Studio Instructors

 

Mary M. Boonstra

Mary - Dance Class Instructor

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 was the Creative Director for the shows, “Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Flight’ for the Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards in 2014/15 and she is currently the Director of Ceremonies for the BC Summer Games taking place in Abbotsford in July 2016!

Danielle Bremner

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.

 

Michael Delleva

Michael HeadshotMichael Delleva was born in the Philippines, but moved to Canada at the age of 4 and was raised in Surrey, B.C. At the age of 12, Michael took his first dance class at Praise TEAM Studios and was immediately hooked. Through many years of training in hip hop and other various dance styles, he was able to gain knowledge from outstanding Vancouver choreographers and soon grew a passion for teaching.

He is currently one of the creative directors for Praise TEAM Megacrew, choreographer for Street Kings Academy (owned by Paul Otterbein and Darylle Johnson), director of the internationally known junior team C.N.C (Cookies N Cream), and a director for the world winning group Brotherhood (Founded/lead by Scott Forsyth). Michael’s recent choreography credentials include Brotherhood at HHI 2014, We Day Vancouver 2014, and the 2014 Team Canada National Hip Hop Team that competed in Bochum, Germany. Since 2011, Michael has competed and choreographed at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael’s largest accomplishments include 1st place Junior Champion at the Canadian Hip Hop Championships 2015 (CNC), 1st place Varsity Champion at the Canadian Hip Hop Championships 2015 (Brotherhood Varsity), 1st Place Overall Champion for World of Dance Vancouver 2014 (Brotherhood Alumni and CNC), 1st Place Varsity Champion at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships 2013 (Brotherhood), and 2nd Place Megacrew Champion at H.H.I 2013 (Sr.Showcase), Michael has taught and performed all over North America and hopes to continues his passion as a choreographer.

 

Sue McFarland

Sue Tyson - Dance Class InstructorSue 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.

Radu Pavel 

radu

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.

 

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Krissy Arnold… Bio coming soon!

 

 

 

Guest Choreographers:

Leigh Hilary-Lee

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!

Jordan Allarie

Jordan-Allarie Dance Class InstructorJordan 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.