Julie Izad - Coast Academy of DanceJulie Izad

ISTD Instructor & Studio Director

Julie Izad studied dance at the Paris School of Dancing in England and qualified as a Dance teacher in Ballet, Modern and Tap in the I.D.T.A. Syllabus in 1977. She performed on stage in Tokyo, Hong Kong, the Moulin Rouge in Paris, and finally in Monte-Carlo, where she became a Choreographer and Solo Dancer.

Mrs. Izad has been teaching professional dancers and producing and choreographing shows with her husband since 1985. At present they have a troop of 15 dancers, singers, and visual acts working in their show in the south of France. Mrs. Izad has had experience in fashion modeling and television and film work in France and Italy. The Izad family now resides on the Sunshine Coast, and bring much expertise and enthusiasm to the direction of the Coast Academy of Dance and Performing Arts.

Ms. Izad teaches Jazz, Modern Theatre Dance and Advanced Tap to the Senior dance students, and is the Director of the Coast Academy of Dance.

Christina Fitchett - Coast Academy of DanceChristina Fitchett

ISTD Modern, Tap & Jazz Instructor; Pre-Professional Program Teacher

Christina Fitchett trained at the Coast Academy of Dance, where she studied ISTD Modern, Tap, Ballet and Jazz as well as Contemporary, Highland and Hip Hop. She participated in the Pre-Professional and Competition Programs within the school. She graduated with her Associate in ISTD Tap and moved to Vancouver to join Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program. Christina’s subsequent exposure to many choreographers, training opportunities and performances helped her realize her passion is truly for teaching.

Since that time, she has taught at various schools and summer camps throughout the Lower Mainland. Christina has attended ISTD’s Summer Programs in England to further her teaching training and to learn straight from ‘the source’. She has also achieved her Associate Accreditation and Associate Diploma in ISTD Modern. She continuously educates herself and updates her qualifications in both dance and fitness, most recently pursuing Barre Fitness through the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association. Christina enjoys teaching all ages and genres and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for dance!

Becky Izad - Coast Academy of DanceBecky Izad

ISTD Modern, Tap, Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Becky began her dance training in Monte-Carlo where she was born and later transferred to The Coast Academy of Dance in Sechelt when her family moved to Canada in 2000. She graduated in 2012 having passed her ISTD Teaching diploma. She then moved to Vancouver and continued her dance training at Harbour Dance Centre with ITP and the Source Dance Company. She has trained with the some of the top choreographers in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Los Angeles and London, England. Becky has also been a part of TwoFourSeven Hip Hop Company where she has participated in competitions such as BodyRock, Artist Emerge and the World Championships in San Diego having won their category in Canada to qualify.

Becky has been teaching students of all ages for the past four years and loves passing on her passion for dance whilst continuing to train. She has had the opportunity to choreograph group and solo pieces for competitions where she has been very successful winning with high marks and winning a “most unique choreography award” two years running.

Constantly looking for new and exciting avenues to explore, Becky has added acting to her training and has discovered a huge passion for it. Acting has enabled her to bring new and innovative teaching techniques to her dance classes. Becky is very excited for another new and exciting year at the CAD.

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson

ISTD Classical Ballet Mistress & Assistant Manager

Shirley began ballet training in Calgary and Edmonton, passing the R.A.D. Advanced exam in 1976. Further studies took her to Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and Entre Six in Montreal, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet professional division. She attended the Banff Centre School of Fine Art’s Ballet program for seven summers.

Ms. Jackson’s performing career began in 1978, at Ottawa Dance Theatre, where she danced for five years, choreographing three pieces for that company. She then danced for five years with Mountain Dance Theatre in Vancouver, creating four pieces of choreography, including a full length story ballet. During her last year with that company, she was co-artistic director. Other short contracts included dancing in the Festival Opera production of “Idomeneo” at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and dancing at the Pavilion of Promise for the duration of Expo ‘86: the choreographer appointed her dance captain.

In 1992 Shirley moved to the Sunshine Coast. Her involvement in dance here has been with the Sunshine Coast Dance Society, choreographing for the Celebration of Dance. She will be teaching Ballet and Pointe at the Coast Academy of Dance.

Kathleen HolmesKathleen Holmes

Vaganova Classical Ballet Teacher

Kathleen has an extensive background in classical ballet training. Her teachers included ballerina Ekaterina Maximova and premier danseur Vladimir Vasiliev, former stars of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet and the international ballet star Anna-Marie and David Holmes, who trained at the legendary Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg. This classical background has been well utilized by Kathleen. She has appeared professionally as a principal in many Russian classics including: Swan Lake, Paquita, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère and in the title role of Prokofiev’s Cinderella. She has performed for audiences in Italy, the United States, and Canada. A love of the classics, the rich history, the traditions of ballet – these are the source of inspiration for Kathleen. She brings to her students this important link to the past. It is with the knowledge and enjoyment that what she is imparting on her students is also an important link to the future.

Molly Carpenter - Coast Academy of Dance, SecheltMolly Carpenter

ISTD Modern, Tap & Jazz Instructor

Molly began her dance training at the Coast Academy of Dance in 2008 with hip hop. She then expanded her repertoire to include Modern, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet and Pointe. Molly has graduated from the Coast Academy’s 2 year Pre-Professional Program which allowed her to further explore her dance training and to earn her ISTD Teaching Diploma. She has studied and completed her ISTD exams in Tap up to Intermediate and Modern up to the most advanced level, Advanced 2, with high marks. Recently Molly has been accepted into Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program in Vancouver where she will expand and grow in her dance career.

Molly is excited to share her passion for dance with the students at CAD where she will be teaching Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop/Tap classes.

Kristie Site - Coast Academy of DanceKristie Sita

ISTD Modern, Tap & Jazz Instructor

Kristie began her dance training at the Coast Academy of Dance in 2002. Through her training she has completed all of her Tap and Modern ISTD exams from Grade One to Advanced 2 including all her Tap Medal exams. Upon joining the Pre Professional program she trained intensively in styles such as Modern, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Broadway Jazz and Contemporary.

In 2013 Kristie was selected for Team Canada to represent Canada at the World Championship of Tap is Reisa, Germany. Last year she auditioned and was accepted into Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program where she is continuing her dance training in all styles.

Upon graduating the Pre-Professional Program in 2015, Kristie received her ISTD Teaching Diploma in Modern Theatre and could not be more excited to begin sharing her passion and love for dance with the students here at the Coast Academy of Dance. She will be teaching ISTD Tap and Modern.

Terra DannesTerra Dannes

Acrobatics & Tumbling Instructor

Terra grew up in the Lower Mainland, professionally training in gymnastics and dance, and became a professional cheerleader. Her gymnastics instructors included two Russian coaches, one of whom was an Olympic gymnast. She later undertook the Dance Performance Diploma Program at Grant MacEwan College in Alberta.

Her performance experience is extensive, including the International Stage throughout Expo ’86, BC Lions Football Club Dance Team, as well as modeling, radio and television commercials. Terra has taught dance throughout the Lower Mainland and upon moving to the Sunshine Coast has appeared with the Coast Dance Society, Movement Arts Contemporary Dance Company, DSdanse Company, Figure Athletes, and conducted strength and flexibility training for competitive figure skaters. Terra has recently trained off and on the water in Hawaii with a World Champion Tandem Surfer. Terra will be teaching Acrobatics this year.

Ivana Cappelletto - Coast Academy of DanceIvana Cappelletto

Cardio & Dance Fitness Instructor

With background in the RAD ballet training, culminating in the pre-professional program for the Alberta Ballet Company, and her speedy history as multinational track cycling sprint champion, that brought her not only to compete at multiple World Championships and Universiade, but also to meet her husband, Ivana Cappelletto brings to the Academy not only the love of dance, but also the passion of fitness. BCRPA-certified and in the process of acquiring her ISTD status, her energy and stamina inspires all the dance moms to ‘move it and lose it’. She shares her time with her graphic design business, daughter, son, husband, four dogs, multiple costume-making efforts and chocolate.

Elwin Cervantes Alpuerto, Coast Academy of DanceElwin Alpuerto

Urban Hip Hop Instructor

Coming from a family of entertainers, it comes as no surprise that Elwin Cervantes Alpuerto spent the majority of his life honing his craft as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Having started his 8 years of training at Dream Dance Studio, doors of opportunity were opened for Elwin to travel the world and experience working with world-renowned choreographers. Elwin has learned from industry professionals such as Gil Duldulao, Misha Gabriel, and Marc Marvelous, and has trained under international choreographers Brian Puspos, Shingo Okamoto, April Rodriguez, and Candace Brown.

His training has given him the opportunity to compete at Norway’s Got Talent with The Vibe Team in 2011, as well as teach at local studios in Oslo, Norway, including The Vibe International Dance Studio. Elwin uses his international training and experience to develop his own style of teaching, having spent a total of 7.5 months living and training in Norway, as well as travelling back and forth between LA to develop his dance vocabulary.

Elwin currently teaches at Harbour Dance Centre, and is a member of the internationally competitive company, TwoFourSeven. Elwin takes pride in creating an open environment for his students to explore different concepts and approaches in their own personal development. His proudest moments as a teacher come from seeing the light bulb turn on in a student’s mind, and from watching them mature as dancers, and as people. Bringing his energetic, loud, passionate, and positive vibes to every class, Elwin creates an atmosphere for his students to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable, and takes ultimate pride in cultivating the growth of the dancers around him.