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Hayley Walker - A.I.S.T.D.
Principal & Artistic Director

Hayley trained in England at The Arts Educational School, Tring Park (UK). She studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, ISTD Tap/Modern, Musical Theatre, Drama & Singing. Alongside her dance development she studied Dance History, Anatomy and teaching qualifications in Ballet (Cecchetti) ISTD Modern & Tap. Hayley has continued exams in the ISTD work and has received her Diploma in both the Modern & Tap syllabus. Hayley was Artistic Director at Stage West School of Performing Arts on Vancouver Island from 2001-2006. This is where she began to enjoy the idea of developing and creating a family friendly studio with the training to take students to their best potential. In 2003 Hayley went back to The Arts Educational School to work at a Professional Dance School to further her teaching career. Hayley quickly learnt BC was were she wanted to live and continue her career. Hayley oversees the development of each and every student at RNB Dance. She enjoys creating a supportive environment for the students and to help them reach their full potential as dancers and individuals.  

Brianna Giles- Prof Dipl.
Vice-Principal

Originally from North Vancouver, British Columbia Brianna began her dance career when she was eight years old at RNB Dance & Theatre Arts. Brianna is a graduate of the Vancouver Goh Ballet and the London Studio Centre (UK) with a "Professional Diploma" in Classical Ballet. Throughout her career Brianna has trained with many prestigious dance schools including the American Ballet Theatre (New York), The National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Banff Centre for the Arts and the Vancouver Goh Ballet. In 2000 Brianna toured the United Kingdom and Germany as a Soloist with the Images of Dance Company performing roles such as The Milkmaid in Facade, Balanchine's Donizetti Variations and Jack Carter's Swan Lake. In 2001 she toured Japan and China as a soloist with the Vancouver Goh Ballet performing the Pas de Trois from Paquita and the Principal role of Kitri in Don Quixote. In 2002 Brianna decided to utilize her Jazz and Musical Theatre talents performing aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines with the Jean Ann Ryan Production Company of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Brianna can be seen as a dancer in the made for tv movie "The Goodbye Girl" featuring Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton. She has also worked throughout the community representing RNB as a Dance Ambassador for lululemon athletica in West Vancouver. Brianna always knew she would be back in Vancouver one day sharing her experience and knowledge with the students of RNB Dance.

Charmaine Nobes - F.I.S.T.D.
Co-Founder

Originally from England, Charmaine holds her Fellowship in Modern Dance and her Licentiate in Modern Stage and Classical Balllet with the Imperial Society of Teachers in Dance. After enjoying a lengthy professional Stage and Film Career abroad Charmaine moved to North Vancouver and co-founded RNB Dance & Theatre Arts. Charmaine has been teaching Modern, Jazz, Tap and Ballet for many years. Her wealth of knowledge and vast experience in the arts makes her one of the North Shore's most sought after dance instructors.

Krista Hassen - RAD RTS, B.Sc. (Hon) FNH

Krista's early training was at the South Delta Studio of Dance.  She continued her intensive studies in the Professional Division at The Richmond Academy of Dance, and spent summers at the National Ballet School of Canada, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and Banff Centre for the Arts.  She was accepted into the full-time graduate dance program at Montreal’s L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec, where she trained daily with Alexandra Wells, former principal dancer of Boston Ballet.  While dancing in Montreal, she also performed on stage with Dance Theatre of Harlem, and worked with company members of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, understudying their roles in The NutcrackerKrista performed many classical and contemporary roles, and successfully completed all RAD vocational examinations.  She received numerous top awards in local and provincial festivals, and a scholarship to train at London Studio Centre, England.  When injuries sidelined her performing career, she attended The University of British Columbia, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Food, Nutrition, and Health.  With a special interest in wellness and injury prevention, she has conducted nutrition seminars for dancers. Krista holds her Teaching Certificate and Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance.  For ten years, she taught at The Richmond Academy of Dance, and other schools in the Greater Vancouver area.  She now coordinates and leads the Ballet Program at RNB Dance and Theatre Arts in North Vancouver, and continues to guest teach, choreograph, and adjudicate exams at a variety of schools in Western Canada.  She is honoured to be a faculty member of Lamondance, and mentor Canada and Brazil’s upcoming young professionals. Krista’s students are consistently recognized for strong exam results, top awards in both local and provincial festivals, and have gone on to dance professionally. Krista has a true passion for ballet, and loves sharing this passion with young dancers!  

 

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie has been enjoying teaching dance for over 15 years. Originally from Edmonton, her Dance training began at the Edmonton School of Ballet followed by Shelley Tookey's School of Dance, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and New York City. Stephanie started her career as a competitive gymnast taking ballet classes on the side until her love for dance prevailed. She is a certified Gymnastics coach, an AFLCA certified fitness instructor and she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Alberta. In Edmonton Stephanie taught dance, performed and choreographed for the Orchesis Dance Company and adjudicated at several local dance competitions until 2004 when she moved to Vancouver. She is now the proud mother of 2 and plays a huge role in mentoring the students at RNB Dance.

Chris Wong

Chris has established himself as a director and choreographer in Canada, currently co-director of "Culturally Defined" with his work partner Kyle Vicente. He has been professionally trained in all foundations of Street dance. His philosophy and curriculum emphasizes on using these techniques to find your identity as a dancer. As a competitor he has won 1st in Wild Card and Highest Score at Artist Emerge and 2nd at World of Dance, Chris' focus has since been away from competition dancing. He now finds satisfaction exercising his creativity and spreading his true passion for dance. In his words "Dance took me to a better place and helped me understand who I am". Currently Chris directs CD Varsity Crew based out of RNB Dance.

Davi Rodrigues

Born in Brasilia, Brazil, Davi began studying dance at the age of 13. He studied physical education at the Universidade Catolica de Brasilia - UCB, Gymnastics at Clube Escola 01 de Taguatinga, and then danced for six years at Aplauso cia de Danca under the direction of Junior O'Hara in Taguatinga, DF. Davi studied ballet with the Ballet Theatre Guaira's Principal dancer "Heloisa Almeida" with whom he began his studies in classical ballet. In Canada in 2008 he studied Ballet with Li Yaming and Dolores Kirkwood and Contemporary with Lara Barclay and Monica Proenca. Davi has had an extensive career in dance, he is a multifunctional performer with an open mind to new ideas and concepts; with this he brings great energy and optimism to his choreography and dancing. He has choreographed eight original full-length dance shows for "Cia Criatividanca" in Brazil, a company he danced and directed for 15 years with which he won several awards throughout Brazil. In Brazil, he danced and choreographed for many companies, he was the choreographer of a catholic event called "Caminhada Mariana" for four years choreographing for about 40 to 70 youths. His work is also known in Germany, Madrid, Spain, and Colombia where he was invited to open the University Festival of Contemporary dance. In Canada, Davi choreographed for many schools like "Pacific Dance Arts", "Kirkwood Academy of Dance", "RNB Dance & Theatre Arts", "Northwest Academy of Performance and Arts", "C.A.P.A Dance & Drama School Inc." and "Lamondance" with which he is now Artistic Director. www.lamondance.com

Brenna Banks

Brenna started dancing at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love with it. She studied CDTA Acro, Jazz, and Tap along with Chechetti Ballet. Acrobatics quickly became her favourite class and at the age of 17 her teaching career began. She is a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor receiving over 95% in both Module 1 and Module 2 courses. Currently she in the process of completing her Acrobatque Certification. Over the years, Brenna has attended workshops and master classes at: The Dance Teachers Summit NYC, Northern Movement Acro Conference & The Vancouver Yoga Conference. Throughout her years Brenna has received choreography awards at Dream Team Dance Festival as well as Peak Invitational Dance Competition, Dance Power & Synergy. Brenna's students have also received numerous High Scores, Judges Choice, and Overall Acro of the Year.

Desiree Zurowski

Desiree enjoyed an extensive professional dance career dancing with several companies and working with renowned choreographers, both Classical and Contemporary.   Having danced with The National Ballet of Canada she has performed all of the full-length classical ballets, and throughout her career had the privilege to perform on many of the great stages and Opera Houses throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Japan, India and Australia.  She also danced with The Anna Wyman Dance Theatre, Manitoba Dance Theatre, and as a senior student with the company of The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. The majority of Desiree’s ballet training was in the Vagonava method based on Vera Volkova, though she also has trained in the R.A.D., Checcetti, and Bournanville  syllabus.  She takes great joy passing on her knowledge and seeing her students grow in both their technical abilities as well as artistic expression. The Private Career Training Institution Agency (PCTIA) of BC has brought Desiree on as a Subject Matter Expert when evaluating an institution’s ability to offer Provincial Government Accreditation in post-secondary ballet training. Desiree also has a successful acting career and has been in over 50 film and television productions.

 

Sharon Lee

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Gabby Calderoni

Gabby began her post secondary education at the University of the Fraser Valley. She continued and completed her degree at Simon Fraser University. In 2014 she graduated from Simon Fraser University with distinction. Gabby graduated with a BA in Psychology as well as a minor in Human Development and Counselling. Her education gave her knowledge and understanding of children’s behaviour, learning, and development. Gabby is passionate about learning. She will be returning to school this fall (2018) to continue learning about anatomy, nutrition, human physiology, and more. It is Gabby’s unique background in gymnastics that brought her into teaching gymnastics and dance. As a dance teacher she focuses on Acro, a unique style of dance that incorporates both dance and gymnastics elements. Using her experience as a competitive gymnast and her dance training Gabby has developed her own Acro technique. She utilizes this technique to help her dancers develop a strong Acro foundation. Using a step by step approach Gabby guides her dancers to accomplish difficult tumbling skills with safety. She pays close attention to the development of flexibility and strength necessary to achieve each Acro skill. Some of her certification includes; Level 2 certified gymnastics coach(2007), Level 1 in trampoline(2009), Junior Acrobatique Gold Standard for teaching(2012), Module 1 Acrobatic Arts course(2016), Module 2 Acrobatics arts course(2018), International Dance Teaching Standards course (2015), Respect in Sport certification, Making Ethical Decision courses, and has attended the Mathers Dance Teachers Intensive in California (2016). Gabby has been teaching and helping dancers develop their tumbling skills for over 10 years. She believes in being a positive role model to all her students. She loves teaching and aspires to pass on her passion to learn, inspire, move, and create.

 

Alicia Clark

Alicia is a dance artist and dance instructor based in Vancouver, BC, that grew up dancing in Saskatchewan. Successfully competing and training across North America, she has held various scholarships over the years, allowing her to continue learning and further develop her skills. She currently trains with Modus Operandi, a contemporary training program for young emerging professionals, under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond. Prior to being accepted into the program, she trained with Aviary Dance Company under the direction of Moe Brody, and was signed to Principals Talent commercial/TV roster. Since basing herself in Vancouver, she has had the opportunity to work with and perform in pieces by Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond, Shay Kuebler, Paras Terezakis, Heather Laura Gray, and Kate Franklin among others.  Alicia not only loves to perform and create, but has a true passion for teaching. Whether she’s teaching the fundamentals to beginners, preparing advanced dancers for competition, or choreographing numbers, Alicia always brings a positive, encouraging energy to the classroom. Nothing makes her happier than helping her students build their confidence and reach their full potential. She is thrilled to be sharing her vast knowledge and passion as a teacher, as she continues her journey as an evolving artist.

 

Kiona Graham

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Alexandra Ewert

Alexandra Ewert is a recent graduate of the Musical Theatre program at Capilano University. She moved here three years ago from Wolfville, Nova Scotia to pursue her passion for the arts. Although she’s been moving and shaking from very early on in her life, she began her formal dance training at the age of twelve at Rhythm & Sole School of Dance. She began as a hip-hop dancer and then took on more classes in jazz, tap, contemporary, acro and ballet. As part of a troupe and also as a soloist she competed at many competitions throughout the Maritimes. Around the same time that she began training at Rhythm & Sole, Alexandra became involved with Edalene Theatre, a local theatre company. Her first show with the company was You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown in 2009. She has performed in numerous shows with Edalene Theatre since and in 2013 became choreographer for the company. Her works include 9 to 5, The Addams Family, 13: The Musical, Lauren’s Vale, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, With Feeling, Annie, High School Musical and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Alexandra is currently performing in Theatre Under the Stars’ production of 42ndStreet in Stanley Park. She is very excited to be living in Vancouver and very grateful for all of the opportunities life is presenting her. As a dance teacher she hopes to invoke and encourage her students’ innate passion for movement, expression and creation.

Catherine Andersen

Catherine discovered dance in her teens, and was immediately hooked. She began her training in South Delta with ballet and jazz, and received her Dance Diploma at Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan College Dance Program in 2002, under the skilled contemporary dance instruction of Heidi Bunting and Brian Webb, and reputable ballet instructor Deborah Morgan. Catherine was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Simon Fraser University in 2005, where she furthered her contemporary and ballet studies and added Graham and Cunningham modern technique to her training. After performing her own choreography at 12 Minutes Max in Vancouver, she was scouted to create a piece for Dances for a Small Stage, and her professional dance career snowballed from there.  She was soon after certified as a Pilates Mat Work instructor under Marta Hernandez at The Space, and also enjoys the benefits of yoga to keep her body healthy and present.  She was recently hired to teach Improvisation and Composition for the Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts Professional Training Program, and enjoys teaching improvisation to inspire and increase connection among dancers. She has danced professionally with numerous local choreographers and companies such as Mascall Dance and UK-based Sirenscrossing, and has toured Canada, the US and Europe.  In 2013, she was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant to perform at the Fallensdager festival in Sweden, for her third guest appearance with dance company Sirenscrossing. She currently teaches at The Dena Wosk School for Performing Arts, The Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts Professional Training Program, and numerous recreation centres. Catherine embraces a more holistic approach to technique, combining functional alignment with a creative and curious mind. She has been teaching students of all ages, from beginner to professional level for twenty years, and absolutely loves her job.

Celina Booth

Celina was born and raised in Vancouver BC and grew up in the Greater Vancouver area. She prides herself on being a versatile dancer and is trained in both classical and commercial styles. She has been dancing since the age of three and did most of her young training at Spiral Dance Co and Dance In Motion. When entering high school she decided she wanted to focus more on her craft during the day and started school at Langley Fine Arts where she first found her passion for choreography and teaching. She competed in a majority of competitions intensively throughout her youth and was awarded Modern Provincial Representative and competed at the BC Performing Arts Festival. After graduation Celina knew it was important to keep up her dance training and had found a passion for commercial/street dancing and hip hop. She then joined “Kill The Lights Company” run out of Harbour Dance Centre under the direction of Shauna Smith and Ken Yung, in which she learned valuable lessons on teaching, choreography, audition techniques, freestyle, videography and vastly expanded her hip hop knowledge. Since completing two years of the program she has been committed to teaching all over the Lower Mainland. Celina considers herself to be a dance educator who strives to give back to the next generation by providing a positive atmosphere and outlet in order for her students to grow and achieve their goals. Celina looks forward to continuing her work with teaching/choreography with various studios and companies as well as continuing her training as a dancer as well.

 

Logan Quinn

Based out of North Vancouver, Canada, Logan is a movement coach that specializes in circus, creature and animal movement, and bioenergetics (body psychology)! Originally from Ottawa, where he first taught Karate, Logan moved out to the west coast to study film making and kinesiology at Capilano University. After moving out west he met Dr. Benette Shapiro, a bioenergetic psychotherapist & coach under whom he continues to study psychology. It was thanks to his connections in film school, that he met Carrie Thiel, Motion & Performance capture veteran from Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit films. It is with these mentors that Logan shaped his practice; psychological rehabilitation to help understand how to improve actors’ emotional ranges, circus & martial arts for training and skills, and creature and animal movement for character performance flare! Since moving, Logan has taught regularly at the Vancouver Circus School, Capilano University and continues to train out of Circus West at the PNE.

D'Alton McCarthy- Fitness & Conditioning

D'Alton McCarthy is a life long fitness enthusiast as well as a North Vancouver husband and father of two dancers. D'Alt started boxing at the young age of five and has been training people ages 4-84, for over 30 years. He became a government certified personal trainer in 2004. D'Alt  has enjoyed training people for pre and post operation rehab, special needs, pre and post natal, sports specific as well as boxing and self defense. To view more on D'Alt visit www.bodybydalt.ca.

Allison Keir - B.F.A Theatre

Allison is thrilled to join the amazing teaching staff at RNB Dance. She is a proud RNB dance mom and is excited to work with such wonderfully talented kids and teachers to bring musical theatre to life with live voices. Allison holds a BFA in theatre performance from UBC, trained with Young Opera Australia and was a resident performer with Rockdale Musical Society at Sydney’s Opera House. In her professional career she has performed in over 40 shows ranging from Shakespeare to Musical Theatre and Light Opera. In 2014 Allison was the vocal director for Miranda Musical Society’s production of Anne (in Sydney Australia) and currently is a Musical Director for Highlands United Productions musical theatre summer camps for children. When she is not singing and dancing, Allison is the Minister for Children, Youth and Families at Highlands United Church. 

Denise Morbey BScPT, FCAMT, CGIMS - Physiotherapy

Denise is the co-owner of Aquatic Centre Physiotherapy. She brings over 25 years of clinical experience to her practice specializing in both manual and manipulative therapy as well as developing extensive expertise in the area of sacroiliac and musculoskeletal dysfunction. Along with her strong manual therapy skill, Denise also utilizes the treatment of IMS (intramuscular stimulation) to address neuropathic pain and pain due to shortened muscles. IMS is a modern form of acupuncture that was developed at the Gunn Institute in Vancouver and is currently taught at UBC. Denise utilizes the principle of pilates to enhance the active rehabilitation programs individually designed for her clients. In addition to Denise’s clinical experience, she also uses the principles of Pilates to reduce compression on vertebral joints, strengthen the core and improve overall muscular balance. Her extensive sport physiotherapy experiences earned her the position of Deputy Venue Medical Supervisor for the Figure Skating venue at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She has also worked as a team therapist for local and national teams including the position as a physiotherapist for the 2001 World Figure Skating Championships, 2008 Canadian Figure Skating Championships, and 2009 ISU Grand Prix. As an avid triathlete (Ironman 2003), Denise has developed a sub-specialty working with triathletes and runners including treatment of acute and chronic injuries as well as injury prevention. Both clinical and personal experience has helped Denise to develop her skills to assess running biomechanical errors, improving speed and reducing injuries utilizing video analysis. Denise is a yearly lecturer with the Sun Run-In-Training programs. denise@acphysio.com

Office Administrators: Karen Addison, Carmen Chun & Hannah Sim

Costume Coordinator: Jennie Cargill

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