Dance Educators

You don’t just want a good teacher, you want the best.

With over 20 years of experience in dance education & the arts, Dance Arts would love to welcome you & your dancer to our studio!

What makes us different? We are more than a dance studio…we are a family. Many of our teachers have grown up under our direction & now we are so pleased to see them continuing onto to teaching & inspiring the next generation of dancers. Our educators are trained to focus on teaching the whole student; giving them life skills such as dedication, determination & perseverance. Our dedicated, friendly and professional staff nurture students to flourish and become passionate and confident dancers.

Diana and Gillian have received numerous personal accolades, awards & grants for outstanding choreography & contributions to the arts. Many of our graduate students have been accepted at prestigious International dance schools such as Julliard, Royal Winnipeg Ballet & Ryerson University in Toronto to further their love of dance.

Dance Studio Directors
Our Directors Diana Radcliffe (left) & Gillian Howatt

As dance educators, we take on the role of mentors maintaining a professional relationship with all of our students and parents and are reliable, responsible, and inspiring.

Email Diana (diana@mahoganydancearts.com) or Gillian (gillian@mahoganydancearts.com) directly with any questions. 

Meet Our Team

Dance studio director, Diana Radcliffe

Diana
Radcliffe

Director

Diana continues to bring her expertise in dance training & choreography to dancers of all ages. Her knowledge has contributed to developing many talented & aspiring young dancers, successful studio competitive programs, summer dance programs & creating new outlets for young dancers to learn & grow.

Prior to owning a studio Diana was contracted throughout the city teaching & choreographing for local studios for 10 years strong after working globally as a Professional dancer.

Dancing professionally gave Diana the opportunity to be featured as a dancer in 42nd Street Rainbow Stage Winnipeg, Toronto Raptors Dance team, various corporate Industrials, Celebrity Cruises feature dancer/dance captain, and “Ariel” from The Little Mermaid in the opening cast of Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan.

Diana has also received numerous personal accolades, awards & grants for outstanding choreography & contributions to the arts.

Diana is thrilled to be able to continue to share her love of dance with many more children at Mahogany Dance Arts.

 

Dance studio director, Gillina Howatt

Gillian
Howatt, RAD, RTS

Director

Gillian Howatt trained locally in Calgary, Alberta before moving to one of Canada’s largest dance communities in Toronto, Ontario to study and perfect her art. She performed professionally and trained under the guidance of professional teachers from such well-known companies as The National Ballet of Canada, The Kirov Ballet, The Alberta Ballet and The London Contemporary Dance Theater.

Upon completion of university, Gillian traveled throughout Europe before returning home to Calgary to open her first dance studio. Gillian has been a successful dance studio owner for over 25 years, sharing her love and passion for dance with children of all ages and levels.
Gillian Howatt is specialized in Classical Ballet studies. She holds certificates in dance teaching education from three establishments:

  • The Royal Academy of Dance, London England. Selected by RAD Toronto to mentor dance instructors in Alberta
  • Ryerson University, Toronto Ontario. Studied under the direction of Nadia Potts, ex-professional lead dancer with the National Ballet of Canada
  • Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London England. Certification in Ballet, Modern, National, Character

Gillian is the proud mom of two wonderful children, Emily and Owen.

Gillian loves to share her knowledge and passion for dance with all of the children at Mahogany Dance Arts!

Dance teacher, Emily Crebbin

Emily
Crebbin, RAD, RTS

Dance Educator

Instructor – Ballet RAD 

Growing up in Calgary, Emily began dancing at the age of 2 under the instruction of her mom who inspired and fostered her love for ballet and teaching from a young age. She grew up focusing on many dance genres; Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop under the instruction of Gillian Howatt and Diana Radcliff. During her many years dancing, Emily performed in shows, competitions, and community events, she also completed several RAD exams.

Following the completion of her final RAD exam, Emily went to the RAD Headquarters in London, England to study their Dance Education program for a year. Emily’s experience at the RAD headquarters was diverse: daily ballet and contemporary classes, dance science, and history classes.

Emily trains her students with passion, love, and structure which allows the dancers to learn in a positive environment. She is thrilled to share her energy and excitement with the MDA team this year and for many to come!

Dance teacher Laura

Laura
Donaldson

Dance Educator

Laura Donaldson grew up dancing in various styles since the age of 5 and was and trained by both Gillian Howatt and Diana Radcliffe for much of her studio dance years.

As an emerging tap dancer, teacher and choreographer she continues to develop her artistic voice through extensive training, teaching, and performing. She has performed in various productions including “Caravan” co-directed by Derick K. Grant and Tasha Lawson, and most recently the premiere of Danny Nielsen’s newest full-length work “On Foot”.

Laura has had the opportunity to assist world-renowned tap artists Lisa La Touche and Ayodele Casel in New York City and she was the assistant to Lisa for the 2019 IDO World Tap Championships for Team Canada in Germany. Laura’s favourite thing about dance is being able to express herself through movement and music, her favourite thing about teaching dance is seeing her students learn, grow, and shine in their own unique ways!`

Dance teacher, Hannah

Hannah
von Rothkirch

Dance Educator

Hannah von Rothkirch grew up training and competing in various dance styles under the direction of both Gillian Howatt and Diana Radcliffe for 9 years.

After graduation, Hannah continued her dance training primarily in the styles of hip hop and contemporary dance. Professionally, Hannah has had the ongoing opportunity to dance with a show band called The Revolucion. She has performed at many public and private events across Canada including Diner en Blanc, Taste of Calgary, Lilac Festival, Expo Latino, Festival, Mexifest, and many weddings and corporate events.

Additionally, Hannah has 7 years of dance teaching experience and has taught children of a variety of different ages in the styles of hip hop, jazz, lyrical, and ballet. Hannah is passionate about using dance to instill confidence in the next generation of young dancers. Her favourite thing about teaching dance is watching her students grow into the confident and passionate dancers that she knows they can be!

Miss Sadie

Sadie
Rieb

Dance Educator

Miss Sadie began dancing at the age of three and was instructed by both MDA artistic directors Gillian and Diana growing up. Miss Sadie’s love for the art grew as she travelled around North America through her dance career. Receiving scholarships that took her from Los Angeles to Los Vegas, Miss Sadie quickly realized that dance was her greatest passion!

Being able to express herself through movement and music lead her to her post-secondary education at the University of Calgary. Specializing in Contemporary Dance, Miss Sadie has adored learning all about the creative process of choreographing, performing in unique productions, learning all about the health and safety of young dancers and how to help the new generation of performers grow to their full potential.
Miss Sadie is a child at heart, which makes working with young dancers, their indescribable imagination, drive to learn, and ability to make everyday fun and exciting an absolute dream.

Assistant Teachers

Mahogany Dance Arts offers a teaching assistant program in order to train dancers that are interested in following a career in dance education. 

The assistant teacher program is offered to Intermediate & Advanced students who who are interested in developing experience working with young children, teaching dance & moving into a teacher position after graduating high school. We believe that by starting off your dance career on the right foot, with an understanding of classroom management and child development is imperative. Our assistants play an imperative role in running successful classes at MDA, as it improves the teacher-student ratio and it helps make the classes run more smoothly.

All Teaching Assistants who successfully complete their volunteer term in a dance year will earn a certificate and reference letter, which can be used for school, volunteer, or work applications.

Please contact us at: contact@mahoganydancearts.com for further information or to apply for the program. 

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