Tri-City Dance Centre Faculty

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Shannon Stewardson

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

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 26 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

 

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Ryan Berketa

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

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 twenty years, and is a registered A.I.D.T. Tap teacher. 

 

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Kayla Cameron

ISTD - Jazz & Musical Theatre, Junior Pro Program

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.

 

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Sarah Brewer Clowes

Contemporary & Ballet

Sarah Brewer Clowes is a master teacher with a career spanning the continent as well as a time period of over 38 years. She is also a dancer, choreographer, adjudicator and personal movement expert. Sarah is a proud mother, a podcaster and workshop creator/leader on the importance of Injury Prevention through Health Maintenance and Anatomical Basics. 
Sarah’s performing career began at the Munich Ballet in Germany over 30 years ago and included dancing with the Northwest Florida Ballet, Banff Festival Ballet and the Vancouver Opera.

 

Her independent performing career encompasses most of her professional life and allowed her the privilege of working with such luminaries as Crystal Pite, David Earle, Wen Wei Wang, Cori Caulfield, Amber Funk Barton, Sylvain Senez and Gioconda Barbuto to name a few. She choreographs for both amateur and professional dancers and loves the explorative process of creating with artists. Sarah has also had the pleasure of adjudicating dance festivals all over Western Canada, including 3 Provincial festivals in B.C.


As a teacher, Sarah’s passion lies in creating space and potential for each and every dancer to discover their own path to movement clarity, both in physical health and in technical individuality. Her methods involve an emphasis on anatomical knowledge, personal expression and love of self-discovery. 


Sarah is highly respected for her extensive anatomical knowledge and creation of workshops that assist in maintaining dancer’s physical and mental health. She is also the creator of “Sarah’s Space”, a podcast that addresses a plethora of subjects from the arts world to social unrest and everything in between. Sarah’s deepest motivation is to help everyone that she works with find the best way they can dance forward in life. 
 

 

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Heather MacDonell

RAD Ballet, RTS

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

 

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Jessica Domnich

RAD Ballet

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.

 

Krista Hassen

Trainee Ballet, RAD Ballet, Open Classes and Pointe

Born in BC, Krista trained both locally and nationally, in the Professional Programs of The Richmond Academy of Dance, 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 Ballet Canadiens, and studied daily with Alexandra Wells, former principal dancer of Boston Ballet.

 

Krista danced many classical and contemporary roles, completed all RAD Vocational Examinations, and won numerous awards and scholarships, including one to train at London Studio Centre, England.  After injuries put a stop to her performance career, Krista obtained a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Food, Nutrition, and Health from The University of British Columbia.  With a special interest in wellness and injury prevention, she has conducted nutrition seminars for dancers.  

For over 20 years, Krista has taught at multiple schools in BC and Alberta.  She holds her Teaching Certificate and Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance, and is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, a revolutionary conditioning program taught globally.  Krista has been Head of Ballet at RNB Dance & Theatre Arts, in North Vancouver, for the past 12 years.  She is also on Faculty at Lamondance, a pre-professional training company, and has been Resident Teacher with Ballet BC.  Krista teaches company class with passion, and an eye for detail.

 

Krista also continues to guest teach and choreograph at different schools throughout Western Canada, coaching dancers of all ages in open work (Vaganova and RAD influenced), RAD Exam Syllabus, classical repertoire, strength/stretch/PBT, and solo and group choreography.  Her students are consistently recognized for strong exam results, awards and festival placings.  They continue to be chosen as representatives to the BC Provincial Festival, are accepted to prestigious international training institutions, and have gone on to dance professionally.  Krista has a genuine passion for ballet, and loves sharing this with the next generation of dancers!

 

Kylah Powell

Modern

Kylah Powell is a Vancouver born resident who attended on scholarship and graduated with a BFA in dance (with a focus on Modern) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She studied dance under Leni Wylliams, Mary Pat Henry and Paula Webber, and also spent a summer in New York as a student at the Alvin Ailey Dance Centre. 

Kylah has been teaching for over 20 years, with her choreography winning numerous awards throughout the Lower Mainland, including “Choreography of entire Dance Power Festival” for 5 years. She has performed in various festivals over the years, and her choreography has been showcased in the B.C. Festival of Arts, among many other events. In 2009, she choreographed and performed in a short film titled ‘Swell Season’, which screened at the Chicago International Film & Music Festival. During that time she was also part of Project CPR, a project focusing on the choreographic process, directed by Claire French. Choreographers included Sara Coffin, Heather Laura Gray and Caroline Liffman. Kylah’s most memorable moment came in 2010, when she danced in the Vancouver Olympic Opening Ceremonies! Since then, she has been focussing on her company (see below), and in 2015 performed a piece in a segment entitled ‘This Is A Full Length’, as part of the Dance In Vancouver Festival. In May of 2018, Kylah’s work was selected to be showcased in a special Gala celebrating BC’s 160th, held at the Vancouver Playhouse.

 

Kylah was a national level competitive gymnast for many years, competing both locally and out of province and country. This experience proved to be invaluable, as the teaching and choreographing of circus arts at Cirkids became another creative aspect to her life.

In 2005, Kylah formed CollabArt Creations, a contemporary dance company whose goal is to showcase the artistic collaboration of dancers, performers, and artists of various mediums in the public domain. She has produced and choreographed several full-length shows throughout the Lower Mainland, all of which were well received by enthusiastic audiences! CollabArt Creations has collaborated with artists including choreographers, dancers, photographers, painters, film directors/producers.

 

Most recently, Kylah has focused on the realm of film, due to Co-Vid. She has produced/ choreographed several short dance films and has just received a grant from The Dance Centre towards her next film project ‘Just a Swipe’.  Stay tuned…

 

For more info visit www.collabartcreations.weebly.com

 

Follow Kylah on Instagram: @kylahpowell   @collabartcreations

 

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Liz Tookey

Contemporary, Jazz & Lyrical - Senior/Company Program

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)

 

 

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Erin Carnie

Contortionist/Aerialist/Dancer/Performer/Instructor

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! 

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Nicola Spinola

Musical Theater & Tap

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. 

 

 

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KenYung

Hip Hop

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

 

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Brittany Tucker

Hip Hop, Pre-Jazz & Junior Jazz

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. 

 

 

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Alanna Bell

Twirl Program, Beginner Ballet

Alanna Bell is born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She has been dancing since the age of three and now teaches all over Vancouver. Alanna has extensive training in jazz, lyrical, tap, and musical theatre. She has trained all throughout Canada and the United States with many different choreographers.       

 

Alanna has been fortunate enough to have been performing professionally since the age of ten. She first started as one of the Junior Grizzles Extreme Dance Team members performing in the half time shows at the basketball games, she has performed in numerous professional production shows at the PNE for nine years, she has performed for the International Olympic Committee for the 2010 Olympic bid, she was also in Micheal Buble’s  ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’ Music Video and she has performed in front of the Queen of England for her Jubilee Canadian Tour to name a few! 

 

For the past seven years Alanna has had the opportunity of dancing on board Carnival Cruise Lines in their Las Vegas style production shows as one of the professional dancers in the cast. Allowing her to travel and do what she loves, dance and perform every night!

 

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Kirsten Sjoman

Technique and Coaching

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. 

 

 

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Lalainia Lindbjerg Strelau

Voice

Lalainia has worked in the Performing Arts industry professionally since the age of 8.  She began in film & television, however, once she discovered musical theatre, it became her passion.  Though she has extensive lead role credits in film & tv as a young woman (The X-Files, Sabrina The Teenage Witch; Dead Mans Gun, Disturbing Behavior, First Wave) her main focus became theatre, starring in professional productions across Canada (selected credits: BD PROD: Steel Magnolias, TUTS: Mary Poppins, Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, Crazy for You, Big: The Musical, ARTS CLUB: Red Rock Diner, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Swing STAGE WEST: Cinderella PACIFIC THEATRE: Christmas on the Air, Smoke on the Mountain CHARLOTTETOWN FESTIVAL, ROYAL CITY, RICHMOND GATEWAY & JAPAN TOUR: Anne of Green Gables). Her directing and choreography credits include Grease, The Wizard of Oz,  The Sound of Music, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Christmas Carol, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof (Ovation Award – Best Director & Production), Cinderella, Seussical the musical, Little Shop of Horrors. She is currently the Artistic Director for Xtreme Theatre and has taught Movement at Trinity Western University. She was the co-founder/director of The Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts for 10 years (now independently owned).

 

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Suzanne Ouellette

Member of UBCP, ACTRA and Canadian Actors Equity

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.

 

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