Irene Widdup

Irene Widdup B.Ed. R.T.S R.A.D. Miss Irene is the owner and artistic director of Footworks Dance Academy. With 30+ years of teaching and choreography experience, a Teaching Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance, Bachelor of Education Degree with Honors, a Member of the International Academy of Dance Adjudicators and the President Alberta Dance Educators Association and 40 years of dance training, Miss Irene comes highly qualified. She is also fully certified in Acrobatic Arts, the Progressive Ballet Training method, Spectacle Blue Aerial Arts in Hoop, Trapeze and Silks as well as Al Gilbert and ADAPT and teaches all forms of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. She makes sure to keep updated with the latest in dance by attending various dance conventions and master classes in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Phoenix, and even here in Alberta. She has published her Student Teaching Education Program (S.T.E.P.) Program for dance teaching preparation and has presented the program to various schools abroad. She is specialized in Preschool Training as well as classroom lesson development and has trained many young teachers in the art of teaching and has presented her unique and progressive teaching methods at various teacher conventions across Canada. She has been a teaching mentor for the R.A.D. with the Certified Ballet Teaching Studies Program. She has owned her own business for 26 years and has shared her business skills at various conventions including marketing techniques and customer service relations. She is very enthusiastic and passionate about the dance industry and she looks forward to passing on her knowledge and vast experience to teachers of all ages and experiences. Sharing is the key to becoming an exceptional teacher and business owner!

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