PRE-DANCEPre-dance is an extension of the pre-school program. At this level students will develop motor skills, co-ordination, rhythm, listening skills and spacial awareness through music, song and games. Pre-dance is as excellent foundation for progressing into primary ballet and beginner jazz levels.
SONG & DANCE
About The Studio
Peggy Peat School of Dance has been teaching dancers for over 50 years.
Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter.
t the age of 3, Peggy put on her first pair of dancing shoes. She took weekly lessons and fell in love with dance. At nine years old, Peggy left home frequently to perform in Pantomimes. Her starring role was the “Cat” in “Dick Whittington and His Cat”. She loved the thrill of performing and being on stage. When World War II broke out, her opportunity to perform ended but she continued to dance and take lessons. In her spare time she taught the neighbourhood kids singing and dancing routines to perform at the hospitals. When the war ended, Peggy married Canadian soldier, David, and came to Canada. They settled in Moose Jaw and she immediately started teaching children to dance at a local studio. A few years later she opened her first dance school - the Peggy Peat Sunshine School of Dance. Peggy moved to Maple Ridge in 1970 and started the now well-known and highly respected Peggy Peat School of Dance. The studio locations have changed throughout the years, but her school's reputation for providing quality instruction and excellent experiences for dancers has always remained steadfast. Peggy has long ago retired from teaching but she continues to come to the studio regularly. She enjoys following the progress of all her young students and inspiring them with her love of dance.
argaret Derksen has lived dance for most of her life. She has co-owned and operated the Peggy Peat School of Dance in Maple Ridge (a suburb of Vancouver) for more than 30 years. Along with her husband she also owns and operates Reel Kids/Real2reel Talent Agency established in 1990. Margaret is a member of the CDTA (Canadian Dance Teachers Association) in the Tap and Stage Division; and Dance Educators of America. Her passion is teaching tap and musical theatre. Margaret has been active in community events producing theatrical benefit shows such as Rock of Ages for the Variety Clubs of BC, A Christmas Musical Fantasy for local food banks, and many Christmas shows for hospitals and senior-citizen retirement homes. Her choreography has earned numerous awards in Canada and the U.S. Margaret’s influence and philosophy has been instrumental in guiding the careers of many of her young dancers who have gone on to perform professionally on all major cruise lines ,Tokyo Disney and Disney Sea, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Radio City Rockettes, California Disney and the Michael Bolton Tour.Her talent agency clients have performed in numerous Film and Television productions.
Jazz Technique, Competitive Jazz, Tap and Song & Dance
alia Derksen, a Vancouver native, began her dance training at a very early age. Growing up in a dance family, with both her mother and grandmother owning Peggy Peat School of Dance, Talia was exposed to many facets of the dance world. She has trained extensively in jazz, lyrical, tap, contemporary, ballet, Pointe, musical theatre, hip hop, and partnering. Shortly after graduating, Talia moved to Los Angeles to train extensively. She studied and worked at the professional Edge Performing Arts Centre. While in LA she assisted world renowned teachers and choreographers like Keith Clifton, Mike Wittmers, Greg Russell, Christina Woodard and Terry Beeman. Professionally Talia performed in the prestigious “Choreographer’s Showcase” in Hollywood, and the Industrial “A Rhapsody in Blue”. Talia left Los Angeles when she landed the job of a lifetime, a touring dance show throughout China. This tour gave her the travel bug and she soon accepted an 8 month contract dancing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines, touring Mexico and the Caribbean. Talia then moved to London, England to get back to training for another 6 months. After returning home to Canada, Talia excitedly accepted two more dance contracts aboard Holland America touring South America and Europe. Talia's international training includes New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, London, England, with world renowned dancers/choreographers like Gregory Hines, Arthur Duncan, Diane Walker, Doug Caldwell, Malaya and Terry Best… just to name a few. She has taught numerous workshops and choreographed across Canada, in jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, and musical theatre. Talia holds an associate Arts Degree from FIDM the prestigious Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and holds union memberships in both UBCP/ACTRA and IATSE. Talia’s many other talents include TV credits in A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story, the TV Series “Jack’s Place”, BC Country Music Awards and national TV Commercials for Dairy Queen, Ocean Spray, and Yellow Pages. Recently Talia wrapped Season 6 on the popular CW TV Series "Supernatural" as a costumer. Talia’s dance has given her the opportunity to travel the world, meet people from many diverse cultures and have some wonderful fascinating experiences! She is excited to come back to her roots and share her many experiences and love of dance with her students.
ISTORY - Peggy Peat School of Dance was established in 1970 and successfully operates in Maple Ridge. Peggy grew up dancing in England before moving to Canada. She has spent more than 60 years in the business of teaching dance to children and adults. Her daughter, Margaret Derksen, moved to Maple Ridge in 1975 to join her mother as a teacher and business partner. They quickly moved out of Peggy's basement to a church basement then to several commercial locations. Margaret's daughter Talia grew up dancing at the studio. When she graduated she moved to Los Angeles, CA to continue her dance training at the professional studio Edge Performing Arts Centre in Hollywood. She then enjoyed performing & studying all over the world. She toured China in a traveling show & cruised the world aboard Holland America. After 10 years away Talia decided to return to her roots and join her mother and grandmother back at Peggy Peats. Today PPSD occupies more than 7,000 square feet in 4 spacious studios. A "magic" wall allows for a huge 3000 square foot double studio for rehearsing large production numbers. All the studios have sprung wood floors, are well lit and have plenty of mirrors. We recently added another small studio - which is now a lunch/homework room for the students equipped with tables & chairs, cubbies for their dance bags & a microwave. PPSD also has a large waiting room. Peggy Peat Dancers regularly perform at events in our community. They enjoy dancing at community shows, Seniors' Centres, hospitals, banquets, charity events, Pitt Meadows Day, Maple Ridge Mountain Festival and Maple Ridge Canada Day Celebration.
Many of our dancers perform regularly at the:
- At the PNE in the daily parade & all the shows
- Halloween celebration "The Great Big Boo"
- The Christmas show "The Magic of Santa"
- ... and the Kitsilano Showboat
In the past, Peggy Peat Dancers have performed for the:
- FIFA Womens World Cup
- Million Dollar Round Table
- Womens World Softball
- ACECBC (association of consulting engineers)
- Show of Hearts Telethon
- Canuck Place Charity Gala
- PNE Shows - Summer 2016!
- 2014 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver dancing in the pre-game show with Dallas Smith and in the Half Time Show with Imagine Dragons
- 2011 99th Grey Cup in Vancouver Half Time Show with Nickleback
- Dancing on Global News BC
- 2010 Olympic Bid Gala
- 2010 Olympic Logo Unveiling
- Rick Hansen's Wheels In Motion
- Queen Elizabeth's 2002 Royal Canadian Tour
- Various Variety Club Shows
- The prestigious B.C. Country Music Awards Show
"We are proud of our fully qualified, energetic and inspiring instructors" -- Peggy Peat
With over ten years experience in the live event industry, Jordan brings a unique skill set that combines stage and production management with the artistry and talent of a professional dancer and choreographer. Jordan began his professional performance career with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and subsequently appeared in hundreds of productions across North America and Asia, the most notable for PRP: Patrick Roberge Productions, a Vancouver-based company include; the Guangdong International Tourism Festival in China performing with country music trio The Higgins and the Vancouver 2010 Official Mascot Launch where he brought to life ‘Quatchi’ the Sasquatch in the televised unveiling.
As his experience with PRP gained momentum, Jordan’s roles grew to include Performance Director for several high-level televised events including the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the 99th Grey Cup Halftime Show, Rick Hansen Celebration 25, the 122nd IOC Session, and the 102nd Grey Cup Halftime Show. He has had the pleasure to work with such artists as Nickelback, Mariana’s Trench, Sarah McLaughlin, Imagine Dragons, and Victoria Duffield. Jordan has began establishing himself as an award-winning choreographer, most noted for his unique and innovative style. Over the last decade he has worked as choreographer/director on such productions as CATS, Oliver, Grease, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, All Shook Up, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, In The Heights and more. He enjoys creating and performing whenever the opportunity presents itself and loves sharing his passion for dance with the next generation of dancers.
Beginning at an early age, Justina was trained in all forms of dance Jazz, Ballet, Tap, and Acrobatics. She trained under master teacher Belinda Sobie, Traci Majewski, Anne Lawton, and has received contortion, rod balancing, aerial hoop training down in Las Vegas from Otgo Waller and Enkhee Tumendelger (both former Cirque du Soleil contortionist of the Las Vegas show “O”) as well aerial artist Kristi Toguchi.
As years went on her main focus became acrobatics she completed her bronze, silver, and gold CDTA acro exams with honours and her Gold Star receiving Honours with distinction. Justina is an associate member with CDTA as well she holds her associate member with AFSA (Acrobatic Federation of South Africa)
For several years, Justina trained and performed professionally with Westcoast Contortion and Acrobatics. From corporate to private events and galas all over, some performances include, Stoney Nokida Casino Opening, CTV Canada Day at Canada Place, Monopoly World Edition Release, 2009 Junos Welcome Reception, Various Vancouver 2010 Olympic Events, Wrigley’s Candy, Thomas Lynch Christmas Party, Jason Priestley’s Black Hills Winery just to name a few.
Justina has a sensitive and respectful way of working with students while at the same time encouraging and inspiring her students to work hard and develop to their fullest potential
Keri-Lyn trained locally in many dance disciplines, but ballet was always her favorite. Under the direction and guidance of some very influential teachers, and prominent examiners within the dance community she was inspired to explore teaching.
Upon completing of her Royal Academy of Dance examinations (including Advanced 1 and the Higher grade syllabus 6,7, and 8 with Honors) she was accepted onto the R.A.D.'s 3 year Teacher Training Program. She was awarded her teaching certificate and has been successfully entering students into their examinations for the past 11 years. After receiving her teaching certificate, Keri-Lyn decided to further her teacher training with studies at the diploma level through the Royal Academy of Dance (with affiliations to the University of Waterloo, and York University) in the areas of Anatomy, Psychology,
History of Ballet, and Music Theory in Relation to the Teaching of Dance.As an active member of the Royal Academy of Dance, Keri-Lyn regularly attends courses, and seminars to enhance her teaching abilities and knowledge.
Dawn Braun Crawford
R.A.D. Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Stage
Dawn has been a freelance teacher in the Lower Mainland for over 20 years. She has been a registered Royal Academy of Dance teacher for over 10 years and had the privilege of being mentored by Delores Kirkwood. Dawn teaches for the Trinity Western University Human Kinetics department and has been with the department for over 15 years. Along with her modern training, her biology and psychology degree create a uniquely kinetic approach to her teaching. During her earlier years, dance performance and training brought Dawn to Los Angeles, New York, and Las Vegas. Following that, she also directed, produced, choreographed and performed in the popular “A Maze of Grace” multi-media production company. In addition, she has worked internationally; completing choreography and video contracts in Japan (Grape City Productions). Dawn currently teaches ballet, modern, jazz and stage and has had numerous successes in choreography and technique; she is dedicated to helping her students discover and fulfill their fullest potential.
Competitive Jazz, Lyrical, Production & Tap
Kelsey is one of Vancouver’s most exciting and energetic dancers. She began dancing at the age of three and has not stopped since. Her passion for teaching, choreographing and performing has and continues to take her all over the world. She has lived , trained and worked in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and of course Vancouver where she currently resides. Some of her T.V. and Film credits include “The L Word”, “Another Cinderella Story”, “Fantastic Four 2”, “Chicago”, “Dudley Do-Right”, “Just Deal”. Some of her stage and credits include “Cabaret”, “Chicago”, “Oliver”. Fefe Dobson, Gemini Awards Show, Canadian Forces Show Tours with Lisa Brokop, Farmers Daughters and two seasons with Toronto’s “Helix Dance Project”. She was blessed to be a part of the closing ceremonies at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and assisted choreographer Jocelyn Peden as well as performed in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Paralympics. When Kelsey is not performing she is sharing her love of dance through teaching . She is a faculty member for Groove Street Productions dance convention, Rocky Mountain Dance Project and Harbour Dance Center. She feels very blessed to be able to do what she loves.
Song & Dance
Dana has performed leading roles in many musical theatre productions throughout Vancouver. “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz , “Maisie” in The Boyfriend, and “Tuptim” in The King and I are a few of her favourites. She earned a Best Actress Award for her role as Maisie.Dana is a graduate of the Douglas College classical music program and the Vancouver College jazz and musical theatre program. Dana is a professional voice instructor and teaches musical theatre and voice to dancers at Performing Arts schools in the Vancouver area
Pre-School, Jazz, Tap & Hip Hop
Michelle has trained in dance for over 25 years in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and New York. She is a qualified teacher of the Al Gilbert Tap and Jazz technique, having completed the highest levels of this graded system. She has been teaching for 20 years – 16 of them at Peggy Peat School of Dance. Michelle, a dedicated instructor, is our preschool specialist whose loving and caring personality is reflected in the success she has with our youngest students.
Michelle has performed professionally with the dance troupe “Gypsy” at Expo ’86, and at conventions and shows in Whistler, Victoria, Harrison Hot Springs and Vancouver.
Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap & Ballet
Nicole is proud to have been a Peggy Peat Dancer since she was 7 years old, training extensively in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and musical theatre. Her dancing has taken her to L.A., New York, Calgary, Las Vegas and even China to partake in workshops and performances. Some of her accomplishments include performing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, dancing in Rollin’ Thunder, Bring On The Night, Cirque Pop, Kaboom and Pop City at the Pacific National Exhibition as well as originating the role of Zoe in the touring production of The Great Big Boo! Nicole has danced for many international high-profile events including Olympic Promotions and was an Assistant Performance Director for the highly acclaimed Vancouver Paralympic Opening Ceremonies in 2010. Nicole has danced and acted in several film and television shows including John Tucker Must Die, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Supernatural and Romeo as well as various commercials. Nicole landed a lead role opposite Selena Gomez and Jane Lynch in Warner Brothers’ Another Cinderella Story where she also had a chance to demonstrate her dance ability.
Tap Guest Teacher/Choreographer
Tasha Lawson is the founder and Artistic Director of Tri-Tone Productions, a dance and live-music company. Tri-Tone creates and produces interdisciplinary performance works in the mediums of Body Percussion, Tap, and Contemporary Dance. Tri-Tone produces annual Rhythm and Movement Intensives in Vancouver and Calgary, Canada.
A graduate of Grant MacEwan College’s ‘Dance Teacher Training’ and ‘Dance Performance’ programs, Ms. Lawson continued her studies at Simon Fraser University and in New York and Brazil. Lawson has been “artist-in-residence’ for Capilano University, Harbour Dance Center’s Professional Training program, Third Coast Rhythm Project and has delivered teacher-training seminars for Le Festival De Danse Encore and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.
Ms. Lawson has performed and taught at the Vancouver International Tap Festival, Third Coast Rhythm Project, Sole to Soul Tap Festival, Tap into a Cure, MADD Rhythms, Canada, Le Biennale De Dance, Brazil and was privileged to be a faculty member at the Jacob’s Pillow Tap residency, under the direction of Dianne Walker.
Ms. Lawson performed as a principal dancer for six seasons with Tapestry Dance Company, where she also served as the Artistic Director of the pre-apprentice company, Visions in Rhythm, directing six new full- length works. In addition, Ms. Lawson has toured in the US and Tokyo, Japan as Assistant Artistic Director for Cirque Du Soleil’s, KOOZA.
Currently freelancing, Ms. Lawson delivers Body Rhythm workshops for Cirque’s resident shows in Las Vegas, is a floating faculty member at The EDGE School for Athletics and Academic excellence in Alberta and continues to perform, teach and choreograph abroad.
Morgan McQueen is a talented individual who has been emerged within the dance world since the young age of three. Through her training, she has excelled in styles such as Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Lyrical. Morgan has achieved a variety of dance accomplishments throughout her life. A highlighted few include the popular teen comedy, “John Tucker Must Die”, dancing with the BC Lions as a Felion (3 years), performing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines, a member of Vancouver’s Hip Hop crew, Make your mark and she is the co-founder/ main choreographer for the Hip Hop crew Stylistix.
Aside from the many dance opportunities Morgan has been involved in, she was asked to be a part of the 2005 Canadian National Tap Team which competed at the World Tap Championships in Reisa, Germany. Morgan was extremely successful in her endeavors at the competition, placing seventh overall in the Women’s solo tap category and second place in the group category.
Currently Morgan is the co-ordinator for the Vancouver Giants Dance team where she has a selected group of girls that perform during the Giants Home games and attend promotional events outside the rink. Morgan was a dancer for the team for 2 years when she was then asked to take over as co-ordinator and has been doing so for the past 9 years; She has taken the team from 5 members to 22.
On top of Morgan’s evolving dance career, she takes time to stay true to her love of dance by teaching at various dance studios. She has had the opportunity to train at elite dance establishments in areas such as Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas and Vancouver. Morgan’s passion for dancing is evident in her many successes as a dancer and as a teacher.
Ms. Parry has provided guidance and leadership in the ballet program at Peggy Peat School of dance for 3 years now. She has choreographed award-winning pieces, provided coaching for international competitions, and leading preparations for all levels of RAD examinations in the Academy. She holds the distinguished R.A.D. certificate in ballet teaching studies. Her formal training began with Deborah Cameron, Flora Pigeau and at the Goh Ballet Academy, where she performed and toured throughout B.C. Ms. Parry has trained in many dance genres and has had many dancing opportunities that include The Royal Winnipeg’s - The Nutcracker, Lalapalooza with “Green Day”, A scholarship trainee with “The Edge” performing arts Studio in Los Angeles, as well as danced and sang for “Carnival” and “Norweigan” Cruise lines. She continues to guest teach, adjudicate, and choreograph throughout B.C. and has had various students continue on to dance as principal dancers with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company, Disney, Carnival Cruise Lines, and more. Ms. Parry is excited to be a part of the teaching team at PPSD and is thrilled to share her passion and love for dance with children.
Aimee Payne is a professional dancer born just outside of Toronto and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She has trained and made her mark in many genres of dance. Her talent has taken her across Canada, the United States and Europe as a professional dancer and choreographer. Aimee has carved out a dynamic professional dance career that has her in demand in the entertainment industry performing in various professional shows and teaching workshops. Aimee has assisted many of the industry’s best such as, Brian Friedman, NAPPYTABS, Blake McGrath, Dave Scott, Gil Duldulao, Cris Judd, Jillian Meyers and Tessandra Chavez.
Aimee performed “Rhythm Nation” with the iconic Janet Jackson for the kick-off off her most recent “Unbreakable World Tour” at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. Footage alongside Janet Jackson was captured and shown internationally on Entertainment Tonight, a daily entertainment television news show that is syndicated by CBS Television throughout the United States, in Canada on Global, and in many countries around the world.
On top of working as a professional dancer in film, television and live stage productions, Aimee has emerged herself into the choreography world where she has won choreography awards, as well as making the Final Top 10 for Brian Friedman's world wide submission for artist Christina Perri's single "Human". She has performed with artists such as Janet Jackson, Missy Elliot, Bif Naked, Sharaya J, FeFe Dobson, Big Time Rush, Dallas Smith, Imagine Dragons and Nickelback. She has been a Dance Captain and the lead dancer in various live stage shows. Events include the Queens Royal Visit, Canada’s Got Talent, CARNIVAL based out of Los Angles featuring Missy Elliot, Winter Olympics Opening Gala, Paralympics Opening Ceremonies, Canada’s National Football League’s Grey Cup championship game half time show performances, and The International World Weight Lifting Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Aimee has been awarded the title of Canadian National Tap Champion, as well as the Provincial Champion for the Performing Arts of British Columbia. She has been awarded numerous awards and scholarships throughout The United States and Canada and include the NYC Broadway Dance Centre International Student Scholarship, Monsters of Hip Hop, JUMP V.I.P, Coastal Dance Rage “Dancer of the weekend”, Dance Educators of America Final Grand Champion, and Triple Threat “Definite Threat”. Her versatility and strong talent was recognized when she was awarded the Protégé award at The PULSE On Tour, a major US dance experience based out of New York City featuring world-renowned choreographers.
Aimee’s passion, perseverance and positive energy has always been a driving force in her career and contributed to her success. She is a true artist. She remains focused on her dream and continues to push towards new heights in a dynamic career within the industry.
Competitive Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Song & Dance
Jocelyn has been in the professional world of entertainment for an exciting twenty- six years and has lived and worked throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Her career boasts extensive directing, choreography, adjudicating, acting, teaching & dance credits.
Jocelyn has an exciting few years ahead with work on the horizon. She will produce/choreograph/co-direct the next three years of Grey Cup half-time shows as well as produce shows for BC Lions, & the Pacific National Exhibition.
Jocelyn is co-owner of Fusion Dance Company that is in its 19th season of producing summer intensives for dancers. She has also been employed for 17 years with the award winning entertainment company Patrick Roberge Productions. She was a member of the Triple Threat Faculty for 10 years and has been adjudicating dance for over 20 years.
Jocelyn’s co-directing and choreography credits include 98,99 & 100th Grey Cup half-time shows, the award winning 2010 Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, 2010 Olympic Bid and Mascot Unveiling, Juno Awards, Legoland Theme Parks, Guangzhou China World Cultural Event & Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremonies. She has directed and choreographed award winning shows for the Pacific National Exhibition for the past 17 years. She has choreographed for Nickelback, Victoria Duffield, Johnny Reid & BTO as well as created pieces for international level figure skaters including Emanuel Sandhu.
Some of Jocelyn’s dance credits include working with Janet Jackson on several videos for the Rhythm Nation Project. Her feature film credits include; The Bodyguard, the 6th Day, Dudley Do Right, Toys and the Sixth Man. She has extensive NBA experience as a Los Angeles Laker Girl and Director/Choreographer for the Vancouver Grizzlies Extreme Dance Team. Jocelyn has worked with such artists as Paula Abdul, Vanessa Williams, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Whitney Houston, Steve Winwood & Bette Midler.
Acting credits include guest roles on Beverly Hills 90210, Head of the Class & Doogie Howser. Her commercial credits include Pepsi, Doritos, Yoplait, Visa, The Keg, Gerber, Fisher Price, & London Drugs.
Competitive Hip Hop
Alex, a native from Denver, Colorado, has trained in nearly all forms of dance. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 1995, Alex worked as both a dancer and choreographer for many different recording artists. Such artists include: Foxy Brown, Toni Braxton, Will Smith, The Backstreet Boys, Carmen Electra, Atomic Kitten, Bif Naked, The Matthew Good Band, and many more. Television and film credits include Fox’s VIBE with Sinbad, where Alex performed with artists such as Martha Wash of C+C Music Factory, Sharon Stone, LSG, Run DMC, DJ’s Jazzy Jeff, DJ RUN and DJ Scribble.
Alex’s most recent feature film is “Kickin It Old School” starring Jamie Kennedy. Other feature films Alex has worked on include “Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed”, “ Reefer Madness”, “The Score” and “Dr. Doolittle 3. Alex was able to share his choreographic skills with prime time audiences by choreographing an episode for “Kyle XY”.
Most recently, he choreographed (as well as made a cameo appearance in) the #1 single for Elise Estrada, “Insatiable”. He also choreographed her Canadian tour opening up for Rhianna and Enrique Iglesias. Alex’s notoriety as someone who has such a wide range of knowledge in almost all forms of hip hop dance, as well as years of practical experience, has pushed him to the world stage to judge the 2007 World Hip Hop Championships held in Los Angeles. His talents have brought him all over the globe, teaching and performing in places like Paris, Afghanistan, Dubai, England, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, Japan, Germany, Greece, Croatia, Rotterdam and Amsterdam! Alex is excited to share his knowledge and experience with all of the students at GSP and Street Groove!
Alex is the Co-Founder of GSP-The Dance Convention, and Street Groove-The Hip Hop Convention together with his wife, Joanne.
Jennifer was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and has been performing and teaching professionally for 15 years. She has had over 20 years of extensive training in Jazz, Tap and Ballet. Her television and movie credits include the NBC series “Just Deal” and the major motion pictures “Saving Silverman” and “Dudley Do Right”. Along with these Jennifer has been seen in commercials for Honeycomb cereal, Sniggle Sticks Toys, and corporate video for Sony Corporation. Jennifer’s stage credits include productions for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, The Canadian Armed forces show tour in Africa, and Tokyo Disneyland where she preformed as a featured dancer in “Once Upon a Mouse”. She was also an original cast member and featured performer in the Broadway Revue “Encore” show at Tokyo DisneySea.
In addition to her dancing, Jen successfully completed her mat certification in the Pilates Method in 2008 and has been instructing Pilates classes around the lower mainland for 5 years. Jen grew up dancing at Peggy Peats School of Dance and is thrilled to be back teaching the next generation of students. She is truly passionate about dance and the technique behind it and is dedicated to passing on her knowledge to all her students.
Tap Guest Teacher/Choreographer
Canadian Tap Dancer Matthew Shields has taught and performed at the Soul to Sole Tap Festival, Tap Ahead in Dusseldorf, Germany, the Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival, The Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Space City Tap Fest and the Hoofin’ Ground Tap Festival. Matt has traveled to Switzerland to teach at the Liba Borak Dance School, and was a guest performer at the International Dance Organization's Swiss Tap Championships. Matt has performed in Edmonton at the International Jazz Festival, Feats Festival, as well as the Fringe Festival. Matt has also appeared several times at the Festival Le International Dance Encore in Quebec.
Matt performs on occasion with Tri-Tone Productions, Breaking Barres, and CanTap with Heather Cornell.
Matthew is currently based in Austin, TX where he is a principal dancer with Tapestry Dance Company working in his seventh season with company. Matt's most recent accomplishment with TDC was traveling to The People's Republic of China for a five week tour of Shanghai and the surrounding areas. On tour Shields was a featured soloist in the performances and also serves as the 'dance captain' on tour and in residence. Shields is the Artistic Director of TDC's; Tapestry on the Fringe.
Matt is honored to have accompanied the stage with Dr. Arthur Duncan, formerly of the Laurence Welk show.
Matt was seen in the opening number of the 2008 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.
Matthew’s choreography was voted winner of first ‘Virtual Rhythms’ online contest held by The Chicago Human Rhythm Project. The Piece was performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Chicago.
Tornahdo; Austin based alt-rock band, features Shields on the groups debut album.
Shields has volunteered his time to perform at multiple events at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, TX and as well for Project Transitions this past year. Matt is the instructor of the boys tap program at TDC's Youth Academy. Mr. Shields is a regular on stage, and is very pleased to be here with you today.
Tap Guest Teacher/Choreographer
Danny Nielsen is one of Canada’s brightest tap talents. He hails from Calgary, AB, where he began his rhythm tap career as a founding member of MADD Rhythms Canada under the direction of Lisa La Touche. Currently residing in Vancouver, he has performed in a number of local productions including Taps and Twang, Dianne Walker and Friends, Miles To Feet, Prelude To A Kiss, A Night At The Waldorf and most recently Matt Shields’ A Chronological Life Of A Few Tap Dancers. He also recently finished a 2 year term as Artist In Residence with the Vancouver Tap Society.
Over the last year, he emerged onto the international tap scene, making his presence felt in Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, Chicago, Mexico, Seattle and all over Canada. He has taught for distinguished dance festivals and conventions such as the Zurich Tap Festival, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Triple Threat, DC Tap Fest, and Brasil Tap Jazz to name a few. Television credits include the worldwide broadcast of the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies and the opening number for the 2008 Jerry Lewis Telethon choreographed by Chloe Arnold in Las Vegas, NV.
His most recent achievement was being the recipient of the prestigious Santa Aloi Award.
Friendly office greeter & PPSD mascot :)
Charlie is everyone's favourite part of PPSD! He is always working hard at the desk, wagging his tail at the dancers & parents Monday thru Saturday. Charlie loves seeing the students everyday! Stop by & say hello, and maybe even bring a doggie cookie... peanut butter and salmon are his favourites :)