TEACHERS

Dominique Hutchinson - Director & Teacher

Dominique is a native of Montreal. She moves to B.C. in 1985. She is a fully certified teacher from the Royal Academy of Dancing in Ballet and from Studio Claire Duhamel in Montreal in Contemporary and Ballet , Acrobatic Arts Level I & II , Progressing Ballet technique - Marie Walton-Mahon.  Her dance teachers include: Lois Smith O.C. (Ballet and choreographic work), Josephine Slater (Ballet and Ted Shawn technique), Ellen Andrews (Ballet) Claire Duhamel (Contemporary and Ballet), David Adams (Ballet) Attila Ficzere (Ballet), Isabella Morca (Flaminco) and Miss Lejokova (Ballet). In 1999 Dominique also received her White Belt in Nia with Zeta Gaudet. For more than 25 years Dominique has taught in private studios, community centres, Elementary and High School programs in B.C. and Quebec, encouraging kids and adults alike to find the dancer from within them. She has also been part of many micro dance groups as director, choreographer and dancer including; Danse-t (Quebec), Movement Arts and DSdanse (B.C.)  Dominique Hutchinson will be teaching the RAD Ballet programs, Preschool programs, Acrobatic Arts and the Dsdanse Youth Performing Company. Dominique continues to give our students a love of dance through her continued commitment to the arts.

Zeta Gaudet - Teacher & Administrator

Zeta has been a movement professional since 1978. Her background in kinesiology from SFU, her movement and leadership experience, lead her to train body mind movement teachers internationally. Zeta’s formal dance training began in 1994 with Lois Smith OC when she danced in “The Family” choreographed by Lois Smith. She continued to study ballet with Ms. Smith as a private student and later semi private until 2002. Dominique and Zeta met during rehearsal in 1995 for the 4th Celebration of Dance. Together they co-created “Liaison” and “Chrysalid” along with various other pieces for the Sunshine Coast Dance Society. In 1999 Zeta formed a contemporary dance company, Movement Arts, as a way for herself and a small group to continue performing. This season Zeta is teaching Adult Stretch, Adult basic dance and PureMotion.  Zeta is the Administrator of Dominique’s School of Dance.

Erika Kennedy - Teacher

Erika is currently on maternity leave. Erika has been dancing and performing since before she was 3. After studying for her teacher’s certificate with the I.S.T.D. she took a contract dancing in Mexico where she quickly rose to Soloist, Dance Captain and then Choreographer. It was there that she realized she loves teaching even more than performing and returned to the Sunshine Coast to a full time teaching position. Since then Erika has travelled to England twice to further her training with the I.S.T.D. and take her next level of teaching exams in order to coach her students through teaching qualifications of their own. Erika’s passion is in helping her students gain the strength and skill to release the dancer within. She sees the potential within her students and inspires them to work to achieve it, ultimately enabling them to reach a level of confidence they never dreamed of. Erika has taught a wide range of disciplines including partnering, competitive jazz, tap, lyrical jazz and ballet to all ages. This year she’s excited to be teaching I.S.T.D. Tap and I.S.T.D. Modern at Dominique’s School of Dance.

Nikita Mulloy- Teacher

Nikita is trained in I.S.T.D. Modern and Tap, and R.A.D. Ballet. She attended Chichester teacher training courses in England for two summers and holds her teaching Associate in Modern.  Nikita’s previous teaching experience includes modern, tap, ballet, hip-hop and jazz.  She is very excited to join the teaching team at Dominique’s School of Dance this year!

Heidi Riggs- Teacher

After a 3 year hiatus from teaching , Heidi is delighted to return to Dominique’s School of Dance to teach Ballet, Pointe and assist with Acro. Heidi is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto and was an apprentice member of the National Ballet of Canada and a full member of Alberta Ballet.  Heidi was both a dancer of the corps de ballet and the Dance Captain for the International touring production of “Phantom of the Opera”.  Heidi met her husband Lee, (the lighting guy), on tour in Alaska and they have been living on the coast for over 10 years now. More recently she could be found hunkered over a psychology textbook, chasing a dog or chicken or talking with one of their 3 beautiful daughters.  Blessed with a great sense of humour, she finally accepts that dance is forever in her blood. Lately inspired by fitness, she is determined to encourage others to keep moving and reap thebenefits for mind, body and soul, no matter what your age.

Sarah Hutton- Teacher

Sarah Hutton was born and raised in the small town of Hanna, Alberta where she discovered her love for dance at an early age of five when she took her first Highland dancing class. Ever since, Sarah was intrigued by the possibilities of dance in all its forms. She continued to take on more class and styles at her local studio and eventually began to teach classes of her own as she reached her high school years. Sarah went on to choreograph many of her own solos, others solos and award winning performances at her studio in Hanna. In hopes of getting the best training possible, Sarah began to travel to many conventions and workshops outside of Hanna. The feedback and achievement she experienced with her travels only further encouraged her to pursue her dancing. She moved to Vancouver and began dancing with the Source Dance Company under the direction of Joanne Pesusich. Sarah looks forward to continue her instructing in BC and cannot wait to draw inspiration from her new students. She will be teaching our Teen Hip Hop and Street Jazz on Mondays this season for Dominique’s School of Dance.

Audree Hutchinson- Teacher

Audree has been training as a student teacher for the last 3 years where she discovered her love of teaching children. She has been leading dance birthday parties and teaching children’s summer dance camps for Dominique’s School where she incorporates laughter, imagination, and creativity. Audree has studied and trained inContemporary, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Street Jazz, Hip Hop, and Acro. Audree’s passion is creating original choreography for large and small groups. She has spent four years with DSdanse Youth Company. In 2015 she had to honour of presenting two of her original pieces, performed by the company, in Belgium as part of a dance youth exchange. Audree is excited to be teaching Kinderdance this season.