About Us

Our goal at Celtic Roots is to provide students with a challenging and exciting dance experience.  Students will learn not only the basic steps of Highland dance, but will also explore the history and roots of the style.


The owner and dance instructor, Kelsie Lynn Moravec is committed to creating a positive and stimulating environment in which children learn to love and appreciate the art of dance, and are inspired to achieve their personal best.

Kelsie Lynn Moravec - Owner and Instructor

Member S.D.T.A Highland, Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Education

   Kelsie Lynn Moravec has had a successful career in dancing.  She began Highland dancing at the age of four.  From this early start, Kelsie progressed quickly to championship level dancing.  She has won the Alberta Provincial Championships 10 times and has represented Alberta in the Canadian Championships 13 consecutive times.  Kelsie has been first runner-up at the Canadian Championships and has been champion at the Western Canadian Championships and United States Western Championships. A highlight of Kelsie’s dancing career was being able to dance for the Queen and the Royal Family in Braemar, Scotland.

    Kelsie has been teaching dance since 2001. In 2003, Kelsie received her Associates Certification and in 2004 received her Members Certification. Both exams were passed with distinction.

    Kelsie’s passion for teaching children has carried over into her life outside of dancing. In 2008, she completed her Masters of Teaching degree and is now an elementary school teacher with the Calgary Board of Education.

Jennifer McCandie - Instructor

Member B.A.T.D Highland, Bachelor of Human Kinetics

    Jenny McCandie has been dancing for 22 years and competing for 17. She spent most of her career in Ontario, moving around with her military family and therefore having the opportunity to learn from a number of great teachers. She spent 7 years with the Champagne School of Dance in Ottawa, developing a love for choreography, before moving to Calgary and dancing with Gillie Callum. She has competed in Provincial Championships in both provinces, as well as competed across the US and Scotland.

    Jenny has been teaching highland since 2006 at studios in Cobourg, Ottawa, and Calgary. She became an Associate of the BATD in 2006 and a Member in 2010. 

    2016 has been dubbed her "victory lap" in competitive dancing. Outside of highland, she works in sports marketing and enjoys all things active.