Miss Lana grew up in Grande Prairie where she started tap dancing at the young age of 3. She is a highly trained dancer and choreographer with 24 years of experience dancing, and 12 years of experience teaching. She is trained in tap (CDTA, Al Gilbert), jazz (CDTA), ballet (CDTA, RAD, ISTD), musical theatre, and hip hop. She also holds a diploma in Physical and Occupational Therapy Major (PTA/OTA) from Grant MacEwan University, as well as a Bachelors Degree in Nursing (RN, BScN) from the University of Alberta.
She has had the opportunity to travel across Canada and the United States performing and taking classes, and has successfully prepared her students for exams in all disciplines; receiving honours in her own Advanced CTDA Gold Star tap exam. Miss Lana has won numerous 1st place and “Most Outstanding” titles for her solo's, duets and groups and has lead her students to win the same.
In her years as a competitive dancer she has had the honour of winning the title “Dancer of the Festival” at Dance Feat Competition, has been invited to perform at Capital X through the Evergreen Talent Search competition in the tap category, 2 consecutive years in a row; and along with her hip hop group from Grande Prairie was awarded the prestigious ICON award at Artists Emerge Hip Hop competition in 2007. Lana firmly believes that in order to grow as a dance instructor you must remain a student yourself, therefore she continues to dance as an adult, training under Vince Akinyode at Eye Candy Studios with Miss Alyssa and Miss Danna. In 2012 their group was awarded the title of “Highest Overall Achievement” at Artists Emerge Hip Hop competition. They have continued to win several Platinum, 1st place, and choreography awards from season to season.
When Miss Lana isn’t at the studio you can find her at The Stollery Childrens Hospital, where she is a Pediatric Registered Nurse. She also loves to spend time with her husband Cam, and her two dogs Gracie and Hudson. Miss Lana’s Grandma was her biggest supporter growing up, she never missed a recital or competition. Before she passed away she wrote a quote in one of her dance scrapbooks; this quote has become Miss Lana’s wish for all of her students at Overdrive Dance Force: “May there always be a song in your heart and fairy dust on your feet”.