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 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 has training in many genres, including completion of the Intermediate 3 ADAPT jazz and tap exams, as well as the RAD Grade 8 and Advanced Foundation Ballet exams. While growing up, she frequently attended high level competitions, and in December 2014, competed at the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany. She fell in love with teaching and taught at local studios until moving to Vancouver in 2015. Her next two years were spent 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. She is so excited to join the VPS family.
From a very young age, Sophie started gymnastics training along side her dance classes. She went on the represent the South Yorkshire gymnastics team and compete all over England. She holds many Dance titles in England, one being Miss Dance of Great Britain. Along with this, she also won The English National Ballet Championship. Sophie trained with the Northern Ballet School and Yorkshire scholars until she was 16 with some of the best teachers such as Brenda Last and Yoko Ichino. At 16, Sophie received a full scholarship to go and train at one of the top Musical Theatre colleges in London, Laine Theatre Arts. Here she trained for 3 years in all styles of dance, singing and acting and received a national diploma. She has performed on the West End stage at The London Palladium and in shows all around England. Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Robinson Crusoe. Sophie then moved to Japan and performed as the lead in a show for Tokyo Disney Sea. Sophie has also performed travelling the world working with Holland America Line being a featured dancer in all styles of dance in 10 shows and also teaching ballroom classroom to guest on board.
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.
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 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 for dance and has trained in all styles including: ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, tap, and body percussion. She began teaching at her home studio, and has attended many competitions throughout her youth while also completing various examinations through ADAPT, CDTA, and RAD. After graduating from The Edge School for Athletes, Aisia moved to Calgary to further her training through Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ professional training program. While in the city, Aisia taught for The City of Calgary and Canada Olympic Park, as well as performed in various shows with the International School of Ballet and the University of Calgary. After a year, she moved to New York City and completed the International Visa Program at Broadway Dance Centre concentrating in tap and contemporary. Aisia has now made Vancouver her home and has completed 2 years with the Source Dance Company. She has been given the opportunity to dance and perform in many places and she continues to choreograph and teach across BC and Alberta while spreading her love for dance.
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.
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.
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.
Masha has been dancing ballet for many years, 7 of those 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. There she studied professionally for four years and over the years, was given the opportunity to travel and perform in ballet festivals in the Netherlands and Germany, and receive the Peter Dwyer Award and Jeffrey Kirk Award. Post graduation, she attended the San Francisco Ballet School and danced in the company’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!
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.