Miss Maria Tebbutt – Studio 43 is owned and operated by Miss Maria, a pillar to the Bonnyville dance community since 2006. She has ran successful studios for more than 20 years, and has dedicated her career to providing quality instruction for students. Her professionalism, friendly disposition and welcoming attitude embrace both dancers and their families into her dance school. She was one of the first Albertans to be certified as a teacher for Al Gilbert Tap and is a fully qualified instructor for the Acrobatic Arts syllabus. She has travelled across the world, doing training workshops in Montreal, New York and even Russia. Her students have gone on to dance and teach professionally across Canada and the world.
Finding the balance between raising a family and the dance world has been challenging. When the dance space she had been running her studio in announced it would no longer be available, the answer presented itself to make both worlds coexist. A brand new, professional dance studio in her own front yard.
Boasting two full sized dance studios with professionally sprung dance floors complete with mirrors, barres, as well as a student/parent lounge, and student change rooms, Studio 43 is the fruition of a dream. Dancers are welcomed like family the moment they walk into the lobby, but feel like professionals the moment they dance in the studio.
Miss Maria has always believed that being in a small town doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality, and she continues to share her passion and love of dance with the families of Bonnyville and the surrounding area, while raising her family in this wonderful community.
Miss Gemma Smith – Miss Gemma moved here from Cheshire, England over 5 years ago. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge from many years of Professional training and Performing. At the age of six, Miss Gemma was invited as part of her dance school to perform as part of Magic Music Days at the Disney World Resort, Florida, and this is where her passion for the performing arts began.
At the age of 11, Miss Gemma began training at the Hammond School, Chester, supplemented by weekend classes at The Royal Ballet Junior Associates program. She later joined Elmhurst School for Dance, Surrey, to further her training vocationally, and whilst enrolled there Miss Gemma had the honour of performing with Wayne Sleep for the National Youth Ballet and the English Youth Ballet. Having discovered a passion for theatre, Miss Gemma embarked on a three year Musical Theatre course at Stella Mann College where she graduated with a Level 4 Diploma in Musical Theatre and as an Associate of The Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD).
Since graduating, Miss Gemma’s professional work has taken her all over the world, including work in Tenerife, Spain as a dancer and assistant choreographer, and as a dancer/entertainer for Warner Leisure Breaks at Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales. She then went on to dance with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and Discovery Cruise Lines where she literally danced around the world on a world cruise!
Miss Gemma completed the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies course with the Royal Academy of Dance in London, and gained her Registered Teacher Status (RAD RTS) in 2013 from Darcy Bussell, former Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet Company. Miss Gemma is thrilled to be a member of the faculty at Studio 43 Dance.