School of Dance CoordinatorHead Ballet Instructor
A graduate from York University and Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, Kara began dancing at the age of four. She began teaching at The Arts Connection School of Dance in September 2008. Kara holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree in Dance, a Diploma from the National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, and maintains her Registered Teacher’s Status from the Royal Academy of Dance. Working as the School of Dance Coordinator and as the Head Ballet Instructor and Kinder Tap teacher, Kara is happy to be a part of The Arts Connection family. Dance is a lifelong passion for her and bringing the joy of dance to her students makes being a dance teacher simply the most enjoyable job she could ever ask for!
Dance InstructorTap / Jazz / Lyrical
Alex is an up and coming artist with a love of dance and a passion for tap. Growing up, she trained with Danzmode and the Vancouver Tap Dance Society and has enjoyed developing her skills in all genres of dance. In 2013, she was an apprentice/understudy for the prestigious Tapestry Dance Company’s 25th in North America. Over the years Alex has won numerous awards including the Peak Challenge grand champion, the Senior Stage Rep. for the Surrey Festival of Dance, and has received both the West Coast Tap Dance Collective scholarship and the NYCDA tap scholarship.
Dance InstructorHip Hop
Celina was born and raised in the Greater Vancouver area. She began her dance career at the young age of four and her passion only grew with age. At nine years old she was training in all styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, musical theatre and tap at various dance studios in the Lower Mainland including Spiral Dance Co in White Rock and Dance In Motion in Abbotsford. At fourteen she started attending the Langley Fine Arts School where she majored in dance to consistently focus on her craft during the school day where she also found an interest in choreography. Upon high school graduation she felt as though it was important to continue her training but had gravitated towards hip-hop and street styles. She then joined Vancouver based urban dance company, "Kill The Lights" run out of Harbour Dance Centre under the direction of Ken Yung and Shauna Smith. While every aspect of KTL played a key role in Celina's growth as a dancer it was the teaching component that really sparked her interest which ultimately led to the decision of pursuing a career in choreography and teaching. Since completing two years of training with KTL Celina has been teaching at multiple studios in the Lower Mainland including Studio One Dance Centre, The danceLAB Studios and Street Kings Academy. She is looking forward to building a career both in choreography and teaching while still continuing to train as a dancer herself.
Dance InstructorRAD Ballet
From Vancouver B.C., Ashton has been dancing for over 17 years. Her training includes ballet, lyrical, creative movement, and national dance. In earlier years, Ashton successfully danced in multiple festivals and dance competitions. Ashton is a graduate from Canada’s National Ballet School Teacher Training Program. Through her time at the school, Ashton had the privilege of training with many highly experienced dance directors including: Anuschka Roes, Teresa Randall, Jane Wooding, Johanna Bergfelt, Rosalie Deligioridis, Carina Bomers, Talar Margarosyan, and Cindy Fisher. During her time at the school, Ashton also completed her Intermediate and Advanced 1 exams in RAD syllabus, Cecchetti method, and I.S.T.D. National, as well as her National Advanced 2 and National Associate with I.S.T.D. In addition to her National Associate with I.S.T.D., Ashton also received her NBS Teacher Diploma, and her Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance. Ashton enjoys dancing, and is passionate about sharing her love of dance with her students.
Anne Marie Zak
Ann-Marie is a graduate from Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program. She has been performing all over Vancouver in shows such as Beauty and the Beast (TUTS), Alice in Wonderland (Alchemy) and I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change (Stage 43). Growing up in Calgary Ann-Marie was a passionate gymnast who used her love of performance to travel all around Western Canada with a gymnastics demo team. She’s excited to bring her love of dance, gymnastics and musical theatre to the students at the School of Dance.