Faculty

Sonia Ellis, RAD Registered Teacher, Studio Owner: Ballet, Competitive Jazz, and Lyrical

Sonia Ellis has been teaching at Seymour Dance since she was 16. She took ownership of the school in July 2007. Sonia is dedicated to her students’ enjoyment, passion for dance, and their personal well being. She believes that everyone should have the opportunity to dance, offering a variety of dance styles, and bringing dance to the community. Sonia is a fully registered Royal Academy of Dance teacher and an award winning choreographer in many styles including ballet, jazz, and lyrical. Her students have had a 100% success rate in Royal Academy of Dance examinations.

Nicola Earl R.B.S. (T.T.C.), A.R.A.D.

Nicola is fully accredited in the Royal Academy of Dance and Cecchetti ballet syllabus, and is also fully certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique method. As a graduate of the teaching program at the Royal Ballet School in London, England, She covered all aspects of classical dance training including: classical ballet technique, pointe work, repertoire, and Royal Academy of Dance and Cecchetti syllabi, character, Spanish dance, music, dance history, and Benish Notation.

Nicola graduated top of her class and was awarded the 1998 Dame Ninette de Valois Award for excellence in teaching.

Nicola taught for nine years at the London Studio Centre, a professional performing arts school and held the position of Head of Year to all first and second year students so she worked with each student in creating programs tailored to their individual needs and career choices. At the London Studio Centre, Nicola also had the pleasure of working with Margaret Barbieri, former Principal dancer with the Royal Ballet Company. Nicola assisted Ms Barbieri on her audition tours throughout Europe for her professional company, Images of Dance. Nicola has also worked extensively with leading dance physiotherapists and created rehabilitation programs to return injured dancers back to health.

Since relocating to Vancouver, Nicola has worked at many schools throughout the Lower Mainland. She has been on the staff at Harbour Dance for the last sixteen years and has been a regular guest teacher for Ballet BC. Nicola has also enjoyed adjudicating for the Prince Albert Festival of Dance

 

KatiePICKatie Gillett, Office Manager: Lyrical, Jazz

Katie began dancing at Seymour Dance approximately 20 years ago, and has been on staff since 2007. Katie has a background in Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Vocal Training. She has also danced for 4 years for the BC Lions Dance Team. Katie is now Sonia’s sidekick during Nutcracker, and Seymour Dance’s Year End Dance Showcase.

Samantha Ball, RAD Registered Teacher:Balletphoto-19

Sam studied full time at the Theatre School of Dance and Drama in Edinburgh where she obtained her RAD Teaching Certificate and ISTD Associate Teachers. After graduation her professional dancing career took her all over the world when she worked for Princess Cruises. Her teaching career began while she was at Edinburgh University studying for her B.Ed (Hons) degree in Elementary Education. Working for a number of teachers throughout Scotland she also set up her own dance school in East Lothian, Scotland. Four years ago she relocated with her husband and three children to Canada. She loves living in this part of the world and cannot wait to start teaching at Seymour Dance.

Katie Chartrand: Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop

 

katie headshot

Katie Chartrand is an emerging choreographer who originates from Windsor, Ontario. Her training began in Windsor where she studied ballet; jazz and hip hop and developed a true fondness for contemporary and hip hop.  She has trained under many artists including Kathy King, Larry Keigwin, Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, Travis Wall and many others. Katie has travelled to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Michigan, Toronto and most recently Vancouver to take place in intensive training programs. She has choreographed for competition teams, Michigan Dance Project, Brighton Dance Festival, Get Up and Move!, Company One and Vancity Project. She is known for her innovative contemporary choreography but is also known to bring her own flavor to the Jazz Funk and Hip hop styles.

In 2014 Katie obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance from Wayne State University located in Detroit, Michigan. In her years of attending she became Assistant director and choreographer to “CompanyOne” one of three performing companies within the dance program for two consecutive years. There she received recognition for her choreography within the company by the faculty of the Maggie Allesee Dance Department.  It was at Wayne State that she realized the distinctiveness in her choreography as did her mentor and professor who called her work “beautifully complex”. Third year she created a petition in hopes to change a newly added requirement which would revoke her ability and right to choreograph for the senior showcase. Katie brought the petition to the board with solutions to resolve this issue where it was accepted, making her the only Bachelor of Science student in her year to choreograph for the showcase.

Katie’s creations are inspired by life events, the good, the bad, and the ugly. In one of her darkest moments she realized this wasn’t just choreography, it was therapy. Her pieces invite you to indulge and immerse yourself in the experience. As a choreographer and dancer Katie feels it is important to be able to honestly connect movement with emotion which is something that is carried out in her choreography process. The dancers are encouraged to overcome their emotional demons and use her movement as a release. Katie is a fighter, a warrior, a dreamer, and most importantly a believer that her dreams will come true, and her dream starts with you.

 

Magnus Futrell-Fruhling: Hip Hop, Breakdancing

314007_3765413691255_851748889_n

 

I eat, sleep, live, Bboying/Breakdancing. Dance is my true passion, and is my life. I’ve been doing street dance for about 7 years with the main focus being on Bboying. I’ve been taught by N.O.N (Now Or Never) Bboy crew, the #1 Bboy/Breakdance crew in Canada. I continue to train along side and do professional performances with N.O.N. I am also in a well known crew called Dirty Rotten Scoundrelz (D.R.S). I have been flown up to Whitehorse Yukon as special V.I.P guests. I also do professional performances as well as compete/perform internationally.

 

Sophie Grover: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical

 

 

m_nMarissa Heaven:  Windsor Dance Academy

Marissa has always loved to dance and  grew up dancing with the Seymour Dance family since she was 3 years old. She trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary and lyrical. Marissa began dancing salsa when she turned 19 and her passion was ignited. Since then Marissa has trained, performed and competed across Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.

 

 

 Stephanie Liatopoulos Broadway Bound, Stage

A graduate of the 2011 Capilano University Musical Theatre Program, Stephanie is thrilled to be teaching back in North Vancouver where it all began. A weekly entertainer at The Giggle Dam Dinner Theatre, Stephanie performs as a comedian and live singer/musician with an 8 piece band. She is also a performer for “Lost Souls of Gastown” with Forbidden Vancouver. When she isn’t on stage herself, Stephanie is a music director and vocal coach at Lindbjerg Academy. On top of all this, she is the founder and artistic director of DramaNatrix Productions, where the society received the 2015 CTC Award for “Best Production”. Stephanie herself has won the 2014 CTC award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mrs. Peacock in CLUE the musical and Deep Cove’s 2014 Best Actress Award for her role as Marge in SUDS: A 60’s Soap Opera. Her most memorable role yet won her the 2010 Ovation Award for Best Supporting Female as Saraghina in NINE. More info: www.liatopoulos.com www.dramanatrixproductions.com www.thegiggledam.com

 

Janelle Ordiales: Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz, Ballet, StretchJanelleFlowerHeadShot

After receiving a BFA with honors in dance from NWSA/UF, Janelle began her professional career as a company member for Freddick Bratcher and Co., apprentice with River North Chicago Dance and later a part of Central Florida Ballet.

In Central Florida, Janelle became an equity dancer at Walt Disney World with the show, “Celebrate the Season”. She toured national and international in three Feld Entertainment Shows; Disney Live! “High School Musical Summer Celebration” as ensemble/Gabriella and Disney Live! “Mickey’s Music Festival” as Princess Jasmine/Dance Captain, and Feld Motor Sports “Nuclear Cowboyz” as The Tempest lead dancer. Janelle has had the opportunity to dance for several artist such as Coolio, P. Diddy, Ashlee Simpson, Katherine McPhee, Miley Cyrus, Tracy Morgan, Laura Bell Bundy, Olga Tanon, Pitbull, and Enrique Iglesias.

Choreographing and teaching has always been a passion for her as well. She has worked closely with well-known choreographers/directors. Janelle was recently dancing in Las Vegas. She is blessed she has been able to pursue a career she loves and is excited to be a judge now for Star Dance Alliance. Janelle is currently guest teaching and judging in the states and Canada.  She hopes she can inspire dancers to follow their dreams as she did.

 

Lauren Overholt:  Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Stage,Ballet, Hip Hop

Born and raised in North Vancouver, BC, Canada, Lauren is a Seymour Dance Alumni and has been performing since the age of 2 in various styles of dance. She has performed all over Canada, Spain, and a 22 city touring show in China, with the Dragonfly Orchestra. Lauren has recently enhanced her dance career with a passion for TV & Film as well, starring in shows such as Supernatural and Bates Motel. Her dedication and love for the arts, keeps her constantly creating and learning. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Enfuse Entertainment, which provides a variety of events tailor-made performances, known for mixing and mashing up different dance styles. 

Heather Rusch, RAD Registered Teacher: Ballet

_MG_1512For more than 20 years, ballet has been Heather’s main focus in dance. To help her better understand dance and how it is applied to the body, Heather has sought to broaden her dance vocabulary with classes in folk ( Russian and Hungarian), ballroom, modern, jazz, yoga, tap, square and round dancing and Shaun Work 9 developed by Ted Shaun), a technique of modern and ballet developed in the 1930’s.

Heather has been successfully examined for levels of excellence in RAD ballet. Along with her local training with mentors such as Ellen Andrews, Josephine Slater, and Kelly Douglas and local performing experience, Heather has also danced oversees in Spain and Alaska, and has taken class in London at the Pineapple Studios. Heather looks forward to continuing to broaden her knowledge and understanding of dance to her students through both teaching and choreographing.

Belinda Sobie: Jazz Technique

belinda_000Belinda is known throughout Vancouver for her wonderful and innovative choreography. She has choreographed for television, cabaret acts and touring shows from Seattle to Spain. Belinda is also much sought after as an instructor and choreographer. Her positive attitude makes her classes an ideal learning environment.

Joel Sturrock: Guest Faculty

Attachment-1Joel Sturrock is an alumnus of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and the Canadian College of Performing Arts. After completing a choreography mentorship under Artistic Director Jacques Lemay, Joel has worked across North America and Europe as a performer, choreographer, dance consultant and movement coach for the stage and screen. As a dancer and actor he has worked on such projects as Rosie Odonnel’s Our Family Cruise, Tony Award Winner Johnny Tartaglia’s ‘Ad-Liberty’, Beauty & The Beast (Arts Club), CW’s Hellcats and MOVE Dance Company. Selected choreographic credits include ‘The Dancing Cop’ (Official Selection TIFF 2012), MTV’s Dancing with the Hosts, Hey Ocean!’s ‘Big Blue Wave’, and the Jessie Award winning ‘Bombitty of Errors’. He is co-creator and choreographer of the much anticipated web series ‘The True Heroines’, and it’s bi-monthly, companion live cabaret show “The True Heroines: A Comic Strip Cabaret’. Joel has also been a guest instructor and choreographer for numerous institutions and conventions across Canada including Move Dance Convention and C.D.T.A.

Nicole Vanderwall: Tap, Musical Theatre

DSC_0042

Nicole has been dancing since the age of three. She originally focused on ballet and later added jazz, lyrical, stage (musical theatre), tap, hip hop and modern. In 2007 Nicole achieved the mark of distinction on her intermediate RAD exam. She has attended both Dupree Dance Expo, in Seattle and Triple Threat Dance Convention, in Vancouver, on scholarship. Nicole has performed in the BC Country Music Awards in 2005, in the Vancouver Olympic Closing Ceremonies in 2010, and in Disneyland in both 2005 and 2011.

Nicole trained as part of the Scholarship Dance Vancouver 2012-13 company where she challenged herself to take her technique and artistry to the next level. Nicole continues to learn through experiences at the DanceLife Teacher Convention 2013, DanceLife Retreat: The Future edition (focusing on the 8 and under crowd) in November 2013, and getting certified by Acrobatic Arts. Nicole loves performing and tries to inspire that same passion in her students. She believes that dance should be a fun, positive environment to learn not only dance but important life skills about hard-work, personality, sportsmanship and self-confidence.

Ashara X: Stretch, Acro

All her life Ashara has been a very dedicated athlete. After 8 years of training and competing in figure Headshotskating, in Victoria and Vancouver and 3 years of international competitive cheerleading, Ashara discovered her love for circus. Inspired by a hand to hand duo on “America’s Got Talent” she made no hesitation in finding CircusWest, where she spent 3 years learning the basics of circus. After participating in pre-selection tours and the summer camp, Ashara decided to audition for École Nationale De Cirque in Montreal. She was accepted into the Mise a Niveau program and began learning the art of the aerial hoop. Now living in North Vancouver, she continues to train and perform with the goal of fulfilling her dreams of becoming a professional circus artist and hopefully move on to perform in a Cirque Du Soleil show one day soon!

Ken Yung: Hip Hop

Email0008Ken “Kennon” Yung is the director of Kill The Lights professional dance crew based in Vancouver, Canada. Having trained in Hip Hop extensively in LA, Vancouver and Hong Kong, he’s an experienced dancer and choreographer. For the last two years, he has toured around Western Canada and the US with his crew to perform and teach in workshops. Ken’s passion for dance is like no other and he loves to share it through his teaching. Please check out his work at : www.youtube.com/KennonLive

 

 

 

 

Emily Tellier: Guest Faculty

photo-7Emily was born in Ottawa, and raised in North Vancouver. At the age of 10, she quickly discovered her passion for dance under the direction of Sonia Ellis at Seymour Dance. Dance has always been a huge part of Emily’s life and upon graduating from high school she decided to pursue a professional career specifically in contemporary dance. She has trained with Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program as well as the prestigious Source Dance Company under the direction of Joanne Pesusich. Emily has also had the privilege of living in New York City to train with some of North America’s best at Broadway Dance Center including: Brice Mousset, Sheila Barker, Calen Kurka, and Chris Hale.
Emily has performed with the Source Dance Company’s “The Life of…” and “Reporting Live”, the Vancouver International Dance Festival, the Underground Circus for Pepsi, Loreal and Goldwell as a model and dancer in the show “Show Off”, and the Closing Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, to name a few. She was also a dancer in music videos for Ash Koley “Brighter at Night” and Ka.Lil “Sunday Morning”. Most recently, Emily was invited to perform at the Brooklyn Dance Festival in New York City with Kristin Sudeikis Dance Company and will be heading back to New York City, summer 2014, to perform in the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival with Ms Vee Productions. In addition to performing, Emily has had the privilege of assisting some of North America’s best choreographers including Stacey Tookey (NYC), Val “Ms Vee” Ho (NYC), Kristin Sudeikis (NYC), and Heather Laura Gray. She looks forward to the future and is excited to continue sharing her passion for dance with her students.