Stacey Butterworth CDTA, PAEC, Acrobatic Arts

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

CDTA Tap & Jazz Examiner as of November 2014

CDTA BC Branch Past President

Stacey is the owner and director of Harbour Dance Studios Inc. She has instructed dance full time for the past 21 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 was also recently appointed as a C.D.T.A. Examiner as well as BC Branch Past President.  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 22 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!


Kathryn McVittie RAD RTS, Acrobatic Arts

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

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 and has completed the CDTA Jazz syllabus. She has trained in Vancouver, England and on Vancouver Island.

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, most recently at Peak North Vancouver.

Her dancers have been accepted into prestigious summer and full time programs including National Ballet of Canada, Royal Winnipeg, 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 academic 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 10th season at Harbour!


Bernice van Dyken

Instructor Daytime, Evening and Saturday Programs
Ballet / Pointe / Parent & Tot / Adults / PBT

Bernice van Dyken was born and grew up in South Africa, where she was classically trained in both the Royal Academy of Dance and Cecchetti methods of ballet. She is a registered and certified teacher with the R.A.D., as well as a member of the American Academy of Ballet.

In South Africa she owned a large ballet studio for 15 years, where her students successfully participated in R.A.D exams, American Performance Awards, annual shows and competitive festivals. Bernice also worked as Ballet Mistress for the Johannesburg Youth Ballet for numerous years.

In 2008 Bernice and her daughter moved to Dawson Creek, BC to take up the role as ballet instructor. Here her students also successfully participated in R.A.D Exams, American Performance Awards, Competitions and workshops in BC and Alberta. Numerous ballet students have received scholarships to study at the American Academy of Ballet summer intensives in New York.

Bernice has completed training in the Progressing Ballet Technique (Junior, Senior & Advanced programs), Merrithew Total Barre Fitness teacher training, as well as sports taping through SportsMedBC.

Bernice loves to assist dancers grow in their love of dance and in their self esteem and confidence.

Shelby Edwards

Shelby Edwards

Instructor Daytime, Evening and Saturday Programs
Jazz / Hip Hop / Acro / Modern Stage/ Jazz Theatre

Shelby spent the majority of her dance training with Harbour Dancentre. In 2004 she began hip-hop, and fell in love with the thrill of being on stage. Over the years, she found herself training in more disciplines – Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet/Pointe. She has performed and competed in festivals all over the island and Vancouver.
While in high school Shelby was competing with and choreographing for both the dance program and theatre program. The dance team performed at various community events in Nanaimo and Vancouver, including multiple high school football championship games. Working on the dance team is where she realized she wanted to do this for the rest of her life.  After graduation in 2012 she continued  teaching in high school dance programs (John Barsby and NDSS), joined the dance team at Vancouver Island University, and of course, started her career with Harbour Dance Studios.
In the 2015/2016 season, Shelby took a year off to have a family and was blessed with gorgeous twins. They visit the studio constantly and already a part of the dance family!  Shelby is very excited to get back to teaching & share her love of dance with the students of Harbour Dancentre.

Danielle Castle

Instructor Daytime and Evening Programs
Jazz / Tap / Modern

Danielle trained and graduated from Laine’s Theatre Arts College in London, England.  She has a wide background in dance but has found a real focus in musical theatre, commercial and contemporary styles.


Upon graduation, Danielle landed the Role of ‘Joule’ in the Original UK Tour of ‘Starlight Express’, which she played for four years.  Danielle has been a professional dancer / choreographer for 13 years.  She recently completed one year of touring with the original UK production of ‘We Will Rock You’, Queen’s West End Smash Hit Show, throughout Ireland, Scotland and England.  She has appeared in music videos with Madonna, presented and choreographed a pop music video for ‘Sony BMG’ and appeared in the Royal Variety Performance in front of Queen Elizabeth II.  She has also been fortunate enough to take part in professional commercial dancing and top-end fashion modeling events at major events in New York, Paris and London.

Danielle has enjoyed teaching all ages for the last 13 years both in the UK and Canada.  She has taught at the Stagecoach studios in England, Pineapple Studios in London, the Canadian College of Performing Arts and several studios in Victoria.  She has taught in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, commercial, and musical theatre and is looking forward to working with Harbour Dance Studios students!

Emily Vater

Instructor Daytime, Evening and Saturday Programs
Acro, Tap and Jazz

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Emily has been dancing since the age of 3. Her first classes in 2002 were ballet through parks and rec. Wanting to explore other styles, she started taking classes at Kirkwood Academy in 2004 and continued there for 9 years. In 2012 Emily began dancing at Harbour Dance Studios after wanting to focus more on stage dance styles. She has spent the past four years training in Harbour Dance Studios Day Program as well as continuing evening classes. In addition to training in dance, Emily also trained in gymnastics for 10 years.

By the time she was five, Emily knew she wanted to become a dance teacher. Working towards this goal, she has completed numerous exams including RAD ballet primary through intermediate, ISTD tap through advanced 1, and CDTA tap and jazz through Advanced. Emily has also competed in various competitions including the Upper Island Music Festival and PEAK invitational. She volunteered as an assistant teacher for seven years and has been teaching on her own for the past two years. Emily has specialized in Acro for the past four years, including receiving her Acrobatic Arts Module One Teachers Certification. She recently completed the Aerial and Back Handspring Workshop and her Acrobatic Arts Module 2 training. As an official Module 2 Teacher-in-Training she is currently working on completing the practical portion of the Module 2 certification requirements.

Melanie Kirk

Melanie Kirk

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”.

By 1996, Melanie began dancing and teaching tap again, and for the past twenty years has been sharing the infectious rhythms of tap with students from age 5 to “not going to say.”

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

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.


AJ “MegaMan” Kambere

Boys Hip Hop 

AJ “MegaMan” Kambere first started dancing with Fraser Heights High School dance team and was mentored and taught by choreographer Megan Jones. She was MegaMan’s first teacher who taught him how to master picking up choreography as well as freestyle in Hip Hop. Throughout the years, AJ finally met his second dance teacher Jwon who taught him Popping, where he studied and learned many different styles of the dance. Finally after exploring in the many different styles of Popping, MegaMan then met his next dance teacher Bopping Andre where he fell in love with the style called Bopping. MegaMan is now known to be one of the best Hip Hop freestylers on the Canadian west coast and one of the best robot animators in the world.

Continuing on his dance career, MegaMan has traveled around the world to battle, perform and judge in various dance conventions. Such places include: Seattle, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Halifax, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, New York, London, The Netherlands, Ger-many, Belgium, Uganda, and the list goes on. MegaMan also teaches on the Vancouver Is-land at various studios such as Tempo Dance Academy, Vibrant Dance Studios and Carson’s School of Dance. Some of MegaMan’s choreography in hip hop and popping has placed top 3 in many dance competitions such as: Core(1st place) Nanaimo festival(2st place) Cowichan Festival(1st place) North Island festival(3rd place) Next Level Hip Hop (1st). In 2013 MegaMan’s Choreography group the “Raw Robots” went on to go undefeated throughout the whole choreography season.

In addition MegaMan formed a dance crew called Heavy Hittaz along side crew mem-ber Henry “Luxurious” Mah which has become internationally known, and has given back to local communities as well as developing international projects. Such projects include start-ing a dance battle called Vancouver BattleZone. The purpose of this battle was to raise money to build a cafeteria at Rwentutu Primary School in Kasese Uganda. Finally after doing BattleZone for 4 years, they finally finished their project and hope to move onto other pro-jects to help those in need.

Darrell LetourneauDarrell_2

Academic Teacher (SD71) Nides

Darrell has over 30 years’ experience as a professional educator from Kindergarten to Graduate School. He has worked in many capacities including classroom teacher, librarian, enrichment/gifted teacher, Ministry of Education curriculum development and assessment, and school administrator.  He is a founding member of the Nanaimo Chapter of Computing Using Educators of BC, Technology Intensives (web-based workshops for professionals) and Digikids Summer Computer Camps. He is the founder of a Distributed Learning online elementary school and True North eLearning consulting practice.

Darrell and his wife Janet have four children (3 of whom are now young adults) who have always learned as Distributed Learning students.  Darrell looks forward to helping each dancer discover, develop and share their own unique gifts and brand of personal excellence.