Welcome to Edge Dance!
Cyndi Scott – Artistic Director
Cyndi Scott has had many roles in Canada’s professional dance community. Currently she is the Artistic Director for the Edge School and the Director of Dance Development for the Calgary Stampede. With twenty- five years of experience developing dancers from their first steps to the professional level Ms. Scott brings a passion and dedication to the art.
At the age of nineteen, while still an undergraduate at the University of Calgary, she founded Airborne Dance Studio where she was Artistic Director from 1996 – 2008. In that role she earned a reputation for developing dancers with strong technique and became a sought after choreographer. Her professional career as a dancer, teacher, adjudicator and choreographer has taken her throughout North America and Europe.
Her contribution to the arts community has been recognized by local and national leaders including Calgary’s Mayor Nenshi and the Governor General of Canada, Honourable David Johnston. Cyndi Scott was awarded a Global Arts award in Los Angeles in 2012.
Her choreography has been featured in the Opening Ceremonies for the Special Olympics, World Police and Fire Games, the Jimmie Slyde Institute in Barcelona Spain and professional fundraising events supported by Prince, Calvin Klein, and Wayne Gretzky.
Her students have been successful in achieving professional dance careers including SYTYCD Canada season 2 winner (Tara Jean Popowich), Odyssey Dance Theatre (Breanne Wilson), X Factor (Amy Gardner) & Kylie Minogue (Janelle Lancaster).
Caitlin Lockwood – Ballet Principal
A native of Toronto, Caitlin Lockwood began her training at the George Brown College School of Dance (academy for Ballet Jorgen) before moving to Vancouver and graduating from the Goh Ballet Academy in 2000. With the Goh Ballet, she performed in their 25th Anniversary Gala, in Las Vegas, and toured 7 cities including Shanghai and Beijing in China.
Upon graduation, Caitlin went on to perform soloist roles with Laura Alonso’s Centro Pro Danza (Cuban Ballet, Havana). Returning to Canada, Caitlin performed with the Ontario Ballet Theatre (Toronto), Ballet Kelowna, Ballet Victoria, guest soloist with Mission Dance Company, soloist with Ballet Ouest (Montreal) and appeared in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Opening Ceremony with Alberta Ballet and Ballet BC alongside Sarah McLaughlin.
Caitlin has choreographed and danced in numerous runway shows for Redken 5th Ave (Toronto), and danced on screen in CBC’s “Tonya Lee Williams Gospel Jubilee” and the feature film “Life with Mikey”. During her career, Caitlin enjoyed performing featured roles and repertoire including: Don Quioxte (Queen Dryad), Coppelia (Prayer), The Sleeping Beauty (Diamond Fairy), The Nutcracker (Rose Fairy, Arabian Princess, Candy Cane Soloist, Snow Soloist) Serenade (Balanchine- 4 Russian Girls), Grand Pas de Quatre (3rd Solo), The Four Seasons (Spring), Bird Song (Principal), La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Alice, Carmen and Paquita. She has also performed various classical, contemporary, modern and jazz works by distinguished choreographers Jean Grand-Maitre, Bengt Jorgen, Crystal Pite, Maurice Causey, Joe Laughlin, Chan Hon Goh, Choo Chiat Goh, Lynn Sheppard, Lynn Cote, Kathleen Rea, Michael Downing and Sylvie Bouchard, amoung many others.
Now retired from the stage and teaching full time, Caitlin has taught for several schools in Vancouver, Calgary and Kelowna, including the Canadian School of Ballet, Airborne Dance Centre and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, and currently leads the Ballet Progamme at Edge School.
Melodie McKee- RAD
Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, Melodie began dancing at the age of five under Kim Ully and RAD Examiner Jacqui Stuart. She spent numerous summers attending the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and the Banff School of Fine Arts on scholarship. Upon graduation, Melodie was invited to join The Banff Festival Ballet as an apprentice dancing George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante and works by Gioconda Barbuto and Joe Laughlin. She then went on to dance and tour with many professional companies over a 13 year span including the Goh Ballet, Ballet North and Alberta Ballet.
Melodie has danced a wide range of Repertoire, some of her favourites being Petipa’s La Bayadere, Julie Adam’s Chameleon and Balanchine’s Tarantella and Rubies. Her career has also encompassed a 2 year Professional study with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, and many Independent works throughout Calgary finishing with Tokyo Disney Sea’s Broadway Review Encore. Upon returning from Tokyo, Japan, she was accepted into the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma Program at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England studying under Lynn Wallis and Hilary Clark. After receiving her diploma in 2007, Melodie returned to Calgary to embark on her teaching career. She now has students at the Solo Seal level and competing at the Genee International Ballet Competition, Youth America Grand Prix, and professional ballet programs and companies around the world.
Julien Naud was born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta. He began dancing at the age of eight and has continued to pursue his passion ever since. At the age of 18, he moved to Vancouver to begin his career in dance. Since then he has done two seasons with The Source Dance Company. Beyond that, he is now in his third year training with Illustrative Society which includes Modus, Mantra and The Mantra Tour shows.
Julien’s experience comes highly regarded in the dance community. His practice in commercial work includes a Pepsi Commercial and a State Farm commercial. In addition, Julien has filled roles on CW’s Riverdale as a dancer, on a musical crossover of The Flash/Supergirl as the Skeleton Crew member, and Disney’s Descendants 2 as one of the main dancers. Julien is currently signed with Premiere Talent Management and hopes to broaden his career in Vancouver as a professional dancer and actor.
Dancing since the age of three, Rylee trained competitively for fifteen years in numerous disciplines under the direction of Cyndi Scott. She trained in many different syllabuses including ADAPT and RAD, and held many titles from various competitions across North America. Rylee has traveled across the USA, London, and Barcelona to further her dance knowledge and learn from successful teachers in the dance community. She has performed at the Jimmy Slyde Institute, and three different shows as a member of the O2 Dance Company.
Upon graduation from the Edge School for Athletes, Rylee attended the University of Calgary in the Haskayne School of Business to obtain her Bachelor of Commerce degree, while continuing to stay involved in the dance community. Her teaching career began at Edge School in Fort McMurray and various studios in the Calgary area. She then served as a faculty member for The Young Canadians, and Dance Director of the Calgary Stampede Showband. Rylee has since found her way back to Edge as a dance instructor and choreographer.
Born and raised in the Bronx, the Birth Place of Hip Hop, internationally accredited dancer/choreographer/actor, Anthony “Kanec” Carr, has shared his talent through various mediums including television, film, and stage.
He trained vigorously at New York City’s prestigious School of American Ballet, while simultaneously attending the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS). At the age of 18, Kanec began training in hip-hop at Broadway Dance Center. Soon thereafter, he became a member of an elite group of entertainers, The Amount Boyz. His raw talent and intense technical training, in combination with his natural knack for performing and the inspiration from his fellow group members, Kanec soon found himself on pop-star, Justin Bieber’s, World Tour.
Kanec can be seen working with multi-platinum selling recording artist Missy Elliott, with whom he’s performed the 2015 Katy Perry SuperBowl Halftime Show with. Along with Missy Elliot, Kanec has performed with Nicki Minaj, Usher, Chris Brown and Nick Jonas to name a few. He has also been a featured dancer in multiple movies and television shows (Step Up, FAME, Hairspray, BunHeads, Glee) and performed on many high profile stages such as the Grammys and the Oscars as well as all of the other musical Award Shows!
Stacy Ruddell grew up in Central Alberta with a passion for dance. Starting at the age of five, she trained at many different studios throughout her life. She has trained in numerous different dance forms including jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, acro, contemporary, African and salsa. She has trained in many syllabuses including RAD, Cecchetti, Al Gilbert and ADAPT. She has performed at many events in her dance career and also spent four seasons cheering on the Calgary Stampeders as a Calgary Stampeder Outrider. She was the Head Coach and Choreographer of the Outriders for one season in 2011. She also was a competitive figure skater and competed in many beauty pageants. She was a competitive salsa dancer from 2013-2016 and got to perform at many events including ones in LAX and Las Vegas. She has since hung up her performance shoes to concentrate on her professional medical career, but continues to be passionate about teaching and choreographing dance. Stacy has always been motivated to be an instructor. She started teaching figure skating in her home town at the young age of 12 years old. At age 14 she started teaching dance and took her first students to competition the very next year. Stacy was hired on by Cyndi Scott at Airborne Dance Studios in 2002 and remained there until 2016 when she followed Cyndi to Edge 360.
Stacy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with a Minor in Dance, as well as a Master’s Degree in Science in Kinesiology specializing in Sports Medicine. Throughout her Masters degree she worked at the University of Calgary Sports Medicine Clinic dealing with a number of sports injuries, gaining a vast knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. She continued to teach during her academics and has a huge interest in dance injuries.
Stacy works full time for the Department of Critical Care Medicine, based at Foothills Medical Centre (however covering all Calgary hospitals), as a clinical research coordinator in the Intensive Care Unit. She does research on everything from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries to sepsis and the process of organ donation. She has numerous publications in medical journals already with more in the works for 2017.