About Absolute Dance Studios

We believe in offering a very high standard of quality dance training while trying to keep each individual’s goals in mind, regardless of age or level of ability. Our primary goal is to provide the very best learning experience and dance facility to our students. Our teachers are fully accredited and have many years of professional experience.

ERIKA SERBU – DIRECTOR & OWNER – ABSOLUTE DANCE STUDIO

 

erika2Erika is a graduate of the Ryerson University Theatre Dance program and has trained extensively on scholarship in Los Angeles and New York.

Selected dance works include Toronto Raptors Dance Pak, NBA halftime shows, World Cruise with Princess Cruise Lines, Dora winner “Romeo and Juliet Remixed”, Fashion Cares and several live industrials for Nike, Shoppers Drug Mart, MAC &
The Outdoorsman Show.

Television and Film credits include; CBC, TSN, ESPN, Bravo, Much Music, City TV and the Canadian Film Centre.

For the past eighteen years Erika has been teaching and choreographing throughout Ontario and Alberta. She maintains and enhances her professional development and education by participating in workshops, master classes and teaching seminars in L.A, New York, Vancouver and London, England. 

  • Each season, we provide our competitive students the opportunity to work with  guest teachers and choreographers from Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto.
  • Many of our students have gone on to continue their training in professional dance studies at recognized post secondary institutions such as Ryerson University, York University, The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, George Brown College and Sheraton College.
  • Our graduates have continued dance in the commercial industry nation wide working in music videos, for cruise lines and with professional dance companies.
  • Our dancers have received scholarships to workshops and conventions that travel Nation wide such as Artist Simply Human, Nuvo, 24/7 Dance, The Pulse, Velocity, Jump, Groove Street and Triple Threat. 
  • Dancers have received scholarships to Summer Intensive Programs at prestigious Ballet Schools such as the Joffrey Ballet School and The National Ballet of Canada. 

We believe in providing our dancers with opportunity above and beyond the rest by offering the highest quality dance experience in Calgary.  Check some highlights from our Absolute Dance Event History:

Performance Opportunities

  • Mini Pops Live Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
  • Continental Cup Markin MacPhail Centre
  • Tim Horton’s Brier Scotiabank Sattledome
  • Next Step Live Tour Jack Singer Concert Hall
  • Harlem Globetrotters Pre Game Show at the Scotiabank Saddledome
  • Fashion Has No Borders with host Jeanneh Beker Canada’s largest fashion trade show
  • Calgary Women’s Show Industrial BMO Centre
  • Sears Fashion Show Industrial South Centre Mall & West Edmonton Mall
  • Callaway Park Performance Celebrity Stage
  • Flirting with 40 made for T.V Movie starring Heather Locklear
  • Lulu Lemon warehouse sale performance BMO Centre
  • So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 1 city wide promotion
  • Breakfast Television with host Jill Belland
  • CTV Live Morning Show with Lane Fraser
  • Global at 6 News Feature 
  • Holiday Production Nutcracker Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
  • Holiday Production Cinderella Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
  • Holiday Production Alice in Wonderland Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
  • Holiday Production the Wizard of Oz Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
  • Holiday Production Peter Pan Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
  • Holiday Production Frozen Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
  • Holiday Production Mary Poppins Wright Theatre Mout Royal University

Educational Trips & Workshops

  • 2002-2008 Harbour Dance Centre Summer Intensive Camp Vancouver BC
  • 2002 Stars At Sea–Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines performance.   Cruise to Ensenada Mexico and Workshop at Edge Performing Arts Centre Hollywood California
  • 2003 Disney Magic Music Days Los Angeles California performance at Disneyland
  • 2004 The Rockette Experience New York and Workshop at Broadway Dance Centre and Steps on Broadway
  • 2005 London England Royal Academy of Dance, Laban Contemporary School and Pineapple Dance Studio
  • 2006 California Cruisin’Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines performance.  Cruise to Catalina Island and Workshops at Edge Performing Arts Centre Hollywood California
  • 2008 L.A Dance Force convention & competition Seattle Washington
  • 2008 Disney Magic Music Days Florida Performance at the Magic Kingdom and Workshop at Epcot Centre
  • 2011 Co- Dance convention & competition Seattle Washington
  • 2013 Nuvo Dance convention & competition Phoenix Arizona
  • 2015 ASH Artist Simply Human convention & competition Los Angeles California
  • 2015 Training at Millennium Dance Complex and Edge Performing Arts Centre Hollywood California
  • 2017 Training at Harbour Dance Centre Vancouver BC
  • 2017 Velocity Dance convention & competition Vancouver BC

Donations & Community Support

  • Calgary Drop In Centre 
  • Stars Air Ambulance Gala 
  • Veteran’s Foodbank (Poppy Fund, Royal Canadian Legion Brances)
  • The Calgary Interfaith Food Bank Society
  • The Mustard Seed
  • North East Calgary Adopt a Family Society
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation “Run For the Cure”
  • Alberta Cancer Foundation Tom Baker Cancer Centre
  • The Calgary Children’s Hospital Activity Book
  • Kid Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta
  • Kids Cancer Foundation of Alberta – Dilawri Group of Companies
  • Calgary Fire Fighters Burn Treatment
  • Calgary Police Association
  • Dad and Daughter Pretty in Pink Gala
  • Let’s Start Talking Mission Ministry
  • Saint Joe’s Parish
  • Discovery Pre School
  • The Calgary Kids Club
  • Simon Fraser School (Calgary Board of Education)
  • The Edgemont Soccer Association
  • Brentwood Community Gardening Group
  • Tec Canada “Walk In Her Shoes”
  • Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • “Jazz Berry Jam” City wide Pre School Tour.  Giving back to our community and recognizing International Dance – – – Day by dropping in to over 60 pre schools and sharing our love for dance, fitness and the arts!  This season we reached out to almost 800 children between the ages of 3-5 years!!!
  • Early Discoveries Nursery Schools Tour
  • Renfrew Educational Services Penny Drive
  • The University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing United Way
  • Campus Pre School
  • Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc

Annual Conventions & Competitions 

  • Tremaine
  • L.A Dance Force
  • The Pulse
  • Triple Threat
  • Coastal Dance Rage
  • Groove Street Dance Productions
  • Dance Extreme
  • I Dance
  • Nuvo
  • Co-Dance 
  • Jump 
  • VIP Dance Events
  • Pure Dance Convention
  • View Dance Challenge
  • ASH – Artist Simply Human
  • Velocity Dance Convention
  • 24/7 Dance Convention 

Events Absolute Dance Has Hosted

  • 2003 Sean Cheesman Summer Dance Intensive
  • 2004 Take It to the Floor with Showtime Choreographer for Gwen Stefani, So You Think You Can Dance
  • 2005 Take It to the Floor with Luther Brown So You Think You Can Dance
  • 2009-2010 Royal Academy of Dance Calgary Teacher Training Workshops
  • 2003-2017 Absolute Dance Summer Intensive & Technique Bootcamp

Guest Teachers, Choreographers, Camp Intensive Guests, Colleagues & Friends

Belinda Sobie (Vancouver), Kim Sato (Vancouver), Moe Brody (Vancouver), Richard O’Sullivan (Vancouver),  Jennifer Bishop (Vancouver), Kelsey Chace (Vancouver), Rachael Poirier (Vancouver), Traci Stevenson (Vancouver), Carolina Lancaster (Triple Threat co-owner), Dorie Kono Lazaroff (Triple Threat co-owner), Brad “Shooz” Rapier (Los Angeles), Jeremy Duval (New York), Lisa LaTouche (Madd Rhythms New York), Sacha Karlewicz (Toronto),  Faye Rauw (Toronto) , Mindy Conto (Toronto),  Jerome Bobb (Fever Dance Championship owner Toronto),  Tasha Lawson (Austin Texas), Wislon Wong (Toronto), Mario “Jungle” Castillo (Toronto), Megan Lawson (Fanny Pak Los Angeles), Sabrina Philip (Los Angeles), Sarah Dolan (O2 Dance Company Calgary), Amanda Walsh (Calgary), Patrick Canny (Calgary), Alex Pesusich (The Source Dance Company), Joanne Pesusich (The Source Dance Company),  Sherri Scherger (Vancouver), Bretonie Burchell (Toronto), Carlo Atienza (24/7 Dance Company ), Alexander Chung (Kore Dance Studio), Christina De La Cruz (Toronto), Miha Matevzic (Toronto), Amelia Low (New York), Jason Owin G (Calgary), Sabrina Naz (Calgary),  Sam Crossley (Kelowna), Lisa Metz (Vancouver), Carlo Atienza (Vancouver), Sean Bracke (Toronto), Cora Kozaris (Toronto)