Alia Ruemper is originally from Northern British Columbia. During her training she won many awards and represented her region at the BC Provincial Dance competition three times. She also won “best overall” and “most entertaining” awards from the Calgary Triple Threat Dance convention.
Alia is a fully certified ADAPT jazz and tap teacher and completed her Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA) Gold medal jazz and tap exams with Honours status. She has a BA Dance and a BKin General Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and completed her MSc in Dance Science (with distinction) at Laban in London, England. Alia is also Certified in the Acrobatic Arts training syllabus.
Alia’s Master thesis “Correlations Between General Joint Hypermobility and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and Injury in Contemporary Dance Students” was published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. She also presented her thesis at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference in The Hague, The Netherlands where she was received the “Student Research Award”. While she was completing her Masters degree in England she performed in a charity showcase of the musical, “Me and My Girl” at the famous London Palladium, and also participated in the Jack Petchey Theatre Challenge at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
Alia has attended the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City, as well as the Dance Studio Life Conference in Arizona. As a member of Healthy Dancer Canada, Alia recently presented at their fall conference in Calgary. Continuing education is important to Alia and she had also taken the following teacher training courses: Progressing Ballet Technique, Lisa Howell’s Perfect Form Physiotherapy, and International Dance Teaching Standards. The world of dance is constantly progressing and Alia strives to continue learning and educating herself in as many ways as possible.
Alia has been based in Alberta for the last 10 years working as a competitive dance program director at a successful studio. Her students have continued on to dance post graduation with DaCosta Talent, Modus Operandi, Harbour’s ITP, and The Source as well as training programs with Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet and YYC Dance Project.