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Faculty

Lindsay Wilson Coastal Edge Dance Centre
Lindsay Wilson / Principal/Director C.D.T.A. Scholarship Committee I.D.T.A – Tap,Stage,Jazz, Lyrical,Contemporary,Exams

Lindsay Wilson was born and raised in Maple Ridge, BC She has two boys, Wes 9 and Quintus 3.

For over the last 30 years Lindsay has gained her extensive Dance training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary/Modern, Stage/Singing and Hip HopS She is certified by the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA) and the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) in both Tap and Jazz. For 13 years, Lindsay taught in numerous dance studios throughout the Lower Mainland She was the “Dance Choreographer” for Westcoast Contortion for
11 years band she attended many Dance Workshops in the Lower Mainland as well as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Japan and Toronto, just to name a few. While growing up as a young dancer since the age of 5, she participated in many dance competitions for which she achieved many high score and overall awards. During here teaching career, Lindsay has received many Choreogoraphy awards.

Lindsay has danced professionally with the Vancouver Grizzlies Extreme Dance Team and Fusion Dance Company at annual events such as Cirque Pop and Fire In the Night at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver and in several other events such as the The Apec Conference, Dragon Boat Festival, Skills Canada, Colin James and Michael Buble and others. In 2009, Lindsay performed as part of the entertainment for the Vancouver Winter Olympic Bid for the Winter Games of 2010.

During 1999 and 2002, Lindsay worked for Princess Cruise Lines as Cruise Staff Personnel as well as a professional dancer on the Royal Princes for the World Tour. From there, she went on to work on the Sea Princess in the Mexican Riviera.
Her cruise ship experience allowed her to travel and dance in many parts of the World. Once coming home from dancing professionally, her dream was always to open a dance studio. Thus in 2010, Coastal Edge Dance Centre was created.

Lindsay’s dance studio keeps on growing and families are drawn to her dance studio because of its family oriented flare.

As a Choreographer and Dance instructor Lindsay brings with her unique styles of dance an abundance of energy, enthusiasm and charisma. Her vision is to bring out the best in each and every one of her students.
Her mission is to provide encouragement to each of her students in their ability to dance and to give them a rewarding and fulfilling dance experience.

Aldeana Bawtinheimer – Acrobatics/Ariels/Partner work/Rods

Aldeana Bawtinheimer InstructorAldeana operated her own studio, ALDEANAS ACROBATS, for nearly 30 years in the Surrey area. She now offers her services to local studios, who are interested in expanding their Acrobat programs.

Aldeana was trained at a young age in the specialized arts of Acrobats and Adagio. Aldeana enjoyed competition success at an early age, and has brought that successful attitude to her students. Her students have excelled at all levels of competition in Acrobats, Adagio and Fitness. Her Surrey troop, of 20 Acrobats, earned a reputation of having a fierce, highly competitive team spirit.

Her talented students and unique choreography have combined for many routines that have successfully competed in both local and international competitions, receiving many Honour Awards.
Aldeanas students have gone on to a professional level, performing in many corporate events. Her students have also been afforded opportunities to participate in Vegas workshops with Cirque Du Soleil performers.

Aldeana now looks forward to continued challenges and successes with student’s thru-out the Lower Mainland.

Ferdinand Tocol – Contemporary/Lyrical/Jazz & Hip Hop

Bio coming soon

Heather Kendell – Checchetti Ballet Instructor

Heather Kendell Dance InstructorHeather Kendell originates from Ontario, where she received her initial dance training. She performed with local ballet company, Danse Elite, as first soloist and member of the corps de ballet in the company’s production of the Nutcracker and was a guest performer in the Niagara Symphony children’s production, Garfield.

Prior to leaving Ontario, Heather received a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies degree from Brock University (1997), she then moved to British Columbia to continue her dance training and post-secondary education at Simon Fraser University (SFU). She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a major in Contemporary Dance and minor in Kinesiology (2002), as well as a Certificate in Health and Fitness (2002) from SFU.

Heather attained her Associate status with ISTD, Cecchetti Branch in 2005 and was granted top honours by receiving a “pass with distinction”. In 2006 she received her Associate Diploma status and in 2012 attained her Licentiate status with the Cecchetti Society of Canada. Heather has her Licentiate membership in the Ballet and Modern Divisions CDTA, BC Branch.

Heather has served on the executive boards of various dance organizations. She volunteered as a member of the Katherine Labelle Dance Society, which became Modus Dance; the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association, BC Branch and the National CDTA Modern and Ballet Committees. During that time, Heather had the honour of being a BC Representative at the National CDTA ballet syllabus meetings and took part in the development of the National CDTA Ballet Examination Syllabus.

Heather is responsible for proposing, implementing and developing the Modern Division of the CDTA BC Branch, which then led to the development of similar divisions across Canada. As the Modern Division Chairperson for CDTA, BC Branch she wrote the Professional Membership Examination requirements for the Modern Division. Heather also wrote the Junior Modern Examination Syllabus and a portion of the Senior Syllabus for students studying modern dance, which is now being used Nationally by the CDTA. Heather was the National CDTA Modern Consultant for 2 years.

Heather has gained ample performance experience by working with Danse Elite, Off Centre Performance Company, The Company Experience, Ballet du Printemps and CollabArt Creations. She has performed in works by Shannon McMurchy, Claire French, Sylvain Brochu, Santa Aloi and Cheryl Prophet. She has had much success with her former company, DansArts et al., and now Inertia Dance Co.

She is a well-respected dance instructor and is responsible for developing strong, artistic and capable young dancers in a kinesthetically appropriate manner. Many of her students have been accepted into professional training institutions, gone on to perform professionally and have even become dance instructors. She has also won awards for her choreography.

Heather has recently chosen to expand her realm of teaching certifications. She has completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program, and is a registered instructor with Yoga Alliance, and has also completed a Yin Yoga teacher intensive program.

Heather has also recently attained her certification in Pilates Level 1: Mat through Body Harmonics.

Heather uses her background in Kinesiology to ensure everyone approaches their dance training, yoga practice and Pilates classes in a safe and efficient manner.

Heather is looking forward to working with the staff and students of Coastal Edge Dance Centre.

Katie Bois – Senior Ballet & Stretch & Strength

Katrina Bois

Katrina received her formal ballet training by Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts. Upon graduation, Katrina began her professional career with Stadttheatre Bremerhaven in Germany under Artistic Director, Joerg Mannes. Katrina toured internationally as the lead in Marius Petipa’s ballet Paquita, performed numerous classical ballets dancing with Ben Stevenson’s Texas Ballet Theater and recently participated in the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics alongside Ballet BC and Alberta Ballet dancing in “Cathedral Grove”, choreographed by Alberta Ballet artistic director Jean Grand-Maitre.

Since her professional ballet career Katrina has been known for her teaching and rehearsal skills. She has rehearsed numerous pieces of all genres for dancers of all levels and ages. Furthermore, Katrina has rehearsed and accompanied several dancers selected as finalists to such international ballet competitions as the Beijing International Ballet Invitational in Beijing, China, the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City and the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.

Katrina is also known for her remarkable skills in staging and rehearsing classical ballet. In 2008, Katrina staged and rehearsed Act II of Swan Lake with a corps de ballet of 22 dancers. She has also staged the Grand Pas de Deux from Raymonda as well as La Bayadere’s ‘Kingdom of the Shades.’ At Coastal City Ballet, Katrina has had the opportunity to rehearse Irene Schneider’s Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella and to stage the full-length ballets A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hansel and Gretel and Coppelia.

Katrina is excited to continue bringing her teaching and rehearsal skills to the faculty of Coastal Edge Dance.

Samantha Grace

Samantha Grace Instructor

Samantha started her dance training with ballet and jazz at the age of 3. She has expanded her repertoire to include Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Street Jazz, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. Since 2010, she has been an integral part of the Coastal Edge family. Samantha loves to share her passion for dance, whether her students are in their first dance class or seasoned grad students, there is always something to learn. In 2013 and 2014, Samantha was selected for the Canadian National Dance Team, to compete at the IDO World Dance Championships in Poland.

Since graduating, Samantha has immersed herself in the Vancouver dance scene, completing Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program and Natasha Gorrie’s Hip hop mentorship. Samantha had the opportunity of assisting choreographers, such as, Christina Woodard, Moe Brody, Jo Bolden and Lauren Maynard. Dancing at many events throughout the Lower Mainland, Samantha was thrilled to perform in “Unbelievable: A magical Experience” at the fair at PNE. She has also toured Vancouver Island with CKM Productions, in their show “The Rat Pack, Direct from Las Vegas”. Samantha is currently continuing her dance studies and exploration with Modus Operandi, a 4-year contemporary training program, under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthan and David Raymond.

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Joshua Beamish – Guest Choreographer

Joshua Beamish founded “MOVE: the company” in 2005 and his works have since extensively toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Outside of the company, he has created in collaboration with The Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet Principals Wendy Whelan for Restless Creature and Ashley Bouder for The Ashley Bouder Project, Pacific Northwest Ballet Principals Carla Korbes and Lindsi Dec, Martha Graham Company Principal dancer Lloyd Knight, The National Ballet of Canada’s YOUdance, Compania Nacional de Danza de Mexico, Cape Dance Company/South Africa, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for Pierced, Toronto Dance Theatre, Ballet Kelowna, Sylvain Brochu, the Universities of Alberta and Missouri, students at Purchase College at SUNY and The Juilliard School, Ballet Kelowna, Coriolus Dance, le Prisme Culturel, Halifax Dance, Ballet Jorgen and Kansas City’s Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance, among others.

Joshua choreographed for the CBC Radio Canada reality series Ils Dansent with Nico Archambault, the Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 International Children’s Winter Games, the Cultural Olympiads for both the 2010 and the 2012 Olympics and with Cirque du Soleil for World EXPO Shanghai. He has worked closely with Paul Becker as an Assistant Choreographer, Dance Captain or Performer in Warner Brothers The Wicker Man with Nicholas Cage, New Line’s Code Name: The Cleaner, Nickelodeon’s Jinxed, The CW’s HELLCATS and VH1’s Totally Awesome with Chris Kattan of Saturday Night Live. He also collaborated with Kelly Konno in Nickelodeon’s Spectacular and appeared in the ABC series Life As We Know It with Kelly Osbourne.

Joshua is the recipient of artistic residencies throughout North America, including the Banff Centre, Jacob’s Pillow and a term as the National Incubator Artist for the American Dance Institute in Washington, DC. He is an alumni of the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate organization of New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, and a Jerome Robbins Foundation grantee. Notable recent presentations include The Joyce Theater in New York, The Royal Opera House in London, Princeton University, London’s The Place, New York’s Guggenheim Museum, a Jacob’s Pillow world premiere, a Fire Island Dance Festival Commission, Chicago’s The Harris Theater, Artists in Action in Mumbai and a 24-dancer evening for MOVE: the company commissioned by the Bangkok International Festival to celebrate 50 years of Canadian and Thai political relations.

In 2012, Joshua performed in the Pillow’s 80th Anniversary improvisation project From the Horses Mouth: The Men Dancers at Jacob’s Pillow, alongside Arthur Mitchell and Lar Lubovitch, among others.

Joshua is a current member of The Joyce Theatre’s Young Leader’s Circle Committee. He will next world premiere Surface Properties, a collaboration with ten artists from American Ballet Theatre, as the opening event of The Joyce Theater Ballet Festival in August 2015.

Jhaymee Hizon – Breakdance and Hip Hop

Jhaymee “Eloquence” Hizon  is known and respected throughout the Lower Mainland as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and as one of the members of the infamous Now or Never Crew. Jhaymee and his crew are one of the top bboy crews in Canada and becoming highly regarded worldwide. His style is a fusion of the traditional way of bboying and his own original movements. With the, “it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it mentality”, he ads style into every movement. Jhaymee has been teaching dance for 18 years. His accomplishments include Massive Monkee Day (Champions) Battle of the year International (Germany), IBE (2011 Europe World Battle) Closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics at BC Place. His goal is to promote the positive side of hip-hop, while preserving this powerful art form and its strong cultural presence.

Natasha Gorrie – Guest Instructor

Bio coming soon

Christina Woodard – Guest Instructor

Christina, has worked as a choreographer, dancer, private coach, and master teacher in the entertainment industry for over 15 years.  Her creative product reaches from dance studios to television, industry showcases to world-class conventions. Her edgy style, powerful choreography and challenging classes have put her in demand throughout the world.

She is a faculty member of the internationally renowned EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood California.  She has worked for many large television networks including CBS, NBC, and Nickelodeon.  Christina  has performed, choreographed and assisted on projects including: Victorious (with Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice), iCarly, Gary Unmarried, Suddenly Susan, The Nikki Show, Fame LA, as well as national campaigns for Guess, Nike, Job Corps, and Nestle.

Christina recently choreographed an episode of the new show Game Shakers on Nickelodeon.  She continues to expand her creative brief and is currently working on projects for television, concepts for recording artists and is co-creating a exciting new venture to launch in the USA in 2015!

Leigh Hillary Lee – Guest Choreographer

Bio coming soon

Jo Bolden – Guest Choreographer

Jo is particularly recognised for her unique lyrical, jazz and jazz funk styles but known for her work with dancers to unleash powerful presence, connection and essence in each moment. A personal philosophy grounded in understanding much more than the physicality of dance has seen her lecture and teach at an international level.

Jo is part of an International Faculty, alongside well-known teachers from the U.S.A and Canada, for Phoenix International Dance Workshops (New Zealand), is a guest tutor for The American Jazz Dance Affiliation (NZ) and makes regular appearances at EDGE PAC, Hollywood. Jo has worked with students from Washington DC to LA to Newcastle in England and for various high profile studios, institutions and workshops in her hometown of Sydney including Sydney Dance Company, Urban Dance Centre, ED5 and Ettingshausens.

Performance credits out of Australia reach from TV/Film to corporate and live stage shows including the A.R.I.A and Mo Awards, Australian Fashion Week, Son of the Mask (Feature Film), stage performances with Meatloaf and Sam Powers International Illusionist. Jo has also been called upon to choreograph for the Miss Chinese Australia Pageant, General Motors (Mitsubishi), Schwarzkopf, the Shanghai Tourism Festival, the NRL, Regprom Marketing, Australian recording artists, club shows and more.