Each year we bring in guest teachers from all over North America to teach our students sponsored by the Parent Auxiliary Society.
Past Guest Master Teachers include: Heather Cornell, Brock Jellison, Megan Trainer, Shelley Stewart Hunt, Jessie Sawyers, Matt Shields, Danny Nielsen, Shay Kuebler, Naomi Costain, Suzanne Ouellette, Lisa Rose Metz, Carolyn Schmidt, Michael Boston and Travis Knights
Lindsay Sterk, Artistic Director
Tap & Musical Theatre, and Broadway Jazz
An accomplished dancer, singer and actor, Lindsay has performed and taught throughout Canada. As an adjudicator he has worked with the N.I.Festival of Performing Arts, Pacific West Festival, Danceworks Victoria, Chilliwack and Kamloops Festival of Performing Arts. Teaching credits include Harbour Dance Centre, Van Tap Dance Society, Capilano College and several other West Coast studios. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance) and Diploma in Theatre Arts. He has studied tap with Brenda Bufalino, Dianne Walker, Heather Cornell, Roxane Butterfly, Lane Alexander, Cindy Kerr, Germaine Salsberg, Jim Hibbard and Lisa Hopkins. Lindsay’s musical theatre credits include roles with the Arts Club, Showcase Festival, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Gateway Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Pangaea Arts, Modern Baroque Opera, Ophidian, Pacific Opera Victoria, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Calgary, Citadel Theatre, Stage West and the Charlottetown Festival. Most recent performances include “Hero” tapper in the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies and Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain for Theatre Under the Stars and is a regular soloist for tap events featuring Canadian artists.
Jazz, Modern, Lyrical & Hip Hop
Jessica began dancing at age 5 at the Vancouver Island School of Dance where she took ballet and modern for over 11 years. She also trained at Gemini Dance Studios taking jazz, technical and ballet. Meanwhile Jessica began participating in festivals as a self-taught hip hop choreographer and a jazz, ballet and modern student. She continued performing, competing and training with instructors from a variety of backgrounds for 17 years. Her teaching career began at a young age as an apprentice to Gillian Kilgour in 1996. Then in 2000 Jessica received her teaching degree in modern dance getting “honours with distinction”. Though most of her training is in ballet, jazz and modern styles she also has a strong background in hip hop, funk, house, street jazz etc. With a creative heart and variety of dance styles, Jessica has a myriad of experiences to share which make her classes unique, informative and most importantly fun.
Ballet, Pre-Pointe/Pointe, Contemporary Ballet, Lyrical, Dance Conditioning
Christy was born on Hornby Island and has danced for over 17 years. Her training has taken her from the Courtenay School of Dance, to the Alberta Ballet School and Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She spent the last 5 years traveling in Asia and Africa where she taught movement to children living in poor communities. “One of the most incredible things I have learned about dance is that no matter where you go, or what your dialect, dance is always a common language.” Christy worked as a registered massage therapist prior to moving back to the island. Her extensive knowledge of anatomy and understanding of the benefits of movement is reflected in her dancing and instructing.
Ballet, Musical Theatre, Modern, Modern improv, Jazz, Preschool Programs
Candice is a triple threat with over 15 years of performance and teaching experience under her belt. She holds a BFA in drama from the University of Alberta and uses the training she received to bring the theatrical element of storytelling into her choreography. Her students have been commended for their technique and their commitment to characterization within their movement. She has won several awards for her choreography including her pieces, most recently Platform 9. Candice is also an accomplished playwright, having won an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for her work on the piece Change Room. When she’s not at the dance studio, Candice is playing her favourite role to date; mom to 4 year old Zenya.