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, Matthew Cluff, Ballet Victoria, 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, Jaimie Ashworth, Ballet Victoria, Julie Tomaino, Kelsey Moss, Scott Augustine and Travis Knights
Lindsay Sterk, Artistic Director
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.
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.
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 6 year old Zenya.
Ballet, RAD Ballet Exam Program, Modern and Aerial Arts
Born in England Victoria trained at the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst Ballet School graduating with a National Diploma in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance. During this time she also performed with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and had several contemporary roles created for her by choreographer Andre de Villiers. Also trained in flamenco dance she was asked to attend many festivals and master classes by Sheryl Wexler, head of the Spanish Dance Society.
Victoria’s career then took her to Paris to dance at the Bal au Moulin Rouge before joining their touring company which took her all over the world performing in Tokyo, Germany, Austria, Greece, Brazil where she performed in the Rio Carnival, TV performances and many more.
Victoria then furthered her training in aerial skills focusing on aerial Hoop, Silks and Spanish web. She then went on to work for P&O Cruise lines as a featured dancer and aerialist where she performed in many production shows including Robert Stigwood’s Saturday Night Fever and Masquerade – a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber. For the past two years Victoria has also performed at ‘The France Show’ in London, UK.
On graduating with distinction from the Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters in London she is a registered teacher with the RAD and has been teaching in England for the last two years. Now having emigrated to Canada she is very excited to be a part of Pantuso Dance.