• 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
      CHERSEAMUSICAL DIRECTOR / VOCAL INTRUCTOR

      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. 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.

          • Miranda MacDougall
            Miranda MacDougallMUSICAL THEATRE

            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!

            • Holly Collis Handford
              Holly Collis HandfordVOCAL INSTRUCTOR / BALLET / MUSICAL THEATRE

               Holly is a BFA Acting student at the University of British Columbia and has been involved with Vancouver Performing Stars for five years. Holly received a gold medal for her Grade 9 and 10 RCM Voice exams and trained in ballet, tap, and jazz, completing her Grade 8 RAD Ballet and Grade 6 ISTD Tap. Holly is currently working on her ARCT in Voice Performance. Some of her favourite roles include Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Wednesday in The Addams Family Musical, and Clarice in The Servant of Two Masters at Brentwood College School. Her recent credits include Hope in Urinetown (UBC Residence), and the ensemble of Cinderella (TUTS).

              • 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.

                • 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.

                  • 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.

                    • Rebecca Arkinstall
                      Rebecca ArkinstallBALLET / HIP HOP

                      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!

                      • 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!

                        • Josie McMillen
                          Josie McMillen

                          Josie grew up in a small town called Lacombe, Alberta. She danced recreationally until she reached the age of 12 when she decided she wanted to take dance more seriously and joined a competitive program.  She has been a part of GSP Dance Productions, Joffrey Ballet School (NYC) and competed all throughout her home province. She assisted and taught many classes growing up and became very comfortable in the classroom. By the time she graduated, her passion for dance was still burning bright and she decided to move to Vancouver to pursue dance. In 2018, Josie joined the Intensive Training Program (ITP) at Harbour Dance Center where she trained over 30 hours a week in ballet, contemporary, and hip hop. She has also done circus training at Vancouver Circus School and studied body anatomy. This year she is on an adult hip hop team based out of A3 District and in in the Alumni program for ITP.

                          • Jolene Bernardino
                            Jolene Bernardino

                            Jolene is a Musical Theatre performer based in Vancouver, BC. Growing up, Jolene had a vast amount of experience singing. Through high school, she immersed herself in different genres of music; singing lead in both a Funk/Pop band and a Mariachi band to singing with the Coastal Sound Youth Choir directed by Carrie Tennant. A recent graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program, Jolene strives to create and follow her passions in the performing arts. Select credits include ‘The Sound of Music’ (Arts Club), ‘I And You’ (Chemainus), ’42nd Street’ (TUTS), ‘Little Miss Glitz ‘ (Too Fly) and ‘A Chorus Line’ (Fighting Chance). Jolene is also a certified Behavioural Interventionist working with children on the Autism Spectrum for the past 2 years. She is excited to be teaching brave little dancers and inspiring them with the beauty of performance!

                            • Athena Lewis
                              Athena Lewis
                              Originally from the Washington D.C., Athena completed most of her dance training at CityDance conservatory where she gained exposure to renowned artists such as Ronen Koresh, Andrea Miller, Ronald K. Brown, Maleek Washington, and many more. While studying there, she was additionally granted many unique performance opportunities to learn and perform the repertoire of these artists. Athena is thankful to have moved to Vancouver to continue her dance studies at Simon Fraser University, and to have been able to participate in dance community shows such as Mascall dance’s BLOOM, “Fragile Forms” in the Push festival, as well as many university performances. Currently, Athena is navigating life as a recent university graduate, and she hopes to someday become a permanent resident of Canada! She is so excited to be a part of VPS and share her passion for dance with her students!
                              • 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!

                                • 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.

                                  • 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!

                                    • Shannon Lin
                                      Shannon LinBALLET

                                      Shannon is a dancer originally from Edmonton, Alberta, where she began her training with primary focus in ballet, jazz, and contemporary. Prior to moving to Vancouver for post secondary education, Shannon has attended multiple workshops and classes including the RAD Dance Challenge in Vancouver, the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London to name a few. After her completion of the RAD Advanced II examination and high school graduation, Shannon is now a student at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts in the second half of the BFA Dance program, where she trains in ballet and contemporary as well as repertoire with multiple choreographers. She is excited to continue teaching with VPS and hopes to inspire a passion for dance!

                                      • Kailley Roesler
                                        Kailley RoeslerBALLET / MUSICAL THEATRE

                                        A graduate of the Capilano University Musical Theatre program, Kailley is a professional dancer and choreographer in the Vancouver dance, film and musical theatre scene. She was classically trained in ballet and completed her Advanced I R.A.D. Ballet examination, while performing at a competitive level for ten years. She works closely with artists with disabilities through various therapy programs, including drama therapy, dance therapy, and horseback riding. Most recently, she toured with the Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular on Vancouver Island and will be playing the role of Babette in Theatre Under the Stars’ production of Beauty and the Beast this summer. She is thrilled to be joining the VPS team this year and can’t wait to pass along the magic of artistry, performance, storytelling, and confidence to dancers in Vancouver.

                                        • Madi Hirsekorn
                                          Madi HirsekornMUSICAL THEATRE & HIP HOP

                                          Born and raised in Calgary Alberta, Madi began dancing at the age of 4, and instantly fell in love with it. After performing in the Transalta Grandstand Show at the Calgary Stampede, Madi knew that the stage is where her heart truly lies. After graduating from her performing arts high school, she moved to Vancouver to pursue dance as a career through the Intensive Training Program at Harbour Dance Centre and is on a competitive hip hop team at Studio North Dance Complex. Madi absolutely loves to share her passion of dance with others, which is why teaching makes her so happy!