Instructors

Veronika Kryvchun

Veronika Kryvchun was born in Lithuania and started her dance career at age 6. She became the Lithuanian and former Soviet Union youth Latin Ballroom champion. Veronika has experience in choreographing competitive, showdance, and social routines. In 2004 she moved to Canada and brought her experience to coach kids, junior amateur, professional, social dancers and couples. Veronika brings her love of dance and movement to all of her classes and inspires others to move with a joy!

Missy

Missy has been a teaching dance for 20 years. She began her career in Prince George where she studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre. She received her R.A.D Advanced 2 certificate while dancing the lead role of Clara in the Production of the Nutcracker alongside the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and Ballet BC Alumni Edmund Kilpatrick. She has completed and placed in both ballet and jazz BC Provincial dance competitions. Since moving to Vancouver Missy has partnered with choreographer Paul Becker dancing in movies such as Josie and the Pussy Cats, and Life or Something Like it, starring Angelina Jolie. She has also worked with Chris Kattan of Saturday night live and has done a national commercials for Macy's. She has also taken two large groups to dance in California at Disneyland Co-choreographing alongside R.A.D examiner Kelly Douglas. Missy is a passionate teacher who has taught for Dance Collective, formerly Douglas Ballet Academy for 18 years building the jazz programme. Her choreography has won many awards and has students that have gone on to dance in ballet and jazz companies and some have also become dance instructors. She now teaches at multiple studios throughout the lower mainland. She specializes in teaching jazz, stage and lyrical, contemporary, ballet and tap and musical theatre to all ages.

Jada

Jada is originally from Whitehorse, Yukon where she has been dancing since she 7-years-old and teaching since she was 12-years-old. She is a vercitile professional dancer with an honours degree in Psychology who remains eager to learn and improve her craft. Dance has taken Jada to many places around the world and she continues to live for sharing her passion with others.

Sophia

My name is Sophia and this is my first year working at the dance summer camp. I have danced a variety of dance styles, such as hip-hop, contemporary and ballroom for the last 2 years. I am very excited to teach at the West Vancouver dance camps this year and hope to make this a memorable experience for all the children that join.

Emily Bridge

"Emily was born and raised in North Vancouver and started training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and other forms of dance from a young age; she trained in both North Vancouver, and then Vancouver, for over 12 years before studying contemporary dance in Israel. Emily just returned from teaching dance in Bogotá, Colombia for a year, after teaching for over 5 years in the Lower Mainland. She is excited to teach at West Vancouver Community Centre and bring her love and passion for dance to a broader community on the North Shore.

Montana Valverde

Montana Valverde is a young professional dancer trained in both classical and commercial styles of dance. She was born and raised in Penticton BC, but decided to pursue her post-secondary dance/ teacher training in New York City. She was accepted in the Contemporary Jazz program at the Joffrey Ballet School, and most recently completed the Broadway Dance Center’s elite professional semester. She is back on the west coast, and is ready to put her skills to the test here in Vancouver!

Sherry

My name is Sherry, and I am in my senior year of high school. I love anything to do with performing arts, including singing, music, and of course - dance. I’m super excited to be teaching this term of Ballet at the West Vancouver Recreation Center, with the support of the amazing staff and volunteers there. My goal for the kids is to use music, props, an active and engaging attitude and plenty of fun in my classes to develop and nurture their success in the performing arts.

Kimberly

Kimberly is a local dancer who has trained with some of the best mentors that the west coast has to offer. She has been dancing since the age of 3 with extensive training in jazz, contemporary, ballet, stage, modern, lyrical, and hip hop. Kimberly has significant experience working with children and she loves nothing more than a dance party!