• Katy Schroeder
    Katy SchroederFOUNDER/DIRECTOR

    A graduate of the Musical Theatre Diploma Program at The Randolph Academy in Toronto, Katy has been trained in all aspects of the performing arts including jazz, ballet, musical theatre performance and choral and acting technique. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and Theatre from UBC, an Honours in Advanced R.A.D. Ballet and credits in film and theatre including The Stratford Festival of Canada. As a teacher, Katy aims to inspire students and teachers with her passion for the performing arts and strengthen one’s physical strength, theatricality, voice and self-confidence.

    • VANESSA AERE
      VANESSA AEREMUSICAL THEATRE / ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

      Vanessa has had a passion for musical theatre since she was a little girl. She quickly enrolled into several dance classes, acting classes and voice lessons so she could pursue her love further. At the age of 16, she began to branch out to the behind the scenes roles of choreographer, stage management and director in several plays and musicals such as Anything Goes, Romeo and Juliet, and Back to the 80s to name a few. Having currently graduated at the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Vanessa is currently working on obtaining her second degree in Social Work. Vanessa is very excited to be teaching the young minds at VPS the confidence to follow their passions and dreams.

      • Stephanie Bennett
        Stephanie BennettBALLET

        Stephanie has had a love for the performing arts since the age of three, when she set foot in her first ballet class. Her passion for ballet led her to pursue several areas of dance including jazz, musical theatre, tap, and lyrical. At the age of ten, Stephanie was proud to be accepted into the National Ballet school’s full time program where she spent a year studying. She then went on to study at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet school through her teens. Stephanie’s love of storytelling and theatre led her to pursue a career as a professional actor where she has since landed many roles in film and television. As an instructor, Stephanie hopes to inspire her students with her passion for creativity, imagination, and dance as a form of expression.

        • Rebecca Evans
          Rebecca EvansTAP

          Rebecca Evans spent her young years dancing like crazy to stay warm during the freezing winter weather of Saskatchewan. She has trained in many genres and has successfully completed her Intermediate 3 ADAPT jazz and tap exams, as well as the RAD Grade 8 and Advanced Foundation Ballet exams. Throughout high school, she frequently attended high level competitions and conventions throughout North America, and in December 2014 she competed at the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany. After a Teacher’s Training course at her home studio in 2010, she fell in love with the art of teaching and taught at multiple studios until moving to Vancouver in 2015. There she spent the next two years exploring the professional dance world via Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program, and, most recently, training and performing with the Source Dance Company in Vancouver, Kelowna, and Seattle. In the summers, she runs a summer workshop alongside her best friend back home in Saskatchewan. She is so pleased to be a part of the VPS family.

          • Rachel Fanshawe
            Rachel FanshaweJAZZ / ZUMBA / MUSICAL THEATRE

            Rachel Fanshawe is passionate about dance and living a healthy lifestyle. Her mission is to bring the best out of people by building their confidence through dance classes and health coaching. Rachel trained in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre and lyrical. She gained a Musical Theatre diploma back in the UK and is a certified Lifestyle Health Coach. Her work experience includes: hosting dance classes on Princess cruises, performing in the London Olympic Opening Ceremonies 2012, choreographing and dance teaching in Hong Kong and the Himalayas and running Les Mills fitness classes for adults and kids in New Zealand. She is excited to be part of the VPS family and teaching classes with us. 

            • Endre Geczi
              Endre GecziHIP HOP

              Endre began his dance training young, studying Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro, Contemporary, and Lyrical at Perform Art Studios. From age 12 to 15 , Endre furthered his dance training, enrolling in the PAS full-time dance school where his love for Hip Hop and Acting became very apparent. He has performed with Ballet Jorgen in their production of Anastasia, and has been acting in several TV commercials, including an Advil, and a Campbells commercial. Endre is excited to share his passion for dance with the students and is thrilled to be a part of the Vancouver Performing Stars team!

              • Laura Bartlett
                Laura Bartlett

                Laura began dancing 20 years ago with an emphasis on ballet, but quickly branched out into jazz, hip hop and musical theatre. Originally from Vancouver, she has also trained extensively in Los Angeles, New York and London. As a dancer, teacher and choreographer, she has the opportunity to travel all over the world. Most recently, she could be seen as a principal dancer with Synthesis Dance Project in New York City, as well as many off Broadway and cabaret shows with BT Productions.

                • Emily Read
                  Emily ReadBALLET

                  Emily started ballet at the age of 2 and has been training ever since at a professional level. At 12 she began doing half days of school and would then attend Goh Ballet Academy’s Professional Division for the rest of the day. Emily has traveled all over the world for dance including to the Beijing Dance Academy, The Royal Danish Ballet, Czech National Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet. She is currently dancing in the Goh Ballet Youth Company. Emily is thrilled to be working with little aspiring ballerinas!

                  • Emily Fraser
                    Emily FraserSTAGECRAFT

                    Emily Fraser is a graduate of Studio 58’s production program. Her passions are set/prop design, costume design, and scenic painting. She has also had teachings in sound design, lighting design, projection design, and carpentry. Her work experience includes: Costume Design for Gateway Theatre’s Children’s Summer Camp: Mission Possible, Intern Buyer for Bard on the Beach’s: The Merchant of Venice, and Stage Manager of Studio 58’s: WILDERNESS. Emily is thrilled to be part of the VPS team and is excited to help bring children’s imaginations to the stage.

                    • Eve-Lyn de la Haye
                      Eve-Lyn de la HayeChoir / Vocal Lessons

                      Praised for her “effortless lyric soprano of sumptuous beauty and a graceful, expressive stage presence”, Eve-Lyn de la Haye has performed principal roles with Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Calgary Opera, and is a frequent soloist with the Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Bach Choir, and the West Coast Symphony.

                      With over 15 years of experience teaching children and teens in musical theatre classes, music camps, choirs, and private voice lessons, Eve-Lyn is passionate about developing young voices with a focus on healthy tone production, breath support, posture, language, ear training, story telling, and musicality. Eve-Lyn holds teaching and performance diplomas from the Victoria Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Opera Division. She is thrilled to be part of the VPS team as show choir director and voice teacher.

                      • Jenny Rose
                        Jenny RoseYoga

                        Jenny first found yoga while trying out different ways to reduce stress and heal trauma. She found guided meditation and yoga most helpful, and soon felt a spark to share it with others. She had three young children at that time, so her first venture was a radiant child teacher training, from the Kundalini branch of yoga. Karma classes at Yaletown Yoga, dvd’s, and many wonderful opportunities to practice yoga, led Jenny to seriously consider taking a teacher training in her beloved Moksha Yoga. The more self-acceptance and self-love that was created on the inside, was soon mirrored on the outside. Plenty of peace was created through practice and the training became a reality. By 2014, she had completed her 500hr level 1 training. During that year of distance learning, she completed her Yogassage teacher training that complimented her interest in massage therapy.

                        In the last year, Jenny has felt overwhelmingly compelled to teach children yoga and self care. She wants to give children and teens the opportunity to experience mind-body connection and inner peace through regular practice. Jenny has completed level 1, YogaKids Foundations teacher training, and is currently working through level 2, YogaKids Integrations. Throughout that time, Jenny has completed her CHI Kids Master certification. CHI Kids gives children self care tips and tools for happiness.

                        Jenny’s biggest passion is working with children. Jenny’s mission is creating peace warriors in childhood, spreading peace from the inside out.