Team listed alphabetically by last name.


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Jo-Ann Adams

Ms Adams is fully certified with the Royal Academy of Dance, and has over 30 years of teaching experience. She has recently re-located from Ontario, where she ran her own well-respected dance studio, and is looking forward to the opportunity to pass on her knowledge and passion for dance to the dance students here at CO.

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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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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 her a choreography award from Synergy Dance Competition 2013 for her “Mimes” group.

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Lauren Kerr
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Miss Jewel Miller

CO is very happy to welcome Miss Jewel to our faculty for the 2018-19 season! Bio to come.

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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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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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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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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.



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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.



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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

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