Danielle, Born and raised in Abbotsford and Vancouver’s Dance community. She is a graduate from Yale Secondary and has been an instructor for Dance in Motion for the past several years. Danielle’s training began at a young age in Abbotsford, B.C with ballet, modern and jazz. She then moved to train with Dance in Motion where she gained knowledge in every style of dance; Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern, Acro, Musical theatre & Salsa. She has completed grade 1-8 of the R.A.D ballet exams with distinction. Danielle is also experienced with years of cheerleading. She continues to intensify her training in Vancouver, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Combining her technical training, versatility and unique style, Danielle has gone on to dance professionally. Her credits include, Principal Dancer in Big Time Rushes’ Music Video, ‘Music sounds better with you,’ Gina Starbucks Music Video, ‘Meets the I’ and Emily Harder’s Music Video, ‘The party is over.’ Danielle has attended various auditions, master classes and conventions; all being taught by well-known choreographers throughout Canada and the United States. She has won many scholarships / awards and has trained with Famous Choreographers and adjudicators. Those credits include, So you think you can dance Canada Finals in Toronto, The Hollywood Summer tour, Monsters dance Convention, Triple threat dance convention, The pulse dance convention, Harbour dance centre, Debbie Reynolds, Coastal dance rage/Fashion show, Co Dance Convention, Millennium dance complex and Elevate dance crew. Danielle has recently started up her own crew, ‘Money Made me do it’ where they perform as often as they can for their community. Danielle also took place in the movie, ‘The five people you meet in heaven.’ She also has several years of training under modeling and acting. Each chance she has had to perform and learn with amazing choreographers and dancers, her love and appreciation for this art form intensifies. Danielle is grateful for all the amazing experiences she has had thus far and all the incredible artists she has worked with along the way and hopes to teach and train her students to be able to get these experiences. She is excited to continue growing as a professional dancer and creator and hopes this inspires her students to do the same.
Jordan is an accomplished performer, choreographer, teacher and fitness instructor. As a youngster, Jordan was registered in a kinder-dance class at Dance in Motion with the hope that the exercise would provide a positive outlet for his abounding energy. It quickly became apparent that Jordan had a natural talent and passion for dance and performance and, by the age of three, he was enrolled in ballet, tap and jazz. He later added musical theatre, contemporary and hip hop to his repertoire. Jordan immersed himself fully in the dance training, taking advantage of every opportunity presented to him. He competed in many festivals, competitions, and attended numerous workshops and conventions. He trained for two summers at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Jordan was the BC Provincial champion in Tap and Stage at the Junior, Intermediate and Senior level. At the age of 13, he began teaching his choreography to students in the basement of his home. Since then, he has won many awards for his interesting and innovative choreography. After graduation, Jordan was hired by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and, for the next couple of years, he travelled the world while performing in their Revue casts. After two years of the living at sea, Jordan decided it was time to return home to the Fraser Valley. Since then, Jordan has traveled throughout Canada and the USA, working as a dancer. He has been lucky to have trained with great teachers in L.A., New York and here in Canada. Recently, he worked with VANOC on the 2010 Olympic Mascot Launch and on the One Year Countdown to 2010 celebrations which aired on CTV. Along with other BC dancers and recording artists, Ali Milner and the country music trio, The Higgins, Jordan traveled throughout China as part of a friendship tour sponsored by the BC Government and Tourism BC. He has choreographed for productions of A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Oliver and Alice Through the Looking Glass. Among thousands of other Canadian dancers, Jordan successfully auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance Canada and made it to the top 100 finalists. He currently teaches and choreographs for a number of studios in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley and continues to perform whenever an opportunity presents itself. In 2008 Jordan became a BCRPA certified Fitness Instructor. With his dance and choreography background he developed DanceFit Cardio, a series of very successful dance cardio routines. The program has been a great success and he looks forward to what the future holds both on and off the stage.
Ballet runs in Madeline’s family. Her mother, Terry McGowan, is a long standing fixture in the Canadian Ballet scene, so it’s no surprise that by the age of 2, Madeline was enrolled in her first ballet class. At age nine, Madeline was accepted into the Edmonton School of Ballet’s Professional Ballet Program. Here, she was trained intensely in the Royal Academy of Dance and Cecchetti syllabus. Madeline performed in ballets such as Coppelia, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and many others and under the guidance of ballet masters Veronica Tennant, Evelyn Hart, David Adams and Rex Harrington. Interested in developing into a multi-faceted dancer, Madeline expanded her repertoire at Edmonton’s premier Dance studio, Shelley’s Dance Company. Here, she trained and competed in jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, highland and Irish dance. Upon graduation, Madeline moved to Vancouver BC where she pursued her career in the Vancouver Film Industry as a Makeup Artist where she worked in film, television and magazine print for ten years. Madeline has choreographed and taught throughout Alberta and BC, choreographing many ballet pieces for competition and performance pieces. Madeline loves to share her enthusiasm and passion for dance with her students and is so excited to be part of Dance in Motion.
By age five Sarah had torn up the living room carpet and destroyed the sofa twirling to her father’s Beach Boys albums. Nothing seemed a cure for her endless energy and by six her parents forced her into dance and gymnastics lessons as a last ditch effort to maintain the integrity of the remaining furniture. She grew up a competitive athlete, dancer and gymnast and was eventually awarded ‘1999 Athlete of the year’ in British Columbia being recruited by American scouters and offered athletic scholarships to several post-secondary institutions. After graduation she opted to stay local and studied theatre and contemporary dance at Simon Fraser University while starting a performance-based career.
Sarah’s diverse athletic training transitioned into a natural roll as a stunt double in the local Vancouver film and television industry where she secured most of her performance work during college. During this time she also booked various gigs in other performance mediums. A taste of her favorite credits includes: Mac Cosmetics (print), Josie and the Pussycats (stunt for film), Joico Hair (runway), Aldo (print), The X-Files (stunt for television), Off the Wall (print), The Underground X Circus (circus arts/London England), and Corfu Cruise Lines (dance/Greece).
Her performing lifestyle came to a natural end when she decided to pursue academic interests with full intensity. She completed a diploma in Sports Science from Douglas College and later graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2006. Sarah began coaching dance/gymnastics while working in a physiotherapy clinic designing active rehabilitation programs for patients with acute and chronic injuries. She continued to study and later became involved in movement research and is now a member of the Canadian Dance Researchers Association. Sarah is proudly one of only a few Canadian women to have ever obtained a Master’s Degree in Coaching Sciences. After completing graduate studies at the University of Victoria in 2008 Sarah began lecturing at the local community college. She went on to publish articles on injury prevention for dancers, dance skill acquisition and principles of pedagogy in several journals and magazines. Her work has been featured in the popular American magazine ‘Dance Studio Life’ and the local online magazine ‘Industry Dance Magazine’.
In more recent years Sarah has collaborated with some of the most elite researchers in the world, including Howie Wenger, former physiologist for Wayne Gretsky. She has published a curriculum for the new developing dance teacher; this syllabus is now used in many countries worldwide. In 2012 Sarah wished to take her education further and returned to Simon Fraser University to complete teacher training in fine and performing arts. Sarah is a registered Dance and Physical Education teacher in British Columbia and actively leads dance workshops in the local school system. Wishing to take her research to the highest level possible Sarah is now working towards a Doctorate Degree in Arts Leadership Education.
Sarah’s choreography is well known throughout the artistic community. Over the last fifteen years she has received annual choreography awards at local competitions including Peak Invitational, Dance Power and Shine Dance Festival. Sarah has been awarded “Choreographer of the Week” on several occasions. At American dance competitions her students have achieved top honors. Her choreography has been showcased at corporate events internationally. Sarah was elected by Gymnastics BC representatives to choreograph the opening ceremonies for the National Gymnastics Championships held at the University of British Columbia.
In her teaching practice Sarah maintains a high standard of safety by emphasizing solid technique and refined skill progressions. In addition to a Canadian Dance Teachers Association teaching certificate in Acrobatics and a certificate in Trampoline and Tumbling, Sarah is fully Level Three certified in Artistic Gymnastics through the National Coaching Certification Program. Sarah is also certified through the Acrobatics Arts professional curriculum for acrobatics education. Studying with experts at the National Sports Institute, she is also professionally trained and rigorously tested in the spotting of Olympic level gymnastics and acrobatic stunts as required to obtain her formal credentials.
In her personal life these days Sarah is a rock-climbing enthusiast with a great sense of adventure, each summer she can be found volunteering for global charity projects in remote places. She has volunteered in over fifty countries and believes these cross-cultural experiences have cultivated her passion for community and acceptance within her classroom and the dance studio.
Ferdinand (Ferd) Tocol
Ferdinand Tocol is a Vancouver based dancer who has been dancing for over 20 years in jazz, ballet, musical theatre and hip hop. He has trained with the best choreographers in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Ferd has appeared in many television and film productions including: Hellcats, MTV’s “2gether” series, Scooby Doo Too, Good Bye Girl, Dr. Dolittle 3, and Reefer Madness. He has also appeared in various commercials such as Panago Pizza, Subway, Stargate Atlantis, Rogers/AT & T, Kokanee, Post Golden Crisps, and Got Milk? Ferd has performed for The Vancouver Grizzlies, 98 Degrees in concert, Westbeach and Quiksilver fashion shows, Polaris, Coca-Cola Celebration Parade, The Fair at the PNE, Roots, Urban Storm stage shows, Fusion Dance and Aids Walk Canada. He has also performed around the world for major companies like Amway Japan in Hawaii, Too Much Fun is Not Enough family entertainment, Creo Computer Company, and EA Sports. Ferd travels with Groove Street Productions to Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary and teaches regular classes, workshops, and summer camps all over B.C. and Alberta.
Mary M. Boonstra
Mary has been teaching dance at Dance In Motion for 20+ years! She currently teaches adult street jazz, contemporary, lyrical and stage classes for adults with dance experience.
Mary choreographed and taught dance to the cast members of six Yale Secondary School’s musicals: Grease, Oliver, Wizard of Oz, Showboat, Carousel and Peter Pan. Mary has also choreographed for Abbotsford Senior Secondary production of ‘Hamlet Cha Cha Cha’ and also created dance numbers for Langley Players in their shows: “The Good Game” and “Waiting for the Parade”.
Mary is involved with numerous community associations where she continues to promote dance, wellness, and a sense of community. Mary was the director for the Abbotsford Heat ‘Fever Energy Team’. She was also the Project G coordinator producing community flash-mobs to bring awareness to, and raise funds for, local charities. In addition, Mary is the driving force behind Groove Force Productions. GFP produces shows and events to promote talent including dance, singing, acting, acro and musical artists! For the past (10) years, Mary has choreographed the ‘Business In Black’ dance routines for the annual chamber of Commerce “Business Excellence” awards banquet and is currently a member of the the committee for Business Excellence for the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce.
In 2010, 2013 and 2015 Mary was awarded ‘Arty Awards’ by the Abbotsford Arts Council to honour excellence for her work in dance and theatre.
Mary is currently the Director of Ceremonies for the BC Summer Games taking place in Abbotsford in July 2016!
Sue began her gymnastics career at the age of 6 and never looked back. She competed for 10 years at the Provincial and National levels for the Port Coquitlam Ethics, Omega and Aviva. After a successful gymnastics career, Sue then pursued Diving where she became both the BC Summer Diving Champion and BC High School Diving Champion in her first year of competition. Sue became involved with coaching gymnastics during her high school years, where she taught some recreational classes at the gym where she trained. After high school, Sue pursued coaching as her full time career, where she became the Preschool Director at Aviva Sports School. During her time there, she was also trained to be a competitive coach and started working with the younger pre-competitive athletes and at Wings Gymnastics as a competitive team coach. Since then, Sue has worked at many gymnastics clubs in the Lower Mainland and used her skills to develop programs for Parent and Tot through Interclub, coach competitive athletes of all levels, and specialized as the tumbling coach for Flip City on Saturday mornings. Sue is presently the Recreational Program Director at Twisters Gymnastics in Abbotsford. Sue has her Level 2 National Coaching Certification, Level 1 trampoline, as well as her Preschool Coaching certification. Sue is also a Group Fitness Instructor and has taught for Cardio Core Boot Camp in Langley. Sue loves to teach all levels of gymnastics, and enjoys watching her students progress in their skill development, confidence and discipline. Her enthusiasm and creativity are easy to see. Sue believes that physically preparing athletes and teaching them the correct technique as they work their way through logical progressions is a key to their success. Sue looks forward to teaching tumbling classes here at Dance in Motion and looks forward to teaching students new tricks that can be incorporated into their dance repertoire.
Kara began dancing at the young age of 3 years old in her hometown of Chilliwack. First being introduced to jazz and ballet, it wasn’t until the age of 7 that Kara started her first year of tap, where she immediately fell in love. For the next 12 years, Kara passionately competed and performed under the prestige instruction of Bonnie Jean Anderson. In 2005 Kara became apart of the Canadian National Tap team and began training in order to compete in the World Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany. While abroad, her team competed against various countries from all over the world and in the end won a gold medal, earning her a World Champion title. Kara has travelled with Team Canada twice more to compete at the World level, both with formation lines, and duets, all placing within the top 10. Throughout the years she has performed for various events such as National Tap Dance Day, the Vancouver Tap Society festival, and most recently, the Young Artist Collective. It was assisting alongside Bonnie Jean where Kara first discovered her passion for teaching, and working with dancers of all ages. Now, currently a teacher at The Creative Outlet in Chilliwack, Kara is proud to have students who have earned a spot on the 2013 Canadian Team, and will themselves head to Germany to compete. She loves helping young dancers discover their passion for dance, and is thrilled to be apart of the Dance In Motion family.
Jessica DeMarzo (R.A.D RTS)
Jessica DeMarzo has taught both competitive and recreational dance classes throughout Vancouver, BC for the past 6 years. She has studied in Ballet (RAD), Contemporary/Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Hip Hop and musical theatre since the age of 6. Jessica has completed her Grade 8 and Intermediate RAD ballet exams.She has trained and competed throughout Canada and the United States, and has had the opportunity to work with many well-knownchoreographers both locally and abroad. She graduated from the Langley Fine Arts School in 2008, where she studied both dance and theatre.
Jessica has had many opportunities to perform throughout her career. She has performed for opening of the B.C. Country Music Awards (2005); she has also performed in Disneyland and has movie credits, which include John Tucker Must Die (2006).
Jessica holds her registered teacher status with the Royal Academy of Dance, and has been successfully preparing and entering candidates of all ages for both Vocational and graded level examinations.
As a choreographer, her work has received many overall high scores as well as awards for her innovative choreography.
Courtney Cholette grew up in Abbotsford. She attended Yale Secondary where she was involved in the musical theatre program. She started dancing at the age of 7 at Dance in Motion and never looked back! Before she found her passion for dance she tried everything from figure skating to basketball yet nothing felt as perfect for her as dance had. Courtney has been trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern and stage. Courtney has trained by attending various auditions, master classes and conventions, all being taught by well-known choreographers throughout Canada and the United States such as Mia Michael’s, Travis wall, twitch, Brian Friedman, Dave Scott, Luther brown and more. She has also completed grades 1-8 in the Royal Academy of Dance with distinction. Courtney still performs locally with fellow colleague Danielle Bremner. Also previously dancing with Elevate Dance Crew based out of Dance in Motion. Courtney has been apart of the Dance in Motion staff since 2011. She is always excited for a fresh year to become better than the last with Dance in Motion. She hopes to share her love of dance with the dancers of today and have fun doing it!
Radu was born and raised in Romania. He has been dancing breakdancing and hip hop professionally since 2005. He has been teaching competing and performing at a professional level in Canada, USA and Europe. In Europe, Radu has also toured with various artists as a hip-hop choreographer and back up dancer. In Canada he has taught for a number of different studios, in BC and Alberta, and for a school district in the Okanagan. Radu was also a top 100 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and he was featured on a CTV commercial as well as a number of live concert events in Romania.
Radu has been married for 4 years. He and his wife have just welcomed a baby boy. He now continues his studies at Regent College in Vancouver, and continues to compete professionally at an international level.
Jessica Opheim… Bio coming soon!
Breanne Allarie… Bio coming soon!
Rebecca Goritsas… Bio coming soon!
Leigh, a native of Portland, Oregon, began her dance training at an early age and became serious about it when she moved to Vancouver, BC in 1988. Her training was in all realms of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, modern, and hip-hop. After graduating from the Langley Fine Arts School, she ventured to the Oklahoma City University Dance Program and joined the renowned dance company, “The American Spirit Dancers”. Her university education also includes the modern/ballet program at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Leigh’s performing career took off when she decided to move to Los Angeles in 1997, where she worked for a year at the Edge Performing Arts Center in their work-study program. After contracts with both Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise lines, she decided to make her home back in Vancouver. There she worked in films including Scooby Doo 2, Saving Silverman, and Dudley Do-Right, she performed with Vancouver Grizzlies Extreme Dance Team and in the stage production of 42nd Street with the Royal City Musical Theatre Company. Leigh then landed commercials for Dr. Atkins, Royal Caribbean International, and choreographed for Barbie Mattel. Recently, Leigh had the opportunity to dance alongside Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin on the TV series The L Word. Leigh’s teaching and choreography credits include Groovestreet Productions, the American College Dance Festival in Wichita, Kansas, Wichita State University, Harbour Dance Centre, The Source Dance Company, Danzmode Productions, Pacific Dance Arts and Vancouver Artists Jana Jana and Theresa Coombe. Leigh has adjudicated for Dance Power, Shyanne Dance Festival, Dance Extreme, Dance Magic, and Alberta Dance Festival. Leigh loves sharing her passion for dance with children of all ages!
Paul Otterbein Choreographer for Team Canada’s National Team 2014 for World Championships in Germany – 7 Time National Champion Canada – Choreographer for Oregon Fierce All Stars 2014 USA National Champions , Orlando Florida – Owner of Street Kings Academy – Canada – 2012 Americas Best Dance Crew – 2010 Winter Olympics Choreography – 2008/2010 World Cup of Dance Champions Gold Medalists.