Studio Directors

Nicole Chapleo – Director

Nicole Chapleo - Director Dance In MotionNicole began training as a child and has since studied, performed, competed and adjudicated across Canada and the United States. She has developed her dance skills in the areas of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical and Musical Theatre.

For over twenty years, Nicole has been teaching and choreographing at many dance studios throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland where her students have achieved many high score awards at competitions including the Chilliwack District Arts Festival, Surrey Festival of the Arts, Coquitlam District Arts Festival, Dance Power, Footloose, Canadian Nationals and Peak Invitational. Nicole also instructed and choreographed a Jazz solo for the 2002 Provincial Champion.

Nicole has become a valued judge for various events, including The Optimist Society’s 3rd Annual Talent Show , HSBC Cheerleading Championships and the dance category of the Delta Arts Society Festival. Nicole has also traveled across Canada to be an adjudicator for ‘Footloose’ competitions and the Canadian National Championships.

Nicole has also used her talents in the television industry, choreographing for Fisher-Price and Mattel, and has worked on the sets of Coors Light, Friches and Scooby-Doo 2, among others.

Nicole has a genuine love for both the craft of dance and children. She believes in a positive learning atmosphere where students can excel in what they love to do and looks forward to another fantastic year at Dance in Motion.

 

Amy Mihal – Director

Amy MihalAmy has been training in the art of dance since the age of 5. She attended the Langley Fine Arts School where she was one of the original members of the Esprit de Corps Dance Company and traveled to Miami, Florida to represent Canada in the 3rd National High School Dance Festival. She has trained with numerous instructors across Canada and the U.S. in jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, modern and tap. She has danced in such diverse projects from the “Loser Magnet” Noise Therapy music video to The Nutcracker with the Royal City Youth Ballet Company. Amy can also be seen as an extra in various movies, including Scooby-Doo 2.

Amy began choreographing at the age of 13 and won numerous awards for her choreography at festivals. She has also choreographed for television, including for the Barbie “Sing With Me” Karaoke Machine commercial. Amy has been teaching students young and old for the past 14 years at various studios throughout the Lower Mainland from Chilliwack to Vancouver and also in both the public & private school system.

Amy expanded her love for dance by taking numerous courses in human anatomy, injury prevention, choreography and pedagogy and also became a certified Pilates instructor. Amy has had extensive training on working with children (young & old) and loves to share her passion for dance with them! She believes there is nothing more gratifying then sharing the joy of dance with others and feels so blessed to be doing something she loves! Amy is extremely excited to continue as a both a director and an instructor with Dance in Motion and she is looking forward to another fabulous year!