Artistic Director Cori Caulfield has engaged an exceptional team of professionals to support the development of all Caulfield School of Dance students.
Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary/Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acting, Tap
Cori “Caulfield has created some of the most memorable moments of contemporary dance in Canada,” (The Vancouver Sun) as a choreographer and performer, while developing a highly respected performing arts academy serving the community in which she grew up. Cori officially founded Caulfield School of Dance in Port Moody in 1988 after having taught performing arts in her parents’ basement from the age of twelve. Read More →
Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Character, Chinese Dance
Former Principal Dancer, Ms. Isabel Yuan, was appointed as a Vocational Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance in 2005; and a Dual Examiner in 2011. Ms. Yuan’s teaching credentials include: the National Ballet Professional Dancer Teaching Certification (N.B.S. P.D.T.C.), Imperial Society Teachers of Dancing, Advanced Certification and Associate Certification (A.I.S.T.D.), Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certification (R.A.D. R.T.S.) and the Cecchetti Associate and Advanced Certificates. Read More →
Tap, Jazz, Contemporary/Modern, Ballet, Acting, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Conditioning
“Tap sensation” (The Georgia Straight) Hailley Caulfield Postle, is the head of our Tap Department and teaches several disciplines at Caulfield School of Dance. Ms. Hailley is also accredited with Canfit Pro and has Fitness Instructor Specialist Certification, CPR/AED certification, Fitness Theory and Group Fitness certificates, and is trained in all formats of Barre Fitness™.
Hailley was a Principal Tap Dancer in the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Also in 2010, Hailley was invited to Brazil to be a performer, teacher and Judge at the XX Seminario Internacional De Danca De Brasilia. In 2011, she went to Germany to perform with Lamondance in the Tanz Art Festival at the Nordhausen Theatre. Hailley has also danced for Read More →
Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Musical Theatre/Stage, Primary Ballet, Conditioning
Lauren Taylor is the head of our Hip Hop and Acro departments. As hip hop continues to influence culture world-wide, even classical ballet, we benefit from her strong stewardship of this vital form of dance in our School. Miss Lauren is an accredited Acrobatics instructor, and is certified with Alixa Flexibility. Acrobatics is another skill area that is increasingly necessary to all forms of dance. Read More →
Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting
A classically trained actor, singer, and musician, Jocelyn Gauthier has played roles from Shakespeare to Broadway musicals, working in major professional theatres across Canada, as well as in film and television. As Ms Jocelyn had her first lead role in a musical at the age of ten, she gains great satisfaction and enjoyment through giving back to the community by passing on her craft to others, as a voice instructor, choreographer, director, and acting coach. She is ardent about providing training opportunities to the young people of the world. Read More →
Ballet, Pointe, Progressing Ballet Technique®, and Conditioning
Ms. Dawn Braun Crawford, a teacher and choreographer for over 20 years, brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to the Ballet faculty of Caulfield School of Dance. A registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance for over ten years, Dawn has prepared students to the most exemplary standard in both Graded and Vocational R.A.D. examinations. Dawn is also fully certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique®. For over 15 years, Dawn has been serving as a professor for the Trinity Western University Human Kinetics Department; been involved in the continued development of the T.W.U. dance program Read More →
Ballet, Pointe, pas de deux
Alyssa Parry is an accomplished teacher in many disciplines and has been a valued contributor to the Caulfield School of Dance Royal Academy of Dance program for several years. She holds the distinguished R.A.D. Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and has provided guidance and leadership in the Royal Academy of Dance ballet program for various dance schools in the lower mainland and abroad. She has choreographed award-winning pieces, provided coaching for international competitions, and led preparations for all levels of R.A.D. examinations in the Academy. Her formal training Read More →
Stewart Iguidez – aka Stuey Tellar – is an extraordinarily eclectic freestyle dancer and choreographer. Stewart’s distinctive and creative choreographies are a true fusion of urban movement consisting of b-boying/break dance, popping, house, new jack swing, tutting, isolation, video dance, locking, and stylized hip-hop. His spontaneous nature and witty humour makes his classes fun and engaging. Above all else, Stewart lives and works with integrity, honesty, and kindness. Read More →
Vivian Liu R.A.D.R.T.S.
Ballet, Character Dance
Vivian Liu started studying Ballet, Classical Chinese Dance, Chinese Folk Dance, and Contemporary Dance at the age of seven. Vivian earned her Certificate in Chinese Dance Teaching from the Beijing Dance Academy and her certification in Ballet Teaching Studies from the Royal Academy of Dance.
Vivian has over 20 years of professional dance experience. An award winning a performer, she is well recognized from televised performances in China. With over eight years of teaching experience, Vivian has pursued mentorship in ballet pedagogy from Caulfield School of Dance faculty including Cori Caulfield. She served as adjunct faculty of Caulfield School of Dance since 2016. She is taking on her own courses at CSD for the first time in the fall of 2019.
Vivian is an inspired and inspiring teacher who thrives by bringing her passion for ballet to younger generations.
Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting
Lindsay Warnock is a Jessie-Award nominated actor /singer /dancer /musician /educator who has been performing professionally onstage and onscreen for companies across Canada such as Arts Club, Gateway Theatre, The Globe Theatre, and Theatre Under the Stars, for the past decade. With her extensive training in acting, film, dance and voice, she is also a trained pianist and composer who has Music Directed and Composed for companies such as CircusWest, Studio58 and Arts Club Theatre. Read More →
Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Stage, Jazz/Lyrical, Primary Ballet
Rebekah Gill graduated from the CSD Professional Training Division after training from age 2 at Caulfield School of Dance in Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Acro and Contemporary/Modern.
Rebekah was given exceptional placement to Team Canada’s 2015 Adult Tap Dance Team at the age of 14. She competed with Team Canada at the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany, and her team placed 7th in the World. Rebekah received individual sponsorship for Team Canada from Bloch®, one of the world’s largest dance wear manufacturers. Read More →
Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting
Madison Simms returns to Caulfield School of Dance from performing with Disney Cruise Lines, most recently as a Dancer, after completing a contract in 2019 as a Headline Performer/ Improvisational Actor. She began teaching and choreographing at Caulfield School of Dance when she herself was still a student here. Her passion for creating choreographies and inspiring the best in young vocalists and dancers is only matched by her dedication to her own development as a performing artist.
Madison’s journey in the performing arts began when she was seven years old at Caulfield School of Dance where she trained here in Ballet (to the R.A.D. Advanced Foundation level) and Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern/Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. She started singing at age nine, training in Classical and Contemporary voice at Caulfield School of Dance under the direction of Dr. Gina Oh, and competed at Performing Arts BC Festivals earning Provincial Representative selections five times.
Madison started assistant teaching at Caulfield while in high school and choreographed successful Musical Theatre group pieces and Song & Dance solos for competition. While in high school, Madison also attended both the UBC Summer Vocal Workshop and the Arts Club Senior Musical Theatre Intensive (twice), and is a scholarship recipient from both organizations.
Since 2016, Madison has also studied Voice and taken Masterclass with Peter Jorgensen.
After graduating high school with Distinction, Madison was invited to and attended Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London, UK) where she completed a Certificate Program in Acting in 2018. In 2019, she completed her first contract with Disney Cruise Lines. Madison choreographed Gleneagle Secondary’s 2019/2020 annual production of “Legally Blonde”. Select performing credits include Rosie in “Cabaret” (Tomo Suru Players, 2017) and Fiona in “Shrek the Musical” (Align Entertainment, 2020).
We are so pleased to have this creative and inspiring young artist and teacher working again with Caulfield School of Dance students. Welcome back Miss Madison!
Cierra completed all of the Royal Academy of Dance Vocational Examinations from Intermediate to Advanced II earning Distinction; and under the training of Isabel Yuan and Lynette Kelly, received the highly prestigious Solo Seal Award in 2016.
After graduating, Cierra was selected for the Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program in 2017 under the tutelage of Anna Marie Holmes and participated in a world premier choreographed by Bruce Wells for the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s 80th anniversary. She later joined Oregon Ballet Theatre as a member of OBT2, Oregon Ballet Theatre’s second company. Cierra also performed in many company productions at Oregon Ballet Theatre including George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” Read More →
Primary Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Progressing Ballet Technique®
Andrea Isea is pursuing a B.F.A. Dance Major at Simon Fraser University, with dance, kinesiology, and stage production and management courses. Andrea is fully certified in the revolutionary training method, Progressing Ballet Technique®. It is gratifying to have Miss Andrea continuing in her pursuit of a career in dance instruction after her years of Teacher Training mentorship at Caulfield School of Dance.
Andrea’s teaching draws on her love for the art and science of dance and her gift for working with children. She has a patient and clear instructing style that allows her students to understand her expectations while feeling supported to achieve them. Read More →
Nicole Smith A.R.A.D.
Ballet, Tap, Jazz
Nicole Smith took her first steps into the world of dance at age 3 at Caulfield School of Dance, where she trained in various styles including, Ballet, Jazz/Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern/Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. Under the tutelage of R.A.D. Dual Examiner Ms. Isabel Yuan, Nicole completed her Royal Academy of Dance vocational examinations to the Advanced level. As a member of the Caulfield School of Dance Performance Training Company, and the Professional Training Division, she won numerous awards competing, and loved performing in events including provincial invitational showcases with her fellow dancers.
Immediately after her graduation from Caulfield School of Dance in 2013, Nicole was accepted into the Arts Umbrella Summer Intensive program and the Intensive Training Program at Harbour Dance Center. She later trained and performed in the Aviary Dance Company under the direction of Julio Fuentes with guest choreographer Heather Laura Gray.
As a professional dance artist, Nicole has co-choreographed and performed for the event management company, Patrick Roberge Productions and has enjoyed performing opportunities including WE Day, the 104th Grey Cup, the PNE stage, the Show of Hearts Telethon, and both the Special Olympics and Million Dollar Round Table opening ceremonies.
After completing a two-year diploma program in Recreation Studies at Langara College, Nicole utilizes her knowledge in both recreation and performing arts to create unique programs for preschool, children, youth and adults. Nicole has created special events related to the Arts and completed a 4-month long internship with the City of New Westminster. She continues her education with Langara to complete her degree. Nicole has completed her Standard First Aid, CPR/AED Level C, Wilderness Survival First Aid, High 5 and BCRPA recreation instructor training.
Nicole is determined to continue her journey in the heart of her hometown and give back to the community with the opportunity to learn and teach as a new faculty member of Caulfield Schoo of Dance – both nostalgic and humbling!
We are delighted to have Nicole’s knowledge and bright energy back in this School!
Lindsay Forbes, B.A.(Dance), B.C.R.P.A.
Ballet, Conditioning, Modern/Contemporary Dance
Lindsay Forbes trained in the Royal Academy of Dance ballet syllabus since the age of 3. She completed a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University with a Major in Dance and Psychology then moved to Toronto where she trained with the National Ballet School. She is also a certified Barre Above barre fitness instructor and B.C.R.P.A. certified fitness instructor. Lindsay has also trained extensively in yoga and Pilates, and enjoys sharing her love of fitness with all ages.
Lindsay was a Teacher Trainee under the direction of Cori Caulfield from September 2016 to June 2017 and began instructing Adult Ballet at Caulfield School of Dance in Summer of 2017. She brings her extensive knowledge of ballet, contemporary/modern dance, and best practices in physical development to both her dance and conditioning for dance teaching.
Biography to Come
2020/21 Guest Instructors
Crystal Pite, Artistic Director of Kidd Pivot – Master Class in Improvisation, September 2020 to
Joshua Beamish, Artistic Director of MOVETHECOMPANY – Master Class in Contemporary Technique, October 2020
Other Guest Artists to be announced.
Shanna Lilley, Certified in Progressing Ballet Technique®
- Principal: Cori Caulfield
- Administration: Lindsay Forbes, Andrea Isea and Nicole Smith
Consultants and Contributors
Biomechanical Health Consultants:
All photographs of students on this site are of current or past Caulfield School of Dance students; the photos are by Laura Zeke, Aldo Monteforte, Ken Kajiwara, and Edward Yu.
Guest and Substitute Instructors
- Santé D’Amours Fortunato – Acrobatic Arts
- Kirsten Wicklund – Contemporary Ballet
- Peter Smida – Contemporary Ballet
- Brandon Lee Alley – Contemporary Ballet
- Racheal Prince – Contemporary Ballet
- Lara Barclay – Contemporary
- Kayla Dunbar (Artistic Associate of Carousel Theatre for Young People) – Voice, Acting, Musical Theatre
- Caitlin Griffin –Ballet, Pointe, Progressing Ballet Technique®, and Conditioning
- Julia Zennstrom B.F.A. (Dance) – Ballet, Pointe, Modern/Contemporary, Stage, Tap
- Heather Laura Gray – Contemporary
- Nicole Caron A.R.A.D. – Ballet and Yoga
- Dario Dinuzzi – Contemporary
- Steven Salinas – Hip Hop
- Sylvain Sinez – Ballet
- Josh Beamish – Contemporary
- Shauna Smith – Hip Hop
- Meredith Kalaman – Ballet
- Scott Augustine – Tap
- Andrew Haydock – Contemporary Dance
- Amber Funk Barton – Contemporary Dance
- Molly McDermott – Contemporary Dance and Pilates
- Braeden Burasee – Hip Hop
- Kristina Linden – Tap
- Lexi Vajda – Contemporary Dance
- Dario Dinnuzi – Contemporary Ballet
- Kelly Douglas R.A.D. R.T.S. – R.A.D. Examiner Master Classes
- Barb Towell – Voice
- Kyle Vicente – Hip Hop
- Hayden Fong – Contemporary Dance
- Sarah Corrigan – Hip Hop
- Danny Nielson – Tap
- Jennifer Varney – Barre Fitness Conditioning
- Sarah Brewer Clowes – Ballet
- Andrew Haydock – Contemporary Dance
- Krista Langtree – Conditioning
- Kazumi Evans – Acting and Musical Theatre
- Paula Giroday – Various Disciplines
- Bill Greenland – Acting
- Sarah Dixon – Acting
- Jordana Jackson – Musical Theatre, Voice, and Acting
- Ken Kajiwara – Ballroom and Swing
- Jaelan Mills –Tap, Primary Ballet
- Kara Nolte – Contemporary
- Loreli Skinner R.A.D. R.T.S. – R.A.D. Master Classes
Lauren Phillips B.A. (Hons) Musical Theatre
Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting
A graduate of Caulfield School of Dance, and Canada’s most esteemed postsecondary institution for musical theatre, Lauren Phillips is an exceptional artist who loves to share her passion for voice, dance, and theatre, with children.
Lauren earned her Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance from Sheridan College in Toronto, Canada, in June of 2020, after being selected by international audition in her graduating year of high school. (Lauren also auditioned for and was accepted to: Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Diploma program which in that year had over 200 students audition with 22 accepted; Randolph Academy for their Performing Arts Diploma program; and the Sheridan program which accepted 45 of the over 500 students who auditioned.) In her degree studies, Lauren furthered her knowledge in diverse aspects of voice, dance and theatre performance and performance production.
Lauren trained in ballet, tap, jazz/lyrical, acrobatics, voice, musical theatre, hip hop, and modern/contemporary dance at Caulfield School of Dance beginning lessons when she was 3 years old. She was a very successful performing arts student, achieving a majority of 1st placements in regional competitions, both as a part of ensembles and as a solo competitor, in all disciplines, including wining Provincial titles in solo voice. She joined the Performance Training Company at the age of nine. She was selected to represent our region at the Performing Arts BC annual Provincial Festival and was honoured several times including being named Provincial Voice Champion for Musical Theatre Under 14 Years, at age twelve, and Under 18 Years when she was only fourteen.
Lauren was awarded the CSD top scholarship award for the 2013-2014 year and continued to be a model of citizenship, dedication, effort, and achievement through to her graduation. After receiving a mark of Distinction – the highest awarded by the Royal Academy of Dance – for her Advanced I Vocational Ballet and Pointe examination when she was 14, Lauren was preparing to do her Advanced II examination, and also preparing for the first time to compete provincially in Ballet, but suffered an injury that made pointe work impossible. Due to her dedication to her rehabilitation, the following year Lauren completed her Advanced II R.A.D. ballet and pointe examination and was again awarded a mark of Distinction. Soon after completing this final Vocational examination, Lauren was cast in the movie “Center Stage: On Pointe”.
Lauren performed in productions including “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Oklahoma” with Royal City Musical Theatre; “The Wizard of Oz” with Footlight Theatre Company; and multiple performances with Perry Ehrlich’s Showstoppers including singing for the Vancouver Canucks, Barry Manilow, Foreigner, Charlotte Diamond, and Paul Anka. At Sheridan, she was cast in several productions including “On the Town”.
Miss Lauren is as warm, kind, and sincere as she is gifted, determined and dedicated. We are very happy to have her working with the students of the School in which she grew up.
Jared Khalifa is a multidisciplinary performing artist, athlete, and teacher, born and raised in Vancouver, BC. In addition to his passion for stage and screen performance, Jared’s teaching endeavours have taken him across Canada and to Europe, working with conventions, companies, and clients including “So You Think You Can Dance”, “World of Dance”, Cirque du Soleil, and Tyler Ayres Dance and Aerial. Read More →
Jazz/Lyrical, Contemporary, Conditioning
Danielle Gardner is an established dancer, award winning choreographer and mentor to youth around BC. Bringing her love of physical art to the forefront, she has dedicated her life to teaching young minds to unleash their creativity.
Danielle placed in the top 3 of girls in Season 3 of CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and credits this experience for propelling her dance career and shaping her into the entrepreneur she is today. Danielle has worked with top entertainment companies such as Matel, CTV, ABC, and Disney, in TV and film projects over the past decade. She has most recently been featured alongside Flash Dance‘s Jennifer Beals and “All Star” dancer Robert Roldan playing the character “Meaghan” on the hit show Motive. Past credits include Read More →
Eva Tavares B.Music (Opera)
Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting
Eva Tavares is a proud Canadian performer. Most recently starring as Christine Daae in the North American Tour of Phantom of the Opera, she is a graduate of the UBC Opera Program, the LAMDA Shakespeare Short Course and the Banff/Citadel Theatre Professional Training Program. Previous credits include: Marta in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Maria in West Side Story, Anne in A Little Night Music, Harry in Albert Herring, Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, and the world premiere of Sousatzka starring Victoria Clark.
Originally training as a dancer, Eva is also active in the dance community, most recently choreographing Die Fledermaus for Vancouver Opera. When she isn’t performing or choreographing, Tavares continues to work as a coach and mentor across North America and the UK.
Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting
Dr. Gina Oh developed the voice program of Caulfield School of Dance to where it is today – recognized as one of the most successful in the province. We are honoured to have this gifted instructor mentoring our young singers.Jordan Fassina headshot
Dr. Oh completed her doctorate dissertation on breathing physiology and awareness for the singer at l’Université de Montréal where she also succeeded in her studies in French and was recognized with the Cedric Ferguson Award. She holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Read More →
Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, Jazz/Lyrical
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Crystal Wills’ patience, passion, and distinctive choreography have made her a cherished guest teacher and choreographer Caulfield School of Dance. Parallel to her teaching career, Crystal has toured with MOVETHECOMPANY and has received acclaim performing in works such as Josh Beamish’s Sold Doubt, Allemande, and Atonement, and Lara Barclay’s Caught Excerpt, in performances in B.C., Toronto, New York City, and Bangkok. Crystal has also toured with Lamondance in Germany and Brazil. Crystal has been commissioned to create work for MOVETHECOMPANY in recognition of her unique choreographic voice. Read More →
Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting
Makayla is a professional dancer, actor and educator. She grew up in Calgary where she trained as a competitive dancer at Drewitz Dance Productions. After receiving a scholarship to Harbour Dance Center, Makayla moved to Vancouver to join The Source Dance Company while enrolled in Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Program. Since graduating in 2014, she has had the pleasure of performing on both stage and screen, across Canada and throughout the world. Credits include Toronto Raptors Dance Pak (NBA Dancer), Crazy for You (Citadel/Theatre Calgary), Ross Petty Panto (The Elgin), Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot (The Arts Club), Grease, Footloose (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Evita (Vancouver Opera), James and the Giant Peach (CTYP) and a featured dancer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Jordan Fassina’s fervor for dance began in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, where his foundation in dance was set. Since, Jordan has invested in his knowledge of street dance from house, hip-hop, new jack swing, Afrobeat and other forms. While residing in Vancouver, Jordan pursued his development through training under Culturally Defined (Street Dance Company, directed by Kyle Vicente and Chris Wong); Illustrative Society (Professional dance and development, directed by Tristan Anderson and Joseph Tuliao); Progressive Freestyle/Street Dance with Natasha Gorrie and others; Ketch Di Vybz (Afro/Dancehall training company, directed by Mikhail “Venom” Morris and Judy Madarász); Higher Ground (Street dance/freestyle training company, directed by Natasha Gorrie and Bryce Koebel).
Jordan aims to provide a holistic teaching experience through developing body awareness, imparting knowledge, and refining execution, from technical basics through to complex choreography.
Ballet, Contemporary/Modern, Acting/Musical Theatre
Linda Arkelian has performed internationally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Theatre Ballet of Canada, Anna Wyman Dance Theatre and the Judith Marcuse Dance Company.
Linda has choreographed and collaborated in the creation of numerous contemporary dance projects. She teaches Ballet and Contemporary Dance at Scotiabank Dance Centre, as well as Advanced Ballet at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. She is also ballet instructor and repertoire coach at Lamondance Company. Read More →
David Secunda M.A. (Art Education)
Originally a visual artist specializing in fibre arts, David Secunda began experimenting in ritual style performance art at gallery openings and conferences such as the International Sculpture Symposium in 1978. Through the 1980s David Secunda performed physical theatre, puppetry, and performance art touring nationally and internationally with Imago and Theatre of Giants. David’s work was recognized with several Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants.
In 1989 he became a theatre arts teacher in Coquitlam directing 23 musicals and dozens of other plays at Terry Fox, Centennial, and, Riverside Secondary Schools. Favourite musicals directed include “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Hair”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Godspell”, “Westside Story” and “Copacabana”. After retiring from teaching he has appeared in several films and plays including “We Are Three Sisters” and “Marriage of Figaro” and “Escape from Happiness”. Favourite film credit include Brandon Norman’s “Cohesion”. Most recently he directed and dramaturged Joylyn Secunda’s solo show, “The Moaning Yoni”, which is touring Fringe festivals.
Hip Hop, Tap, Stage, Jazz/Lyrical, Ballet
Katherine Cahoon began assistant teaching at Caulfield School of Dance in 2012. She became a Teacher Trainee at Caulfield School of Dance in September of 2016 and in that year distinguished herself choreographing for group courses, including the Professional Training Division Musical Theatre group’s Christmas presentation, and several very successful competitive solo and duo pieces. Now in her second year as a Faculty member Read More →
Emily Nicholson was born in B.C. and began her ballet education with Avril Johns. She later trained at the National Ballet School and the Goh Ballet Academy before moving to Calgary in 2006 to dance with the Albert Ballet. She loved performing in Madame Butterfly, Othello, The Fiddle and the Drum, Alice in Wonderland, and Swan Lake. Some of her favourite roles with the Alberta Ballet also include Arabian in The Nutcracker, Demon in Love Lies Bleeding, Pas de deux #4 from Songs of a Wayfarer choreographed by Emily Molnar, Balanchine’s Serenade, and Prairie People in Jean Grand-Maître’s Balletlujah!. After ten years with the company, Emily retired and returned to B.C. to raise her family. Read More →
Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting
As professional actor and Musical Theatre performer, Talietha loves to share her passion for the performing arts through teaching. Her approach is strongly rooted in classical voice pedagogy and emphasizes vocal health and proper technique development.
She teaches Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, Folk and Classical singing. She has taught students of all ages and levels in groups and individually and loves inspiring them to be more inquisitive and fearless as she guides them on their journey to musical and theatrical self-expression.
Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap
Morgan McQueen began taking dance classes from Deborah Cameron at the age of three at Cameron Academy of Classic Dance; she also trained at Dance Expressions under the direction Barry Colter and Tara Macdonald. Morgan’s love for ballet was always strong, even as she developed as a dancer excelling in several dance forms including, tap, jazz/lyrical, musical theatre, and hip hop. Morgan’s postsecondary training included training in Canada and the U.S. with Dawn Braun Crawford, Alyssa Parry, and others.
Morgan’s passion for teaching classical ballet as a career led her to pursue her Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance. She has been teaching for over 18 years and her talent as a dance educator has helped her students earn many scholarships, bursaries, and professional achievements. Morgan always aspires to influence her students as her teacher’s did her.
Voice, Musical Theatre
Barbara Towell graduated from the University of British Columbia’s with her Master’s of Music in Opera program. An accomplished singer in a variety of repertoire from opera to art song to jazz puts her on the leading edge of the ever-changing world of classical music. Operatic appearances include: Hansel in “Hansel and Gretel”, Cherubino in “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Flora in “La Traviata”, and Berta in “The Barber of Sevilla”. Barbara was also a member of the ensemble cast of “Sweeney Todd” with Vancouver Opera and performed in he chorus for “Die Fledermaus”.
In November 2014 Barbara was honoured to perform in the world premiere of Vancouver Opera’s “Stickboy” based on the novel by acclaimed poet Shane Koyczan. She was also a cast member of the world premiere of “The Lake / N-ha-a-itk” with Astrolabe Musik Theatre and Turning Point Ensemble, in collaboration with Westbank First Nation.
Also in demand for concert and oratorio Barbara has recently performed Handel’s Messiah with Vancouver Bach Choir and St.John’s Passion with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. Barbara recently completed a tour of BC, performing in the hilarious show “Opera for Everyone” with the Canadian operatic supergroup Quintessence. In the 2017-2018 season she performs in Vancouver Opera’s Russian White Nights Festival in the chorus for “Eugene Onegin”.
Ms. Barb has been instructing voice and musical theatre for several years t Caulfield School of Dance and elsewhere. Her calm and gentle yet exacting approach instills both confidence and skill in her students.
Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting
Melody Courage is a professional opera singer and voice instructor. Melody has taught students of all ages and levels preparing them for musical theatre auditions, festival competitions, and performances, for over ten years. Melody received her degree and diploma in Opera Performance from the Vancouver Academy of Music after studying music at the University of British Columbia. She also teaches piano.