Director, Owner/Operator, Dance Instructor
Nicole is a Member of the Stage & Ballet Divisions – 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 Prince George Dance Festival, The Quesnel Dance Festival and was also one of the first participants in Prince Rupert’s First Dance Competition. Nicole achieved her Intermediate exam in RAD ballet and she proudly represented Prince George twice in the B.C. Festival of the Arts 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: Abbie, Daniel and Caitlin. Nicole is very passionate about sharing her love of dance and is eager to support the up and coming competitive dancers and manage the competitive Stage Troupe here at DYHO.
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 has completed her Bachelor of Education at UNBC and teaches French Immersion at Heather Park Elementary.
Elsie first started dancing at the age of four, quit around the age of five and got back into it when she was seven 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.
Garret took his first dance class from Nicole many years ago when he was nine years old. Due to moving a couple of times, his actual full time training didn’t start until he was 15 years old at Just For Kicks Dance Studio in Salmon Arm. Garret trained in many styles of dance including Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, and Contemporary. Garret lived in Vancouver where he worked with companies such as KTLCo., HDC’s Intensive Training Program, and Illustrative Society. Garret is currently signed to Premiere Talent Management who have helped him achieve dance Jobs on Riverdale, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Charmed, West-jet, We-Day and alongside personalities such as Juno Award Winner Warren Dean Flandez, and Glee actress Heather Morris.
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.
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, and Twenty Five Seven (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!
Aly started taking gymnastics at the age of five and continued through the competitive program up to the age of 15 before she started coaching. Aly, being a certified Gymnastics coach has been involved with dance on and off throughout her childhood and also has experience in competitive choreography within the dance world. Aly has created many gymnastics routines and has choreographed for a gymnastics/dance program called Gymnaestrada with the Gymnastics club here in PG. Aly is passionate about Acrobatics and enjoys sharing her love of dance and gymnastics through teaching. We are happy to have Aly with her certified gymnastics experience here at DYHO for a few years now.
Arianna started dancing when she was seven years old here at DYHO. Although she has taken a variety of class genres including jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet, and acro, her main focus has always been tap and ballet. Arianna has competed for the past five years at the Prince George and Quesnel Dance Festivals. Her favourite style of dance is tap, in which she has completed many grades and medals with the CDTA thus far. Arianna loves to work with others and help bring their own love of dance to life.
Jacquelyn started dance lessons in Prince George at the age of three, 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.
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.
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.
Brenna enrolled in ballet and tap classes at the age of three. 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.
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