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 I – Thu (17:30 – 18:25) – SRC Studio

Jesse Weise

Bio

Jesse’s focus and passion as a teacher is helping students to bring their heart into dance and rediscover their natural, uninhibited ability to move. Her mom says she kicked a lot in the womb. Jesse says that she wasn’t kicking – she was already dancing!
Jesse has over twenty years of experience teaching. She has a strong technical background in Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Ballet, and gymnastics. She studied dance in Los Angeles and New York, performed in musicals, danced commercially. She’s now settled in Vancouver to perform and teach.
Jesse loves to move and express herself through art. She’s a singer-songwriter who performs and records heart-full music. She’s also a professional potter. You can find her work in homes and restaurants throughout the world. She loves how making pottery is another movement discipline: like dancing, it involves flow, centeredness, and creativity.
In Jesse’s words: “Children dance effortlessly and ecstatically – until they’re told to sit still and be less energetic. Training in dance is an opportunity to recover that natural ability to joyfully move.”

Program(s) Taught

Intermediate 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 (17:30 – 18:25) – SRC Studio
Zumba – Mon (18:30 – 19:25) – SRC Studio

Carolyn Chan

Bio

Carolyn is a passionate recreational dance instructor and movement artist. She began her dance teaching career 9 years ago with pre-school children then slowly moved into teaching youth and adults. Then later joined and fell in love with other movement base disciplines such as yoga, acro yoga, aerial hoop and circus training.

 

Qualifications

As a UBC alumni, she holds a BA degree in psychology and minor in theatre film production and currently pursuing her Masters in Education specializing in social emotional learning (SEL).  With her passion on health and wellness, her classes are focused on self- awareness, creative thinking, mindfulness, active living, and most importantly, community building.  Her classes emphasize play/humour and empowerment.

Program(s) Taught

Diva Dance – Thu (12:30 – 13:25) – Ponderosa Commons Studio