Ethel Markall

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Ethel Markall owned Markall's School of Dance in Thunder Bay.


  • Ethel's granddaughter Wendy Holmquist founded local studio Dance Dynamics in 2000 (still active as of 2020)
  • Ethel's granddaughter Quinn Gauley was a dancer and teacher circa 2019 at local school Dream Dance Co.
  • Cheryl Scott, a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario received her early training under the tutelage of Karen Jardine [1] (nee Wang) at Experience Dance, and at the Markall’s School of Dance. [2]


Quinn has been dancing since the very young age of 2. She began dancing at her Grandmothers studio Markall’s School of Dance and Baton.

At Markall’s Quinn trained and did exams in Checcetti, BDTA Exams (Boston Dance Teachers Association), Dance Educators of America and Al Gilbert Exams. This past fall Quinn traveled to Calgary, AB where she took an Acrobatic Arts certification course and exams. Quinn is thrilled to say it was a successful trip and she is now an Acrobatic Arts Certified Teacher!

As a young competitive dancer Quinn won many awards and scholarships at local and out of town competitions. Some of these include, Adjudicators Choice Award at the Lakehead Music Festival, as well as top senior acro and lyrical scholarships for 4 years in a row.

Quinn began teaching dance at the age of 15 and found a new passion for developing dance ability in young dancers competitively and for the pure enjoyment of dance. At the age of 21 Quinn was hired by Club Med Cancun in Mexico to teach their resort dance program and perform in the nightly shows. They performed many different shows including, La Revue, Moulin Rouge and Titanic in which Quinn had the lead dance role as Rose.

When moving back to Thunder Bay Quinn met up with Heather and became apart of the Dream Dance Team since it’s doors opened in 2006 teaching competitive acro for the studio. Since teaching for Dream Dance Quinn’s acro routines have won many first place honours, high scoring awards and speciality awards locally and at out of town competitions.

— Dream Dance Co biography [3]