Dance – Instructors

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) – ARC Main 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 (18:00 – 18:55) – ARC Main Studio
Dancehall – Tue (19:00 – 19:55) – ARC Main Studio
Zumba – Mon (18:30 – 19:25PM) – ARC Main 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 (17:30 – 18:25) – ARC Main Studio
Lyrical Jazz – Thu (18:30 – 19:25) – ARC Main 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

Heather Kirkland

Bio

Heather Kirkland has been teaching dance in the Vancouver and Burnaby districts since 2003. Her early training included the Royal Acadaemy of Dance ballet technique and examinations and later Cecchetti technique and modern dance at Arts Umbrella. She graduated from the Performance Intensive program at Maindance and then moved to Toronto where she completed the training program at the school of Toronto Dance theatre. Later she studied as a dance/ theatre apprentice with Jumpstart Performance Company. Before discovering teaching Heather could be found on stage in Toronto and Vancouver in productions such as 12 min max, Dancing on the edge and The Kiss Project. Now she is thoroughly enjoying sharing her love of dance through teaching and choreography in both ballet and modern dance forms. In her classes Heather encourages artistic expression and musicality while working with students on good healthy alignment and technique. She aims to cultivate a supportive environment where creativity can flourish regardless of your level of experience.

Program(s) Taught

Ballet I – Sun (14:00 – 15:25) – ARC Main Studio
Ballet II – Sun (15:30 – 16:55) – ARC Main Studio