CDTA Stage Division, AAC, Alixa Flexibility, BS, MBA, First Aid/CPR
Shelby began dancing at the age of 3 in Saskatoon and continued to dance competitively until the age of 22. She has earned her CDTA Licentiate Certification, L1 Acrobatic Arts Certification, and Alixa Flexibility Certification. In addition to her dance certifications, Shelby has also completed a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the University of Saskatchewan, an Applied Certificate in Applied Project Management through Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and her Masters of Business Administration from Edwards School of Business. When Shelby is not at the studio she can be found working for the City of Saskatoon as a Functional Analyst.
Shelby is thrilled to be entering a new season of dance as an instructor and her 4th season as owner of Rhythms!
Desiree has taught with Rhythm’s Dance since 2011. She has taught hip hop, tap, jazz, acro, ballet and lyrical to all age levels over the years and loves every moment of it. Desiree’s dance journey began in her hometown, Fox Valley, at age 10 where she started with tap. From there, she fell in love with all styles and even became a dance teacher outside of her hometown at the age of 16 for 2 years. Thereafter, she furthered her education at the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. While in school, she continued taking dance classes and teaching classes. Desiree moved to Saskatoon in 2011 where she started teaching dance at Rhythms. Along the way, she has also owned a dance studio in Conquest from 2012-2015. 2015 was when she became a full timePilates instructor at Lead Pilates. Outside from her secondary school and Pilates training, she has completed her CDTA Associate Members in both tap and jazz. Over the years, Desiree has received many awards for her choreography. She loves to highlight the strengths in each of her dancers, but also likes to push the envelopes on the weaknesses that we all are afraid of. Facing those weaknesses and working through them with a fine-tooth comb can make that dancer from great to extraordinary!
RAD, CDTA Stage Division, First Aid/CPR
Miss Shelby has been in love with dance since the age of 4. She is a certified Royal Academy of Dance exam teacher and Member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (Jazz & Acrobatic Division). She grew up in the Town of Watrous and began teaching there in 2009. She’s also had experience teaching at various other studios in Saskatchewan. Ballet is her favourite dance discipline. She’s had the opportunity to dance 2 summers at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, dance in Moscow’s Swan Lake, and loves Latin dancing at the Central American Pavilion at Folkfest. Currently, she keeps busy during the day chasing after her two boys, Teo & Tre. They are everything to her, and she hopes to teach them to dance one day. She is excited to be back teaching at Rhythms Dance this fall. She encourages the students to bring their joy & passion to learn!
Alexa Delainey has been dancing since the age of three and has developed a love for teaching over the years. While she specializes in tap and hip hop, she is trained in a variety of styles and is passionate about each in their own ways. She has completed her Intermediate Foundations Ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance and is very proud to have earned her Licentiate designation in Tap with the Canadian Dance Teacher's Association. Alongside teaching at Rhythms Dance Studio, Alexa is a certified lifeguard and swim instructor at the University of Saskatchewan and additionally, works in the Saskatoon Public School Division as a teacher (specializing in secondary mathematics and studio art). Whether she’s in a classroom, pool, or the dance studio, Alexa believes it is important to challenge her students while still creating a welcoming space where they can feel safe and have fun!
Kayla fell in love with dance after her first class at the age of 3. She has followed this passion for 15 years and is continuing to do so at Rhythms Dance Studio, participating in the older dance classes. Although she loves all dance styles, Kayla has a soft spot for tap. She has completed her Advanced tap exam through the Canadian Dance Teachers Association as well as her Intermediate ballet exam through the Royal Academy of Dance. Kayla currently attends the University of Saskatchewan in the College of Education with the goal of becoming a middle years teacher. As well as teaching dance, Kayla also works as a swim instructor for the University of Saskatchewan. Kayla loves to teach, and works hard with her kids to make sure they have fun and strengthen their skills every lesson. Kayla hopes she can inspire kids to foster a love for dance similar to the one she has created for herself.
Kyra has been dancing since age 5. She started her dance journey in Borden, Sk where she also started assistant teaching at age 10. In 2015 she started taking tap exam classes with Miss Shelby at Rhythms, that fall she started dancing at Rhythms studio and now she’s taking as many classes as she can (tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary and acro), exam classes in tap, ballet and jazz and teaching our mini and combo classes. Kyra loves to dance, anywhere and everywhere…all of the time! She hopes that her passion for dance inspires those around her to do what they love.
Kyra is a grade 12 student at Walter W. Brown School in Langham. When she is not dancing she can be found working on her family’s farm, operating equipment or working at the Langham Care Home as a Meal Time Assistant. Kyra hopes to get her teaching certificates for dance, own a studio and pursue a career in nursing.
Jayla Engel has been a dancer and performer for her entire life. She started to take lessons at 4 years old and began dancing at Rhythms in 2015 at 8 years old. She is currently taking Ballet, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Tap, Lyrical and Contemporary classes at the studio. Jayla is now 16 years old and a Grade 11 student at Saint Joseph High School where she is involved in art, choir and drama. Outside of school and dance, Jayla loves to read, write and draw, as well as listen to music, sing and watch musicals. Jayla is teaching Mini and Combo this year alongside forever best friend and cousin, Miss Elianna. Together they hope to help a new generation of dancers learn, have fun and become bright stars on and off the stage.
Gracie’s love of dance began at age three, when her mom put her in a ballet class. She has been with Rhythms for seven years and is beyond excited at the opportunity to assistant teach with Ms. Kyra.
Gracie‘s favourite thing about dance is the ability to continually push herself by participating in both tap and ballet exam classes, as well as doing several solos a year. Her favourite discipline of dance is tap, but she also loves and takes ballet, jazz, hip-hop, pre-pointe, lyrical, ballet, and contemporary.
When she isn’t at the studio 5 to 6 days a week, you can find her with her friends or family, including her younger brother and sister, her pet hamster, Lenny, and Yorkie, Walter.
Gracie is thrilled to pass along her love of dance to the younger generation through assistant teaching. Gracie’s love of dance began at age three, when her mom put her in a ballet class. She has been with Rhythms for seven years and is beyond excited at the opportunity to assistant teach with Ms. Kyra.
Liv was only 2 years old when she first performed with the Pacsirta Hungarian dance group at Folkfest and started classes at Rhythms Dance. She has continued dancing with both groups over the past 12 years. In 2016, Liv found further inspiration and love of dance when she was cast in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Saskatoon.
With the Pacsirta Hungarian dance group, Livia has performed several times at Folkfest throughout the years. More recently she performed for Telemiracle 2021 and will be performing at the Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival this Fall. She enjoys helping the other youth dancers learn the correct steps and timing.
Although she likes all the dance styles Liv tends to pick tap and hip hop as her favourites. At Rhythms, Livia does ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, acro, and lyrical and is in pre-pointe working towards getting on pointe. She has achieved her Grade 3 Tap exam and is working on Grade 4 this year.
Liv is a very kind, gentle, caring individual who is always open to helping others. She is excited to be assisting Miss Elianna and Miss Jayla with the Minis this year!