Teachers

Miss Irina Lavrova- Ballet

Miss Irina Lavrova, a prima ballerina for 18 years, was born in Kiev, Ukraine. She started dancing recreationally at the age of four. It quickly became apparent that she had a gift for ballet and at the age of ten, Irina auditioned for Kiev State Choreographic School. Her talent allowed her an immediate acceptance into the professional ballet school. Out of 300 applicants she was one of 30 to be chosen. During her eight years of study, she received professional training in character dance and ballroom dance, with the main focus in ballet. While being a full time student, she also graduated from an academic and music school.

In her last two years of ballet training, she had the good fortune to be taught by Galina Kyrilova who was one of the last students of the famous Agrippina Vaganova. By the time she reached the age of eighteen, Irina graduated from Kiev Choreographic Academy with honors.

After graduating, she left her home town and moved to Odessa, Ukraine where she was invited to dance with the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre. She began dancing as a soloist, and shortly became a principal dancer where she performed the most famous classical ballets known today. Some of the ballets include: Nut Cracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, and many more. During her eighteen year dancing career, Irina toured with her dance company in Europe, Asia, and North America. At one point in her career she danced one of the two main rolls in the ballet Giselle with the famous Canadian star, Evelyn Hart.

During the last five years of her professional dancing career, she started teaching her techniques at a local ballet school. She loved dancing so much, that she wanted to give her knowledge and experience to young children who had as much passion for ballet as she did.

In 1995, Irina and her family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada. Miss Irina was soon teaching ballet in her new country. She opened her own dance studio in Langley, where she has been teaching ballet in the Vaganova method.

In 2000, she decided to prepare herself for a Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) certificate. The program lasted for four years. In 2004, Irina successfully completed the RAD program and received her teaching certificate with Merit. During these successful years she prepared many students for festivals, exams, and auditions. In addition, her years of experience allowed her to become an exceptional choreographer.

Irina’s vast knowledge and passion for ballet allows her to welcome and teach students of all ages. She will continue to teach and to inspire her students as long as the love for ballet stays alive in her heart.

Ellen Kim- Ballet

Ellen began her ballet training at the age of 6 in South Korea. By age 10, she began her professional training with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She continued her professional training in beautiful British Columbia with Richmond Academy of Dance. In 2001, she was accepted to Canada’s National Ballet School in Teacher Training Program to pursue her career as a ballet instructor.  During her schooling and training at the National Ballet School, she had the honour of training under many excellent dance directors including Anuschka Roes, Teresa Randall, Jane Wooding, Johanna Bergfelt, Rosalie Deligioridis, Irene Dowd and Ashleigh Powell. Ellen has studied and trained Cecchetti method; finishing up to Cecchetti advance II , along with all of the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) exams with Distinction. She is now a registered teacher with the RAD and is looking forward to pass her knowledge and experience to her students.

Heather Davies- Ballet

Miss Heather, originally a resident of Surrey B.C., spent 8 years pursuing her passion for dance in Ontario. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts (Honours) focusing on choreography and dance education from York University as well as her Bachelors of Education from the University of Ottawa. She worked as a ballet teacher and choreographer while in Ottawa and taught recreational and competitive classes for all ages. Heather’s choreography varies from classical to contemporary and meets her student’s technical needs and skill levels. Her dancers have received top marks and special awards at competitions and dance exams.

Heather’s knowledge of ballet is diverse and includes training in Vaganova, Cecchetti and R.A.D. methods as well as training in kinesiology and dance injury prevention. She is always eager to upgrade her skills and continues to train as a dancer and certified Vaganova ballet teacher (The Society of Russian Ballet). Since returning to B.C. in 2013 Heather has been teaching at various locations in the lower mainland, to children of all ages, where she focuses on training strong, healthy dancers. 

Mariana Moraes- Contemporary

Mariana Moraes is an emerging dance artist who is known for her classical and contemporary technique. Born in Belem/Pa Brazil, Mariana has been training and performing since the age of six, when she first fell in love with Ballet. She continued her training in Vancouver, CA when invited to participate in the pre-professional dance program Lamondance, where she experienced many styles, and developed her creativity and passion for contemporary/modern dance. As a dancer, Mariana has had the opportunity to train and perform in the Vancouver dance scene as well as internationally in Brazil, recently she has had been part of the cast of the movie “Center Stage: on pointe” playing one of the ballet dancers in the camp. As a dance instructor and choreographer, Mariana has had the opportunity of showing her work in many different competitions and got Awarded as a choreographer, in Brazil she promoted her own master classes and workshops. Mariana continues to develop as an emerging dance artist and excited to share her experience and talent as a dancer, performer and dance instructor.

Ashara Trekkie Coulter- Acro Dance, Contortion

All her life Ashara has been a very dedicated athlete. After 8 years of training and competing in figure skating, in Victoria and Vancouver and 3 years of international competitive cheerleading, Ashara discovered her love for circus. Inspired by a hand to hand duo on “America’s Got Talent” she made no hesitation in finding CircusWest, where she spent 3 years learning the basics of circus. After participating in pre-selection tours and the summer camp, Ashara decided to audition for École Nationale De Cirque in Montreal. She was accepted into the Mise a Niveau program and began to focus on aerial hoop. Ashara now lives in North Vancouver and is a professional performer with various companies in BC.

Jessa Leroux- Kinder Dance, Ballet

Jessa, a graduate from Holy Cross Regional High School, has been dancing since the age of 3. She has been a student at Lavrova Classical Ballet Academy for the past 5 years, and is looking forward to beginning her teaching career here as well. She has been performing with the Royal City Youth Ballet Company for the past 11 years, and has had the privilege to perform, under the direction of Delores Kirkwood, in principal roles in the full length ballet, The Nutcracker. Throughout her studies in various dance styles, she has been grateful to have worked with some of the best dancers in Canada and world-wide including Evelyn Hart, Rex Harrington, Johnny Chang, Oscar Nieto, David Cox, Bruce Monk, Miles Elkington, Valerie Easton, and So You Think You Can Dance’s Alex Wong and Arassay Reyes. Along with placing in various competitions throughout the years, Jessa has recently achieved her Advanced II RAD exam with Distinction.

Abbey Dutton- Jazz, Tap, Lyrical

Originally from Saskatchewan, Abbey moved out west to pursue performing and has gone on to work with various Vancouver production companies on stage and screen as a dancer, actor and vocalist.  She graduated with Honours from The Canadian College of Performing Arts, has been a member of The Source Dance Company, and is an actively auditioning actor/dancer in the Vancouver commercial and tv/film industry. Some select performance credits include Virgin Atlantic Airlines, “Magique” with Canada’s Got Talent magician Oslen, CHMB Radio’s Solid Gold competition, Hard Rock Casino’s “Christmas at the Rock”, and the 99th Grey Cup with Nickelback. You may also spot her in By Starlight’s “Love Me Love Me” music video and Paige Morgan’s “Never Change” music video. Commercial credits include Conair, Asus, Del Taco, Mobify Mobile Shopping, PlentyOfFish.com, Pfizer and Acuvue Contact Lenses. Abbey lives to share her love of dance with others! Come explore your creativity and technical skills in a safe, supportive environment with lots of laughs, but be expected to work hard and challenge yourself!

Braiden Stevenson- Jazz, Lyrical

Braiden Stevenson began dancing at age five, at Lanigan Dance Dynamics.  Starting with Tap he added all other disciplines over the years.  At age thirteen he attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Summer School, and then stayed for 2 consecutive years, where he had the honour of performing with the company in The Nutcracker.  At fifteen he moved home to Lanigan where he enjoyed going back to all other types of dance, and playing catch-up with his Tap and Jazz exams. He then moved to North Battleford to continue his training under Virgina Winterhault and Margaret Stephen.   After graduating he spent 7 months in Japan with Tokyo Disney Resort.  Princess Cruises was next, working on board the Grand and Sea Princess vessels, traveling to twenty three countries in his sixteen months on board.  It was then back to Japan, but this time due to a knee injury followed by surgery his stay was only 4 months.  Braiden then took time to heal and retrain in Toronto and Vancouver and after six months in Canada he went back to sea, working for Royal Caribbean, on board the Liberty of the Seas.  There Braiden learned aerial arts such as hoops, silks, bungee and hand-loop.
Braiden spent 6 years in Saskatoon where his dance teaching career began.   He taught at Studio One, under the direction of Tammy Tropeau.  Braiden was fortunate to be able to teach at a studio that was always family orientated, fun-loving, and very competitive.  This is how Braiden approaches every class.  His style is always high energy, fun, and very technical.  Braiden has travelled from Manitoba to B.C. teaching, adjudicating and choreographing. He also frequently travels out of country to attend workshops to learn new techniques and styles.