Our Team

If you want the best instruction, you need the best instructors. We love teaching people to dance, but we love even more being involved in guiding people back to wellness.

Our team includes a Canadian champion and world finalist, a coach to champions, and an international judge as well as a kinesiologist, yoga teachers, therapists.

Brenton Mitchell

Owner & Instructor

Brenton Mitchell is a Halifax native who was introduced to ballroom dancing in second grade gym class by Evelyn Edgett, who went on to become his mentor. He took his love of music and movement to Dalhousie University where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Brenton has represented Canada internationally on many occasions. He was the 2016 & 2017 Canadian 10-Dance Champion, the 2015/16/17 Canadian Ballroom Vice-Champion and the 2017 World 10-Dance finalist representing Canada in Linz, Austria.

Brenton knows and has worked with some of the World’s top coaches.  

Cheryl Ewing

Studio manager, Instructor

Cheryl is a freelance senior arts administrator who has worked at the national level in theatre, music and dance. Invited by Brenton to invest in his dream, she did not have to think twice about getting on board. Cheryl loves to try new things and has been instrumental in designing two very unique programs introducing children and youth to the performing arts.

Cheryl teaches our Stretch Classes for Dancers and Dancers’ for Parkinson’s. 

Jane Edgett

Coach, Instructor

World registered adjudicator, and coach of dancesport competitors from Halifax to Vancouver, Jane started dance training as a child by helping in her mother Evelyn’s school in Moncton. Moving to Halifax to join the CBC’s Don Messer’s Jubilee, she became one of the Buchta Dancers. From there, Jane trained to become a full time dance instructor. Her love of dance, music and movement is what makes the Dance Centre a special place to be.

CDF Fellow Standard/Latin – ISTD Fellow Standard/Latin
CDF, ISDF, and National Championship Adjudicator

Barb Child​

Coach, Instructor​

Barb emigrated to British Columbia after a dance career in England that began in her teens. She divides her time between teaching at our studio and in Vancouver. Barb is experienced in working with dancers from beginners to competitors, and training dance teachers.

CDF Fellow Standard/Latin
ISTD Fellow Latin – CDF, ISDF, and National Championship Adjudicator

Kathy Murphy​

Instructor​

Kathy is a mainstay of our social dance programs. A graduate of the Nova Scotia Teachers College, she spent 32 years teaching in the school system. Her sense of humour, coupled with her belief that having fun and enjoying yourself is the primary goal of dance, keeps her classes entertaining and eventful.

Janet Hartman​

Instructor​

Janet, a retired elementary school educator, joined Edgett as a student. She quickly became addicted to the joy of music and movement combined and is now passing this on to our students. She brings great enthusiasm and an infectious laugh to helping people learn the basics.

Ian Crewe

Instructor​

Ian first fell in love with dance over 18 years ago, while watching couples dance at Toronto’s Beaches Jazz Festival. This love grew throughout university and following years resulting in numerous adventures with wedding couples, competitive and social performances and even flash mobs. After 13 years of teaching in Toronto, Ian felt the pull of the East Coast draw him to Halifax where he currently lives with his wife and pet rabbit. His ultimate goal is to “break through the fears that can hold so many of us back on the dance floor, to encourage you to achieve everything you want from dancing and maybe realize how much further you can go.” 

Nadia Kiseleva

Dance Instructor

Nadia was a competitor dancer for 14 years – since she was 10 years old. She recently came with her family to Halifax from Russian. Her competitive dance partner became her husband. As owners of a dance sport club in Russia, they coached dancers from beginners to competitors and had the province’s winners for more than 10 years. All their own three kids dance ballroom and that is a valuable experience for all of them. The hard work a couple has to do together to achieve a goal is a great teamwork experience for girls and boys. Nadia has experienced this as a dancer, coach, and parent. Nadia believes that everyone can dance and enjoy it, and that everybody’s dancing is unique.  

Laurel Schut

Yoga instructor

Laurel is a self-identified multipotentialite (a person whow has many different interests and creative pursuits in life): she is a part-time yoga and fitness instructor, a part-time university instructor in the field of sustainability, and the Co-Director of foundns.com, Nova Scotia’s first food-rescue organization. A common theme: she is teaching all the time! When it comes to yoga and movement, her passion for variety is evident: she enjoys finding the balance of ease and challenge, stillness and sweat, and quiet introspection within community. 

Dance with us!

Whether you are a social dancer or a competitor, a beginner or a more experienced performer, you’ll find a warm welcome and exceptional instruction at Edgett Dance & Wellness.

Come and check out our magnificent new dance centre!