Meet The Team
Chief Play Officer, PL3Y Program Director, Author of Teaching Dance for Understanding
Mélanie Levenberg puts her passion into action through her work as Chief PLAY Officer for PL3Y Inc. Applying best practices in positive thinking, personal development, fitness, health and physical education, she inspires kids, teens and adults to claim their Bubble of AwesomeÔ and live the 3 Rules of PL3Y: Be Positive. Be Fun. Be Yourself.Ô A certified trainer and instructor, Mélanie holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, a teaching degree in Health and Physical Education and an honors degree in Kinesiology. She has worked with organizations across the world to inspire leaders to foster more playfulness in their lives through innovative and fun physical activity programs, workshops, retreats and trainings.
Education Manager, PL3Y HQ
Newsha was born & raised on Vancouver’s North Shore and loves to stay active & adventurous. With a background in radio broadcasting she has a love for music & pop culture. Her dedication, drive for success & wanting to help make a positive difference in other peoples lives is what brought her to DANCEPL3Y. She’s learned through her own experiences how having a healthy, active lifestyle affects every aspect of your life in a positive way, and she wants to share that with others.
Assessment Specialist, Master Trainer for DANCEPL3Y Kids, DANCEPL3Y Youth Leaders
Amanda grew up an active individual. Playing every sport, running, swimming… and most anything you could think of. Upon University graduation she worked at the University of Waterloo- working with students and developing student engagement. Though much of her time at the University was in a mental capacity, she always found way to add some active fitness component! In 2011 while still living in Ontario Amanda began to teach some fitness classes on the side of her regular day job. It wasn’t until 2012, when her husband moved them to Yellowknife that she turned to fitness full-time! Over the past four years Amanda has brought a number of active fitness programs to the Northwest Territories for both kids and adults. In this short time, Amanda has been awarded the Innovation Award from the NWT Recreation and parks Association for her work. She has been to 27 of the 33 communities in the NWT delivering these active program. (Not to worry – she plans to get to the remaining 6 yet!) Amanda is excited to bring DANCEPL3Y to the North and keep supporting the communities in providing active, healthier lifestyles! As the Assessment Specialist for PL3Y HQ, Amanda is responsible for the quality control of all PL3Y Programs through instructor video assessments and feedback.
Master Trainer for DANCEPL3Y Kids, DANCEPL3Y Adult/Teens, POWERPL3Y and PL3YGROUND
Matt Leung is a business graduate from the University of Calgary, who has spent over 10 years working with children and youth in the recreation sector. Matt is the Team Lead of Active Play & Lifestyles at Vivo for Healthier Generations, a local recreation centre in Calgary, Alberta. As a member of the Learner Experience Team he oversees registered programming for ages 6 to 106, and is responsible for creation of Vivo’s Product Development Blueprint. Leading up to the 2017 International Play Association conference being held in Calgary he sits on the steering committee for YYCPlays, a committee of professionals invested in building Calgary’s capacity for play. Matt has facilitated trainings and workshops across Canada, and he is also an active member of the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association’s Child & Youth Committee, a certified HIGH FIVE Trainer, and the original Vivo Play Ambassador.
Master Trainer for DANCEPL3Y Kids, DANCEPL3Y Youth Leaders, TDfU
Tracy Lockwood is the Founder of PLAY Education Consulting. She is a certified Physical Education Teacher and has over 20 years of experience as an educator. Her teaching experience includes working with K-12 students in Alberta, Canada and in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She was employed as a provincial education coordinator for nearly 10 years where she facilitated hundreds of workshops for thousands of professionals at the local, provincial, national and international level. Her provincial lens brought many opportunities to write, edit and review resources for Health and Physical Education organizations and Government Ministries. As a Master Trainer for the National Coaching Certification Program, DANCEPL3Y, and Teaching Dance for Understanding, her skills are vast. Tracy is a lifelong learner and has completed her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland. She has a passion for all things physical education, physical literacy and physical activity. Specifically, she loves working with teachers, developing quality physical education lessons and inspiring children & youth to participate in physical activity.
Master Trainer for DANCEPL3Y Kids, DANCEPL3Y Youth Leaders, DANCEPL3Y Adult/Teens
Brooke, (BA Psychology) has a passion for getting kids dancing, helping them discover their own style, and feeling awesome and confident in expressing who they are. Her BA in Psychology focused on body awareness, self-esteem, eating disorders, mental health awareness and how to create change from a community level.
For the last 7 years, Brooke has taught kids in schools, presented at conferences and trained instructors to teach DANCEPL3Y in Australia, the UK, Kenya, Mexico, and all over North America. One of her favourite projects is with Living Positive Kenya where she has trained women with HIV/ Aids to teach DANCEPL3Y so they can use dance as a way to heal, connect to one another, increase their self-esteem and educate others. She lives in Vancouver where she operates the DANCEPL3Y Vancouver School Programs Region and get thousands of students active with dance each year!
Master Trainer for DANCEPL3Y Kids and TDfU
Susan is a Physical Education Specialist and HPEC regional representative for Greater Calgary, with over 25 years of experience in teaching. Having also trained in various styles of dance, she facilitates workshops and conference sessions throughout Alberta, to inspire and motivate others through physical activity and dance.
Master Trainer for DANCEPL3Y Adult/Teens and POWERPL3Y
Daniela is a highly qualified Fitness & Wellness Specialist with a passion for teaching others how to use movement to foster vibrant health. Having presented fitness programming throughout Canada, the USA and Europe, she creates exciting participant experiences in every class. Daniela combines her experience as a Kinesiologist, Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, CanFitPro PRO Trainer, and Thai Massage Practitioner, to deliver programs that are challenging, purposeful, and FUN!