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Stephanie Gillott - Executive Director

 

Stephanie completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with distinction, from the University of Victoria in 2012. During her time at UVic she studied Drawing, Painting, Photography, Video, Sculpture, Art History, Art Education and Psychology, with a focus on child development.

 

Stephanie taught art at Creative Edge from 2005 to 2008, before going away to school on Vancouver Island. While living in Victoria, Stephanie instructed adults and children at The Paint Box School of Art in Mixed Media, Water Colour and Acrylic Painting, Drawing, Sewing and Clay Sculpture classes and several fun camps and workshops. She also instructed art workshops at The University of Victoria for teen and adult students in an exchange program. Stephanie was happy to return to Creative Edge in 2012 to take over the Art program once again.

 

Stephanie has since passed on the art program to two wonderful new teachers in favour of taking on a huge role in management at the school. Stephanie loves hiring and coordinating our amazing teachers, scheduling our many programs, planning exciting new classes, getting our performers involved in community events and writing endless e-mail. Her favourite part of working as a studio director is watching our students perform and helping parents find the perfect class(es) for their kids.

Mark and Eileen Gillott - Studio Founders/Owners

 

Mark and Eileen first opened our doors in 1991 at the “Abbotsquare Mall." Eileen had been teaching a parent/tot program, known as “Scribbles” for the Abbotsford Rec commission. Initially, she taught at the Abbotsford Ag Rec Centre and later the McCallum Activity Centre, but realized a more permanent space was needed to continue to run this program. So “Abbotsquare” was the answer.  Back then, the school was known as “Creative Edge Music & Activity Place." To make the best use of the space there, Eileen ran “Scribbles” in the day while Mark, who has a degree in music education, began offering afternoon music lessons. Soon afterward they added art classes and within a year had already grown to 135 students. After the first year they moved into the Clayburn Centre to make room for this growth, and the addition of new programs in dance and drama.

 

In the new facility they became known as “Creative Edge Kids Centre”. Here “Scribbles” became an official licensed “child minding” and soon after became an official licensed preschool offered 5 days a week. Since then, Creative Edge have experienced unprecedented growth, with enrollments peaking at over 1500 registrations. In 2013 they welcomed Andrew, Mark and Eileen's younger son, and his wife Stephanie, home from University in Victoria and they began teaching and helping with the everyday operations of the studio. Around this time Creative Edge also outgrew the second location and moved to a larger space within the Plaza, where they are today.

 

Creative Edge now offers fine arts programming 6 days a week for ages 1-Adult! It has the largest youth Theatre program in Abbotsford; an incredible recreational and competitive dance program with award winning dancers, teachers and choreography; an ever-growing Visual Arts program; a huge selection of group and private music classes; aerial hoop, acrobatics and creative writing classes and, of course, the Fine Arts Preschool which started it all!

 

In December 2016 Mark passed away. He would be very proud of how the studio has continued to grow and uphold the standard of excellence and family values that he strove for in the 25 years he devoted to Creative Edge.

 

After nearly 30 years Creative Edge is still proud to serve the Abbotsford community and will continue to do so for many years to come.

"We love Creative Edge! All of the teachers and assistants are very pleasant, upbeat and attentive. The positive environment is a perfect place for the children to learn, play and dance. We attribute our daughter's and son's enthusiasm for education, art, dance and theatre to all the teachers at Creative Edge. Thank you!"  - Erika C.

 

                                                                                  "Fantastic for kids. Family run and they really care about your children." -Stephanie S.

 

Andrew Gillott - Drama Teacher / Artistic Director

 

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre as well as a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Victoria. He has fourteen years of experience teaching drama and music to students ages 3 to adult. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Abbotsford Arty Award for Outstanding Theatre Artist.

 

Andrew has a strong background in live theatre as an actor, writer and director including acting in a leading role in the Victoria Shakespeare Festival and writing and directing a play for the Victoria Fringe Kids Fest.  Over the past 20 years, Andrew has been involved in nearly every year-end production at Creative Edge!

 

As a BC Certified Teacher, Andrew also has experience in K-7 public school classrooms.  He currently teaches drama for the Abbotsford School District. He is a patient, outgoing and creative teacher, who brings energy, enthusiasm and artistic knowledge to his drama classes.

 

As the drama program co-ordinator and teacher, Andrew instructs weekly drama classes and organizes and directs 4 major productions a year, plus several in-class performances. As the Artistic Director, Andrew plays a key role in conceiving the idea for, producing, directing and running our huge Year End Show, our Mainstage productions and more!

Dance:

 

 

Judi Ryan Kellett - R.A.D. Ballet

 

Judi began dancing at the age of 3 and has been a well known presence in the Abbotsford Ballet community.  She studied R.A.D ballet and completed all the graded and vocational levels.  Judi had the privilege of training with an R.A.D examiner for 5 years and went to the Banff Summer School where she was accepted into The National Ballet School's 5 week summer programme.

 

Judi became a fully certified R.A.D instructor in 1987 and has been molding young minds with her expertise ever since.

 

Along with her extensive training in Ballet, Judi also has a diploma in Anatomy and in History of Dance.

 

Over the years she has entered many students into competitions and exams and has seen many of her students become professional dancers.

 

Judi is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance as a Mentor to Student Teachers entering the Teacher Training Programme. Judi is loving her second year teaching at Creative Edge and is excited to continue to watch the program grow in the years to come.

 

Carlin Swift - Ballet

 

Miss Carlin began studying ballet at the age of three as a student of both the ISTD and RAD programs.  During her 15 years of training, she completed exams with the ISTD, studying to the Grade 6 level, then trained with the RAD up to the vocational level of Elementary (now Intermediate).  In addition to ballet, Carlin studied for several years in lyrical and tap.

 

Under Denise Lafourtune’s instruction Carlin trained to be the teacher she is today. She has been teaching and fostering a love for Ballet in the community since 2003, specializing in Pre-school dance to Grade One RAD ballet syllabus. She also teaches classes up to an intermediate foundation RAD level.

 

Miss Carlin’s Preschool dance program fosters a lifelong love of dance through the introduction of the fundamentals of ballet movement, musicality and creative movement.  In a nurturing and fun-filled environment, students are able to explore creativity while building the framework for physical development as a dancer.

 

Miss Carlin holds a Liberal Arts Diploma, Bachelor of Arts, and a Substance Abuse Counselling Certificate. She has also recently completed her BC Teacher Certification and is now a registered BC Teacher working within the Abbotsford School District!

 

 

 

Mary-Anne Stephens (Langstaff) - Competitive and Recreational Dance

(Jazz, Lyrical, Stage and Contemporary/Modern Specialist)

 

Mary-Anne has been living, loving and breathing dance for nearly 3 decades! She has been teaching, choreographing, and inspiring for over 15 years.  She has studied the art of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Hiphop, Stage, Show, and Acro.
 
She has many credits as a Dancer and has won numerous awards for her Choreography. Many of her students have gone onto professional careers, in both stage and television, competed Internationally and on the World stage, and some are now teachers and choreographers themselves.


Her passion and genuine love for dance and people is what makes her such an in demand, and beloved teacher, choreographer and adjudicator. She believes everyone has "something" special to bring to dance. She loves helping people realize, find, and develop that strength. While at the same time always pushing her students out of their comfort zone, and encouraging them to improve their weakness, to become a well rounded dancer!

Some of her credits include,

* Adjudicator for Sizzle Dance Festival in Alberta, B.C.

* Adjudicator for the Chiefs Dance Team.

* Adjudicator for Miss Teenage Canada.

* Dancer with Carnival Cruise Lines.

* Lead dancer in the 2010 Olympic Ceremonies alongside Michael Buble!

*Former member of the “Felions” dance team for the CFL's "BC Lions".

* Lead dancer in the music video "Lula" by 16mm that was debuted on Much Music.

* Has competed and won numerous times Internationally.

* Received numerous Choreography awards.
* Directed Hannah Strongs choreography for Pop Star "Victoria Duffield" music video.
* Lead Dancer in "Shout"

* Show Dancer in "Here's Hollywood", both above were cast by Simon Griffiths

*Dancer in the BC Summer Games

* Model for the Juno awards

* Dancer for Voltage Entertainment and Valley Entertainment.

* Lead Dancer for Dominator's Dance World Wide Entertainment.

 

 

 

Yoshi Hisanaga - Recreational and Competitive Hip Hop

(Hip Hop Specialist)

 

Yoshi began his dancing career out as a b-boy, learning from a dancer from Cyborg G (Korea). He has performed and choreographed in numerous shows such as the annual S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala at GMPlace, countless various local shows, and many concerts for overseas singers. His classes include everything from popping, breaking, locking, house, pop, to street jazz. Yoshiʼs choreography specializes in a unique and abstract blend of hip-hop and break-dancing. He was the choreographer and dancer for the 2005 Senior Canadian National Dance Competition Champions, and the choreographer for the 2005, 2006, 2007 Junior Canadian National Dance Competition Champions. Yoshi is also a dancer in the group that won the Canadian Hip-hop Championships 2007, and represented Canada at the World Hip-hop Championships in the summer of 2007 in L.A and 2008 in Vegas.

 

 

Carmen Hargreaves - Acro and Aerial Hoop

(Acro Specialist)

 

Carmen is a Hip Hop and Acro teacher. Carmen started dance at the age of 3 and fell in love. As Carmen got older she continued her passion and took classes in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, Acro, and Song and Dance. She was a competitive dancer for about 9 years and travelled around the lower mainland for most competitions. Representing Canada in the Hip Hop world’s competition was a highlight. She also passed a number of her AIDT jazz tech exams before graduating and leaving for University.  Through-out her years of dance she would help her teachers with the younger kid’s classes to gain teaching experience as well as help pay for her own classes.

 

When Carmen returned from university she started teaching Hip Hop and Acro at various studio’s and rec centers. It was also at this time that Carmen started training Hand to Hand with her partner Jason. They dedicated a lot of time and hard work into training and soon enough were preforming professionally. These gigs included corporate events, weddings, birthdays, city events and commercials.  They have had the opportunity to train with Cirque Du Solei performers as well as travelling to Montréal to broaden their Circus knowledge and abilities.

 

Carmen’s passion for dance and circus is always growing and there is nothing she loves more than to share that passion. She believes in hard work, commitment, and most of all having fun.

Jessica Stefick - Competitive Dance

 

Jessica has been dancing since she was four years old! At a very early age Jessica knew that it was a passion she wanted to pursue for the rest of her life. She has trained extensively in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop, pointe, and partnering, among many other styles in which she competed in and won prestigious awards and scholarships to train in several prestigious dance schools throughout North America.

 

After dancing in the competitive circuit for many years, Jessica decided to focus on her ballet training and was accepted into the School of Alberta Ballet and later into their post-graduate professional division. Here, she trained under Murray and Nancy Kilgour, and Edmund Stripe, as well as many other world renowned ballet dancers and teachers. During this time Jessica went on to successfully complete the challenging Advanced I and Advanced II exams in the Cecchetti method. In January of 2014, Jessica was chosen out of thousands of applicants to compete in the Cecchetti International Ballet Competition held in Richmond, Virginia. She has also competed in both ballet and contemporary, in the international ballet competition; Youth American Grand Prix.

 

Jessica has been fortunate to perform in The School of Alberta Ballet’s “Coppelia”, Edmund Stripe’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”, Moscow Ballet’s “Cinderella”, as well as other repertoire pieces. Through scholarships Jessica has also had the privilege to be trained at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and the Edge Dance School in L.A

 

Now, Jessica has a passion for sharing what she loves most through teaching and mentoring students who strive to pursue excellence in dance, and is excited to be teaching at Creative Edge!

 

 

 

Tia Prince - Competitive Tap

 

Tia begin dancing at the young age of three. She trained in many styles of dance including jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, and hip hop. At the age of ten, Tia was presented with the amazing opportunity to take tap lessons under Bonnie-Jean Anderson. Tap dancing immediately became her most intense passion. People were extremely impressed to see someone begin to specialize in a dance style at such a young age!

 

Tia quickly immersed herself in all things related to tap dancing and took as many classes as possible pertaining to her interest. It was typical for her to spend numerous hours per week working on just one genre of dance. Almost every year Tia was a member of at least two different tap routines, attended extra technique classes, and also learned a variety of solos, duos, and trios over her dancing career.

 

Tia was provided with yet another amazing opportunity to become a member of the Canadian Tap Dancing Team and travelled to Reisa, Germany two years in a row to represent Canada. There she performed multiple routines, including small and large formations and a tap trio. She and her amazing team were able to bring back an impressive amount of titles, including two silver medals, one bronze medal, and a sixth place. The groups Tia was a member of competed against many different countries, some categories totalling up to 40 different routines.  Tia is now happy to be a Tap instructor and to share her knowledge, experience and love of the genre with her students!

 

 

Kirsty MacGregor Parkes - Tap and Highland Dance

 

Miss Kirsty began her dance life at the age of 3 with Scottish Highland Dance then adding Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. She performed Nationally and Internationally before beginning her career as a Dance Instructor. Kirsty has taught generations of dancers in the Lower Mainland for the past 25 years with many of her students going on to be dance professionals. She has won many Choreography awards over the years and is a registered member of the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albert E. Alberastine (AKA Einstein) - Breaking, B-Kids, Battles

(Breaking Specialist)

 

Bio Coming!

 

 

Sophia Hodges - Dance

 

Sophia has been dancing for 16 years, 13 competitively. Sophia has won several overall high score awards and special recognition from judges. In the past year she has begun choreographing solos for other competitive dancers, instructing advanced combo classes and creating and delivering curriculum for dance camps and our summer intensive. She has been a natural teacher since she first started assisting classes several years ago. Under the mentorship of Mary-Anne Langstaff Sophia is becoming a promising young teacher and chorSophia loves teaching and is thrilled to be able to share her love of dance with her students while helping them develop technique and their own individual passion for dance!

 

Wakana Ikeda - Tumbling

 

Wakana began as a gymnast at the age of 7 and quickly learned that she loved the sport. She spent over 10 years polishing her skills as a gymnast. Through hard work and patience, she was able to graduate high school with honors and enter the Tokyo Womens College of Physical Education where she graduated with a degree and a teaching license in Physical Education for middle school and high school.

 

She continued her passion for the sport of gymnastics by honing her skills as a coach. She coached many different levels of gymnastics at one of Japans top gymnastics clubs. She learned from many high-level coaches and enjoyed passing her knowledge to her athletes. With her love for the sport she continues to share her experience in the world of dance. Being able to teach tumbling and watch it merge with the movement of dance has always been fascinating. She loves to create a safe and supportive environment for her students and hopes to do so for years to come.

 

Samantha Kendall - Recreational and Competitive Dance, Mainstage Choreographer

 

Sam has been dancing since the age of 3. She began competing at age 6 and danced competitively for a total of 12 years. Sam started her teaching career subbing dance classes at Creative Edge in 2015 and has since taken on her own shift of Tap and Musical Theatre classes. Sam has also choreographed numerous successful solo and duo routines in Tap and Musical Theatre genres, even earning choreography awards for her work.

 

In 2015, Sam had the amazing opportunity to compete with Team Canada Tap! She was accepted onto the a large group Jr team and invited to the special small group team as well. Her teams competed in Reisa, Germany at the IDO World Championships and took home a 3rd place bronze medal, as well as 6th place!

 

Sam has been trained in Tap, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Song & Dance and Stage with many different teachers and choreographers around the lower mainland. Sam has  participated in several workshops in many different genres. All of her experiences have contributed to her growth as a dancer and teacher. Sam is a hard working dancer and instructor who will always strive to help her students improve their technique and grow their love of dance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mira Pittman - Ballet and Dance

 

Mira is an instructor and dancer with Creative Edge School of Arts and specializes in Acro, Ballet, Contemporary and Lyrical while also enjoying to teach other styles!

 

Mira has been training in many styles of dance since she was 3 years old, and has been working at a competitive level for over 10 years. She started assisting classes at only 6 years old and has grown passionate about teaching. In recent years Mira has been teaching under the mentorship of our senior teachers. Choreographing, cleaning dances, helping prepare children for exams, as well as passing on her passion and enthusiasm for dance.

 

Mira has completed her RAD ballet exams from grade 1 to intermediate and is currently studying to become a fully certified RAD teacher. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and Acrobatic Arts Module 1. Mira has attended teaching workshops focusing on safe stretching, improving turnout safely, injury prevention for dancers and more.

 

Mira has worked in and volunteered at many local performances including the BC Summer Games!

 

Mira’s goal is to inspire her students to feel pride in all endeavors, artistic and otherwise! She believes every child has the potential to be amazing and to find their passion within the arts.

 

 

Shania McNarland-Preston - Ballet and Mini Dance

 

Bio to come!

 

 

Casey Teng

 

Creative Edge is so happy to welcome Casey to our faculty this year! Born in Vancouver, British Columbia and raised in North Delta, Casey has been training locally throughout her lifetime. Casey grew up in a competitive dance environment and received numerous awards and scholarships during that time. Casey began assistant teaching at the age of 14 and choreographing at the age of 15. She has since gained several years of teaching experience.

 

Casey has a varied background in hip hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet and stage and has trained in Vancouver and Los Angeles. Casey is passionate about dance and teaching students of all ages, from toddler to adult! Her lively spirit and determination helps students reach their full potential as dancers.

 

Casey has been part of the dance industry since she graduated high school. She has worked as a dancer for tv series and music videos including dancing as a background dancer for “The Magicians." Casey has built connections in the international film industry choreographing and dancing with artists such as “Har Sandhu” and “Miss Pooja”. She has worked with “Danielle Cohn” for her music video as a dancer in Los Angeles as well.

 

In addition, Casey is currently a 3rd year student at Douglas College studying in their Bachelors of Coaching and Physical Education Program: Concentration in Kinesiology. She has attained a vast knowledge of human anatomy and physiology as it pertains to human movement. She has assisted with physiotherapy and has begun researching children’s physical movement. This gives her the knowledge as a dance teacher to help students understand their body and safely execute dance movements.

 

It is Casey’s desire to teach and pass on the knowledge she has attained. Her goal for her students is that they learn to perform to the the best of their ability while having fun and enjoying dance!

 

 

Tannah Mckinnon - Ballet

 

We are happy to welcome Miss Tannah to our teaching team as of Sept 2020! Tannah has been immersed in the world of dance since the age of three. She has studied RAD, Vaganova, and Cecchetti ballet as well as ISTD tap and modern. Tannah is also trained in hip hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, and acro. Through the course of her ballet training Tannah completed all Royal Academy of Dance graded and vocational ballet levels, completing all graded examinations with great success. Tannah spent two summers at the Alberta School of Ballet intensives and also attended a Vancouver Ballet Society spring seminar. Miss Tannah always dreamed of becoming a dance teacher and passing on her knowledge of dance to eager students and last year that dream became a reality when she was hired to plan and instruct children’s ballet classes and her local recreation centre. Tannah had a ton of fun with her students and gained valuable teaching experience. With the training and mentorship of her past teacher (current RAD teacher at Creative Edge) Miss Judi, Tannah is prepared to teach at Creative Edge to inspire and train future ballet dancers!

 

 

Drama:

Andrew Gillott - Drama, Mainstage

 

See top of page for Bio

 

 

Rachael Stephens - Drama, Mainstage, Piano and Vocals

 

Rachel is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, having received her Master of Arts Degree in Musical Theatre Performance in October 2015.  She also holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba.  While living in Scotland she was lucky enough to find work teaching language and performing arts in the UK, France and Switzerland. Rachel currently works in the Fraser Valley as an acting teacher and in-demand vocal coach.  Favorite past roles include Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Theatre in the Country), Potiphar’s Wife in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Secondary Characters) and Ophelia in the original workshop of The Women Of William (Thurston/Saringer, RCS).

 

Music:

 

 

Gabrielle Musseau - Piano

 

As a child and teenager Gabrielle competed regularly in Abbotsford and

Chilliwack piano festivals, often taking first place. Gabrielle

completed her Grade 10 RCM piano exam in 2000, scoring first class

honours with distinction. She is currently studying to take her ARCT

while raising her 5 children. She studied under Bernard Duerksen.

 

For Gabrielle music is both extremely serious and profoundly joyful.

In her teaching Gabrielle leans towards a classical approach, but she

is flexible and happy to adjust her teaching methodology to suit each

individual student. Gabrielle loves working with advanced students

(e.g., Grade 5 RCM and higher), but she also enjoys setting a strong

foundation for newcomers to piano. Successful students with Gabrielle

strengthen their piano technique through daily practice, and also

deepen their love and appreciation for all music.

 

When not playing or teaching, Gabrielle enjoys long walks and spending

time with her rabbits, cats, chickens, and guinea pigs. She would like

to one day acquire some sheep and alpacas.

 

 

Natalie Giesbrecht

 

We are thrilled to welcome Natalie to our faculty this year! Natalie began singing and teaching herself piano at the age of eight, and when she was about fourteen she began teaching herself guitar. At seventeen Natalie started performing at parties, jams and open mic nights. During this time she was very encouraged by her audience to pursue music.

 

In high school Natalie co-starred in two musical theatre productions and was also enrolled in choir, vocal studies and guitar. After graduating she gained experience leading a worship band for 2 years.

 

She has also worked as a camp leader several times and has taught Sunday School for a number of years, giving her plenty of experience with young children.

 

Natalie was recently sponsored by the Fraser Valley Blues Society to represent BC in the 2019 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis Tennessee. She performed over ten shows throughout the week at various clubs on Beale Street.

 

Now she has earned a certificate of General Music Studies from Berklee College Of Music Online taking courses in Advanced Blues Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Theory and Vocal Technique.

 

Her goals as a teacher are to go above and beyond for her students, to observe what interests them and lead them to inspiring material. She wants each student to reach their full potential and to have fun doing so.

 

Visual Arts:

 

 

 

Brandie Penningroth - Visual Arts/Writing/Kindergarten Readiness/

                                            Homeschool Coordinator/Admin

 

Brandie has been working with kids for over 25 years. She earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Washington State University and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. She began working with children within the schools of western Washington, then relocated to Los Angeles, California specializing in art and play therapy with high risk kids and their families. Brandie feels strongly in letting children express themselves through art and writing, finding their own voice and style. Making learning fun, helping to foster ideas, and watching them grow and develop skills as well as confidence that they can carry with them even outside of the classroom.

 

When Brandie isn't teaching, she is homeschooling 5 crazy kids, chasing chickens and other furry creatures. She is excited to spend this time with the students at Creative Edge School of Arts sharing the joy of learning that will last a lifetime.

 

Amanda Carvalho - Drawing and Painting

 

Amanda has taken art lessons since she was very young, eventually moving on to study art more in depth during her high school career at Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts, then at Langley Fine Arts, where she also majored in Creative Writing. She is currently studying at Kwantlen University where she is working towards a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts with double minors in English and Counselling. Amanda hopes to teach and counsel in high school post-graduation.

 

She began teaching studio art in 2015 as a curator at a local 4Cats Arts Studio, where she taught drawing, painting, and clay art to students of all ages, from toddlers to adults. During her three years teaching, she also hosted birthday parties, corporate team building events, and wedding showers. Additionally, she participated in local community events and fundraisers representing the local art community.

 

Amanda is happiest when she making something and sharing the joy of art. Teaching with patience, she believes that creativity lives in everyone. She is thrilled to be a part of the Creative Edge team and looks forward to continuing her work here.

 

Sarah Whitehead - Preschool Teacher and Maternity Leave Preschool Manager

 

Miss Sarah is a new addition to our Preschool Family, although you may have seen her friendly face around the studio over the years. Miss Sarah is a dance Mom of two daughters who enjoy classes at Creative Edge.

 

Sarah graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley and has her Early Childhood Educator Certificate and Community Care First Aid. After working in Japan as a Preschool English Teacher, Sarah knew that her passion was working with Children. Miss Sarah has worked in home daycare for the last 9 years. After being a stay at home Mom, Miss Sarah is excited to return to a career she loves teaching Preschool.

 

 

Preschool:

 

 

 

Amanda Blaquiere - Preschool Teacher

 

Bio to come!

Karly Mokry - Preschool Teacher/Manager (On Mat Leave)

 

Bio to come!

Guest Instructors:

 

 

Guest Instructor/Choreographer: Tosh Sutherland (Tap)

 

Tosh Sutherland is a Vancouver based tap dancer and actor. He began his training with Bonnie-Jean Anderson and has since had the opportunity to train under various tap dance instructors from all over North America. Most notably, he attended the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival under the direction of Dianne Walker with guest artists Derick Grant, Lisa La Touche, Brenda Buffalino and Lane Alexande

 

Tosh has been teaching and sharing all he has learned for almost a decade to all ages from 4 to 70. Recent performing credits include Danny Nielsen’s show ‘Love.Be.Best.Free” and ‘The Music Man’ with Gateway Theatre. By utilizing his previous experience and training in several arts disciplines, he brings a sense of curiousity and exploration into his teaching methods. He is very excited to be a part of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society faculty

 

 

 

 

Guest Instructor: REID COLTON (Ballet/Contemporary)

 

Reid began training with Philip Fuller in Los Angeles at the age of 8. As a student at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, he attended summer sessions on scholarship with ABT, San Francisco Ballet and the Royal Ballet.

 

He received a scholarship to the Post-Secondary Program of Canada’s National Ballet School, where he studied with Lindsay Fischer. While there he represented NBS in an international showcase, dancing Rudi van Dantzig’s ‘Third Song’ at the Stuttgart Ballet.

 

Upon graduating from the Post-Secondary Dance Program Reid joined Ballet West and performed ballets such as Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and Balanchine’s ‘Stars and Stripes’. In 2008 Reid joined The Orlando Ballet and danced roles in Fernando Bujones’ ‘Don Quixote’, ‘Bolero’, and Robert Hill’s ‘Le Corsaire’.

 

 

 

 

 

Administration:

 

 

Nicole Pittman - Administrative Assistant/Competitive Dance Coordinatior

 

Bio to come!

Jenna Murdoch - Administrative Assistant

 

Bio to come!

"Great space. Very clean. The staff is beyond amazing. Great family atmosphere. Teachers are incredible."

-Susan M.

 

 

"Great local family run arts school! Highly recommend this place!"

-Heather M.