OUR 2018/2019 Faculty…
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’
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 29 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 her 7th season with Triple Heat Dance.
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 has been a student teacher at Triple Heat Dance for the past two 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. Welcome to the team Keni!
*NEW FACULTY – AJ “MEGAMAN” Kambere
Street Dance/Hip Hop
AJ is a world renown professional dancer, battler and entertainer. With his talent in Hip Hop, Popping, Animation, Memphis, Jookin, Stepping, Gumboot dancing and Bopping, AJ has taught in every continent sharing his knowledge to other dancers. Some projects MegaMan has worked on are: World of Dance, Hip Hop Battlegrounds, Keep on Dancing (KOD) and the list goes on. MeganMan enjoys teaching, battling, hosting events and helping others reach their goals.
*NEW FACULTY – Cody Rodgers
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 join Triple Heat Dance teaching open/performance tap and continuing to work with soloists for performances and competition.
*NEW FACULTY – Bonnie McKerriche (Associate Diploma CC-CICB)
Ballet and Pointe
Bonnie’s love of dance started at an early age and has continued throughout her training as a dancer and as a teacher in the Cecchetti method for over 35 years. She was awarded an Associate in 1990 and an Associate Diploma in 1998. She has taught for three decades in the Lower Mainland an on Vancouver Island. Her students have entered exams, from primary to advanced, with outstanding results. Bonnie’s qualifications as a certified instructor for GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS® Stott Pilates and Yamuna Body Rolling provide invaluable skills for the development of dancers.
We are excited to welcome some new faces to THD for the 2018/2019 Season.