• 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.

      • KAYLA GARDNER
        KAYLA GARDNERMUSICAL THEATRE

        Kayla has been with VPS since 2013 and has been involved in and passionate about the performing arts from a young age. She recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Double Major in Theatre and English Literature and will soon be completing her Bachelor’s of Education. She has 11 years experience at Carillon Music Academy in piano and voice, has completed her Grade 8 Royal Conservatory piano and has 10 years of dance training with Panorama School of Dance. She has had lead roles in the musicals Dracula, Back to the 80’s and Anything Goes, attended a musical theatre intensive workshop led by Jeff Hyslop and enjoyed many years competing in voice and piano festivals. Kayla finds every day with the VPS stars a joy and enjoys witnessing the brilliance that children are capable of.

        • Laura Christensen
          Laura ChristensenBallet

          Laura has been teaching dance for 15 years in a wide range of styles and levels at recreation centres, schools, and dance studios. She completed her dance training in Victoria, B.C. and performed as a member of the University of Victoria Dance Company, Stages Performing Arts School Senior Company, and Broadstreet Dance, as well as in several musical theatre casts and choral groups. Laura holds a Bachelor of Education degree from UVic and a Masters of Education degree from the University of Calgary. She has choreographed and coordinated several large performances, including a flash mob for the Victoria Film Festival, a fundraiser fashion show performance, a promotional lip dub video, and multiple school musical events. Laura’s favourite part of teaching dance is working with beginner dancers and helping them discover and develop a love for dancing and performing. Her teaching style reflects her belief that recreational dance classes should be a fun and active environment with focus on involvement and success.

          • REBECCA MIDDLETON
            REBECCA MIDDLETONBallet

            Rebecca started dancing at the age of 3, at her local ballet school in Gainsborough, England. She started training professionally at Northern Ballet Academy in Leeds when she was 11 years old, dancing along side a professional ballet company on a daily basis really inspired her to continue her training, she had the opportunity to appear in Northern Ballet’s ‘Giselle’ when she was 14. Rebecca then moved to Manchester, to Northern Ballet School, where her dance repertoire expanded. She studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, pilates and musical theatre. Whilst at NBS she was cast as a Lead Swan in ‘Swan Lake’ and did many guest performances. Rebecca graduated NBS with an NVQ level 6, diploma in professional dance. In 2015 Rebecca moved to Vancouver, Canada and joined Coastal City Ballet where she is currently still dancing. Rebecca loves sharing her personal training experiences with her students and hopes to inspire them to continue to reach their goals.

            • ERIN McLEAN
              ERIN McLEANHIP HOP / MUSICAL THEATRE

              Training in nearly every style of dance, Erin learned from several studios as she grew up in Saskatchewan. At 16, she discovered her love for passing on her knowledge and became an instructor. Since then, she has moved to Vancouver to join an intensive dance program where she trains every day to further her experience. She has also studied 2 years of Kinesiology; which has helped her understand how the human body works in correlation to the performing arts, and taken CDTA jazz exams. Her love of performing has brought her to stages all across the country. Erin is so happy to have found a studio to teach at here in Vancouver, and can’t wait to help all her students grow and shine.

              • SHERYL HUNG
                SHERYL HUNGBALLET & MUSIC AND MOVEMENT

                Born in Taiwan, Sheryl’s love for ballet blossomed after seeing a Swan Lake performance. She has always been so charmed by the beauty, elegance and perfection of ballet. Sheryl has studied at various Lower Mainland schools as well as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and is a graduate of the Senior Professional Dance Program at the Goh Ballet Academy. In addition to dance, Sheryl is a professional harpist with a B.Mus in Orchestral Performance from UBC.
                She loves sharing the joy of dance with her students and seeing them share that joy with audiences. She aims to inspire her students to develop their individual, creative, technical, and artistic abilities.

                • 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!

                  • Vikki Flynn
                    Vikki FlynnJazz

                    Vikki started dancing at the age of 3 completing exams in ballet, modern and tap and performing in many musicals. She studied dance full time in Dublin for two years before moving to England to train at the Deborah Capon Dance College in Kent for a further three years. While gaining her DDI and DDE teaching qualifications in ballet, modern and tap she also took vocational graded examinations in all three genres, LAMDA acting exams and performed in annual shows. Vikki trained students in London for dance examinations, festivals festival and auditions. She choreographed many school productions and the original ballet ‘Windvale Sprites‘ based on the novel by Mackenzie Crook. She also set up Musical Theatre Workshops intensive summer courses which she ran for 5 years. She was presented with a Jack Petchey Award as an outstanding teacher in 2015. Vikki is really excited to be apart of the team at Vancouver Performing Stars.

                    • Alicia Clark
                      Alicia ClarkBallet/ Tap

                      Alicia grew up at a competitive, reputable dance studio in Saskatchewan. Her training is extensive, having completed the R.A.D Advanced 1 Ballet and the C.D.T.A Tap Exam Syllabus with marks of Honor. She trains daily in Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop/Urban Styles, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre. She has travelled all over North America to compete and further her skills. Alicia has a true passion for teaching and strives to consistently bring a positive, encouraging energy to the classroom. Nothing makes her happier than helping her students build their confidence and reach their full potential.