Hello! My name is Niki Hofer and I am the proud founder and owner of Niko’s Dance Team, with two locations in Eastern Alberta. I am happy to say that I fulfilled a childhood dream when I opened these doors over a decade ago. A small studio at first it has grown over the years and we have trained some amazing dancers and still are training Stars of the Future.My dancing career began at the young age of two and a half years when I first strapped on a pair of tap shoes, my little feet found the rhythm and they haven’t stopped since. I began jazz and ballet the next year and by the ripe old age of five I had won my first scholarship and began to study dance three nights a week. At age seven I saw the start of Ukrainian, Square and Round Dancing with clogging, my love for dance has never stopped. I accomplished ballroom dances such as the waltz, two-step, fox-trot, polka, French minuet, heel toe polka, seven step and the schottische.I continued with advanced training in classical ballet, jazz, modern, musical theatre, character and tap at the Edmonton Public Professional School of Ballet, under the artistic direction of Margaret Flynn. I later joined the world renowned Ukrainian Cheremosh Ensemble of Edmonton under the artistic direction of Mykola Kanevets from Kiev, Ukraine.I enriched my dance career as a member of the Edmonton Contemporary Dance Company under the artistic direction of Tina Covlin, M.A., and B.P.E. And in 1996 the Edmonton Contemporary Dancers represented Canada at the World Jazz Congress in Germany.In the summer of 2000, Cheremosh was invited to the International Youth Festival in Aberdeen Scotland to be the sole representatives of Canada. This tour also brought us to England, what an opportunity it was and honour to represent our country at this festival! Cheremosh has danced its way all across North America and also did a tour in China in 2007.I furthered my dance training at the Dancefusion Academy of Dance where I added Hip-Hop to my list of disciplines. I was able to be a member of the dance company Antigravity and appeared in the summer Melt-Down Hip-Hop Party Tour of Alberta.I gained my Elementary level from the Cecchetti Society International of Classical Ballet and took my advanced ISTD Ballet Exams as well as my grade nine tap. I have been a soloist and have assisted and taught for various dance companies, and have won numerous awards for my choreography since the opening of my studio and for other companies as well.That’s a lot to take in, and as proud as I am of what I have accomplished I am equally as proud of my students year after year for representing me and my company and showing the world what we have to offer and why we love to dance. Awards and credentials aside, my best accomplishment to date was the beginning of the next chapter of my life when I got married and the following year with the birth of our son. My list of dreams may not be a long one, but I can honestly say I am one lucky woman to have crossed three of the most important ones off of that list.I am thankful for all that I was able to accomplish at such a young age, and I have my parents to thank for their support during that time, and my entire family for their continued support for the success of my studio, and my fellow colleagues for allowing me to extend my vision onto others, together we are making dreams come true!
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Amber was born and raised in Tofield, and still lives in Tofield with her husband, and two sons. Dance has always been a passion for Amber, she started dancing at the age of 5 with the Tofield School of Dance taking ballet, and working her way up to musical theater, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. Amber danced and competed with Tofield School of Dance until the age of 17 years old, and then went on to dance and teach at Niko’s Dance Team, and has continued to do so about 10 years. She has competed across Alberta, winning numerous outstanding awards, Participated in workshops, danced in the opening ceremonies for the 2001 World Games in Edmonton, and has been reviewed and judged by many world renowned dancers and adjudicators.
She enjoys sharing her passion for dance through teaching and choreographing and has much love for all students.