At Shift Dance Academy we believe that secret to success is to learn from as many mentors as possible. Over the course of the year, our students have had the opportunity to take class from various instructors in a multitude of different styles. This provides the greatest exposure and education to each dance form and allows the students to learn from a variety of unique teaching methods. So far this year, we have had the pleasure of hosting some of the following instructors at Shift:

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Tara Jean Popowich

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Winner-

Contemporary dancer Tara-Jean Popowich wowed So You Think You Can Dance Canada fans throughout the season with her remarkable routines and  was named Canada’s Favourite Dancer. Winning So You Think …

Nathalie Heath

Guest Teacher - “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”

Born and raised in Surrey, B.C, at the very young age of three she was “forced” by her mother to dance around on her tippy toes. After many years of …

Kirsten Wicklund

Guest Teacher - “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”

Kirsten is a contemporary ballet dancer from Vancouver, Canada. She just returned from Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance European Tour “Rock The Ballet” where she performed to sold out …

Cody Green

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Step It Up and Dance-Overall Winner

Most recently performed alongside Catherine Zeta Jones at the 2013 “Oscars”…. Cody danced with with Taylor Swift at the “American Music Awards”.  He can be seen on the hit show …

Mackenzie Green-Dusterbeck

“So You Think You Can Dance Canada”

Mackenzie Green-Dusterbeck, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, began dancing at the age of eight; he has since studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop, tap, acrobatics, and musical theatre. His …

Amy Gardner

Guest Teacher - “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”

I committed early in life to extensive training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, musical theatre and ballroom. By the age of 17 I had completed all levels …

Moses Layco

Guest Teacher - “So You Think You Can Dance Canada”

A Native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Moses now trains and resides in Vancouver, BC. Trained in all styles of dance with contemporary jazz and hip hop being his forte. The focus …

Troy McLaughlin

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Troy V. McLaughlin is a native of Richmond Virginia. He holds a B.F.A. in Jazz Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There he studied with Judith Jamison, …

Shay Kuebler

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Shay began his artistic development at the age of 5 with dramatic arts at Stage Polaris Theatre Academy, and with martial arts in Shito-Ryu Karate. His early artistic growth would …

Mary-Lou Brien

Tap

Mary-Lou has worked extensively in Canada as a dancer, choreographer and teacher trained in the disciplines of Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Modern. She has many television, film and theatre credits …

Julia Harnett

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Danee Lalonde

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Richard O’Sullivan

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Elysia Matheson

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Carlo Atienza

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Shannon Burgess

R.A.D. Ballet, Pointe

Born in Australia, Shannon began her dance training in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contempory and spanish dance in Tauranga, New Zealand, where she was raised.   It was here that she gained …

Julio Fuentes

Jazz, Contemporary, Street Jazz

Ralph Escamillan

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Modus Operandi

Nathan Fadear

Jazz, Contemporary, Broadway jazz, Lyrical, Improv

Sammie Broomhall

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Originally from the Sunshine Coast, Sammie moved to Vancouver after graduating from the Coast Academy of Dance’s premier year of its ‘Pre-Professional Program’ to pursue a career in dance. She …

Teya Wild

Hip Hop

Scott Augustine

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Christie Lee Manning

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Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Christie Lee Manning has established herself as a a very sought after, upcoming artist. With her strong versatility, irresistible stage presence, and 5’10 build, …

Gina Fernandez

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Bollywood Gina Fernandez entered the world of dance as a cheerleader but for the past 12 years has been competing across North America in various Indian dance styles such as …

Meghan Gardiner

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Meghan is a Vancouver based performer whose favourite credits include: Blood Brothers, Evita, Paradise Garden (Arts Club Theatre), Gunmetal Blues (Vancouver Playhouse), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Beauty …

Meghan Trainer

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Amanda Georgeson

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Stew Iguidez

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Julie Tomaino

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New York City Rocketts

Stephanie Sy

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Owner of Pur Movement Born and raised in Richmond, BC, Stephanie has honed her skills in all dance forms and has trained locally and internationally at prestigious institutions including the National …

Rebecca Prince Wright

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Liz Tookey

Aimee Payne

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Leigh Torlage

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Stephanie Aresenault

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre.

Stephanie has always been intrigued by the idea that we can communicate with creativity and art to share our personal beliefs, emotions, and ideas. As performers, we are given the …

Greer Whillans

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Heather Laura Gray

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Nadia Vidas

Nutrition

Larissa Rog

Unset Ballet, Pointe

Larissa has an extensive and impressive history in ballet as both a dancer and educator! For the past 3 years, Larissa has been teaching at the Vancouver Junior Professional Division, …

“Chloë Nemier

Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop

Trained in North Vancouver for 12 years, Chloë brought her thirst for movement to Victoria where she danced with the UVDC for 4 seasons. Driven by the ability of dance …

Megan Wilson

Lyrical, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre

Megan’s first love is DANCE! She began training at the age of five in Ballet and since then has trained in various styles such as Street Jazz, Lyrical and her …

Carole Bonin

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RAD Ballet

451Carole began her dance training in Vancouver, BC and then furthered her studies in Kelowna, BC with Gwenyth Lloyd and Betty Farrallay–founders of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.She has supplemented her …

Jori Pearce

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Belinda Sobie

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Kerry Lynn Turner

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Kelsey Chace

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Shauna Smith

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Mitchell Jackson

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Kimberley Ganter

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Tessa Gandossi

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Nishga Holtz-Felder

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Sarah Brinson

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Ashley Sweet

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Rina Pellerin

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Caitlin Griffin

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Dean Plascik

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Teya Wild

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Lauren Maynard

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Curtis Folley

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Devon Lewis

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Natasha Gorrie

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