Teachers and Staff

Andrea Allen - 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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Thys Armstromg - Contemporary Instructor

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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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Elya_Grant - Contemporary Instructor - Studio "3"

Born in Parksville, British Columbia, Elya Grant is a graduate of Vancouver’s contemporary dance training initiative Modus Operandi. Elya has also attended Rubberbandance Group’s Domaine Forget, the Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal, and the Eastman/Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Intensive in Antwerp.

Locally, Elya has had the pleasure to work and perform with Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, The Response, Karissa Barry, Thoenn Glover, Katie DeVries and Company 605 ...

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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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