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Find out more about our 2023/2024 Dance & Movement Teachers below.
Jazz and Lyrical Dance
Amanda is a Vancouver-based performing artist, choreographer, dance educator and vocalist. She has over 17 years of training in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, stage, tap, street jazz and ballet. Amanda has extensive teaching experience with a variety of ages, levels and genres. She is an awarded competitive dancer in all her dance disciplines, receiving numerous awards and scholarships. Amanda has adjudicated at the Performing Arts BC Regional Festivals and Tri-Cities Got Talent for the past 7 years. She is a professional dancer for the National Lacrosse League and the Vancouver Warriors Dance Crew at Rogers Arena. She was also a captain and dancer with the SFU Athletics Dance Team.
In addition, she has taught, trained and performed across BC with the Vancouver Tap Dance Society’s touring ensemble, TAPCO. She has trained with tap masters such as Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuel Smith and Travis Knights. Amanda has performed in and choreographed multiple musicals in Vancouver. Past accomplishments include nominations for “Best Supporting Actress” (CTC Awards) and “Outstanding Supporting Performance” (Ovation Awards). In addition, she has worked in film, music videos and print ads.
As a vocalist, she competed in numerous voice competitions and received scholarships and awards from BC Performing Arts, Arts Club Theatre, CDMF and Kiwanis. As a performing artist, she has also trained with Arts Club Theatre and The Gateway Conservatory.
Amanda’s teaching philosophy is growth-oriented and focuses on cultivating creativity and confidence through movement. All students will be learning in a welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment. She looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with her students!
Children and Adult Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop
Ashley found her love for dance and performing at a very young age. With over 20 years in the performing arts industry, she has earned titles such as National Gold Champion for two consecutive years in dance competitions in Las Vegas and Orlando, as well as National Silver Champion in a dance competition in Portland, Oregon.
Ashley is trained in tap, hip hop, jazz, musical theatre and ballet and has trained with many masters, including Jeni Le Gon, Jason Samuels Smith and Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo (NappyTabs).
She was a backup dancer for Tazneem Tarmohamed, has been featured in television commercials such as Alley Cats, and performed in local productions, including For The Luv Of It, West Side Story and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games Ceremony. Ashley is always eager to share her knowledge and continue to learn in every aspect in the performing arts industry.
Bernadette has been practicing yoga since 1984. She received her Yoga Teacher Certificate in September 2000 upon successfully completing a five-year program of yoga study with Om Sairam. In addition, Bernadette has studied and been awarded her 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Certificate from Sandra Sammartino in conjunction with receiving her Canadian Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher Certification (CYA-E-RYT500). Bernadette also has completed her Teaching Chair Yoga Workshop program studying under Sylvia Smallman. Bernadette has continued to develop her yoga education through worships with Erich Schiffman (Hatha Yoga), Sherryn Rault (Critical Alignments Yoga Therapy) as well as reading and weekend retreats and practices. Bernadette has been teaching yoga to both adults and children since 1999 blending dedication, passion and joy into her teaching.
She is a member of the British Columbia Yoga Alliance and over the years has continued to develop her yoga education through workshops, reading and practice. Bernadette is also a successful visual artist in her own right and teaches art to children and adults.
Children’s Intro to Ballet and Boys Can Dance
Emily started her dance career at the age of 6 at Place des Arts. Growing up taking ballet classes with Lucienne Ancyzkowski as well as jazz and technique classes, she received several awards and scholarships. She then branched out into hip hop and street jazz, which is where she ultimately found her passion.
In her last year of high school, Emily joined hip-hop training company “Kill the Lights” (KTL) run by industry professionals Ken Yung and Shauna Smith through Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver.
After booking work in the Vancouver dance scene, including multiple music videos, movies, live performances and commercial work, Emily decided to return to team dancing and training.
Her biggest accomplishment to date was being invited to dance with an internationally renowned, all-female competitive hip-hop team called Style and Grace. Run by Carmen Forsyth and Ravienal Lescano, Style and Grace competes locally and internationally and was featured on Season 3 of NBC’s World of Dance.
Emily continues to travel and teach locally and in other Canadian cities in the hopes of spreading her love of dance to others.
Children and Adult Ballet, Pointe, Body Development
A professional and certified Russian Ballet teacher, Lucienne began her studies as a resident of a Polish State Ballet School, later working toward her professional teaching credentials at the University of Music in Warsaw. Her performing career was with the Maurice Bejart Theatre de XX Siècle in Belgium. Lucienne continues to learn by attending extensive teacher ongoing training through the National Ballet School of Canada.
Adult Dance (Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop)
Sarah Kennedy is a recent graduate from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia with a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) majoring in Dance. She is from Newmarket, Ontario and has been dancing since the age of four. Sarah grew up in a competitive dance studio environment and competed in many dance styles including jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap, musical theatre and acro.
As an emerging artist, Sarah has performed in many works at SFU including Ascension 2018, 2020, 2021, PPE Waves, Ghost Forest, Myriad and Coda. She has been performing in Dusk Dances since 2017 and has toured with artists in Barrie and Hamilton, Ontario. During her career, Sarah has had the pleasure of learning from artists such as Megan Walker-Straight, Rob Kitsos, Judith Garay, Marla Eist, Emmalena Fredriksson, Justin Chambers, NiNi Dongnier, Charlotte Boye-Christensen and Sylvie Bouchard.
Over the last five years, Sarah has been teaching various genres to students of all ages and levels of abilities. She believes that dance should be a key source of expression, communication and emotion. In her classes, students should feel welcomed and prepared to reach their goals, all while being part of a positive and inclusive environment. Recently, Sarah completed her ADA certification as a founding member through Lexy Cox and is excited to share her passion and knowledge in the industry.