Dance – Instructors

Jane Marlinga

Bio

Born & raised on the small island of Victoria, BC, Jane Marlinga began her dance training at the young age of 3. She started off by learning Filipino folk dancing and quickly moved on to study at The Sinclair Academy of Performing Arts. Here she focused on the R.A.D ballet syllabus as well as I.S.T.D tap, completing numerous examinable grades. Her love for dance flourished, and began showing interest in the other genres. By the time she was 17 years old, Jane studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Musical Theater & Street Jazz. Competing throughout the lower/upper island festivals & competitions, Jane won numerous 1st place achievements in both group & solo entries. She also attained company member positions at Kidco Dance & Theatre School as well as Excalibur in her later years. After high school, Jane moved to Vancouver where she found and fell in love with the Hip Hop culture and dance. She switched her focus in discipline and never looked back.

Jane is a versatile dancer, which has allowed her to dance professionally in the industry. Some of her credits include: K-OS, 2010 Closing Ceremonies for the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Coca-Cola, CFL: Grey Cup, City TV-Breakfast Television & XBOX: Just Dance. For years, Jane was casted to perform in the Alberta Ballet & Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. She was also fortunate enough to be a featured dancer with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. From 2005 – 2009, Jane landed various dancing roles at the Pacific National Exhibition under the direction of PRP Productions. In the fall of 2009, Jane along with her crew mates, were the 1st ever in Western Canada chosen to represent at an elite show called Carnival: Choreographers Ball in Los Angeles, California. In the summer of 2012, Jane auditioned & successfully secured a spot with the Academy of Swag Company in West Covina, California who competed to become the United States Champions. Winning 1st place, they were sent to represent the US against 40+ other countries at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. Recently, Jane has been brought onto the World of Dance Tour, which travels throughout the year. The World of Dance movement is growing at a rapid pace and is currently in 4 countries with 19 stops globally.

Jane is a dancer first and foremost and will at every opportunity train in various styles from as many different teachers as she can. She believes this training can only add to her physical vocabulary and constantly push her boundaries when choreographing. When not on the road travelling, Jane teaches regular drop-in classes at the University of British Columbia & the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver. She also dances and choreographs for her dance crew Diamonds in the Rough, which enlists some of the top female dancers in Western Canada.

Program(s) Taught

Hip Hop – Thu (17:30 – 18:25) – SRC Studio

Amanda Helen Collinge

Bio

Amanda is a professional dancer, actress and model whose passion is to dance. Classically trained in ballet and modern dance, Amanda is known for her precise technique, commanding stage presence, and fluidity of movement. She has trained with notable artist such as Karen Kain, Veronica Tennant and Margie Gillis, and has won several awards and scholarships nationally. Her repertoire has expanded to include lyrical, contemporary, Argentine tango, commercial styles, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, Latin and salsa dance. Amanda has worked in music videos, television commercials, Bollywood movies, online ad campaigns, corporate events and dance on film projects. She was principal dancer, choreographer and company member for The Lovers Cabaret, Seasons, and Corazon Dancers. Amanda volunteered as a principal dancer and choreographer for Brilliant!, Shine! and Red galas benefiting mental health and HIV research. When not performing, Amanda is a designated accountant and strategic operations manager at a financial brokerage. She has been a guest speaker at the Vancouver Board of Trade and two Young Women in Business conferences as a key note speaker and panelist. She mentors high potential young females and enjoys giving back to the community around her. When not dancing, Amanda is also a 200 hour YTT certified yoga instructor. Amanda’s teaching style is high-energy with a focus on bringing out the artistry and love of dance for all who take her classes, regardless of level of experience.

Qualifications

200 hour YTT Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor
RAD and Vaganova trained for ballet

Program(s) Taught

Lyrical Contemporary – Mon (16:00 – 17:25) – SRC Studio

Kirby Rae Snell

Bio

Kirby Rae Snell’s dance (dance-fitness) programs are a fun hybrid of sultry and sweaty.  Kirby is an international choreographer, dance-fitness presenter and performer. Her professional career has taken her throughout Europe, the West-Indies, Central and North America. She has choreographed for artistic dance films including ‘Evanescent’ and ‘Zyra,’ is a sought after dance-fitness presenter performing regularly in large scale events such as for the Canadian Cancer Society and is an advocate to implement more dance programming into elementary and secondary school systems.  She is the founder of Endorphin Rush Dance and Fitness and believes in the power of the endorphin high produced through dance-fitness.  She creates innovative dance and dance-fitness programs which are taught in welcoming environments where participants can let loose while dripping with sweat and expressing themselves.

Program(s) Taught

Burlesque – Tue (20:00 – 20:55) – SRC Studio
Dancehall – Tue (21:00 – 21:55) – SRC Studio
Zumba – Mon (18:30 – 19:25PM) – SRC Studio

Elaina Collis

Bio

Elaina is an enthusiastic performer who holds her roots in the art of Bellydance.

She maintains a career as a professional dancer to share her love for the art-form with everyone around her, and spread the beauty and joy of the style while using it to promote healthy body image and self love among women.

Elaina completed her primary training at the Get Bent School of Bellydance and Performing Arts in 2014. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Elaina taught both adult and children’s dance classes at the Get Bent studio and has since taught adult classes at UBC in Vancouver.

Elaina is trained in Get Bent’s Bollywood style as well as tribal fusion and greek style bellydance. The styles taught at Get Bent are directed to create high-energy and family friendly shows for the entire community.

Program(s) Taught

Belly Dance – Wed (18:00 – 18:55) – Ponderosa Commons Studio

Alisa Vink

Bio

Alisa Vink is an emerging contemporary dance artist from Vancouver, BC. She began her dance training at the age of thirteen and has trained in a Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater. To further her training she attended the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University where she receive a BFA Honours in Dance. While attending SFU, she has had the pleasure of working with various local and international choreographers, she has also performed and choreographed for the SFU Student Dance Concerts and Ascension 4. Outside of SFU, she has been a dance assistant & demonstrator to Sarah Brewer-Clowes, as well as an apprentice dancer for Heather Laura Gray’s full length production, THE TUNNEL. As dance teacher, Alisa is committed to sharing her passion for dance with others.

Program(s) Taught

Barre Fitness – Wed (18:30 – 19:25PM) – SRC Studio
Ballet I – Sun (15:00 – 16:25) – SRC Studio
Ballet II – Sun (16:30 – 17:55) – SRC Studio

Kylie Railton

Bio

Kylie grew up in Vancouver specializing in Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Burlesque. For the past 20 years she has been teaching throughout the Lower Mainland, Okanagan and Vancouver Island. Choreography and Performance credits include Forbidden Fruit, BC Lions Felions, Penticton Pageant, Stand up and Dance, Fashion Jam. Clairol and Joico.

Her love of dance shines through her teaching promising you a challenging yet fun class. Guaranteed to make you sweat, smile and build confidence while getting an awesome workout.

Program(s) Taught

Hip Hop – Mon (18:00 – 18:55) – Ponderosa Commons Studio
Lyrical Jazz – Fri (17:00 – 17:55) – SRC Studio

Julie Sun

Bio

Young, energetic, committed, and passionate are the adjectives that describe Julie; Julie has mastered k-pop dance, shelled the moves, and understood the connection that makes each of them relevant to k-pop music. This is the true personality of a k-pop dance instructor.

The history of Sun’s association to dancing speaks positively in relation to her achievements. Although she focused on Hip-hop only after sixteen, Julie started involving in a variety of dances since her childhood. While some of these experiences were unrecorded, she must have had numerous professional trainings and on-stage experiences; most of which brought her out as talented dancer with the abilities to enjoy performances with perfect memory, outstanding stamina, and unique physical and emotional connections with the audience.
Notable among the many local dance battle experiences include the winning of the Feel Korea Kpop cover dance North America round in the year 2013 and the subsequent flight to Asia for the Global Final Championships of the same contest. Her latter life in Asia saw her interact with, master, and deeply understand the Asian Pop Dance Culture and all the social issues surrounding its performances.

Knowing how to dance is great, but it is not all one needs to be accomplished in k-pop dance. One has to be confident, expressive. They have to establish an affective connection and positive attitude with the music and the audience; all features of which Julie achieves.
As a choreographer, she still remains experienced. Occasionally performing as a professional back dancer, she has choreographed numerous local concerts successfully. In her choreographic teachings, she emphasizes on star-like performances with concentration on specific areas: evaluating the music, understanding its dance approaches, grooving the basic dance techniques, and developing solid techniques progressively.

Program(s) Taught

K-Pop Dance – Sun (20:00 – 20:55) – SRC Studio

Chiamaka Mọgọ

Bio

Chiamaka Mọgọ is a Public Policy scholar, with an avid passion for dancing. Born and raised in Nigeria, she has danced for a decade and counting. Mọgọ has sung and danced in choirs and in a cultural troupe. A human rights advocate, she was named by CIBWE, as one of the 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada (2016). Since the confirmation of her appointment in October 2017, Mọgọ has been thrilled to introduce — for the first time at the UBC Recreation — dance from the continent of Africa. A lover of life, dance and laughter, Mọgọ is thrilled to bring the positive vibes and healing touch of West African dance to UBC.

Program(s) Taught

West African Dance – Tues (18:00 – 18:55) – Ponderosa Commons Studio