Dance Instructors

Instructors

InstructionWe have a core staff of 5 full-time, professional dance instructors, (plus some visiting guest instructors) who are from Canada, the New York City area and the West Coast-- many who have been with us for over 10 years. They have all worked with young girls and make the learning process both challenging as well as fun.

(In addition to the professional dance staff, the camp hires mature counselor staff members who live with the girls in their bunks and provide the necessary supervision while adding to the fun experience of camp.)

Below is a brief summary of our professional instructors' backgrounds and experience.

Core Professional Instructor Staff

Contemporary/En Choreo/Dance Director

Derek Sangster - Derek Sangster was the founder and director of Toronto's most progressive dance studio, Urban Studio Theatre, from 1997-2004 before residing as the principle jazz instructor for DanceTeq with Kevin Pugh, at the National Ballet of Canada. Derek is presently a faculty member for many performing arts institutes including the prestigious degree program at Ryerson University, Randolph Academy of Performing Arts, Sheridan College and Brant Lake Dance Camp (New York). Derek has been a guest teacher for B.A.T.D., the University of Michigan, York University, Harbour Dance in Vancouver, studios in Australia and summer programs in Nice, France (Offjazz). Derek continues to be master jazz instructor for numerous dance conventions throughout North America. He is noted as being "one of Canada's most sought after dance instructors". His theatre career began in and includes both Stratford and Charlottetown Festivals. Combining his love for both music and dance, Derek has worked extensively with some of Canada's leading dance artists including Lisa Lougheed, Alanis Morrisette, Camille and YTV's Aashna, as both dancer and video choreographer. He has opened for Jamie Walters, En Vogue, Dizzie Gillespie, CFL half time performances and HMV Grand Openings. As a choreographer, Derek has worked from Halifax to Vancouver, Sydney, Australia and most recently in Hong Kong and South Asia for Sally Yeh - It's My Prime 25th Anniversary World Tour.

Ballet and Tap

Amber Harvie - Amber's theatre credits include '42nd Street', and the off-Broadway production 'Timesteps'. Amber has danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and The Ottawa Ballet Company; she has also appeared in videos with and performed alongside artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Amanda Marshall, and Tom Green. Some of her television and film credits include: PBS "A Musical Theatre Special", and the NBC film "Dying to Dance". She has also danced abroad with Silversea Cruise lines, and most recently returned from an Asian tour with the Hong Kong pop sensation, Sally Yeh (along with Derek Sangster). Amber has taught and choreographed in Ottawa, Toronto, New York, Moscow, and Puerto Rico as well as being a faculty member at many performing arts facilities, such as Sheridan College, American Theatre Dance Workshop, Dance-Teq, and The Randolph Academy.

Hip Hop

Eli Kababa - Eli is Co-founder of the Garden State Dance Project, a company devoted to cultivating the art of dance in New Jersey through their performance and education programs. Eli is a certified Functional Movement Screen trainer. He is also a Teaching Artist for the New York City Ballet, 92Y, Center for Arts Education, Brant Lake Dance Camp and Souljerz break dance crew.

 

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