Tri-City Dance Centre Faculty

Shannon Stewardson

Shannon spent her early years of training in the Vancouver area, studying Royal Academy of Dance Ballet (Primary through Advanced) Jazz, Musical Theatre and Voice. She went on to study with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, York University Dance Department in Toronto, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.

 

Shannon also has experience in the Vagonava and Cecchetti styles of Ballet, Martha Graham Modern, Benesh Notation, and Educational Psychology. Shannon holds the Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate, in which she received a mark of Distinction, and the Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Diploma specializing in Anatomy and Dance History. Shannon continues her studies alongside some of the best Ballet Teachers in the World each summer in New York City, including Finis Jhung, David Howard and Jo Rowan.Shannon is also a Ballet member of the B.C. Branch of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association.

 

She has been teaching locally for the past 25 years and currently mentors and supervises in the RAD's Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies. As a teacher, her students have been accepted to and studied at some of the best schools in the world, including:  Alberta Ballet * American Ballet Theatre (ABT) *Ballet Austin *Ballet B.C. * Ballet Magnificat *Boston Ballet * Broadway Theatre Project * The Banff Centre for the Arts * Les Grands Ballets Canadians * Hartford Ballet * Illinois Ballet * Joffrey Ballet * Louisville Ballet * Miami City Ballet * The National Ballet of Canada * North Carolina Dance Theatre * Oregon Ballet Theatre * Orlando Ballet Theatre * Pacific Northwest Ballet School * Princess Cruise Lines * Royal City Musical Theatre * Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines * The Royal Winnipeg Ballet * Tokyo Disney * Washington Ballet * Theatre Under the Stars * Toronto Dance Theatre * Okanagan Summer Dance Intensive

Owner & Artistic Director ~ RAD TC, RAD TD, CDTA

Ryan Berketa

Ryan trained locally in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical Jazz, Musical Theatre and Ballet. She was a member of the Grizzlies Dance Team since it's inception, and was also a principal dancer with "Fusion Dance Company".

She has trained up to the R.A.D. intermediate level in ballet and achieved the Gold Star in C.D.T.A. Tap. Ryan has performed all over the world-from Las Vegas to Japan, including many public venues throughout B.C.

 

She trained under master teacher Belinda Sobie, as well as Jocelyn Peden, Shannon Stewardson and Margaret Derksen. Ryan is the Assistant Director of Tri-City Dance Centre and co-director of the Intermediate Professional Program.

 

She has been teaching at Tri-City Dance Centre for the past seventeen years, and is a registered A.I.D.T. Tap teacher. 

Assistant Director ~ Advanced Associate A.I.D.T.

Kayla Cameron

Kayla has over 20 years of dance and acting experience. She started dancing at the age of 6 and has trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theatre and Ballet. In her younger years, Kayla successfully competed in Festivals and Dance Competitions, attended Okanagan Summer School of the Arts, and performed in several plays and musicals including Annie Get Your Gun, Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, and Bye Bye Birdie.

 

Following high school, Kayla attended both Victoria Motion Picture School and then the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  It was during her years in L.A. that Kayla was offered a dance teaching job at La Salle High School. It was there that she discovered her love for teaching and choreographing. After graduating from AADA with her Associate of Arts Degree, Kayla decided to continue her dance studies at various dance studios in the area and attended Glendale Community College where she was a member of their Dance Company.

 

Upon returning to the Vancouver area 6 years ago, Kayla has been teaching and choreographing at various studios, elementary and high schools. Many of her students and choreography have received numerous awards at local dance festivals and competitions. Most recently Kayla has choreographed a high school production of RENT, as well as being the director and choreographer for the children’s musical, The Mad Adventures of Mr Toad. Kayla’s immense passion and love of performing has her continuing her own training while sharing this love with her students and the community.

ISTD - Jazz & Musical Theatre, Junior Pro Program

Sarah Brewer Clowes

Sarah has been a teacher for over 37 years, regularly here in B.C. as well as guest teaching in Europe, the U.S. and across Canada. She held the position of Assistant Ballet Mistress for the Professional Program in Banff for three years, a sessional faculty position at Simon Fraser University for four years, as well as a senior faculty position at Main Dance Place for a decade. She held a senior ballet faculty position at Spotlight Dance Centre for eight years as well as being the Senior ballet teacher at Spiral Dance Company for 25 years. For the past 13 seasons, she continues to be the Contemporary and Senior Ballet Teacher at Tri-City Dance Centre. Sarah also regularly guest teaches throughout B.C., including regular appearances for Joanne Pesusich’s “The Source Dance Company” and most recently, Moe Brody’s “Intensive Training Program” at Harbour Dance. Sarah has also been choreographing professionally for over 30 years. 

In the past three decades, Sarah has had the pleasure of adjudicating dance festivals throughout Western Canada, including two consecutive Provincial competitions, in Victoria and Nelson, B.C.

 

Sarah Brewer Clowes has danced professionally with the Munich Ballet in Germany, Northwest Florida Ballet in the U.S. as well as with the Banff Festival Ballet and the Vancouver Opera here in Canada. She has maintained an independent performing career since 1989 and has had the pleasure of working with such esteemed choreographers as Gioconda Barbuto, Cori Caulfield, David Earle, Naomi Lefebvre, Crystal Pite and Wen Wei Wang. Sarah also co-produced, choreographed and performed in the Funky Brewster Cauling PULSE presentation at the Dance Centre in 2007 to sold out audiences. Sarah loves the passionate expression that sharing dance as a teacher, choreographer and performer can offer. 

 

Sarah’s two years of formal University education focussed on psychology and kinesiology. She has always found many ways to integrate her love of knowledge, sharing and personal growth into both her professional life with her workshops on anatomy and injury prevention as well as in her life as a Mama. Sarah has also recently begun a podcast called “Sarah’s Space” in which she shares her life philosophy with her growing listener base. Sarah feels incredibly lucky to share her love of dance and of life with her students. 

Contemporary & Ballet

Heather MacDonell

Born in Calgary, AB. Heather began ballet and character dance training in Madame Cheremeteff’s School of Russian ballet. Later she joined the Calgary Ballet School as a member of the Young Canadians. This brought many travel and performing opportunities.

 

 As an adult living in Vancouver she was fortunate to resume her Vaganova training with Nadia Kalmanovskya of the Kirov ballet.  This association brought the wonderful change to take several summer schools with the famous Madame Kurgapkina, ballet mistress for the Kirov’s company, amongst other greats such as Patricia Slater, and Christina Alvarez of the Cuban National Ballet.  When Madame Kalmanovskya decided to move to LA, Heather, a registered nurse at the time, decided to follow her passion and become a ballet teacher herself.  She auditioned,for the Royal Winnipeg’s Ballet teacher’s training program. Upon graduation she was invited to teach in the recreational school and sometimes fill in for the professional school  She is very grateful for the kindness & expert mentoring she receive during her five years with the RWB.

 

 Since leaving Winnipeg Heather has had the opportunity to live and work internationally for six years.  As well as a 2 year return to Canada to a school in the Canadian Rockies in 2006.  Heather returned to British Columbia after a year abroad in Malta, Europe.  Inspiring and touching the lives of so many ballet students from Ghana West Africa and Europe Heather relies on her past influences, plus knowledge from Vaganova, Cecchetti, RAD & La Four dance methods.  Heather aims to provide a well balanced system of teaching students technique, while developing the creative & artistic side of all students.

RAD, RTS

Jessica Domnich

Jessica Domnich(Gill) was born and raised in the Fraser Valley where she began her passion of ballet at the age of five. Throughout her training Jessica competed and trained throughout the Lower mainland, Alberta, Northern BC, Los Angeles and New York.

Jessica graduated from the CBTS teacher training program with the Royal Academy of Dance in 2007.  Since then she has been enrolling students in RAD exams with exceptional results. For the past 5 years Jessica has also been on staff with the mentorship program with the RAD. Training new teachers has become one of her passions and she enjoys supporting them through this process. Recently Jessica took part in the Progressing Ballet Technique training program. She believes this program enhances and helps support dancers with their development and feels it's a great addition to their classical training.

Jessica is proud to have been the owner and artistic director of Freestyle Dance Centre in Abbotsford for eight years. In 2017 Jessica welcomed her first child into the world and decided it was time to change rolls. She continues to teach and mentor her students and cherishes the memories and learning opportunities she had as a director.

Jessica has a deep love and passion for the art of dance. She believes everyone has the potential to reach their goals and sees value in all her students. Jessica is honoured to be a part of the faculty at Tri-City Dance Centre and is excited to pass along her passion to her students.

Liz Tookey

Originally from Edmonton, Liz was a competitive dancer at Shelley’s Dance Company.
 

Her professional career has allowed her to travel all over the world. She began with Princess Cruises as a featured dancer, she then travelled to Tokyo, Japan where she was part of the featured pas de deux couple in “Encore!” at Tokyo Disney Sea. She also went to Egypt and Israel under Big Fish Management for an inspiring show tour for the Canadian military.

Liz was able to exercise all of her skills in dancing, acting and singing when the love of the stage drew her to the world of musical theatre. Throughout her career she got to play a wide variety of characters, in Theatre Calgary’s production of “Anne of Green Gables” she played Gertie Pye, a flashy chorus girl in The Arts Club production of “Spamalot” and a dream come true performing in the North American Premiere/Toronto Mirvish production of “Dirty Dancing”. She performed as Ensemble and 1st “Baby” understudy. After an 18 month run Liz went on to play the role of “Baby” 52 times!

 

Her television credits include assisting Canadian Choreographer Stacey Tookey on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. She was part of the creative team for ‘Reefer Madness” where she helped create dance sequences for the film.   Liz can be seen on various episodes of ABC’s Once Upon a Time”, the CW Network’s “Hellcats” as a featured dancer, and as Ashley Tisdale’s dance double. She was also Maggie Lawon’s dance double in the musical episode of “Psych”, a featured dancer in Syfy’s Network “Magicians”, Nickelodeon’s “Jinxed” and “The Layover”

 

Transitioning to the world of choreography Liz’s work can most recently be seen on Super Channel’s “When Calls the Heart”. Other credits include Assistant Choreographer on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”, choreographing and directing the Czech Republic fashion show for the 2010 winter Olympics, and choreographing the opening number for the Times of India Film Awards at BC Place. Liz loves to share her passion for what she does with pre-professional and professional dancers across Canada via master classes, adjudicating or setting choreography.

She is currently on faculty at Harbour Dance Centre (www.harbourdance.com)

Contemporary, Jazz & Lyrical - Senior/Company Program

Nicol Spinola

Based in Vancouver, BC; Nicol has over 20 years of dance education and theatre performance training and over 15 years of teaching experience both in Canada and Japan.

Nicol is excited to be heading into her fifth year with TCDC to share her love and passion for theatre and dance with her students.

Nicol has had the opportunity to perform in many productions in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. An avid performer, she has appeared in Cat in the Hat (Carousel Theatre for Young People),  Hairspray, Annie Get Your Gun, Annie (TUTS), Joseph, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, 42nd Street, Peter Pan (RCMT) Joseph, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar (URP), Night of the Living Dead (DRSP), Disney Dreams, Mickey’s Pirates and The Golden Mickeys (Disney Cruise Line), and the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. On screen, Nicol has worked with Disney Entertainment, CBS, NBC, 20th Century Fox and Alliance Atlantis. Nicol is also a choreographer and has won multiple awards for her work seen around Vancouver. Choreography credits include: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella and  Mary Poppins  (Theatre Under The Stars),  Enron (United Players) Legally Blonde, Annie and Shrek (Align Entertainment), 13: The Musical (Bring on Tomorrow Co.) and Sweeney Todd (The Snapshots Collective) of which the show was nominated for 8 Jessie Richardson Awards including Critics Choice for Innovation in Theatre,  9 to 5 (Capilano University), Mamma Mia (Chemainus Theatre Festival) Rock of Ages (Renegade Arts Co.), Company (Raincity Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Gateway Theatre) . Nicol has won two Ovation awards for Outstanding Choreography for work in Mary Poppins and Cinderella at Theatre Under the Stars. Nicol is also the co-artist director at Raincity Theatre here in Vancouver. 

Musical Theater & Tap

Erin Carnie

I started dance at age 5 and found my true passion in contortion and acrobatics at the age of 8. I have studied under the direction of Anne Lawton from Westcoast Contortion and Acrobatics and have trained with Otgo Waller, a world-renowned contortionist from Cirque du Soleil. I have also trained on aerial silks with Kristi Toguchi, a Las Vegas performer, as well as former Cirque Du Soleil performers; Ninon Parent and Peter Boulanger.

When I am not busy self-training and or teaching, I spend the rest of my time performing!
I have completed all my South African Acrobatics exams with honours with distinction, my CTDA exams with honours, and have completed my Acrobatic Arts teacher certification.

I am very versatile in all styles of dance, as I have been trained in jazz, contemporary, theatre, tap, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop. I am also a certified yoga and zumba instructor as well as a silks, trapeze, hoop, chains, and contortion coach! 

Contortionist/Aerialist/Dancer/Performer/Instructor

Ken Yung

Ken “Kennon” Yung is the director of Kill The Lights professional dance crew based in Vancouver, Canada. Having trained in Hip Hop extensively in LA, Vancouver and Hong Kong, he’s an experienced dancer and choreographer. For the last two years, he has toured around Western Canada and the US with his crew to perform and teach in workshops. Ken’s passion for dance is like no other and he loves to share it through his teaching. Please check out his work at : www.youtube.com/KennonLive

Hip Hop

Brittany Tucker

Brittany has been dancing since the age of 5. She has studied all styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and musical theatre. Although trained in all genres, Brittany’s love for hip hop has been her main focus of performance and teaching. Alumni of Tri City Dance Centre and Street Kings Academy, Brittany has also trained at Millennium Dance Complex (LA), Movement Lifestyle (LA), Culturally Defined Company and Kill The Lights mentorship program through Harbour Dance Centre. Brittany has also taken a love for learning street styles, learning battle techniques from some of the most notable freestyle dancers in the world.  

 

Performance credits include Vancouver International Dance Festival, Canada 150 'Keep the Pride Alive’, ‘Good Vibes Only’ music video and dancer on National Geographic’s TV show ‘Valley of the Boom’. Brittany has also competed with Team Canada for two years at the IDO World Hip Hop Championships in Germany and Italy. Brittany has gained a love for teaching and sharing her knowledge with students of all ages and is always striving to create a fun, encouraging and safe learning environment for her students. 

Hip Hop, Pre-Jazz & Junior Jazz

Bryn Berg

Bryn instantly fell in love with the art of dance after taking her first ballet class at the age of three. Primarily training with a focus on ballet, she was also exposed and disciplined in many other styles including lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and musical theatre. Homeschooling for many years allowed her to spend even more time training during the day. Bryn found that dance could be used as an escape; a way to express herself through powerful movement.  This became even more poignant when at the age of 10, she was involved in a serious car accident, where she faced critical injuries. The chances of making a full recovery and having a future that involved dance seemed unlikely, however, dance meant far too much to Bryn to simply give up. She chose to undergo a series of surgeries followed by two years of physical therapy hoping of regain her mobility and strength, and return to her training. Eventually achieving a strong recovery, Bryn has found a renewed gratitude in the joy and emotional healing that can be experienced through the expression of dance.

 

Bryn will be teaching our popular “Twirl” pre-dance program, and beginner ballet classes. She is extremely honoured and excited to share her deep passion for dance with her students, impacting their dance education by using fun and creative teaching techniques. Bryn believes that all great dancing stems from a positive and solid foundation, and is excited to help her dancers reach their full potential.

Twirl Program, Beginner Ballet

Kirsten Sjoman

Kirsten is a highly respected and accomplished technique teacher and choreographer. After graduating from the contemporary dance program at Simon Fraser University, where she also completed a Minor in Early Childhood Education, Kirsten was the Co-Artistic Director of the award winning danceLAB Studios.

 

During the last 8 years she has coached and choreographed soloists who have achieved recognition both locally and internationally. She has coached 4 dancers to become BC Performing Arts Provincial Champions, in ballet, jazz/stage and contemporary/ modern. She was the choreographer for the only two female dancers in BC to have ever placed in the Top 10 and Top 20 at the Dance Awards in both New York City and Las Vegas. She was also the choreographer and/or coach for Silver and Gold Medalists at the Dance World Cup in Germany. Additionally, Kirsten has coached dancers for the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix NYC Finals, after her students qualified with a score of 95 of higher at regional competitions across the United States. In 2016 her soloists were awarded the Synergy Dance Competition Provincial Champion titles in both the Junior and Teen age divisions.

 

Kirsten is passionate about helping dancers achieve their personal best and push to new levels, while building their confidence and encouraging their love of dance. 

Technique and Coaching

Suzanne Ouellette

Originally from Vancouver, Suzanne trained and danced with some of the worlds finest ballet companies from Germany’s Stuttgart Ballet to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, London England’s Dance Centre to Pacific Ballet Theatre (Ballet B.C.)

 

Suzanne was Ballet Mistress for Ballet BC for 5 years and is the founding director of Ballet B.C.’s Mentor Program under Artistic Director John Alleyne. She has worked as a rehearsal director for James Kudelka, Paul Taylor, Jean Grand Maitre, Reid Anderson, Anna Marie Holmes, Joshua Beamish.  She was rehearsal director for Mascall dance under Jennifer Mascall and recently worked with Ballet Kelowna as ballet mistress and rehearsal director under CEO Simone Orlando.

 

Suzanne has also performed as a lead dancer, singer and actress in professional musicals with the Vancouver Playhouse, Calgary’s Stage West Dinner theatre and several productions for TUTS, MUSSOC and Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage. She has guest taught and adjudicated both in ballet as well as Musical Theatre master classes all across Canada for schools and professional companies.
 

A very creative and innovative choreographer, Suzanne has worked extensively in TV / film,  CBC TV specials, Columbia Pictures Promos, fashion shows for hair and clothing designers, dance programs for Canada’s Olympic skaters, numerous UBC Opera productions, Vancouver Opera Galas, Royal City Musical theatre productions, Arts Club theatre, Kay Meeks theatre conservatory productions and Richmond Gateway Theatre musicals, where she won a choreography award for The Music Man.  
 

Suzanne’s passion, enthusiasm, and extensive background in many facets of the performing arts, make her in great demand as a master teacher, choreographer, rehearsal director and adjudicator.  She is currently on faculty at Harbour Dance Centre.

 

www.suzanneouellette.me

Member of UBCP, ACTRA and Canadian Actors Equity

Beta Chan

Born and raised in Vancouver, Beta trains in all styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary Musical Theatre, Tap and Hip Hop.  She is an Aviary and KTL co. Alumni.

 

Through her work on and off camera for The Magicians (Syfy), Overboard (MGM), Valley of the Boom (Nat Geo), Wreck it Ralph 2 (Disney), Descendants 3 (Disney),  Charmed (CW) and motherland (freeform) Beta worked closely with choreographers Paul Becker, Mark Samuels and Jeff Dimitriou. She has also been featured in music videos produced by navrajproductions and unkle Ricky. Her Live credentials includes multiple shows with PRP Productions such as Concord New Years, Pacific National Exhibition and ACE-BC awards. She signed a contract with the Vancouver Opera dancing in ‘Turandot’ where she worked closely with the renowned Renaud Doucet . 

 

Beta had the opportunity to assist Sarah Dolan and Suzanne Ouellette at the Harbour summer Intensive and is part of the Paul Becker Masterclass team. She has taught in Hong Kong where she got to share her love of dance despite the language barrier.  Beta loves sharing her passion for dance with the next generation at Tri-City Dance Centre! 

Tap

Valerie Easton ~ GUEST FACULTY

Valerie has choreographed and performed in theatres across Canada for over two decades. Most recently, her work was seen at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage in the highly acclaimed production of The Producers. Other productions for the Arts Club include Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret, Miss Saigon, Evita, Gypsy, Jacques Brel, Singin' in the Rain, My Fair Lady and West Side Story, for which she received a Jessie Award nomination.

 

Some of her other Vancouver stage choreographic credits include Kiss Me Kate, Carousel, and Annie for TUTS, Anne of Green Gables, Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz for Gateway Theatre, The Cradle Will Rock and Lysistrata for Studio 58, and 42nd Street, Peter Pan, Fiddler on the Roof, Anne of Green Gables and The Music Man for RCMT.Valerie has also worked in regional theatres across the country including Sunshine Theatre, The Citadel, University of Saskatchewan, and the Neptune in Halifax. Directorial credits include Mack and Mabel, A Chorus Line, Tom Foolery, Cabaret and The Thing About Men. Valerie is pleased to be the recipient of an Ovation Award for RCMT's production of West Side Story. 

Musical Theatre & Tap

Wendy Albrecht

Wendy Albrecht

Accompianist

Accompianist

Office Staff

Ashley Spindlove  -- Office Manager

 

Heather Stewardson --  Office Assistant

Brittany Tucker -- Office Assistant

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