Share Dance: Classes & Facilitators

Our Share Dance program gives teaching opportunities to Dance artists from diverse styles and provides them with trauma-informed tools to better support underserved and at risk communities. Some of the classes we currently provide are: Contemporary Indigenous, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Latin Dances and more! 



This class explores emotions, energy and rhythm through flamenco movements. Jhoely focuses on movements of the arms and hands, making rhythms with the feet, clapping along to keep the beat, and calling out “Olé” to have fun.

About Jhoely Triana
Jhoely Triana is a Colombian-Canadian flamenco dance artist here in Vancouver. She graduated from SFU School of Contemporary Arts and has practiced Flamenco for the past 15 years. Her teaching style is about exploring emotions, energy and rhythm through flamenco movements. She focuses on movements of the arms and hands, making rhythms with the feet, clapping along to keep the beat, and calling out “Olé” to have fun.


Movement is Magic!

Join Harmanie for a class where everybody can dance. Together we will move and play using stories and props to embrace everyone’s unique abilities: from the smallest small to the biggest BIG. This class is beginner-friendly and is geared toward age groups 3 to 5, 6 to 9, and 10+. All abilities are welcome.

About Harmanie Rose
Harmanie Rose (she/her) – I believe there’s magic in moving together, whether the movement is choreographed or you move in a way that feels good to you. All movement creates beautiful dancing. I enjoy the diversity of facilitating all levels and abilities. As a dancer I have danced in nature, onstage, and in several short dance films. As a dance teacher, I have taught people with and without disabilities online, all across Canada with the National Access Art Centre (AB), Propeller Dance (ON), and Embrace Arts (BC). You can also find me facilitating the Ready Dance Youth Project (BC) with All Bodies Dance Project.


Powwow Dance Class

This class introduces the different dance styles that you would see at a pow wow and the basic steps of traditional, jingle & fancy. Nyla Carpentier (Tahltan/Kaska), a pow wow dancer with over 30 years of experience, will guide participants through the class.

At the start there will be a warm-up, followed by learning the dance styles and then a cool down with stretching. Basic steps and formations will be shown, and the history and origins of dance styles will be shared. Dress in comfortable clothing and be ready to get sweaty.

About Nyla Carpentier
Nyla Carpentier (Tahltan, Kaska, French and Scottish) is a multifaceted performing artist currently residing in North Vancouver, BC. Since the age of three, Nyla has been powwow dancing. Over the last 35 years she traveled across Turtle Island dancing at various powwows and festivals. She also teaches the various powwow styles, sharing the dance steps and the history. Since 2011, in partnership with Raven Spirit Dance Company, Nyla started the popular Powwow Bootcamp class which runs during the winter for 6 weeks at the Dance Centre in Vancouver. Nyla is also an actor, writer, and new mom.


Finger Tutting

This class focuses on the street dance style tutting/finger tutting. Tutting style is inspired by ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and emphasizes the body’s ability to create geometric angles, lines and shapes. Semi 90 degree angles and boxes are the most common examples. The main focus is on arms, wrists and hands. The sub style finger tutting is essentially tutting on a smaller scale, focusing on the digits and joints in the hands.

Tutting can be done whether you prefer using your whole body or sitting down, everybody is welcomed!

About Kevin Li
Best known for his hand choreography work on the American fantasy TV series The Magicians, dance artist Kevin “Shazam” Li started dancing after moving from Hong Kong to Vancouver in 2009. He began his training with SOULdiers, a street dance training company and went on to focus on tutting and flow arts afterwards. He practiced with the Vancouver circus community, where he explored prop and tutting hybrid dance and, in 2014, joined Modus Operandi, a Vancouver based contemporary dance training program. Kevin is interested in all kinds of dance and art, he is especially interested in how different forms and cultures intersect. He would like to continue exploring and bridging different forms, cultures and their communities.



Break Dance, also called breaking or b-boying/b-girling is an athletic style of street dance. Break Dance consists of four different elements: top rock, footwork, power Trix, power move which develops different parts of body muscles. But breakdancing is now not only a famous hip-hop dance style, it is a sport. And not just any sport, it’s an Olympic sport – following a bold decision by the International Olympic Committee to have BBoys and BGirls compete at the 2024 Paris Games.

About Thaiyo Seo
B-boy Thaiyo is a world-famous b-boy hailing from South Korea. His crew, “Last For One”, came from a small town outside of Seoul, and made a big splash in the mid 2000’s. Most notably, winning the International Battle of the Year 2005 in Germany. Thaiyo’s crew was highlighted in the feature film “Planet B-boy”, that followed the story of each crew that went to Battle of the Year 2005. Thaiyo’s style is based off of his belief that a well-rounded b-boy is a good b-boy. He combines style, power, and foundation to create his dance, and passes it on to his students with great enthusiasm.


Dancing Emotions

Through playful and dynamic dance explorations this workshop will provide a dynamic way to rediscover our bodies and connect with others through movement exploration.  Participants can discover and play with their range of emotions! Come and explore your fullest expression so you can keep enjoying the nuances of the up and down days!  

Classes can be delivered in English, Spanish or Spanglish if required. 

About Marco Esccer
Marco Esccer is a Mexican queer artist, performer, creator and educator, and has a diverse background from the technical to the therapeutic aspect of dance. He received his Bachelor in Ballet by the National Ballet and Contemporary School of Mexico City (2011-2016), followed by certifications in Research, experimentation and artistic production (2015-2016), Dance Movement Therapy (2016), Certified Yoga Instructor (2021), Progressive Ballet Technique Instructor (2022), and Mental Application: mind-body connection (2019-2022). With a profound interest in creating spaces for awareness of motion, feelings and thoughts, he believes in Art & Movement as a human enhancing method to be more connected with creativity and in synergic communication and respect with others and the environment; and he creates art to open bridges of compassion and understanding finding the common threads between cultures into humanity.


Find Your Rhythm!

Everyone is invited to come and express their inner rhythm. Explore sound and movement while learning the Black American art form of Tap Dance. We will work to find the groove in our bodies, establish a grounded relationship to the floor, and actively listen to the music we both hear and create. Through rhythmic exercises and choreographic phrases, we will enhance coordination, balance, and musicality, feeling our movements become one with the beat.

Whether we are making noise with our feet, our body, or our voice, we will have fun connecting with ourselves, each other, rhythm, and the music! 
No prior dance experience is required, and all ages are welcome.

About Alexandra Clancy
Alexandra Clancy is a movement artist currently living and creating on the ancestral lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), and səl̓ilw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, in the place now commonly known as Vancouver. As a guest practicing African American vernacular art forms, Alexandra strives to respect the history and maintain the integrity of the traditions of jazz and tap dance. She is a proud alumna of Jacob’s Pillow and returned with her company Soleful Dance to perform on the Inside/Out Stage. She was a member of Tapestry Dance Company and studied dance at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and Simon Fraser University. Her work has been presented at New Works, Feats Festival of Dance, Playhouse, 12 Minutes Max, Eighth and Eight, DOTE, and her film ‘Sedated’ was screened at the Cascadia Dance Film Festival. She continues to express movement by choreographing, teaching, and performing locally and internationally.


Kathak Movement Class 

All are warmly welcome to this movement class by Fiana Kawane based on Kathak, a South Asian classical dance form. The class may be a combination of warm-up, demo, practice, and/or dance party. There will be an introduction to patterns and geometries that are core to Kathak like foundational rhythm cycles, footwork, and movements. No prior preparation or experience in Kathak is expected. The primary goal of the shared time and space of the class is to engage and experiment with Kathak in a movement-friendly environment, learn about its intimate relationship with music and the heartbeat, and experience embodied techniques of relating the self to the world. 

About Fiana Kawane
Fiana Kawane is an independent dance artist-choreographer based in Vancouver, B.C. on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations. She specializes in movement vocabularies rooted in Kathak, a South Asian classical dance form known for its storytelling, pirouettes, and footwork. She is currently thinking of labouring bodies, waterways, and unmastery. Her dance work is supported by the Dance Centre, New Works, Dance Victoria, Dance West, and BC Culture Days among others. // Photo by Sheng Ho


Musical theatre & Clown

This class includes clowning games, freestyle dance, devised group choreography, vocal warm ups and character exploration.

Come dance, sing, and improv in a playful movement environment that invites song and dance to connect!

About Chantal D. Gering
Chantal is a queer interdisciplinary artist on the stolen lands of the MST. They graduated from the UBC BFA Acting program and she has been training in movement, clown, and theatre at Studio 303 (MTL), a residency with Future Leisure, Liberated Planet Studios, and EDAM's contact improv + gaga classes. Chantal has performed, written, sound designed and choreographed shows with National Theatre School, Vines Arts Festival, The Frank Theatre, Boca Del Lupo, Ignite Youth Festival, the Dyke March, Blackout Theatre, Ruby Theatre, Runaway Moon Theatre, The Only Animal, Lobe Studio and the Push Festival. Chantal is informed by the generative somatics lineage with a focus decolonizing the relationship with the body. As a teacher, they have taught young people for 5 years through Lights Up Musical Theatre, Arts Umbrella, and the Shadbolt Centre with a focus on play, inviting movers to express their emotions through clowning, body, and theatrical choreographies. // Photo by Rae Grant Duff


Creative Expression & Movement

Rebecca's dance class encourages creative expression and freedom of movement. Drawing from improvisation and group activities, she sparks creative choice-making, imagination, physicality, and a deep sense of community. The class fosters a supportive space of self-expression, listening, and connecting to others.

About Rebecca Margolick
Rebecca Margolick’s dance works have been presented in Turkey, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Mexico, Israel, and across the U.S and Canada. She was named one of Dance Magazines Top 25 to Watch, and has received fellowships and residencies from Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab, Banff Centre, Derida Stage, Centro de las Artes San Luis Potosí, La Galerie Chorégraphique, LABA NYC, and several other organizations. She has created original works at La Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, LITVAK, Ballet B.C.’s Annex, Ailey BFA Program, Michiyaya, and DancePORT Derida. She is creating a new work for Oregon Ballet Theater’s 2023/2024 season. Rebecca is an Artistic Associate of BC Movement Arts Society and has guest taught at UArts, Derida Dance, Simon Fraser University, ArtsWells Festival, and Ailey School. Rebecca graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and trained at Arts Umbrella. // Photo by Doug McMinimy



This workshop will provide a space for us to investigate how to use the principles of momentum and counter-direction to safely and efficiently pour weight into the floor. We will research how to fold and position our bodies to roll, slide, spill and sweep through space. We will use developmental movement pathways to become more comfortable with gravity, and we will embrace the bumps and clunks that occur along the way.

About Calder White
Calder White is a freelance dance artist based on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. He is an alumnus of Toronto’s Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and holds a BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University. He pulls heavily from his training in Limón modern, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and Countertechnique to inform his teachings of weight, swing, fall and suspension. Calder has shared his workshops with institutions across North America including the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, UC Santa Barbara, Training Society of Vancouver, and the Ohio State University. Training and performing with Shay Kuebler since the summer of 2017, he brings Shay’s ideas surrounding floorwork into the studio and focuses on foundational movements/drills originating in break dance and martial arts to facilitate healthy relationships with gravity. Calder choreographs his own work and is a company member with Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art, Josh Beamish/MOVE the company, Rachel Meyer, and Santa Barbara Dance Theater.


Contemporary Dance Patterns & Pathways

Through a series of across the floor progressions and basic partner exercises we will explore our relationship to the floor, weight, and our partners. We will use repetition to deepen our understanding of a movement and invite complexity to evolve naturally as we work. The play of musicality, momentum, speed, coordination, and pleasure will guide us in revealing the nuances of our dancing. Some exercises might involve contact with a partner.

About Sarah Hutton
Sarah Hutton was raised in Hanna, Alberta. She moved to so-called “Vancouver” in 2013 and has since trained with the Source Dance Company, EDAM, Modus Operandi and completed Peggy Baker’s Emerging Artists Program. She has had the pleasure to collaborate with; Shay Kuebler, Paras Terezakis, Connie Cooke, Khoudia Toure, Anya & Sophia Saugstad, Jennifer Mascall, Isak Enquist, Kate Franklin, and David Raymond & Tiffany Tregarthen. Touring with Radical System Art has brought her to perform in France, Austria, and across Canada. Sarah is also Co-Director of the emerging contemporary dance company, Generous Mess. (Instagram: @generous_mess) Generous Mess’s work has been presented at Dancing On The Edge Festival, the EDAM Choreographic Series, and Left of Push. Sarah has had the honour to share her teaching practice with students at Training Society of Vancouver, Harbour Dance Centre, Pulse Dance Centre, Modus Operandi Link Program, Echoing Frog, Dance Collective, Lamondance, Coastal City Ballet and many more. Sarah is privileged to live and dance as a guest on the traditional stolen territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. // Photo by Albert Normandin