At Wee Dance, our objective is to start the process of empowering your child utilizing music and free movement.
Through fun, playful and carefully planned exercises, your child gets an early start on building their self esteem and confidence. Wee Dance instructors are highly encouraging with your child infusing just the right amounts of energy and use of interactive props that will engage your child fully making the experience interesting and magical.
The Wee Dance Program was created as an introduction to dance that focusses in on the basic requirements expected of children before they embark on a more intermediate level.
Wee Dance can be offered at daycares, preschools, and gymnastic facilities. If you are interested in a free trial class for your facility, please contact us today!Wee Dance licensing will be available in the Fall of 2019
Shelby Kargl – FOUNDER and CEOI am Shelby Kargl, an entrepreneur and mother of two. I’ve been helping children learn and experience the joy of dance for over 25 years. It has always been my goal, ever since I started my own dance studio, Westwood Academy of Dancing, in Coquitlam, BC, to share my enthusiasm and love of dance with my students. As a registered Royal Academy of Dance instructor, I am trained in classical ballet, free movement, character dance. After ten years of teaching and operating my school of dance, I decided to leave the industry and focus on my young and growing family. Since my passion is dance, I couldn’t stay away from the joy of teaching for too long! When my children were preschoolers they participated in multiple early learning programs, I realized there was a need for creative and inspiring dance & music programs for babies to preschool aged children. Children learn best in an open & free, play-based environment. Play is how children learn and explore and understand the world around them! It was difficult to find programs that understood the fine balance between structure and play, so I decided to create my own early learning dance & music program and Wee Dance was born! Wee Dance has been operating in South Surrey, BC since the fall of 2015. My early learning programs have helped hundreds of little ones develop their confidence, body awareness, develop gross motor & fine motor skills, but most importantly have a ton of fun in the process!
Megan is currently a student at Trinity Western University, where she is pursuing a career in nursing. Megan has a passion for music, singing, and dance. She danced for many years and trained at Spiral Dance, and Dance Effect. For six of those years Megan danced competitively. During her training she took jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, and stage.
Megan also sang in the White Rock Children’s choir for eight years under the direction of Sarona Mynhardt. In this time she traveled with the choir to Hawaii, California, And Victoria. During her choir years, she sang a broad range of repertoire, including many different languages, styles, and composers.
During high school Megan was part of many musicals. She played Gertrude the bird in “Seussical”, Ursula in “The Little Mermaid”, Pumba in “The Lion King”, Assistant Directed “Peter Pan”, and played the Blue Fairy in “Pinocchio”.
Megan loves spending time with friends, drinking good coffee, and going on adventures. She also loves hanging out with kids, and watching them discover new things. She loves her puppy Penelope, and is thankful for her wonderful family.
Daylan BraudeDaylan has been involved in the dance world since the young age of 5. In her youth she performed and competed with various local studios and upon graduation continued her studies at SFU in the Contemporary Arts Program. After receiving her BFA in Modern dance, Daylan continued her dance journey through choreographing and performing in various dance shows in BC and Alberta. After taking a break from performing, Daylan discovered that her true passion is teaching dance. For over 19 years she has been sharing her love of dance in various schools throughout the lower mainland. Daylan’s love of music and passion for rhythm are what motivate her to teach and choreograph.
Kiara Leigh Middleton
Kiara is thrilled to be a part of the wee Dance Family ! It seems like a passion for dance has run through her veins since she was born.
Kiara began training at age 3 in both RAD and ISTD ballet and continuing into jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary and Musical Theatre at a competitive level provincially and has received numerous awards for her dancing and choreography. Continuing her post secondary training in San Diego, Ca. Kiara majored in Musical Theatre.
She has been blessed to perform throughout Canada and the U.S. on both stage and screen in countless lead rolls. Kiara continues to adjudicate, choreograph and educate, teaching in several styles at dance studios throughout the Lower Mainland where she can continue to create, inspire and encourage dancers in their unique callings. She is so excited to continue her pursuit of sparking creativity and greatness in every precious, little individual that crosses her path.
Sarah SankovicSarah is a mother of two and has been teaching dance for over 20 years. She loves teaching and sharing the joy of dance, music and movement to all ages. Sarah is a Vancouver-trained dancer. As a student, she successfully completed all her Royal Academy of Dance exams including Advanced 2 earning her Associate with the R.A.D. and levels 1-3 in both Classical and Character of the Dance Education Syllabus. As well as classical ballet she has been trained in contemporary, lyrical and jazz. Her training has also included working with many international guest teachers at various workshops, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, the Alberta Ballet School of Dance, and soloist with Royal City Youth Ballet. Sarah’s professional credits include touring and performing with the Alberta Ballet Company and Ballet BC’s mentor program. Sarah has been a R.A.D certified teacher since 2002 completing the 3-year teacher training program through R.A.D. and awarded a mark of Distinction. She has been a mentor for the RAD’s teacher program helping train new RAD teachers. Sarah has completed Pilates teacher training to receive her Pilates Mat certification, as well as Progressing Ballet Technique workshop and is now certified to teach the program. Sarah is now part of the Artistic Staff for Royal City Youth Ballet and rehearsal mistress for their full-length productions including The Nutcracker.
Olivia started dancing at the age of three and her love for dance quickly grew as she explored all styles including ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and modern. While dancing competitively and completing exams she had the privilege of training at Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey in New York and performing at Disneyland.
While training, Olivia volunteered as an assistant teacher at Essence of Dance where she discovered her love of teaching. Upon graduation she took a role teaching ballet, jazz and lyrical as well as being an assistant teacher at Wind and Tide where she found a passion for early childhood education and learned the skills that she applies in the studio.
After 3 years of teaching dance she is so excited to combine her love for dance with child development at Wee Dance!