Stacey Butterworth – CDTA, 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, 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 22 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!

KMKathryn McVittie – RAD RTS, Acrobatic Arts, PBT

Ballet Director – Instructor, Daytime and Evening Programs
Ballet / Pointe / Contemporary / Acro / 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 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 11th season at Harbour!

shelbyShelby Edwards – Acrobatic Arts, PBT

Instructor Daytime, Evening and Saturday Programs
Jazz / Hip Hop / Acro / Musical Theatre / Jazz Theatre / PBT

Shelby began her dance training when she was 9 at Harbour Dance Studios, she began with hip-hop but rapidly expanded into jazz, lyrical, ballet, modern and contemporary. She fell in love with stage styles focusing her training on CDTA jazz and participated in many competitions on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, is a module 1 Acrobatic Arts instructor, and currently working towards her CDTA Jazz Membership.

Throughout high school she participated in musicals and dance teams, which is where she began her journey as a choreographer. She volunteered at elementary schools teaching dance, and after graduating this expanded to paid jobs in high schools where she would work with P.E. classes and dance teams supplying them with competition pieces, and technical training.

She’s instructed at Harbour Dance Studios since the fall of 2012, beginning with stage classes in the evening and Saturday programs whilst taking physical education courses at Vancouver Island University, she continued to train with the senior dance classes and with the VIU dance team. During her second year on the Harbour faculty she left university to spend more time on her career as a choreographer, and in turn became a consistent choreographer for the VIU dance team.

In recent years Shelby’s competitive groups and solos have won many accolades on Vancouver Island and Vancouver, including two high-scoring groups to recompete in provincial competition finals, and her first choreography award.

Shelby is very excited to be sharing her love and knowledge of dance with all of the students of Harbour Dance Studios, and is looking forward to another successful year!

Emily Vater – CDTA, Acrobatic Arts, PBT

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

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 trained in Harbour Dance Studios Day Program for five years 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 three years.
Emily has specialized in Acro for the past four years, including receiving her Acrobatic Arts Module One Teachers Certification. In 2017 she 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 finishing the practical portion of the Module 2 certification requirements. She will be receiving her full Module 2 Teacher certification within the next couple months. This past year Emily completed her CDTA Jazz Associate Membership exam as well as becoming a certified PBT instructor. Continuing her teacher training this coming year, Emily will be taking her CDTA Tap Associate Membership exam. 

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.

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.

AliviaAlivia Acorn

Instructor, Daytime and Evening Programs
Ballet/Modern Contemporary

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 very excited to share her love of dance with the students at Harbour Dance Studios!

Tanner

Tanner Plecas

Instructor, Daytime and Evening Programs
Jazz / Lyrical

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.  Tanner is thrilled to be returning to Canada, after a sabbatical abroad in Scotland.

HM_BioHarmony Mills

Junior Instructor – Ballet

Harmony is a lifelong dancer who is currently training for her RAD Advanced II examination. She has been accepted into the National Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Arts Umbrella and Royal Winnipeg Ballet.  In 2015 she received the Investor’s Group scholarship to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Summer Intensive.  In 2016 she attended the summer intensive and was later accepted into the full year program for 2016/17.  She has been asked to perform in the Grande Defile for YAGP NYC 2017 finals.  Harmony started assisting with classes in 2016/17. She loves teaching children as she has a passion for teaching others and sharing her love for dance. Harmony hopes to continue teaching and is excited for this year!

AMAngela Morgan (Picture Coming Soon!)

Yoga Teacher, Daytime and Evening Programs

Angela fell in love with yoga 15 years ago when she went to her first yoga class, as soon as she stepped onto her yoga mat she knew yoga was going to be part of her life.  In 2016 Angela took her 200 hour Yoga Teacher training at Island Yoga Vista in Nanaimo. In 2018 Angela took her 40 hour Vinyasa teacher training at Semperviva Yoga in Vancouver.

Angela teachers corporate classes but her passion is teaching the students at Harbour Dance Studios. Angela loves teaching the dancers about all aspects of yoga, most importantly that yoga is a practice and you continually learn.

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.