MERCEDEZ CARLSON

Dance Instructor - Acro, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet

Mercedez started dancing at the age of 6 and fell in love with performing at a young age. She grew up in Melfort, Saskatchewan, where she danced at the Melfort Dance Centre. She participated in competitions and Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA) examinations in jazz, ballet and tap. Mercedez has traveled to New York and Los Angeles to train in the commercial and Broadway industries. A graduate from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, where she studied acting, singing and dancing, she has had many performance opportunities. Her performances include Smokey Joe's Cafe, Belle in Broadway Lights with the Victoria Symphony, and the original play Cities and Girls. Mercedez continued her training with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary, Alberta and later become Acrobatic Arts certified. She is also an award winning choreographer, constantly pushing dancers out of their comfort zones. She is currently pursuing a double degree at the University of Regina in both education and kinesiology, and is thrilled to be joining the SaskExpress team to share her love of dance for third year!