Estevan Recreational Dance Club (ERDC) was created in March 2016 by Michelle Neighbour, Brooke Wilson, and Paige Wilson. We noticed that there were limited options for dance in Estevan and the surrounding communities. We decided to start offering recreational dance classes in the fall of 2016. ERDC is a non-profit organization, and the goal is to keep the operating costs low so our classes are more accessible. We also strive to make ERDC as inclusive as possible, so all children can take part.
We have been amazed by the incredible amount of support from the community. We started with 39 students in our first year and jumped to 79 students in our second year. We were joined by Victoria Utman in our second year as well, and we could start offering a wider variety of classes. We also hosted our first dance camp this past summer, with 35 students participating.
Going into our third year, we are excited to continue to grow and expand our club. The dance club is like a family: our littlest dancers look up to the oldest students, and our older students love the opportunity to be role models. There is nothing but support between the dancers, whether it be making new friends during class or spending time together backstage during the recital. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for our dance family!
Meet the Team
Michelle Neighbour, Studio Manager
In 2004, Michelle Neighbour became a dance mom. Brooke and Paige were enrolled in many activities growing up, but dance soon became a passion for both daughters. Over the years, Michelle worked in the office and store at the girls’ dance studio in Prince Albert. She could often be seen backstage at recitals and competitions, helping things run smoothly. In 2016, Michelle started ERDC alongside her daughters with a vision to help provide recreational dance opportunities to the community.
Brooke Wilson, Instructor
Brooke Wilson is 17 years old and began dancing at the age of three. She has taken classes in many different styles: ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theatre. She danced competitively for five years and took exams in ballet, jazz, and tap. Brooke loves to perform and was recently a part of ECS’s School of Rock and Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Anastasia. In the fall, Brooke will be teaching creative movement, jazz, tap, hip hop, and contemporary classes. She can’t wait to see everyone back at Dance, and is excited to see what the next season has in store!
Victoria Utman, Instructor
Victoria teaches Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Senior Jazz at ERDC, and is excited to be back again this fall for another year. She was a dancer before she could walk, or so she’s told and has taken many dance exams over 18-years of dancing. She believes in strong technical training but also encourages her students to embrace their passion for movement and fun in her classes. Victoria would like to remind everyone that dancers turn out better and she hopes to see you this fall!
Paige Wilson, Assistant Instructor
Paige Wilson has been dancing since she was three years old. She has done six different styles of dance – ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theatre – and did two years of competitive dance. In March 2018, she performed in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s performance of Anastasia in Estevan. Paige has assisted classes at ERDC for the past two years and she taught two classes last year. She is excited about the upcoming year and can’t wait to see everyone in the fall!
Kendra Cossette, Assistant Instructor
Kendra Cossette is 15 years old and has been dancing for two years. She started dancing when she joined a hip-hop class at ERDC in September 2016. She also performed a hip-hop solo in the recital that year. She instantly fell in love with dance and joined again the next year, taking hip-hop and contemporary classes. Kendra also became a class assistant that year, helping with many of the younger students. In addition to helping during classes, she was an on-stage assistant for three routines in the recital. In the upcoming dance season, Kendra will be taking hip hop, contemporary, jazz and ballet classes, as well as continuing to be a class assistant. Her love for dance and the club continues to grow, and she hopes to keep dancing in her future.