DDA Faculty

Driftwood is a safe place where students can carve their own dance path, gain strong technique and artistry, create lifelong friendships, and improve their personal best.

 

Directors


Miss Laura Killeen | Co-Director, Teaching Faculty

Miss Laura Killeen | Co-Director, Teaching Faculty

Preschool Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Stage, RWID

Originally hailing from Ontario, Laura grew up dancing at the Burlington Dance Academy where she trained intensively in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap and Lyrical, with considerable experience in Acro and Modern...(read more)

 

 

Miss Jen Cole | Co-Director, Teaching Faculty

RAD Ballet, Modern + Contemporary, PBT, Performance Conditioning, Half Day Programme

Relocating from Ontario, after graduating from York University BFA with honours in dance (2007), Miss Jen loves calling Vancouver home...
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Teaching Faculty


Miss Courtney Cholette | Teaching Faculty

Miss Courtney Cholette | Teaching Faculty

AcroDance, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Stage

Born and raised in Abbotsford BC, Miss Courtney graduated from Yale Secondary and has been instructing dance for the past 5 years...
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Miss Kiana Rigg | Teaching Faculty

| AcroDance, Stretch + Strength

Kiana first started her dance training at the age of 3, and has had a passion for it every since!
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Miss Ashley Berry | Teaching Faculty

Miss Ashley Berry | Teaching Faculty

Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap

Originally from Edmonton, AB, Ashley began her official dance training at age 3. Her dance education took place at DanceCo Ltd. in St. Albert, and furthered by Victoria School of the Arts where she had the opportunity to take master classes with guests from around North America...
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Miss Donna Perperidis | Teaching Faculty

Miss Donna Perperidis | Teaching Faculty

Jazz, Lyrical, Conditioning

Born and raised in Vancouver, Miss Donna started dancing at 3 years old. Her training began at Douglas Ballet Academy, which is where she first found her passion for dance.
She then trained for five years at Danzmode Productions with Rachael Poirier. 
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Miss Casey Strandquist | Teaching Faculty

Miss Casey Strandquist | Teaching Faculty

| Preschool, Primary + Junior Ballet

Born and raised in Grande Prairie, AB, Miss Casey fell in love with dance at the age of 8. She competed across Alberta and British Columbia in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern and Hip Hop.

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ADMIN


Carley Gibbs | Administrative Assistant

Carley Gibbs | Administrative Assistant

| Communications | Marketing | Organizational Management

Carley was born and raised in West Vancouver and has done her share of work around the local community. Coming from a Christian background, Carley was a lead mentor throughout her primary and elementary years. This was a huge learning experience for her and made her comfortable around children and parents of all ages. 

Carley's first language is French, although you would never know as she still had to learn how to converse with her grandmother/mother. Growing up in a Bed & Breakfast, Carley also loves people, especially new ones! This sparked her avid love for travel, which her family shares. Being exposed to places like France; to practice her French properly and Asia to see outstanding art, all Carley wants to do is explore the Planet. 

With her entire family being creative, Carley grew quickly grew to love doing things with her hands; as that is that you do with a grandmother for a parent when something breaks; the idea of replacement is a last resort. 

Carley is currently perusing a Degree in Communications alongside a Diploma for Arts and Entertainment Management at Capilano University. Taking this coming year off, Carley hopes to gain real life work experience and enough funds to pay for school on her own. School has always been challenging but when she added more effort and creative outlets she loved all aspects of education, especially recess.

Carley is so excited to be apart of the Driftwood Dance community.