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 acrobatics lessons as a last ditch effort to maintain the integrity of the remaining furniture. She grew up a competitive athlete competing in whatever sport was in season and took every dance class she could possibly fit around her busy gymnastics schedule. Sarah competed provincially in springboard diving and finished her acrobatics exams with distinction. Awarded ‘Athlete of the year’ in British Columbia, Sarah was offered athletic scholarships to several post secondary institutions, she eventually opted to stay local and studied theatre and contemporary dance at Simon Fraser University while starting her performance career. Sarah’s diverse dance and stunt training lead her to an early career as a stunt double in the local film and television industry. She has been involved in various elements of the performing industry, a taste of her favourite credits include: 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 and entrepreneurial interests. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and 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 is now a member of the Canadian Dance Researchers Association. Sarah can be found lecturing at the local community college; she has published 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 recent years she has collaborated with some of the most elite researchers in the world, including Howie Wenger, former physiologist for Wayne Gretsky. That resulted in her publishing a curriculum for the new developing dance teacher; this syllabus is now used in many countries worldwide including such places as far as Lebanon and Chile. Sarah is proudly one of only a few Canadian women to have ever obtained a Master’s Degree in Coaching Sciences. Also completing teacher training in fine and performing arts Sarah is a registered Dance and Physical Education teacher in British Columbia and actively leads workshops in the local school system while currently working towards a Doctorate Degree in Arts Education. Sarah’s choreography is well known throughout the artistic community. Over the years she has received choreography awards at all of the major local and international dance competitions and her students have achieved top honours. 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 CDTA teaching certificate in Acrobatics and a level two certificate in Trampoline and Tumbling, Sarah one of the few coaches in BC to be fully Level Three certified in Artistic Gymnastics through the National Coaching Certification Program. She has additional training in harness and stunt spotting. 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 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 creating a sense of acceptance and community within the dance industry.
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. Embury
Mary is a BCRPA (AFL) Advanced Fitness Leader. As an Evolutions Training Pilates Mat Instructor and a fitness course presenter, she provides instructor-based training workshops and conventions internationally. Mary also teaches Performance Adult Hip Hop and Adult Jazz at Dance in Motion studios in Abbotsford. Her passion for dance and performance has carried her for the last 17 years at Dance in Motion and she loves it! Above all, Mary loves sharing her passion for dance and fitness! In addition to Mary’s teaching experience of fitness, Mary was also the recipient of the 2002 Mall Peepre national fitness award and was nominated for young entrepreneur in 2001 by Business Excellence Abbotsford. Mary is involved with numerous community associations where she continues to promote all aspects of health and wellness to children, youth, adults and seniors. She is an advocate of the ‘In Motion’ health and wellness initiative in Abbotsford and is currently on the board for the Canadian Cancer Relay for Life. Mary has choreographed Business In Black for the past 4 years and is on the committee for Business Excellence Abbotsford/Chamber of Commerce.
Nicholas has been teaching since 2002 and shares his passion for break dancing with many students he has taught throughout the last eight years. Nicholas competes at several B-Boy events such as “Just for Kicks” in Surrey and “Circle Prinz Canada” Vancouver where he and his crew are known for their high achievements. He has hosted more than five “Born To Represent” competitions for dancers under the age of 16. He also hosted the very well- known international five on five competition, Technique Warz, which attracted over six hundred dancers. Nicholas is determined to share his love for dance with all of his students who seek a challenge and wish to enjoy themselves in the process. He looks at break dancing as a way of life because you always have to overcome new challenges. Break dancing is about always finding new ways to become a better person and to dance to the beat of your own drum.
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.
Nicholas Gede-Lange Originally from the Golden Horseshoe area of Southern Ontario, Nicholas began taking ballet classes at the age of 5. He then broadened his studies to include jazz, lyrical, tap, modern, flamenco, african, and acrobatics. At the age of 16 he was accepted into the National Ballet School of Canada (NBS) where he graduated from the full professional dance program. After travelling the world for a year performing in Musical Theatre reviews, Nicholas settled in Vancouver and danced for 2 seasons with Ballet British Columbia. He then performed in HELLO, DOLLY with the Vancouver Playhouse before heading to Tokyo Disney in ENCORE where he was half of the principle adage team and featured acrobat. Nicholas has been part of over 10 world premiere productions including Toronto’s Lord of the Rings. Some of his other credits include performing with The Canadian Opera Company, Desrosiers Dance Theatre, The National Ballet of Canada and CBC Radio Canada. Nicholas has toured with Felix Gray’s musical, Sheherazade, Les Mille et une Nuits as the principal character dancer Alazim, which played at the Follies Bergers in Paris, France December 2011. Most recently Nicholas can been seen in the feature film MIRROR MIRROR starring Julia Roberts. For the past two years he has been teaching full times in the Okanagan, but is very happy to be returning to the lower mainland to continue performing and to spread his wealth of knowledge to his students, helping them reach their potential become the best peeformers that they can be!
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!
Jessica Opheim… Bio coming soon!
Breanne Allarie… 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!
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.