Meet Your #DreamTeam

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The Team

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VINCE AKINYODE

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SAGAN SPEER

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savannah radis

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SHIRA OR

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IVY CECH

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CHELSEA ROBINSON

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ALISSA BACCHUS

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alexis hoekstra

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katalin bihari

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georgina moore

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stacey gray

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sally fakes

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colleen miller

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linda pellis

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marlene lecky perron

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MYRNA LECKY LALONDE

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Myrna Lecky was born and raised in Edmonton. She started dance at her mom’s studio, Lecky School of Dance. Myrna continued to train with her mother Maxine lecky. She then trained in the major centres in Canada and the U.S. Myrna continues to attend workshops and loves going to New York in the summer to attend classes. Myrna graduated from the dance program at Grant MacEwan College. She then attended theatre school in Vancouver. Myrna performed in many musicals including, Guys and Dolls, Funny Girl, Chicago and Cinderella Pantomime. She also appeared in many TV shows and commercials. Myrna toured the Middle East for the United Nations. The first tour she was a dancer and the second tour she was a dancer and a choreographer. With this tour she also travelled to the North Pole! 

Myrna is currently a teacher and a director of the Lecky School of Dance. She especially enjoys teaching tap and musical theatre. She loves to choreograph and has won numerous choreography awards. She continues to enjoy teaching and loves to inspire her students with the love of dance.

MYRNA LECKY LALONDE

Meet the Team

Marlene Lecky, a daughter of the founder Maxine Lecky has been a student and then a teacher with the Lecky School of Dancing for many years. As a student she studied extensively in the fields of ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theatre.Today she teaches tap, jazz and musical theatre classes. Throughout her career as a teacher Marlene attended many workshops and classes throughout Canada and the United States. In the most recent years she has taken courses in New York, Toronto, and Las Vegas. This summer, 2018, she attended the Dance Teacher Workshop, run by the Broadway Dance Center, in New York City. While teaching classes at the Lecky School of Dancing, she also has been employed as a school teacher with the Edmonton Catholic School Board.

MARLENE LECKY PERRON

Linda was born and raised in Ontario where she developed and nurtured her love of dance. She has extensive and diverse education and training in jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, character, national dance, and karate but her main focus and love has always been Classical Ballet. A move to Alberta brought Linda to a very successful and rewarding career in the hospitality industry as the Head Concierge, then National Sales Manager with the Four Seasons Hotels and Hilton International. She was the first Alberta Member of the prestigious Clef D’Or organization of International Concierges. Her extensive ballet background and training led her to obtain the Licentiate Qualification with the Cecchetti Society of Canada, Cecchetti International Classical Ballet and the Imperial Society of Teaching of Dancing, London England. She also holds her ISTD National Dance Qualifications. She is currently, the Principal of the ballet division and a member of the management team of the Lecky School of Dance. She is the past Provincial Representative of the Alberta Branch of the Cecchetti Society of Canada. She is a dance Adjudicator, and an Examiner of the Ballet Junior Grades and Contributor and Examiner of the Ballet Progressions Syllabi. 

Many of Linda’s students have gone on to teach dance and work professionally in dance and dance related careers. Linda enjoys working with dancers of all ages, levels and abilities and hopes her students will “Love Dance” as she continues to do!

LINDA PELLIS

Colleen began her life at the Lecky School of Dance at a very young age! She would come to the studio and jump in her Jolly Jumper while her mother taught dance classes! From there, she grew up dancing in every class she could. The studio became her home away from home.As she got older, she took multiple workshops and classes in major cities including Las Vegas and Los Angelas. She continues to go to NYC every summer to take classes and learn the newest trends and teaching techniques. 

She started demonstrating and teaching at a very young age. She now teaches Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. Colleen loves to choreograph and has won numerous awards for her choreography. Colleen graduate from MacEwan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She truly cares for all her students and has a real connection with them. She knows that she can make a difference in their lives. Colleen recently got married and has 2 little girls! They are 15 months apart, so they keep her busy! 

Colleen is excited to be back to teach and we are happy to have her back!

COLLEEN MILLER

Sally is an experienced dance professional with a Bachelors in Dance and Communication Studies from Western Kentucky University. Sally is continually recognized for being a creative, detail oriented and dependable teacher and
choreographer. Over the course of her eleven year teaching career she has developed a skill set that is directly relevant to teaching dance, including the education to properly teach correct technique, the professional experience to share with her students, and the drive to continue her dance education to be the best artist and teacher she can.

Training and Education: BA in Dance and Communication Studies from Western Kentucky University, Basic Safety Training (BST), Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat other than Fast Boat (SCC), Crowd Management Training, Crisis Management Human Behavior training, Carnival Care Team Training, Security Awareness Training, National
Dance Institute (NDI) Teaching Excellence Training Program, Acrobatic Arts Module One

Teaching Experience:
Intermediate/Advanced Jazz at Dance Theme in Edmonton. Intermediate/Advanced Jazz, Advanced Lyrical, Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Intermediate/Advanced Acrobatics, Beginner Baby Combination of ballet/tap/tumbling at Laurie Stream Dance Inc in St. Louis, Missouri. NDI Teaching Excellence Program: teaching basic movement and
dance in two public schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Performance Experience: Mission Control CBS Pilot, Get Shorty, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Liberty, New Wave Magic, Halloween Hullabaloo, Dancer/Vocalist Cedar Point Amusement Park, Chosen, Beyond the Dragon Gate Dance Captain/Dancer SRO Associates/Hershey Park, Dancer,
WKU/ Civitavecchia, Italy, Dancer/Flyer, ZFX Flying Effects

SALLEY FAKES

Stacey started dancing at 3 years of age and has studied jazz, tap, classical ballet, highland dancing, hip hop and acrobatics in Perth, Western Australia. Stacey began assistant teaching and teaching at the age of 16 in jazz, tap, ballet and acrobatics. Stacey is a certified teacher of Acrobatic Arts and Alixa Flexibility.
In Australia Stacey performed as a corporate dancer, and on dance teams for Australian Rules Football and Soccer teams. Stacey's extensive experience lead her to singing and dancing roles in the stage productions of Pinocchio, local and West Australian tours of Snow White, Gypsy the musical and Chicago the musical. Upon moving to Melbourne
Australia, Stacey danced and choreographed the Australian “Cher” show for Cher impersonator Candi Stratton, touring all major cities of Australia. She then joined the P&O Australia and Princess Cruises as a Dancer/ Dance Captain onboard the Pacific Sky, Pacific Princess, Regal Princess and the Royal Princess. Stacey relocated to Canada in 2009 and in 2010 joined the faculty of the Lecky School of Dance. Stacey has also been a dancer, choreographer and assistant coach for the Edmonton Oiler’s Octane dance team.

STACEY GRAY

Alexis started dancing at Lecky School of Dance at the age of 3. Alexis has trained in several styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Pointe, Cecchetti , Lyrical, Acro and Street Jazz. She has been awarded Junior Dancer, Senior Dancer, as well as Student of the Year. She has competed in many different competitions where her groups won numerous awards. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science degree majoring in psychology. Alexis started teaching in 2018 and still continues to spread her passion for dance. She is so excited to continue teaching and helping her students!

ALEXIS HOEKSTRA

Alissa started dancing at Lecky School of Dance in 2005 at the age of 3. Since then, Alissa has trained in several styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Pointe, Cecchetti , Lyrical, Acro and Street Jazz. She has been recognized for her love of dance with several awards including Senior Dancer of 2019. 
Alissa has also participated in many competitions over the years and was awarded the London Spring Tour Scholarship of 2021/2022. Since graduating from being a senior dancer, Alissa has continued her training and has performed in shows around North America while attending the University of Alberta where she is working towards her Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology. She started demonstrating in 2015 and teaching in 2020. Alissa hopes to pass on her love and passion for performing to all her students for years to come. 

ALISSA BACCHUS

Born and raised in Edmonton, Chelsea’s passion for dance began at the age of 3. Chelsea has trained in many styles of dance including Ballet, Cecchetti, Pointe, Jazz, Street Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, and Hip Hop. After completing her Intermediate Exam in Cecchetti, Chelsea obtained her Junior Grades Ballet Teaching Certification through the Edmonton School of Ballet in 2017. Chelsea graduated from the University of Alberta in 2021, receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, and is currently working towards receiving a Bachelors of Elementary Education in 2024. Chelsea looks forward to passing on her love and knowledge of dance to her students for years to come. 

CHELSEA ROBINSON

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Georgina began her professional training at Canada’s School of Alberta Ballet in Calgary and continued at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She was cast in the Broadway National Tour of 42ND STREET the musical where she performed in over 120 cities across Canada and the United States. Some other performance highlights include musicals such as CRAZY FOR YOU, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, and MY FAIR LADY. Her passion for teaching has earned her a position on faculty at AMDA’s High School Summer Conservatory and as an adjudicator for a variety of respected dance competitions. Georgina strives to inspire and instill the love of dance in each of her students, while also providing resources for those interested in pursuing a professional career. She is thrilled to be part of the Lecky's team.

GEORGINA MOORE

Ivy started at Lecky's when she was 3 years old. She has many years of experience in styles such as ballet, Cecchetti, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, street jazz and musical theatre. Ivy has a passion for dance and performace, which has been recognized through receiving individual awards at competitions, as well as Joy to Teach and Student of the Year from the studio. 


She has been granted many opportunities to enhance her training around the world. Ivy was the recipient of a scholarship from Five Star Dance Company - allowing her to work with industry professionals in Toronto and perform in the Dominican Republic, she had been accepted to a summer intensive program at the National School of Ballet, she has performed in a Disney parade, and has been to many dance conventions to strengthen her technique. 
Ivy started as a demonstrator when she was 13 years old, and has been teaching since she was 17. This love of working with children inspired Ivy to become a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools. Her goal as an instructor and choreographer is to develop technique and inspire a passion for dance. 

IVY CECH

Born and raised In Montreal, Jospehine trained with L'ecole Superieure de la Danse du Quebec. Jospehine also trained at the Edmonton School of Ballet, receiving her Associate Diploma in the Cecchetti method of classical ballet. Jospehine has taught ballet and modern for 20 years and has adjudicated and choreographed all across Canada.

JOSEPHINE CAVACO

Miss Kati’s is a passionate, dedicated choreographer, educator and evaluator. She graduated from one of Europa’s best known ballet school the Hungarian University of Dance Arts in Budapest as a professional dance arts performer. She was trained in Russian Vaganova technique, character/folk dance, pointe, pas de deux, acting, music and choreography, as well as history of arts. As a member of the Hungarian State Opera her repertoire included Aïda, Giselle, Gypsy Baron, La Traviata, Macbeth, Nutcracker, Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Sylvia, Tales of Hoffmann, the Walpurgisnacht scene from Faust and others, along with a range of contemporary work.

After leaving Hungary, Miss Kati taught at the Scuola di Danza Suzanna Egri, Torino, Italy. In addition to technique, she taught classical repertoire and prepared students to compete at the International Ballet Competition in Lausanne. She left Italy to dance and choreograph in her role as Assistant to the Artistic Director in the Theatre of Ulm, Germany.

Since arriving in Edmonton, Canada in 1992, Miss Kati has taught, choreographed and run examinations for organizations like the Vaganova Dance Society, the Royal Glenora Club, Variations Academy of Dance, Dansation, Sandra Gray School of Dancing, Citie Ballet, Dance Theme, Dance at Brijet’s, DanceCo, Miss Joanne’s School of Dance and others. She has also been in demand as a private instructor and choreographer as well as for audition preparation.

Miss Kati's primary focus has been as a ballet educator and choreographer, teaching ballet, pointe, modern dance and flexibility technique. Working with several competitive schools, she has had the opportunity to develop a remarkable choreographic repertoire ranging from classical and romantic through neoclassical and contemporary. Her work regularly achieves high scores and awards. Miss Kati has been a Vaganova examiner for the past 30 years, and she is an adjudicator for ballet competitions.

Miss Kati's instruction helps students improve arm co-ordination, presentation, different styles of dancing, characterization, jumps, turns, lifts, strength, flexibility, and other elements essential to a professional or competitive career. Her philosophy on dance is “you should never stop learning”. In addition to encouraging her students to take advantage of every training opportunity outside of their own studios, Miss Kati offers educational trips to Budapest, Hungary during Spring Break.

Miss Kati is excited to be teaching at Lecky School of Dancing and wishes a great year for all students and teachers.

KATALIN BIHARI

Sagan’s love for dance began at 4 years old when she took her first ballet class at Lecky School of Dance. For over 16 years she has trained in Ballet, Cecchetti, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro, as well as Song and Dance. She has competed in many competitions travelling to Calgary, Banff and Red Deer. Sagan was trained in the Cecchetti method of classical ballet completing up to her Grade 6 Cecchetti examination. Sagan has also had the opportunity to perform in the Alberta Ballet’s Nutcracker production for two years as well as performing in the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. Along side dance, Sagan will be graduating with a Biological Sciences Degree with a Minor in Psychology in 2019 from the University of Alberta, she is hoping to a pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

 Sagan’s passion for the arts has also extended to acting as she has now acted in over 20 different videos including many with Alberta Education. She continues her love of dance by passing on her passion to those she teaches. Sagan has been teaching at Lecky School of Dance for 3 years. In addition to teaching she has demonstrated for 4 years. Sagan believes that a childhood of dance has taught her discipline, a body/mind physical connection, and through association with peers she has developed strong interpersonal skills and commitment to her team. She looks forward to shaping her students to develop a love for dance like her own.

SAGAN SPEER

Savannah began her dance journey at the age of three, with her first class in ballet. She enrolled at Lecky School of Dance at the age of nine and has been dancing here ever since. Throughout her years at Lecky’s, Savannah has trained in Ballet, Cecchetti, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Street Jazz, and Musical Theatre. Savannah completed her final Senior Certificate Cecchetti exam in April of 2017, where she was awarded with Honours, and received her Junior Grade Classical Ballet Teachers certificate in August of 2021. Savannah has taught many ballet classes at Lecky's, from Tiny Tots to Junior 5, and her love for dance continues to grow!
 
Savannah is entering her final year toward a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at the University of Alberta and uses her education of human anatomy in her work as a dance instructor. She loves to learn and is excited to continue growing as a teacher. Savannah looks forward to working with the young dancers at Lecky’s in the years to come.

SAVANNAH RADIS

Shira has been dancing at Lecky School of Dancing since the age of 3. She’s trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Cechetti, Pointe, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Acro. She has attended competitions, conventions and camps all over Alberta and British Columbia. Shira has been demonstrating and teaching since 2015. Shira has also completed her Module One Acrobatic Arts teacher certification.Her passion for working with children has carried through to her education. She is completing her degree in elementary education at the University of Alberta. Shira cannot wait to share her love and passion for dance with her students this year.

SHIRA OR

​Vince began teaching 18 years ago and has had outstanding results as both dancer and instructor. As a dancer, alongside his dance crew White Chocolate, he has performed openings for many talented artists such as Ashanti, Shawn Desmond, Ludacris, Chris Brown, Boyz to Men, 112, Chingy, Genuine and the Canadian Grey Cup half time show in Calgary Alberta Canada. Vince was featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” seasons 1, 2 and 4, and was the recipient of the “Choreography of the Year” award at the all Hip Hop competition “Artists Emerge” judged by Jojo Diggs and Rhapsody James; and was honoured with the same award at Represent (Street Dance Competition) in 2016 judged by Kolanie Marks and Dytto. 

Vince has taken his success to new heights as a teacher and choreographer. He was featured on the hit television show Canada Got Talent in 2022 with his dynamic trio called Itty Bitty Crew. Vince, alongside his trio, were also featured on the internationally known dance reality show NBC World of Dance which was judged by Jennifer Lopez, Ne-yo and Dereck Hough. He has gained international notoriety and attention with his creative concepts and choreography. His students have won first place at World of Dance Arizona 2016, World of Dance Edmonton in 2017, as well as World of Dance Las Vegas in 2018. They also have won many overall titles and pro category awards locally, nationally and internationally. Vince was also invited as part of the choreography team for Team Canada Hip Hop that competed in Austria in 2016.   

Vince has trained in many various styles and loves to share that expertise with his students. His routines include such dance styles as House, Street, New School Choreography, Fem, and Break Dancing. 
Vince’s easy-going attitude combined with his passion for his art and sharing it with others creates a great learning environment for all his students.

VINCE AKINYODE

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