Miss Di — Founder & Instructress
Diana Lefebvre, also known as "Diva Di", is one of Canada's top dancesport trainers. Her classical ballet training lead her to the world of ballroom dancing and in 1997 she opened what came to be one of Canada's premier dancesport facilities.
In 1999, she teamed up with North American Latin Champion, Martin Lefebvre. Together they competed for Canada for six years and in 2003 they represented Canada at the World Professional Latin Championships in Innsbruck, Austria.
In 2004, after an injury, Diana retired from competition and in 2006 she sold her studio and married her dance partner, Martin. In 2008 Martin and Diana welcomed their baby girl Bianca into the world. She now devotes her time to motherhood, training her competitive youth dancesport team, judging, and of course, "Burlesquercise"! Diana is also a co-founder of
the Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand Prix, Western Canada's largest dancesport competition. With the influence of Burlesquercise, it is most definitely the sexiest event in Canada!
Known as a knowledgeable and entertaining instructor, Diana's greatest talent is her ability to connect and build confidence within people.
Diana's burlesque story...
Naturally shy and introverted, Diana was attracted and seduced by dancing. Although a professional dancer, she struggled to feel comfortable in her own skin and the "sexy factor" always eluded her. Determined to break free, Diana hired several teachers to assist her in various skills to build her confidence.
"I used to think that perhaps Jennifer Lopez woke up feeling hot, but I came to understand that these are skills that can be learned regardless of your personality type. I am naturally an introvert, but after a lot of training and practice, I now live as an introvert with extroverted skills."
After people started to see her transformation, they began to ask for help boosting their own confidence and stage presence. Originally, she only offered classes to her dancers, but when when they started asking if their mothers could come, Diana realized that that confidence and self esteem were things that most women were struggling with. And so Burlesquercise was born.
Miss Kim — Instructress
The sexy and hilarious Kim Donaghy has been a professional ballroom dance instructor since 1980. Considered a pioneer for developing the dance scene in Calgary, Kim was the dance director for The University of Calgary Ballroom Dance Club for 18 years. She also taught for many Phys. Ed. departments for both Senior and Junior High Schools in the City of Calgary.
Amazingly, being a wife and a mother to three kids, Kim competed for Canada both in latin and ballroom where she excelled to become a Canadian semi-finalist. In addition to that, in 2005 she was the World Champion in the Diamond Showcase Division at the World Country and Western Dance Championships in Nashville.
Kim now spends her time traveling as a professional ballroom judge, enjoying her family and representing the Burlesquercise team!
Known as a free, fun and outgoing spirit, Kim's contagious personality is an inspiration to many of her students. She makes learning fun and has a gift to make others feel comfortable...and it's inevitable you will be gigglin' a lot!
Miss Annick — Instructress
Annick Paquet is one of Canada’s top country dancers competing at the Masters Level on the UCWDC Circuit. Dancing since the age of 12, Annick has extensive training in ballroom, latin, country and swing.
In 1998, she partnered with Doug Davidson with whom she competed for nine years and then later married. In 2001 they represented Canada at the World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands and again in 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2008, she teamed up with fellow Master competitor Michael Eads from Los Angeles. She currently devotes her time training, judging and traveling to compete and dance.
Known for her energetic and feisty personality, you can always be confident you'll have a good laugh with her!
Miss Leslie — Instructress
Leslie Finch started dancing at the age of 12 and by sweet sixteen she discovered ballroom dancing. Leslie's passion lead her to become a dancesport competitor where she represented the latin division many times across Canada.
Hand-selected and trained by Diva di herself, Leslie is often the main headliner for shows and performances. She has extensive training in hip hop, jazz, latin and Burlesque and is our rowdy stagette instructress, so expect lots of laughter at your next Burlesque Teaser Party. Vivacious, outgoing, sexy and fun..Leslie is an inspiration to all she teaches!