Welcome to Peggy Peat School of Dance

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Curriculum

 

PRE-SCHOOL

Pre-school is an introduction to dance for young children. The classes are taught in a fun, creative atmosphere. The classes explore rhythm, arm and foot co-ordination, imagination and creativity. Our ultimate goal is to inspire a love of dance at this level.

PRE-DANCE

PRE-DANCE Pre-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

SONG & DANCE Song & Dance classes are available for students who would like to experience learning routines that combine singing, dancing and acting which enables them to become "triple threat" performers. Students should have a good performance ability and must be currently registered in tap, jazz and ballet. A professional voice and musical theatre instructor works with a choreographer to create a routine from a Broadway musical.

ACRO

ACRO The study of acro is a very disciplined dance form. The muscles of the body must develop in strength, flexibilty, co-ordination, balance and control. A derivative of gymnastics, acro is the floor technique that combines dacne with gymnastics moves. Students warm up with stretching exercises and then explore walkovers, aerial somersaults, tumbling, flips, handstands and pyramids with a train, highly certified intructor.

STAGE

Stage classes are similar to Song & Dance working on characterization and lip synching rather than singing. This class incorporates jazz, tap, and acting. The finished product is a full length routine from a well known musical. This class is only available for our Intermediate & Senior dancers.

CONTEMPORARY

CONTEMPORARY The name "Contemporary Dance" describes a range of techniques and styles used in classes, workshops and dance choreography. Contemporary dance was developed in the early 20th century as a reaction against the rigid techniques of ballet. Pioneers such as Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham searched for ease of movement using the body's natural lines and energy, allowing a greater range and fluidity of movement than conventional dance techniques. Contemporary dance is characterised by its versatility: contemporary can be danced to almost any style of music, or united with other dance forms to create new styles of movement. Contemporary seeks to work with the natural alignment of the body, and is therefore safe and accessible for beginners. At the same time, the ease of movement promoted by contemporary dance technique allows experienced dancers to push new boundaries of body movement.

JAZZ

JAZZ We offer beginner to advanced classes for the "just for fun" recreational students and competitive classes for the more serious students. Jazz is an energetic and fun class consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big jumps and quick turns. Classes begin with a warm up, then technique instruction and across the floor patterns, and end with combinations or choreography work on a routine.

TAP

TAP From beginners to adults, tap will put the rhythm in your step. Tap will help to develop co-ordination and musicality in dancers. We like to think of our tap shoes as a musical instrument creating rhythm through shading and accents. Students can choose recreational or competitive classes. For serious students there are also CDTA exams in Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Star available. Exams usually take place in the spring.

HIP HOP

HIP HOP This is a funky and cool class where students explore the culture, music and dance styles of Hip Hop. Students will be introduced to the elements of poppin', lockin', uprock and breakin'. Come and learn the most recent dance styles that are seen today on film and television.

LYRICAL

LYRICAL Lyrical blends ballet and jazz techniques with choreography that trys to interpret the story or emotions of the music. Lyrical is a passionate, expressive dance style. Students must be registered in jazz and grade 4 ballet or higher to take lyrical.

TUMBLING

TUMBLING This is a technique class only with no routine. Students build strength and flexibilty to work on the foundations of floorwork tumbling, including ariels, handspings, rolls and much more...

BALLET

BALLET_CLASSES Ballet is the basis of all dance. It is an extremely necessary part of dance training as the fundamentals of ballet are necessary to develop strong dancers. PPSD offers students the challenge of preparing for and taking ballet examinations. The school follows the curriculum and examination program of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Graded examinations commence at the Primary level and go to Grade 8 Award. Students are required to take 2 classes per week. There are also vocational examinations and classes from Intermediate Foundation to Advanced 2. Students working at the vocational level must take 3 classes per week. Our goal is to provide dancers the opportunity to learn the essential technical and artistic foundations through ballet.

SWING

SWING Swing is a high energy partner dance class. The students learn proper lead and follow techniques. It incorporates Jive, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing and Lindy Hop. Students work towards a final choreographed routine where they perform and compete.

About The Studio

Peggy Peat School of Dance has been teaching dancers for over 50 years.

Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter.

Peggy Peat

Founder

At 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.

    Margaret Derksen

    Studio Director

    Margaret 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.

      Talia Derksen

      Jazz Technique, Competitive Jazz, Tap and Song & Dance

      Talia 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.


        P eggy Peat School of Dance... is a well known, respected studio that is committed to encouraging participation in dance. We are proud of our fully qualified, energetic and inspiring instructors. They teach numerous and diverse classes to develop and challenge dancers from age 3 to adult. We strive to provide high quality classes in a professional, reassuring environment. Our programs promote confidence, respect, creativity and a passion for the art of dance.We invite you to take the time to learn more about our school. Enjoy our site. PPSD has operated in Maple Ridge for more than 40 years! At Peggy Peat School of Dance we believe in providing quality instruction from our highly skilled family of teachers. We believe in treating our students, staff, teachers and parents in a respectful and courteous manner. We believe in helping each of our students to develop confidence and self-esteem. We believe in motivating our students to reach their goals in dance and life. "We believe the most important gift we can give our students is a love and joy of dance that will last them a lifetime." Voted Favourite Dance Studio by the readers of The TIMES &/or The NEWS in Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014!
        HISTORY - 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:
        • 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
        Peggy Peat Dancers have earned local, national and international recognition and awards for their near professional quality presentations at competitions and festivals. Many of our students have gone on to dance professionally for cruise lines, Tokyo Disneyland, and in feature films and television shows. Many of our graduating students return with their children to carry on the Peggy Peat dance experience. The success of Peggy Peat School of Dance is constantly evolving as our students and instructors regularly attend workshops and master classes taught by renowned international choreographers, teachers and performers.

        Faculty

        "We are proud of our fully qualified, energetic and inspiring instructors" -- Peggy Peat

        Faculty List

        Jocelyn Peden

        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.

          Jennifer Varney

          Jazz Technique

          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.

            Dana Cole-Luder

            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

              Michelle Langenhaun

              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.

                Keri-Lyn Battrick

                R.A.D. Ballet

                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.

                  Nicole LaPlaca

                  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.

                    Cierra Martin

                    Hip Hop, Jazz & Tap

                    Cierra fell in love with dance at the age of 4 and grew up training extensively in all styles right here at Peggy Peat School of Dance. Upon entering the professional dance world Cierra landed numerous jobs around her hometown of Vancouver including performances for the 2010 Olympic games, daily shows at the PNE, and gigs at multiple sporting events, all while bettering herself with the Source Dance Company. After travelling to China to dance in Guangdong’s tourism festival, she developed a desire to see the world. Luckily enough Cierra was shortly after hired by Princess Cruise Line to perform in their extravagant production shows onboard. After four years of countless memories at sea she has chosen to share her joy of expression and movement with others, and is currently teaching and choreographing throughout the Vancouver area.

                      Kelsey Chace

                      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.

                        Morgan McQueen

                        R.A.D. Ballet

                        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.

                          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.

                            Jayson Waugh

                            Tumbling

                            Picture Jason has spent the last 8 years coaching Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics at the recreational level and the pre competitive level at Twisters Gymnastics in Abbotsford. He has also spent the last year teaching Acro and Tumbling to Dancers, Cheerleaders and Gymnasts. He is currently level 2 qualified in men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics and level 1 in trampoline. Some of Jason’s strong qualities include physical fitness, and developing new skills on and off of the gymnastics apparatus for both men and women. He performs with the Inner Ring and Vancouver Circus School, he has also trained with acrobats from Cirque Du Soleil. He trains in hand to hand Acro and other circus arts that prove to be helpful in both the dance and the gymnastics realms. Jason looks forward to working with all the students this year at Peggy Peats, and improving the skill level of our acrobatic program.

                              Alex Pesusich

                              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.

                                Tasha Lawson

                                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.

                                  Matt Shields

                                  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.


                                    Danny Nielson

                                    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.


                                      Alyssa Parry

                                      R.A.D. Ballet

                                      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.


                                        Samantha Hall

                                        Acro

                                        Samantha started acrobatics at the age of 11 and continued into the elite discipline of contortion at the age of 16. Teaching at local dance studios in the lower mainland and performing professionally all over the Vancouver area by the time she was 19. Later having the opportunity to be a guest performer at a contortion convention in Las Vegas, leading to her performing abroad. Working on Cruise Ships and in all Inclusive Resorts around the world. Specializing in Contortion, partnering elements, Samantha is equally passionate about her aerial arts. Including Aerial Silk, Aerial Hoop/ Lyra and Static Trapeze. She has had the privilege of working under world renowned trainers such as Otto Waller and Kristi Toguchi in Las Vegas. Now after working abroad for the past 5years, Samantha is now home in Vancouver and excited to share her passion with you! She will be offering all levels of Overstretch/ Contortion Classes.

                                          Charlie

                                          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 :)

                                            Office Staff: Toni Clark, Leilani Kine

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