Summer Guest Faculty
Christie Lee Manning
Lesley Benham BA, BEd, RAD Diploma
Janet Gittens RAD Diploma
|Janet Gittens is a highly experienced dance instructor. She has been teaching for over twenty five years and holds The Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Diploma with Anatomy and Child Psychology and Development and the Advanced Diploma in Benesh Movement Notation.
Janet taught ballet at the Benesh Institute and Ballet Rambert (London, England) and also owned and operated her dance studio for 17 years in Trinidad and Tobago.
Janet continues to assist her students to reach their ultimate goals through her coaching and encouraging. She has been involved with preparations for the Solo Seal examinations of the Royal Academy of Dance, The Genee International Competition (London, England), Prix de Lausanne (Switzerland), the award of scholarships, and placement in international dance schools and companies.
Katie Parks RAD Diploma
Heather Price ARAD, RAD RTS, BSc (Pharm)
|A popular teacher, Belinda Sobie has given master classes in jazz for the Royal Academy of Dance, Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association, Moosejaw Dance Society and the B.C. Jazz Dance Association.Belinda has adjudicated and coached jazz for the Moosejaw Dance Festival, Alberta Dance Festival, B.C Jazz Dance Festival, as well as for Ted Lange of the “Love Boat”.
As a successful choreographer for stage, television and film, Belinda has choreographed Westside Story (Jessie Award Nomination), The Pajama Game, Guys & Dolls and Maz & Me’s Dinner Theatre Restaurant. Other credits include Booker, Escandalo (Spain), Music Hallelujah (Seattle) and Rhythm of the Night. She assisted with the choreography for Theresa Teng’s Orient Tour, Christmas in Never Neverland and Radio Active Dreams.
Her knowledge of Jazz technique has given her the opportunity to teach summer schools at virtually every major dance studio in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. We are fortunate to now have Belinda with us on a weekly basis!
Jenny Stewart B.Ed.
Bronwen Wilson B.Dance, Dip Tchg, RAD Diploma
Sarah Marie Klukas
|With over 25 years dance experience, Moe Brody has continued to entertain many with her hip hop, jazz and tap innovations. Prior to returning to her passion, dance, as her chosen career, Moe attended the University of British Columbia successfully earning her degree in Human Kinetics.
Moe’s return to dance commenced with a season as one of the NBA Grizzlies Extreme Dance Team members. During this period, she performed at numerous live and televised events including the official opening for Planet Hollywood with Bruce Willis, Will Smith and Arnold Schwatzenegger. She has also choreographed for the CFL and The University of BC dance team.
Her most recent projects have been filming “John Tucker Must Die” with Grammy winner Ashanti and Jesse Metcalf from Desperate Housewives. Also filmed Dr.Dolittle 3, both now on DVD. She just finished shooting a movie with Hayden Panettiere called I Love You Beth Cooper.
Moe has successfully proven her innate capability to choreograph or dance, on repeat basis, in commercials for such reputable companies as McDonalds, Barbie/Matel, Kyocera, Coca-Cola and Disney. Throughout her career, her winning personality and choreographic talents have landed her many interviews on radio and TV as well as several performances for MTV, Smallville, Crash Test Mommies and X-Weighted.
Currently Moe can be found teaching at the professional dance studio, Harbour Dance, in downtown Vancouver. She is also on faculty with The Source, Danzemode, DanceFusion and Groovestreet Productions. As if not busy enough, Moe is also an established full time choreographer for season release shows for Roxy, Quiksilver, and Westbeach.
Moe is also an adjudicator at dance competitions where she derives much satisfaction dispensing helpful advice which she hopes will inspire future dancers.
Lynnette Kelley A.R.A.D., A.T.Dip. – Instructor & RAD Vocational Examiner
Krista Savage RAD RTS, B.Sc. (Hon) FNH
|Elizabeth Burke opened “The Pilates Group” in 2005. Since the studio began Elizabeth and now Elvina (co – owner) have been committed to offering the highest standard of teaching.
Elizabeth started Pilates at the age of 15 after training at the National Ballet School, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School. Elizabeth continued practicing Pilates as a dancer and after dancing in London England decided to enter Dianne Millers 2 year teacher training course. After certifying with Dianne’ program Elizabeth taught Pilates in Hong Kong for one year. Elizabeth certified with The Pilates Method Alliance in 2006 and in 2009 certified with Michele Larsson’s “Core Dynamics Pilates” in Santa Fe NM. Working with master teachers such as Michelehave helped inspire Elizabeth to teach and share her passion of the Pilates Method with her clients.
Having practiced Pilates for 20 yrs Elizabeth feels everybody can benefit from the Method whether you are a total beginner to tri- athlete, Pilates gives you that longer leaner body while building core strength and having better posture. She looks forward to seeing you in her class soon!