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.
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.
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 and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tyler Carver began training at the age of 12 at the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, BC, where he completed his RAD Advanced 2 exam with distinction. He has also trained at the San Francisco Ballet School. He joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an Apprentice in 2014, and was promoted into the Corps de Ballet for the 2015-16 season.
Since joining the Company, Carver has had the opportunity to perform in such works as Giselle, Nutcracker, Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, and Swan Lake. He also made a special appearance in the leading role of Solor in the RWB School Professional Division's performance of La Bayadere excerpts.
We are excited to have Tyler join our faculty and to bring his wealth of knowledge into our ballet program. We look forward to having him begin our first Boys Only Ballet Class!
Everest Shi is a professional dancer/choreographer based in Vancouver, Canada. He has worked with Kit & Ace, Cisco Systems, World of Dance Los Angeles, Electronic Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, and WINNER. He has danced, taught, and worked internationally, and is training to become as versatile of a mover as possible, performing hip-hop, urban, waacking, and burlesque, just to name a few. Currently he is director of the Unbound Movement Collective, a production and personal movement training program. We are thrilled to have Everest join our faculty!
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.
Francis has been dancing for 10 years. Starting at PraiseTEAM Studios, he has been trained in several Hip Hop funk styles and Contemporary. He is currently studying full-time at Simon Fraser University where he is working towards his Bachelor of Sciences in Kinesiology. Starting at PraiseTEAM studio at the age of 8, Francis has training in several Hip Hop street styles, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. He began choreographing in high school which gave him the platform to start teaching and sharing his craft. One of his several teaching styles is an incorporation of hip hop and contemporary with emphasis on musicality.
Founded in 2011, his all-male crew Brotherhood travels to showcase and compete internationally which has led them to perform on international platforms like NBC's World of Dance Season 2, America's Got Talent, The Dance Switzerland, Hit the Floor Toronto, Catalyst Conference Atlanta/LA, Feel the Bounce Mexico and Verve Competition in Colorado. Some of their 1st place titles include 3-time back to back World of Dance Vancouver Champions, Gold Medalists at the 2013 Hip Hop International Dance Competition, Body Rock 2015 Champions and the Vibe Dance Competition 2017 Champions. Francis is also an alumni of PraiseTEAM's Sr. Showcase and TwoFourSeven Company. Francis has held international classes in LA and Mexico and has worked on music videos featuring KPOP Artists "BTS", "EXO", "HIGH4:20". We are excited to have Francis join our team!
Thomas Teague has achieved principal status in each of the companies his career has taken him. Originally from San Diego, Thomas has performed leading roles in contemporary works by such internationally acclaimed choreographers as George Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Val Caniparoli, Bruce Marks, Loyce Houlton, and award winning Canadian choreographer Renald Rabu. He also performed principal roles in many of the traditional classics such as The Nutcracker, Giselle and Les Sylphides as well as the title roles in Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde and Eugene Loring’s Billy the Kid. Thomas’s career started at Minnesota Dance Theatre, moved on to Pacific Ballet Theatre (now Ballet BC), and then to Oregon Ballet Theatre. Thomas has choreographed for Ballet Oregon and Milwaukee Ballet II and has been a guest performer throughout the country. Mr. Teague also teaches Pilates, is a licensed Massage Therapist and studied Oriental Medicine for 2 years.
In 1994 after retiring from their professional careers, the Teagues co-founded and directed Ballet Arte, Academy of Classical Ballet and Ballet Arte Dance Theatre in the San Diego area. They owned the school for 10 years where they developed a comprehensive training syllabus and produced, choreographed and directed an annual Nutcracker, Spring Repertory Concert and many educational outreach programs. Drawing from his rich background in contemporary dance, Thomas also developed a unique contemporary ballet syllabus which has been widely acclaimed. This contemporary training is so needed and relevant in the professional dance world of today. In 2004 they accepted the positions as Directors and Principal Teachers for the Academy of Colorado Ballet where they successfully opened a second location for the company. In 2005 the Teagues moved back to San Diego and were happy to open their own school again, Del Mar Ballet. In 2014 they decided to move back to Canada to be closer to family and left their school in very capable hands. We are honoured to have Thomas Teague join the faculty of North Shore Acadmey of Dancing!
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!
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!
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!
Tiffany is an acrobat and musical theatre performer in Vancouver. She was a competitive gymnast for five years and quickly transferred from being the gymnast to being the coach. For the last ten years she has coached at various gymnastics clubs and, since graduating Capilano University's Musical Theatre program, has been coaching at Circus West. She is passionate about teaching tumbling for performance, as it combines her love of gymnastics and theatre. With her performance experience, professional coaching and infectious positivity we look forward to having Tiffany join our faculty!
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.
Alyssa began her dance training at The Coast Academy of Dance in 2004 beginning with her love for ballet. Throughout the years, she ventured into other dance styles such as Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, and Pointe; she also joined competition dance for five years. Alyssa has successfully completed her Vocational Modern Exams. In 2016, she joined the Coast Academy's three year Pre-Professional Program and has successfully completed her ISTD Modern Associate Exam, earning her ISTD Teaching Certificate.
Alyssa has experience teaching dance in a variety of styles and age groups as well as creating choreography for competitive level groups. With a love of choreographing and teaching, Alyssa is thrilled to share her knowledge and passion for dance with the students of North Shore Academy of Dancing!
Abby began dancing at the age of 4 and quickly developed a passion for the art. Born and raised in Vernon, BC, Abby has trained in many genres including jazz, modern, lyrical, ballet, hip hop, contemporary and tap.
After training in the Okanagan for many years, she decided to move to North Vancouver in her senior years of highschool to further pursue her passion for dance. Since then, she has graduated from the NSAD Half Day Program as well as the newly founded KTL Apprenticeship Program. She is currently enrolled in the ITP program founded by Moe Brody based out of Vancouver’s Harbour Dance Centre.
Abby is truly thrilled to join the NSAD faculty and is excited to share her knowledge, passion and love for dance!
Madeleine started dance at the age of two in Surrey, BC. From Kindergarten to Grade 12, Madeleine received her classical and modern dance training at Mi-Cher Dance Academy, under the tutelage of Cheryl Gedert, Catherine Potoky and Karrie Hill. Madeleine also participated in the Royal City Youth Ballet's rendition of the Nutcracker every Christmas for 6 years, and has also had opportunity to participate in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet and RCYB's summer intensives. After graduating high school Madeleine moved to Toronto for 2 years to participate in the Dance Performance Programme with George Brown Dance and Canada's Ballet Jorgen. In 2018 Madeleine joined LamonDance Company and has been working with Kirsten Wicklund, Noam Gagnon, Alysa Pires, Lara Barclay and Davi Rodriguez. Madeleine is happy to be joining the NSAD family.
Zavien Garrett is a professional dancer and aspiring choreographer. His passion and love for music is what makes him want to be not only a better dancer but a better person everyday. Zavien started his dance training at 10 years old and was strictly hip hop until he turned 13 and decided to join NSAD's Half Day Program. From there he trained at an average of 20 hours a week at NSAD in multiple genres such as Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Broadway, Modern and Hip Hop. Since graduating high school Zavien has balanced his life with a combination of dance training with I.S. (Illustrative Society), working in the film industry with DaCosta Talent agency and a part time job serving at a Restaurant. Since he has signed with DaCosta Talent he's had the amazing opportunity to work on sets such as Descendants 3 and other projects. Zavien is inspired to see where this creative path takes him and along the way looks forward to teaching and inspiring others around him!
Starting ballet as a toddler, Gracie's passion and skill for dance was immediately apparent. She joined NSAD in grade 2 and since then has participated in the many avenues of programs leading her into the pre-professional Half Day Program which she participated in for 5 years. Over the years she has assisted teaching and apprenticed under the mentorship and expertise of top choreographers in Vancouver, developing a strong rapport with her students and discovering a talent for choreography. Highlights of her performance experience include in Goh Ballet's production of the Nutcracker, competing in many provincial and international competitions and community showcases. Recent achievements have been joining the cast of Disney's Descendents 3 production and a member of Joe Tuliao's Illustrative Society's Varsity Crew. She performed in the company's production, Awaken and competed in Mexico with the crew at the international event "Dancers Paradise". She is an up and coming young hip hop performer in the Vancouver dance community, and this year she joins the all female hip hop crew, 'Apprentice'. Gracie values the connection to her local community, and fellow NSAD students and colleagues. We look forward to Gracie passing on her passions for dance to her students!
Erika is a physiotherapist with a special interest in dance medicine and science. She graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of British Columbia in 2007 and holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario (2005).
As a former elite dancer and dance teacher, Erika's passion lies in treating dancers and other performing artists. She has a keen interest in not only treating injuries, but also in injury prevention and maximizing performance potential in dancers. Erika uses her background in dance to inform her clinical practice. Erika has completed specialized training in the field of dance medicine in Australia, Canada and the United States, and has studied with leaders in the field such as Craig Phillips and Lisa Howell. Erika is an active member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and a board member of Healthy Dancer Canada (HDC). She is a frequent invited guest speaker on the topic of dance medicine and science locally, nationally and internationally and teaches workshops on the same topics throughout BC.
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