Our 2020/21 Faculty!

Livea Gill Harding, Owner, Director of Performing Arts
Jazz, Contemporary/Open Modern, Lyrical

Livea is an award winning choreographer, dance teacher and co-owner of Triple Heat Dance.

Livea has been a choreographer and dance educator for over 20 years on Vancouver Island. As a former Artistic Director of True Colours Youth Company of Performing Arts, a position Livea held for seven years, she provided North Vancouver Island dancers between the ages of 11-18 opportunities for performance and training with sought after choreographers and teachers. Livea also established Triple Heat Dance Productions together with Tamara Ryan Telford, offering summer programs with highly sought after professional artists.

Livea has won numerous awards for her quirky, intricate and powerful choreography and various competitions. Livea combines her extreme passion for dance and music with her positive energy and creative flare to design dance classes that are always challenging and inspiring – seeking to share her expertise and love of dance with others.

michelle-headshot-2016Michelle Hillier Owner, Ballet Director, RAD-RTS | B.Ed

Open Ballet, RAD Ballet, Pointe, ‘Little Feet’ Ballet

Michelle received her classical training at the National Ballet School of Canada and with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division.

She has taught dance for over 20 years and is a registered and certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. Michelle also studied musical theatre in Toronto at the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts and received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia.  In addition to her dance training and performance work, Michelle has extensive experience directing dance faculties in Canada, the UK and Middle East and has won choreography awards for her ballet pieces at various competitions.

Michelle is a passionate instructor who seeks to develop a strong technical foundation in dancers as well as nurture their creativity and love for performance.


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Tamara Ryan Telford 
Musical Theatre, Voice, Jazz and ‘Little Feet’ 

An award winning choreographer and teacher, Tamara has taught dance and vocals for over 20 years.  Tamara attended Simon Fraser University and received her Associate Degree in Theatre from Vancouver Island University.  Tamara brings to the table a deal of professional performance experience – both in Canada and the United States.  She created the musical theatre program at Gemini Dance Studios and has worked as a director for Rainbow Youth Theatre.

Tamara is known for her amazing work with children, her award winning choreography and staging and creative imagination – developing well-rounded and confident performers.


Sandra Barker, AIDT Advanced
AIDT Tap, Performance Tap, Ballet & Boys Ballet

Sandra studied ballet, tap, musical theatre and jazz at Kirkwood Academy while growing up in Nanaimo. Sandra has been teaching dance on the island for over 20 years and received her Advanced Associate Level 3 teaching degree in Tap in 2014. Sandra loves working with students to help them strengthen their technique and find their rhythm, whether it’s preparing for tap exams, festival or during open classes and choreography. Sandra is loved by all her students!

Keni Michell
Little Feet Ballet, Junior Ballet

Keni has been a student teacher at Triple Heat Dance for the past three years. Keni is excited to be starting on her teaching journey, both through teaching dance to our youngest students, but also with working towards receiving her Royal Academy of Dance RTS diploma under the mentorship of Michelle Henly.


Cody Rodgers
Performance Tap

Cody started tapping at the age of 5 with Pat Pantuso and is one of 60 students in North America chosen to attend the school Tap Kids in New York City! Cody has taught master classes at various schools around the island, been dance captain for many Rainbow Youth Theatre shows as well as guest artist at the July 1st Canada Day performances and annual Telethons at the Sid Williams Theatre. We are very excited to have Cody teaching open/performance tap and continuing to work with soloists for performances and competition.


Jillian Seggie

Jillian Seggie grew up in the Comox Valley with a huge passion for dance and the arts. She moved to Toronto where she trained with The Conteur Academy, under Artistic Direction of Eryn Waltman. While training with the academy she has had the pleasure of working with: Eryn Waltman, Dani Matte, Ryan Lee, Colleen Snell, Alysa Pires and others. In the fall of 2016 Jillian was fortunate to perform an installation at Insitu Multi Arts Festival with Frog In Hand and The Conteur Academy. Jillian finds great joy in helping young dancers succeed and reach their goals. She is committed to helping dancers reach their fullest potential.

Téa and Kyra Carlson “Acro Sisters”

Kyra has a love of acrobatics and passionately believes in working hard to achieve goals. With seven years training experience between the gymnastics and circus worlds, combined with two years of gymnastics coaching, she has discovered a strength for using her technical experience and expertise to teach others. Kyra enjoys working with Triple Heat dancers in developing their flexibility, strength and acrobatics.

Téa is a circus acrobat who has been training as an athlete for four years. In 2016 she travelled to the mainland to train at The Circus Lab for more artistic instruction. Téa is passionate about working hard to achieve her goals and trains extensively. She has been coaching gymnastics and hand-balancing at two other facilities for the past couple of years. Téa is excited to be teaching the Acro classes at Triple Heat Dance with her sister Kyra.

Michelle “Meesh” Jensen

Michelle “Meesh” Jensen has been dancing since the age of four. She grew up training and competing in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, and hip hop. Meesh started her extensive training in hip hop nine years ago. In that time she has undergone a mentorship with hip hop icon Lenny Len from Toronto, Ontario, performed for singer Inez Jasper whilst on tour, appeared in several music videos with hip hop crew theTOMORROWS, and filled a dance minor in the University of Calgary’s contemporary program.

She successfully passed her RAD intermediate 1 exam, and is fully certitified in Rhythm Works Integrative Dance: a program specifically designed to teach children living with autism, down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, and more! Meesh is ecstatic to be back teaching at Triple Heat Dance, share her passion, and encourage personal and professional growth through dance!




Vladimir Pereira – Open Ballet, Lifts & Variations

Initiated his dance studies at 12 years old at the Academia de Ballet Lina Penteado, in Campinas – SP, Brazil. At the age of eighteen, he was the recipient of a full scholarship to study classical ballet at the Centro de Arte y Ballet, in Mexico City and under the guidance and tutelage of Tita Ortega & Carol Arroyo he finished the R.A.D. examinations, achieving excellent results, while simultaneously taking classes with the National Dance Company of Mexico for two and a half years.

In 2009 he was awarded a full scholarship to attend the prestigious Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, Canada and was invited to join the Goh Ballet Youth Company.

During his time there, he performed a vast variety of repertoires and styles, toured internationally and had a wonderful opportunity to work with world renowned teachers, choreographers and dancers.

Vlad moved to the island in 2014 and was one of the founders of Ilha Ballet Academy and Eclat Dance Youth Company. Vlad is now an independent teacher, working extensively on the island as a guest teacher and performer. We are excited to have him join our team and share his experience and knowledge with our ballet students.