Principal and Artistic Director
Hip Hop, Street Theatre, Video Dance
Dylan became involved in dance at age eight when he began studying modern, jazz and tap. He was awarded prestigious dance certificates in all three dance styles before shifting his concentration to Hip Hop, Street Jazz and Salsa. He trained with world-class instructors such as performers from the Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Judd and Foxy Brown. His passion and zeal for dance eventually led him to teaching. He has taught at a number of studios in BC as well as at Perth University and the Sydney Dance Academy in Australia. He has performed in Canada and abroad for both live audiences and televised programs. In 2005, he earned his Certificate for Personal Training and currently focuses much of his spare time on furthering his skill level and technique by attending workshops at a variety of dance institutions. Dylan’s travels and experiences have brought to his teaching an appreciation for and ease with all cultures and age groups which enhance his talent as a dancer and choreographer.
R.A.D. Ballet, Pointe Technique, Preschool Ballet & Creative Dance
Alicia began dancing at the age of three and soon discovered her love for the art form. While ballet was her passion, she also enjoyed studying jazz, lyrical and tap. In 2005, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a ballet teacher by earning her R.A.D teaching certificate. Since that time, she has gained many years of valuable experience teaching ballet throughout the lower mainland.
In more recent years, Alicia has completed the Royal Winnipeg Summer Intensive Teacher's Training course, the 'Idea's Exchange' Teachers Summer Workshop at the National Ballet of Canada and attends workshops put on by the R.A.D every year. She has choreographed a Fisher-Price commercial and in the summer of 2011, travelled to the London RAD headquarters where she attended some of their workshops.
In each class, her extensive knowledge of the R.A.D. syllabi and foundations of classical ballet are shared while creating a positive and encouraging learning environment. Alicia loves sharing her passion with each student and enjoys being an integral part of the NSAD team.
Christine has many years of experience in office administration as well as a natural love for children and dance.
While actively involved with her own children as they grew up in the dance world, Christine was also the owner and caregiver of her family daycare for 20 years. She is happy to be back working where children and music are prevalent.
Holding her business administration certificate with a specialization in accounting, she has 25 years experience in the accounting field, assisting small businesses to maintain their bookkeeping and administrative duties.
Christine's current role at NSAD is the perfect complement to her background since it combines business and dance in a warm, family environment.
Half Day Program, Performance Jazz & Broadway
Breanna is a multi-talented performer & choreographer who is one of the few born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. She has trained intensively in Vancouver, Los Angeles and Tokyo in a variety of art forms such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical and Musical Theatre.
With her passion, creativity and unique style, Breanna's award winning choreography has led her to choreograph for some of our National Sports Leagues such as NLL Vancouver Ravens Fly Girls where she also played the role of Entertainment Coordinator for the team and CFL B.C Lions Dance Team. Breanna's talents carried her to teach in numerous dance studios and has appeared as a special guest to public and private schools across Vancouver’s lower mainland. She has spread her love for dance at the well-known Broadway Dance Centre in Tokyo, Japan and was hired by the Texas school board to create a dance company to showcase and celebrate the art form throughout the United States. Breanna's positivity and extensive career in dance has recently gained her a position to choreograph for Disney Seas and Shanghai Disneyland audition tours. Breanna is excited to join the NSAD Faculty and choreograph for our Performance Program and we look forward to her igniting passion and inspiration within our students.
KTL Apprentice Program
Performance Hip Hop & Hip Hop Technique
Shauna Smith is the co-founder and co-director of “KTL Co.” a hip hop company based out of Harbour Dance Centre. Throughout her dance career, Shauna has gained great inspiration from training with many top international teachers and choreographers. Shauna is a professional dancer and choreographer and has trained in Urban & Commercial Street, Hip Hop, Breaking Locking & Popping & Street Jazz. Her talents have led her to instruct and perform all over the world including London, Portugal, Switzerland, South Africa, Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver. She is looking forward to having the KTL Apprentice Program begin at NSAD. Shauna has developed a unique style of teaching and choreographing that inspires and encourages aspiring dancers.
Taryn Patterson received her early dance training through North Shore Academy of Dancing where she studied Hip Hop, R.A.D. Ballet, I.S.T.D. Jazz and I.S.T.D. Modern. She was a valued member of their Performing Company from 2003 to 2005. Taryn’s passion for musical theater and Broadway was sparked by her role in Livents' production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, during the Vancouver segment of their 1997 North American tour.
In later years, Taryn trained at Pacific Dance Arts and was an original member of the Drive Dance Centre Scholarship Program. She most recently received her Associate I.S.T.D. Modern Accreditation.
Taryn’s strong involvement with North Shore Academy of Dancing continued when she became an instructor over nine years ago. Taryn continues to inspire her students by sharing with each of them, her incredible passion for dance and performance.
Half Day Jazz Technique, Advanced Jazz Technique
Belinda Sobie is highly respected throughout the dance community as a skilled choreography, instructor, and adjudicator. She has taught master classes for the Royal Academy of Dance, Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association, Moosejaw Dance Society and the B.C. Jazz Dance Association. She has adjudicated and coached jazz for the Moosejaw Dance Festival, Alberta Dance Festival, and B.C. Jazz Dance Festival, as well as for Ted Lange of the “Love Boat”. She is a longtime teacher at Vancouver’s Harbour Dance Studios including instructing their popular summer intensive workshops.
As a successful choreographer for stage, television and film, Belinda has choreographed Westside Story (Jessie Award Nomination), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 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 choreography for Theresa Teng’s Orient Tour, Christmas in Neverland and Radio Active Dreams.
Belinda is very pleased to join NSAD and share her impressive talent and experience with its students and faculty members.
RAD Ballet, Pointe, Half Day Ballet Technique & Preschool Ballet
Sorami has a strong background in classical ballet, pointe work, contemporary, neo classical and character dance. Born in Nagoya, Japan, she began her ballet training at age three at Yukiko Torii Ballet School. In 2008, she moved to Canada where she continued her training at the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver.
While a member of the Goh Ballet Youth Company, she toured throughout BC and China, performing at various community events, charity fundraisers and educational outreach programs.
Over the course of her training, Sorami has studied with world-renowned ballet masters and choreographers including Chan Hon Goh, Ben Huys, Frank Anderson, Sasha Sagan and Anna-Marie Holmes. She has performed many different classical ballets including Anna Marie Holmes' Nutcracker, George Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht, Frederick Ashton's La Fille Mal Gardee, and August Bournonville's Napoli.
Sorami is in the process of adding the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus to her qualifications. She is very excited to be a member of NSAD and to share her performance experiences and her love of dance with her young students.
Lyrical, Jazz, Tap
Elysia Matheson began dancing at the age of 6 in North Vancouver. Starting with ballet and jazz, she sprouted a huge love of dance that continues to grow to this day. Her dance vocabulary grew over the years and expanded to tap, lyrical and contemporary, hip-hop and house dance. At age of 16 she became a member of The Source Dance Company under the direction of Joanne Pesusich, which resulted in many performance opportunities as well as intense training in practically every style of dance.
Elysia has performed all over the Lower Mainland for many different events such as the Vancouver International Dance Festival, Ruckus Company Productions (Brock Jellison), Vancouver Fashion Week, touring shows with The Source Dance Co., and guest appearances with Bradley Rapier, and Christina Woodard. Elysia has also been fortunate enough to assist with Groove Street Production’s convention tours; allowing her to train with Eddie Garcia, Chris Dupre, Tara-Jean Popowich, and Luther Brown to name a few. In 2011, Elysia made it to the top 140 dancers in the country during So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Season 4.
As part of her continuing education in dance, Elysia traveled to Los Angeles and New York, to broaden her horizons in dance, performing and teaching techniques. Currently Elysia is on faculty with North Shore Academy of Dance, Deas Island Dance, and Harbour Dance Centre.
KTL Apprentice Program
Performance Hip Hop & Hip Hop Technique
Jarrett developed an interest in the performing arts at the young age of eight. Growing up on the island of Bermuda, his real passion began to flourish when he was introduced to Hip-hop dance at the age of 16. Arriving in Canada in 2011, Jarrett began his formal training at Coast Academy of Dance on the Sunshine Coast B.C. In 2013 Jarrett moved to Vancouver and studied with Culturally Defined under Kyle Vicente and Chris Wong in the foundations of Hip Hop and other styles including house, locking, waacking, popping, breaking, and krump. He has also trained with KTL dance company and currently trains with Illustrative Society directed by Joe Tuliao. Jarrett has been fortunate enough to be exposed to opportunities such as choreographing the opening piece for Wang Jackson: The Legend and Dream at the River Rock Casino as well as the opening act at the Edgewater Casino for award winning Magician Jason Yu and as a dancer for Brilliant! Hair Show for St. Paul's hospital at the Commodore on Granville Street. Growing up in a community that lacked support for the performing arts, Jarrett aspires to one-day return home and give those around him the knowledge and opportunities he had to travel so far to find!
Performance Hip Hop, Hip Hop & Smooth Groove
A current member of Kill the Lights (KTL), Navid Charkhi has a strong background in hip-hop and RnB dance styles.
Navid has trained with the notable PraiseTEAM studio, recognized for their training in jazz, contemporary and ballet technique as well as for their strong hip hop background (as seen in their silver place win in the MegaCrew Category at the World Hip Hop International Competition in Las Vegas). Some of Navid’s favourite credits include performing in the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, "Descendants", directed by Kenny Ortega, being a part of Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies, and performing in the Nickelodeon movie, “Jinxed”, choreographed by Paul Becker.
Navid enjoys teaching his skills to others and has previously instructed at Harbour Dance Centre, Studio 604 Production and PUR Movement. He was introduced to NSAD in 2014 and is very excited to be one of their regular faculty members.
I.S.T.D. Modern & R.A.D. Ballet
Karrie Hill received her training from Stonelands Vocational School of Dance and Gaynor Walter School of Dance in Sussex, England. During that period, Karrie was a also a member of the National Youth Ballet, performing at many theatres within London as well as training and performing alongside future Royal Ballet Company member Francesa Filpi. In 2004, Karrie gained her Bachelor of Education in Primary School teaching, specialising in Physical Education. Whilst completing this degree, Karrie achieved her I.S.T.D. associates in ballet, modern and tap and has since had six years experience of teaching at a variety of dance schools. In the last year Karrie has gained her I.S.T.D. Licentiate Tap and Ballet and is taking her Modern exam this summer.
Ballet Technique & Performance Ballet
Mariana Moraes is an emerging dance artist who is known for her classical and contemporary technique. Born in Belem, Brazil, Mariana has been training and performing since the age of six, when she first fell in love with Ballet. She continued her training in Vancouver, Canada when invited to participate in the pre-professional dance program Lamondance, where she experienced many styles, and developed her creativity and passion for contemporary/modern dance.
As a dancer, Mariana has had the opportunity to train and perform in the Vancouver dance scene as well as internationally in Brazil. Most recently she has had been part of the cast of the movie "Center Stage: on pointe" playing one of the ballet dancers in the camp. As a dance instructor and choreographer, Mariana has had the opportunity of showing her work in many different competitions and has been awarded as a choreographer. Mariana continues to develop as an emerging dance artist and excited to share her experience and talent as a dancer, performer and dance instructor with the studnets of North Shore Academy of Dancing.
I.S.T.D. Modern, Performance Broadway
Christina Fitchett trained at the Coast Academy of Dance, on the Sunshine Peninsula, where she studied ISTD Modern, Tap, Ballet and Jazz as well as Contemporary and Hip Hop. She participated in the Pre-Professional and Competition Programs within the school. She graduated with her Associate in ISTD Tap and moved to Vancouver to join Harbour Dance Center’s Intensive Training Program. Christina’s subsequent exposure to many choreographers, training opportunities and performances helped her realize her passion for teaching.
Since that time, she has taught at various schools and summer camps throughout the Lower Mainland. She has also pursued her Associate Accreditation and Associate Diploma in I.S.T.D. Modern. She continuously educates herself and updates her qualifications in both dance and fitness. Christina enjoys teaching all ages and genres and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with the students at NSAD!
Jazz Technique & Hip Hop
Astrid Eckerle first started in ballet in Canmore, Alberta at the age of five. In her early teens, it was the Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop genres that became part of her regular routine. Upon acceptance into the Edge School for Athletes, Astrid found her passion for dance. Upon graduation, she seized the opportunity of joining the Intensive Training Program at Harbour Dance Centre. Astrid has since trained with the Source Dance Company, TwoFourSeven Company and is excited to now be a member of KTL Co. Astrid loves to teach all styles and ages and is excited to share her experiences and dance knowledge with the students of NSAD!
Jazz Technique, Performance Jazz & Hip Hop
Alex began dancing at North Shore Academy of Dancing at eight years of age. She was part of the many different competitive and performance companies for nine years until she graduated in June 2016. Alex recently completed a year of full-time training with the Conteur Academy in Toronto, a contemporary dance company, and while there she trained and competed with a Toronto hip-hop crew, K9collective. Dancing is her voice and her passion – and she is inspired most when she has the chance to share this passion with others. Alex is looking forward to sharing her passion with her NSAD students!
I.S.T.D Modern, Performance Broadway & Jazz
Sydney began dancing at the age of eight in Maple Ridge. Her passion for dance led her to join the Half Day Program here at North Shore Academy of Dancing in 2013. She has trained and competed in multiple genres of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and lyrical. After recently completing her Advanced Two I.S.T.D. Modern examination she has chosen to further her studies and earn her Associates Modern Teaching Certificate. Sydney is training under the direction of Karrie Hill in the I.S.T.D Modern Syllabi and is looking forward to receiving her teaching status. Sydney has a passion for movement, creativity and technique. With her infectious positivity we look forward to having Sydney join our faculty!
Half Day Stretch & Strength
Melissa Bosomworth is from North Vancouver and has a passion for yoga and dance. Her ballet career began in high school, where she took advantage of a half-day program with Pacific Dance Arts, allowing her to focus on dance every day. During high school, she attended summer programs at Atlanta Ballet, American Ballet Theatre New York, Miami City Ballet, and Modus Operandi. She then spent several years dancing professionally and had the privilege of performing with Miami City Ballet, Ballet Florida, and Milwaukee Ballet. One of her most memorable performances was dancing in Milwaukee Ballet's debut performance of Peter Pan.
During her final year dancing she incurred a chronic injury and moved back to Vancouver. Her injury inspired her to learn different forms of movement to rehabilitate her own body.
Melissa is a certified yoga instructor, Barre Fitness trainer, and Pilates instructor. She is thrilled to be part of North Shore Academy of Dance and looks forward to passing along her knowledge on keeping the body strong and flexible to enhance performance and prevent injury.
Aiden Cass first channeled his high energy into a hip hop class at aged 10 and quickly discovered that dance was “his thing”. His natural talent immediately surfaced and was encouraged by his instructors to expand his repertoire. He currently studies Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Modern and Hip Hop and is a graduated member of North Shore Academy of Dancing’s half-day program.
Aiden has been the recipient in many awards such as the 2013 and 2015 NSAD High Achievement in both Contemporary and Modern dance, the 2013 Live Love Dance Peak Scholarship as well as first place at numerous dance competitions throughout Vancouver. Most recently, Aiden has completed the highest level of I.S.T.D. Syllabus, Advanced Two Modern. Aiden is currently involved in the dance company ‘Modus Operandi’ a Vancouver based education initiative that provides contemporary dance training for young emerging professionals.
Aiden is honored to be a teacher at NSAD and will continue to apply all of his dance experience into his instruction. He hopes to help ignite and nurture the same passion for dance in his students that has brought him such satisfaction, pride and purpose.