Aleisha started dancing at the age of four in Calgary, but moved to White Rock in 1986 and continued her training at 1321 Dance Company. When Spiral Dance opened its doors, Aleisha and her mum, Amanda, both joined and continued developing their dance training under Loretta’s artistic guidance. Aleisha gained many life-long friendships at Spiral Dance and is exceptionally grateful for the direction her life has taken because of her time there. She is currently the head choreographer at Moon Coin Productions, a production company which produces large-scale stage shows with dancers, musicians, and singers for performances across the world. Aleisha has performed in Canada, the USA, Mexico, Singapore, and Malaysia, performing for royalty, political leaders, dignitaries, and celebrities alike. She is also a founding member of The Hot Pants, an authentic ’60s-style GoGo group which has received fantastic reviews for its performances. She has also been featured in a Dove deodorant commercial for both print and TV advertising. Aleisha lives in Vancouver with her husband, Marlow, a professional bass player. Aleisha and Marlow have been fortunate enough to perform together all over the globe. Her time at Spiral Dance was the most formative time of her life, and she could not be more thankful for it!
Juilia received 15 years of formal training at Spiral Dance. After graduating from Spiral, Juilia’s professional career began as dancer/performer with Disney Cruise Line. She completed 2 contracts with the Walt Disney Company dancing around the world. On her second contract she was fortunate to be chosen as part of the re-opening cast of the newly re-imagined Disney Magic, DCL’s flag ship. During that time she was featured in media footage, print, commercials, TV shows and The Disney Channel for DIsney Cruise LIne world wide. Apart from working for her dream company she has performed and trained professionally in Vancouver. Training with Arts Umbrella, assisting choreographers at workshops, film and TV work, theatre and performance dance. Performing in the 2010 Paralympic Opening Ceremonies and multiple BC Lions half time shows, Dansarts and Collabarts Creations: Salagia, 7 gifts for Clara, and many more. She is currently a member of the Surrey Dance Team where she has performed everything with them from Pointe to hip hop. Spiral Dance became a second home for Juilia. She’s forever grateful for the training and experiences she had there, she says ” what I learned at Spiral I will take with me for the rest of my life, I learned how to be prepared for the entertainment industry which isn’t the easiest world. The teachers encouraged me to push myself to be a better dancer and inspired me to be a better person. It is so much more than a dance studio it’s a place where you want to be, where you can be yourself and gives you the outlet to achieve your dreams.”
A graduate from UBC Opera and the Banff/Citadel Theatre Professional Training Program, Tavares has been offered various performance opportunities, most notably Maria in West Side Story at the Citadel Theatre, Out of a Dream with Patrick Street Production, Anne in A Little Night Music with The Confidential Musical Theatre Project, and Mi in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s concert of Land of Smiles. She is active in the dance community with teaching and choreographing, most recently choreographing Die Fledermaus for Vancouver Opera. Tavares is currently a teaching artist with the Vancouver Opera, a member of Health Arts as an ArtsWay Ambassador, and a singer and choreographer with 1940′s revival group The Lady Larks. Upcoming engagements include the Broadway-Bound musical, Sousatzka.
“Spiral Dance Company truly formed who I am today. Without the guidance of the amazing teachers who grace those studios and the connections that were made with my fellow dancers, I would have missed out on a lot of very important life lessons. It is hard to put into words the kind of bond that is created when you spend 5 or 6 days of the week with the same people in an environment that is so encouraging and open. They see you at your most vulnerable, they celebrate in your successes, they make you laugh, they show you how to be dedicated, they help you up when you are down. I guess the bottom line is Spiral Dance is not just an excellent studio with excellent faculty who nurture excellent technicians and performers; it represents a haven where everyone has the freedom to be human an d real. I am privileged to say that, as a young adult, I had this amazing place to call both haven and home.”