• 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.

    • CHERSEA RAING
      CHERSEA RAINGVOCAL INSTRUCTOR

      Chersea has always had a knack and a passion for music and its many applications. She was classically trained in Piano and Voice starting at a young age, and continued her passion in music by learning trumpet, clarinet, guitar, bass, and mixed percussion in adolescence. She has since applied these skills into her own musical project, which has garnered world-wide listeners and titles. While being a mental health advocate and an advocate for Children’s musical education, Chersea has found herself in many positions requiring her unique skill set. She has provided voluntary expertise at The Telus World of Science, her Alma Mater Minnekhada Middle School, Roland Head Office, and at Elementary schools in Inuvik, NWT to name a few. Chersea feels blessed to provide a creative learning space for children and is committed to inspiring them to work hard to achieve their limitless aspirations.

      • Rebecca Evans
        Rebecca EvansOPERATIONS MANAGER / HIP HOP / JAZZ / TAP / MUSICAL THEATRE

        With intense dance training in many genres, including completion of Intermediate III ADAPT Jazz and Tap exams and R.A.D. Grade 8 and Advanced Foundation Ballet exams, Rebecca has an enormous love for performing, teaching, and choreographing. She has competed in high level competitions, including the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany, and taught at her home studios until moving to Vancouver in 2015. Here she has trained and performed with Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program and the Source Dance Company.Rebecca strives to create a welcoming environment where students can explore their creativity and grow in their performance skills and confidence.

        • AISIA ROBERTS
          AISIA ROBERTSHIP HOP / BALLET / MUSICAL THEATRE

          Aisia is a versatile dancer born and raised in Grande Prairie, AB who at the age of 4, took her first tap class and instantly fell in love. From there, she expanded her knowledge and passion by training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, tap, and body percussion. She has attended many competitions throughout her youth and completed ADAPT, CDTA, and RAD examinations. Aisia’s further training includes The Edge School for Athletes, Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ professional training program, the International School of Ballet, and the International Visa Program at Broadway Dance Centre in New York City. Aisia has now made Vancouver her home, completing 2 years with the Source Dance Company. She is thankful for her many opportunities to spread her love for dance across Alberta and BC.

          • Sarina Parker
            Sarina ParkerMUSICAL THEATRE

            Sarina is thrilled to be rejoining the team at VPS!  She has a diploma in Musical Theatre from Randolph College for the Performing Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Calgary and Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. She has performed professionally across the country and has taught numerous dance styles, acting and musical theatre for over a decade.  As an instructor she strives to provide quality education in a fun and engaging manner to encourage creativity, collaboration and build self confidence.

            • Miranda MacDougall
              Miranda MacDougallMUSICAL THEATRE / HIP HOP / BALLET

              Miranda is a multi-disciplinary artist – an actor, singer, dancer, film maker, writer and  – of course! – teacher. With a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor, Miranda has trained and performed across Canada and the United States. Selected stage credits include Of Mice and Men (Unit 102, Toronto), City of Angels (PIT Collective), The Bacchae (workshop -SITI, New York) Dear Evan Hansen (Laughing Matters) and the self-written one woman show GlassJaw (touring). Miranda is apart of the 2019/2020 HIVE Incubator program, with her theatre company Little Thief Theatre, and by way of such a collective recipient of several CCA and BCAC grants for theatre development. Miranda is actively pursuing an acting career in film and television (The Flash, Tape, etc) as well as film directing. Her debut directorial project FLUX brought her way too much joy and she can’t wait to do it again! Miranda is beyond excited to share her love of all things dancing, acting, singing and performing with the VPS family this term!

              • Fiona Cunningham
                Fiona CunninghamBALLET / MUSICAL THEATRE / HIP HOP

                Fiona grew up dancing at the International School of Ballet and the Alberta Ballet studying Royal Academy of Dance syllabus from ages 3-17. Around age 11, came to the decision that professional ballet was not where she wanted to solely focus her energy and decided to dance with another company and branch out to different styles. The transition happened very quickly from classically trained ballerina to jack of all trades in a matter of 3 months. The genres she has explored include, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, contemporary, lyrical, bollywood, african, salsa, ballroom, and many others! Her true passion lies in performance of Musical Theatre after starring in multiple musicals and pursuing theatre briefly for post secondary. She is so excited to share her love of the stage and music with budding VPS performers!

                • 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.

                  • Clare Filipow
                    Clare FilipowACTING / IMPROV

                    Clare has been performing improv for over 11 years, and working as a professional improviser for the past 6 years. She believes that the supportive, creative, confidence boosting nature of improvisation is the perfect tool for anyone to build into their daily lives; it’s not a practice that is just for performers! After graduating from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Chemistry, she moved to Vancouver to further pursue the arts. Along with performing and teaching improv all over the Lower Mainland, Clare also works as an actor on various film and TV projects.

                    • DREW TEMPLE
                      DREW TEMPLEHIP HOP

                      Megan Drew’s love for the stage began at a young age, performing in school plays and competing for more than 10 years with numerous dance studios throughout Ontario. She began teaching all forms of dance at the age of fifteen, with a focus in hip hop. While studying Theatre at York University, she worked with Kaiyotes Dance Inc. for five years as Head Choreographer, department manager and performer. She has organized and performed in shows for Molson Indy, Roy Thompson Hall & Massy Hall to name a few. Sharing her love and passion for performance and dance is what she finds most rewarding. The real gift is watching students of all ages gain confidence through their dedication and commitment to learn.

                      • Katheryn Hives
                        Katheryn HivesBallet

                        Katheryn’s passion for dance started right after she stepped foot out of her very first dance class, and she has been hooked ever since. In her youth she attended a professional half-day dance program in high school, where she was able to compete ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical and contemporary in many competitions across the lower mainland, as well as provincially. She recently graduated from the dance program at Simon Fraser University with a BFA, majoring in Dance. During her time at SFU, she was able to train and perform works by many internationally acclaimed teachers and choreographers. Katheryn is overjoyed to now be sharing her love of dance with the next generation of young dancers.

                        • Amarra Hong
                          Amarra HongBallet

                          Amarra began her ballet training at the age of 6 in Vancouver B.C. After attending The School of American Ballets’ summer intensive in New York City at the age of 13, she was invited to the year round program, where she trained on full scholarship for 5 years.  Amarra has performed leading roles in various ballets choreographed by George Balanchine and Peter Martins.  This includes La Source, Bouree Fantasque, Scotch Symphony, Hallelujah Junction, and Sleeping Beauty to name a few. She is excited to pass her knowledge on to future ballet dancers!

                          • Danielle Long
                            Danielle LongBALLET / HIP HOP

                            Starting dance at a young age in West Kelowna, BC, Danielle trained extensively in RAD ballet, ADAPT jazz and tap, as well as hip hop. She has had the opportunity to attend various summer programs at MOVE:The Company, Arts Umbrella, Northwest Dance Project, Addo Platform and most recently Domaine Forget. In 2017 she began training at Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Vancouver, where she will graduate from in June 2021. She has presented her own work at Boombox Vancouver, through a youth emerging artist grant, and is a commissioned artist for RT Collective’s Screen:Moves 2020. Danielle is thrilled to be joining VPS for her 2nd season! She looks forward to passing on her knowledge and passion to the next generation of performance artists!

                            • Morgan Paiement
                              Morgan PaiementHIP HOP / BALLET

                              Morgan began dancing in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, training in multiple genres, and she completed her Advanced 1 ISTD ballet examination as well as her Advanced 2 ISTD modern examination. Following high school graduation, Morgan moved to Vancouver to further her dance training. After dancing in Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program and Platform Training Company, Morgan is now expanding her hip hop training at A3 District as a member of E.P. Ryderz. In addition to teaching all styles of dance at her home studio, Morgan has also had the opportunity to teach dance to students with neurodiversities. Morgan is passionate about inspiring her students with all dance has to offer and is excited to share her love of dance with the students at VPS!

                              • Rebecca Arkinstall
                                Rebecca ArkinstallBallet

                                Rebecca began dancing at 4 years old in Spruce Grove, AB. She instantly fell in love and has trained in many styles including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip hop. After graduating high school she moved to Vancouver to train with Harbour Dance Centres Intensive Training program where she expanded her dance and performing knowledge. Rebecca has always had a love for teaching kids and seeing their growth and passion expand over time. After leaving her home studio where she also taught, she knew she needed to continue her passion. Rebecca is currently training with AlumnITP where she will continue her dance training and expand her teaching knowledge. She can’t wait to share her love of dance and performing with VPS this year!