About

 Hi, I’m Tatiana.

Dance is my thing – I teach, perform, and choreograph.

I believe that everyone can dance, no matter what, and in their own way.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Dance and have taught and choreographed dances for people of all ages and levels, professionals to preschoolers. I have also created choreography for many musicals and worked in other theatrical dance styles.

Several of my students have gone on to continue studying dance at post-secondary and professional training programs including the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Simon Fraser University, and York University.

I am fascinated by art, specifically the art of the moving body. Not just dance though: theatre, movement, somatics, the way people do everyday things, and how it all relates to humanity and society.

I like to travel, eat chocolate, take short baths, and drink tea. I also like to ask questions and I consider myself a perpetual student.

And most importantly, I love to play and create in all realms of my life.

 

This is my official bio:

Tatiana Cheladyn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC). She teaches dance and movement at various schools and studios in Edmonton, AB. She has shown her choreography at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, Expanse Festival, Nextfest, Victoria School of the Arts, St. Theresa’s Catholic Middle School, with Punctuate! Theatre, as a product of a Mile Zero Dance residency, and independently.  Tatiana has choreographed at least 17 musicals for both children and adults, including Mary Poppins, Footloose, Guys and Dolls, Grease, and Beauty and the Beast. Tatiana has danced professionally in both Edmonton and Vancouver. She is the recipient of various choreography awards, the 2013 Good Women New Work Award, and the 2012 Enbridge Emerging Artist Award. Tatiana has continued her dance education by taking classes in London (UK), Italy, Ukraine, and the USA, primarily studying Gaga technique while abroad. Tatiana also loves making dances for film and writing about dance.

 

My students say:

“I loved working with you in my contemporary class and was overjoyed when you were to be my solo teacher.” – A, 12 years

“Tatiana, you were the best choreographer ever. I know it was hard for me but you helped me.” – F, 9 years

“You helped me to realize that dance truly is universal and that it is so much more than just jumps and turns. Your positive attitude and passion for dance truly inspires me” – M, 17 years

“I love your teaching and you inspired me this year” – J, 8 years

“Thank you for being an amazing contemporary teacher. You have really helped me in my technique and have helped me become a better dancer.” – A, 11 years