Instructors


Mystaya Idt – Director/Owner/Instructor

Miss Mystaya is the  Artistic Director and co-owner of Dance Stars Academy and has been a proud local Dance Teacher since 2010! She has run specialty youth programs with the Town of Cornwall and the Town of Stratford, and recently delivered dance programs through the Artist In Residence for Town of Stratford in Stratford Elementary School, as well as delivering a dance program with Island Montessori Academy.  In addition, she serves as choreographer for all Competitive Team routines at Dance Stars.
Mystaya trained in dance from the age of 3 at Divine Dance Academy in Alberta. She is a well rounded dancer with excellent achievements in a variety of dance styles. Mystaya has performance experience through numerous dance competitions/festivals/workshops and has achieved many awards and scholarships from : Danceworks, Spirit of Dance, Santana, Stettler Music Festival, Central Alberta Dance Festival, Dare to Dream and many more. She has performed and competed at such venues as S.A.I.T,  Banff Centre, University of Calgary, Red Deer College and more . Mystaya has also taken training through Broadway Dance Centre in New York City and with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumn such as Tyce D’Orio and Brian Friedman. She  continues to do outreach with her mentor and colleague from EnCorps Dance Collective in Calgary, AB. During her 18+ years of dance training she has studied A.D.A.P.T. syllabus and is currently working to complete her A.D.A.P.T. Teachers Certification.
Miss Mystaya is a lifelong student, and is always working to expand her knowledge of the art of dance instruction, and the development of children of all ages.
Mystaya worked as a Teacher Assistant at Divine Dance Academy and in addition to completion of Dance Instructor training at Dance Stars Academy, her syllabus experience includes:
– Ballet: Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.)
– Tap: Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (A.D.A.P.T)
– Jazz: Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (A.D.A.P.T)
– AcroDance: Registered Acrobatique AcroDance Instructor, Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor

Heather Idt – Managing Director/ Owner/Instructor

Profile PicMiss Heather teaches Pre-Ballet and Ballet I level at Dance Stars. She studied primarily R.A.D. style of ballet for over 20 years in Alberta. She was involved with performances such as The Nutcracker for Alberta Ballet, summer performances at Calaway Park and accepted as a student to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
She has continued her dance interests through co-founding the Olds and District Fine Arts Society in Olds, AB, performing and training in Central Alberta, as well as being a highly involved parent of a competitive dancer. Over the years, she has continued her dance education for continued foundation elements.
Having moved to PEI in 2007, and working as Administrator for the PEI Council of the Arts, Heather has been committed to growing and strengthening the dance community on PEI.

 

 

 

 

Galla McCourt – Artistic Advisor, Classical Dance Faculty

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Galla is formerly a professional ballet dancer. She received her B.A. in Fine Arts for the Ballet Artist program (’82) from one of the top dance academies in the world, PermState Choreographic College in Perm Russia.
Galla’s professional dance career took her through several prominent companies including Moscow Jewish Theatre, Leningrad Music Hall and Moscow City Ballet. Her professional dance repertoire includes the following productions: Fiddler on the Roof, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Giselle, Carmen Suite, Polovtsian Dances, and Bolero among others.
Galla toured with her companies and performed internationally in Israel, Cyprus, South Korea, and Egypt. Galla was the founder and Artistic Director of the “Creation” show production company in her native Russia.
In 1993 Galla moved to Ottawa. She taught dance in Ottawa and Toronto thereafter. In 2014 Galla relocated to Prince Edward Island. She is taking an active part in helping further develop Classical Ballet and other special programs at Dance Stars Academy, as well as conducting advanced level Ballet and Pointe classes.

 

 

Hanna Cochrane – Instructor

Hanna Cochrane - Dance Stars Acadamy (1)Miss Hanna is very excited to be a member of the Dance Stars Academy team since 2016, teaching Hip Hop and our Tiny Jazz Stars in the upcoming season. Hanna began dancing at the Maureen Fraser School of Dance in Antigonish at the age of two, training in mainly Tap and Jazz, until she fell in love with Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. She went on to continue her passion for dance, with the competitive team at Stars of Tomorrow Dance Academy. During her time at SOT, she trained and competed, as well as assisted and taught Hip Hop classes to the younger dancers. Hanna is looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces this semester, and to having a great year sharing her love for dance with all of her students!

 

 

Sadie Stapleton – Junior Instructor

Miss Sadie began studying classical ballet at Dance Stars Academy in 2011. She continues to take advanced ballet classes, and has extended her training to include Jazz, Contemporary, and Acro, enjoying two years as a member of the DSA Competitive Team. Sadie loves dancing on stage, and has performed many solo variations from Ballets such as Coppelia, La Esmeralda and Swan Lake, including performances as  Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian/Coffee, and Snow Queen in the 2016 DSA Production of “The Nutcracker”.

Outside of her studio, Miss Sadie has participated in master classes offered by The National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and BC Ballet. In 2015 she auditioned for The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and was accepted to participate in their Professional Division Summer Session. At the end of this session, she was invited into RWB’s Professional Division Ballet Academic Program, but she chose not to move away from home. In 2016, Sadie was accepted again, and spent another memorable summer in Winnipeg.

Miss Sadie is very excited to teach Tiny Ballet Stars after training as an assistant instructor.

 

Grace Allen – Junior Instructor

Grace Miss Grace has been a student of Dance Stars Academy from 2010. She started her passion for dance in hip hop and has continued to study and train in ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap. 
Miss Grace was the “Black Swan” in DSA’s 2016 Recital Production, “Poseidon’s Dream”, as well as dancing as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian/Coffee, and Snow Queen in the 2016 DSA Production of “The Nutcracker”. She also performed as a member of the DSA Competitive Team from 2012-2016.

She continues to train under the direction of Dance Stars Academy faculty and  is a very dedicated and engaged student and instructor. She is very quickly finding new passions in teaching dance to the younger aspiring students of Dance Stars Academy.

 

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