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.

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, two dogs, multiple costume-making efforts and chocolate.

Mohammed Rashead, Coast Academy of DanceMohammed Rashead

Urban Hip Hop Instructor

Performing has always been an outlet for Mohammed. Being born in the small city of Victoria, he was always keen on any opportunity and challenge that was brought to the table.

In high school, Mohammed became a devoted member of Victoria High School’s dance troupe where he cross-trained in contemporary, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop, and won multiple awards. In addition to dance, Mohammed added acting and singing to his repertoire by joining the school’s improv team, and being cast as Danny Zuko in Grease, and Larry in A Chorus Line.

Mohammed joined Team Canada after graduation and competed at the International Dance competition in Italy. In 2013, he became a part of Vibestreet Dance Studio, training under Jerome Esplana, Alo Galedo, Scott Forsyth, and Roberta Bierman. The experience of training and competing internationally equipped Mohammed with the discipline, focus, and drive to teach at Vibestreet, Raino Dance, and to choreograph for local artists in Victoria. He has also played the lead role of Rumi in the short film Young Rumi.

His contagious positivity creates a nurturing and progressive environment that fosters growth for his peers and himself. Mohammed is so excited to take on the opportunities that are to be presented in the near future and is looking forward to seeking out new endeavours.

Brontë Hansen - Coast Academy of Dance, SecheltBrontë Hansen

ISTD Classical Ballet, Modern & Song & Dance Instructor

Born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, Brontë has danced classical ballet from the age of four. Since joining the Coast Academy of Dance in 2006, she has trained in a variety of dance genres, including classical ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary and modern. In 2018, Brontë graduated from the Coast Academy’s three-year Pre-Professional Program, receiving her ISTD Associates in Modern Theatre, as well as Imperial Classical Ballet. This year, Brontë successfully completed her Advanced 2 Modern Theatre exam and plans to take her exams in Advanced 2 Tap and Advanced 2 Imperial Classical Ballet in 2019.

Brontë has been fortunate enough to experience a variety of performing opportunities over the years. Since playing Clara in the inaugural year of Coasting Along Theatre Society’s The Nutcracker, Brontë performed each season in a number of roles, including a snowflake, flower, Chinese, Mirliton, Spanish, Ballerina Doll, Arabian Lead and the Dew Drop Fairy. She has danced for many years in the local Telethon and the Festival of the Performing Arts and has performed with Coast Academy’s Pre-Professionals in the Source Dance Company’s preview performances in Sechelt. Brontë has competed in various dance competitions with Coast Academy’s competition team, and in 2018 performed a lyrical solo at Star Talent in Burnaby, choreographed by Christina Fitchett, which received diamond and first place, as well as the highest lyrical score in the competition, earning her an invitation to represent Canada at World of Dance 2019 in Europe.  

Brontë is excited to be teaching classes in modern, tap, jazz, and classical ballet at Coast Academy this year, and is grateful to have the opportunity to choreograph lyrical solos for some of the competition students.

Alyssa Rive - Coast Academy of Dance, SecheltAlyssa Rive

ISTD Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop Instructor

Alyssa began her dance training at The Coast Academy of Dance in 2004 starting with preschool ballet. Throughout the years, she then ventured into other dance styles such as Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, and Pointe. Alyssa has also been a part of the Competition team since 2014. Alyssa has successfully completed her Intermediate, Advanced 1, and Advanced 2 Modern Exams, as well as her Grade 6 Ballet Exam. In 2016 Alyssa joined the Coast Academy’s three year Pre-Professional Program and has now successfully completed her ISTD Modern Associate Exam, earning her ISTD Teaching Diploma. Alyssa had the amazing opportunity to enter a duet she choreographed into Star Talent 2018 competition where the duet placed 2nd Overall and was awarded a very high mark. This small victory with the support of her teachers and peers has pushed and inspired Alyssa and she is extremely excited to begin teaching all of her classes in the coming year.

Alyssa will be teaching Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Kids Hip Hop and Jazz, as well as entering a few competition numbers. With a new found love of Choreographing and Teaching, Alyssa is thrilled to share her love for dance and begin her teaching journey at the Coast Academy of Dance.