her choreography has provided over 50 award winning performances at L.A Underground, L.A Dance Force and Tremaine competitions throughout Canada and The United States of America between 1994-2004 and over 100 gold honour and gold awards from the Manitoba Dance Festival.

As a student, her training started at the age of 3 in Calgary. The majority of her training came from the Allan Cozzubbo Dance Academy, Brian Foley, Jacquie Lemay, Al Gilbert, George Randolf, Sean Debidin, Dave & Jackie Carter and various teachers from New York and LA. She completed Al Gilbert tap/ jazz exams obtaining honors and highly commended. She attended the Alberta Ballet Company. She auditioned for the summer school program with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and was asked to join their professional program. Tanya trained with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for 6 years, received scholarships every year graduating from Level 7 of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division.

Miss Tanya has many students who have advanced into dance careers such as Las Vegas Celine Dion show, Cruise Ships, Mexico resorts, New York Broadway shows, Toronto’s Stratford Theatre and has also trained her students to successful careers in dance instruction.

Amanda Hoiles - Teacher and Choreographer

Miss. AmandaAmanda's passion for dance is undeniable. From the tender age of 3 she began her dance journey and followed the footsteps of her mom. First training with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Vince Perall in Toronto until her mom and Aunt opened up their first studio in Winnipeg. From a young age, Amanda always knew she wanted to dance and make a career out of it. Her love and passion for dance is brought to each class and she loves watching her students grow and reach their goals every year. Amanda believes in pushing her students to reach their potential in becoming the best dancers that they can be.

As a teacher, Amanda has eighteen years experience with Tanya's Dance Worx and Winnipeg Dance Force. Amanda has spent the last thirteen years with Tanya's Dance Worx in Langdon and eleven years teaching and choreographing. She has won many choreography and best overall awards with Tanya's Dance Worx Competitive Team. Amanda shares her expertise in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Lyrical.

As a performer, Amanda was selected as a dancer by Carnival Cruise Lines for three years. She danced in the Pan American Games Open Ceremonies in 1999 and Disney's Winnie the Pooh Festival in 1998. Her television and movie experience consists of roles on televisions Sesame Street and TV series "2030" on YTV, as well as Movie appearances with "Inside the Osmonds" and "One Last Dance".

Her scholarships consist include: 5-6-7-8 Showtime, One year scholarship with L.A. Dance Magic, Scholarships from Manitoba Dance Festival, Three time Best overall in Manitoba Dance Festival, Best overall in L.A. Dance Magic Competition, Best overall in L.A. Underground Competition, and Miss Photogenic Award from Dance American Extravaganza. As a student, Amanda has trained with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Dance Force and Vince Perall. She has completed the Elementary Ballet Exam: Royal Academy of Dance (Commended) and attended training workshops with L.A. Dance Force, L.A. Dance Magic, L.A. Underground, Termaine, 5-6-7-8 Showtime, Triple Threat and D.A.X.

Tianna Garland - Teacher and Choreographer

Tianna was an extremely groovy youngster and was dancing to the beat the moment she could walk. She began her dance training with Tanya's Dance Worx at an early age of 4. After five years of training Tianna knew that she wanted dance to become a substantial roll in her life and future.

In the 2014-2015 season Tianna joined the Tanya's Dance Worx family as a teacher. She has had tweleve years of training and three years of assistant teaching with the guidance of Tanya Sutherland and Amanda Hoiles. Tianna continuously brings her optimistic attitude, high energy, and her love for dance to every class. Helping and pushing her students to their best ability while having fun, is what she strives for during each class.  Tianna shares her knowledge and skills in Jazz and Hip-hop.

As a student and performer, Tianna was joyful to dance with the TDW competitive team for 6 years. Her hard work, dedication and motivation directed her to accomplish outstanding awards at competition's. Her scholarships include a Jazz scholarship from Nuvo Dance Convention as well as three scholarships from Tanya's Dance Worx.  

We are very excited to have Tianna join us for her fourth season with TDW and look forward to another fantastic year.

Ricki Lickiss - Teacher and Choreographer

Ricki is a strong and ambitious young woman who loves to dance. She started her dance training at the age of five in Calgary, Alberta where she performed and danced in various competitions. After her family moved to Langdon in 2005 Ricki joined the TDW Family. 

Since she has joined, she has become a very knowledgeable student. She loves to help fellow dancers grow, which lead her to become a student helper. She was a student helper for Tanya Sutherland and Amanda Hoiles before she began her own teaching career. Ricki's dance back ground includes many years of Ballet and Jazz, and a few years of Tap, lyrical and Pointe. 

During the summer of 2016 Ricki took an Acro course with AcrobaticArts and became a certified teacher. She is very excited to bring this program to our TDW family and can't wait to begin the new dance year. She brings enthusiasm to each class and the TDW Family is where her heart will always belong. 

Sarah Hunter - Teacher

After taking three years away from dance to pursue her first degree, Sarah is back in the midst of her second teaching degree and is ready to renew her passion in dance.

Previously spending 8 years training with Tanya's Dance Worx under the trendy influence of Amanda Hoiles, and the classical influence of Tanya Sutherland, Sarah has gained well-rounded experience in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, and tap. She's attended workshops in Calgary where she took direction from world-renown choreographers such as Mia Michaels, tWitch, Blake McGrath, Shannon Mathers, and Travis Wall. Competing successfully for three consecutive years with the TDW Competitive team over several events gave Sarah respect for the craft and enough discipline to mentor future competitors. 

Sarah quickly developed a leadership quality which was later cultivated by Tanya and Amanda who blossomed her into a member of their teaching staff. Known to be a fundamentally technical dancer she's completely dedicated to the wholesome arts of teaching, listening, and inspiring all of her students.

We are thrilled to have Sarah back and rejoin our TDW family.

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