Staff Profiles

 

 

Nicole McCormick
Director, Owner/Operator, Dance Instructor
Nicole is a Member of the Stage Division – Jazz as certified by the Canadian Dance Teachers Association. Nicole first started taking Ballet lessons and her RAD Ballet exams in 1983 when she was ten years old. She started with one class per week and within a few years was participating in several other styles including Irish, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Musical Theater, Hawaiian, and Philipino.She danced competitively for eight years earning numerous trophies and awards in The PG Dance Festival, The Quesnel Dance Competition and was also one of the first participants in Prince Rupert’s First Dance Competition. Nicole achieved her Elementary exam in RAD ballet. She proudly represented Prince George twice in the B.C. Festival of the Arts for Ballet and then she then took some time off to travel the world, get married to her wonderful husband Kevin, and have three amazing children that she is extremely proud of: Abby, Daniel and Caitlin. Nicole is very passionate about sharing her love of dance and is very excited for the season ahead!

Royal Academy of Dance Tina Sidorov
RAD RTS, BATD Member Highland Branch,
BEd, Dance Instructor

Tina started dance at age seven and over the years has participated in a variety of dance forms including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Highland, Tap, Ukrainian, Irish and Musical Theatre. She has participated in various festivals, recitals and productions and has completed her Grade Eight and Intermediate RAD Ballet Exams as well as all of the BATD highland exams. Tina holds Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance and is a BATD Member in the Highland Branch. These teaching qualifications allow Tina to enter students into exams and competitions in their respective disciplines.Tina enjoys both the class and choreography aspects of dance and many of her pieces have earned awards and praise from visiting adjudicators. She continues to manage the ballet and highland programs at the studio and is looking forward to her third year with Dance Your Hart Out. Tina is excited to now be a graduated teacher having recently completed her Bachelor of Education at UNBC. She will be beginning her career teaching French Immersion at Heather Park Elementary this fall.

Cindy Branigan
BEd, Ballet Dance Instructor
Cindy started taking Theatrical Ballet lessons at the age of four in White Rock, BC. With a move to the Okanagan, she began RAD Ballet lessons with the Penticton School of Dance where she went on to complete her Elementary RAD Exam. Cindy has also enjoyed studying and competing in Highland, Jazz and Modern. Cindy competed twice in the B.C. Festival of the Arts, once for ballet and once for jazz. After a 10 year break from dance in which she married and had three very busy boys, Cindy is excited to be back in the dance studio and to share her love of dance. Cindy is also completing her Teaching Certificate at UNBC this year (2010/11).

Alexa Headrick
Dance Instructor
Alexa began dancing at the age of seven. She started taking Ballet and Jazz classes then quickly added Lyrical and Variety classes to her list. Later she auditioned for her studios competitive group and got in. She started taking Musical Theatre and Contemporary and Hip Hop; it wasn’t long before she spent all her free time in the dance studio practicing and taking lessons. She traveled to Prince Rupert and Kamloops for their dance festivals and has performed in three of the local Christmas productions. When she was sixteen she took a break from dance to focus on school and work and two years later realized how much she missed dance. She contacted Dance Your Hart Out about classes and was later asked to help teach hip hop. She is currently taking the criminology program at CNC and really loves teaching her classes.

Rebecca Parlee
Dance instructor
Becky started dancing at a young age. She started with a ballet class and within the first few years of dance added in many other classes. Becky has done many different forms of dance including ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, musical theatre, hip hop and her favourite which is acrobatics. Becky was also a competitive gymnast at the time and it became too hard to juggle both dance and gymnastics so in grade nine she took a break from dancing full time to focus on gymnastics. She did not realize how much she missed dance till she was contacted about teaching acrobatics at the studio. Becky is applying for the social work program for the fall while teaching at the studio.

Caitlin McCormick
Caitlin started to dance when she was just 3 years old. She trains in various styles of dance, including acro, lyrical, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, modern, contemporary and tap. Caitlin enjoys competing and training in and out of BC. She has received several dance awards from various festivals and competitions such as the “Be All You Can Be” award at the Prince George Dance Festival, the 4th, 3rd and 1st overall soloist at Peak Invitational, and the runner-up spot at the BC provincials for Modern 2. Caitlin has had the opportunity to work with some well-respected choreographers such as Kayla Corbin, Valerio Lurato, and Sarah Dolan. She hopes to inspire future individuals the way that these people have inspired her. Caitlin enjoys being able to expand her dance knowledge throughout the summer months by taking part in summer intensives and learning choreography for the upcoming competition season. Many have said that Caitlin is one that stands out not only on the stage, but also in class; her love for dance is visible to others and inspires many younger, and older than her.

 

Abigael McCormick
Abbie first started dancing when she was 5 years old. She started with one ballet class a week and quickly added many other genres including acrobatics, tap, highland, musical theatre, contemporary, jazz, lyrical & hip-hop over the remaining years of her training here in Prince George. Abbie was quite a competitive dancer and was very thrilled to receive the Overall / Top Soloist Award in the spring of 2016 from the Prince George Dance Festival.Upon completion of receiving her Hair Dressing certificate in the spring of 2017 Abbie wanted to further pursue her training in the dance world. She auditioned & was accepted to train with the pre-professional Intensive Dance Program at Harbour Dance in Vancouver Fall 2017-Spring 2018. Through the many hours of training in multiple disciplines including ballet, jazz, jazz funk, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, street, singing & circus class as well as learning choreography each week quickly added up to an average of 20 + hrs of training per week. Abbie has also had many wonderful performance opportunities with ITP including dancing for Under One Roof, Vancouver International Dance Festival, Heart of Gold Gala for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Vancouver Circus School Show, Urban Alchemy & 2wenty 5ive 7even (ITP’s year end performance) to name just a few.After her year away Abbie is now very excited to be back home in PG to share what she has learned at the studio with her students!

Miranda Sosnowski
Miranda started taking dance classes when she was three. When her
family moved to Prince George two years later, she decided to take a
break and try other sports. However, nothing satisfied her like dancing did, so she rejoined at the age of eight and has been dancing ever since. Over the years Miranda started to take up multiple styles of dance, and now trains in tap, acro, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, jazz, and contemporary. Last year she got the opportunity to represent Quesnel as senior stage observer in the Performing Arts B.C. provincial festival. She will be graduating from high school this school year, and plans to attend UNBC next fall to pursue physiotherapy as a career. Miranda currently teaches and choreographs at the studio, and loves to share her passion for dance with others.

Paolina Gialleonardo
Paolina began taking ballet lessons at the early age of four and
proceeded with it until she was six. A few years later she wanted to take classes again. Paolina began dancing at the studio at age eight, starting with a ballet/jazz combo class to many different styles of dance such as Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Hip hop and Tap. She has completed four RAD ballet exams grades 1, 2, 3 and 6. Paolina also has four years experience in teachers assisting and is currently teaching Jelly Bean Jazz Hop!

Brenna Ward
Brenna enrolled in ballet and tap classes at the age of 3. Throughout her 14 years of dance, Brenna successfully completed eight CDTA Tap Exams, as well as ten RAD Ballet Examinations from Pre-Primary up to Advanced I. At age 10, she began studying other genres of dance including Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Modern. As a competitive troupe member, she had the opportunity to dance in numerous dance competitions, as well as countless productions and performances put on by her studio. Following high school, Brenna took a four year hiatus from the dance world to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at UNBC. Brenna recently had the opportunity to study under Lynn Simonson in New York, where she became a Certified Teacher of Simonson Technique. Quintessential to Brenna, she is excited to be immersed in the world of dance once again, spreading her passion for dance choreographing pieces and instructing at the studio.

Elsie Coombs
Elsie first started dancing at the age of 4, quit around the age of 5 & she got back into it when she was 7 years old. Elsie started only doing Highland at DYHO but would then a couple of years later move onto other types of dance including ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop & musical theatre. Elsie was very happy to be invited to attend the Performing Arts of BC Provincial Festival as an observer for stage in the spring of 2017. Elsie hopes to keep growing as a dancer as well as share what she’s learned over the years to others.

Jacquelyn Page
Jacquelyn started dance lessons in Prince George at the age of 3, and studied highland, ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and musical theater. She eventually chose to focus on Highland and Tap, completing numerous exams. Jacquelyn has competed and performed across Canada. She has taught Highland in Cranbrook, Quesnel and Prince George. In 2012, she completed her Highland Membership with the British Association of Teachers of Dance, and enjoys the theoretical component to dance training. Jacquelyn also enjoys choreographing Highland routines using aspects of other dance forms. While she’s not teaching, Jacquelyn works in the Recruitment field at Northern Health. She is excited to be joining the DYHO team!

Marliese Veeken
Marliese has been dancing at DYHO for seven years. She started with a Ballet and a Jazz Hip-Hop Combo class twice weekly and has gradually added more genres. At this time she takes Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary. In the past she also has taken Musical Theatre and Highland classes. Marliese has completed five RAD Ballet exams and two CDTA Jazz exams. She has competed in the PG Dance Festival since 2011 and has also travelled to Quesnel and North Vancouver for competitions. She looks forward to sharing her love of dance with her classes.

Wayne Carrasco
Wayne is a strong believer in quality over quantity and teaching people true science behind music and dance. Being trained personally under world renowned choreographer and director Lenny Len for over four years, Wayne’s goal is to share the true flavor and style of Toronto hip-hop across the world to the next generation.Credits include: Opened for/ Working with Drake, Rick Ross, Lady Gaga, Big Sean, Busta Rhymes, Kendrick Lamar, Nelly Furtado, Shaggy, Lloyd Banks, Nick Cannon,Terry ‘Krnfx’ Im, Kardinal Offishall, illScarlett, Queen of Hearts, Najjah Caliber, Karl Wolfe, T-Pain, LMFAO, Classified, Down With Webster, Simple Plan, Carly Rae Japsen, Lil Twist, Cali Swag District, Lights, Cody Simpson, LMFAO, Rihanna, MuchMusic’s BIG JINGLE, Z103.5’s Summer Rush Concert , Ilite Tour, Youth Day Toronto, MuchMusic’s Electric Circus, CBC, New.Music.Live, MTV CANADA, Global News, OMNI TV, YTV, Rogers TV, and much more!“There’s a science behind music, dance and performing that hasn’t properly been broken down and explained to the general public. Why we move a certain way, and why we feel certain emotions during moments. I’m here to teach the recipe.” — Wayne Carrasco — Quality over Quantity

Simone Kwast
Office Assistant
I help out at the studio registering people, calculating fees and many other admin jobs. The most challenging is organizing recital shows but it is fun to do. I enjoy getting to know the dancers and their parents and other care givers. The dancers create a lot of life and I love being surrounded by that. I am always so amazed to see how fast they grow and how quickly their skill progresses. What a great group of people to be around!