Prairie Diva Spotlights – Shelley

Our Spotlight series is back! Prairie Diva spotlights will showcase the amazing women who make up these dance classes. Every woman has a different story and journey through dance and we want to shine light on these women through these posts.


These women are unique and beautiful and give it their all each and every class with their high energy and positive spirits. Please let us introduce you to these amazing women!


Each of the Prairie Divas took part in a professional photo shoot with AMC Studio and answered a series of questions about themselves.





“I started dancing as a way to get exercise without feeling like I was getting exercise. Then I learned how much I love exploring different types of movement and pushing myself to see what I can do.”


When did you start dancing?

I always wanted to dance as a kid but I never had the opportunity. After finishing university, I found I had the money and time to take lessons. I started with ballet and then expanded to try contemporary, bellydance, burlesque, pole, and aerial hoop.


Favourite past times/other hobbies

Reading, crafting, cycling, going on adventures in Winnipeg, playing piano, travel.


My day job

I am a microbiologist – I study antibiotic resistant gonorrhea.


Fun/interesting fact about me

Green peppers are my comfort food. I used to teach piano but I stopped so I could dance more. I have two guinea pigs named Mr. Peanutbutter and Buttercup. Buttercup is Mr. Peanutbutter’s baby.


Goals and aspirations 

Read all of the books on the BBC top 100 list. Continuously improve my dance skills. Be able to do the splits. Travel to every continent. Get a dog. Become brave enough to do a piano performance sometime.


How I first heard about Prairie Diva dance classes

From a friend.


What I like about Prairie Diva dance classes 

The other women in the class are, for the most part, so friendly and welcoming and supportive, and the class challenges me to move in ways that I’m not necessarily used to.


Making friends & connections

I’ve become friends with a couple of women from class, and enjoy spending time with the other dancers every week in class. A few of them are in other dance classes I take also, so it helps solidify dance friendships to see them in multiple classes.


What I’m most looking forward to with Prairie Diva’s classes

I really like the showcases – getting to see all the talented performers and showing off what we’ve learned too.




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