• 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 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

        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.

        • 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.

          • 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!

            • 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!

              • 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!

                • 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.

                  • 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.