Paula Bickford

Paula is the owner/operator and one of the instructors of Dance Through Life. Paula’s dance career started at the age of 5 when she started Highland Dancing under the direction of Dawn Tronnes. Paula Highland danced for a total of 15 years and spent many of those years as a competitive dancer winning many titles including an Alberta Championship.

In 1996, Paula moved to Edmonton where she started dancing with the Strathcona School of Dance with a Canadian Step-Dancing Group. She was hooked instantly and continued her studies in Step-Dancing.

In 2000 Paula decided to start teaching Step-Dancing to adults and her passion for dance has lead her to a dream come true. Paula has been teaching Canadian Step Dancing every since and offers classes for brand new beginners to Advanced.  Paula was certified in May 2009 as a Zumba Instructor and is certified in Zumba Gold and Zumba Toning.  Paula’s love for dance and performing has brought her to continue her studies in Ukrainian Dancing, Bellydance, Burlesque and Country Line Dancing.  In October 2015 Paula was certified as one of the only Hot Hula Fitness instructors in Calgary.  Paula currently teaches at many facilities around Calgary including Seniors Residences, Community Centers and local Schools.

Paula is part of Mynt Dance Productions (with Vanessa D. and Karen I.) where they perform at many difference venues in many different styles.  The have been honoured to be part of a production at the Lougheed House and have worked during Stampede with many companies including The Roadhouse, Gerlitz Ranch and Cowboys and for many large corporate clients.

Paula feels it is never too late to start dancing! She warmly welcomes everyone to the studio!

Karen Iwanski

Karen Iwanski comes to Dance Through Life with over 25 years teaching/dance and fitness experience. Karen has committed her life to the love of dance and fitness.  She started her dance career in Toronto and later moved to Calgary.  She has performed extensively in both dance and theatre productions.

Karen is formally trained in Ballet, Tap and Jazz and spent many years studying the art of Flamenco dancing including time studying in Spain.  She not only teaches many forms of dance but is a personal trainer and is certified in many types of fitness classes.  Karen has taught for the City of Calgary for over 25 years teaching adult, 55 Plus and children’s dance classes, Aqua Classes, Step Classes and many kinds of strength classes.  Karen is also a certified instructor in Pilates.

She has spent over 15 years as a choreographer for many local theatre companies including Pumphouse Theatre and Morpheus Theatre and has choreographed large productions such as “Dancing In The Rain”.

Karen is also part of Mynt Dance Productions (with Paula C. and Vanessa D) where they perform many different styles at different venues around Calgary.  They have been honoured to be part of a production at the Lougheed House and have worked at The Roadhouse, Cowboys and Gerlitz Ranch during Stampede and for many large corporate clients.

Karen is a fun and energetic person with a huge passion for the arts. Karen is so excited to bring Jazz, Tap and Ballet to the studio!