Our Instructors

Stacey Butterworth – CDTA, Acrobatic Arts

Owner / Director – Instructor, Daytime and Evening Programs
Tap / Jazz / Lyrical 

CDTA Tap, Jazz & Acro Examiner , CDTA BC Branch Past President, CDTA Treasurer, CDTA National Board Director for BC

Stacey is the owner and director of Harbour Dance Studios Inc. She has instructed dance full time for the past 26 years, has toured in performance companies, has directed and choreographed stage productions, and has adjudicated at festivals across Canada.

Growing up, Stacey trained extensively in ballet (R.A.D. and A.D.A.P.T.), jazz (C.D.T.A.), tap (C.D.T.A.), lyrical, and highland. Stacey has taught and performed in every discipline. When she first began teaching she focused on ballet but now she focuses her studio teaching time on tap, jazz, and lyrical. Stacey is a member of the Stage Division of the C.D.T.A in both tap and jazz, has served on the executive of this association in numerous capacities over the years and is a C.D.T.A. Examiner in tap, jazz and acro.  She was instrumental in setting the syllabus for the tap and jazz examinations.

 

Carl Butterworth – B.Sc.(Hons.Kin.) MBA CRM

Director / Renovator / Music / Admin

Carl has many hats at Harbour Dance Studios Inc.  As a kinesiologist he brings 20 years of experience in injury prevention and performance enhancement. Carl also has a diverse background in musical theory and practice and edits some of Harbour Dance Studio Inc.’s music for competition and performance. Carl has owned and operated businesses in British Columbia for 25 years and has a Masters in Business Administration (Finance). He assists Stacey (yes, his wife) with business development, risk management, marketing, advertising, renovations, cleaning, and anything else Stacey tells him to do!

 

KMKathryn McVittie – RAD RTS, Acrobatic Arts, PBT

Ballet Director – Instructor, Daytime and Evening Programs
Ballet / Pointe / Contemporary  / PBT

Kathryn has been involved in the dance world for over 30 years. She trained in many disciplines including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, pointe, lyrical, musical theatre, singing and hip hop.

She currently instructs primarily in ballet/pointe, contemporary and acro, but also in tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, and hip-hop. Kathryn is a registered ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, a certified Acro teacher with Acrobatic Arts, a certified PBT instructor and has completed the CDTA Jazz syllabus. She has trained in Vancouver, England and on Vancouver Island. She was the children’s rehearsal mistress for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet “Nutcracker” in Nanaimo in 2018 and will be again for 2020.

In addition to choreographing for dance, figure skating and theatre productions, she has also held the lead roles in several musicals including Alice for Alice in Wonderland, has been the assistant coach for the VI Raiders Dance Team, and has adjudicated at multiple dance competitions across Canada for over 10 years.

Her dancers have been accepted into prestigious summer and full time programs including National Ballet of Canada, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Princess Grace Academy, Joffrey Ballet, Alberta Ballet and Goh Ballet.

Kathryn loves to take dancers on the road competing out of town to broaden their experiences and has been recognized for choreography awards at these prestigious events.

She currently teaches full time as the Ballet Director at Harbour Dance Studios in Nanaimo, BC working with the full day pre-professional program dancers and evening program dancers.

Kathryn loves to pass on her passion for dance to all ages and levels and is excited for her 14th season at Harbour!

 

Shelby Edwards – Acrobatic Arts, PBT, CDTA

Instructor, Evening Programs
Jazz / Hip Hop / Acro / Musical Theatre  / Stretch & Strength / Adults

Shelby grew up dancing at Harbour Dance Studios and began teaching shortly after graduating high school. She’s competed and performed all over Vancouver Island and the lower mainland. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, is a module 1 Acrobatic Arts instructor, and holds her CDTA Licentiate in Jazz.

Outside of the studio Shelby has done music videos for local bands, works with businesses at team-building events and has taught dance at elementary and high schools. She also works closely with the VIU Dance Team choreographing competition pieces for them every season.

In recent years Shelby’s competitive dances have won accolades on Vancouver Island and Vancouver, including groups qualifying for provincial finals, a choreography award, and groups selected for gala performances.

Shelby is looking forward to being back in studio and sharing her passion with all her students.

 

Linda Tomborello RAD Teaching Diploma

Linda Tomborello – RAD Teaching Diploma

Instructor, Daytime Programs
Ballet / Pointe 

Linda began her dance training studying the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and later went on to win multiple ballet awards and scholarships to continue her professional training. These scholarships included studies in New York City with the Joffery Ballet School, School of American Ballet (the Balanchine’s Company Ballet School) and the Harkness House for Ballet Arts. She trained with well known teachers such as Robert Joffery, David Howard, Brian Macdonald, Stuart Hodes and Donald Saddler; to name a few. During her professional years as a dancer Linda performed with the Huntington Dance Ensemble, the Joffery Ballet Company, and the Harkness Ballet Company in New York City. As a teacher Linda holds a certified Teaching Diploma from the RAD. She has taught Ballet both in the United States and Canada and brings over 30 years of teaching, coaching, and choreography experience to students ranging from Primary to Advanced levels. Linda’s teaching goal is to pass on her passion, knowledge and love of ballet to all her students.

 

Terry_G2Terry Ann Grantner, LRAD

Examiner of the Royal Academy of Dance
Instructor, Evening Programs – Ballet / Pointe

Mrs. Grantner is a long-time member of the Royal Academy of Dance.  She completed her teacher training in 1981 and graduated as a Licentiate, then taught extensively in the Nanaimo area for 30 years. She was a part owner of Harbour Dancentre from 1996-2006 and was a prolific choreographer. Her students have had great success in careers in dance. In 2006 she became an Examiner for the RAD and examines students in Canada and internationally. We are thrilled to have Terry back on faculty at Harbour Dance Studios and look forward to an exciting season!

 

Alivia Acorn – PBT

Alivia

Instructor, Evening Programs
Ballet / Modern Contemporary / PBT

Alivia was introduced to dance at the age of 10 and has continued to train, practice, improve and perform for 8 years. Alivia has been taught many different disciplines of dance including jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, lyrical, musical theatre and hip hop by numerous amazing artists.

In 2014, Alivia was accepted into RWB’s (Royal Winnipeg Ballet) summer intensive program and trained there for four weeks under highly commended teachers. In 2015, she was accepted, and presented with a scholarship to Joffrey Ballet School’s summer intensive program in New York. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend due to an ongoing injury acquired in early 2015.

Alivia has travelled with her teachers and fellow dancers to many recognizable, prestigious dance competitions/events both in Canada and the U. S.  Collectively as a group they were well awarded for both group and solo performances.  Alivia represented Nanaimo at the Provincials in Penticton, 2014.

Alivia worked  for 2 years with Moses Asher, a top 20 finalist in Canada’s “So You think you can Dance.” She danced and competed with his choreography at several competitions with multiple awards and accolades. She then performed solo at the age of 14 years, for his company’s opening night at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver.

In 2011, Alivia started assisting Ms. Kathryn’s children’s dance classes at her home studio, Harbour Dancenter (now names Harbour Dance Studios).  She assisted for 2 years and subbed in as the teacher on occasion when needed. Alivia’s love of dance is shown best on stage when performing, but is also greatly demonstrated when teaching students!

Alivia is currently working on her Teacher Training Program with the RAD.  She is very excited to share her love of dance with the students at Harbour Dance Studios!

 

Jane Dean

Jane began dancing at Harbour Dance Studios at age 6 taking almost every discipline offered, including: tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, pointe, hip-hop and acrobatics. Throughout her years of dancing, she trained and competed in group and solo competitions throughout B.C and attended masterclasses and conventions to expand her knowledge of dance.

Jane found a love for stage classes at a young age, and while she continued training in all disciplines, her focus became tap and jazz. She has completed all CDTA jazz and tap exams from Grade 1- Advanced, receiving honors in every exam. She has also completed RAD exams from Grade 1 – Intermediate Foundation. In the past 2 years, she has assisted in stage classes and has subbed in for teachers when needed for both regular classes and CDTA exam syllabus. Having recently graduated in June 2020, Jane is now attending VIU to complete her undergraduate degree in Child and Youth Care and intends to participate on the VIU Dance Team. Jane is excited to be an instructor at Harbour Dance Studios, where she can share her love for dance with the students!

Melanie Kirk – BCRPA, Pilates Mat

Instructor, Evening Programs
Adult Tap 

Melanie was born and raised in Auburn Washington. At age six, her parents enrolled her in Tap and Jazz.  For eleven years, she trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hawaiian under Robert Smith of Auburn School of Dance and Music.  At age thirteen, she became her studio’s youngest student teacher, and began to share with others the joy of dance.  In 1980, Melanie came to Nanaimo and spent two years teaching tap and jazz locally, then gave up dancing for motherhood and “normal jobs”.  In 1996, as her son grew up, Melanie began dancing and teaching again. She has been sharing the infectious rhythms of tap with students age 5 to “not going to say.” here at Harbour Dance Studios since 2004.

Melanie currently teaches our adult tap classes and is also a BCRPA certified Group Fitness Leader and Pilates Mat instructor.

 

Tanner

Tanner Plecas – PBT

Guest Instructor
Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary

Tanner is a Vancouver born and raised dance artist.  During his training, Tanner competed at National and International levels, and studied extensively in as many styles of dance as he could. For three consecutive years, Tanner was the BC provincial champion in the stage dance category. In his senior years of studio training Tanner received several regional and international competition titles, including: New York City Dance Alliance’s Regional Outstanding Dancer; placing in the top five senior males at the finals in New York, as well as convention and workshop scholarships.

Tanner began his professional career dancing with Patrick Roberge Productions when he was in high school. Upon graduation, Tanner danced with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a dancer and aerial silk flyer, touring around Europe and the Caribbean. Upon returning to Vancouver, Tanner continued his professional training through Vancouver’s contemporary dance education institution Modus Operandi, where he was granted a full scholarship for his final two years. During his time in the program, Tanner collaborated on the creation of several short dance films, held principal and soloist roles in countless creations, and interpreted the work of many of Vancouver’s contemporary choreographers.

One of Tanner’s most memorable high profile events was performing in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Opening Ceremonies. He performed with Sarah McLachlan as a member of the professional cast alongside Ballet BC & The Alberta Ballet, which was choreographed by Jean Grand-Maître. In 2010 he also had the privilege of being a part of “Vessel”, the premier full length piece of contemporary dance company, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre. More recently, Tanner was invited to be an artist with Alberta Ballet, for the creation of Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. Dancing once again alongside Sarah McLachlan with choreography by Jean Grand-Maître.

Since retiring from dancing professionally, Tanner has been a full-time choreographer and dance instructor.  He is passionate about building strong technique in his dancers, and providing them with a understanding of what can be achieved through hard work and commitment. His award-winning choreography is remembered for its athleticism and inventive perspectives.