Oonagh McNerney..(Young)

It is with sadness that I post the passing of Oonagh Ada McNerney...She was a bright light in the early days of my dancing....Her and her husband Frank ran Delmar Dance Studios...She Passed in Toronto in November of 2018...She will be remembered fondly by her family and friends....She had a vast amount of Charisma....

Oonagh pictured below...

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Nicole Thiessen passed away and our thoughts are with Jonathon and his Grandma Shirley Doncaster..She took dancing at the same time when Jonathon came to the ACAD....her passing was far too young in her life.

1980 to 2019

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Una Patricia (Moloney) O'Flaherty (11/01/1937 - 07/02/2018)

O'FLAHERTY (nee Moloney), Una Patricia, It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Una O'Flaherty on Monday, July 2, 2018. Una was born in Dublin, Ireland on November 1, 1937, one of five children. She was a great talker with an amazing memory for names, dates and events. Una was never short of advice, nor was she shy about sharing her opinions over a strong pot of tea. Una will be remembered fondly for her bottomless bucket of worries—the burden of care—she always carried with her. She is predeceased by her husband, Gerry, of fifty years. She will be deeply missed by her children Geraldine, Philip (Karen), Deirdre and Mark; her grandsons, Connor and Christopher, and her close friends. Una's family will converge in Dublin to celebrate her life. A memorial service will be held in Calgary at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


ACAD DANCE ALUMNI....it's a sad day for the DANCE ALUMNI, Mrs. Jean Helms (Pianist, Receptionist, Mr. C's Sister In Law) passed away on Sunday. Her Health has been failing the past few years, but she past away due to a series of Strokes On Sunday October 30th in the afternoon. (Foothills Hospital) She had been admitted a few weeks ago with breathing problems and a very high blood pressure condition. Many of you had Mrs. Helms play for your ballet exams, from a young age right up into the higher grades. (your RAD, your ISTD, and some of you had her play for your Al Gilbert Exams as well.) I hope those of you that knew her will take a moment and remember her and her contribution to the studio and your life in the Dance. She was very exact in her craft and examiners asked often that she play for other schools. She also played for RAD workshops when new work and syllabus changes were made. She was with the studio for 35 years. Thank you.


James Schmierer

James (Jim) Franklin Schmierer passed away in Calgary on August 3rd, 2016.  Our condolences go out to Deanne Schmierer and her family.  Jim was married to Carol Ann who is Mr. C's 1st cousin once removed making Deanne a 1st cousin twice removed.  Carol Ann's Grandmother was Mr. C's Aunt, and sister of his dad Agatino.  Jim's favourite Dance Number from the studio was "Clowns".  Jim was a good friend and adored gentleman.


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We are sad to post that Mardyne Davey passed on January 9th of this New Year....2013.  He will be missed--remember his family and friends in your prayers.

Mardyne Davey


Remembered in our HEARTS!

Words cannot heal the pain of losing our loved ones...Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost someone so dear ...May your loved ones rest in peace.




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 Jean Nielsen, Carol, Shirley and Donna's mother passed away this September ...Our condolences go out to the family and our thoughts and prayers with them.



Trish DeCoverley and her boys...Trish known to us as Patti Westin passed on March 16th 2011.  She was helping a senior couple next door to her, and either on her way home or possibly after a 2nd trip was found on the ground.  She passed immediately due to a heart attack.   She is pictured above with her five sons and we know that  Trish will be remembered for the wonderful talent she was, and the vivacious personality and million dollar smile she possessed.  This angel is now amongst the angels! 

Trish  above with her sons, left to right....Kevin age 17, Kyle 15, Joel 13, Jaydon 8 and Tyson 6. (The picture is a couple of years old....posted July 2011)

CAROL NIELSEN: (passed January 2008)

 Taken from us far too Young!  Miss Nielsen was a beautiful loving teacher for the Academy and we remember her very fondly. ( as a student & teacher for 28 years.)  Carol Nielsen was an expert dancer and her main love was the BALLET.  She mastered the "RAD, Dance Education Syllabus"and had an impressive record of successful Ballet Exam Candidates.  She danced with the Calgary Rockettes & taught for the Christopher Robin School Ballet program, as an outreach program of the Academy.  Carol  also did choreography for the Calgary Dance Workshop. (A fun number.."The Shoemaker") When she did her Al Gilbert Tap 7 Exam, Mr Gilbert asked me if he could give her 100 % and get a higher mark then myself.  Of Course she could be BETTER then Mr. C.  She Was!!--On the same note Pat Rico (Al Gilberts Brother) gave Carol a 1st place gold medal for a Tap Solo at the ADEA Festival....As a ballet dancer, Carol did up and above the RAD syllabus exams, also did the ISTD exams, with an impressive mark of Honours on her Intermediate, and Highly Commended on her Advanced. (Two of her teachers, Miss Nancy Wilson and Mr. C. found her very technical with a solid drive towards her artistry!)

Carol used to say, that the students should know your methods and that you shouldn't  change your personalities or discipline action, too drastically...Don't intimidate!!...so true Carol.

Christopher Carlile...Carol's son with her partner Michael.  Chris is now 20 years old.  Picture from Jean Nielsen -Chris's Grandmother.  Chris is currently attending the University of Calgary studying Political Sciences and works for his MLA in his off school hours.  We're told his personality is very much like Carol's in that he has a guiet confidence and is very hard working and studious.  (I can remember Carol taking on the RAD "Dance Education Syllabus" and reading all the books and having to photo stat every page in a very large book) (Posted June 2011)

Lisa Sauve, Carol Nielsen's cousin writes:  It was so nice to bring my girls to this site, to see Carol,  in some of her glory pictures and read the wonderful memorial.  My girls now dance with Dawn Marie Fox Jackson, and it was very neat for them to see the tradition passed on through the years.  Thanks for this, It Made Me SMILE! 

Carol's sister Shirley Nielsen Wayte would like to thank all the dancers and parents who came to celebrate her sister Carol's life at her memorial service.  It was wonderful to see all of you and to have your support when it was most needed.  A scholarship was created by the Wild Rose Dance Arts Association in Carol's memory which is awarded to the dancer with the highest mark in any solo aged 15 and over at their festival every May.  It has been my honor to attend the award ceremony each year in order to hand out the scholarship personally and to be able to speak briefly about Carol , so her memory does remain alive.

The following have specifically wished to express their condolences to the family and friends of CAROL.

Allan Jerry Cozzubbo...Debbie Black...Lisa Horvath Svecla...Annette Henderson...Kristell Court...Lisa Talbot...Lindsay Fuleki...Kyla Wilde. (if you wish to send a message or be added to these names ...Please forward it to  allandanseur@yahoo.com                               Pictured below at the ADE Festival in Edmonton...we have from left to right...Lee Devlin, Eileen Dodds, Margaret Flynn, Joan Ward, "SADIE SIMPSON"  from the BATD in Glasgow Scotland...and "NILO TOLEDO" from Florida, unknown ?lady in pink is Gwen Parsons, Allan Cozzubbo-unknown ?.  Both Sadie Simpson and Nilo Toledo have passed on ....they were both good friends of Mr. C. and did a lot to influence DANCE today!

 A bit of trivia, Nilo did not bring a shirt and tie, and Mr. C. found the brown shirt with the Dotted Tie from his trunk of tricks.---Mr. C. did get to wear it at an Interschool!

Trudy Lyn Sorensen:  (1971-2007) picture is to the right...Trudy  graduated from the U. Of A. in 1994.

Trudy Graduated from the U of A in Occupational Therapy in 1994.  While she was a student, Trudy's love of dance and choreography continued in the group, Orchesis, a modern dance program on campus.  In 1993 Trudy was awarded the Dorothy Harris trophy of achievement.  Upon graduation Trudy was a travelling therapist in the USA.  She married Cesar Diaz in April 2000 in Mandeville, LA.  In June 2004 she had a son, Marcus.  Trudy was a tireless chairperson of committees for "Relay for Life" in LA, OR, and Fl.  After a ten year struggle with breast cancer, Trudy passed away Feb 3rd 2007 in Pensacola, Fl.. A scholarship in Trudy's memory has been established at the U. Of A.  It is the Trudy Sorensen Scholarship in Blomedical Materials Engineering. Trudy is fondly remembered by her family, Allan Cozzubbo, Lynette Fry-Abra, Debbie Black, & her Dance Friends from the Academy.

 Don McKinnon below...Mr. McKinnon, an RAD Ballet Teacher and protege Jazz Teacher of Matt Mattox ( Matt was in the movie"Seven Brides For Seven Brothers"..the axe Dance) Don examined the "Cozzubbo Jazz Exams" for three years and also did "Mock Ballet RAD Exams" for the Academy.  Mr McKinnon passed in 1995 due to a very bad car accident.  He is remembered fondly by his family & Allan Jerry Cozzubbo, Al Gilbert, Kathy Wood

 We are saddened to hear of the passing of our Dance Alumni's loved ones.

Words, however kind, can't mend your heartache: but those who care and share your loss wish you, comfort  and peace of mind. May you find strength, in the love of family, and in the warm embrace of your   Dance Friends.

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 1955-Mr. Agatino J. Cozzubbo (Allan, Yvonne, Donald, Hazel & Margaret's Dad)

1975--March 11th--Mrs. Gloria Hart (Mother of Susan, Maureen and Michael)

1990--Mr. Al MacRae (Gay MacRae's Dad--Gay now uses her Married name "Taylor" and her Christian first name "Norma")

November 29th 1992--Mrs Elvie Vera Crooks  (Dawna Rose's Mom)

1992--Mrs. Doris MacRae (Gay MacRae)Norma Taylor's (Mom)

1992-Mrs. Bertha Cozzubbo (Allan, Yvonne, Donald, Hazel & Margaret's Mother).

January 4th 1994--Mrs. Libby Hershfield (Rachel's Mom)

1995--Lorne MacRae (Norma Taylor's Brother)

October 17th 1997--Mrs. Grethe Strudholm (Mona's Mom)

2000- Mr. Fox (Allyson Fox's Dad and Peter Togni's Step Dad).

April 20th 2000-Elvin Peter Nielsen (father of Carol Nielsen, Shirley Nielsen Wayte, and Donna)

January 2nd 2005-Mrs. Florence Buck (nee Witt) mother of Kim and Wendy Buck.

May 2006-Mr. Lagerwaard (Tamiko's Dad)

2009--Mrs. Hiromi Ito (Yayoi' Ito's Mom)

September 2nd 2009--Mrs. Florence Roberta Palmer (Michele'Palmer's Mom)

September 19th 2009--Mr. Kenneth Robert Edward Westin -Trish Westin DeCoverley , Rob & Joy Westin Mcllwain's Dad.

October 19th 2009--Mr. Torao (Bunk) Odagaki (Esther, Dawn & Adele's Dad)

April 2010--Mrs. Dorothy Ranshaw. Dianne Ranshaw Richard's Mom

April 7th 2010--Mr. Bill Martin father of Lisa Martin Fried.

 October 13th  2010-Mrs. Grace Keiko Odagaki..mom of Esther Odagaki, Dawn Odagaki Robertson & Adele Odagaki Hammer

January 3rd 2011-Mr. Richard Craik ..Father of Brian and Allan Criak

February 12th 2011-Mr. Gerard O'Flaherty ..husband of Una O'Flaherty.

June 21st 2011-Mr. Richard Halliday (Christina and Tia's Father)

July-2011 Jack Barnes (Edwina Borgford's step-dad)

October 2011. Mary (Black) Tarves (Debbie Black's Mother)

February 2nd 2012...Mr. Ed Hryciw (Sherri and Wendy's Dad)

 The following is from the Homefront Article regarding the "Penley Ballroom" being the dance spot from 1912 to 1964.  Prior to the demolition of the Ballroom the Academy held a rehearsal for our recital and one production rehearsal there. See Wahnita and Jack Penley picture to the right. My sister Margaret McTighe and Jean Helms played the grand piano and what a great rehearsal space it was!

 The following are Dance Teachers or Dance Enthusiasts who have also passed.  All of who made significant contributions to the "SPIRIT OF DANCE"!...Mr. C. knew and respected them.

Wahnita Penley (Ballroom & Tap Teacher) Known for the "Penley Ballroom"..husband John.

Jean Gauld ( Mentor and Friend) One Of Lillian Cozzubbo Coulson's teachers.

1975 (March 11th) Gloria Hart (mom of Susan,Maureen and Michael Hart) Hart School of Dancing in Calgary, Alberta.

1989- Mr Alvin Ailey..Mr. C. when going to Dance conventions always did some classes in the famous "Ailey Dance Theatre".

1987-Mr. Fred Astaire..Those of you that were in the production "Mr. Elegant" would have a picture from Mr. Astiare's wife Robyn.

1996-Mr Gene Kelly...in the late 1980's we were in negotiation for Mr. Kelly to come and do a workshop..never happened..SAD!

1997-Mr Frank McNerney (Ballroom-Delmar Dance) Frank passed in 1997..owned studios in Lethbridge, Calgary, Regina, Edmonton. (his wife Oonagh Young lives six months in TO and six in Florida).

2000..Diane Lane (Ballroom Teacher-Delmar Dance Known as"Billy Conway") passed in January 2000. Is survived by her husband Tom Lane and two sons and a daughter.

Joan Patterson (Once president of APDTA) home studio on Sifton Blvd in Calgary.

Dr. Ruth Carse (Founder of the Alberta Ballet) Edmonton based in the early days.

1973 Madame Olga Valda (Russian Ballet Teacher)

1992 Madame Regina Cheremeteff (Russian Ballet)

Judy Schey (Highland Teacher)

November 2011..Donna Booth

October 2011.. Brian Burke (a former manager of the Southern Alberta jubilee Auditorium)

October 2011..Mary Black Tarves.  Debbie Black's Mother (Sandra, Karen, Keith as well).

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The CDTA list below is probably from the 1958-59 newspaper clippings.  Note the names...Some of Calgary's finest teachers! I had mentioned some of them listed in the various Navigation Pages.

 Note some of the names below including Walter Kaasa from the Cultural Department.  I mentioned that the smaller Theatre in the Northern Jubilee Auditorium like the one in Calgary was called "The Walter Kaasa Theatre".(Now redesigned but the Calgary one was "Betty Mitchell Theatre")! The meeting they are speaking of was when I joined the APDTA.  Joan Patterson and Jean Gauld sponsored me as a member.

Mr. Al Gilbert

"Pied Piper of Dance"

Dance Always...SMILE!! -

Remembered fondly, in all the circles that bring "Dance Artists" together!!  &...Allan Jerry Cozzubbo-Debbie Black.

 Al Gilbert:

Mr Gilbert passed away February 3rd 2003, due to complications of Prostate Cancer and bad hip sockets.  He was known as the" Pied Piper Of Dance" and taught thousands of people all over the world.  He set up his Tap Grades, from Pre Tap to Grade 9, and his Jazz from Pre Jazz to Grade 4.  Mr. Gilbert was a mentor to many, in Dance...His energy and "Dance Spirit" is sadly missed.  Memorial Services were held in several locations to celebrate his life. The service in Calgary, was held at Lord Beaverbrook Theatre (May 4th 2003), and Mrs. Mal Smandych & family organize the after event.  Lots of great treats. Thank you to Mrs. Mal Smandych (Lysia & Trista). Mr. Gilbert would have loved what you and your family did! ...also thanks  to Miss Black for her Help!

"Dance Always" Mr. Gilbert, from the Staff and Students of the Academy. We DID BELIEVE in you!! -- a note to all visitors--REMEMBER "Stepping Tones" is now "Music Works".

 Hypatia (Pat) Wood:  Pat was a receptionist at our Crowchild Trail location in the North West and passed in May 2004.  She was Kathy Helms Wood's Mother-In-Law and was a warm loving women, to not only her family but to the Academy's clientele.   Mr. C. remembers her saying we were teaching the Cha Cha and Mambo wrong that it should break on the count of 2.  We of course taught that break as a latin dance on count 2-- and the break on count 1 as a Jazz.  Pat loved the song "I'll Walk With God" featured in the movie "The Student Prince" with Edmond Purdem and using Mario Lanza's voice.  When I went to her memorial service the pianist played her song..She loved to Dance especially Ballroom.  She'd have loved the TV show "Dancing With The Stars"  Pat could really swing those hips.

We miss you Pat!

Madame Regina Cheremeteff

Madame was born Regina Bickel (1912-1992) She toured Europe as a child Ballerina under the stage name Regina Royce.  She opened the Calgary Russian Ballet School in 1956 operating out of the German Canadian club.  In 1963 she opened her downtown location on 8th Ave. SW.  The school closed in 1989.  in 1930 she had married Count Michael Cheremeteff (1900=1943) and worked in his Equestrian Troupe in Berlin.  Her three Children are Christine-Alexandra and Dmitry --he became a professional ballet dancer and was a guest at her recital. 


Jean Gauld above centre...(with her parents) was one of my cousin Lillian's Dance Teahers. (Lillian Cozzubbo Coulson). They teamed up and did a routine "Me and My Shadow".  (Lillian the shadow in white--they also did a Spanish Duet taking turns playing the castanetes). 

Jean Gauld & Joan Patterson befriended me when I took teaching seriously and helped me with joining the APDTA.  When Jean passed she had willed me her dance treasures including a "Chinese Princess" costume that both her & Lillian had used. 


Tanya Lynne Baylis

Tanya passed away suddenly in Coasta Rica on March 12 2006, at the age of 32.  She had a beautiful free spirit who had a passion for dance and the fine arts.  She went on to dance with the "Artistique Performing Arts Group".

She is sadly missed.

Trudy Sorensen Diaz

graduation picture from the U. Of A. in 1994. 

Lisa Coldrick

Mr. C. remembers teaching Lisa a tap solo to the music "Proud Mary" -She had a wonderful and perpetual smile which gave us all a lot of joy!  Lisa went to Braeside School with Deanne Schmierer, and Mr. C's son Graham.  She is Paul and Debbie Coldrick's sister and is fondly remembered by the  family and the Dance Academy.

Lois Smith & David Adams above

Lois Smith Passed away January 23rd 2011 at the age of 81 after a lengthy decline caused by Alzheimer's.  Lois was the first homegrown prima ballerina of the National Ballet.  Her and her husband. David Adams, were known in their dance times as Mr. & Mrs. Ballet.  They both were made officers of the "Order Of Canada". 

David Adams passed in October of 2007.

Lois Smith adjudicated at the ADEA Edmonton Festival and at our ACAD Interschool.  David Adams adjudicated at the WRDAA competition in Calgary the year we did the production "Bolero"  listed as Ravel & at an Interschool for ACAD.  Many of our student alumni would have certificates signed by both of these super  splendid dancer/danseurs.

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David Peregrine above was a principal dancer with the RWB and passed in 1989.  David did a workshp for the Ballet Students in the ACAD Academy in 1988.  He was a gifted Artist and was taken from us far too young.




 Madame Olga Valda--Madame Valda's Classes (started a ballet school in Victoria BC)...her young pupils were all required to say bonjour Madame and au revoir Madame before  and after the lesson which was all in French.(Ballet was first introduced in the French Courts)  Punishment for not paying attention consisted of having their "Toeshoes" confiscated so they had to finsh the lesson in soft slippers.One of her pupils Maureen Grute Humphries eventually had a studio in Oak Bay.  Madame Valda moved to Calgary and taught here for many years, and took a degree at the U of C when she was 76 years.She Received a BA. in 1969 ..she not only made history but became a role model for lifelong learners everywhere. After Graduating she said "I have proven what I always felt...that grey matter has no age or sex.  Madame Valda died in 1973 and willed all her posesessions to the U. of C on condition they be auctioned off to raise funds for the Students Union/  They used the money to sponsor eight foster children.

Mr. C. was given dance memorabilia from Madame Valda.

 John (Jack) and Wahnita Penley

I can remember watching a recital of Wahnita Penley, in the Penley grand ballroom 2nd floor on 5th Ave...above the Al Saan Club on the main floor, and Delmar Dance Studio on the lower floor.  Mrs. Penley sat at a Grand Piano, and played the tunes for her recital.  This would be in the late 1950's. My Parents Agatino & Bertha Cozzubbo took Ballroom from Jack Penley.

Gloria Hart--Gloria ran the "Hart School of Dancing" and when she passed in 1975, her daughters Susan, and Maureen took over the school.  Michael Hart came up through the ranks. Gloria was also one of the Dance Enthusiasts who were instumental in bringing  Mr. Al Gilbert to the winter workshop sponsored by the ATDA now the ADEA.  This was in the mid 1960's and the exams in his syllabus were launched.  Mr. C. had met Al Gilbert prior to his workshop at a convention in New York City.  His Exams in his creative work are still being conducted by organizer Nancy Hays Dickie in Edmonton. (as of 2011) Stepping Tones Records is now "Music Works".

  Donna Booth...November 2011...Owner of Masque Costumes  in Calgary.  We are sorry to hear of the passing of Donna Booth.

 I was sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Tink Robinson....he was a wealth of knowledge...He helped many of us in the Dance...Many of you will remember him as an adjudicator at our Interschool as well as his wife Judy Armstrong, and Tink also adjudicated at the Alberta Dance Festival in Edmonton..Dance Always Tink...

Grant "Tink" Robinson

ROBINSON, Grant "Tink" - June 4, 1937 - Oct. 31, 2015. Beloved husband, father, brother, Mason, Shriner, uncle and friend passed into Spirit in his home, surrounded by his wife, Judy, son, Dan, and daughter-in-law, Tammy. Tink will be remembered for his smile, his zany sense of humour, talent, wisdom, quick wit and his unconditional love. A 60-year veteran of professional entertainment, Tink amassed more than 200 national television shows, eight years of GM Dealer shows, seven seasons with Theatre Under The Stars, toured Canada with Best Of Spring Thaw and was choreographer/performer with the Wayne and Shuster Show for five seasons. For 13 summer seasons (1972-76 and 1982-89), Tink and his wife, Judy Armstrong, created their theatrical shows in the Wild Horse Theatre at Heritage Fort Steele, BC. Tink and Judy also created a popular recording, KIDS (for all ages). Tink was a Director at the Bomber Command Museum in Nanton for 8 years and author of his book "I AM Here". Tink was a master tap dancer and regular adjudicator for festivals of the arts. He had the privilege of flying with his son, Capt. Dan Robinson, on a media flight with the Royal Canadian Airforce Snowbirds and also flew solo himself at age 62. He was also the original A&W Root Bear. Tink was predeceased by his brother, Dave (2010) and nephew, Ken Robinson (2005). He is survived by his wife, Judy Armstrong, son, Dan (Tammy) Robinson, granddaughters, Allisha and Klara Pelletier; brother, Malcolm (Dawn) Robinson; nieces, Holly (Mike) Butterfield, Susan (Terry) Palasty, Wendy (Kevin) Batch; great nieces and nephews, Robbie, Devon, Bre, Brock, Beau; sister-in-law, Terry Robinson; niece, Debbie Robinson, great nieces, Jennifer McClintick, Kristen Lefler, David (Aima) Lefler and great-great-niece, Megan. Please checkhttp://www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com/ for the full obituary. A celebration of Tink's Life will be held at a later date in the New Year (TBA). Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOMES LTD. High River, Alberta (403)652-2222.12

Helen Mintz Pengelly Obituary...published in the Calgary Herald July 2nd 2016..After a long battle with Cancer she passed peacefully surrounded by her family and closest friends.  Helen was full of life and those of us that knew her in her years taking Dance at ACAD enjoyed her and her family.

Ms. Nancy Wilson

Strive & Succeed ...Rembered fondly by her students &  family & Allan Jerry Cozzubbo...Debbie Black

Ms. Wilson came to work at the Academy after closing her own local school. Coming from Glasgow Scotland, Nancy encouraged us to do the BATD Medal Tests and The ISTD Ballet and Modern exams.  Both a raving success in the school  Dedicating most of her life to DANCE, Miss Wilson was  devoted to a strong excellence to the craft.  Lots of colour in her teaching wardrobe and personal clothing.  She is missed and thought of so oftern.

Thank you Ms. Wilson

 Margaret Cozzubbo McTighe (1924-1978)

Are We There Yet?... Remembered fondly by her family &...Allan Jerry Cozzubbo...Linda Marie McTighe Pap...

Mr. C.'s sister had heart surgery in her 50's and lived a couple of years after the ordeal.  She was a wonderful mother to Linda Pap and Gary McTighe and a sister to Hazel Measor, Donald Cozzubbo, Yvonne York and Allan. Marg loved her home and her garden  and gave everything she did, that extra special touch including her artwork that she was so good at. We all cherish our memories of her !

She is sadly missed.  Thank you Margaret.

 Sherry Shamon Miss Dance Charisma! Remembered fondly, by her family &...Allan Jerry Cozzubbo...Debbie Black  Sherry was stricken with an illness that took her from us far too soon.  She was a "Showbiz Dancer" who loved to perform.  When she came to our Al Gilbert memorial she still strutted her stuff so to speak.  (we did the Waltz Clog-Flamenco-Strutters Ball from the CDR syllabus.  Miss Black and Corinna Giede stepped in with us as well).

Sherry is missed...we think of you so often!----Sherry's service pamphlet cover below.

 Rob Charles Westin

Above-Another Westin Talent! Remembered fondly by his family &...Allan Jerry Cozzubbo

Rob like his sisters Patti and Joy was a good dancer and always enjoyed performing.  Rob was a fun guy to work with and in his Dance Training he always pulled his weight.  I remember teaching him a Tap Group number "Batman".  He was taken from us far to soon.

He is missed!

Duncan Campbell above.

Duncan danced at the Heritage location early in the Academy's history.  He danced at the same time as David Adie, Daryl Graff, and Andre Wenger.  He liked to perform and enjoyed doing the Russian Sword Dance with the other young men at Flare Square of the Calgary stampede.

We think of you Duncan. 

 Alicia Bateman..

Alicia passed at the tender age of 28 and was tragically taken from those that loved her far too son.  She was an accomplished dancer having won many awards and scholarships.  She had travelled and performed extensively with "Calgary Dance Express".  she is missed!

Alison Majeski 

Alison's children above..taking dance at the Dance Factory and the son heading for a singing career.

Alison Majeski

Alison passed in October of 1995, of an Asthma Attack.  She loved to DANCE and Cozzubbo's was her second home growing up.  She competed very successfuly in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre.  She had a wonderful voice and her son Kevin is in New York with his rich baritone voice.  Her daughter Josie is hoping to pursue a career in DANCE!  Her Teachers were Carol Nielsen, Debbie Black, Lynette Fry Abra and Allan Cozzubbo. Alison is missed by all her family, but never forgotten.. Remembered fondly by her family & Allan Cozzubbo, Kathy Wood,

Unfortunately Kevin passed in New York in 2012.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his sister Josie and his grandparents.

Arnold Spohr above

Arnold Spohr was Artistic Directior of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for 30 years. (1958 to 1988).  He was the first Canadian born Ballet Dancer to be the A.D.  He passed on April 22nd 2010 of a Chronic Kidney Disease. Arnold was very instrumental for the RWB becoming one of Canada's Top Ballet Companies.  He was an officer of the "Order of Canada". We were fortunate to have Mr. Spohr teach a workshop at the studio.

We will remember his strong but humorous manner!  

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Denise Jefferson with Matthew Rushing and Renee Robinson in 2003. Ms. Jefferson was on the Ailey School faculty since 1974.

Denise Jefferson above left.-With her is Mathew Rushing and Renee Robinson in 2003. 

Ms. Jefferson passed of Ovarian Cancer on May 8th 2010.  She was a Chicago born director of the famed Alvin Ailey School in New York City. Her Gentle smile brought light to all of us who knew and worked with her.  She will be remembered for her nurturing hand and heart.  Alvin Ailey passed in 1989.

Alvin Ailey 1931-1989  Mr. Ailey admired the greats in Male Dancing Mr. Fred Astaire and Mr. Gene Kelly.  He took up Tap Dancing from a neighbour and further on in his youth joined the Lester Horton School..one of the few at that time that accepted dancers from all races. In 1953 Horton took his group including Ailey to New York...When Mr Horton passed, Alvin Ailey took over as the Artistic Director. Ailey took part in many musicals on and off Broadway and in 1959 formed the Ailey American Dance Theatre.

In 1960 he retired from Dancing having struggled with staying slim and he took over as the Artistic Director having a gift for Choreography.  Mr. C. remembers going to his classes when he attended Dance Conventions in New York around the same time as the June Taylor (Ed Sullivan Fame)School was a thriving.

Jean Gauld above...one of Lillian Cozzubbo Coulson's first teachers and a dance friend of Allan Cozzubbo.  She was well known in Dance Circles and instrumental in the naming of the Alberta Professional Dance Teachers Association.  See centre column for additional data on Ms. Gauld.