Samantha began her training at the age of three studying ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap and musical theatre. She had the pleasure of performing in many productions with her childhood studio (Kirkwood Academy) and has had much success as a performer. Some of these successes include; dancing lead roles, winning awards and scholarships and being chosen to compete at the BC Dance Provincials in both ballet and jazz. Throughout the years, Sam has found ways to further her dance training such as her time spent at The National Ballet School in their Pre-Professional Training Program and at numerous other summer dance intensives including; The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, Arts Umbrella, and Ballet Austin. Sam has always been passionate about being a versatile and professional dancer and in her late teens she had the opportunity to broaden her jazz, contemporary and musical theatre training by taking classes in New York at schools such as Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Centre. In 2010 Sam set to New York again for six weeks and studied in Joffrey’s jazz and contemporary summer intensive.
In 2013 Sam obtained her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies as well as her A.R.A.D. teaching status from The Royal Academy of Dance. In 2017 Sam completed her teacher training through Acrobatic Arts and is now a certified Module 1 acrobatics teacher. Sam also holds a Bachelor of Management degree from Vancouver Island University.
Now, Sam has the pleasure of teaching her students and choreographing in numerous genres. Through this, she has been able to find passion in many different avenues of dance with a recent increased love for contemporary and modern stage. Watching her students love of dance and success has always been a pleasure and motivator for Sam as an instructor. Some noted student successes include; acceptance into several pre- professional training schools, participation in the Youth American Grand Prix, choreography featured in gala showcases and competing with her choreography at the BC Performing Arts Provincials across all genres.
Sam would like to thank all of her mentors, instructors and her family for their continuous support. She is very happy to be partnering with Katie to start Prism Dance Connections and looks forward to its future.
Katie started dancing at the age of three training in ballet, jazz, modern, musical theatre and hip hop at Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts. Her foundation began in ballet through completion of the Royal Academy of Dance graded examinations. She has had the pleasure of performing in multiple studio productions and has had great success as a competitive performer winning many awards, bursaries and scholarships in festivals across BC. Katie furthered her training by attending dance intensives such as Groove Street Productions for many consecutive years, having the opportunity to meet and work with choreographers from all over North America. Katie began as a student teacher and that love for working with young dancers lead her to teaching for studios all over Vancouver Island. She has become a sought after choreographer teaching masterclasses and workshops, working with soloists and groups as well as coaching a high school dance team. Many of her soloists have gone on to compete at the BC Provincials and the Youth American Grand Prix.
Katie has a true love and passion for teaching dancers of all ages. Her high energy and positive spirit inspires youth to push themselves in and out of the classroom. It has always been a dream of hers to start her own venture in the dance industry and is so excited to be doing this alongside Samantha. She can’t wait to see what the future holds for Prism Dance Connections.