Team listed alphabetically by last name.

DANCE

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Ethan Adrian
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Madame Gabriela Bokros
Dance Instructor, RAD Ballet Dance

Madame Bokros holds her RAD teacher certificate, as well as stage and teacher’s diploma from the Czechoslovakian Conservatory of Dance. She has over 30 years of teaching experience, an additional 10 years of performance experience, a strong passion for and deep understanding of dance and how to help her students realize their vision.

She a co-founder of the Vancliffen Arts Foundation which has as its main focus promotion of the arts, mainly the art of Classical Ballet. Through scholarships, cultural exchanges and educational programs, it provides young artists from around the world with the possibility of achieving their professional goals.

Madame Bokros is known in Ontario for her innovative ballet choreography and insightful teaching style and we are very pleased to have her join our RAD ballet program.

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Danielle Bremner
Dance Instructor (jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, stage) Dance

Born and Raised in Abbotsford, B.C Danielle has grown up in the life of dance. She began her training at a young age at local dance studios in Abbotsford then moved to train with Dance in Motion at the age of 15 and has gained knowledge in every style of dance. Danielle completed grades 1 thru 8 with the Royal Academy of Dance, and has 3 years of training in Cheerleading. She made a name for herself in the dance community right out of high school, winning awards for her fresh and innovative choreography. Her reputation continues to build as she is now a sought-after teacher and choreographer with an exciting and busy schedule.

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 from Famous Choreographers and adjudicators. Danielle also took place in So You Think You Can Dance Canada’s top 200 dancers in Toronto Finals (2010), was a backup dancer for Emily Harder as well as several music videos, and was won of the original members of the Elevate Dance Crew.

Miss Danielle  is a highly-sought after teacher and choreographer, inspiring to all ages she teaches, and awarded numerous choreography award annually.

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Adrian Cross

bio to be published.

Miss Adrian is currently on leave from her position with the CO faculty, while she studies and trains in Toronto at George Brown College.

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Alana Cross
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Jenna Douven
Dance Instructor (discover dance, jazz, tap, stage, lyrical, contemporary, open ballet)

Jenna’s love of dance began at the young age of 3 where she began with a music and movement program in her small town in Ontario. From that point on there was no stopping the passion she had for dance.

Continuous training and examinations in Cecchetti ballet and CDTA tap & jazz as well as attending an arts high school, majoring in drama, led Jenna to joining a touring musical theatre company as well as being chosen as dance captain for the company – touring Toronto, Kingston and various other locations in Ontario. In addition to her training at her local studio Jenna actively trained in Toronto, New York City and Australia with many renowned teachers and choreographers and continued this training well into her 20’s. In addition to her dance and theatre training, Jenna also took part in piano, vocal and music theory exams.

In 2003 Jenna was accepted into York University’s Dance program where she graduated with honours in 2006. In addition to the dance technique classes, rehearsals and performances, she chose to take her elective classes in Dance and the Child, Dance Kinesiology, Dance Injuries and Pedagogy classes. She then opened her own dance studio in Belleville ON. Jenna considers herself a constant student and still took time to train herself in order to continue to give her students current, interesting and challenging classes and choreography.

Jenna’s love for dance really grew as an instructor. Continually going to teacher’s workshops to broaden her skills and knowledge to bring only the best for her students. She was asked to choreograph for many local events and her choreography was awarded both by community and competition.

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Brittney Durham
Dance Instructor (acro) Dance

Brittney started her dance training at the age of 2. She has been trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip-hop and acro, and undertaken Acrobatics Examinations as well as RAD Ballet exams. Brittney has been teaching since the age of 14 and she continues to learn and share her love for dance.

Brittney has also performed all over the United States such as Hawaii, Denver and Dallas,Texas at the halftime show for the Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez she has also appeared in music video for Emily Harder and a TV movie called 2gether. She has won many awards and scholarships from several different dance conventions and dance competition included dancer of the year at American Dance awards in 2004 , her acro duo also won the entire dance competition across Canada in 2005, going on to 2006 she also received the Triple Threat dance scholarship at dance power in Abbotsford and in Hawaii, Waikiki.

She still continues to keep training in acro along side one of the best instructor in the lower mainland, Kim Durham. Brittney loves teaching dance and acrobatics to all ages. Full of dedication and passion she is excited to be teaching all her students this coming up dance season.

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Kim Durham
Dance Instructor (acro)

 

Kim started her gymnastic career at the age of four.  When she turned nine years old, Kim won the Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships and was subsequently asked to train with the U.S. Olympic Coach.  As  Kim continued her gymnastic career, she was also training full time in dance (Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Song and Dance , and Acrobatics) at the Vi Cameron School of Dance.   Kim was a Cast Member of the Surrey Arts Theatre which produced plays such as Finnian’s Rainbow and  Fiddler on the Roof.

Kim has maintained fitness and learning to this day.  Kim is very passionate about teaching and loves working with every level of dancer who expresses interest in Acrobatics.  For the past seventeen years, she has been an Acrobatic Dance Teacher and Choreographer for both competitive and recreational levels at both the National and International Levels for Acrobatics.

Kim is a very talented coach and choreographer which has led her students towards a successful path and future.  Many of her performing groups have won top honours at Local and International Competitions including taking the top spot at the Tacoma Regionals and Hawaii Dance Experience in Waikiki Hawaii. During the 2016 Dance Competition season, Kim led one of her Competitive Acrobatics Teams to be undefeated and Provincial Acro Champions.

Kim has achieved high honours as a Trainer and Choreographer over the years and continues to do so each year.  This includes Choreographer of the Year, Diamond Choreographer, Adjudicator’s Choice and Teacher’s Choice at numerous competitions across the Lower Mainland.  Additionally Kim has been recognised and was selected to receive the Arty Award in 2005 for all her contributions to the community of Abbotsford.

Some of Kim’s credit in the community of Abbotsford includes choreographing for our very own B.C. Summer Games in 2004 and 2016, collaborative credit for the opening ceremonies for the Senior Summer Games and she has also had the opportunity to work with the community of Vancouver with the fortheloveofiityouth on Granville Island.

Kim continues to share her love of dance and acrobatics with her students of all ages.  We are very fortunate to be able to offer our students such an accomplished and dedicated teacher!

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Kara Engle
Dance Instructor (discover dance, tap) Dance

Miss Kara began dancing at the young age of 3 years old in Chilliwack. When she turned 7, Kara started her first year of tap dance, and immediately fell in love.

In 2005 Kara became a part of the Canadian National Tap team, training with esteemed tap teacher Bonnie Jean Anderson in order to compete in the World Championships in Riesa, Germany. While in Germany, Kara’s team won a gold medal, earning her a ‘world champion’ title. Since 2005, Kara has travelled with Team Canada twice more to the compete at the world level both with her formation team, and her duo. Her and her team have performed for National Tap Dance Day, the Vancouver Tap Society festival, and many other events.

As a teacher, Miss Kara is both respected and beloved by her students. Her creative tap choreography consistently garners compliments from judges, and has won her a choreography award from Synergy Dance Competition 2013 for her “Mimes” group.

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Miss Janine Laidlow

 

 

Former Soloist with the Cape Town City Ballet

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Janine has trained in both Vagoniva and RAD methods receiving Honors for all her exams from Pre-Primary to Advanced 2.  In 1993 along with her family Janine immigrated to Canada where she continued her ballet training attending the National Ballet School Yearly Program and the professional program at the Richmond Academy of Dance.

After graduating in 2002 she moved to the USA to dance with the Bristol Ballet under the directorship of Nadia Thompson former principal with Boston Ballet and current ballet mistress the New Zealand Ballet. In 2005 Janine moved back to South Africa to join the Cape Town City Ballet where she earned the title of Soloist Dancer.

During her career Janine has performed leading roles in many ballets including, Odile in Swan Lake, Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Nikiya in la Bayadere, Gulnare in le Corsaire, Hera in Orpheus in the Underworld,  Aegina in Spartacus, Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Myrtha in Giselle, Paquita in Paquita as well as leading roles in Carmen, les Sylphide, la sylphide, Firebird, Cinderella, Raymonda and Romeo and Juliet

Since retiring her pointe shoes and re-locating back to British Columbia Janine has made the transition from dancer to instructor and choreographer giving her the opportunity to pass on her love and passion for ballet to students all around the lower mainland. Her teaching career has included positions at Absolute Dance Academy, Vanleena Dance Academy, Fraser Valley Academy of Dance, Dynamic Dance, Creative Outlet, Avant Dance Co. and Richmond Arts Centre. The students Janine has trained have been accepted into world class Ballet Schools including Boston Ballet, National Ballet, Royal Winnipeg, Alberta Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and The Royal Ballet to name a few.

Besides teaching open ballet and pointe classes, Janine has trained and prepared students for RAD exams from Primary to Solo Seal in which all her students received excellent results. She has also choreographed solos, duos and groups for local and International Competitions with a high success rate and has be honored with Ballet Routine of the Year at 6 competitions over the past two years as well as receiving three choreography awards.

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Justin Lo

Justin aka “bboy Jaylo” has been dancing for 7 years and started becoming part of the hip-hop scene about 3 years ago. It all started when Justin decided to join his friend’s breakdancing class one day and started to fall in love with the style. Since then, he has won youth events, competed at several high level events and hosted various different battles in Chilliwack/Abbotsford.

Justin is currently teaching at different studios from Chilliwack to Surrey, while also trying to grow the breakdance scene in Chilliwack. Breakdance being his main style, Justin is active as a member of Cascade Crew and Co-Founder of Breakdance Project Chilliwack. Actively collaborating with different crew to host breakdance battles and workshops as an opportunity for youth in Chilliwack.

Justin competes at as many jams as possible across metro Vancouver area (Vancouver Street Dance Festival and Northwest Sweet 16) and has performed at various events, such as, the Abbotsford BC Summer Games.

Justin’s main focus in Breakdancing is creativity, trying to encourage students to be unique as a dancer; focusing on building character and style within each and every student.

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Paula Mattusch
Dance Instructor (contemporary, jazz, lyrical, open ballet)

Paula grew up in Langley BC where she began her dance training at the age of 6 years old. She has extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern, as well as Traditional Ukrainian dancing. She is also well versed in conditioning and improvisation for dancers. Receiving the award “Most Promising Jazz Choreographer” from Surrey Festival of dance at the young age of 13, Paula continued to and has been choreographing and teaching since then receiving numerous awards from festivals and competitions. Most recently her choreography can been seen on the TV hit show “Supergirl”. She has trained throughout BC, and Ontario, at such schools as York University, and Toronto School of Dance. Paula’s passion for dance really shines through in her teaching and she is very concerned with the health, happiness, and positive learning experience of the individual dancers and helps them strive to be the best they can be. In recent years she has completed her level one and two in the International Dance Teaching Studies, as well as became certified in Marie Walton-Mahons Progressing Ballet Technique program. As education is very important to Paula, she continues to educate herself on a regular basis and in January of 2018 she is excited to begin her journey to becoming a certified ballet teacher through the Royal Academy of Dance.

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Aimee Payne
Dance Instructor (contemporary, jazz, lyrical, stage, hip hop)

From a very young age Aimee had a dream. She knew that the entertainment industry was where she belonged and set her heart and soul on living what she loved – to pursue a professional dance career. Born just outside Toronto, Aimee moved to Vancouver at a young age. With her natural athletic ability Aimee excelled at every sport she tackled being named “Athlete of the Year” on several occasions and winning awards in figure skating competitions. However it was dance that ignited the flame and fuels her fire. Her passion, fierce style and organic quality to her movement is evident in every performance. Having trained in Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet and Musical Theatre, Aimee’s talent has taken her all over Canada and the U.S. and has trained at professional studios in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York City. With a strong passion for the arts, Aimee has developed her natural flare for acting with coach Nadine Wright.

Aimee was awarded the title CDTA Canadian National Tap Champion, as well as the Provincial Senior Stage Champion for the Performing Arts of BC in 2011. She has performed with FeFe Dobson, Big Time Rush, as well as performed as a lead dancer in various live stage shows through Patrick Roberge Productions, events include the 2010 International Olympic Opening Gala, Paralympics Opening Ceremonies, 99th Grey Cup Parade, and The World Weight Lifting Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Her versatility was recognized when she was selected as The PULSE Dance Conventions Protégé, a major US dance convention based out of New York City featuring Brian Friedman, Wade Robson, Tyce Diorio, Dave Scott, Chris Judd, Desmond Richardson and Brooke Lipton, some of the hottest choreographers in the industry today.

Her perseverance and positive energy has contributed to her success and keeps her focused on her dream. Aimee continues to push towards a dynamic career within the industry.

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Voula Rounis
Dance Teacher (hip hop)

Born and raised on Vancouver Island Voula found her passion dancing when she was in high school taking dance as an elective and hasn’t looked back since. She quickly took over teaching the dance team, which she continued to volunteer teaching 4 years after graduating. She started training in hip hop at Vibrant Dance at the age of 18, and continues to train taking countless workshops and conventions from the industries best to expand her knowledge. She has a number of competitions and performances under her belt including, Vancity Showcase, World of Dance, and opening for Swollen Members.

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Kristin Webb
Dance Instructor (broadway, adults, modern, contemporary)

Miss Kristin began her dance training at the age of six in Vancouver, Canada and hasn’t looked back since. With a wide variety of dance styles under her belt, her performing career has taken her all over the world. Credits include: Miss Saigon (Tandem Productions, Australia), Rent (Roo Theatre, Australia), Cabaret (Wollongong Workshop Theatre, Australia), ‘Crystal’ music video (Starfish Entertainment, Vancouver), Can Can (TUTS, Vancouver), Franklin the Turtle (Tanglewood Entertainment, USA), Cailou (Koba Entertainment), The Amazing Elf Show (Owen Show Productions, Hong Kong), The Music Man (RCMTS), Mac & Mabel (Applause! Productions, Vancouver), Fit for a Queen (Stanley Theatre, Vancouver), Coppelia and The Nutcracker (Royal City Youth Ballet Company).  She has taught at the McBride School of Dance in Surrey, BC and most recently at the Theatre School of Ballet, Bowral, Australia.

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Kelsey Ziegler
Dance Instructor (contemporary, jazz, lyrical, open ballet)

Miss Kelsey has over 15 years of dance training and performing. She started dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t been able to stop since. She has trained in jazz,lyrical, contemporary and RAD Ballet. Kelsey has successfully competed in festivals and competitions in Canada and the United States of America while also performing in the Nutcracker for multiple years.

Kelsey strives to help dancers find who they are through dance. She has a strong passion for dance which is strongly emphasized in her dance classes. She makes sure her students learn everything to the best of their ability and perform on stage and in the classroom. Kelsey is currently working on achieving her RAD teaching certificate.

DRAMA & MUSICAL THEATRE

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Pauline Dynowski

Bio to come!

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Josh Wilson

Josh graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with an English Major and a Theatre extended minor, as well as a Theatre Arts Diploma. While at UFV he participated in many shows working both backstage and onstage. Some favourites being The Girl in The Goldfish bowl (Mr. Lawrence), After Glow/ Courting (director), and Les Belles Seours (sound design). While attending UFV he co-created Coup D’etat Theatre and directed their inaugural show, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, and winning the award for emerging director at the Fraser Valley Zone Festival. After university, Josh moved to Vancouver where he co-founded the production company Efing Media. While there he worked as a producer, writer and performer for the show Speakeasy. He also produced, wrote and performed in the one off show It Came From The Future. Since then Josh has been living in Russia, teaching both English and Theatre in private schools as well as working with English theatre groups around the city. Josh is very excited to be teaching again at Creative Outlet, and looks forward to sharing his experience and love of theatre with a whole new group of people.

MUSIC & VOICE

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Emily Hamel
Music Instructor Music & Voice

Emily has been singing since grade 4, when she started lessons with the esteemed Caroline Harder at the Chilliwack Academy of Music. While studying with Caroline Harder, she represented Chilliwack at the Provincial Festival of The Performing Arts two times, and won several awards in the Chilliwack Lions Club Music & Dance Festival.

Since graduating from High School, she has studied at Rosebud School of the Arts with Tim Mallandaine (founder of the Alberta Arts Advocacy Association) and Bill Hamm.

Emily has also been involved with several choirs; including TWU’s Chamber Choir (2001) where she had the opportunity to sing at the Orpheum with the CBC Radio orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem and at The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts as part of a select four students from the choral program.

In her spare time, Emily sings, acts and directs for the Chilliwack Players Guild and is the founding member of Bootstrap Theatre, an offshoot of the Guild. Emily is also part of Midnight Sun, a local a capella group.

TEACHER’S ASSISTANTS

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Kayla Ferguson
Emily Ross
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Kaitlyn Ziegler

MAGIC & MISC

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ADMINISTRATION

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Debra Cross
Studio Director Administration

Debra is the Studio Director of Creative Outlet, responsible for the behind the scenes workings of the studio, looking after the administrative and marketing side of the business as well as producing its performances.

She has been involved in the dance world since 1998, running Creative Outlet since 2004. She was Production Manager for Chilliwack Musical Theatre’s Bye Bye Birdie and King & I, produced Guys & Dolls for CSOPA and has volunteered with The Chilliwack Players’ Guild.

She graduated from Agassiz Secondary and went to UBC where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English Literature. After graduating from UBC Debra took an internship at a graphic design studio in Vancouver specializing in corporate communications and public relations.

After moving to Chilliwack, she ran a home-based graphic design business and developed and ran Rodeo BC, an interactive web page for amateur rodeo associations in BC, and was Marketing Manager and then Property Manager at Chilliwack Mall.

Debra’s content to stay in the shadows backstage pressing the play button for her dancers and letting her actors do the acting. Besides, it’s a great excuse for buying yet another new black outfit.

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Guest Instructors

Creative Outlet dancers have had the opportunity to work in their studio with the following guest teachers and choreographers:

David LaHay, Kelowna Ballet
Josh Beamish, Move:The Company
Heather Dotto, Move:The Company
Clayton Scott
Christie Manning
Jordan Allaire
Michel Lafleche
Chip Seibert
Ashley Sweett
Leigh Hilary-Lee

…and others

 

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