Team Members

Alyssa Hinz
Artistic Director/Owner
Education & Certifications
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management) 

  • Master of Fine Arts (Dance Education, Class of 2022) 

  • Canadian Dance Teachers Association Certified Associate Stage Tap & Jazz

  • International Dance Teaching Standards Certified Teacher (Module 1, Module 2 in Progress) 

  • Acrobatic Arts Certified Teacher (Module 1, Module 2, Aerials & Back Handsprings)

  • Acrobatique Certified Teacher (Junior, Intermediate & Advanced)

  • Progressing Ballet Technique Certified Instructor

  • Certified CPR, First Aid & AED

  • Certified in Red Cross Psychological First Aid - Caring for Others

Experience 
  • 18 years of competitive dance training

  • Ballet, tap, and jazz student examinations 

  • Level 6 cheerleader with the University of Saskatchewan

  • Two years of gymnastics coaching

  • Five years of gymnastics training

  • Nine years as an Artistic Director 

Awards
  • Numerous Outstanding Choreography Awards 

  • 2014 National Level 6 Cheerleading Champion 

  • Multiple awards from competitive dance years

  • $3000 University entrance scholarship for high average 

Q&A

Q: What is your favorite style of dance to perform? Why?

A: Definitely Jazz. I love to jump and turn and I always have tons of energy so this style suits me best!

Q: What is your favorite style of dance to teach? Why? 

A: Hmmm... either Jazz or Acro. I love teaching Jazz because it is lots of fun and the kids feed of the energy in those classes. I also love acro because it is my sweet spot. There was no such thing as 'acrodance' when I was a competitive dancer so I took lots of private gymnastics classes to learn how to tumble. If acro was a thing back then, that would have been my dominate style. 

Q: Why did you start teaching dance? 

A: Dance has always been the center point of my life. I loved it since the first class I took when I was 5. I began class assisting when I was about eleven and I took on an Artistic Director position at the age of 16, literally the second I could drive. When I was 17, I was the Artistic Director of two studios and I was teaching at a third. I loved every second of it. As I went to university full time, I taught about 30 hours a week at three different studios. As soon as I finished my Bachelors degree, I opened up A-List. I literally have never wanted to do anything else. 

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to current/potential students and/or parents, what would it be? 

A: The most important piece of advice I would give is to pay attention to safety. You only get one body. At our studio all of our dance floors have a sprung floor. It is detrimental to dancers who grow up at a studio with a dead floor. By the time they graduate, their knees will be so wrecked that they will have problems for the rest of their life. Another extremely important safety aspect is to ensure you have a qualified ballet teacher. I would say ballet is more dangerous than many other sports. If your teacher hasn't properly trained in ballet and studied human anatomy, you can and will get seriously injured. Same goes for acro. One weekend long course does not make for a safe or skilled acro teacher. I have been training in tumbling, contortion, and partnering for over fifteen years and I still continue to study it and find new and safer methods. This is not something that just any dance teacher can teach. Just like the sprung floor issue, most kids won't notice the harm it is causing until they are older and it is irreversible. 

 Alex Smith 
Dance & Acro Instructor 

Certifications 

  • Acrobatic Arts Module One 

Dance Biography

Alex’s dance career started early at the age of 3 at Juliette’s Dance Centre in Saskatoon, and she continued to dance at Juliette’s until after grade 12.  She started with strictly ballet classes, but as her love as dance grew, this soon branched out to jazz, lyrical, pointe, musical theatre, tap, hip hop, modern and allegro.  At the age of 7 she was introduced to the word of competition when her musical theatre group came to the Humboldt Music Festival for the first time. From that point forward, she became a fierce competitor, and competed with her groups as well as in duets at many different competitions throughout Saskatchewan earning her many awards and medals. She has had the honour of dancing in the Golden Ticket performances in Humboldt on many occasions, but the highlight was winning first place in 2013 with her musical theatre group! 

In the fall of 2013 she began attending Centennial Collegiate, where she became an important member of the dance academy, as well as a member of the Senior POM squad which she remained on for her entire Highschool career.  The Centennial POM squad is highly competitive in Saskatoon and the province, and they attended many different cheerleading competitions throughout Saskatchewan including the Provincial Championships, which she won with her school in 2017.   Because of her extensive dance training she worked closely with her coaches all 4 years and as well as designed and applied the specific make up for herself and all her team mates that they wore throughout the year.

This past fall, Alex had the honour of being chosen to be a member of the Saskatchewan Crush, the official dance team of the Saskatchewan Rush Lacrosse Team.  The Crush Dance Team performs at all the Rush Lacrosse games as well as participate and support the community through various functions and events.  She has met many wonderful people and is thankful that her dance career has given her the opportunity to represent a very admired and respected sports team like the Rush, and to be able to dance and meet for so many Saskatchewan Rush fans. 

 

When Alex isn’t dancing, she is an avid ringette player, and has been playing the sport since the age of 7.  She has also won many medals through her sport, including 2 provincial titles.

Miss Alex is very excited to be joining A-List Dance & Acrobatics for her second season!

Monica Corcoran 
Voice Coach

Monica Corcoran received her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. Since then she has worked as an elementary music specialist with the Prince Albert Catholic School Division. During her sixteen years in Prince Albert, Monica was responsible for various children’s choirs, musicals, and other artistic events. She also revived the Prince Albert Children’s Choir, which she co-directed for twelve years. Monica moved to Humboldt last year and has been teaching elementary music at St. Dominic School.

Jennifer Hinz 
Choreographer

Jennifer began her dance career at the age of three. She danced competitively for fifteen years and won numerous awards and scholarships during this time. Jennifer has even won awards competing in the Age 19+ category at the age of 15 while doing duets with her older sister. Along with competing, Jennifer has traveled around North America to further her dance training and knowledge. 

Jennifer began her teaching career at the age of sixteen. She taught in both Middle Lake and Muenster and was the Artistic Director at both of these clubs. During her time at these clubs, she introduced her dancers to competitions. She was loved by both studios and they were sad to see her go when she left to pursue University in Regina. 

On top of her dance career, Jennifer is also a professional model signed with Edge Agency, which is based out of Regina, SK. Her modeling career has opened many doors for her such as getting to work with professional make-up artists, designers, and photographers, getting to model in music videos, and having the opportunity to walk the runway.  

Jennifer worked at A-List Dance & Acrobatics as a Summer Intensive instructor in 2017, a substitute teacher for the 2017/2018 dance season and as a weekly instructor for the 2018/2019 dance season. During her time here, Jennifer won numerous choreography awards and and has had students compete with her choreography at Nationals. 

This season, Miss Jennifer will not be teaching regularly at A-List, but will still come to substitute and choreograph solos and duets for us. 

Cole Neumeier 
Choreographer

Cole Neumeier was born in Saskatoon and danced at Kristy’s Dance Fusion for most of his life up until he graduated high school. He pushed himself to move to Vancouver and enrolled in the Intensive Training Program held at Harbour Dance Centre the year after he graduated at the age of 18.

 

Throughout his studio career he has been a part of Eye Candy studios in Edmonton, training with Vince Akinyode and competing at competitions in Seattle and Edmonton. He travelled to Graz, Austria with the Canadian Hip-Hop team to compete at the International Dance Off led by Paul Otterbein as a part of the main company and battle crew division. He is currently dancing with TwoFourSeven company in Vancouver and has competed at Vibe LA and World of Dance LA, coming in 3rd place at Vibe, and 1st at World of Dance.

 

Cole has been busy with work in the film industry recently, booking jobs with disney for a Freaky Friday remake, and most recently for working as a stunt dancer and dance double for Descendants 3.

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Humboldt, SK

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