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 35 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. Zeta is the Administrator of Dominique’s School of Dance.
Nikita Cytko - 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 again this year to teach Modern and Tap!
Heidi Riggs - Teacher
Heidi Riggs is a native Newfoundlander who has been living and teaching on The Sunshine Coast since 2004. She is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada and has spent 4 1⁄2 with the Toronto and International touring productions of The Phantom of the Opera. She danced with both the National Ballet of Canada and Alberta Ballet. She is a certified Acobatic Arts teacher and Education assistant. Heidi is also a trained behaviour interventionist and works individually with Kids on the Autism Spectrum through dance. She is honored to be a member of the Dominique’s School of dance family, encouraging and nurturing young dancers on the coast. Heidi is teaching Ballet, Pre Pointe, Point and Acrobatics this season.
Sarah Hutton - Teacher
Sarah Hutton was born and raised in Hanna, Alberta where she discovered her love for movement at the early age of five, when she took her first Highland dance class. Sarah continued her early dance education throughout southern Alberta in jazz, tap, and hip-hop and began to choreograph on herself and other students. She moved to Vancouver in 2013, joining the Source Dance Company under the direction of Joanne Pesusich. In 2016, she was chosen for a scholarship at EDAM Dance under Peter Bingham, where she began to study contact improvisation. Her new curiosities led her to her most recent training platform with Modus Operandi under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond, and Kate Franklin.
Sarah is now in her third season of Modus Operandi. Throughout her training, Sarah has had the opportunity to work with choreographers and dance educators including Vanessa Goodman, Karissa Barry, Lisa Gelley & Josh Martin (Company 605), David Raymond & Tiffany Tregarthen (Outinnerspace Dance Theatre), Paras Terezakis (Kinesis Dance), Kate Franklin, Heather Laura Gray, Kim Sato, Sabrina Philips, Noam Gagnon (Vision Impure), Emmanuelle Le Phan (Tentacle Tribe), Victor Quijada (RUBBERBANDance), Olivia Shaffer, and Stewart Iguidez. She has danced/collaborated in works by Vancouver Fashion Week, Julie-anne Saroyan (Dances for a Small Stage), Heather Dotto, Joanne Pesusich, and Shay Kuebler (Radical System Art).
Sarah loves the challenge to bring her entire dance background to her class material. Her experience with hip hop, tap, and house makes rhythm, groove, musicality and sometimes footwork an essential part of her choreographic choices. Sarah’s most recent training goes deep into many forms of contemporary dance, which naturally has inspired a way of teaching using experimentation, improvisation, and many approaches to one idea. Contemporary and basic break-dance floor work are a huge interest of Sarah’s and a staple in her class movement. This is Sarah’s sixth year teaching with Dominique’s School of Dance. Sarah looks forward to continuing to share her curiosities and excitement for dance with her students. Sarah is teaching Hip Hop and Contemporary this season.
Damon Bradley Jang - Teacher
Damon Bradley Jang is multifaceted with his arts career, working in all areas of the performing arts. He has taught competitive and recreation level dance, drama, and voice classes all over the lower mainland in both private and public schools. Aside from teaching He is the Co-Artistic producer of Fabulist Theatre and recently directed/ associated choreographed "Once On The Island The Musical (Vancouver Premier) which won him two BroadwayWorld Vancouver Awards for Direction and associate Choreography (along with Marion Landers) and a children's production of Peter Pan Jr. He was nominated for a CTC Award for Best Choreography for Vagabond Players production of "Little Shop Of Horrors", which won 6 awards including Best Musical Production.He also has choreographed Into The Woods (Winner Best Musical, BroadwayWorld Vancouver) and Once Upon A Matress for (North Shore Light Opera Society) and a Canadian Adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing (Bard In The Valley) As a performer, he has had the opportunity to work a multitude of companies all. Some highlights include: West Side Story, Singin In The Rain (Theatre Under The Stars), Hello Dolly, Annie (Royal City Musical Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Mille (Gateway), 42nd Street (Metro) Love, Valour, Compassion (Ghostlight) Qualia (PuSh Festival).
Damon holds a degree in Performing Arts and diploma in Musical Theatre from Capilano University and has also studied at Studio 58, Banff Centre for the Arts and the Broadway Dance Centre. He is also is a freelance performing arts publicist and continues his dance and acting training both in Vancouver and in New York City. He is currently represented by Apolo Artists. This is Damon’s first season teaching Musical Theatre and Tap at 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 in Contemporary, 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 trained in I.S.T.D. Modern and Tap.
Alyssa Favero - Guest Teacher
SFU Bachelor of Science – Kinesiology & Modus Operandi
Alyssa Favero is a Vancouver based, internationally trained, contemporary dance artist. She is currently studying Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University which has strengthened her knowledge for movement and anatomy. Her love for the art stretches to many styles including ballet, waacking and hiphop. In addition to her dancing in Vancouver, she has trained at Joffrey Ballet in San Francisco, competed with Team Canada in Germany and this past year, trained in South Korea and Japan.
Alyssa is a current member of Modus Operandi: Vancouver Contemporary Dance Program under the direction of David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen. She is an alumni of both Illustrative Society, an urban hip hop collective and The Source Dance Company, a performance training group. These companies have given her opportunity to work with leading professionals including Heather Laura Grey, Heather Dotto and Joe Tuliao. Alyssa has also been a scholarship recipient of The Training Society of Vancouver an intimate setting for training with individuals such as Rianne Svelnis, Idan Cohen and “los little guys (USA).”
Alyssa is also an educator, as she is constantly excited to share her knowledge with another generation. She wants to elevate the dance world by becoming not only a great dance artist, but also a great educator.
Brittney Peters - Guest Teacher
Brittneys love for dance and performing started at a young age in a small town in Alberta. Through years of training and pursuing her goals she made the move to Vancouver, BC where she would continue reaching for her dreams. In Vancouver, Brittney Joined Harbour Dance Centres ‘Intensive Training Program’ led under the Direction of Moe Brody. After her training with ITP she Joined ‘The Source Dance Company’ led under the direction of Joanne Pesusich for two years, where she further pursued her dance training, learning from world renown choreographers. Currently Brittney is one of Groove Street Productions main assistants, she is teaching at studios across BC and Alberta and constantly investing in her own creative work. Brittney has done commercial work for ‘Make a Wish Foundation’, she has apprenticed under Heather Laura Grey in her contemporary work ‘The Tunnel’ and is currently working on a full length musical that is showing all around Vancouver. One of Brittneys favourite parts of being in the entertainment industry is getting to bring joy through the art of dance and movement to the lives of others. She feels so fortunate to have worked with some of the most incredible choreographers in the industry including Joanne & Alex Pesusich, Heather Laura Gray & Liz Tookey, just to name a few. Brittney is still pursuing her goals and making her dreams a reality. Brittney is substitute teaching for Sarah Hutton this season for both Hip Hop and Senior Contemporary on Mondays.
Sarah Formosa - Guest Teacher
Born and raised in the greater Vancouver Area, Sarah Formosa began her training at Spiral Dance Company and continued her training in San Francisco at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, where she performed works by Shannon Gillen, Uri Sands, Gregory Dawson, Carmen Rozestraten, Maurya Kerr, David Harvey and Sandrine Cassini. Sarah graduated from the LINES training program in 2016 and as an independent artist has had the opportunity to work with David Harvey, Ralph Escamillian, Heather Dotto, Heather Laura-Gray, Josh Beamish, Jennifer Mcleish-Lewis, Alameda Civic Ballet Company and the response. Dance Company. She is honoured to currently be working with the Vancouver Opera, TWObigsteps Collective, Vision Impure, Raven Spirit Dance Company, Judith Marcuse Projects and Wen Wei Dance Company. In January of 2018, Sarah had her first choreographic residency with Dances for a Small Stage and her work has since been presented by Small Stage and Dancing on the Edge Vancouver.