Elevate Dance Centre is proud to be serving the Westshore and beyond!
Our classes develop strong technique, build strength and endurance, cultivate confident dancers all while encouraging artistry in a fun, professional and creative environment!
Elevate Dance Centre looks forward to growing within our community, offering additional styles and levels of dance, preparing students for RAD and CDTA exams as well as providing the opportunity for travel, competition and many performance opportunities.
We are excited to be offering classes at Lakeside Village - near Thetis Lake (#1-121 Presley Place).
We may be starting small, but our experience is grand and our spirit is tremendous! Come Dance with us!
Irene has spent over 30 years studying and teaching dance. Born and raised on Vancouver Island BC, where she initially received her dance training in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, modern/ contemporary, modern stage and character dance. In 1991, Irene attained a post secondary education, in Edmonton, Alberta from Grant MacEwan College. Receiving a degree in Dance Teacher Training, a Diploma in Dance, an honorarium scholarship and graduating at the top of her class with Distinction.
Irene holds a certificate and Diploma in Dance as a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and is an acting certified mentor in which she continues to train dancers to become certified instructors. Other credentials include full membership with the Performing Arts Educators of Canada and the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association. Irene currently serves as a certified Ballet and Modern examiner with the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association BC Branch, and is serving on the Executive Board of the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association, BC Branch as the BC CDTA Modern Chairperson.
In 1993, Irene established Tempo Dance Academy in Nanaimo BC, and runs the school as the Owner/Founder and Artistic Director. Incorporating a second studio in 2010, known as Rhythm Dance Academy in Ladysmith BC, which she sold in 2015. This year, Irene and Lina Lewis a former pupil, are very excited to announce their new studio in Langford, BC “Elevate Dance Centre”. They are both eager to launch and bring dance to another level on the Westshore.
A member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance, Irene is a sought after adjudicator for many local, provincial and private festivals across Canada. She enjoys sharing her love of dance through her unique and dynamic approach to the teaching of dance, through dance education, mentoring and creating productions. Several of her former students are now enjoying professional careers in dance, or have become certified instructors and studio owners.
During her spare time, Irene enjoys working as a background extra on Chesapeake Shores and loves time spent with her family.
Amberlee Allen is a BFA graduate in Dance from Simon Fraser University. A well versatile dancer, teacher, choreographer who has studied with the best of teachers to include the Graham, Cunningham, Limón techniques and Improvisation. In addition to teaching and choreographing Amberlee worked interdisciplinary with film, theatre, production and composers. We welcome her to the Elevate Family and cannot wait for you to meet her.
Dance has always been an enormous part of Lina’s life. Lina Lewis was born and raised on Vancouver Island, where she began dancing at the age of three. She spent most of her childhood and adolescent years in a studio or on a stage where was trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern/contemporary, musical theatre and lyrical. She attended the University of British Columbia where she studied Kinesiology, and later received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. In 2003, Lina made the long journey to the North and planted her feet firmly in Yellowknife founding Bella Dance Academy, where she ran the studio and taught many styles of dance for over a decade.
Lina has continued to act, dance and choreograph throughout the years – in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon and across the North. She has had the opportunity to be inspired by and a part of many dance companies and collectives and worked alongside numerous world-renowned choreographers. She travels bi-annually to the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City and constantly networks with other studio owners, choreographers and dance instructors across North America.
Lina is an Associate Member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association in Ballet, Modern, and Stage (Tap, Jazz and Acrobatic Dance) and is also a Registered Acro Dance Teachers Association (ADTA) Instructor.
Although Lina has recently followed her heart back to the west coast where she co-founded and co-directs Elevate Dance Centre, she is still very much invested in the North and is passionate about staying infused in the Northern culture and community, while also building bridges of connection for performers, dancers, and instructors across Canada.
Outside of the dance studio (or inside sometimes!), Lina is a mom to four beautiful babes, yoga instructor, personal trainer and wellness coach to many amazing women and fabulous teen girls.
Lina is forever thankful to those who have shaped, inspired, challenged, taught and supported her throughout her life and dance career. Lina thoroughly enjoys being an active member of the dance community, and works hard to ensure that each and every student leaves the studio with a spring in their step and confidence under their wing. She believes that every student has unique strengths and through dance, movement and music, teaches her students to embrace their own beauty and love who they are – strengths and weaknesses.
Caitlin started dancing when she was three years old, but only pursued Ballet after attending National Ballets Summer Program at 15. Till the age of 16, Caitlin studied a variety of dance styles at recreational studios all over BC. Her other studies include; Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Irish Dancing, as well as some training in Competitive Figure Skating.
Caitlin continued her pursuit of Ballet by auditioning for many of Canada’s finest Ballet schools. She has trained at Alberta Ballet, under the tutelage, of Nancy and Murry Kilgour as well as Karien Averty an retired Principle Dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet. She has also obtained a Diploma for Elite Post-Secondary Ballet Training Program from Victoria Academy Ballet. Along with training herself, Caitlin also taught Ballet in local studios on Vancouver Island; and was a Company Member with Ballet Etoile Canada for two years. Caitlin has been invited to attend International Ballet Competitions in New York, and represented Canada in the 2016 IBC Varna Ballet Olympics, as well as being invited to audition for companies in Austria. Caitlin is a Certified Teacher through CDTA, also completing her Certification for Personal Training, and long term pursuing an Undergrad in Criminology, along with recently being a featured dancer inissue two of Dance Feature Magazine in the US. Caitlin dedicates herself to a high level of excellence and mastery in all her passions.
#1-121 Presley Place
Victoria, BC, V9B 0S4
#1-121 Presley Place