Keeley MacDonald has worked hard doing extensive training throughout North America to establish herself as a female choreographer, instructor, and dancer. Her talent in dance not only involves Hip Hop, Tap, and Musical Theatre, but also Lyrical, Jazz and Ballet. Known now not only for her creative choreography and teaching techniques, Keeley is also known and loved for her personality and attitude. Her style as a dancer and as a teacher is energetic, passionate and entertaining. Keeley’s love for a good challenge and a rewarding experience is what makes her great at her job. Keeley’s choreography and dance credits include working with “The Party Squared”, “BCCMA Country Music Awards” and the Vancouver Giants Dance Team. Recently, you can see her performance and choreography showcased at “Vancity Project” where she has performed with Stylistix Hip-hop Crew and Make Your Mark Dance Company. Keeley received her Bachelor’s in Communications from Simon Fraser University in 2010. She has extensive knowledge and experience in business, public relations and social media. She is always looking for new ways to extend her education in business and dance, by taking various workshops in Vancouver. After twelve years of teaching at this studio, she is overjoyed to be able to accept this promotion as Owner/Director . She has always worked hard and has invested time and dedication into the studio and its students. At Dance Xpressions you don’t just receive quality dance training, but you become a better person. The discipline involved in dance has allowed many graduates of Dance Xpressions to move on to successful careers. She is very excited for the upcoming dance season!
Alyssa has an extensive background in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater, Lyrical and Song and Dance. At a young age she trained with Deborah Cameron, Flora Pigeau, Barry Coulter, Goh Ballet and Rachel Poirier. She has successfully passed all of her R.A.D. exams and holds the distinguished R.A.D. Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. At age 9 she won the Alberta Dance Festival Highest score scholarship. She then made her way to Las Vegas to win the North American Tap Championship for ages 12 and under. At 19 she won the team world championship for Canada by posting perfect scores - the first team to ever do that in Reisa, Germany. She has won numerous scholarships from Surrey and Coquitlam festivals. She has made appearances for the Honors Performance, Nutcracker, Lalapalooza with 'Green Day', fundraising banquest, film - 'Hunch Back of Notre Dame' & more. When she was 16, she was chosen to train on scholarship for 3 months at the Edge performing Arts Center in L.A. Later, she pursued a dancing career aboard Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines for 3 years. She now wants to pass on to her students everything she has learned, and prepare those who might consider dance to be their profession one day.
Morgan McQueen is a talented individual who has been emersed within the dance world since the young age of three. Through her training, she has excelled in styles such as Tap, Jazz , Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Lyrical. She has trained at a few studios throughout the lower mainland including Cameron Academy of classical dance with Deborah Cameron and the Langley Dance Studio with Barry Coulter. Morgan has achieved a variety of dance accomplishments throughout her life. A highlighted few include the popular teen comedy, “John Tucker Must Die”, dancing with the BC Lions as a Felion (3 years), performing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines, a member of Vancouver’s Hip Hop crew, Make your mark and she is the co-founder/ main choreographer for the Hip Hop crew Stylistix. Aside from the many dance opportunities Morgan has been involved in, she was asked to be a part of the 2005 Canadian National Tap Team which competed at the World Tap Championships in Reisa, Germany. Morgan was extremely successful in her endeavors at the competition, placing seventh overall in the Women’s solo tap category and second place in the group category. Currently Morgan is the co-ordinator for the Vancouver Giants Dance team, where she has a selected group of girls that perform during the Giants Home games and attend promotional events outside the rink. Morgan was a dancer for the team for 2 years when she was then asked to take over as co-ordinator and has been doing so for the past 6 years; She has taken the team from 5 members to 22. On top of Morgan’s evolving dance career, she takes time to stay true to her love of dance by teaching at various dance studios. She has had the opportunity to train at elite dance establishments in areas such as Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas and Vancouver. Morgan’s passion for dancing is evident in her many successes as a dancer and as a teacher.
Adam Mckinnon is a Canadian professional Dancer and Choreographer, who is one of Vancouver's biggest Commercial and Music Video dancers and choreographers. Adam works with some of music's biggest artists (Michael Buble, Nelly Furtado, Marianas Trench, Carly Rae Jepsen, Elise Estrada, Cody Simpson, and so many more). He also is the creator of Vancouver's biggest Dance Showcase Vancity Project Choreography Showcase. Adam also travels around the world teaching workshops and choreography (Brazil, USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe) and loves to share the art hip hop dance. He also directs one of Vancouver's most popular dance crews OTW Crew (Ones To Watch), and W.I.T Crew (Whatever It Takes). Adam continues to train and develop as a dancer and choreographer taking classes and stepping outside his comfort zone, so he can continue to help his students grow and reach their true potential.
Lauren Last starting training at Dance Xpressions at the age of 5 and has never looked back! Her training in hip hop, contemporary, ballet, musical theatre, lyrical, jazz and tap have given her many opportunities throughout the years. She was Provincial Rep for Quesnel Dance Festival two years in a row - scholarship winner at the Pulse Dance Convention, and a Graduate Award Recipient at Dance Xpressions. Lauren has not stopped training constantly taking classes in Vancouver and Los Angeles and competing with well-know Hip Hop Crew "Community". She travelled to Germany to compete Contemporary with Team Canada in 2012 and her stage presence always makes for a memorable performance. Lauren hopes to instil in dancers the same passion for dance she has had all these years.
Amanda has been dancing since the age of 3, where she started with kinderdance, and progressing to a competitive jazz solo at the young age of 4. At the age of 7, she enrolled with Dance Xpressions and tried out numerous styles of dance, it was then she found her passion for Dance. When she was twelve she was awarded with a Scholarship to the Groove Street Convention, where she was able to study with numerous choreographers around the world. In the spring o f 2009, she was awarded with distinction for her R.A.D. grade four ballet exam. When she was 13 she received the opportunity to be an assistant teacher to the baby ballet group. In 2009 she was enabled to have her own personal dance classes at the studio where she found another passion – teaching! She hopes to continue with dance for many years and get more opportunities to share her love for dance with young children.
Maddy Gilbert has been dancing for the past 12 years. She has been trained in various styles including: Acro, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Modern and Lyrical. Maddy has completed both Modern AIDT exams as well as ADAPT jazz exams, achieving high scores in both. She has also completed up to and including her Grade 6 Cecchetti Ballet Exam which she took as a teacher.
Maddy has competed in various competitions around the Fraser Valley including but not limited to, PEAK Invitational, Surrey Festival of Arts, Dance Power, Shine, Canadian Nationals and Footloose. She has also attended numerous workshops, most notably The PULSE with the So You Think You Can Dance icons Mia Michaels and Wade Robson. She has also performed with Carnival Cruise Lines as a Guest Performer, where she entertained thousands of guests over a week long cruise.
At the age of 14, Maddy began her career in teaching dance in the Kinder Dance Program, teaching the studio’s youngest dancers. Over the years she has developed and expanded her interests into teaching Acro, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre and Ballet. Her classes focus on strength as well as flexibility and with over 8 years of teaching experience, Maddy works to provide a positive classroom experience as well as high quality instruction. She is looking forward to working with your dancers in the near future!
Shayleen was first introduced to dance at the young age of 5. Her first dance class was right here at Dance Xpressions, and ever since Dance Xpressions has been her home. Shayleen has trained in various styles including ballet, lyrical, modern, hip hop, jazz, tap and musical theatre. Throughout her years of dance Shayleen has won numerous awards and scholarships and her passion for dance has led her to many amazing opportunities. In 2010 Shayleen was lucky enough to dance in the opening ceremonies of the Paralympics watched by thousands of people. Also in 2010 as well as 2015 she travelled to Los Angles and trained at The Edge Performing Arts Center. There she danced with well-known choreographers and very talented dancers. In May of 2015 Shayleen was accepted to dance at the world tap championships in Germany representing Team Canada. In Germany they placed 7th overall in the world. Shayleen believes that she would not be the person she is today without dance. She is excited to learn more about dance and be able to pass on her knowledge to her students.
At the late age of 11, Joshua had his first taste of the competitive dance world. He started training in hip hop and tap at Dance Xpressions and since then has branched out to other disciplines of dance such as, but not limited to ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and musical theatre. Joshua recently received a Distinction on his Intermediate RAD exam. In 2010, Joshua had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles to train at the renowned Edge Performing Arts Centre. From then he knew he wanted to pursue a career in dance. In his years as a competitive dancer Joshua has won numerous awards and scholarships. In 2011, he was awarded the Most Outstanding Male Jazz Solo by the Surrey Festival of Dance and the Best Overall Performance by the Quesnel Festival of Dance. Joshua's passion for dance has also led him to train at Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver. In 2010, Joshua was awarded a scholarship to Coastal Dance Rage, a convention to work with choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance and So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Now at the age of 18 Joshua continues to pursue a professional career in classical and contemporary ballet. He is currently training at a prestigious ballet academy in Vancouver and is an apprentice for the Youth Ballet Company. Joshua is excited to be part of the faculty at Dance Xpressions and looks forward to sharing his experience and passion for dance with all of his students!
Hard work, dedication and embracing your strengths: three qualities Maya learned early were essential to achieving success. Like many dancers, she started young. When she was 2, Maya took ballet and tap, and now at 16, dances competitively in Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Jazz and Contemporary while pursuing her RAD Ballet training and vocal training. Maya has been recognized in the competition circuit, having been awarded scholarships and singled out with words of support and encouragement by adjudicators in both Provincial and US competitions. She has also been part of unique performance opportunities including the BC Summer Games; BC Country Music Awards Show (performing with Cowboy Troy), as well as small TV and movie parts. In 2015 she competed in Germany with the Canadian National Tap Team at the IDO World Championships, and in 2017 she again competed at the IDO World Championships, this time with the Canadian National Hip Hop Team. In 2018 she was honoured to win the Emerging Choreographer Award at the Synergy Provincial Championships. Part of this prize package was a full scholarship for the IDTS Dance Teacher Certification Program which she is diligently working toward. Although Maya is eager to grow and expand, she stays grounded by the love and support of her Dance Xpressions family. Maya is now, and always eternally grateful to her teachers who’s knowledge and devotion have been paramount to her budding career.
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