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
Hip Hop II – Thu (18:30 – 19:25) – 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

Amadea Hallwas

Bio

Amadea Hallwas began her dance journey at the age of 3, and has trained in Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. Amadea spent 10 years as a competitive dancer and successfully obtained prestigious awards such as a Canadian National Silver Medal in Contemporary, 1st Place in the top Solo Contemporary category at the Surrey Festival of Dance in 2010, and multiple 1st Place standings for her own choreographic creations. She retired from the competition circuit at 17 to teach the next generation of dancers at her home studio XBa DanceCo, and in 2011 was offered a position with The diskordanse Contemporary Company, based in South Surrey. Amadea is currently the Principal Dancer for diskordanse, as well as an established teacher in the Lower Mainland. She also earned her International Certification in Dance Studies – Level III from UNESCO’s International Dance Council in 2014. Amadea is in her final year of her Bachelors of Arts degree at The University of British Columbia, and is looking forward to another season working with the UBC Recreation Centre!

Program(s) Taught

Lyricical Jazz – Fri (17:00 – 17:55) – 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

Lyrical Contemporary I – Mon (14:30 – 15:55) – SRC Studio
Lyrical Contemporary II – Mon (16:00 – 17:25) – 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

Bollywood Belly Dance – Sun (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 (6:30 – 7:25PM) – SRC Studio
Ballet I – Sun (15:00 – 16:25) – SRC Studio
Ballet II – Sun (16:30 – 17:55) – SRC Studio

Danielle Hull

Program(s) Taught

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