Instructor Profiles

Instructor Profiles

Alina Lysenko – Rhythmic Gymnastics
Alina Lysenko is a former Rhythmic Gymnast from Russia, both Group and Individual, who truly believes in the beauty of this sport. Putting her heart into coaching is her credo! She strives to do her best and is able to find an individual approach to every student to help them achieve their goals.

Allison Berry – Music
Allison Berry has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria specializing in theatre and choral music.

Testimonial(s): “Excellent, please extend sing along into the spring and summer programs”

Amy Kiara Ruth – Pilates
Amy Kiara Ruth, BSc has been teaching movement classes for over 17 years. She enjoys working with people of all abilities.
Testimonial(s): “Spooky miraculous!” Amy is great at acommodating her participants and understands that everyone is at different levels of pilates.”
“Excellent instructor. Has great knowledge of muscles of thebody and explains movements very well. Very accommodating and knowledgeable, love her”
“Amy is great! Offers a lot of variation and corrects/gives feedback if needed”
“Amy is a thoughtful and friendly teacher who makes everyone feel great. Super instruction and playful energy”
“Such a spectacular class, Amy is the best!!”
“Been attending several years”

Bridget Donald – Iyengar Yoga
Bridget Donald is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor who has been studying yoga since 1992 and teaching in Vancouver since 2001. Grateful for the benefits that yoga has brought her, Bridget enjoys seeing her students discover the joys of yoga for themselves. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband, two young children and dog.

Catherine Andersen – Dance
Catherine has been a dance educator for 15 years with a BFA in contemporary dance from SFU and a dance diploma from Grant MacEwan College. Catherine is praised for her positive and inclusive approach to teaching ballet, jazz, hip op and modern dance.
Testimonial(s): “The first teacher to engage her child in a class. Would go to a family hip-hop class.”
“Fun great environment!”
“The teacher is really great!”

Gerie Primerano – Iyengar Yoga
Gerie began practicing Iyengar yoga in 1987, and is a certified instructor with over 10 years teaching experience. She has studied with the Iyengar family in Pune, India, and continues to deepen her practice by regularly attending workshops with local, national and international teachers.

Julie Lebel – Dance
Julie Lebel is a choreographer specialized in community engaged arts. She graduated from UQAM with a bachelor degree in Dance in 1998. Her choreography was shown at in urban and rural communities across Canada: Tangente in Montréal, Pulse at the Dance Centre in Vancouver, Square Zero (I and II) in Ottawa, and Series 8:08 Season Finale in Toronto.
Testimonial(s): Excellent and unexpected. Wonderful program and instructor.

Jenna Kraychy – Dance
Jenna Kraychy began her dance training at age four in Calgary, AB where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and acrobatics. She has completed her R.A.D Advance 1 Ballet Exam, performed and trained across North America and Europe, and has done promotional work for Cirque du Soleil. Her passion for performing has continued into her post secondary education (BFA) at Simon Fraser University where she has performed repertoire by a number of choreographers including Crystal Pite, Lesley Telford, and Shauna Elton. Jenna has also had the opportunity to study other internationally renowned repertoire including works by Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, and Mats Ek. In addition to completing her BFA, Jenna is currently apprenticing with Dezza Dance in Vancouver, BC under the direction of Desirèe Dunbar. As a dedicated contemporary dance artist, Jenna is committed to sharing her passion for dance with others.

Jhaymee Hizon – Breakdancing
Jhaymee Hizon aka bboy Eloquence is a national breakdance champion. He has been dancing since 1997. He was featured in the 2010 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies.He continues to perform and compete around the world with his crew.

Kelly Maclean – Tai Chi
Kelly Maclean competed for Canada internationally, and won many medals and three Grand Champion titles in the 1990’s. She has been teaching Tai Chi since 1989.

Kinsey Deakin – Hooping
Kinsey Deakin is a Vancouver based hoop dancer, performer and teacher who got lost in the vortex of hooping 6 years ago on a beach in Vancouver. Since, Kinsey has traveled to Indonesia where she attended Sacred Circularities Hoop retreat and was inspired by some of the founders of contemporary hoop dance and movement. Using the hoop as a tool Kinsey has a unique way of incorporating dance and hooping, focusing more on dance and discovering new tricks by letting the hoop and her body guide the way. It’s a creative practice, an outlet for self-expression, for discovering and unfolding art. Kinsey is currently teaching hoop dance classes in Vancouver and has an ongoing hoop performance project, Ecliptrix, with her flow partner in crime Lala Bay Meh. Look for her classes in our brochure!

Testimonial(s): “Kinsey has been a great instructor and attentive to each individual. Thanks!”

Laura Van der Linde – Pottery
Laura Van der Linde is a dynamic and expressive ceramic artist working in Vancouver. Her work in clay through the last twenty years has been imbued with vivid and bold color and design. She can’t wait to share her clay secrets to the students.

Testimonial(s): “Laura is a gem. Love her, cherish her and keep her forever”
“Laura is great! Very knowledgeable and a great teacher”
“So much fun”
“Laura is very sweet and knowledgeable. I enjoy hanging out with her on Thursdays”
“It’s always really fun coming to class”
“Laura is great, funny, and informative”
“Laura is an incredible instructor. Incredibly knowledgeable, endlessly patient and encouraging. Both in the sense of validating our work and providing support for experimenting, trying new things and trusting ourselves”
“My older daughter signed up to this class as my youngest loves it so much”
“Thanks for creating such a great space and time for my children”
“Laura is amazing with the kids”
“She loves this class and we have to do it again next season”

Leona Finlayson – Belly Dance
Leona Finlayson has been teaching and dancing professionally for over 10 years. She started dancing at an early age with Slovenian Folkloric dance and continued on over the years, moving and grooving to different dance styles. She found Middle Eastern dance in 2001 and she knew she had found her dance form. She has studied with and found inspiration from many dancers within her life: Venus, Rahma, Tamalyn Dallal, Bozenka, Jillina, Kaeshi of Bellyqueen, Ranya Renee, Roula, Suhaila Salimpour, Sharon Kihara, and Rachel Brice to name a few. For more information go to

Lydia Leung – Music and Piano
Lydia Leung likes spreading the enjoyment of music since the age 4 when she sat down at a piano and learned how to play her first notes and learned to sing her favorite song “Itsy Bitsy Spider”. She likes to inspire children to have fun and be creative.
Testimonial(s): “My daughter really enjoyed the class and especially the instructor. She was great with the kids”
“Great class, great instructor”
“Lydia is an excellent teacher. She gives my child the skills he needs in a warm, friendly, environment”

Michele Smith – Yoga and Pilates
Michele Smith’s classes are light-hearted and fun, and, like my own practice, draw on Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga to achieve strength, grace, and freedom.

Naomi Brand – Dance
Naomi Brand is an independent dancer, choreographer and teacher living in Vancouver. She holds a BA and an MFA from the University of Calgary.
Testimonial(s): “Great class and love it when you schedule adult programs at the same time as children programs.”

Niina Cherbry – Art
Niina is a Vancouver based artist and instructor

Rene Hugo Sanchez Rene – Guitar
Rene Hugo Sanchez Rene started to play mandolin, guitar flutes at age of 5 and started touring at age of 8. He collected more than 100 instruments and learned to play all of them. After graduating in at Cusco Conservatory of Music (Peru), Rene was invited to do an international tour which brought him to Canada where he studied at VCC Music Program. He represented Canada to the Nanning International Music Festival (China). Rene has been teaching guitar and other instruments in Canada since 1990.
Testimonial(s): “Love this instructor/teacher. Would appreciate chance to register for some day time when re-registering”
“My son had a great time with the guitar class. He would like to continue to take the class”

Sue Malcolm – Music
SUE MALCOLM has been a mainstay of the Vancouver folk and bluegrass scene since 1980 as a performer, instructor and organizer. She was a founder and four-term president of The Pacific Bluegrass and Heritage Society. Recognized for her ability to help beginners gain confidence and enjoy making music in a group setting, Sue developed the Slow Pitch Jam method of teaching bluegrass jamming. She has presented this popular workshop at festivals in BC, Alberta and Washington including Wintergrass, River City Bluegrass Festival, The Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, Coombs Bluegrass Festival, Sooke River Bluegrass Festival and the Vancouver Island MusicFest. Since 1996 Sue’s monthly Slow Pitch Jams at the ANZA Club in Vancouver have been drawing huge crowds and helping hundreds of people experience the joy of jamming.
Testimonial(s): “Sue is a great community builder. Would love to take her class again.”
“Fabulous class. Can’t wait to sign up for my next guitar class with Sue”
“Sue is excellent at adapting to class and practical application since she plays so much”

Tarrynea – Pottery
Tarrynea has been teaching pottery since 1975 and graduated from Georgian Collage where she studied ceramics. Her skills include hand building, sculpture, mold making, throwing, glaze making and firing kilns.

Tegan Ceschi-Smith – Violin and Fiddle
Tegan Ceschi-Smith is a Master’s student in Music Education at the University of British Columbia. She is passionate about student-focused engaging and inspiring music education. With an interest and expertise in a diversity of music (classical, fiddle, and jazz) and more than ten years of teaching experience, Tegan is an enthusiastic instructor with tons of youthful energy.
Testimonial(s): “Tegan’s teaching style is fabulous!”
“Tegan is able to fully engage both of my children during their lessons and maintain their interest throughout”
“Tegan is awesome”
“Thanks for hosting this awesome class!”
“Tegan is an exceptional violin instructor. Her skills are extremely valuable”
“We love Tegan!”