Teachers 2018 - 2019
Karry was owner and operator of Images Dance Studio here in Chilliwack for 22 years, from 1991 to 2013. She has had studio dancers voted “student of the year” at national and international competitions, where she herself was named “teacher of the year”. She was co-founder of the Arts on the Edge program in Chilliwack, focusing on Song, Dance and Acting in an after school program for children designed to promote the Arts for Youth. She was choreographer for the UFV Summer Musical Theater program for 7 years from 1997 to 2004. Her many credits include the torchlighting and closing ceremonies for the BC Summer Games.
Karry has a strong background in Kinesiology, Dance History and Dance Psychology. Her training has been both national, with the Royal Academy of Dance at the University of Waterloo and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and International with Dupree Dance in Vancouver and Arizona and the Cecchetti Ballet Society of Valencia, California.
Donna is founder and manager of Chilliwack Dance School, as well as recently taking on management of Chilliwack Gymnastics Club downstairs. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration degree, and over 30 years experience in business. She has spent about 16 years as a "dance mom" for 5 daughters in dance. Donna is a certified gymnastics coach, and a former member of the UBC Women's Gymnastics team.
In addition to teaching dance and gymnastics classes, Donna has many years experience teaching children from very young to teens in other environments, including pre-school Sunday School, Homeschool PE and writing classes, math tutoring, and home schooling her own 6 children.
Glory started teaching break dancing in 2012 at Life Church in Uganda, and has continued teaching at dance studios here in Canada. He volunteered for the Elementz Dance Crew for the BC Summer Games in 2016.
Glory studied kinesiology at Langara College in 2015, finished a diploma in Social Work in 2019, and is now working on his Social Work degree and a certificate in Communication.
Glory's other talents include music production, which he may pursue further after his degree, and soccer, where he earned MVP in the Provincial A division in 2013, and was a Chilliwack FC Scholarship winner. He coaches goalkeepers for CFC, and has volunteered in the past as a coach for the U11 boys soccer team.
He also speaks 6 languages.
Although originally from Chilliwack, Kendra trained for over 13 years at Expressions the Dance Gallery in Strathmore, Alberta. She studied many dance styles, with her main focus on ballet, tap, and highland dancing.
In her high school years Kendra juggled between competitive dance training, assistant teaching, and completing her schooling at home as a home schooler. She now has 7 years dance teaching experience as both an assistant and lead teacher in performance classes, as well as leading themed summer dance camps.
Kyera has felt passionate about dance since her tiny feet hit the dance floor at the age of two. Dancing throughout her youth competitively through Images Dance Studio in Chilliwack, Kyera earned countless titles, awards, and trophies. She represented Canada in Europe 3 years in a row from 2012-2014 at the International Dance Organization World Championships. Kyera attended the prestigious Goh Ballet Theatre Company for their summer intensive workshop and performance. Kyera also performed in school theatre productions and in productions of local theatre companies, such as the Players' Guild and Newbury Arts Concepts.
Kyera began her teaching career in 2011 at Images Dance Studio, adding classes at Central Elementary Community School to her schedule in 2012. Most recently, Kyera has been teaching at Silver Hope Dance Academy as well as at Chilliwack Dance School. She taught competitive and recreational dance lessons in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, and acro.
Kezia started dancing at age 5 learning ballet, jazz, and tap, and competed for Casey Dance Connection in West Kelowna until age 18. When she was 14 she also added some ballroom into the mix (tango and jive), and some Latin (salsa, cha cha, bachata). Thoroughly enjoying her time in the studio, Kezia started her teaching career with a preschool class at age 9, and choreographed a duet on her own at the age of 11. She assisted with high school age classes while still a teen herself.
Kezia's other endeavours include running a child care centre and working as a care aid. She has her Early Childhood Education Diploma from Stratford Career Institute.