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

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!

KMKathryn McVittie RAD RTS, Acrobatic Arts

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

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

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 Dance Studios.

Emily Vater

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 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.

Alivia Acorn (picture coming soon)

Instructor, Daytime and Evening Programs

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 Plecas

Instructor, Daytime and Evening Programs
Jazz and Lyrical

TannerTanner 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.

Lindsay Piggott (Picture Coming Soon!)

Instructor, Evening and Saturday Programs

Parent and Tot, Jazz, and Ballet

Lindsay started dancing at the age of 3, and trained intensively as a competitive dancer at Shelley’s dance company in Edmonton Alberta. Lindsay acquired comprehensive training in Jazz/Tap (Adapt) Ballet (RAD) and Highland (STDA), and was honored with multiple awards and scholarships.

In 1999, Lindsay moved to Salmon Arm, BC and began teaching for Just for Kicks Dance Studio. Lindsay consistently choreographs winning numbers and solos for our local dancers, many of whom were awarded awards and scholarships.  She has also been assisting under Mrs. Sonja Barton Woods (Ballet Director), working along side her in the childrens’ ballet program.

Lindsay bring’s over 15 years of teaching experience over multiple disciplines. Over this time she has developed an advanced technical approach to teaching which has been proven successful.  ” I find great joy in watching my students progress and accomplish their goals and achievements. My passion for dance was my greatest gift and I strive to continue sharing that gift! I am excited and honored to join the Harbour Dance Studios team. “

Angela Morgan (Picture Coming Soon!)

Yoga Teacher, Daytime and Evening Programs

Angela is an experienced and certified practitioner of yoga and is passionate about sharing her lover for yoga with children and adults.  More bio details coming soon!

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.