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6637 Hastings Street
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5B 1S1 Canada

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Jennifer White

Jennifer White
Director - Ballet / Modern / Jazz

Originally raised in Northern British Columbia, Jennifer is now based out of Vancouver where she is a dance instructor/choreographer and most recently co-owner for Spotlight Dance Centre, The Source Dance Company and nationally funded Arts Umbrella.

Jennifer's roots began with all genres of dance but slowly focused in on ballet and contemporary dance.  Her training began in Prince George, British Columbia and branched out to various professional schools including the National Ballet School of Canada, L'Ecole Superieur and Southwest Ballet Centre of Fort Worth. 

Her training and professional career continued into Vancouver with Ballet British Columbia's Mentor Program and the Vancouver Opera, as well as a transition into film.

Among dancing with various independent artists she has credits for various TV shows and commercials; X-files, Bleaker High, The Sixth Man, Alberta Gas and Bell. 

Jennifer continued her career in dance as a teacher/choreographer. Known for being able to teach all styles of dance, she has been a teacher at Spotlight Dance Centre for 15 years. Continuing her love of movement, she began teaching at Arts Umbrella where she teaches ballet and modern.

Choreographically she has won awards from local festivals and collaboratives, she continues to work with independent dancers in Vancouver and works closely with The Source Dance Company.

Jennifer has been asked to guest teach at numerous schools across Canada and wishes to continue to pass on all the wonderful knowledge that she has accumulated in her career to her new dance family at Spotlight Dance Centre.

Jodie Rigazzi

Jodie Rigazzi
Jazz / Musical Theatre

Jodie began her dancing and singing career in 1986. A former student at Spotlight herself, she studied in various genres of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, and Voice. Jodie was a successful competitor across Canada and the States and won many accolades for her performances, particularly at the Nationals in Las Vegas. She has performed in various musicals, recitals, and plays, including Vancouver's Theatre under the Stars. Along with teaching dance, Jodie completed her E.C.E (Early Childhood Education) and worked for many years running children's programs for the City of Burnaby.

Now a Teacher/Choreographer with over 20 years experience, she manages a busy schedule at home with her husband and two children. She has a passion for life and dance which is contagious with her students and all those who meet her.

Angela Chow

Angela Chow-O'Reilly
Tap / JAZZ

Angela began her dance training at the age of 7. A former Spotlight Dance Centre graduate, she trained extensively in all forms of dance for 12 years. After graduation, Angela continued her dance training around the lower mainland and became a member of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society. Angela has been teaching tap and jazz at other dance schools since 2001. Her unique and memorable tap choreography has been recognized and awarded at many competitions and shows throughout North America, including Whistler, Kelowna, Portland and Las Vegas. She has been teaching at Spotlight since 2007 and is honoured to share her love and passion for dance with her students.

Dana Cole-Luder

Dana Cole-Luder
Voice / Musical Theatre

Dana is a graduate of the Classical Music Program at Douglas College and the 'Jazz and Musical Theatre Program' at Vancouver Community College. She trained in voice classically for 15 years then switched to her real love "Musical Theatre". Dana has performed lead roles in many musicals with Theatre Under the Stars and Royal City Musical Theatre. Another longtime teacher at Spotlight, Dana is a much loved teacher and passes her experience on to each student. Her contributions towards the school have made Spotlight's musical theatre program one of the best in the lower mainland.

Katrina Knauer

Katrina Knauer
RAD RTS, Cecc AISTD, National Dance AISTD, TTP DIP. (NBS)
BALLET

A graduate (with distinction) from Canada's National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program , Katrina Knauer began her classical ballet training in Vancouver B.C. She has trained in both the RAD syllabus and the Cecchetti method. Upon her acceptance into the three year teaching program, Katrina had the pleasure of training under highly respected mentors such as Anuschka Roes, Evelina Ganina, Teresa Randall, Glenn Gilmour, Roselie Brake, Carina Bomers and Jane Wooding. 

Katrina earned the National Dance I.S.T.D Intermediate, Advanced one and Advanced two. She has also completed her Cecchetti ballet examinations for Intermediate, Advanced One and Advanced Two along with the Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate and Advanced One certificates.

Always continuing to learn, Katrina has worked hard to achieve Registered Teachers Status with the Royal Academy of Dancing, the Cecchetti Associate Diploma as well as the National Associate with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. She has also done guest teaching in Nanaimo B.C and has been given the pleasure be a guest choreographer in Richmond, B.C.

Katrina has worked with dancers of all ages and levels, her love and passion of dance and teaching is evident when she is in the classroom. She believes that dancers should develop as artists and wishes to help them grow and explore the beauty of dance.

Kiara Macdonald

Kiara Macdonald
Office Administrator / Ballet

Kiara began training for her performance career in 1995. She trained in dance and voice for 14 years at Spotlight Dance Centre in Burnaby that shaped her future in the arts. After graduation, Kiara was accepted to train with The Source Dance Company based out of Downtown Vancouver in 2011. During her years of training, Kiara has been a back-up dancer, a performer in choreography galas as well as charity events and many productions. She is honored to share her love and passion for dance with her students.

Debbie Belton-Calis

Debbie Belton-Calis
Ballet

Debbie Calis has been a dance educator for over 20 years, where she has been the cornerstone of ballet at Spotlight Dance Centre. Debbie's passion for dance and her students has been a constant at the studio for 25 years. An Royal Academy of Dance Certified Teacher she has worked very hard in her career to pull out excellence in all of her dancers.

 
Deborah Marino

Deborah Marino
PIANO

Deborah Marino has been teaching for over 25 years and has been with Spotlight Dance Centre since 1989. She teaches a variety of styles, including theory, history and harmony. Deborah also conducts workshops for musical theatre students. She has performed in various festivals, church services, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Deborah enjoys the energy and enthusiasm her students bring to class and looks forward to the challenge of inspiring young musicians.

Lauren Moore Lauren Moore
Administrator

Lauren has been working in the office at Spotlight since 2011. She loves kids and is excited to help at the studio.

Sarah Stonehouse
Acro/Ballet/Jazz

Natalie Atherton
Ballet/Jazz

Jessica Luder
Administration/Guest Teacher

Claudia Segovia
Ballet

Sydney Thompson
Acro/Jazz/Ballet/Contemporary/Hip Hop

Owen Selkirk
Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary

Guest Faculty
Sarah Brewer-Clowes
Ballet / stretch & strength

Andrea Marino
Jazz / Lyrical / Musical Theatre

Joanne Pesusich
Jazz / Hip Hop

Cristina Bucci
Hip Hop

Jane Wace
Musical Theatre / Stage

Nicole Kamensek
Jazz / Contemporary / Hip Hop

Lina Fitzner
Modern

Megan Green
Ballet / Jazz / Acro

Elysia Matheson
Jazz

Livona Ellis

Marcy Mills

Suzanne Ouellette