Instructors

Erin McCuaig

DIRECTOR & LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Erin grew up in Kenora and has studied dance for over twenty years. She has trained at a number of studios, including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in Winnipeg and Free House Dance in Calgary. Her training covers many styles including ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, and tap.

After high school Erin attended Wilfrid Laurier University and graduated with her Bachelor of Business Administration. She then moved to Calgary for work before returning home to Kenora in 2014.

During her time at the RWB, she did ADAPT Jazz and Tap examinations and Cecchetti ballet exams. Erin was also a member of Ember Dance Company in Calgary in 2012/2013. Her recent dance teacher education includes the RWB Teachers’ Summer Workshop in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as the 2016 En Avant Dance Teacher Conference. She has also taken a number of courses through the (USA) National Dance Education Organization’s online professional development institute.

As the owner and lead instructor at DanceWorks Kenora, Erin now looks forward to sharing her love of dance with others in Kenora while continuing to enrich her skills as a dance teacher through workshops and education events.

Shyy Kennedy

HIP HOP INSTRUCTOR

Shyy is a singer and dancer born and raised in Kenora. She started off her dance training at a very young age with jazz, but her true love was found when she attended a dance convention in Winnipeg when she was 11. She slowly began to develop her own style, and started assisting and choreographing for her dance coach at the age of 16. Shyy has been teaching hip hop at DanceWorks Kenora since 2016.

Shyy has had the opportunity to perform and compete in Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Vancouver and also instructed hip-hop at Rising Star Dance Academy in Winnipeg. Shyy believes that hiphop is an amazing style of dance because of its ability to completely embody your own style.  

Sharron Struk

PILATES INSTRUCTOR

Sharron has been instructing in the fitness industry for about 10 years holding a Fitness Instructor Specialist Certification with Canfit pro.  Sharron is a fitness instructor with years of Pilates experience and training. Taking Ballet from the age of six was the start of a lifelong love and appreciation for all things Dance. While attending College in Vancouver, she continued her practice attending the Anna Wyman School of Dance.

Sharron currently instructs at the Kenora Recreation Centre and more recently is thrilled to be a part of the team at DanceWorks Kenora by providing Pilates.

Madeleine Graham

CREATIVE MOVEMENT INSTRUCTOR

Maddy took dance classes when she was younger and started dancing again with DanceWorks Kenora in 2015 . She loves lots of styles of dance, all for different reasons, but her favourite is probably ballet because “you can do so many different things with it and it provides a really good base for all of the other dance styles”. The base of Maddy’s training has been at DanceWorks Kenora but she has also attended the Ballet & Modern Summer Intensive at The International Music Camp twice and has participated in a number of workshops with other teachers, mostly from Winnipeg.

Maddy started assisting classes in 2016 and was first given the opportunity to teach her own class in 2017. She enjoys teaching and working with young dancers because she gets to share what she is passionate about. She loves to see the excitement on a students face when they finally get a tricky step or even when they first come in to class.

Class Assistants:

  • Aylah Causyn
  • Brooklynn Francis
  • Emma Manzie
  • Madeleine Graham
  • Jamie Herr
  • Kirsten Favreau
  • Olivia Friesen-Kroeker