Artistic Director Cori Caulfield has engaged an exceptional team of professionals to support the development of all Caulfield School of Dance students.
Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary/Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acting, Tap
Cori “Caulfield has created some of the most memorable moments of contemporary dance in Canada,” (The Vancouver Sun) as a choreographer and performer, while developing a highly respected performing arts academy serving the community in which she grew up. Cori officially founded Caulfield School of Dance in Port Moody in 1988 after having taught performing arts in her parents’ basement from the age of twelve. Read More →
Tap, Jazz, Contemporary/Modern, Ballet, Acting, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Conditioning
“Tap sensation” (The Georgia Straight) Hailley Caulfield Postle, is the head of our Tap Department and teaches several disciplines at Caulfield School of Dance. Ms. Hailley is also accredited with Canfit Pro and has Fitness Instructor Specialist Certification, CPR/AED certification, Fitness Theory and Group Fitness certificates, and is trained in all formats of Barre Fitness™.
Hailley was a Principal Tap Dancer in the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Also in 2010, Hailley was invited to Brazil to be a performer, teacher and Judge at the XX Seminario Internacional De Danca De Brasilia. In 2011, she went to Germany to perform with Lamondance in the Tanz Art Festival at the Nordhausen Theatre. Hailley has also danced for Read More →
Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Musical Theatre/Stage, Primary Ballet, Conditioning
Lauren Taylor is the head of our Hip Hop and Acro departments. As hip hop continues to influence culture world-wide, even classical ballet, we benefit from her strong stewardship of this vital form of dance in our School. Miss Lauren is an accredited Acrobatics instructor, and is certified with Alixa Flexibility. Acrobatics is another skill area that is increasingly necessary to all forms of dance. Read More →
Dawn Braun Crawford R.A.D.R.T.S., B.Sc.
Ballet, Pointe, Progressing Ballet Technique®, and Conditioning
Ms. Dawn Braun Crawford, a teacher and choreographer for over 20 years, brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to the Ballet faculty of Caulfield School of Dance. Dawn had the privilege of being mentored in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus by the renown Delores Kirkwood. A registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance for over ten years, Dawn has prepared students to the most exemplary standard in both Graded and Vocational R.A.D. examinations. Dawn is also fully certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique®. For over 15 years, Dawn has been serving as a professor for the Trinity Western University Human Kinetics Department; been involved in the continued development of the T.W.U. dance program; and lectured for the Fine Arts Department.
Dawn employs her anatomical and biomechanical knowledge gleaned from her Science degree to provide sound physiological foundations to her teaching of Ballet, including Progressive Ballet Technique®. Knowledge, education, and artistry are key to her teaching approach. Dawn graduated with distinction from Trinity Western University with a Bachelor of Science (Biology Major and Psychology Minor). She then pursued postgraduate studies in Ballet, and Modern and Contemporary Dance through Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, and studied Science and Visual Arts at University of the Fraser Valley. It is her dance training and visual arts experience, paired with biology and psychology degree that creates a uniquely kinetic approach to her teaching.
Dawn continues to invest in her knowledge base to benefit her students’ development. In addition to her yearly Continued Professional Development (CPD) program courses through the R.A.D., she studies regularly with physiotherapists on sound anatomical teaching, exploring advanced stretching techniques, safe development of optimal turnout, and other key dance training elements. Most recently, Dawn studied the Italian method of Floor Barre in New York.
Besides performing, Dawn has had many roles in her professional career including those as a multi-media productions director, producer and choreographer. She has worked with aTp Productions and completed choreography and video contracts in Japan (Grape City Productions).
Dawn has been awarded numerous choreography awards for the pieces she has created for student dancers. Dawn’s passion for creativity and artistry extends to designing and sewing costumes for her pieces. She received the Best Costuming Award for “I’ve Got A Dream” (Synergy Finals 2017). Dawn has also had the role of studio manager and director, giving her many insights into the management side of dance studios. Dawn
Dawn takes great pride in investing in each of her students, mentoring many through their professional careers, guiding and supporting them as dance professionals, teachers and dance studio owners. She is dedicated to helping her students discover and fulfill their fullest potential through the joy of learning and discovery.
Ballet, Pointe, Progressing Ballet Technique®, and Conditioning
We are thrilled to announce that Caitlin Griffin will be teaching Ballet at Caulfield School of Dance in the 2019/20 year including in the Professional Training Division Half Day training option program. Caitlin is also fully certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique® and will be instructing in that revolutionary training method at CSD as well.
As a professional dancer, Caitlin has performed across Canada, and in China, Thailand, and Israel, working with companies including Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Joshua Beamish’s MOVE: the company, and Sony Pictures (“Center Stage: Turn it Up”). She was a featured professional performer in the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies together with Alberta Ballet and Ballet BC. Caitlin is also well known for her work in contemporary dance and is an active member of the Margie Gillis (Member of the Order of Canada, etc.) Legacy Project.
Caitlin choreographs ballet and contemporary dance for stage and screen, international competitions, events and galas. Acting as Ballet Choreographer for Team Canada West in 2014, Caitlin’s choreography won 4 gold medals at the international competition in Poland. She is currently an instructor at Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver where she teaches Ballet with a focus on using imagery to understand the physics behind the technique.
Caitlin is a sought-after ballet adjudicator and guest teacher for youth, focusing on healthy technique, balanced bodies and injury prevention. Caitlin is also the founder of #hdisfordancing, an initiative to raise awareness for the Huntington Disease Community in Canada through dance.
We are delighted to welcome Ms. Caitlin to the Caulfield School of dance faculty!
Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting
Triple threat performer Jocelyn Gauthier began began playing piano at the age of three, and acting, singing, and dancing shortly thereafter. At the age of nine, she was cast as Mary Lennox in a regional production of “The Secret Garden”, and she never looked back. Jocelyn’s passion for performing, music, and telling stories, combined with her talent and determination, has allowed her to quickly establish herself as a versatile artist, who can transition seamlessly between film, television, theatre, and voice-over. Read More →
Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Character, Chinese Dance
Former Principal Dancer, Ms. Isabel Yuan, was appointed as a Vocational Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance in 2005; and a Dual Examiner in 2011. Ms. Yuan’s teaching credentials include: the National Ballet Professional Dancer Teaching Certification (N.B.S. P.D.T.C.), Imperial Society Teachers of Dancing, Advanced Certification and Associate Certification (A.I.S.T.D.), Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certification (R.A.D. R.T.S.) and the Cecchetti Associate and Advanced Certificates. Read More →
Ballet, Pointe, Modern/Contemporary, Stage, Tap
Julia Zennstrom has been teaching at Caulfield School of Dance since 2009. Miss Julia leads our Preschool and Primary dance programs and also teaches Ballet and Modern/Contemporary at all levels. Julia is accredited in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus to the Advanced level. She graduated from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2003. In Toronto she performed in the works of Christopher House, Julia Sasso, Danny Grossman, Sharon Moore, and Michael Trent. After training for a year in Stockholm, Sweden, Read More →
Ballet, Pointe, pas de deux
Alyssa Parry is an accomplished teacher in many disciplines and has been a valued contributor to the Caulfield School of Dance Royal Academy of Dance program for several years. She holds the distinguished R.A.D. Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and has provided guidance and leadership in the Royal Academy of Dance ballet program for various dance schools in the lower mainland and abroad. She has choreographed award-winning pieces, provided coaching for international competitions, and led preparations for all levels of R.A.D. examinations in the Academy. Her formal training Read More →
Internationally acclaimed and recognized choreographer and entertainer from Australia, Tyler Ayres leads a team of expert instructors in aerial arts, acrobatics, hand balancing, tumbling and hand-to-hand. Companies that have benefited from Tyler Ayres Dance & Aerial performance and instruction include Cirque du Soleil, Australia Institute of Sport, Bloch and I.A.D.M.S.. Read More →
Stewart Iguidez – aka Stuey Tellar – is an extraordinarily eclectic freestyle dancer and choreographer. Stewart’s distinctive and creative choreographies are a true fusion of urban movement consisting of b-boying, popping, house, new jack swing, tutting, isolation, video dance, locking, and stylized hip-hop. His spontaneous nature and witty humour makes his classes fun and engaging. Above all else, Stewart lives and works with integrity, honesty, and kindness. http://www.caulfield.bc.ca/stewart-iguidez/ Read More →
Jazz/Lyrical, Contemporary, Conditioning
Danielle Gardner is an established dancer, award winning choreographer and mentor to youth around BC. Bringing her love of physical art to the forefront, she has dedicated her life to teaching young minds to unleash their creativity.
Danielle placed in the top 3 of girls in Season 3 of CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and credits this experience for propelling her dance career and shaping her into the entrepreneur she is today. Danielle has worked with top entertainment companies such as Matel, CTV, ABC, and Disney, in TV and film projects over the past decade. She has most recently been featured alongside Flash Dance‘s Jennifer Beals and “All Star” dancer Robert Roldan playing the character “Meaghan” on the hit show Motive. Past credits include Read More →
Lindsay Warnock B.P.A., Musical Theatre Diploma
Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting
Lindsay Warnock is a Jessie-Award nominated actor /singer /dancer /musician /educator based in Vancouver, BC. She is an alumnus of the Langley Fine Arts School and holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts with a Major in Musical Theatre from Capilano University. It was there that she received extensive training in acting, film, dance and voice. She is also a trained pianist and composer who has Music Directed and Composed for companies such as CircusWest, Studio58 and Arts Club Theatre. Lindsay also created her first hour-long composition for the contemporary ballet In Colour mere months after graduating from University.
Lindsay has been performing professionally onstage and onscreen as an actor/singer/dancer for companies across Canada such as Arts Club, Gateway Theatre, The Globe Theatre, and Theatre Under the Stars, for the past decade. Her most recent credits include Squirrelle in Elephant and Piggie’s; We are in Play (Carousel Theatre for Young People), Peggy Sue in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at the Globe Theatre in Regina, Music Director/Performer in Resilio with CircusWest, Lydia Bennett/Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudiceat Chemainus Theatre Fesitval, Asst. Music Director of Arts Club’s Peter and the Starcatcher, The Student in Arts Club’s Godspell, The Tinman in The Wizard of Oz at Gateway Theatre and Princess Fiona in Theatre Under the Stars’ Shrek the Musical. When she’s not teaching or onstage, you can see her this summer in her sixth year of Head MC of The World Famous Grouse Mountain Lumberjack Show where she has performed over 1200 shows. It was there that she was introduced to the world of Loggersports and now she can be seen on TV travelling across Canada and the world as the Host of TSN’s STIHL TIMBERSPORTS. She is so grateful and honoured to be a part of the Caulfield family and to have the opportunity to be a part of the development of its bright young artists.
Amber Funk Barton heads the Contemporary Dance component of both the Classical and Commercial streams of the Half Day training option. This gifted and giving teacher and choreographer is also well known as one of Vancouver’s most dynamic performers. She has worked with most of Vancouver’s most popular and respected contemporary dance companies, and she is also the artistic director of her own company, the response. Amber’s work has been presented in various venues in Vancouver, across Canada, and internationally at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales, and the NW New Works Festival in Seattle, WA. She is also a respected teacher who is as technically demanding as she is warm and encouraging. Read More →
Vivian Liu R.A.D.R.T.S.
Ballet, Character Dance
Vivian Liu started studying Ballet, Classical Chinese Dance, Chinese Folk Dance, and Contemporary Dance at the age of seven. Vivian earned her Certificate in Chinese Dance Teaching from the Beijing Dance Academy and her certification in Ballet Teaching Studies from the Royal Academy of Dance.
Vivian has over 20 years of professional dance experience. An award winning a performer, she is well recognized from televised performances in China. With over eight years of teaching experience, Vivian has pursued mentorship in ballet pedagogy from Caulfield School of Dance faculty including Cori Caulfield. She served as adjunct faculty of Caulfield School of Dance since 2016. She is taking on her own courses at CSD for the first time in the fall of 2019.
Vivian is an inspired and inspiring teacher who thrives by bringing her passion for ballet to younger generations. We are very exited to welcome Ms. Vivian to the Caulfield School of Dane Ballet Faculty!
Andrew was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved with his family at the age of six to Port Coquitlam, BC. He found his love for Musical Theatre doing productions with Royal City Musical Theatre such as Peter Pan, 42nd Street and A Chorus Line. He then started his formal dance training at Danzmode Productions, under the direction of Rachael Poirier. Spending many hours at the studio, training in a variety of dance disciplines, Andrew was able to compete in many local and international competitions. During his training, Andrew started his professional dance career working with Patrick Roberge Productions in shows such as Pop City, BC Marketers Awards, and Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Gala. After he finished his training at Danzmode, Andrew was accepted into the Source Dance Company where he spent 2 years training with local and international choreographers such as Stacey Tookey, Christian Woodard, Chris Durpre, and Kim Sato. The Source program fostered his passion for contemporary dance, and in 2013 Andrew was accepted in the Arts Umbrella Graduate program.
At Arts Umbrella, Andrew discovered a new understanding of ballet and contemporary dance. He is deeply grateful to Artistic Director Artemis Gordon and the artists she brought in to work with the program’s dancers including Crystal Pite, Gioconda Barbuto, Leslie Telford, James Kudelka, and others, for helping to transform Andrew into the dance professional he is today. In Andrews last year with Arts Umbrella he was given the opportunity to be a part of the “Craft of Embodiment” project, directed by Crystal Pite, and Kidd Pivott associate artist Eric Beauchesne, at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. With five other Arts Umbrella dancers, he was given the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Erica Sobal, David Harvey, Amber Funk Barton, Sarah Foster, and David Albert-Toth.
Since graduating from Arts Umbrella, Andrew has had the pleasure of working with Amber Funk Barton during her EDAM residency to create her piece “The Village” which was shown at the Dancing on the Edge Festival. He has also performed in Small Stages #34 and #35 in work by Heather Laura Grey, Caulfield School of Dance alumna Heather Dotto, and premiering his own choreography. Andrew is a proud member of TwoBigSteps dance collective, which recently performed ‘Ravel’ by David Harvey presented at ‘Left of PUSH’ with work by Plastic Orchid Factory. He has also just finished his first national tour with Wen Wei Dance Company performing at Montreal’s L’Agora de la danse and Quebec’s La Rotonde festivals. Andrew is currently a resident artist with Small Stage and will be performing in their fall and winter 2019 shows.
Hip Hop, Tap, Stage, Jazz/Lyrical, Ballet
Katherine Cahoon began assistant teaching at Caulfield School of Dance in 2012. She became a Teacher Trainee at Caulfield School of Dance in September of 2016 and in that year distinguished herself choreographing for group courses, including the Professional Training Division Musical Theatre group’s Christmas presentation, and several very successful competitive solo and duo pieces. Now in her second year as a Faculty member Read More →
Emily Nicholson was born in B.C. and began her ballet education with Avril Johns. She later trained at the National Ballet School and the Goh Ballet Academy before moving to Calgary in 2006 to dance with the Albert Ballet. She loved performing in Madame Butterfly, Othello, The Fiddle and the Drum, Alice in Wonderland, and Swan Lake. Some of her favourite roles with the Alberta Ballet also include Arabian in The Nutcracker, Demon in Love Lies Bleeding, Pas de deux #4 from Songs of a Wayfarer choreographed by Emily Molnar, Balanchine’s Serenade, and Prairie People in Jean Grand-Maître’s Balletlujah!. After ten years with the company, Emily retired and returned to B.C. to raise her family. Read More →
Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Stage, Jazz/Lyrical, Primary Ballet
Rebekah Gill graduated from the CSD Professional Training Division after training from age 2 at Caulfield School of Dance in Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Acro and Contemporary/Modern.
Rebekah was given exceptional placement to Team Canada’s 2015 Adult Tap Dance Team at the age of 14. She competed with Team Canada at the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany, and her team placed 7th in the World. Rebekah received individual sponsorship for Team Canada from Bloch®, one of the world’s largest dance wear manufacturers. Read More →
Andrea Isea began assistant teaching at Caulfield School of Dance in 2012 and has been a Teacher Trainee at Caulfield School of Dance since September of 2015. As both a student of dance and a student of dance pedagogy, Andrea has always distinguished herself with her dedication, perspicacity, and attention to detail. Andrea’s teaching draws on her love for the art and science of dance and her gift for working with children. She has a patient and clear instructing style that allows her students to understand her expectations while feeling supported to achieve them. Read More →
Tap, Primary Ballet
Jaelan Mills trained at Caulfield School of Dance in Ballet, Tap, Jazz/Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Modern/Contemporary Dance from age 4 until graduation from high school.
Jaelan is currently in her fourth and final year of her BFA at Simon Fraser University, where she is majoring in Dance. Over the last two years, she has been placed in the Advanced Contemporary Technique class. During her time training at SFU, Jaelan has had the opportunity to work with many contemporary dance artists and to perform the repertory of artists such as Vanessa Goodman, Josh Beamish, Judith Garay, and Chick Snipper.
Jaelan has been involved in many productions including amateur performances with Caulfield School of Dance, pre-professional performances with SFU Dance’s Repertory program, and professionally, in Coriograph Theatre’s “The Poets” at the 2017 Dancing on the Edge Festival.
Jaelan’s training including successfully completing all of her Royal Academy of Dance vocational examinations to Advanced I. In 2015, along with fellow CSD faculty member Rebekah Gill, Jaelan was selected to represent Canada at the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany, as a member of Team Canada’s Adult Tap Dance Team; their team placed 7thin the world.
Ms Jaelan is excited to be teaching and choreographing at Caulfield School of Dance and hopes to be the kind of positive and inspiring role model to her students that she had in her teachers growing up dancing at this School.
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Guest and Substitute Instructors
Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting
Dr. Gina Oh developed the voice program of Caulfield School of Dance to where it is today – recognized as one of the most successful in the province. We are honoured to have this gifted instructor mentoring our young singers.Jordan Fassina headshot
Dr. Oh completed her doctorate dissertation on breathing physiology and awareness for the singer at l’Université de Montréal where she also succeeded in her studies in French and was recognized with the Cedric Ferguson Award. She holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Read More →
Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, Jazz/Lyrical
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Crystal Wills’ patience, passion, and distinctive choreography have made her a cherished guest teacher and choreographer Caulfield School of Dance. Parallel to her teaching career, Crystal has toured with MOVETHECOMPANY and has received acclaim performing in works such as Josh Beamish’s Sold Doubt, Allemande, and Atonement, and Lara Barclay’s Caught Excerpt, in performances in B.C., Toronto, New York City, and Bangkok. Crystal has also toured with Lamondance in Germany and Brazil. Crystal has been commissioned to create work for MOVETHECOMPANY in recognition of her unique choreographic voice. Read More →
Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting
Makayla is a professional dancer, actor and educator. She grew up in Calgary where she trained as a competitive dancer at Drewitz Dance Productions. After receiving a scholarship to Harbour Dance Center, Makayla moved to Vancouver to join The Source Dance Company while enrolled in Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Program. Since graduating in 2014, she has had the pleasure of performing on both stage and screen, across Canada and throughout the world. Credits include Toronto Raptors Dance Pak (NBA Dancer), Crazy for You (Citadel/Theatre Calgary), Ross Petty Panto (The Elgin), Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot (The Arts Club), Grease, Footloose (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Evita (Vancouver Opera), James and the Giant Peach (CTYP) and a featured dancer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Jordan Fassina’s fervor for dance began in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, where his foundation in dance was set. Since, Jordan has invested in his knowledge of street dance from house, hip-hop, new jack swing, Afrobeat and other forms. While residing in Vancouver, Jordan pursued his development through training under Culturally Defined (Street Dance Company, directed by Kyle Vicente and Chris Wong); Illustrative Society (Professional dance and development, directed by Tristan Anderson and Joseph Tuliao); Progressive Freestyle/Street Dance with Natasha Gorrie and others; Ketch Di Vybz (Afro/Dancehall training company, directed by Mikhail “Venom” Morris and Judy Madarász); Higher Ground (Street dance/freestyle training company, directed by Natasha Gorrie and Bryce Koebel).
Jordan aims to provide a holistic teaching experience through developing body awareness, imparting knowledge, and refining execution, from technical basics through to complex choreography.
Ballet, Contemporary/Modern, Acting/Musical Theatre
Linda Arkelian has performed internationally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Theatre Ballet of Canada, Anna Wyman Dance Theatre and the Judith Marcuse Dance Company.
Linda has choreographed and collaborated in the creation of numerous contemporary dance projects. She teaches Ballet and Contemporary Dance at Scotiabank Dance Centre, as well as Advanced Ballet at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. She is also ballet instructor and repertoire coach at Lamondance Company. Read More →
David Secunda M.A. (Art Education)
Originally a visual artist specializing in fibre arts, David Secunda began experimenting in ritual style performance art at gallery openings and conferences such as the International Sculpture Symposium in 1978. Through the 1980s David Secunda performed physical theatre, puppetry, and performance art touring nationally and internationally with Imago and Theatre of Giants. David’s work was recognized with several Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants.
In 1989 he became a theatre arts teacher in Coquitlam directing 23 musicals and dozens of other plays at Terry Fox, Centennial, and, Riverside Secondary Schools. Favourite musicals directed include “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Hair”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Godspell”, “Westside Story” and “Copacabana”. After retiring from teaching he has appeared in several films and plays including “We Are Three Sisters” and “Marriage of Figaro” and “Escape from Happiness”. Favourite film credit include Brandon Norman’s “Cohesion”. Most recently he directed and dramaturged Joylyn Secunda’s solo show, “The Moaning Yoni”, which is touring Fringe festivals.
Lindsay Forbes, B.A.(Dance), B.C.R.P.A.
Lindsay Forbes trained in the Royal Academy of Dance ballet syllabus since the age of 3. She completed a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University with a Major in Dance and Psychology then moved to Toronto where she trained with the National Ballet School. She is also a certified Barre Above barre fitness instructor and B.C.R.P.A. certified fitness instructor. Lindsay has also trained extensively in yoga and pilates, and enjoys sharing her love of fitness with all ages.
Lindsay was a Teacher Trainee under the direction of Cori Caulfield from September 2016 to June 2017 and began instructing Adult Ballet at Caulfield School of Dance in Summer of 2017. She brings her extensive knowledge of ballet and best practices in physical development to both her ballet and conditioning teaching.
Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap
Morgan McQueen began taking dance classes from Deborah Cameron at the age of three at Cameron Academy of Classic Dance; she also trained at Dance Expressions under the direction Barry Colter and Tara Macdonald. Morgan’s love for ballet was always strong, even as she developed as a dancer excelling in several dance forms including, tap, jazz/lyrical, musical theatre, and hip hop. Morgan’s postsecondary training included training in Canada and the U.S. with Dawn Braun Crawford, Alyssa Parry, and others.
Morgan’s passion for teaching classical ballet as a career led her to pursue her Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance. She has been teaching for over 18 years and her talent as a dance educator has helped her students earn many scholarships, bursaries, and professional achievements. Morgan always aspires to influence her students as her teacher’s did her.
Voice, Musical Theatre
Barbara Towell graduated from the University of British Columbia’s with her Master’s of Music in Opera program. An accomplished singer in a variety of repertoire from opera to art song to jazz puts her on the leading edge of the ever-changing world of classical music. Operatic appearances include: Hansel in “Hansel and Gretel”, Cherubino in “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Flora in “La Traviata”, and Berta in “The Barber of Sevilla”. Barbara was also a member of the ensemble cast of “Sweeney Todd” with Vancouver Opera and performed in he chorus for “Die Fledermaus”.
In November 2014 Barbara was honoured to perform in the world premiere of Vancouver Opera’s “Stickboy” based on the novel by acclaimed poet Shane Koyczan. She was also a cast member of the world premiere of “The Lake / N-ha-a-itk” with Astrolabe Musik Theatre and Turning Point Ensemble, in collaboration with Westbank First Nation.
Also in demand for concert and oratorio Barbara has recently performed Handel’s Messiah with Vancouver Bach Choir and St.John’s Passion with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. Barbara recently completed a tour of BC, performing in the hilarious show “Opera for Everyone” with the Canadian operatic supergroup Quintessence. In the 2017-2018 season she performs in Vancouver Opera’s Russian White Nights Festival in the chorus for “Eugene Onegin”.
Ms. Barb has been instructing voice and musical theatre for several years t Caulfield School of Dance and elsewhere. Her calm and gentle yet exacting approach instills both confidence and skill in her students.
Voice, Musical Theatre, Acting
Melody Courage is a professional opera singer and voice instructor. Melody has taught students of all ages and levels preparing them for musical theatre auditions, festival competitions, and performances, for over ten years. Melody received her degree and diploma in Opera Performance from the Vancouver Academy of Music after studying music at the University of British Columbia. She also teaches piano.
- Lara Barclay – Contemporary
- Kayla Dunbar (Artistic Associate of Carousel Theatre for Young People) – Voice, Acting, Musical Theatre
- Heather Laura Gray – Contemporary
- Nicole Caron A.R.A.D. – Ballet and Yoga
- Dario Dinuzzi – Contemporary
- Steven Salinas – Hip Hop
- Sylvain Sinez – Ballet
- Josh Beamish – Contemporary
- Shauna Smith – Hip Hop
- Meredith Kalaman – Ballet
- Scott Augustine – Tap
- Molly McDermott – Contemporary Dance and Pilates
- Kristina Linden – Tap
- Lexi Vajda – Contemporary Dance
- Dario Dinnuzi – Contemporary Ballet
- Kelly Douglas R.A.D. R.T.S. R.A.D. Examiner – R.A.D. Master Classes
- Barb Towell – Voice
- Kyle Vicente – Hip Hop
- Hayden Fong – Contemporary Dance
- Sarah Corrigan – Hip Hop
- Danny Nielson – Tap
- Jennifer Varney – Barre Fitness Conditioning
- Sarah Brewer Clowes – Ballet
- Andrew Haydock – Contemporary Dance
- Krista Langtree – Conditioning
- Kazumi Evans – Acting and Musical Theatre
- Paula Giroday – Various Disciplines
- Bill Greenland – Acting
- Sarah Dixon – Acting
- Jordana Jackson – Musical Theatre, Voice, and Acting
- Ken Kajiwara – Ballroom and Swing
- Kara Nolte – Contemporary
- Loreli Skinner R.A.D. R.T.S. – R.A.D. Master Classes
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All photographs of students on this site are of current or past Caulfield School of Dance students; the photos are by Laura Zeke, Aldo Monteforte, Ken Kajiwara, and Edward Yu.