Counterpoint Dance Academy Marda Loop’s professionally trained faculty provides a positive environment that allows each dancer the opportunity to achieve their personal best while learning, growing and flourishing in the art of dance. Our dedicated and invested instructors have trained extensively with top worldwide educators, mentors and teachers.
Counterpoint Marda Loop is a Royal Academy of Dance, ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) and Acrobatic Arts fully certified studio. Our faculty has trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance in London, England, the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, as well as The University of Calgary’s Bachelor of Arts Dance Program. Our instructors’ wealth of training and professional experience ensures all dancers receive comprehensive training in their technical and artistic instruction.
Miss Shannon Hearn
Studio Owner, Director, & Ballet Instructor
Shannon Hearn received her training in ballet, jazz and acrobatics. She began teaching dance in 1992 and in 1996 furthered her education by completing the one-year intensive teaching diploma (T.D.) at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England. During that year, Shannon studied the RAD Grades and Vocationals, as well as the required courses of anatomy, child psychology and history of ballet. As well, Shannon graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in General Studies with minors in Management and Communications. In September 2002, Shannon opened Counterpoint Dance Academy Marda Loop. She is committed to providing the support and training required to fulfill individuals’ dreams.
“I am drawn to understanding the world and how we operate and connect. I am always searching for more ways to grow, be connected, to listen and learn. As a reflective person, I strive to work through challenges in a postive and proactive manner. I am a heart centered leader and I see how each individual has their own path.”
"I love to provide opportunities for people, it motivates me and brings me joy. But I think my true heart as a leader is that I want to build people up.”
Miss Hannah Joelle
Hannah Joelle is a teacher/choreographer from Calgary, Canada. She has been involved with dance for 27 years and has taught in Canada, the US, Bermuda, and the UK. Her diversified training and skills include: contemporary, hip hop, lyrical, jazz, house, locking, popping, lifts, harness, ballet, pointe, tap, and acro. Hannah has trained with many established professionals in the industry including Sho-Tyme, Menina Fortunato, Link, Super Dave, Ant Boogie, Jon Rua, Nijawwon Matthews and Sheila Barker, to name a few. She has worked with choreographers such as Chris Scott, Sean Cheesman, Ed Moore and Shaun Evaristo, as well as many others. Hannah was selected to present her work in Toronto at “Escapade”, a show produced by Ryan Foley. She also choreographed Emily Vay’s debut music video “Dollhouse”, and was assistant choreographer for the music videos “Party Follow Me” and “Lights Camera Action”, filmed at Universal Studios. Hannah choreographed along side Edgar-Gilbert Reyes for WE Day Alberta 2016, under the mentorship of Paula Abdul. She has choreographed shows for The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede and was selected for the 2017 Young Choreographer’s Festival in NYC, where she presented her work at Symphony Space. Hannah is committed to continue growing as a leader and helping others achieve their goals.