Top quality instruction for boys, girls and adults | From age 4 and up | Classes in both the north and south of Calgary.
To register, please print and fill out all of the forms provided in our “Registration package" located above. Our class times are located in our schedule above. The workshop form only needs to be completed if you are in your second year of dance and up. For your convenience, a copy of the "Parent & Student handbook" is provided above. Be sure to read through the handbook and initial and sign the form provided in your MJP registration package. If you have any more questions regarding, shoes, what to wear to class etc, have a look at our FAQ page.
All registration forms and payment can be brought into your first class or may be mailed to:
Deborah Braden, 151 Cantree Place S.W., Calgary, AB. T2W 2K2
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MIDSUN COMMUNITY CENTER
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16 Harlow Avenue N.W.
|HIGHLAND PARK COMMUNITY CENTER
3716 2nd Street N.W.
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Joelle started Irish dancing at age 5 at the Regent Academy of Irish Dance and continued dancing and competing until the age of 22.
Reaching Open Championship level, Joelle competed at the Western Canadian Oireachtas, Munsters Oireachtas in Ireland, the North American Championships, in both teams and solos, and the World Championships of Irish dancing in solos. Joelle's teaching career began at the Regent Academy of Irish Dance where she began student teaching at the age of 12. At age 16, Joelle obtained her first job teaching Irish dance at Kel Soloway’s Dance Arts. For the next six years, Joelle continued to compete and student teach with Regent Academy while teaching the Irish dance program at Kel Soloways, Free House Dance and Celtic FX.
During this time, Joelle obtained her Bachelor Degree at the University of Calgary while taking classes in Jazz, Modern and Ballet at various dance studios and the University of Calgary.
Following this, Joelle attended the university of Limerick, Ireland and obtained her Master of Arts in Irish dance performance.
Joelle returned to Ireland the following year to study for and obtain her T.C.R.G.* under the tuition of her mentor Orfhlaith Nibhriain and the added help of Michael Ryan.
After returning home from Ireland in December of 2006, M.J.P. Academy was created and had its first official class on February 6th, 2007. Since it's first class, M.J.P. has experienced exponential growth and soaring success. The students and teachers of M.J.P. are like a big family and Joelle loves nothing more than to help a student's dance dreams come true.
*T.C.R.G. stands for Teastas Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha. Which when translated to English means Irish Dancing Commission Teacher.
of MJP Academy
Marissa is as dedicated to her students as she is to her dancing. Any students that have her as a teacher adore her and can’t wait until their next class.
Lauren teaches with a strong focus on impeccable technique. Students are always fond of her and enjoy her challenging but fun classes.
Justin is an ambitious and dedicated dancer and teacher. He is a leader by nature, bringing out the drive to be the best in his students.
Heather enjoys passing on her passion and enthusiasm for Irish Dancing. She encourages all people, young and young at heart, to try it out.
Christa has a natural knack for Irish dancing and enjoys seeing the progress of the students in her class and getting to know each of them.
Leona's love of Irish dance and music translate into her classes when she is teaching, making her classes fun and exciting for students.
Students respond well to Caitlin's kind but no-nonsense style of teaching and younger students are drawn to her fun loving personality.
Teachers in Training at MJP
Trophies Won in 2013
Medals won in 2013
Shows in 2013
Dancers competed in 2013
Dancers attended world qualifiers
Dancers at our biggest Paddies show
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Below are the most frequently asked questions we get from families of MJP. If you have a question you don't see below, feel free to contact us.What do I wear to class? (Children and Adults)
A CHEAPER OPTION
Beginner girls may wear black ballet slippers. (Pink ballet slippers may be worn but if dancing in performances, black slippers are required)
Beginner boys may wear a black jazz shoe.
These can be purchased at any dance store throughout the city.
IRISH DANCE SHOES
Girls wear a soft black slipper-like shoe called a ghillie (also called pomps)
Boys wear a boys reel shoe. These shoes have a hard heel on them that makes a clicking noise when they hit their heels together.
If you intend to purchase these shoes, please do not buy them at the ballet shops around town as they will sell you Highland dance shoes instead of ghillies which are the wrong shoe.
For more information, please read our MJP Shoe guide HERE