• 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 RAINGMUSIC DIRECTOR

      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.

        • Jessica Wright
          Jessica WrightYoga

          Jessica is a professionally trained kid’s yoga instructor, BC certified teacher and mother of two who is passionate about working with kids and ensuring they embrace their uniqueness while feeling empowered and strong. Through music and movement, her classes allow children to go on a journey of exploration and learn how to settle their busy minds and their bodies.  When she isn’t teaching yoga, you can find Jessica reading and dancing with her own kids. You can learn more about her and her company at www.vancouverkidsyoga.com.

          • 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.

            • 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.

              • Laura Bartlett
                Laura BartlettJAZZ

                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.

                • RICHELLE CARTER
                  RICHELLE CARTERHIP HOP

                  Born and raised in Saskatoon, SK, Richelle grew up around the dance studio where she trained in a variety of styles. Continuously pushing herself, she danced alongside two Saskatchewan-based companies while completing her RAD Advanced Foundations Ballet Examination. Following her high school graduation, she moved to Vancouver, BC, to further her training and pursue her long-term goal of dancing professionally. Under the direction of Moe Brody, Richelle trained in the Intensive Training Program at Harbour Dance Centre which lead her to dance with the Source Dance Company, and most recently, Kill the Lights. Trained in Barre fitness, TRX, Piyo, and HIIT, Richelle aims to combine her passions and share her knowledge with the upcoming generation of dancers. Richelle is so excited to join the VPS team and can’t wait to share her energy and enthusiasm with her students.

                  • 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.

                    • MASHA SHCHERBYNA
                      MASHA SHCHERBYNABALLET

                      Masha has been dancing ballet for many years, and 7 years professionally. She started her training at Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver and at 13 years old, received a scholarship from Youth American Grand Prix in New York to attend Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. Here she was given the opportunity to travel and perform in ballet festivals in the Netherlands and Germany, receiving the Peter Dwyer Award and Jeffrey Kirk Award. Post graduation, she danced in the San Francisco Ballet School’s “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake.” She is now attending the University of British Columbia for her Kinesiology Degree, and teaching the awesome mini dancers at Vancouver Performing Stars. She feels it is a real treat and honor to pass along the ballet knowledge she have collected over the years and to see the love for dance develop and grow in the young ballerinas!

                      • 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.

                        • Hannah Theresa
                          Hannah TheresaHIP HOP / BALLET

                          Originally from New Brunswick, Hannah Theresa is a versatile dancer who holds a certificate in Commercial Dance Studies from George Brown College in Toronto, a certificate from Millennium Dance Complex in LA, and has trained with Army of Sass and Toronto B-Girl Movement. Hannah’s performances include Miss Universe Canada (emiMOTION), NUMBERS Toronto Fringe & remount (Kokus Productions), Rich Bride Poor Bride (Diamond Dancers & Slice), Legally Blonde the Musical (Curtain Call Players). She has also choreographed for Pride Toronto including World Pride (Sapphire Dance Productions), and music video Zemons – KaC Himself (Wango Films, direction of April Mullen). Hannah also has a love of children’s theatre and has performed with Disney Cruise Line, KOBA Entertainment, and the Toronto Christmas Market (co-writer/director of Santa’s Elves Singalong). New to Vancouver, Hannah is excited to see all of what the city has to offer!

                          • Kelsy Gillis
                            Kelsy GillisHIP HOP / BALLET

                            Kelsy was born and raised in Nova Scotia, where she began dancing at the age of 3, training in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theatre throughout her childhood. Upon moving to Vancouver, Kelsy took the Dramatic Arts Program at Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts to study acting for film and television. She is currently training with Honey Dance Company, through Harbour Dance Centre. Kelsy loves teaching dance, creating a positive space for the students, and watching their love for the arts and their confidence grow. She is SO excited to be part of the VPS family!

                            • Nicole Pavia
                              Nicole PaviaBALLET

                              Nicole is a well rounded artist who grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia, starting her journey as a gymnast and dancer. When she was 10, she made the choice to focus solely on dancing and began training in styles such as contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, tap, and acro. Since then, Nicole has completed her Advanced 2 RAD examination, has traveled internationally on “Team Canada Hip Hop”, has been scored as top soloist at a variety of competitions, along with being awarded many scholarships to help progress her love for dance. Now, Nicole has made her way to Vancouver and is continuing her studies in a pre-professional contemporary training program known as “Modus Operandi”. Nicole is excited to work with the students at “VPS”.