As a youth, Loretta was a natural athlete (and spirit) who dreamed of dancing. She received her first movement training as a competitive gymnast. In her teens, she finally got the dance opportunity she had dreamed of: performing in an improvisational dance troupe in Montreal. This lasted some four years and would become the fundamental training for her career as a talented choreographer.
Soon after receiving her dance degree, with a minor in kinesiology, Loretta was contacted by a Vancouver-based choreographer with a new Modern dance production. Thus began a long independent modern dance career in Vancouver. Her performance and artistic home for four of those years was with a six-woman dance collective called “Rebound.” Now, some 30 years later, Loretta’s former students perform on the same stages that launched her own career – a very proud “Mama-bear” moment! Loretta’s second passion is teaching. After three decades in the classroom, she still loves sharing this beautiful art form.
While her own roots in modern/contemporary dance run deep, she also loves jazz, lyrical and stage in equal measure. A highlight of Loretta’s year is teaching creative movement to the 3-year-olds in her Pre-dance class. Loretta’s awards on the competitive front are too numerous to mention. While it’s an added bonus to have those honors on one’s resume, she still believes that “dance is a process… it’s not about winning. It’s a performance art form to be shared.” As Director of Spiral Dance for the past 20 years, she has felt a great responsibility in shaping, molding and sharing with so many youth. “I feel constantly humbled with what I learn from my students. Their curious minds and open hearts continue to challenge me to be better.”
Adam Menzies is a trampoline, gymnastics, and contemporary circus arts instructor and choreographer from Vancouver, British Columbia. He has been coaching for 15 years while continuing to perform in various shows around the world. Adam is a 3 time world medallist in the sport of trampoline gymnastics, winning a gold and silver medal at the 2003 World Championships. His performance credits include: Cirque du Soleil: ” Saltimbanco”, “Corteo”, “Quidam”, Cavalia, Royal Caribbean Cruise lines and a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show. His most recent work was as the Acrobatic Director for the Broadway Tour of Pippin.
Alisha is an emerging Vancouver-based artist. Born and raised in White Rock, she began studying RAD ballet with Cheryl Geddert of Mi-Cher Dance Academy. At age fifteen she was accepted into the GOH Ballet’s Pre-Professional Programme and went on to train intensively with them until graduating high school.
She has pursued dance through Simon Fraser University’s prestigious Contemporary Dance Program, currently working on finishing her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Dance Major and Education Minor. Through SFU she has been able to work with world-renowned artists and choreographers, including Judith Garay, Edmond Kilpatrick, Wen Wei Wang, Justine Chambers, as well as others. Alisha was a part of Surrey Celebration Dance Team (SCDT), Lamondance, and is currently training with Desiree Dunbar through Catalyst. Alisha is passionate about dance and about sharing her knowledge through teaching.
Christa is proud to be a part of the Spiral Dance Co. faculty for over 10 years now. Working with children in the field of dance is her true passion. She specializes in the ages 3-5 yrs and has just recently received her early Childhood Education Diploma. Coupled with the numerous courses in the field of dance education she incorporates the importance of music and dance for brain development, and for enhancing conceptual and cognitive learning she includes guided creative movement improvisation. Christa’s has a special gift with young dancers and is excited to share her knowledge with her students.
Dana has travelled the world as a dancer, teacher and Ambassador for Canada. She has a vast background in Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Street Jazz/Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Some of her credits include, So You Think You Can Dance Canada Finalist Season 1 & 2, The Tina Turner “Journey” Musical, “Center Stage 2”, Sony Screen Gems “Impulse”, CMT Music Video with Sara Lynn, NBA Vancouver Grizzlies Dance Team, Gemini Awards, 2010 Olympic Bid Celebration.
Recently Dana performed in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Opening Ceremonies as part of the Professional Ballet ensemble dancing with Sarah McLachlan. She lives to share her love for dance with others and hopes to inspire all people to live their dreams.
Danielle trained vigorously as a child at world renowned institutes such as The National Ballet School of Canada, and Arts Umbrella’s Pre-Professional Program. Showing promise she continued her training as a young adult with Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program and The Source Dance Company. During this time Danielle was fortunate enough to perform in music videos for Michael Buble, Nelly Furtado, Suzy McNeil and many more. Danielle also made appearances on television shows, such as Aliens In America, Split Decision, and films such as Center Stage 2. In 2009 Danielle traveled the world as a performing artist for Princess Cruise Lines. Upon her return from life at sea Danielle completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training under the guidance of Dan Clement at Vancouver School of Body Work and Massage. Since then Danielle has focused on teaching and choreography. In 2012 she launched her contemporary dance company EXULT DANCE. The company performed the original 20 min piece “Relate” and showcased it’s accompanying documentary to a closed audience that May. Since then the company has been on hiatus, while Danielle complete’s her degrees. Danielle publishd her first written narrative “Keep Sleeping” in the spring of 2013 in SFU’s The Writer’s Studio anthology Emerge, and continues to explore the connections between language, movement and learning.
Danielle has found her true calling in instruction and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s of Education.
Jordan has been training and performing since the age of three. At a young age he learned that as an instructor, he could inspire others about dance. He trained all over North America, as well as with the prestigious Royal Winnipeg Ballet. With a vast background in a variety of genres including Tap and Ballroom, he aspires to push the boundaries of dance as a choreographer, fusing together his acquired vocabulary to create something refreshingly unfamiliar.
At fifteen Jordan booked his first professional job and knew this was the life for him. Fresh out of high school, he kicked off his career as a dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. After a few years at sea, Jordan traded in his sea legs and began dancing whenever possible. He’s had the opportunity to perform across Canada, the US, and overseas to China. Jordan’s passion for dance expands beyond performance. In the past few years he has established himself as a choreographer and is known for his ‘innovative’ and ‘unique’ creations. He also discovered a deep interest in musical theatre and since then has gone on to choreograph the musical productions of CATS, Oliver, Grease, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, All Shook Up, and more.
One of Jordan’s most exciting professional jobs to date was working with VANOC helping create, bring to life, and perform as Quatchi – the 2010 Olympic mascot. He also performed in and took on the role as Performance Director for the 2010 Paralympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies in Vancouver BC. Another highlight involved flying high above thousands as a Zip-lining Performer in “Ignite The Dream” over Robson Square during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
In 2008 he became a BCRPA certified fitness instructor and took the fitness world by storm with his dance-based cardio classes; Dance Fit Cardio. Most recently Jordan became a member and new owner of Taptastic Productions, a Vancouver based Production Company that specializes in tap-dancing entertainment, creating high-energy shows for all ages. Above all else, he is happy to share his love and passion for the art of dance with whoever will listen.
Juilia began dancing at the age of 3. She has trained in a variety of disciplines at Spiral Dance over 15 years. She has also trained at The Arts Umbrella in their summer dance Intensive, as well as yearly summer ballet intensives/workshops around the lower mainland. Professional experience includes: theatrical shows, community events and showcases, BC Lions halftime shows, dancing in the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Opening Ceremonies, Salagia: 7 Gifts for Clara by Collabarts Creations and Dansarts Productions, numerous films such as Girl In Progress (Film), Pointex and multiple performances with the Surrey Celebration Dance Team. Juilia was also hired by Disney Cruise Line as a dancer, Fulfilling two contracts. In her most recent contract she was part of the re-opening cast for Disney Cruise Lines flag ship the Disney Magic (Re-Imagined). Juilia is featured in promotional footage, advertisements, commercials as well as TV shows for the Re-Imagined Disney Magic and Disney Cruise Line. Along with performing, she loves to share her passion for dance through teaching children. She teaches dancers throughout the lower mainland and is a certified dance instructor for Surrey Parks and Rec as well as a member of the Surrey Celebration Dance Team. Dancing, learning and loving her craft is Julia’s passion.
Marissa Wong, grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia studying dance under Jocelyn Wozencroft and Sarah Brewer-Clowes. Upon early graduation, she left Canada to receive further training at Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Ballet Austin. While in San Francisco, she explored improvisational techniques through the guidance of Christian Burns and Kara Davis, and had the opportunity to perform works by Iratxe Ansa, Uri Sands, Sandrine Cassini, and Gregory Dawson. She has choreographed and premiered works in Ottawa, San Francisco, and at Montreal’s FRINGE festival, and has attended choreographic residencies around North America. Most recently she became co-director of TWObigsteps collective where she continues to create work.
With a strong foundation in Ballet, Contemporary and Improvisational movement, as well as a background in Gaga and Gyrontonic, Marissa’s teaching delves into a connection of both the body and mind. She explores the kinetics and barriers that can be broken within movement, as well as relationships to oneself and the space around it. Through constant observation and expanding, Marissa hopes to share the passion and curiosity that can be found through dance, both in and out of the studio.
From very young, Sabra showed a unique passion for performing and, at the age of three, began ballet lessons. She spent the entirety of her elementary school years at the Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts, later transferring to the Langley fine Arts School where she studied dance, choreography, musical theatre, and drama and was a member of the Esprit de Corps Dance Company for four years. As the 2012 Valedictorian of the LFAS Dance Department, Sabra’s background in anatomy and dance history has helped her to develop a broad academic understanding of dance to compliment her training. Although she found her niche in contemporary and tap, Sabra has trained extensively in a variety of forms of dance with Spiral Dance Co. of White Rock.
She has had the opportunity to train and perform across North America in Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and Miami. Recently, Sabra has worked with and performed on various stages with companies such as Anu Productions, Patrick Roberge Productions, and The Lovers Cabaret. In the fall of 2014, she was offered a professional position with Lux. Dance Company and tries to take every opportunity that she can to share her love for performing in both contemporary and street styles. Sabra recognizes the value of a supportive and well-rounded dance education, and began assisting and substitute teaching classes during her time training at Spiral Dance Company. She has continued on to teach a variety of dance forms at studios across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley and enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.
Stewart moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver, BC at the age of five when he began dancing as a b-boy. As a raw talent and natural entertainer, his drive and potential caught the eye of other members’ OTI “Over The Influence”attention. Inspiration from OTI has allowed him to branch out to other forms of dance-house, locking, popping, and stylized hip-hop. Today, he is one of Vancouver’s most respected choreographers and freestyle dancers. His spontaneous nature and witty humour and focus for detail makes him an incredible teacher. Above all else, it is his genuine character that makes Stewart one of a kind. Individual credits include ‘The Dogg Pound’, ‘Grandmaster Flash’ and ‘The Roots’.
Sydney has trained extensively and passionately in Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Ballet, Pointe, Stage, Modern, Tap and Contemporary. She began teaching at the age of 17 at both competitive and recreational levels. Some of her performance experience includes dancing with the Vancouver dance company “The Source” performing in shows all over Vancouver including “West Side Stories” and “Zig or Zag”. She was also a member of Brock Jellison’s Ruckus Dance Company and performed in their sold out rock and dance show “77 minutes”. Sydney took a break from performing in order to obtain her Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Physiology while continuing to teach at multiple studios. Now armed with a better understanding of movement and the human body, she feels she can bring her new knowledge from the anatomy and kinesiology courses to the studio to better instruct her students. While Sydney loves to dance and perform herself, she also loves to teach others. She gets no better feeling than when seeing her students’ technique as well as passion for dance flourish. She is excited for the new season and hopes she can fuel the love of dance in all her classes.
Dancer, Model, and Singer. Charlotte has always had a passion for the stage and performance Arts. Charlotte was exposed to many styles of dance at her home studio in White Rock, B. C. “Spiral Dance Co.”. Immersed in Harbour Dance Centre’s Pre-Professional Intensive Training Program, Charlotte continues to explore the endless opportunities to grow in her Artistic journey in acting, voice, and all genres of dance related studies. Choreography is innate to Charlotte and she is excited to share her fierce style. For the next year, Charlotte will be attending KTL dance company, to further her interest in commercial dance and looks forward to seeing where this next year will take her as a performer.
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.
Nikkie Ripka is excited and proud to be joining the fantastic team at Spiral Dance. Nikkie brings with her over 25 years of teaching experience in various dance disciplines including, but not limited to, Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre. As a former Director of a Fine Arts Preschool, Nikkie loves to incorporate her passion for Childhood Education and Development into her teaching style. With a constant drive to share creativity and contagiously positive demeanour, Nikkie is an energetic and passionate teacher for dance students of all ages.
Sarah has been a teacher for the past 26 years, regularly here in B.C., as well as guest teaching in Europe, America and across Canada. She held the position of Assistant Ballet Mistress to the Professional Program in Banff for three summers, a sessional faculty position at Simon Fraser University for four years, as well as a senior faculty position at Main Dance Place for a decade. She holds a senior faculty position at Spotlight Dance Centre and Tri-City Dance Centre as well as having been the Senior Ballet teacher with Spiral Dance Co. for the past 17 years. Sarah has also been choreographing professionally for over 15 years.
In the past two decades, Sarah has had the pleasure of adjudicating dance festivals throughout Canada, including two consecutive Provincial competitions, in Victoria and Nelson, B.C.
Sarah Brewer Clowes has danced professionally with the Munich Ballet in Germany, Northwest Florida Ballet in the U.S. as well as with the Banff Festival Ballet and The Vancouver Opera here in Canada. She has maintained an independent performing career for the past 18 years and has had the pleasure of working with such esteemed choreographers as Gioconda Barbuto, Crystal Pite, David Earle, Naomi Lefebvre, Wen Wei Wang and Cori Caulfield, to name a few. Sarah also recently co-produced, choreographed and performed in the Funky Brewster Cauling PULSE presentation at the Dance Centre to sold out audiences. Sarah loves the passionate expression that sharing dance as a teacher, choreographer and performer can offer.
Born and raised in the Greater Vancouver Area, Sarah received her post-graduate training in San Francisco at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. During her time there, Sarah took part in the creation of eight new works and worked closely with artists such as: Alonzo King, Shannon Gillen, Sidra Bell, David Harvey, Maurya Kerr, Sandrine Cassini, Uri Sands and Gregory Dawson, all of whom have been very influential on her as an artist. In 2015, Sarah performed the Nutcracker with the Alameda Civic Ballet Company starting as a corps de ballet member and was then later promoted to a soloist. Sarah apprenticed with Amber-Funk Barton’s the response. during the fall of 2016. During that time; she also joined Marissa Wongs’s TWObigsteps Collective and has continued to dance with them this season. Sarah has performed with Heather Dotto in Small Stage 35: Romeo and Juliet, Jennifer Mcleish-Lewis with OFF VIDF in “The Field” and most recently has work with Heather Laura Gray in her new work for Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Festival.
Taylor Dolan was raised in Vancouver. Her passion for dance began at age 3. Her professional career began at age 12 with Disney. While in LA, Taylor worked for Nickelodeon and The Family Channel after which she went on to dancing for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. After a decade of intensive training between Surrey Dance Centre and Spiral Dance Co. Taylor joined the pre professional ballet-contemporary training company Lamondance and onto various stages such as The Stanley, Scotiabank Dance Centre and East Vancouver’s Cultch Theatre. Taylor also developed her passion for choreography and was asked perform and display her work at the Vancouver Global Dance Project. Taylor has toured all over Canada and the U.S. as festival adjudicator and masterclass instructor for The Pulse, DanceJam, Outbreak, and Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. In2012 Taylor moved to London, UK to further her career in dance. Work in London and Amsterdam followed, and Taylor even worked closely training some of London’s West End Theatre performers to prepare them for the stage. Taylor is humbled that her passion is her career.
Zac’s passion for music and dance sparked at age 3. He soon discovered Hip Hop & Gymnastics, turning competitive at age 6.
His training includes Hip Hop, Break-dance, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Adagio, & Stage. He also trains in partnering, Modern, Ballet, Capoeira & Parkour. A highlight in one of the many performing opportunities includes Closing Ceremonies for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Zac is a member of “FRESHH”, the Canadian National Hip Hop Champions, who represent Canada at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas. Freshh was also representing on “Canada’s Got Talent”.