Our Instructors

 

Heather Beauvais, Co-Director, Certified ADAPT/Acrobatique Teacher

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“Miss Heather’s” dance career began 22 years ago when she attended her first ballet class. From there she trained intensely in other styles of dance: jazz, modern, lyrical, gymnastics and musical theatre, receiving many awards during her teen years for her absolutely captivating solo performances. Not only was Heather born to dance, but born to teach. That dream of combining the two became a reality when she started teaching at Excalibre (now dansko studios). Through teaching, and creating dynamic, award winning choreography, Miss Heather is fortunate, as are the students she inspires, to keep her spirit of dance alive!

Allison Charlton, Co-Director, Certified ADAPT Teacher 

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Allison trained since the age of 3 at Dancentral Studio in Red Deer. For many years she successfully competed throughout Alberta in tap, jazz, musical theatre, highland & ballet as well as completing with honors, all levels of tap & jazz exams through the A.D.A.P.T. syllabus, and every level of highland dance exams. Playing the role of “Peter” in Peter Pan got her hooked on live theatre. At 14, Allison added teaching to her professional career and has never looked back. As a young adult Allison moved to Victoria where she performed in local theatre productions of ’42nd St.,’ ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘South Pacific’, ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Evita’. Allison also choreographed ‘Brigadoon’ for VOS.  Allison is well known in Victoria for her truly unique, highly entertaining, award-winning choreography. That, combined with her amazing ability to motivate and inspire her students of all ages makes her a ‘teacher extraordinaire

Leigh Neuman, Co-Director, Certified ADAPT Teacher 

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Leigh grew up dancing here in beautiful Victoria, BC, studying various disciplines including ballet, jazz, tap and musical theatre. From age 12, Leigh’s success as a soloist brought her many top marks, awards, and the privilege each year to represent Victoria at the BC Festival of the Arts in Stage Dance. At age 17, Leigh’s tap performance of “In Threes”, choreographed by Allison Charlton, received the “Dance Olympus Summer Dance National Champion (USA)” title. Leigh’s love and passion for dance led her to teach here in Victoria.

In 2004 Leigh began her career as professional dancer with Princess Cruises. Traveling and performing abroad on many Princess ships, Leigh was promoted to Asst. Dance Captain in 2005. After working abroad for four years, Leigh is excited and proud to return to the awesome dansko faculty to once again share her passion, love and experience of dancing with all of her students.

 Sarah Coupar   Instructor and Office Manager

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Since the age of three, Sarah has been dedicated to studying all forms of dance. Currently her focus is in ballet, jazz and modern but she also loves tap, lyrical, and contemporary. She has participated in many festivals and competitions on the island, including Victoria DanceWorks and Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, as well as in Vancouver. Here she has received many soloist awards in multiple genres as well as young choreography awards. She has had the honor of representing Victoria at the Provincial level for three years in Stage and Modern. In 2009 she placed runner-up in the Modern category. While continuing her studies at the University of Victoria, Sarah enjoys sharing her passion as both a dancer and a teacher.

 

Hocine Layada

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Born in Marseille, France, Hocine Layada started dancing at age 9, in Toulon France and began his professional training at the “Academie de Dance Princesse Grace” (Monaco, Monte-Carlo) 1980 – 1984. In 1984 he was a finalist at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland, earning the distinction of Encouragement. In 1984 he traveled to Hamburg, Germany on a scholarship with the Hambourg Ballet School and became a full company member in 1985-1990, performing as a Soloist. In 1990-1991 Mr. Layada joined the The Royal Ballet of Flanders, performing as a Soloist in Antwerpen, Belgium. After one year in Belgium Mr. Layada returned to Germany, to dance with the Komisch Oper Ballet, then went on appearing as a Principal Dancer with Gera Ballet Company and Erfurt Ballet Company. In 1993-1994 he came to Canada, joining the Alberta Ballet Company, performing in a soloist role. He later danced with the Ontario Ballet Theatre, with Raymond Smith as Artistic Director a Former Principal Dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, and returned to Calgary in 1996 to again join The Alberta Ballet and to teach at various dance schools. Mr. Layada first taught ballet for the Young Canadians School of Performing Arts in 1999-2001 while still dancing. In 2003-2004 Mr. Layada traveled to Victoria, BC to performed with Ballet Victoria in Peter Pan as the lead Principal Dancer/Ballet Master. The production was choreographed by Mr. David Roland, former Principal Dancer with the StaatsBallett Berlin, in Berlin Germany. In 2004, Mr. Layada move back to Calgary to teach at various dance schools. In 2005-2010 Mr. Layada was the head of the Ballet program at The Young Canadian School of Performing arts, under the Artistic direction of Mr. Brian Foley. From 2010-2016, Mr. Layada taught Ballet at Decidedly Jazz school of dance, as well as private Ballet classes. Mr. Layada also taught Ballet for the Calalta Figure Skating club in Calgary. From 2010-2016 Mr. Layada was also an Education Assistant for The Calgary Catholic School Board District, also In the Summer of 2015, Mr. Layada taught Ballet for Dansko Dance School for their Summer Workshop.

 

Angela Mousseau

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Born and raised in Victoria, Angela began tapping practically from birth. After high school graduation Angela moved to Oklahoma and then to Philadelphia where in May, 2002 she graduated from the University of the Arts with a degree in Dance. Following four exciting years of dancing professionally with modern and tap companies in Philadelphia, Angela moved to New York City where she taught dance in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Angela has had the awesome opportunity to dance professionally for MTV and perform in the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards and the privilege to study under such masters as LaVaughn Robinson, Jimmy Slyde, Buster Brown, Barbara Duffy and Savion Glover.

Angela’s return home to Victoria to share her knowledgeand expertise with the dancers atdansko studios has made her a valuable asset not only to the studio but also to our community. dansko students LOVE Angela’s classes! 

Jacqueline Squire 

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Jacqueline is passionate about teaching and dancing, which has resulted in being an accomplished dancer and choreographer.  She has trained in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip hop but is most passionate about contemporary Jazz.  Jacqueline has been dancing and performing since she was 4 years old and as a choreographer has won several awards including Young Choreographers Award in 2007 for contemporary jazz at the Greater Victoria DanceWorks Festival along with the Greater Victoria Arts Festival.  Jacqueline was also recognized for her teaching and choreography when she won the Teacher’s Inspirational Award in 2007 for contemporary jazz at the Greater Victoria DanceWorks Festival , and several other awards for hip hop and contemporary up until 2010. Jacqueline has danced and choreographed for numerous Recitals, Festivals and Gala presentations. Jacqueline loves to go to Vancouver and dance at Harbour Dance Centre to further extend her knowledge and seek inspiration. She adores her students and loves to see the dance movements in her head come to life with her amazing talented students.

 

Kylie Stanton 

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Kylie Stanton began dancing at a very early age in Edmonton, Alberta.  Since then, she’s trained in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and Vancouver.  Upon settling on the west coast, Kylie performed with “The Source” and “Ruckus Dance Company”.  Her credits include contracts with Walt Disney Canada, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and the Canadian Military – travelling to Egypt and Israel, performing for the troops.  Kylie now focuses on her passion for teaching and choreography.  She’s grateful to all of the students she has the opportunity to work with across the county each year. 

Alyssa Talbot 

Since Alyssa was five years old she has been actively involved in dance, after she took her very first tap class she fell in love and expanded her repertoire to include ballet, jazz and lyrical. She has taken part and won awards in many competitions on the island, including Victoria DanceWorks and Greater Victoria Preforming Arts Festival. Currently, she is studying to receive her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Her patience combined with her ability to inspire and connect with her students is evident within the studio. As Alyssa grew up training at Dansko, she feels proud to now inspire her own students and share her knowledge and love for dance. 

 

Amanda Wild

 

AE Wild was born in Calgary AB, where her first tumbling, tap and ballet classes sparked a fire in her for the performing arts. After originally training in gymnastics, AE moved forward to discover her love for movement in multiple dance disciplines including ballet, modern, contemporary, lyrical, jazz and her passion: hip-hop.

ingto Victoria, AE began teaching at multiple studios and high schools for over 5 years. She then relocated to Vancouver to extend her training under Moe Brody of Harbour Dance Centre and their Intensive Training Program. There, Wild was invited to be the closing act of the Vancouver Spring show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, as well as dance back-up for the artist, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald during the Vancouver stop on his Canadian tour. Due to her strong passion for teaching, as well as her unique choreography, AE was cast to work as a choreographer and lead dancer for local hip-hop artists: SO LOKI. AE has also trained with companies Two Four Seven Co. and SOULdiers Co. where she honed her technique in popping, house, locking, breaking and hip-hop.

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