Faculty

Lesley Benham  BA, BEd, RAD Diploma
Lesley Benham brings 27 years of choreographic and teaching experience and is now celebrating her 20th year as director and owner of Deas Island Dance.

Lesley has a thorough knowledge of a variety of dance styles and their technical aspects including ballet, modern, jazz, character and national dance (ISTD), musical theatre and flamenco.  Lesley completed her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Teachers Certification with Distinction and her RAD Teaching Diploma with Anatomy and Child Psychology.  Lesley also holds Bachelor degrees in Liberal Arts and Education from the University of British Columbia.

Lesley has acted as a supervisor to new teachers enrolled in Royal Academy of Dance CBTS teachers program and has mentored many young aspiring dancers and dance teachers.  She continues her own professional development with international programs and workshops on dance technique, mime, musicality, anatomy and injury prevention.  Lesley returns in the summertime to The Ailey School in New York to continue studies in the Horton Pedagogy Program under the direction of Anna-Marie Forsyth, co-founder of the Ailey Fordam BFA.

Lesley has traveled extensively abroad which has influenced both her choreography and her strong sense of community.  Her participation in wilderness expeditions, in the Himalayas and at home, have helped develop a strong sense of determination which she passes on to her students.  Lesley teaches her classes with kindness and professionalism, attentive to both the physical and emotional well being of her students, and motivating her students to strive for their best of their ability.

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.

Jamie Montgomery
Jamie has been dancing since she was 3 years old and has training in ballet, jazz and lyrical jazz, modern, hip hop and tap.

After graduating from Deas Island Dance, Jamie continued her dance studies at Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks summer programs, The Edge in L.A., Harbour Dance Centre, and she has also attended many conventions including Groove Street Productions. Also, Jamie spent two years studying and performing with the Source Dance Company in Vancouver under the director Joanne Pesusich.

Jamie is excited to be entering her fifteenth year of teaching Jazz, Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop with Deas Island Dance.

Katie Parks RAD Diploma

Katie Parks is an enthusiastic, fun-loving teacher with extensive experience in the field of dance.   She danced semi-professionally with the Toronto Regional Ballet Company performing throughout Northeastern USA and Canada.  While enjoying performing with the company, she also attended multiple summer schools at Jacobs Pillow, Massachusetts, the National Ballet of Canada and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal Quebec.

Katie has studied dance teaching programs at both Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto and Grant McEwan College in Edmonton. She has owned and operated dance studios in both Jasper Alberta and South Delta, (Tsawwassen).  Katie is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and received distinction on her Teaching Certificate examination. She received her RAD Teaching Diploma in Anatomy, Dance History and Child Psychology and Development.  She also enjoys exploring the world of teaching by attending inspiring courses which include the National Ballet of Canada’s Teacher’s Summer Seminars, Modern Intensives with renowned dancer/choreographer Peggy Baker,  Rhee Gold conferences, USA and the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus courses.   Katie has also enjoyed choreographing for local dance festivals where her students have experienced wonderful success.

Katie is a retired Education Assistant who worked at the preschool, elementary and high school level with the Delta School District.  She holds a Certificate in Autism Training, POPARD.  She has broad experience teaching dance to children with exceptionalities and has choreographed for dance troupes involved in both the BC Special Olympics and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society Conferences.   Katie’s goal is to empower young students to believe in their abilities, not just in dance, but in life too.  Katie brings a sense of humour to class which is enjoyed by all.

Morgan McQueen
Morgan is a talented individual who has been emerged within the dance world since the young age of three. Through her training, she has excelled in styles such as Tap, Jazz , Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Lyrical. Morgan has achieved a variety of dance accomplishments throughout her life. A highlighted few include the popular teen comedy, “John Tucker Must Die”, dancing with the BC Lions as a Felion (3 years), performing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines, a member of Vancouver’s Hip Hop crew, Make your mark and she is the co-founder/ main choreographer for the Hip Hop crew Stylistix.

Aside from the many dance opportunities Morgan has been involved in, she was asked to be a part of the 2005 Canadian National Tap Team which competed at the World Tap Championships in Reisa, Germany. Morgan was extremely successful in her endeavors at the competition, placing seventh overall in the Women’s solo tap category and second place in the group category.

Currently Morgan is the co-ordinator for the Vancouver Giants Dance team, where she has a selected group of girls that perform during the Giants Home games and attend promotional events outside the rink. Morgan was a dancer for the team for 2 years when she was then asked to take over as co-ordinator and has been doing so for the past 9 years; She has taken the team from 5 members to 22.

On top of Morgan’s evolving dance career, she takes time to stay true to her love of dance by teaching at various dance studios. She has had the opportunity to train at elite dance establishments in areas such as Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas and Vancouver.  Morgan’s passion for dancing is evident in her many successes as a dancer and as a teacher. She looks forward to working with the students at Deas Island Dance!

Ashley Sweett
Ashley is a versatile performing artist trained in various forms of dance and theatre. Her ventures have steered her towards working professionally in live performances, dance theatre film/television, and dance education both internationally and locally in Vancouver, BC.Her passion for the performing arts and entertainment industry started as a child. She received countless awards and scholarships at a provincial level performer during and beyond her adolescent years. After graduating high school as a dance major from The Langley Fine Arts school, she became a member of The Source Dance Company under direction of Joanne Pesusich. She then became a member of the contemporary dance company Modus Operandi where she trained exclusively with David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen.

In 2013, Ashley founded Sweett Moves which has since led her to create sold out events such as “Bated Breath” and “Sweett Moves Summer Jam”. Since 2012 she has collaborated with many artists as both a choreographer and a performer for Vanessa Young’s company The Lovers Cabaret which has produced a variety of sold out events such as ‘Lovers of Marley’ and ‘Lovers of Queen’ in 2014 and ‘Six Word Stories’ in 2015.

Ashley has directed and choreographed for Canadian recording artists Little India and Hey Ocean, Cirque du Soliel’s One Drop charity, the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and more.

Ashley’s work has been seen at The Vancouver Club, Roundhouse Performance Theatre, Vogue Theatre, The Dance Centre, The Waterfront Theatre, Surrey Arts Centre, Massey Theatre, The Rickshaw Theatre, The Fox Cabaret, Electric Owl and more.

She is an award–winning teacher and choreographer for many local training programs such as Affinity Dance Inc. and Deas Island Dance. She also travels regularly for contracts as a recognized adjudicator and guest teacher. She enjoys working with recreational, emerging and professional artists of all ages through her Sweett Moves events, classes, choreography and mentorship.

Ashley has recently returned from a working holiday abroad in Australia and its surrounding countries. She will complete the rest of the year 2016 teaching and performing in Vancouver. Ashley is filled with Love and Gratitude

Andrea Gibson

Andrea is a multitalented dancer, teacher and choreographer trained in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, stage, ballet(RAD), hip hop, tap, voice and musical theatre. She grew up on stage winning multiple personal scholarships, competing as a provincial representative over a number of years. Andrea has starred in numerous stage productions as well as being casted as a principal dancer in the Warner Brothers movie Scooby Doo 2. Over the last decade she has taught at both recreational and competitive levels, with her students winning numerous high-score and choreography awards yearly as well as personally receiving the “Mentor” award at the Shine Dance Festival for her positive attitude and work ethic with her students. Andrea’s passion for performing is contagious and her focus in class is not only on building dancers but confident and passionate young people.

Andrea was selected as Shine Dance Festival “Teacher of the Year” 2015. She is always invested in furthering her education as an instructor and spent part of her summer at the Dance Teacher Summit in LA.

She recently completed Level One and Two of the International Dance Teaching Standards, and is currently taking a choreography lab this fall

Joshua Haban
Joshua Haban is a unique and talented dancer, choreographer, and performer within the Vancouver area. He has worked with Disney Cruise Line as a Mainstage performer, danced with the Response Dance Company and the Goh Ballet Youth Company. He has also been featured in multiple film and TV performances. Some TV performances are “Something to Live For”,  ”Primitive” and “Center Stage: On Pointe”.

Joshua has performed works by Guangdong Contemporary Dance Company and GBYC for Vancouver International Dance Festival 2015, Sasha Evtimova, and Jesse Rob.

His recent choreography awards were 2016 Shine Dance Festival – North Vancouver, and 2016 Youth America Grand Prix Seattle (Outstanding Choreographer).

We are thrilled to have Joshua co-teaching contemporary with Miss Ashley on Friday evenings!

Bianca Corea
Bianca Corea, is a graduate of Deas Island Dance and we are so pleased to see her carrying on with her teaching career.  Bianca has a natural gift for teaching and lights up the classroom with her bright and positive energy.

Bianca began her teacher training as a teaching assistant at D.I.D and continued as a dance instructor for Delta Parks & Recreation.   Over the years she has become a favorite amongst the junior students at both D.I.D., Delta Gymnastics and Delta Parks & Recreation.

Bianca has studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. Bianca has completed R.A.D ballet examinations from Primary to Grade 8 with final marks of Distinction and has received many festival awards over the years of her training.

Bianca considers Deas Island Dance her second home and the dancers and staff her second family.  She is delighted to be teaching Monday and Saturday mornings.

Sarah Marie Klukas
Miss Sarah Marie is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and a graduate of the R.A.D. Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies program. While in the CBTS program, she was the inaugural recipient of the 2012 Dorothy Cox-Scruton Bursary given out to first-year students.
Miss Sarah Marie holds her RAD Advanced 2 Certificate and has worked through the graded examinations, receiving her Grade 8 award with Distinction. In addition, she has trained in Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Modern, Lyrical and Contemporary dance.
Sarah Marie has competed various programs including: Royal Winnipeg Ballet Teacher’s Seminar, American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, Leap N Learn dance pedagogy workshop in New York City and Modern Technique at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
Sarah Marie will be teaching Saturday mornings and is excited for the upcoming dance season.
Lauren Last
Lauren is currently dancing with a Mega crew called “Unity”, former known as “The Community”, directed and trained under Ervinn Tangco. Unity has been very successful and has placed first in numerous competitions such as Bridge NorCal, Battlegrounds, WOD (World of Dance) Vancouver, and most recently placing second at Collaboration: NorCal. They also continued on to the WOD finals in Los Angeles, placing 10th. Unity is the very first dance company to sign with the Beast Network and receive scholarships from Willdabeast to attend his convention, “Buildabeast” to learn from some of the very best choreographers around the world. Lauren has performed in various amount of shows including Kolanie Marks: unrated, HHI Pre-Lims, Honours Performance & more. She was also apart of an all female crew, “Self-made” trained and created by Adam McKinnon for a couple of years.

Lauren has received countless number of awards and scholarships throughout and beyond her adolescent years training under styles such as hip hop, tap, musical theatre, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and ballet at Dance Xpressions. Lauren was awarded Best Overall Dancer in Quesnel Festival and was Provincial Representative in 2013 & 2014.

She now hopes to continue her dance career and work hard as a teacher and choreographer to pass down her knowledge to create a professional, but fun environment in class to those you would to like to pursue dance as a career. Lauren is very grateful for all of her opportunities and is very excited to be apart of the Deas Island Faculty!

Sarah Tse
Guided by dedication and passion, Sarah Tse has spent the past years expanding her knowledge of dance. Growing up in Langley, B.C., Sarah began her dance training at Morningstar Dance Academy then continued her studies at Deas Island Dance where she excelled in completing Royal Academy of Dance Graded examinations up to the Grade 8 award with Distinction as well as Vocational exams. She had the honour of performing the Solo Seal Award, which is the R.A.D highest level of vocational examinations. Sarah is a graduate of the Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies and is now a registered teacher with the R.A.D. Aside from performing onstage, Sarah had the opportunity to be casted a featured ballet role in the Lifetime channel movie, Center Stage: On Pointe, released this past year.

Alongside her extensive ballet training, she is currently excelling in contemporary ballet. She has been training and performing with the contemporary dance company, Lamondance, under the guidance of Davi Rodrigues for two seasons. She recently performed with Lamondance at the annual International Dance Seminar in Brazil this past summer.

In addition to performing, Sarah has continuously been perfecting her contemporary technique. She has trained with an array of international world renowned teachers and choreographers during her acceptance in Arts Umbrella’s International Summer Dance Intensive such as Doug Letheren (L-E-V), Amy Douglas (Dutch National Ballet), Marc Boivin, and Fernando Hernandez (Netherland Dans Theatre).

Sarah now looks forward to discovering new endeavours as a freelance dance artist in contemporary dance.

Lindsay White
Lindsay White is a highly experienced dance and certified yoga instructor.  She has been teaching and choreographing for 20 years in a variety of dance genres.  Lindsay is trained in multiple disciplines and continually attends conventions and various courses to learn new techniques to share with her students.  She is passionate about dance and her students.

Lindsay has grown up performing in the lower mainland competitive scene.  Her love of dance has transpired into a rewarding career. Lindsay teaches both at the recreational and competitive level with her students winning numerous high score and  choreography awards.

Her love of dance is most apparent in her commitment and dedication to train her students focusing on developing their technique as well as inspiring a love of performance.  Lindsay is encouraging, positive, and invested in nurturing her dancers through their dance journey.

Lindsay desires to share her love of dance with her students and aspiring teachers.  She proudly has numerous dancers who post graduation continue to dance professionally or teach, sharing their passion with the next generation.  Lindsay brings both energy and enthusiasm to her classes and enjoys watching her students succeed.

Ryan Williams
Ryan Williams will be teaching Hip Hop on Mondays and Thursdays this upcoming year.

We are excited to welcome him back to Deas Island Dance. Ryan’s most recent training has been with the Souldiers Dance Company directed by Kim Sato. This semi-professional company focuses on training and performances in foundational Hip Hop, Breaking, House, Locking, Popping, and social dances. He has previously trained in intensive commercial Hip Hop with Harbour Dance Centre’s Kill The Lights, as well as Make Your Mark. Ryan hopes to create an environment for students where they will explore their creativity all while being physically active.

Guest Teachers and Past Instructors/Choreographers
Heather Price ARAD, RAD RTS, BSc (Pharm)
Heather began her ballet training with the Cecchetti Method, and continued on with the RAD after the age of 8, successfully completing the Advanced 2 exam in 2009.  Heather spent 3 years in London Ontario teaching, training, and performing while attending university. She had the privilege to train with Dale Yoshida, a former principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Heather has been teaching Ballet and various other dance forms, including Modern, Jazz, and Tap, since 2002.  In 2007 she completed the RAD’s Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies program, which grants her fully registered teachers status.  Heather is also a registered pharmacist and a guest lecturer with UBC’s Faculty of Pharmacy.

Cara Lee Hrdlitschka
Cara is an accomplished dancer, performer and teacher with many film, television and stage credits to her name.  Cara has lived and performed in Paris at the Bal du Moulin Rouge and has also on stage with Sweet Mystery, Carnival Cruiselines, For the Luv of It, Variety Show of Hearts and much more!

Cara is an all round teacher, having trained in Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Lyrical, and RAD Ballet.  She continued her studies in the United States studying at Millenium Dance Project, Debbie Reynolds, Edge Performing Arts Centre (LA) and the Connection (Seattle).  Cara is also a Source Dance Company graduate.

Bronwen Wilson B.Dance, Dip Tchg, RAD Diploma
Bronwen Wilson holds a Bachelor of Dance from AUT in New Zealand.  She has been teaching dance for over 15 years and completed her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet teacher training with distinction.  She also holds the RAD Teaching Diploma in Anatomy, Dance History and Child Psychology and Development.

Throughout her teaching career, Bronwen has taught at several tertiary institutions in New Zealand as well as for many private studios.  Bronwen is particularly passionate about teaching Musical Theatre and has performed in several shows including Sound of Music, Godspell, Highschool Musical (URP) and West Side Story (RCMT).  Bronwen loves the thrill of teaching large broadway numbers to her students and watching them catch the broadway bug!  She also enjoys teaching historic tidbits to give her students a rounded education.

Bronwen has become a regular face at Deas Island Dance teaching weekly classes, summer intensives and choreographing for Disney performances and festival routines.

Chris Larsen
Chris Larsen joins us after recently retiring from The Birmingham Royal Ballet in England.  Chris is a National Ballet of Canada Graduate and has completed his RAD teacher training at the academy in London, England.

Over his 15 years of dancing professionally he has danced a wide range of roles from Corps de Ballet to Principle roles that ranged from character parts to technical classical roles. Chris has toured Europe, China, Japan and North America with the companies such as Birmingham Royal Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, and Ballet-Art Francois Klaus with and has danced in many international galas.

Marisa Gold
Marisa Gold is a unique and diligent dancer, choreographer, and performer within the Vancouver area. Graduating as a dance major from Langley Fine ArtsSchool was only the beginning of Marisa’s studies in her dance career. As a third year Simon Fraser University student, Marisa works towards her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Marisa continues to expand her career through various collaborative and soloist works and continues to fine tune her creativity as an independent dancer and choreographer.
Meghan Anderssen
_Meghan is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, voice and musical theatre. She is lucky to have had the opportunity to study and perform in Toronto, Charlotettown, and New York City. Meghan has most recently appeared as Logainne Schwarzandgrubenierre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada Theatre) and as Betty Jean in Vancouver’s premiere of The Marvelous Wonderettes (Hey Look! It’s a Co-Op). Other past performing credits include: Tammy in Hairspray! (Arts Club); Agatha in Guys and Dolls (Chemainus); Ruthie/Ned in Bat Boy (Patrick Street Productions); Linda in Evil Dead (DSR); Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun (Theatre Under The Stars); Cowgirl in Somewhere in the World… and Not Wanted on the Voyage (Charlottetown Festival); and a member of the Vancouver Urban Tap Squad. Meghan is a UBC graduate with her Bachelor of Arts in Dramaturgy and is a proud member of Canadian Actor’s Equity Association. Up next: Meghan returns to “Oz” as The Wicked Witch in Carousel Theatre’s remounting of the Jessie nominated production The Wizard of Oz.
Angela Lowndes
Angela was born in Costa Rica and has studied dance all over the world.  She is a choreographer, Dancer, Teacher, and Singer. Her technique ranges in many different styles such as Old Skool, New Skool, Locking, Popping, Street Jazz, Jazz and Ballet. She has also trained in South African dance and Break dance.Angela’s many credits include Moka Only, Rascalz, MTV Canada, MTV US, Much Music, City TV, Fear Factor for Kids, Canadian Philipino Idol, Nessa V, Red 1, Digable Planets, For the Hell of It, Olympics 2010 alongside K-OS, Mariannas Trench Celebrity Status music video  and many more.

Her Dance crew was the West Coast Hip Hop Champion in 2007. The group traveled to Los Angeles to represent Canada in the World Hip Hop Championships. She is currently traveling back and forth from the states performing and training. Her crew Lyrical Thesis is currently one of the opening showcases for the Massive Monkey’s Vancouver Tour January 2010.

Bobbie Wignall
Bobbie was born in the UK and has been entertaining audiences around the world since the age of three. Bobbie began her training at Ann Holland School of Theatre Dance. She then went on to train professionally at Laine Theatre Arts in Epson, London where she studied singing, dancing and acting. Upon completion of her 3 year theatrical course, Bobbie was awarded honours in two teaching exams: Modern and Tap. Bobbie is a fully certified Dance Teacher and earned this recognition through the Imperial Society of Theatre Dance (ISTD).After graduation, Bobbie taught and choreographed numerous shows and stage productions for students aged 3 and up. She was a headline vocalist for many summer season theatrical shows in the UK, and she took her talents abroad by performing on some of the most luxurious cruise ships afloat and headlining in their major broadway production style shows. Bobbie has a real passion for all styles of dance and this really shines through in her teaching style and interaction with her students. She is always eager to meet new students and to help them achieve their goals and ambitions.
Belinda Sobie
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!

Moses Layco
A Native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Moses now trains and resides in Vancouver, BC. Trained in all styles of dance with contemporary jazz and hip hop being his forte. The focus of his class is not so much on technique, but more so capturing the emotion of the movement.Moses Started dance at the age of 19 and has continued his passion for the art and never looked back. He continues to inspire others, encouraging them that “it’s never too late to start.”
Moses has worked and trained closely with some of the most influential and sought after entertainers and choreographers in the business. Sonya Teyah, Mandy Moore, Erica Sobol, Chris Dupre, Blake McGrath, Bobby Newberry, Kelly Konno, Luther Brown, Nico Archambault, Wynn Holmes, to name a few.
You may also recognize him as one of Canada’s Top 40 finalists 2 years in a row on the hit show SYTYCD Canada. Moses continues to train, as he believes you can never stop growing and learning as an artist.
Jenny Stewart
Jenny has danced across Canada and the US with companies like Dance Nouveau, Pro Troupe and Legends Alive! and has worked with many influential and inspiring professional dancers.Jenny has choreographed for fitness pageants and fashion shows and was also proud to assist with the choreography for the World Track and Field Championships in Edmonton.

Originally a prairie girl from Alberta, Jenny moved to Vancouver in 2002 to pursue a career as a performer. She has been seen in various live shows such as Guys & Dolls, Godspell, West Side Story, Music Man, Crazy for You, Mack & Mabel, Lost Vegas Live!, Fosse, Fosse, Fosse and the opening program for the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. Her recent Film & TV credits include “John Tucker Must Die”, “Dr Doolittle 3”, “Two for the Money”, commercials for Coke and Global, and appearances on Urban Rush and MTV Canada.

Most recently Jenny traveled the Mexican Riviera dancing for Carnival Cruise Lines and currently she works as a special needs aide in a private school and a dance instructor for children and adults.

Kiran Mander
A Bhangra, Bollywood and all around dance enthusiast, Kiran has over 10 years of professional and competitive Bhangra dance experience. She is the co-founder, choreographer and coach of the first all-female competitive team, UBC Girlz Bhangra. This award winning team has led the emergence of all female, competitive Bhangra teams in North America.  Her most memorable stage moment includes performing and opening for the 2009 Juno Awards with Russell Peters. Off stage, Kiran currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration (VIBC) and has co-founded her own South Asian dance company called FolkFit. Kiran’s notable ability is to teach the traditional artform of Bhangra while fusing it with modern beats and movements; she is looking forward to sharing her passion for dance and the South Asian performing arts!
Moe Brody
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
Lynnette Kelley studied at the Wynne Shaw Dance Studio in Victoria, B.C. and at the Banff School of Fine Arts. She obtained the Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Teaching Certificate in 1971, and has since become an RAD Dual Examiner, and travels internationally teaching and examining.

Ballet is her passion, and she has successfully prepared numerous students for the Solo Seal Award Examination, which is the highest level of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Mrs. Kelley has also coached many students for the prestigious Adeline Genee International Competition and among them there have been many finalists and medalists.  We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Kelley join us and welcome her as one of the coaches of the ballet intensive program.

Krista Savage  RAD RTS, B.Sc. (Hon) FNH
Krista’s early training was with Katie Parks and Lesley Benham at the South Delta Studio of Dance.  She later trained in the Professional Division at The Richmond Academy of Dance and also studied at the National Ballet School of Canada, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Montreal’s L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec.  While living in Montreal, she worked with company members of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and studied daily with Alexandra Wells, former principal dancer of Boston Ballet.

Krista also obtained a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Food, Nutrition, and Health from The University of British Columbia, and, with a special interest in wellness and injury prevention, has conducted nutrition seminars for dancers.As well as performing many classical roles and completing advanced examinations while she was training, Krista holds her Teaching Certificate and Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance.  For ten years, she taught at The Richmond Academy of Dance, and other schools in the Greater Vancouver area.

Krista now coordinates and leads the Ballet Program at RNB Dance and Theatre Arts in North Vancouver, as well as continuing to guest teach and choreograph at a variety of schools in Western Canada. Her students have been consistently recognized for strong exam results, top awards in both local and provincial festivals, and have gone on to dance professionally.

Krista has a true passion for ballet, and loves sharing this passion with young dancers!

Elizabeth Burke
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!

Paula Skimin
Dubbed by CBC’s national television arts program ZeD as “Toronto’s leading authority on tap dancing.”Dancer, choreographer, director, adjudicator and educator Paula Skimin is a dedicated and motivated dancer who continues to bring to the forefront a mix of elegance and dynamic footwork with her Toronto based tap company, Turn On The Tap. As artistic director since 1999, Paula has produced many productions featuring original scores.

Paula collaborates with various mediums fusing her art form making her a  progressive artist and educator. This dancer, teacher and choreographer has studied with world-class New York based tap dancers such as Dr. James ‘Buster’ Brown, Brenda Bufalino and Heather Cornell. She has worked in New York with the prestigious Manhattan Tap and in Michigan with Sole Full of Rhythm.

Her teaching has reached dancers throughout Canada and the US. She is currently a Principal Artist with Learning Through The Arts, an education program associated with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Paula is on faculty at Sheridan College in the Musical Theatre Program, with SERC a research centre for creative aging, and, teaches workshops at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education associated with the University of Toronto.

Emily Tench
Emily Tench grew up in Rossland BC, training in RAD ballet with Carole Bonin and modern dance with Kimberly Hall.  She is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Neatherlands.  Between the two schools she performed in 20 new and remounted works by choreographers from around the world. After her graduation in Europe she performed for dance-theatre company Theatergroep DOX touring the Netherlands and Belgium extensively. She performed a solo work at the 2006 Prague Dance Festival with Lithuanian choreographer Agnija Šeiko. Emily was a then company member of Toronto Ontario’s Tilt Sound & Motion for 5 years. In between her tours with Tilt she danced for many fabulous independent choreographers. She was a soloist in MOVE: The Company’s production “Zero”,  by Josh Beamish, at the Vancouver International Dance Festival and in Toronto danced for Susie Burpie, Michael Caldwell, Diana Groenendijk, Sasha Ivanochko, Meagan O’Shea and Michael Trent.

Emily is an extremely passionate teacher. She is on faculty at The Joy of Dance Centre and Teacher’s Collage in Toronto Ontario teaching ballet, contemporary and conditioning. Recently Emily began working with Jr and Sr level international figure skaters, coached by Brian Orser and José Chouinard, on their quality and performance skills and modern dance technique. Emily also returned to British Columbia to adjudicate the BC Festival of the Arts in 2011.

Christie Lee Manning
Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Christie Lee Manning has established herself as a a very sought after, upcoming artist. With her strong versatility, irresistible stage presence, and 5’10 build, this long legged triple threat knows how to stand out.

Christie’s extensive background has allowed her endless opportunities in many areas of the industry. A dancer, singer, and actor, Christie began as a member of The Source Dance Company, and has since worked with such artists as Lenny Kravitz, Nelly Furtado, Michael Buble, Big Time Rush, Suzie McNeil, and These Kids Wear Crowns. She appeared in a lead role for a the musical ‘Sweet Mystery’, and has recently returned from performing and adjudicating in Brazil for the XXI International Dance Seminar.

Christie has worked and trained all over the world, from New York to Australia, choreographed for the NLL, and is a faculty member of Harbour Dance Centre. She is also the Creator of Industry Dance Magazine, a Canadian online website for dancers, choreographers, and instructors.

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