Teachers at Vibe Dance in Nanaimo

We offer dozens of different classes for all ages and abilities including BBOY (break), hip hop, grooving, popping/animation, locking, contemporary technique, jazz technique, ballet technique, gymnastics for dancers and core training. All of this wouldn't be possible without the expertise of our superb dance instructors. 


Read all about our amazing instructors and staff : 

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Dale Stewart

Office Manager
& Official studio MOM

Serra Stewart - Owner/Director

serra-stewart.jpgSerra has been a dancer all of her life. Her first dancing was done as an infant when she moved her arms and legs in time to her dad’s piano playing! Starting dance classes at the age of 5, she began her on-going study of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Musical Theater and Hip Hop. She trained first at Bea McLeod’s Ballet School, then to Beat Street Danceworks, Harbour Dancenter (Nanaimo), Kirkwood Academy and Parksville Ballet School. Currently she trains in Hip Hop, Jazz, Street Jazz and Ballet at Harbour Dance Center in Vancouver.

Serra has choreographed awesome hip hop shows for numerous events, including; The B.C. Disability Games, Parksville Sandcastle competitions, The Strongman World Cup Tour, The Adventure Games, Canada Day Celebration, Silly Boat Regatta, New Year’s Eve Celebration, Youth Week Nanaimo and for FAME the World Tour in Nanaimo.

Serra loves dance. It is her passion and she is thrilled to be able to do it everyday of her life!

B-Boy Thaiyo

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B-boy Thaiyo is a world-famous b-boy hailing from South Korea. His crew, "Last For One", came from a small town outside of Seoul, and made a big splash in the mid 2000's. Most notably, winning the International Battle of the Year 2005 in Germany. Thaiyo's crew was highlighted in the feature film "Planet B-boy", that followed the story of each crew that went to Battle of the Year 2005. Thaiyo's style is based off of his belief that a well-rounded b-boy is a good b-boy. He combines style, power, and foundation to create his dance, and passes it on to his students with great enthusiasm.

Thaiyo's Website: 
www.thaiyoseo.com

Youtube Video Links: 
Battle January 2018
April 2017
Promo Video
Now Or Never

Ivana Ho

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Ivana Ho graduated from The National Ballet School of Prague, Czech Republic before embarking on her career with many ballet companies throughout Europe and Canada including Ontario Ballet Theatre, Ballet BC and Ballet Victoria. She was part of an international cast in the musical The Rocky Horror show with Kaleidoscope theatre and recently choreographed musical Cabaret for local theatre company.

Ivana is an accomplished choreographer creating dance works for films, musicals and dance schools around Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Over the years sher has developed unique approach to her students stemming from strict years in the post-communist Czech Republic and from years of extensive performing and teaching in Canada. She always tries to find ways to bring out individual’s strengths in class and on stage. For videos and more visit www.ivanaho.com

Eric Malapad

eric-malapad-2019.jpgThe two worlds of freestyle and choreography dance and the people who do these seperate arts have always fascinated Eric Malapad. In his journey he has loved discovering the many styles of music that have given rise to their own dance cultures. This passion has led him to listen and study many styles of music including Hip hop, Jazz, Latin, African and Electronic, to name just a few. In his travels, he has connected with fascinating people from the choreography and freestyle worlds and they have inspired his dance and given him a unique knowledge that he now continues to share after 20 or so years in the music and dance scene.

His love for music and dance has involved him in numerous battles, competitions, hip hop shows (stage and street), concerts, film & television, jams and cirlces with crews, friends and colleagues. It has been Eric's pleasure to dance, teach, assist, battle and educate with some of the best out there. His crew, credits and colleagues include OTI, Now Or Never, Paul Becker, Zach Woodlee, Harbour Dance, K-os, Talib Queli, See Spot Run, Legion and Flash, to name a few.

Dance has also brought him to the arena of teaching in which he is very passionate as well. He tries to remind everyone he teaches that sacrifice, failure and hardship are as much a part of the process of reaching goals as practice, being motivated and dreaming big.

Leah Faganello

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Leah started dancing at Vibe four years ago with a focus in Hip-hop, while picking up the basics of other styles like House along the way. From getting to assist in classes from breaking to tap, and having such incredible teachers, Leah has found a new love of music and expression through her dancing. Currently, she continues to train and is honored to teach/learn with all-ages in the area of dance.  

 

 

erica.jpgErica Teghtmeyer

Erica began gymnastics in Edmonton, AB at age three. She trained and performed in Artistic Gymnastics for six years and then expanded to Rhythmic Gymnastics and classical ballet. She competed nationally for three years placing at events such as Alberta Winter Games, Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships & Alberta Provincial Championships. Erica has performed multiple years in the Festival of Trees, Heritage Days and Chinese New Year Festival. She was part of a competitive cheerleading team for two years, and this past year has branched into teaching competitive acro, and pole dancing! Erica is certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and is excited to share her passion with her students! 

Jacksun Fryer

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Jacksun has been dancing for ten years, has learned from a variety of international choreo/freestyle teachers and has trained extensively with Vibe teachers in freestyle, tech, and choreo crews. His crew, “Megabots” took first place at World of Dance Vancouver in 2019. Jacksun’s duo “Funkanometry” was on Season 3 of NBC’s World of Dance and made it to the semifinals.

Jacksun has attended many international battles and has finished first in his category a variety of times including at Vibe's BattleZone & Groove Gauntlet in Seattle. He has also represented Canada at the International Dance Organization's competitions in Europe and brought home a few silvers and a bronze in a variety of categories with and without partners.

Jacksun continues to work hard to pursue his dance career by teaching, attending battles, and competing. He has a great love for music and dance and will never stop doing what he loves. He is experienced in both the commercial/choreo side of dance and the freestyle side. As a young teacher, Jacksun is eager to teach hard-working dancers. His goal is to create an environment where he can make dancers improve quickly while still having loads of fun in class!

 

Marc Generoso

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Marc Generoso is one of the first dance teachers at Vibrant Dance Studios and after a three year hiatus, he has returned to the studio for this one special class.

During his 8-year tenure at Vibe, Marc has produced, directed and choreographed two full length theatre productions and 30 dance films (Dance Video Collection or DVC), alongside his competitive classes, solo performances and completion of his Bachelor’s Degree in the Motion Picture Arts.

As the creator of Foot Clan, Lost Boyz and other dance pieces that have elevated Vibe to the forefront of Vancouver Island’s hip hop studios, Marc has always placed hard work, focus and effort above competition, despite the numerous awards his pieces have garnered as a byproduct of these values.

Now an assistant director in the Vancouver TV and film industry, Marc is on his way to achieving his ultimate goal of becoming a professional film director, but not before returning to his first passion in life – dance – for one last run.

 

Demitria Rounis

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Demitria has been dancing since she was 5 years old and has always gravitated towards the stage styles like tap and musical theatre. Some of her favourite roles throughout her training have been Sister Mary Robert in “The Sister Act”, the Czardas Lead in “Coppélia”, and spending a summer performing in Bard 2 Broadway’s production of “Young Frankenstein”. More recently she's became fascinated with contemporary and improvisation dance styles.

Demitria is happy to be back with her Vibrant family. She wants to create a space where her dancers can feel free to explore their own personal dance styles, and live their truest self. Her classroom is an inclusive space, where everyone is welcome. 

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Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Karleena began gymnastics classes shortly after taking her first steps. She competed in artistic gymnastics at a provincial and national level for 11 years, and then 13 years of coaching young gymnasts herself. Karleena has a BSc in Biology and Psychology from VIU, is a certified personal trainer and is working on Physical Therapy Master's Degree program. Karleena fell in love with the aerial arts recently and is happy to bring her extensive experience to her Vibe classes!

sybil.jpgSybil McLean

Sybil is a yoga therapist, advanced teacher of yoga and certified Liquid Motion instructor. She has been dancing and teaching since 2014 and is a passionate floorwork fanatic. She loves all things low flow on the pole and is bit of an anatomy geek. Sybil has a love for aerial arts including double tab Lyra and Cordelisse. Plastic Strip and Russian Exotic Styles have been her main focus over the past two years and she has become even more passionate about movement as she has gone deeper into her practice by partnering biomechanics and yoga. She loves sharing her knowledge with other dancers, aerialists and athletes and looks forward to classes this year.

Carlo Atienza

marc.jpgCarlo isbased out of Vancouver, Canada where he is best known for his work directing The Faculty (Body Rock 3rd place Champions 2013, and 2nd place Champions 2014) as well as TwoFourSeven Company (Canadian National Hip Hop Champions 2013-2016, Body Rock Champions 2017,Vibe 3rd Place Champions 2018, and World of Dance LA Champions 2018).

As a choreographer, Carlo has a reputation of being an exceptional visual storyteller. His unique methods of staging and his willingness to tackle challenging concepts and themes are what continue to elevatehis craft and set him apart from the rest. Carlo pulls inspiration from all realms of movement from hip hop to contemporary both new and old school. His ability to embody such a diverse vocabulary has proven to be a valuable asset in his artistry. 

Carlo is now making moves in the commercial world where you can see much of his work in music videos and television. Most recently, his work has been featured on season 2 of World of Dance and season 1 of World of Dance Philippines. He also just produced his first ever show entitled "Sonder" that sold out in Vancouver this fall!  Make sure to stay up to date with all of Carlo's upcoming work through his social media @ati3nza.   

 

Youtube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/catienza09

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DcyFWILptM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTiNzZTBiU8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EYd39H-1Cg&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8BlrITtG-o

Faculty- 2014

2nd Place- Body Rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2ejTxeKKoo

Faculty – 2013

3rd Place- Body Rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg4hSVA38jo

 

AJ "MegaMan" Kambere

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AJ has been dancing for seven years and popping for four. He learned hip hop growing up in his neigbourhood and was on the dance team at his school also. He started learning popping from his math tutor AniDoktoR who is a professional dancer in Vancouver. Continuing his career in popping, he eventually learned from the creater of bopping style "Boppin Andre", who helped him get to the level he's currently at. He then branched out and started a dance crew called Heavy Hittaz with crew member Luxurious and have further improved his style in popping. He's been a finalist in competitions, including 'Set it straight 4' in Halifax and won second place at 'World Of Dance Vancouver'. He's travelled all around North America to compete in competitions including New york, Toronto & LA. He currently teaches workshops all 
across the continent, takes part in competitions and loves to spread knowledge to all dancers who want to improve their dance skills.

Judge Showcase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BzFQfEtQkg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt2Ix8p7FgQ

Elwin Cervantes Alpuerto

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Coming from a family of entertainers, it comes as no surprise that Elwin Cervantes Alpuerto spent the majority of his life honing his craft as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Having started his 8 years of training at Dream Dance Studio, doors of opportunity were opened for Elwin to travel the world and experience working with world-renowned choreographers. Elwin has learned from industry professionals such as Gil Duldulao, Misha Gabriel, and Marc Marvelous, and has trained under international choreographers Brian Puspos, Shingo Okamoto, April Rodriguez, and Candace Brown.

His training has given him the opportunity to compete at Norway’s Got Talent with The Vibe Team in 2011, as well as teach at local studios in Oslo, Norway, including The Vibe International Dance Studio. Elwin uses his international training and experience to develop his own style of teaching, having spent a total of 7.5 months living and training in Norway, as well as travelling back and forth between LA to develop his dance vocabulary.

Elwin currently teaches at Harbour Dance Centre, and is a member of the internationally competitive company, TwoFourSeven. Elwin takes pride in creating an open environment for his students to explore different concepts and approaches in their own personal development. His proudest moments as a teacher come from seeing the light bulb turn on in a student’s mind, and from watching them mature as dancers, and as people. Bringing his energetic, loud, passionate, and positive vibes to every class, Elwin creates an atmosphere for his students to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable, and takes ultimate pride in cultivating the growth of the dancer’s around him.

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCrW046rsAU

Privacy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwPfWDhkdzI

 

Jeri Chien

jeri-chen.jpgAs an innovative freestyle and street dancer, Jeri 'Hao2’s dance speaks louder than his words. His dance journey started in 2002 with breakin’, and has been busy ever since. He has grooved out to other style of dance; i.e., Hip Hop, House, and Poppin’, and has branched out further to other medium of Hip Hop, such include graffiti art, deejaying and even beat making. Jeri’s recent dance credits include Vancouver 2010 Olympic center-stage dancer/performer, 1st Place in Rock Da House I & II (Hip Hop/ Experimental), Mighty 4, Ground Zero and many other competitions. You may be able to catch him on Youtube, but it’s by far more inspiring to dance with him.

Vancouver Street Festival 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WSwGTy_4oc

Marissa Bos

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Marissa Bos is an aspiring tap teacher who loves to teach young minds about rhythm and beat. Marissa’s love for dance has led her to opportunities such as dancing at BC place in 2013 and 2014 with the John Barsby dance team supporting the John Barsby Bulldawgs during their BC Championship game. In 2016, Marissa completed her Associate Tap Teacher exam in Vancouver.

Marissa previously taught at Harbour Dancecentre 2015-2017. Now she is wanting to expand her teaching knowledge while exploring other teaching opportunities as well!

Cody Ridley

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Cody was born and raised on Vancouver Island, began dancing at a young age and continued dancing throughout his University education. While attending University he became a member of the Footclan dance crew as well as a member of Vibe's Faculty; performing all over Vancouver Island, the mainland and Alberta. He has taught at Harbour Dance Centre, Carlson School of Dance and the Pat Cummings School of Dance. After receiving his degree he focused mainly on his career as a graphic designer but never lost his excitement for dance. He is invigorated to continue teaching at Vibe; sharing his knowledge and passion of dance with the dancers of tomorrow.

Chris Bonus

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Chris is a dancer, choreographer, instructor, and director from Vancouver, BC. He currently teaches at Harbour Dance Centre and A3 District and hosts weekly freestyle sessions for the community called The Corner. He is a member of TwoFourSeven Company and is part of their creative team, having choreographed for elite competitions such as Body Rock, VIBE, and World Of Dance. Chris has taught all over BC, as well as Edmonton, Calgary, Oslo, and LA and continues to share his work with the rest of the world. Chris is known for fusing choreography and freestyle to create organic movement, character, and story telling through his dance. 

Hailey Nicholls

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Hailey has been dancing since she could walk but started Hip hop at the age of 7 at Vibe. Mostly recreation level at first, but leading to competition groups. Dancing in Royelle during her graduating year was a dream come true. During her time at Vibe she had the opportunity to assist with some of her favourite teachers and eventually teaching on her own during spring break and summer. She knew in her last year at the studio that she wanted to continue being involved with Vibe so when the teaching opportunity presented itself, she was super excited! She has been teaching on her own now for 3 years and looking forward to another exciting year ahead.

shaileena.jpgShaileena (sigh)

Once a competitive gymnast, sigh fell in love with pole right away. It is everything she loves, movement, strength grace and MUSIC! It is not always easy, and there is always something to learn. Sigh has her pole certifications with the CPFA, and has been teaching for 3 years. With over 20 years of combined teaching experience, (gymnastics, dance, yoga, Acro and fitness) she is excited to share her love for pole with you! Come get your sass on with this baddie!

Junior Teachers

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Esme Lillyman