Julie Izad

Julie Izad

Studio Owner

Julie Izad has been running the Coast Academy of Dance since 2001. She is a qualified dance instructor in the ISTD & IDTA syllabi and holds four Associate teaching certificates.

Prior to moving to Sechelt in 2000, Julie enjoyed twenty-five years of working in show business. She was a professional dancer, choreographer, actress, and model working in the UK, France, Italy, Japan, China & Monte-Carlo.

Julie has enjoyed teaching students of all ages at CAD but has now taken a step back to allow the amazing talent that is in “The CAD Faculty” to continue to evolve and take the studio to the next level. Many of our teachers are CAD alumni which is a testament to the studio’s Pre-Professional Program that has been in place since 2006. Julie is particularly proud to have been able to witness all of the joy and positive influence that dance has brought to our community.

Christina Darwin - Coast Academy of Dance

Christina Darwin

Managing Director & ISTD Instructor

Christina Darwin trained at the Coast Academy of Dance, on the Sunshine Coast Peninsula, where she studied ISTD Modern, Tap, Ballet and Jazz as well as Contemporary 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. She has also achieved her Associate Accreditation and Associate Diploma in ISTD Modern after studying at the ISTD Chichester Summer Schools in London. 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, as well as many CPD courses through the ISTD. Christina has been acknowledged by many ISTD examiners for her strong examination results in both ISTD Modern and Tap. Christina enjoys teaching all ages and genres and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for dance. Christina has also explored many administrative roles within the dance and fitness industry and is looking forward to continuing her role of Studio Manager for the Coast Academy.

Jeremy Izad

Jeremy Izad

Building Manager & Administration Assistant

Jeremy Izad has worked in the entertainment and event industry in Monte-Carlo for five years and Vancouver for eight years. He is now helping with the family business and taking on the roles of Administrative Assistant and building manager while also running his own entertainment rental company Dazi Creative.

Terra Dannes

Terra 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.  After graduating from high school Terra undertook the Dance Performance Diploma Program at Grant MacEwan College in Alberta.  She learned an immense amount about dance performance from her dance teachers including Bonnie Jean Anderson, who was a Radio City Rockette as well as her private classes with Lois Smith, O.C.

Terra’s 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 had the amazing opportunity to train off and on the water in Hawaii with a World Champion Tandem Surfer. Terra has earned the highest certification as an acro teacher through Acrobatics Arts and is very excited to be teaching another year of Acrobatics and tumbling classes!

Astrid Eckerle

Astrid Eckerle

Competitive Jazz, Contemporary & Broadway Instructor

Raised in her home town of Canmore, AB, Astrid first started training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop at Terpsichore Dance Inc with Marisa Dario. Upon acceptance into the Edge School for Athletes dance program, Astrid quickly progressed and was eager to move to Vancouver, BC. After graduation, she seized the opportunity of joining Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program under the direction of Moe Brody and has since trained with the Source Dance Company, TwoFourSeven Company and KTL Hip Hop Company. As a versatile performer she has transferred these skills to working with a variety of productions on and off screen. Recent credits include: Grease! Rise of the Pink Ladies (Paramount +), Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas (NBC), Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC), The Tunnel (Contemporary Dance Theatre), competing internationally with TwoFourSeven Co, and performing with artists such as Warren Dean Flandez. 

As Astrid’s love of performing continued to expand, she began to explore the musical theatre industry and now trains in both acting and singing. Theatre credits include Dance Captain/Ensemble in Crazy For You (RCMT/Upcoming), Dance Captain/Ensemble in American Idiot (URP Productions), Lil B/Ensemble in Newsies (TUTS), and Ensemble in Singin in the Rain (RCMT).

In addition to her training and performing Astrid has a love for teaching and choreographing. She has had the privilege of teaching students across Western Canada, assistant choreographing for multiple projects, and choreographing for companies such as The Source Dance Company and UVic Dance Team.

Brontë Hansen

Brontë Hansen

ISTD Classical Ballet, Modern, Tap & Contemporary 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, and completing her advanced 2 exams in modern, ballet, and tap.

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. In 2019, she took on the role of Ballet Mistress, and had the opportunity to choreograph for several roles in The Nutcracker. She has danced for many years in 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. Since then, she has been grateful for the opportunity to bring her own choreography to competitions, teaching several competition level classes over the years and coaching solos and duos. She looks forward to continuing to share her passion for dance with students of all ages and abilities!

Helen Dang

Helen Dang

Hip Hop Instructor

Born and raised in Beijing, China, Helen developed a solid understanding of Hip Hop, Popping, and other Street Dance styles in both choreography and freestyle forms after moving to Canada in 2012.

Helen has performed and competed internationally with both TwoFourSeven Company, and Diamond In The Rough Crew. She is currently the captain of TwoFourSeven Company. As part of TwoFourSeven Company, Helen has competed in Canada in competitions such as VIBE, Bodyrock, and World Of Dance.

Helen has also worked extensively within the film and television industry. Working on projects such as Riverdale, Christmas Chronicles II, and Julie and the Phantoms. She has worked with Kinjaz dance crew on the KDA “More” motion capture performance at the 2020 League of Legends World Championship Finals opening ceremony. Additionally, Helen has always supported local artists, performing in music videos such as Missy D FT. Kimmortal “XX”, Brooklyn “Imagine”, and Jon Bryant “Candied Tangerines”.

Always excited to share her knowledge, passion, and experience, Helen hopes to inspire her students in finding their true selves through dance.

Bryn Rasmussen

ISTD, Recreational/Competitive Jazz Technique, Tap & Mental Health & Wellbeing Workshops Instructor

An I.S.T.D. certified teacher of eight years with twenty plus years of dance experience, Bryn is looking forward to working with CAD dancers this upcoming season!

Bryn completed Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program (ITP) and danced full-time in Vancouver for two years where she worked with many of the city’s top choreographers.  Upon realization that dance was not the only path she wanted to pursue, Bryn began her post-secondary education majoring in Psychology.  When Bryn is not teaching dance, she utilizes her Psychology Degree in her work as a Crisis Responder where she has helped hundreds of individuals in distress to date. Bryn thrives in creating welcoming and warm environments with all individuals she works with and her patient and calm demeanour assists her in providing a necessary feeling of safety and security for all participants within all of her classes. Bryn’s extensive experience working with children and adults living with varying mental and physical needs in both mental health and dance settings allows her to confidently welcome individuals of all backgrounds and abilities into her classes with open arms.

An advocate for youth mental health and psychological wellbeing, in addition to teaching Technique & Jazz/Tap classes, Bryn is excited to continue connecting and collaborating with dancers by facilitating Mental Health & Wellbeing workshops with Company Dancers.

Alyssa Rive - Coast Academy of Dance, Sechelt

Alyssa Rive

ISTD Modern, Jazz, Contemporary & 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.

Nicole Pillon

Nicole Pillon

RAD Ballet Technique, Pointe & Competitive Lyrical

Nicole Pillon is a graduate of York University, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She holds a teaching diploma from Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, and her Registered Teachers Status with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Through her teaching, Nicole emphasizes her knowledge of dance, music and kinesiology, to encourage a well-rounded and all-encompassing dance education. She prides herself on creating a positive and inclusive learning environment, to encourage all students to learn and grow. Nicole has worked with some of Toronto’s top dance educators and choreographers. Nicole is an award-winning choreographer and in-demand dance educator, who continues to inspire and spread her love of dance through her unique and effective teaching style.

Ivana Cappelletto

Ivana 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 leader of the multiple Award Winning Cardio Cabaret Competitive Crew, her energy and stamina inspires all the dance moms to ‘Dance like there is SOMEBODY watching!’ She shares her time with her graphic design business, daughter, son, husband, three dogs, multiple prop and costume inventions and focaccia.

Megan Doyle

Megan Doyle

Hip Hop & Acrobatics Instructor

Megan has been dancing competitively since the age of 11 years old, and has been a part of the CAD family since the age of 3. She has trained in ISTD Modern for many years and has completed her ISTD Examinations from Grade one thru to Advanced One. In 2016 and 2017, Megan was selected to be a part of the Team Canada West Dance Team. She travelled to Europe to compete against other countries for the World Championship title. Megan is currently studying to take her ISTD Teaching certification, and is looking forward to creating a positive and inspiring class environment for all of her students.

Lorelle Evered

Modern & Acrobatics Instructor

Born and Raised on the Sunshine Coast, Lorelle Evered, has been training at the Coast Academy of Dance since the age of three.  She has trained in a variety of different styles, and has been dancing competitively since the age of ten. Lorelle has been given the opportunity to be a lead in a production, as well as be a part of many other shows across the Sunshine Coast, and on the Mainland. 

Lorelle has successfully completed Modern, Tap, Ballet, and Jazz ISTD dance examinations, focusing mostly on ISTD Modern. Lorelle has completed her examinations in Modern from Grade one to Advanced one and will complete her Advanced two modern exam this coming spring. She is currently in her third year of a three year program to receive her ISTD Associates in Modern Theatre. Lorelle felt inspired to take her Associates because of the teachers at the Coast Academy of dance, her devotion to dance, and her love of working with children. Lorelle strives to create a positive, safe, and fun environment for her students. Dance has always been her passion and she is excited to share that in her classroom.

Amy Perry

Administration

Amy was born and raised in Maple Ridge where she danced from the ages of 11-18 taking Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Stage, and her favourite Tap. She moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2000 and her love of dance drew her to the Adult classes at Coast Academy in 2015. After the sale of their restaurant Amy became a Deep Tissue Massage Professional in 2019 and started behind the desk at Coast Academy.

Amy loves meeting and helping all the student and parents that come through the doors!