Instructors

Instructors

Jayda started dancing when she was 3 years old in Calgary, Alberta with Alberta Ballet and has continued dancing ever since. She has danced with Ballet Victoria, and worked with many amazing choreographers and companies such as: Shay Kuebler, Josh Beamish and Ballet Jazz du Montreal.

Approaching her final and fourth year of GISPA dance, Jayda hopes to pursue dance as her passion and career during her post secondary education. She is truly excited and grateful to have the opportunity to share her knowledge with us and is looking forward to this next season.

Jayda Cullis
Street Jazz

Ashley was born in Toronto, Ontario and is a graduate of the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. She also trained at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Banff Centre for the Performing Arts, and in London, England. After graduation she toured England and Wales with the ‘Images of Dance Company’. Ashley has been dancing
professionally in Victoria since 2005, performing with both Ballet Victoria and as Principal Dancer with Canadian Pacific Ballet.
Ashley is currently Artistic Director, Choreographer and Principal Dancer with Ballet Étoile Canada, which she co-founded in 2013. Ashley has been teaching dance in Victoria for a number of years, to students of all ages. She became an Associate Teacher with Cecchetti Canada in 2018, and is a certified teacher of the Progressing
Ballet Technique conditioning program. Ashley enjoys sharing her passion for dance with her students. She strives to pass on a strong understanding of the fundamentals of dance technique while encouraging creativity, and artistic growth.

Ashley Evans

Contemporary & Floor Barre

Amy Haysom loves to explore creative movement as a way to express ourselves in the world! Amy trained in ballet and modern as a youth, as well as explored music and singing, performing in musicals both in high school and University. She danced with the Troupe Gestuel while studying in Quebec City, and studied at MainDance in Vancouver in 2006. Amy is a trained yoga teacher and is an Artist in the Classroom for yoga and Acro Yoga. She has taught gymnastics and choreographed gymnastic routines to music. In Acro Dance she weaves her love of yoga and acrobatics, as well as performance and creative expression. Her main joy is to bring creative exploration and a sense of play into her teaching. Come play!

Amy Haysom

Acro

Born and raised here on Salt Spring until the age of 9, Danielle started at the tender age of 5 in the Performing Arts. First under the Direction of Robyn Smyth, as well as Sue Newman and The Llyods.

After moving around with her mom’s work, they eventually settled in Victoria when she was 11, where she continued dancing through Junior High in school as well as outside, training at “Dansko Studios” (Formally Excalibur) 

At Spectrum Community, where she attended High School; She was enrolled in Advanced Dance Academy and Musical Theatre under the Direction of Lia Biros and Lynn Spargo. She was a part of many Productions both On Stage and behind the Scenes. Having a full theatre apart of the School, helped Danielle gain quick and efficient knowledge of the ebb and flow of a production as well as piecing together numbers on stage.

 

Post- Secondary, She continued her training at Broadstreet Dance until 2011 when she moved back to the Island, where she resides with her growing family. Performing Arts has come full Circle for Danielle, as her young daughter Addison started Creative Movement last year at Rainwood Dance, as well as Ballet under the direction of Kristin Lewis. Danielle is extremely grateful for her roots here on Salt Spring and everything it has offered in Performing Arts then and now.

Danielle Head

Jazz

Sarah Hyams
Afro-Brazilian

Sarah has taught Afro-Brazilian dance for many years, in schools, community groups and at festivals as well as with samba groups in Oxford and Cornwall, UK.
With a passion for the roots of afro-Brazilian dance, Sarah explores the culture, stories, traditions and power that lie in the rhythms, songs and dances. Musicality groove and dynamism are central to the dance and Sarah’s teaching method involves a ‘feel it, then do it’ approach as opposed to simply copying steps. She has performed and paraded in many carnivals and festivals in the UK including London’s Notting Hill Carnival.
She has learnt from great teachers both in the UK and in Brazil, Mariana Pinho (WOMAD, Tribe of Doris) and in Salvador da Bahia with Rosangela Silvestre and the late great Agosto Omolu.
She has more recently trained in Essentrics, a full body workout combining tai chi and ballet as well as training in Non-Stylised Environmental movement practice. Both these practices inform her classes in terms of how she warms up and by helping to bring an elemental and embodied nature into the context of Afro-Brazilian dance. Sarah is teacher trained and is well practiced in setting up welcoming and fun spaces to explore creativity, movement and dance.

Rosita is the Director of RainWood Dance Studio.  She began to dance in early childhood with ballet at the age of 4 and jazz at the age of 8.  In Victoria, at 12, she studied jazz dance at Spectrum Dance and Kidco Co. directed by Kerry Lynn Krich.  Rosita started sharing her skills and passion teaching dance to children at the age of 15 and choreographed competitively for her peers throughout high school in the Greater Victoria Music Festival.  She continued to study contemporary dance at Simon Fraser University  while she taught dance to children and adults in several dance and fitness studios in Vancouver.  At 20 years of age she moved to Chile where she studied dance and performed with the dance company Abraxas on a weekly national television show.  Later she had the privilege of mentorship from her aunt, choreographer Vicky Larrain, with whom she studied and performed dance theatre for 6 years. 
She arrived to Salt Spring in 2012 with her husband and three hip hop dancing sons.  After many years away from dance, she was inspired to get back to it by Naomi Jason's classes and production of Imaginelle, as well as other workshops and performance opportunities offered on island.   She taught modern, jazz, salsa, beginner flamenco and hip hop to children and adults mainly with the Salt Spring Arts Academy.    Choreography is her passion and she would love to see collaborative creative work on Salt Spring that brings dancers and choreographers together to inspire and support each other.  She is eager to inspire people of all ages who have never danced to take that first step and, for those that have done so,  to develop their technique and enjoy the empowerment of full self expression through dance. 

Rosita Larrain

Choreo & Performance

Kieran Edmonds

Breakin' Free

Life in the UK began with learning various martial arts which led to teaching in one of England's top Karate Schools. This sparked the confidence to build a break dance crew, train Capoeira in Brazil, fly to LA for dance, and work in London as a professional movement artist. After teaching around the globe, his hope is to now inspire people to find their unique way of moving in a playful and practical way.

Kathryn studied ballet from age 8 – 18 at the Pacific Dance Centre in Victoria, BC, where she completed RAD ballet exams up to the Intermediate 1 level. After graduating from high school, she attended the National Ballet School in Toronto for one year before gaining an apprenticeship with the National Ballet of Canada. During her year-long apprenticeship, she performed in classic ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, and Les Sylphides. She left professional ballet at the age of 20 due to an injury, and has since enjoyed learning other types of dance, such as belly dance, hip hop, and salsa.

Kathryn Luttin
Ballet

 Throughout her early years, Veronika trained in ballet, can-can, tap, and highland dancing. While studying at UBC, she took modern and ballet classes on the side. Having rediscovered her love for dance, Veronika went on to train at MainDance in Vancouver, where she studied contemporary dance and ballet and had the opprotunity to study under many different choreographers such as Massimo Agostinelli.  As a youth, she taught dance classes for kids and dance based fitness classes for moms and dads with babies in Vancouver and on Salt Spring Island. Recently she co-created a full length musical, Wild Swans, with Kate Nash, choreographing seven dance scenes with children aged 5-13. Veronika’s love for movement and dance is infectious and is readily shared by her students and her three sons.  We are excited  to have Veronika's creative mentorship this fall!

VERONIKA MCKEE

Fusion

Sue is our Musical Theatre, Tap and Ballet teacher.  She brings us her skills, talent and experience as a teacher and a performer in Vancouver, Victoria and here on Salt Spring Island where she has inspired  and shared her love of the performing arts with her students through Salt Spring Arts Academy. Her training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contact improv and other forms of improvisation combined with an extensive background in music, voice and theatre gives her students the unique opportunity to experience many performing arts genres and the various creative connections between them. She is also an experienced director which enriches her teaching process with practical applications and a high standard of showmanship. Sue nurtures each students’ individual artistic growth while modeling and instilling the joy and responsibility of collaborative classes and company structure.  We are excited that she is with us to mentor beginners as well as more advanced children and adults as they grow into their fullest artistic expression! 

SUE NEWMAN

 Tap, Ballet and Musical Theatre

Marifer was born and raised in Mexico City, where she showed an interest in dance since childhood. In school, she learned mexican regional dance, polynesian and bellydance, and entered a dance academy at 14 years old. At 18, she began teaching regular latin dance styles and Bellydance. She came to Canada 5 years ago, and has been teaching different styles of Zumba and Bellydance, and has participated in multiple shows and exhibitions. She became renowned in Vancouver for her high energy style and excellent instruction. Now Marifer moved to Salt Spring Island and wishes to continue with the passion of her life: Teaching dance with the passion of Latin America.

Marifer Robledo

Belly Dance

Amber Tuttle was born and raised on Salt Spring Island.  She began dancing at a local studio at the age of 4, and hasn’t stopped since. Her dance involves various styles including, jazz, ballet, swing, lyrical, contemporary, stage, popping and hip hop. She started training at Carlson’s at 16 and this past summer attended Urban Dance Camp in Germany for the second time.  She has competed successfully in several festivals off-island and performed beautifully many times for our community.  Amber taught with Salt Spring Art Academy with dedication.  She has demonstrated her abilities as a dancer, choreographer and teacher and is eager to share her skills and love of dance to our students of all ages.  We look forward  to her classes and performances.

AMBER TUTTLE

Contemporary & Hip Hop

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