Livea Gill Harding, Owner, Director of Performing Arts
Jazz, Street, 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 Henly, Owner, Ballet Director, RAD-RTS | B.Ed
Ballet, Ballet Tech, Pointe
RAD Ballet, Ballet Tech, Pointe, ‘Little Feet’ BalletMichelle 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 18 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.
Tamara Ryan Telford, Owner, Director of Musical Theatre & Little Feet Programming
Musical Theatre, Voice/Performance Tech, Jazz and ‘Little Feet’ Programs
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.
Chrissy Kennedy, AIDT ADVANCED
Lyrical, Jazz & Contemporary
Chrissy has been studying dance for 28 years. Her training started in Jazz and AIDT Modern dance at Gemini Dance Studios. Chrissy began teaching in 2000 and in 2002 received her Advanced Associate Level Two teaching degree in Modern dance.
In 2008 she became a certified Stott Pilates instructor. Chrissy seeks to share her passion and dance knowledge to her students and is excited for the 5th season with Triple Heat Dance.
Sandra Barker, AIDT ADVANCED
AIDT Tap, Performance Tap, Adult 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 2 teaching degree in Tap in 2013.
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. Her students love her style!
Jessica Carter “Carter”
Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Core & Flexibity
Carter started dancing at the age of 4 training intensively in multiple dance genres with Gemini Dance Studios. Carter has 5 years teaching experience and 4 seasons coaching for True Colours Youth Company of Performing Arts along side Livea Gill Harding. Carter is passionate about movement and loves the physicality of dance.
She enjoys bringing awareness to technical training, proper alignment and full expression of movement while incorporating her In Depth Anatomy training into her classes. Currently, Carter is working towards her T200 Yoga Teacher Training through Red Door Yoga, to be completed in Fall 2016.
Carter is excited to be heading into her 2nd year with Triple Heat Dance and she grateful for the experience and thrilled to be continuing on into the 2016/2017 season.
Ballet, Boys Ballet, Modern/Contemporay
Jessie received his classical training from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School graduating from their Professional Division in 2009. Jessie continued his training in Madrid, later returning to join the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s aspirant program. In 2010 he joined the Corps de Ballet at the Compañía Nacional de Danza de México, where he danced soloist and principle roles for 4 years. Jessie returned to the Comox Valley in 2014 to where he taught with Triple Heat Dance and in December 2014 was appointed artistic director of True Colours, where he choreographed and set the one act ballet, The Snowman. Jessie joined Ballet Victoria in August of 2014 – his final performance before retiring from the stage will be as Prince Charming in Cinderella in May, 2016.
Jessie loves teaching, and is very happy to have so many opportunities to share his knowledge and passion with so many talented children.
Street Dance/Hip Hop
DORA POP, Dora Belme is from the Netherlands, Europe but was born and raised in Hungary. She is an all-round dancer specialized in the style of popping. She has been dancing for 8 years, and trained various styles such as Hiphop, House, Modern, Jazz, Jooking and Popping.
She has been teaching dance workshops in different countries and competing in battles all over the world. She recently won 1st place at Battle of Burien and What’s Popping Ladiez!? in Seattle, and Absolut Battle in Budapest.She participated in SYTYCD Netherlands in 2015 and finished among the best 50 dancers from more than 1400 contestants.
From August 2016 she is moving to Canada to further her dance career and teach these different styles to hundreds of kids on Vancouver Island. Her main goal is to inspire, share knowledge and empower. Connecting dance to personal self-expression and raising awareness to creative potential is her ultimate objective.
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