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Dance - Instructor Profiles

Gamboa, TinTin Gamboa

Tin Gamboa moved here from the Philippines five years ago to pursue a dance major and psychology minor at Simon Fraser University. She has had the privilege of teaching kids ballet and is heavily trained in that genre of dance. She is also well-trained in Contemporary, as that was the main focus in her dance studies at SFU. Gamboa has also dabbled in other genres such as Hip-hop and Jazz as well. 

Gamboa has worked with and studied under numerous renowned artists and groups, such as Peter Bingham, Amber Funk Barton, Alvin Tolentino, the Batsheva Dance Company, 605 Collective, Charlotte Boys-Christensen, Ballet Philippines, and Hofesh Schechter. It is her goal to further her career as a professional dancer, as well as attain a Master’s degree in Dance Therapy. She has personally experienced how dance can enhance one’s overall confidence and discipline- how it can truly allow one to accept one’s body and learn to take control of it. Gamboa hopes to share that and help empower others learn through this beautiful form of expression. Currently, she teaches dance and works as a freelance dance artist in Vancouver.    

Parlongo, Heather
Heather Parlongo

Heather graduated in 1997 from the National Ballet School of Canada Teachers Training program. Heather also graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School in London, England, in 1992. She holds a Contemporary and Choreography certificate in dance; and in the year 2000, achieved her Cecchetti Associates Diploma. Heather currently teaches Creative Ballet and Ballet at Edmonds Community Centre.

Sars, Lisa
Lisa Sars

Lisa Sars is a teacher whose passion for dance has blossomed into a deeply felt gratitude for the many gifts a lifelong study of movement brings. After graduating from the Main Dance Projects Society in 2007, Lisa founded her own children's storytelling company, Dixie Stars, and began teaching play classes at Gymboree. Having a deep appreciation for Yoga, Lisa studied at the Radha Yoga Centre, the Yasodhara Ashram, and has also completed her Kids Yoga Teacher Training. Lisa currently offers yoga, dance, and storytelling programs in preschools and elementary schools throughout BC. She has been teaching for over ten years with other organizations, and since 2011 with the City of Burnaby. 

Jenny NguyenJenny Nguyen

Jenny has been dancing for about 13 years. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern/contemporary, acrobatics and over the past 7 years she expanded to musical theatre, acting and hip hop. She attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts to further her training and graduated in May 2016 with a Diploma Enriched in Arts. She has travelled to China to teach Performing Arts at a summer camp in Guangzhou and toured across BC and Alberta performing in children’s theatre with Story Theatre Co. She took ASL over the summer to express her love of arts to those who are deaf/hard of hearing and will be working with Story Theatre with the ASL workshops for kids in schools. Jenny is excited to be a part of the Edmonds Community Centre and share her love and passion of dance and hopes to inspire those to continue with arts!

Emma BestEmma Best

From a young age the stage was Emma Best’s second home. Her first stage was the dance floor at Centennial Community Centre in New Westminster where at age three, she took her first dance class. Her penchant for performance grew with each year of dance allowing Emma to graduate high school as not only an honour student and scholarship recipient, but also as a celebrated member of both drama and dance. At Boswell Dance Academy, as a competitive dancer and soloist for eight years, Emma has been awarded numerous high score titles and has mastered technique in ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern/contemporary, stage, tap, and hip hop. As well as taking part in R.A.D (Royal Academy of Dance) Ballet exams, completing up to Advanced One. After three years as a teaching assistant, Emma is now thrilled to be instructing dance students of her own. By returning to a place very similar to where she took her first dance steps, Emma is grateful for this opportunity to enrich the lives of young future dancers.

Shion CarterShion Carter

Shion is a performing artist and teacher originally from Japan. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. As a performer, she has interpreted the works of artists such as Vanessa Goodman/Action at a Distance, plastic orchid factory, and Yossi Berg & Oded Graf Dance Theatre (Israel). Shion’s own choreographic projects are influenced by her personal ethnographic history, merging with her interests in other creative disciplines and physical performance. Her work has been presented at venues across Canada. She has been teaching dance classes in the City of Burnaby since 2017, and continues to share her passion for movement with students of all ages in various dance styles.

Danielle SagrisDanielle Sagris

Danielle has been dancing for about 20 years – training in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, and modern/contemporary. She attended Simon Fraser University to further her training and education in dance, and graduated in October 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has had the opportunity to train and teach in Canada, USA, and Australia, participating in workshops and teaching summer camps. Danielle is excited to be teaching at Edmonds Community Centre where she can share her love of dance with others.