Our Story So Far
Tarantism Dance Company (TDC) was founded by Mikayla Buss in 2018. Currently in our second season we offer over 10 styles of dance to all ages in Beausejour, MB. Our professional, qualified and nurturing instructors provide the highest quality dance education to all of our students helping them find and achieve their full potential.
At TDC we believe in helping everyone find their love for dance through fun, interactive & age appropriate classes. We are proud to follow the A.D.A.P.T dance syllabus in all of our jazz, tap & ballet classes and use the same approach in our preschool, Ukrainian & hip hop curriculums.
We can’t wait for you to join our TDC family!
What is Tarantism?
Tarantism was a psychological illness popular in Italy during the 15th to 17th century. Characterized by an extreme impulse to dance it’s believed that Tarantism was caused by a tarantula bite. Though we’ve never been bitten by a tarantula our extreme impulse to dance at TDC may fool you.
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Mikayla is a graduate of the Year Long Ukrainian Dance Immersion & Cultural Studies Program. During her program she trained with Studio Virsky, Leonid Sydorchuk, Valeriy Smyrnov, Vadim Perepelkin, Vasyl’ Bosiy and many other dance professionals. She also learnt about Ukrainian culture, language and history throughout the year long program.
In 2019 Mikayla started the A.D.A.P.T dance syllabus teacher’s training school and is well on her way to completing the three year program in 2021. Under the direction of Mr. Brian Foley, Mrs. Faye Foley and other ADAPT syllabus faculty she is learning how to train dancers in jazz, tap and ballet in the best way possible.
Through her many years as a dancer and teacher Mikayla has had the pleasure of learning from Kristina Washchyshyn, Vincent Rees, Johanne Gingras, Tina Landon, Megan Lawson and Jacqui Ladwig along with several others. She is also a certified level 2 barre fitness instructor through the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association.
Mikayla is also a full time Business Administration student at Red River College.
Mikaela has been dancing since she was 4 years old. After falling in love with dance at a young age she started dancing competitively, training intensively in many styles including tap, hip hop, jazz, ballet, lyrical and many more!
Today Mikaela continues to dance herself as well as teach a TDC. She is also a student at the University of Manitoba and spends her summer lifeguarding and as a swim instructor.
Mikaela is very excited to continue teaching at TDC this year!
Julia began dancing at Selkirk and District Ukrainian School of Dance when she was five years old, and continued to dance there for eleven years. In fall of 2016 Julia started dancing with Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and still dances with them today.
In 2019 Julia started the A.D.A.P.T dance syllabus teacher’s training school and is well on her way to completing the three year program in 2021. Under the direction of Mr. Brian Foley, Mrs. Faye Foley and other ADAPT syllabus faculty she is learning how to train dancers in jazz, tap and ballet in the best way possible.
Some of Julia’s favourite performances include Troyanda’s 2017 Ukraine Tour and performing Trepak in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall.
When Julia isn’t dancing she spends lots of her time volunteering with the special needs students at Ecole Edward Schreyer School.
Kallie started dancing at age 3 at Sunrise Performing Arts Centre of Excellence, where she dances competitively today. She is trained in tap, hip hop, ballet, jazz & lyrical and has completed many Cecchetti ballet & Gilbert tap exams. In 2016 she received a tap scholarship to attend a Winnipeg dance convention.
Kallie is very excited to be assisting at TDC this year!