Born in Bucharest, Romania, Ciprian began his dance training at the age of ten when he was accepted to the State Ballet Academy of Bucharest. He studied with ballet masters from the world renowned Vaganova Academy in Russia, Great Britain, and the United States of America. He is the recipient of multiple Golden and Silver Medals in Classical dance and Contemporary dance at national and international professional competitions including Varna, Bulgaria in 1994.
Recently he became a PBT (Progressive Ballet Technique) certified teacher.
As a professional dancer, he held the rank of soloist with the Romanian Opera from Bucharest as well as the Serbian Ballet Company from Novi Sad, performing lead roles in many famous ballets and touring more than 25 Countries. Ciprian was also performing in different national television entertainment broadcast. He also studied Jazz in Great Britain.
He eventually returned to the State Ballet Academy of Bucharest as a Vaganova Teacher. He was appointed Regional ballet Co-Ordinator for the SABIS System in the Middle East where he taught in the United Arab of Emirates and Qatar. He was teaching in Italy and then back in Romania then he decided to establish his residence in Vancouver, British Columbia where has been training students in Vancouver, BC since 2013, many of whom have placed in top ranks in various well known [YAGP, IBC] and widely recognized local and international competitions. He is married to Janet and has 3 sons.
Susan Heimsoth graduated with distinction from the Dance Program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, where she received the first and third year scholarships in dance. She went on to dance professionally in Philadelphia and Toronto before she began working as a teacher and choreographer. Susan has completed her Level 1 and 2 teaching certification in the Vaganova Ballet Method in New York City, through the Russian American Federation and the Bolshoi Ballet.
Susan is the recipient of the Don S. Williams award for artists in North Vancouver in 2007. Susan has performed locally with the Dancers of Damelahamid (Gitskan Nation), Madura Dance Collective, and in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Closing Ceremonies with Michael Buble’.
Susan was commissioned by the City of North Vancouver to teach contemporary dance at Studio in the City at North Vancouver Shipyards. Susan was also commissioned to create public contemporary dance art including Hydro Dynamic art installation in 2015 at North Vancouver City Hall. She works as a professional teacher and choreographer with various Canada Council and Provincial grant recipients and is guest instructor at Capilano University. She is a certified PBT instructor (Progressive Ballet Technique) with Marie Walton-Mahon. Susan has worked in collaboration with Sierra Tasi-Baker of the Squamish First Nation as a mentor and choreographer with Storytelling workshops as part of an indigenous reconciliation project.
Oksana Augustine is based in Vancouver BC and is privileged to live and work as a contemporary dance artist on the unceded territory of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She recently graduated from the four year post-secondary program, Modus Operandi. Oksana has taken a great interest in teaching and choreographing since the young age of 16 and continues to teach children of all ages and levels, as well as adults and professionals including The Source Dance Company, and Maddox Dance Company.
Her time is consumed with working on two movement projects, both are currently works in progress. Oksana’s research outlines how ideas are connected despite your effort to separate them. She works closely with sound and sensation in partnership with movement and primarily likes to work with floorwork and animal flow. Oksana’s classes are made up of a combination of release/relaxation and athleticism that includes working with the body as a whole.
Kelly began her dance training with OneDance Creative Art Centre at the age of 10 and hasn’t stopped since. Her discipline started with ballet, but she quickly discovered her love for tap. During high school, Kelly was part of Carson Graham Secondary’s dance program, where she dabbled in jazz, swing, hip hop, musical theatre, and contemporary.
She began choreographing at school, and then carried those skills over to OneDance where she self-choreographed her competitive tap solos for several years. In addition to dance education, Kelly is a musician and a language tutor with a BA in linguistics from the University of British Columbia.
She is currently pursuing her Master’s in counselling psychology and brings her passion for mental health awareness and mentorship into her dance classes, using a strengths-based approach through empowering skills. She aims to provide her students with the individual attention they need in order to succeed in tap, and loves getting to know each and every one of them.
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