• 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 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.

        • 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!

          • 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!

            • Josie McMillen
              Josie McMillenHIP HOP / JAZZ / BALLET

              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.

              • Sydney Waack
                Sydney WaackPIANO INSTRUCTOR / MUSICAL THEATRE

                Sydney Jade Waack is a multi-disciplinary artist from Vancouver. She has an extensive background in musical theatre, piano, voice, music composition, film and theatre acting, as well as a variety of dance disciplines. While she has been cast in several movies and musical productions, she also enjoys scriptwriting, playing the guitar, and studying music theory. Sydney has always had a passion for teaching children and has years of experience doing so. Sydney studied songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston and continued her studies at Capilano University in the Musical Theatre Diploma program. She was commissioned to write music for various events at the university and was also able to Assistant Music Direct the university’s spring musical, A Chorus Line. She is a strong believer in the power of storytelling, which is why she is always finding new ways to inspire youth through the arts.

                • Haley Allen
                  Haley AllenMUSICAL THEATRE

                  Haley has been dancing in her hometown of Smithers, BC, from a very young age, in
                  many styles. She was also a competitive gymnast, track athlete, and musician, and then went on to study Musical Theatre at Capilano University. Recent works include Alice and Wonderland the Panto, (Metro Theatre) and Newsies, (Theatre Under The Stars) from which she received the Ovation Award for Outstanding Newcomer, and the Aida Broadbent award for Professional Conduct and Performance. Through performing and choreography experiences, Haley has established her love for
                  creativity and her enthusiasm for dance. Teaching has always been a passion for her,
                  and she wants to continue to inspire future performers to reach for their goals and
                  try new skills. After doing a short online VPS spring break camp, Haley is thrilled to
                  now be joining the VPS team and looks forward to bringing her own flair and energy
                  to class.

                  • Athena Lewis
                    Athena LewisBALLET / HIP HOP
                    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!
                    • Stephanie Bennett
                      Stephanie BennettBALLET

                      Stephanie has had a love for the performing arts since the age of three, when she set foot in her first ballet class. Her passion for ballet led her to pursue several areas of dance including jazz, musical theatre, tap, and lyrical. At the age of ten, Stephanie was proud to be accepted into the National Ballet school’s full time program where she spent a year studying. She then went on to study at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet school through her teens. Stephanie’s love of storytelling and theatre led her to pursue a career as a professional actor where she has since landed many roles in film and television. As an instructor, Stephanie hopes to inspire her students with her passion for creativity, imagination, and dance as a form of expression.

                      • 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!