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).
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.
Amy Gardner is a boundary-breaking dance artist, choreographer and director, interlacing movement with film, television, live performance, multi-media production and branded content. Her work fuses a profound cinematic aesthetic with bold and raw storytelling. To date, her work has been presented by the Lincoln Center Atrium, the Aronson Galleries (NYC) and featured by online platforms such as i-D, Vice and selected by Vimeo as a Staff Pick.
Her creative process stems from a strong technical background and a profesional dance career that began in the concert world. Her extensive training in ballet, contemporary , jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theatre have constructed her idiosyncratic style. Over the past decade, she has been creatively fueled by a variety of acting techniques and structured improvisation exercises, giving way to a highly emotional and kinetic approach to her creations. Ultimately, her goal is to synthesize her life experiences and never-ending development, creating a portfolio that amalgamates the commercial world with fine art and tells stories in an innovative way.
Select performance and choreography credits include: Madonna, So You Think You Can Dance, Justin Bieber, X FACTOR, Disney, Nike, MOVE: The Company, Cirque du Soleil. Moment Factory, Coca-Cola, Kodak, Capitol Records and the Olympic Games.
Amy is also the artist director of annoDAM Dance, a non-for-profit dance company and an internationally renowned guest teacher and choreographer.