• 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.

        • 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!

          • 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.

            • 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.

              • Holly Collis Handford
                Holly Collis HandfordVOCAL INSTRUCTOR / BALLET / MUSICAL THEATRE
                Holly Collis Handford has been an instructor for Vancouver Performing Stars since 2015. She holds her Associate Diploma (ARCT) from the Royal Conservatory of Music and will receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of British Columbia in 2021. Holly trained at Steps Ahead Dance on Vancouver Island in ballet, jazz, and tap, achieving her Grade 8 Ballet (Royal Academy of Dance) and Grade 6 Tap (International Society of Teachers of Dancing) in addition to completing her Grade 8 Piano and receiving the gold medal in British Columbia for her Grade 9 and 10 Voice exams (Royal Conservatory of Music). Recent theatre credits include Agnes in Revolt. She said. Revolt Again., Arlecchino in Isle dell’Arte (University of British Columbia), Julia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Lucius in Julius Caesar (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival), and ensemble in Cinderella (Theatre Under the Stars).
                • 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.

                  • 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!
                    • 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!

                      • 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.

                        • 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!