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Dance Instructors

Lynne Addington

Lynne Addington is an accomplished dancer, teacher and performer recently returning to Vancouver after a year of dancing in Toronto. Originally trained as an Irish dancer, Lynne has expanded her repertoire and has been enjoying performing and teaching Tap across Canada and the Southern States for the last 5 years. Lynne combines her Irish training and Tap experience to create a unique style. She continues to perform and dance professionally with Latin and Irish dance companies in Vancouver.

Jennifer Aoki

Jennifer Aoki is a passionate, energetic, and extremely knowledgeable dancer, choreographer and teacher. She loves sharing her passion for dance with her students with whom she is always gaining inspiration. Jennifer trained professionally at Simon Fraser University and obtained a BFA in dance in 2010. Her pre-professional ballet training includes the Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate Vocational Graded Examination. Jennifer has co-founded her own dance company Triadic Dance Works and continues to dance professionally in Canada and Europe. She teaches a variety of dance programs at Urban Dance Co, Bonsor Community Center, Edmonds Community Center, and the Shadbolt Center for the Arts.

Carolina Bergonzoni

Carolina is a Vancouver-based Italian dance artist, yoga teacher and scholar. She holds an MA in Philosophy and an MA in Comparative Media Arts, working in between dance and philosophy of the body.
Carolina has been dancing since she was a child and recently started developing her own work. As a choreographer, she has created site-specific works for Vancouver Fringe Festival, Dance in Vancouver, BC Buds, and Vines Art Festival. She has been teaching dance and philosophy - for children and community - since 2008. In 2011, she graduated as Dance Educator and Community Engagement Facilitator. Since then, she has been working for building community of movers and thinkers with people from 0 to 99+ years old.

Naomi Brand

Naomi Brand holds both a BA and an MFA in dance from the University of Calgary. She has performed in the works of Tania Alvarado, Noam Gagnon, Helen Husak, Melanie Kloetzel (kloetzel&co), Sharon Moore, Davida Monk (M-Body) and Jason Stroh, among others. Her own choreography has been featured in many venues in Canada as well as in Poland, Italy and Uruguay. Naomi was an instructor in the Dance Department at the University of Calgary from 2007-2012 and spent five seasons as Artistic Associate of MoMo Mixed Ability Dance Theatre where she helped to develop the field of integrated dance in Alberta. Naomi is a news writer for The Dance Current and sits on the board of directors of The Training Society of Vancouver. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. Naomi is excited to join the team at the Shadbolt Centre and begin teaching modern dance in fall 2013.

Daylan Braude

Daylan has been teaching Tap and Jazz at the Shadbolt Centre since 2000. In her youth, she danced and competed with various local studios; she continued her studies at SFU in the Contemporary Arts Program. After receiving her BFA in Modern Dance, Daylan explored new territory in Calgary with “Decidedly Jazz Danceworks” and “Youth Dance Unlimited”. Upon her return to BC, Daylan was involved with many local shows including 12 Minutes Max and Dancing on the Edge. Daylan currently teaches full-time in the lower mainland and continues to hone her craft by attending dance workshops in the off-season.

Jenn Edwards

Jenn Edwards is a contemporary dance artist from North Burnaby based in Vancouver. She holds a BFA in dance from Simon Fraser University and has trained intensively in a variety of disciplines including figure skating, ballet, contact improvisation and theatre. Jenn has performed with Triadic Dance Works (a collective she co-founded), Diskordanse, Flowmotion Dance Company and Compagnie Tauschfühlung. From 2012-2015 she was based in Berlin and her career has taken her all over Europe, the Middle East, and Mexico. As an emerging choreographer Jenn has showcased her own work Fusion Festival (Berlin), 12 Minutes Max (Seattle, WA) and at Mascall Dance’s BLOOM series, among others. Over the past seven years, Jenn has enjoyed teaching modern, creative dance, ballet, jazz and hip hop, and is thrilled to be joining the Shadbolt community in her hometown.

Katie Eng

Katie is a graduate of SFU dance program and is now teaching ballet and yoga for the City of Burnaby. After graduation, Katie travelled to New York to dance in the Merce Cunningham intensive, and in the summer of 2007 travelled to Winnipeg to participate in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Teacher’s Seminar. When not teaching or training, Katie is rehearsing with dance collective 30Toes. During the 2006-07 season, 30Toes was awarded Artist in Residence at the Scotia Bank Dance Centre and completed an excellent year of creation and development.

Regan Cowan

Regan grew up dancing at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts from the age of 4 to 18. She then went on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University with a Major in Dance, where she had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Judith Garay, Megan Walker-Straight, and Wen-Wei Wang. Recently, she completed her Bachelor of Education at Simon Fraser University, and is now a BC certified K-12 teacher. Alongside teaching at the Shadbolt, she is also a teacher with the Burnaby School District, and continues to dance with Shadbolt's adult dance company Continuum.

Ashley Douglas

Ashley Douglas brings with her 24 years of dance experience, 11 years of teaching experience and a tremendous passion for the art of dance education. In 2012, Ashley completed her Bachelor of Arts Dance degree at the University of Calgary before completing her Education degree at SFU in 2013. She is currently a high school dance, English and ELL (ESL) teacher for the Burnaby School District and is looking forward to completing her Masters in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University. Prior to Ashley’s education she spent some time pursuing her professional dance career working for Carnival Cruise Lines and various other dance gigs. She is thrilled to be a part of the Shadbolt family and to continue to work with her students and dance families.

Heather Kirkland

Heather is an independent dancer and teaches dance to children and teens in the Vancouver Lower Mainland. She trained and performed in the Arts Umbrella Dance Company and MainDance, and went on to graduate from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. As a performer she has had the privilege of working with choreographers Julia Sasso, Andrew Gidday, John Ottmann and most recently, Wen Wei Wang, as well as many of Vancouver’s best emerging artists. She has also performed with LinkDance and has worked with the Jumpstart Apprenticeship Program. She is currently teaching modern dance and ballet, and is director of the Youth in Motion Senior company. Heather is excited to share her passion for performance and healthy technique with her students.

Trevor Klushin

Trevor went to Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton where he received a Diploma in Dance Performance in 1992. He received the Evelyn Davis Scholarship for excellence in modern dance and choreography in 1993. He danced with Brian Webb Dance Co., Mile Zero Dance Co., and Ballet North. His chorography has been presented in the Cayman Islands, Canada, Brazil, Holland, and US. He has done independent films and commercials. A Creative Dance specialist, his passion is creating dances and teaching. Also known as Mr. Trevor by his students and their parents, he has been teaching his love of dance to young children at the Shadbolt Centre for many years.

Karen Kobel

Karen has been dancing for the past 25 years, teaching for the past 13 years and performing. With a BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University, she has performed for various artists such as Mia Michaels, Jay Norman, Marjon Van Grunsven, Tomi Galaska, Mary Carbonaro, Peter Grey Terhune Presents on the Regal Princess and Crown Princess Cruise ships, Madora, and some other local artists. She is also a STOTT certified Pilates instructor. Karen has also studied with Lynn Simonson, Mary Carbonaro, Katiti King, all Simonson certified instructors.

Natalie LeFebvre Gnam

Natalie LeFebvre Gnam is an award-winning dance artist, educator, and the artistic producer of plastic orchid factory. As a child, she trained at the local dance studio in Prince George, before pursuing her professional studies at L’École supérieure de danse du Québec, in Montréal. Since 1994, she has worked with Le Jeune Ballet du Québec, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, dancers dancing, Wild Excursions Performance, The Vancouver Opera and Coleman Lemieux & Co. As a mentor to young dancers, Natalie has taught ballet and contemporary technique at Arts Umbrella, Richmond Academy of Dance, the Modus Operandi training program and in various communities across British Columbia. Natalie holds a DEC (honours) in Dance from Le Cégep du Vieux Montréal, an Advanced Certificate (distinction) in Arts Management from Capilano University and level 1 certification in Conditioning-with-Imagery Training. Currently she is chair of the Training Society of Vancouver, is pursuing a BFA at Simon Fraser University's School for Contemporary Arts and collaborating with MACHiNENOiSY on a multi-disciplinary project that will be presented in January 2015 at the International PuSh Festival of Performing Arts.

Jessica Lin

Inspired by Laban / Bartenieff Studies, Jessica believes in the connection between brain and body, how it is really about dancing with “your heart”, and that there is a strong mathematical aspect to the whole equation. She is a professional dancer, choreographer and dance instructor with a wide range of influences. She grew up in Taiwan and received a BA in dance from the Taiwan National University of Physical Education in 2000. She has performed professionally throughout Europe and Asia and taught in Taiwan and Canada since 1999. Jessica continues to pass on the passion of dance to the next generation.

Natasha Lutz

Originally from Brampton Ontario, Natasha has been teaching people of all ages and stages since 2003. She is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre's Professional Training Program, where she learned from a number of renowned artists from Canada and abroad. Over the years Natasha has also enjoyed a wonderful performance career working with many amazingly talented people, and dancing on various stages throughout Canada. She loves sharing her passion for dance with her students from whom she is always learning and gaining inspiration, She is proud to be a part of the Shadbolt community. 

Joanna Mansour Helou

Joanna is a dancer, teacher, choreographer & sociologist from Montreal, QC.  Joanna is interested in the different functions of dance such as: self-expression, cultural heritage and social messages. Joanna began her professional training at Collège Jean-Eudes de Rosemont, where she graduated with Honors (1999). She later joined Ballet Allegro International and started a BA in modern dance at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Alongside dancing, she has worked as a teacher and choreographer in recreational and professional schools.

Jeannine Miller

Jeannine Miller is a graduate from the dance teacher training program at Grant MacEwan College and a graduate from the PTI program at Main Dance. Jeannine worked as a dance teacher at the Shadbolt Center for the Arts for 13 years and was one of the artistic directors for the Youth in Motion Jr. Dance Company. Jeannine has worked as an independent dancer in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary and has twenty years experience teaching dance to students of all ages and levels including a term for the Calgary school board as an Artist in Residence. Jeannine has recently returned to Burnaby and the Shadbolt is thrilled to have her back! 

Michelle Olson 

As a Vancouver-based choreographer, performer and the Artistic Director of Raven Spirit Dance, Michelle focuses on developing work in dance, theatre and opera.  She is the recipient of the Inaugural VIDF Choreographic Award and has studied at the University of New Mexico and Full Circle First Nations Performance.  She has a certificate in Movement Analysis from the Laban Institute and continues to explore the many ways dance and movement is vital to our lives. Michelle will be teaching Adult Modern at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts this fall and winter.

Jane Osborne

Jane holds a BFA in dance from SFU and is now pursuing a career as a contemporary dancer. Since graduating, Jane has worked with various artists such as Martha Carter (apprenticeship), Rob Kitsos and Chengxin Wei, during Dancing on the Edge, and at the Hong Kong Dance Festival. Jane recently apprenticed on a collaborative project by Alvin Tolentino and Peter Chin, she apprentices in an ongoing fashion with dance-theatre artist, Tara Cheyenne-Friedenberg, and most recently with Dancers Dancing. In March 2007, Jane completed her first dance film “Drive7”, which has screened at several festivals internationally. Jane teaches children of all ages in Ballet, Creative Movement, Jazz and Hip Hop — and she absolutely loves it!

Heather Parlongo

Heather is a graduate of the National Ballet School Teacher Training Program and the London Contemporary Dance School in England, from which she holds a choreography certificate. She holds her Intermediate and Associate Diploma Cecchetti teaching degrees. Heather has been teaching in the Lower Mainland for the past eight years.

Donna Redlick

Donna Redlick is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, a graduate from the dance program at Grant MacEwan College of Fine Arts (Edmonton) and a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan. She was the founder of Continuum Dance Company and artistic director of the Youth In Motion Dance Company for many years. Donna has also taught for MainDance, Vancouver School Board, as an assistant instructor for the Laban Program at Ryerson University, and as a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University.

Masha Tadic

Masha Tadic is a graduate from the classical ballet school Lujo Davico in Belgrade, Serbia where she studied and trained traditional Russian ballet. After graduating in 2001 she joined the National theatre in Belgrade. She has performed a wide range of roles in world famous classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Nutcracker, Don Quixote and La Bayader, as well as contemporary works. Masha has also performed with Madleninum Opera and Theatre and has toured across Europe, South America and the Middle East. During a long and successful career in the theatre she had the opportunity to work and study with many famous teachers and dancers such as Gabriela Comleva, Ljubinka and Petar Dobrijevic, Mary Clod Pietragala, Poll Lightfoot, Hose Martinez, Svetlana Zaharova, Vladimir Vasiljev and Gilbert Majer. In 2010 Masha founded her own dance studio in Belgrade, she then moved to Canada 2015 and has continued to teach and perform professionally.

Maikki Uotilia-Kraatz

Maikki grew up dancing and figure skating in Finland and became a national champion and an international level competitor in figure skating and ice dance. She then went on to earn a BA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Maikki has studied and performed with various contemporary choreographers around the world including Anneke Hansen, Sara Rudner, Helen Walkley and Donna Redlick. Based in Vancouver for the past ten years, she has worked as an independent dance educator and a figure skating pro and choreographer locally and internationally. She is passionate about children, movement and creativity and loves to discover the joy of dance with her students. She will be teaching Creative Dance and Ballet this fall at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Danais Yera Guerra

Danais was born in Cuba and moved to Vancouver in 2012. She is a graduate of the National School of Ballet as well as the Dance Program at the National School of Art Instructors. Danais’s experience and passion for dance led to collaborations with several dance companies including the Santiago Alfonso’s Company and Ballet Litz Alfonso. She has worked with choreographers such as Alberto Mendez. Danais is an established dance teacher and choreographer specializing in Folkloric and contemporary dance from Cuba and Latin America. She has received national awards for her works as a choreographer and teacher. Danais currently teaches dance for all levels and ages.