Our 2022/23 Faculty!

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

Livea is Co-Owner and Performing Arts Director of Triple Heat Dance – Academy of Performing Arts and has been a choreographer and dance educator for over 24 years in the Comox Valley.

Music and choreography has been a driving force and passion for Livea from a very early age.  Her love, appreciation and respect for dance and performance art encompasses many forms of expression from jazz, contemporary, improvisation, lyrical and street dance. She strives for excellence in story telling, clean technique, strength of movement, passion, and most importantly artistry with in her work. Livea is well known for her innovative and quirky choreography, her work has received many accolades and awards. Livea was honored to hold the role of Artistic Director to True Colours Youth Company of Performing Arts for 6 seasons. 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 Hillier Owner, Ballet Director, RAD-RTS | B.Ed

RAD Ballet, Pointe, Open Ballet

Michelle received her classical training at Canada’s distinguished profession ballet schools – studying first from the young age of 10 years at the National Ballet School of Canada, and then with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division. Following her graduation Michelle went on to train in Toronto at the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts and Royal Academy of Dance – gaining her teaching certification with that organization. Michelle also received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia.

In addition to her dance training and performance work with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Akimbo Dance Company and One World Actors Centre 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 has taught dance for over 25 years and is a passionate instructor who seeks to develop a strong technical foundation in dancers as well as nurture their creativity and love for the discipline of ballet and joy of performance.

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Tamara Ryan Telford 

Musical Theatre, Voice, Jazz, “Little Feet”, Kidding around Yoga

An award-winning choreographer and teacher, Tamara has taught dance and vocals for over 25 years. She attended Simon Fraser University and received her associate degree in theatre from Vancouver Island University. Tamara brings to the table a great deal of professional performance experience both in Canada and the US. She was involved in the first productions at the Chemainus Theatre and performed with the Victoria Operatic society, Vancouver Operatic Society, Thunder Bay Theatre and Showcase theatre. 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 staging, creativity and imaginative pieces draw out the uniqueness of each dancer while producing well-rounded and confident performers both on and off the stage. Several musical theatre students have gone on to excel professionally which has been so inspiring to watch and know that Tamara has played an important role in their success. This year, in addition to her regular classes,

Tamara is excited to begin teaching, ”Kidding Around Yoga” as part of her desire to address the whole child. Teaching the little one’s is one of her passions and she focuses on the well-being of her students by helping each one find that inner spark that makes them shine.


Sandra Barker, AIDT Advanced
AIDT Tap, Performance Tap

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 & Tap, Junior Ballet, Lyrical

Keni has been dancing for over 15 years, training and competing in all styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary. Keni’s strong yet gentle approach to teaching is effective with children of all ages and she is passionate about providing a welcoming and fun environment in the classroom. Keni is looking forward to teaching and sharing her love for dance with your children at Triple Heat Dance this fall!






Amber Tuttle

Born and raised on Salt Spring Island, Amber started dancing at the age of 4 and hasn’t stopped since. She has trained in many styles including, jazz, ballet, swing, lyrical, contemporary, stage, popping, animation, stepping and of course hip hop. She has trained extensively at Carlson’s School of Performing Arts and was also trained at Urban Dance Camp in Germany, learning from some of the best dancers in the world. Amber continues to train and work to improve and grow as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Amber is thrilled to be back for her 2nd season with THD.






Grace Harvey 

Ballet, Open Ballet, Contemporary

Grace Harvey grew up in the Comox Valley receiving training in various different styles of dance. With a hunger for more performance knowledge, Grace moved to Toronto in 2016 to attend Ryerson University. After completing the four-year dance program under direction of Vicky St. Denys, Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Performance Dance. While at Ryerson she received instruction in Ballet, Modern and Jazz among other styles. Under the alias of Ryerson Performance, Grace has worked with choreographers such as Anne Plamondon, Jera Wolfe, Metamorphosis Dance and stager Dylan Crossman from the Merce Cunningham Trust. She has also had the privilege of performing at Toronto’s Fall for Dance North Festival in two works, one from choreographer Charles Moulton and the other a work by Anne Plamondon.

Grace moves from a place of personal depth — her research reflects a need for human connection. Grace is thrilled to be teaching with Triple Heat Dance and cannot wait to share her knowledge and love of movement with students as she believes deeply in the importance of creative nurturing in conjunction with technical growth.




James-Amzin Nahirnick 

Contemporary & Tap

James-Amzin Is an improviser, choreographer, and musician born and raised in the Comox Valley and has been dancing for twelve years. James trained in Contemporary Dance in Vancouver for five years. In 2020 he graduated from Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Professional Training Program where he had the opportunity to train under renowned Canadian and international dance artists, some of which include: Wen Wei Wang, Joshua Beamish, Shay Keubler, Doug Letheren, Ella Rothschild, Jermiane Spivey, alongside significant mentorship from the directors of Modus Operandi, Kate Franklin, David Raymond, and Tiffany Tregarthen. 

In 2019, James participated in an apprenticeship with Vancouver based dance company, Company 605, directed by Lisa Gelley and Josh Martin, where he danced alongside company members in ‘loop, lull’  a 3 hour  in-the-round  improvised looping installation presented by the Push festival. 

James’ classes focus on functional movement patterns that will build a student’s endurance all while laughing, sweating, and feeling.  He can’t wait to be a part of his students’ development, and is thrilled to be a part of the team moving forward.