Teachers and Staff

Andrea Allen - School Director - Co- Founder

Ms. Allen received her ballet training at the Vancouver Academy of Music under the direction of Soonee Lee. She was also trained at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts and the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. During that time, Ms. Allen had the opportunity to study with a great number of renowned dance artists such as David Earle, Laura Alonso, Marquita Lester and Lambros Lambrou.

As a professional dancer, Ms. Allen has danced with the Theatre Ballet of Canada under...

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Li Yaming - Artistic Director - Co-founder

Li began his ballet training at the Beijing Dance Academy at the age of 11 under Mr. Cao Jingrong. Upon graduation in 1979, Li was invited to join the resident ballet company (The company merged with Central Ballet of China in 1984). During that time Li performed numerous leading roles in classical ballets as well as neo-classical and contemporary works, toured across China and to Tailand.

In 1988, Li immigrated to Canada and was immediately invited by Lawrence Gradus to join...

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Meiko Perkins - Ballet Instructor - RAD Exams

Meiko is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). She studied and prepared for RAD ballet examinations under teachers Avril Johns and Sharon Boswell, attaining the award of distinction.

Meiko completed the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and is dedicated to maintaining up-to-date teaching practices and the latest exam syllabus knowledge, having studied at the Royal Academy of Dance Headquarters in London, and through ongoing courses...

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Katrina Bois - Ballet Instructor - Rehearsal Director

Katrina received her formal ballet training from Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts. Upon graduation, Katrina began her professional career with Stadttheatre Bremerhaven in Germany under Artistic Director Joerg Mannes. She has since worked with choreographers such as Margie Gillis, Grant Strate and Cornelius Fisher-Credo.

In addition, Katrina has toured internationally as the lead in Marius Petipa's ballet Paquita. Katrina continued her career, dancing with Ben Stevenson's Texas Ballet Theatre...

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Yana Dragieva - Ballet / RAD Instructor

Yana's professional dancing career started in Varna's State Opera house and continued later at State Music Theatre, Sofia. During this period she toured and later lived and performed in Wiesbaden, Germany, Finland, Norway and France.

Yana has a Bachelor Degree from Bulgarian National Music University in Dance. She specialized in Classical Ballet Pedagogy Vagganova system, Choreographing and Rehearsing...

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Erica Trivett - Contemporary / Ballet Instructor

Erica was trained at the Goh Ballet Academy. She was a finalist at the 1991 Prix de Lausanne, was awarded by Critics Choice Tanz International, most promising young dancer in Switzerland (1999) and best female performer (2002) in the role of Martha in Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolfe in Denmark. Erica danced as a soloist with Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Gulbenkian Balllet (Portugal).

She began free-lancing in 2000 in Swtizerland, France, Greece, Denmark and ...

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Eric Burrough - Ballet Instructor

Eric was born and raised in North Vancouver. He started his professional career with Ballet BC and has worked with many companies throughout Europe, dancing his first leading role at the age of 21 as prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. Eric has partnered many top ballerinas including Nina Ananiashvili, Lali Kandelaki, Nino Gogua and Galina Čajka.

Eric’s career highlights include dancing the leading roles in Apollo by George Balanchine, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Le Conservatory...

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Alice Gerbrecht - Ballet Instructor

Alice received her early dance training from Soonee Lee at the Vancouver Academy of Music. She also studied at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Goh Ballet. After moving to Boston she had the privilege to study with Caroline Llorca and Christine Busch as a student at Boston Ballet School.

Professionally, Ms. Gerbrecht danced with Oregon Ballet Theatre under James Canfield, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre of Boston, and Louisville Ballet under Alun Jones...

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