Team listed alphabetically by last name.


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Jo-Ann Adams

Ms Adams began her dancing career as a professional dancer with Ontario Ballet Theatre in Toronto, ON. Her career then shifted to teaching where she earned her Associate Certification with the Royal Academy of Dance and the Modern Dance division of the I.S.T.D. One of her proudest accomplishments was owning and operating her own dance studio in Simcoe, Ontario for 26 years. As an RAD registered teacher she has taught and entered students for RAD examinations from Pre-Primary to Advanced 2 levels for over 30 years.

She has been involved in several Nutcracker Productions; coaching and maintaining choreography for the children’s ensemble for both Ballet Jorgen and Ballet Victoria’s dance companies and recently has mentored 2 students through the RAD-CBTS teacher training program.

Ms Adams moved from Ontario to the West Coast 5 years ago. She enjoys spending time with her partner, her three children and two awesome grandsons!

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Libby Adams
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OH Augustine

Oh Augustine (formerly known as Oksana) is an emerging contemporary dance artist/teacher/choreographer, currently based on the unceded and occupied Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh, xwməθkwəy̓ əm, and səl̓ ílwətaʔ lands. After completing one year in ITP and one year in The Source Dance Company, Oh trained with Modus Operandi for four years, completing their post secondary contemporary dance education. They have had the opportunity to partake in rehearsal process with Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Shay Kuebler RSA, Khoudia Toure, Chimerik 似不 像 Collective, Okam’s Racer, Co.ERASGA, and Zahra Shahab among others, as well as performed in the EDAM Spring Choreographic Series in 2022. Oh’s work as a choreographer mainly focuses on neurodivergence, gender exploration, pleasure, spirituality, and sensation. Their work has been showcased in 12 Minutes Max, Boombox Split Screen, The Happening Accelerate 4.0 alongside Kate Franklin, Chalk It Up!, and Studio Salon Series to name a few. As a teacher, they frequently teach at MO Link Program, TSV Working Class, The Source Dance Company, and multiple studios across BC. Currently, Oh has been working as a choreographer in an original play “Tomboy” written by Anais West, and is working as a collaborator in a project directed by Danielle Mackenzie Long. Additionally, Oh has won multiple choreography awards at competitions from 2012-2024, is a recipient of the Training Society of Vancouver Scholarship in 2022, and has received the BC Arts Council Training Grant in 2019.

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Erin Bergen

Erin’s passion for dance started at the young age of three and has been growing ever since. She has been trained in acro, jazz, hiphop, ballet and more. She completed her M1 Acrobatic Arts course and is working towards completing the rest of the AA courses. It’s her goal to make class a positive experience while encouraging dancers to do their best. Erin can’t wait to share her love of dance with her students and see them grow into beautiful dancers.

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Gabby Calderoni

Gabby began her post secondary education at the University of the Fraser Valley. She continued on at Simon Fraser University and graduated in 2014 with distinction. Gabby graduated with a BA in Psychology as well as a minor in Human Development and Counselling. Her degree gives her knowledge and understanding of children’s behaviour, learning, and development which greatly influences her approach to teaching. Gabby is passionate about learning and continuing on her education. She hopes to one day complete her masters in education.

It is Gabby’s unique background in gymnastics that brought her into teaching gymnastics and dance. As a dance teacher, Gabby teaches Acro Dance, a unique style of dance that incorporates both dance and gymnastics elements. Using both her experience as a competitive gymnast and her dance training Gabby has developed her own unique Acro technique, Inspire Acrobatics. For over 10 years she has specialized in teaching Acro technique and tumbling for dancers. Using a step by step approach Gabby guides her dancers to accomplish difficult Acro and tumbling skills with safety. She pays close attention to the development of a strong Acro foundation. Some of her certification includes; Acro Dance Adjudicator (2020), module 1, 2 and 3 Alixa Flexibility: professional Flexibility stretching curriculum (2019), Sugarfoot Therapy: Injury Prevention for Dancers (2020), Level 2 certified gymnastics coach (2007), Level 1 in trampoline (2009), Junior Acrobatique Gold Standard for teaching(2012), Module 1 Acrobatic Arts course (2016), Module 2 Acrobatics arts course (2018), International Dance Teaching Standards course (2015), Respect in Sport certification, Making Ethical Decision course, and has attended the Mathers Dance Teachers Intensive in California (2016).

Gabby has been teaching for over 10 years. She believes in being a positive role model to all her students. She loves teaching and aspires to pass on her passion to learn, inspire, move, and create.

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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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Alysha Duncan

Alysha has been immersed in the dance world since the age of three. Ballet has always been her passion, she has completed her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) graded examinations and her vocational examinations up to and including Advanced Two. She regularly trained in the styles of Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, and Musical Theatre to become a more experienced and adaptable dancer. Alysha has had the opportunity of travelling and taking classes in New York, Los Angeles, Disney Land and Disney’s California Adventure Parks where she took part in several parades and performances.

After having graduated from the RAD with a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies: a two-year intensive study with the RAD. Alysha is a fully registered teacher able to enter and train students towards examinations and presentations. Furthermore, she has been elected an Associate of the RAD, which was issued in recognition of her success at an Advanced level (ARAD,
Advanced 2). Dedicated to continuing her professional development Alysha plans to continue her dance education with the RAD in the near future. She is regularly attending dance workshops, conferences and syllabus courses to keep learning and evolving her knowledge and skills on how to teach and train students safely.

Alysha is a high energy individual who strives to create a positive environment in the classroom, while encouraging every student to reach his/her full potential by improving individual talents and abilities. She believes in teaching students not only how to dance but how to enjoy every minute of it. Being given the opportunity to dance is a gift, and her mission is to make everyone treasure their time spent in the studio and on stage.

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Maddi Ekelund

Maddi has been dancing since 2013. She has competed in Hip hop for 9 years and has over 7 years of Breaking experience. She has a passion for teaching young dancers about Hip hop and breaking and has been working with students in these areas for the past 4 years. She has trained with some of the top breaking teachers in the Vancouver area, has battle experience and participated in youth and team crews.

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Kara Engle

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 many chhoreography awards over the years.

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Madison Hulcher

Madison has a degree from Washington State University as well as an Education Assistant Certification from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She has been working with children with exceptionalities and the differently abled for 4 years now and has a certification in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) through the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Washington state, USA. She is currently working at the Chilliwack School District as a Deaf and Blind Intervenor.

Dance and music have been a part of her life since the young age of two. Whether it was her formal training in ballet, competing on stage or through musical theater, dance was always there. Though her competition days are behind her, she still trains in ballet and Irish dance. It is through her degree and certifications, as well as this background in dance, that she brings a certain understanding of how to work with children with exceptionalities. She aims to teach them the mind-body connection they can use to navigate the world in the incredible ways they do. She believes there are no limitations in the world of dance, and hopes to build a community of strong and passionate dancers.

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Charlene Landsman

Born and raised in Canada, Charlene Hart has been dancing for 28 strong years, and her career is only growing more substantial with every year.
Most recognizable, Charlene achieved the title of final top 5 girls in the hit TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” Season 3. Back with the SYTYCDC Season 4 audition tour, Charlene was host with ETALK. Since the completion and filming of SYTYCDC, Charlene has returned to BC where she is working hard and traveling the lower mainland teaching workshops, master classes, setting choreography and highlighting in numerous shows.
Charlene has appeared in such shows as: Carnival LA 2010, The Annual Sports BC Award Ceremonies 2011, Women’s Resource Society Show against “Abuse Towards Women,” Vancouver’s Choreography and Talent Showcase ’11 and Cliff House Entertainment production of “Fest of Fools.” Charlene has choreographed for Song, Strings and Steps productions of “Talent,” “A Christmas Tale” and “Hits from Broadway.” Film credits include the movie, from the famous Nickelodeon Production, “Ragz.”
Charlene choreographed for Team Canada West, where they placed Top 5th Finalist Jr. Small Group Modern Formations Division @ ‘World’s’ in Poland with their routine and had the privilege of being the head choreographer for ‘Fraser Valley Stage’s Production of Oklahoma’, where they received standing ovations and sold out performances!
In 2011, she was chosen and awarded by the Abbotsford Arts Council the ‘Arty Award for Outstanding Artist in the Performing Arts, Dance.’
Charlene has trained in numerous dance genres including: Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hip-Hop, Tap, Pointe, Musical Interpretation, Contact Improvisation, Partnering, African, Salsa, Ballroom, Latin and many others.
She has completed all Royal Academy of Dance graded and vocational exams. Charlene has also earned her certification in Acrobatic Arts and continues to train and extend her certification levels in this field of dance. Charlene was awarded with the title of B.C.’s Provincial Representative for 2 Consecutive years, both resulting in Runner Up in B.C.’s Provincials.
She has also worked with Royal Carribean, Holland America Cruise Lines and lived and trained in New York City. Charlene’s passion for teaching reflects the same passion and love she feels towards dancing herself. She is adamant to pass along the abundance of knowledge, experience, and insight that she has in dance as well as help nurture, develop, and inspire young dancers to chase after their dreams.

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Jewel Miller

Miss Jewel has been with CO since our 2018/19 season. She grew up dancing in the Fraser Valley, teaches at studios across the Lower Mainland and we are happy to have her here to share her knowledge, creativity and spirit with our dancers.

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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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Rylie Sauder

Rylie has been dancing since the age of 3, training in various styles such as lyrical, jazz, contemporary, tap, hiphop, ballet, and musical theatre. She has been a competitive dancer since the age of 6 winning multiple awards and scholarships over the years. She has recently explored in choreography and can’t wait to start her teaching career! Rylie is excited too create strong relationships with her students and hopes to make a positive impact on their dance careers.

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Jessica Visser

Miss Jessica is certified in Acrobatic Arts and IDTS, and is currently working through PBT and Alixia Flexibility courses.

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Hayley Walker

Hayley’s passion for dance started at the young age of 3 in the city of Abbotsford. In the past 17 years she has been trained in styles such as Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Lyrical just to name a few. She has been competing since the age of 5 and has attended competitions throughout Canada and the United States. She has also attended many different festivals as well as many workshops and conventions. It is her passion to share her love and knowledge of dance with the younger generation coming up and is super excited to continue as a teacher at Creative Outlet.

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Kaitlyn Ziegler

Miss Kaitlyn is a very versatile dancer, trained in jazz, lyrical, stage, hip hop, ballet and more. During her years training in studio she focused on ballet, achieving very high marks for her Royal Academy of Dance exams, and competitive ballet solos and variations. She was fortunate to have attended summer schools with Alberta Ballet and Joffrey in New York City. Kaitlyn has completed her level 1 teachers certification with Acrobatic Arts, and is looking forward to more opportunities to learn and develop her skills as a teacher.


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Alexis Clift

Alexis is delighted to be joining the Creative Outlet Team. Alexis has a degree in Drama, has taught summer camps and classes at the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, and is currently a high school Fine Arts teacher. She has been in many school and community productions, such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Chicago. She has always loved Musical Theatre and Disney, and her favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast.

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Deanne Moore
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Josh Wilson

Josh is an award-winning director, improvisor, performer and teacher. He received his degree in Theatre from UFV in 2012 and since then has had the opportunity to further his studies by working and performing throughout Europe and Russia as an improvisor, voice over performer, director, teacher and actor.
He was continued to study his craft by working with, and learning from, some of the best instructors and performers in the world including Taz Van Rassel, Ed Greenberg, Jay Sukow, Inbal Lori, Flavien Reppert, Ella Galt and Katy Schutte.
Josh has been teaching theatre and improv for 15 years and excels at creating safe and creative environments that allow students to nurture and grow their performance skills.



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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
Jordan Allaire
Michel Lafleche
Chip Seibert
Michael Delleva
Zach Gibson
Andrea Bayne, Ballet Victoria
Kelsey Chace

…and others