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About Dance Collective

Dance Collective strives to cultivate the individual talent of every student by balancing accredited technical dance training with performance opportunities. Our highly qualified teachers foster the development of young dancers and produce students who are confident, courteous and self-disciplined individuals. Through their experiences in the studio and on stage, students build skills that will benefit them in all aspects of life.

With classes geared to dancers of all ages and levels, we provide options for both the professionally-minded and the recreational student. Established in 1992 with a vision of providing dance excellence in a fun, encouraging and family-orientated environment, Dance Collective encourages students to discover their own musicality, creativity and to take pride in their accomplishments.

Instructors

Rebecca Collins

CDTA - Principal

Rebecca entered the dance world at an early age of three years old and has never looked back. Along the way she has trained extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop and musical theatre on scholarship at some of the most prestigious dance institutions in North America, including Randolph Academy, Los Angeles’ Edge Performing Center and Millennium Dance Center. Throughout her studies, she has been grateful to have worked with some of the best dancers and choreographers in Canada and worldwide including Tyce Diorio, Nappytab, tWitch, Brain Friedman, Lorianne Gibson and Alex Wong.

Rebecca has had the privilege of dancing with Royal Winnipeg’s finest, such as Evelyn Hart, Michael Faigaux, Jesus Corrales, David Lucas and Lissette Salgado in “Stars of Canadian Ballet”. She has also danced for The Source Dance Company, as well as danced and choreographed for Velocity Dance Company. Over the past few years, Rebecca has appeared as a featured dancers and ensemble in many musicals including Kiss Me Kate, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Wizard of Oz, Babes in the Wood and Fiddler on the Roof. She has also choreographed and performed in independent projects such as Vancouver’s 12 Minute Max, Dancers for a Small Stage and Merge I, II, and II with Spectra Theatre.

Most recently, Rebecca has become a BCRPA certified fitness instructor and due to the benefits of pilates for dancers, received her STOTT certification in beginner and intermediate mat. In 2012 she received her teaching certificate from the Canadian Dance Teachers Association for Jazz and Tap and has over ten years of experience as a respected dance instructor.

Kelly Douglas Artistic Director of Ballet

R.T.S., A.R.A.D - Artistic Director of Ballet

Vancouver trained dancer and teacher, Kelly Douglas has studied at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Banff School of Fine Arts and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens with teachers such as Laura Alonso, David Earl, Lynn Seymour and David Wall. While with Alberta Ballet Company she danced in The Nutcracker, Firebird, Serenade, Facade, Allegro Brillante, Coppelia and Cinderella. Ms. Douglas received her Royal Academy of Dance teaching diploma in 1990 and was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance. This qualifies her to teach the syllabus of the Academy and enter students to all levels of the Academy’s examination. Kelly is also a member of the Imperial Society of Teaching Dance. She is currently a Practical Teaching Supervisor for the RAD.

Ms. Douglas has had more than two decades of teaching experience during which she has also choreographed and performed in independent dance projects such as Vancouver’s 12 Minute Max and Dancing on the Edge, as well as the Sunshine Coast’s Annual Celebration of Dance. Ms. Douglas was a guest teacher at the Ballet by the Sea Studio in Malibu, California for 7 years.

In July 2012, Kelly auditioned for and was accepted for one of four spots in North and South America to train to become an examine for the Royal Academy of Dance. After successful training in February and March in London England 2013, Ms. Douglas was appointed to the board of the International Panel of Examiners for the Royal Academy of Dance, making her one of fourteen in Canada. 

Michelle Graham Ballet

Michelle started her dance training while residing in Edmonton, Alberta. She trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern and Musical Theatre. Florence Skinner, David Adams, Brian Webb, Grant McEwan College, “Kompany”, Dupree’s Los Angeles and Victoria Arts Collaborative were just some of her instructors and favorite places to train. She danced professionally and toured with “Kompany”, and the Klondike Kicker’s a co-founded performing troupe contracted with the city of Edmonton for several summer seasons. Michelle also worked as an assistant to Edmontons based magician, Owen Kingdon touring and performing in Edmonton, Calgary and Banff. Adding to her versatility and resume she also danced in a movie during the mid 80’s. After moving back to BC Michelle became certified with the RAD and since has worked throughout the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland, annually entering students into their RAD ballet exams as well as entering students into competitions and has been recognized by winning choreography awards for her pieces. Many of her students over the years have moved on using their dance training to further their careers from Ballet companies, modeling, musical theatre companies, singers and cruise ships, commercials, TV and film, and dance instructors She has a true love, respect and passion for dance, and loves to share that with her students.

AJ Swoboda Hip Hop & Jazz

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, A J Swoboda grew up with the passion of Dance. The younger of two siblings, A.J. was supported and encouraged by family and friends to pursue a career in the performing arts. She began dancing at the age of three, with exposure to all mediums. As she started to get inspired by other forms of dance, she decided she wanted more. Her family moved at the age of 14 to Penticton, BC. In her new hometown, A.J. competed in both solos and teams. She achieved a preliminary championship level which took her all over the world. She has received awards and scholarships from different organizations some of them including the BC Festival of the Arts, Fusion Dance Kamp, Groove Street Productions and Monsters of Hip-Hop. Through her travels, she particularly fell in love with
L.A.’s dance world where she liv d and trained in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, ballet, and all styles of hip hop for two years. A.J. chose to spread her knowledge of dance through teaching at the age of 18. With 14 years of dance instructing experience she has taught at both recreational and competitive levels, with her students winning numerous high-score and choreography awards each year. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to pursue their passion through dance.

Kelsey de Zwaan – Jazz & Tap

Kelsey fell in love with dance during her first lesson at the age of 3. Since then, she has trained in Jazz, Ballet, HipHop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Stage, Irish Dance and Ballroom. Kelsey has performed in many productions for the BC Lions, White Caps and Grey Cup. As well as Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic / Paralympic Winter Games. She has also had leads in many Musical Theatre productions such as Suessical the Musical and Beauty and the Beast.

Kelsey feels very fortunate to have been able to travel to L.A. and Vegas to train under instructors / choreographers such as, Tyce Diorio, tWitch, Benji & Lacy Swimmer, Luther Brown and Nappytab.

Paula De Marchi AAC – Jazz, Acro

Paula has been teaching professionally since 2003 for various dance studios in the lower mainland. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Stage, Hip Hop and Gymnastics. She completed her RAD Ballet Examinations with distinction and was also an accomplished competitive soloist. Paula has trained and competed internationally in Cheer & Stunt and was a successful cheer choreographer before dedicating herself to dance. Paula has her certification as an acro instructor through Acrobatic Arts. She is a successful Junior Competitive teacher and choreographer, receiving high scoring and choreography awards. Paula is pleased to bring her experience and energetic dance style to Dance Collective.

Anita DeSiena – Ballet

Anita has completed her RAD Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies and is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. She began her studies of dance at Douglas Ballet Academy in 1996, and has trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. Anita holds her RAD Advanced 1 Certificate and has successfully completed all the graded examinations. Anita was a long-term member of the Douglas Ballet Performance Group and has competed in many local festivals, as well as participated in various workshops within the United States. In addition, Anita is currently employed by the Burnaby School District and is studying to receive her Bachelors in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. Anita is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with her students!

 

Angela King – Jazz,Tap, Musical Theatre & Lyrical

Angela started dancing at a young age and has extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Stage and Musical Theatre. Angela has competed in many local dance competitions as well as attending different dance conventions and workshops throughout the lower mainland and in the States. She performed in both Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games. She has also appeared in many theatre productions. Notable credits include: Will Rogers Follies, Hello Dolly and Oklahoma! (RCMT); Singin’ In The Rain, Anything Goes, The Music Man, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Legally Blonde (TUTS); Wizard of Oz and Grease (FTL). Angela is the recipient of various scholarships and awards. As well as dance, Angela is also an accomplished pianist and vocalist who is excited to share her love of performing with her students. Angela matriculated with degrees in Science and Education from SFU.

Sherrie Scherger Contemporary Dance

Originally from Toronto Ontario, Sherrie grew up in her family owned studio Premiere Dance Academy based in Calgary AB. and now resides in Vancouver.  She is a guest Choreographer/Instructor for many dance companies, studios and dance education institutions throughout Canada and the U.S. She also guest instructs overseas including: John Paul College of Art, Brisbane Australia, Secondary School Dance Program, Dover England, Olten Dance Productions Switzerland, and DSB, Berlin Germany. She is extensively trained in the RAD ballet syllabus, the A.D.A.P.T jazz & tap syllabus. Educated in studies in Dance/Music history, anatomy, kineseology at Grant MacEwan University Dance Arts Program, Sherrie has been an educator for 25 years and an adjudicator for over 15 years.
In her professional dance career she was principal dancer for 6 years with Decidedly Jazz Dance Company, De Hershey Modern company and Stone Soup Collective Contemporary Company. She performed in the Dance Documentary “No Small Feats”, World Dance Congress Chicago with Director Gus Giordano, Principal dancer with Las Vegas Company, Farrington Production, performer for Rio Las Vegas show Atami, Japan, “The Mix” revue show Macau, China as singer and dancer. Her commercial credits include: “Radio Disney”, Lysol, Febreeze, Ensure, Chevy, Tim Horton to name a few.

Her choreography credits include: Michael Jackson VH1 film “Man in the Mirror”, Kimberly Wyatt (Pussycat Dolls) for VH1 Magic special.
-“The Man” starring LL Cool J (television pilot), Nelly Furtado, The Black Eyed Peas (GreyCup half time show), The Gemini Awards.

CTV’s “So You Think You Can Dance” -assistant choreographer to Sean Cheeseman. 

Professional performance Musical Theatre Credits: “The Boyfriend”, “The Music Man”, “42nd Street”, “The Pajama Game”

Choreography for Theatre Credits:”Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat”, “Aladdin”. “Evangeline”, “Shakespeare On The Park” for Mount Royal Theatre Arts. “The Cherry Orchard” for United Theatre Players, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” and “Damn Yankees”, for The Front Row Centre Players. 

 Over the years she has worked on many film projects as choreographer and movement coach. she has won numerous distinguished awards for her creative choreography including winning the International Choreography Award representing Canada.

Nicole Delage Ballet

Nicole has been dancing for 15 years training in all styles. Nicole grew up in strong ballet studios where she performed with the Moscow Ballet School and was principal dancer in Paquita. She also attended Langley Fine Arts School where she graduated as a dance major. Nicole has completed Harbour Dance Center’s Intensive Training Program and has since joined aviary to further her dance training and grow as a performer.

Heather McBride Ballet

Heather McBride began her R.A.D.  ballet training at the age of four under the direction of Sheila MacDonald and Bill McGrath. From the age of 7 Heather continued her Royal Academy of Dance studies with Mara McBirney, Marcia Caple, Ellen Andrews and Josephine Slater. She holds her Advanced Dancer’s Certificate and is a registered member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Her dance training also included participating in numerous Master classes, Workshops and Summer Schools including the Banff School of Fine Arts. She also attends RAD teachers courses on a regular basis.

Heather also performed with the Vancouver Ballet Opera Society, Vivaldi Concert Dancers, Ballet Horizons and Ozma. She also had the privilege of studying Modern and Contemporary dance with Norbert Vesak.

Heather has been a dance studio owner and teacher for over 37 years and has taught children from beginner ballet through Solo Seal. Her students have gone onto professional dance and teaching careers and she has had the good fortune of seeing one of her students win a Silver Medal at the R.A.D. Genee Awards. Heather most recently was invited to adjudicate at the PacWest Music and Dance Festival competitions.

Heather is now a freelance R.A.D ballet teacher who enjoys sharing her knowledge, experience, passion and love of dance with dancers throughout the lower mainland and Alberta.