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, Adult basic dance and PureMotion. Zeta is the Administrator of 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 again this year to teach the Modern program!
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 the benefits for mind, body and soul, no matter what your age.
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 fifth year teaching with Dominique’s School of Dance. Sarah looks forward to continuing to share her curiosities and excitement for dance with her students.
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 trained in I.S.T.D. Modern and Tap and excited to be teaching the Tap program on Mondays this season.
Maya Atoui - Student Teacher
Maya will be teaching Grade 1 RAD on Wednesdays and Open Modern Tech 1 on Thursdays for Dominique’s School this season.
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.
Aiden Cass - Workshop Guest Teacher
Born in North Vancouver B.C. Aiden first channeled his high energy into a Hip Hop class at aged 10 and quickly discovered a strong passion for movement, music, performance and community. He began his training with North Shore Academy of Dance and quickly moved into their competition and performance groups, eventually joining NSADs Half Day Program. After graduation, Aiden continued to focus on maturing his artistic craft by joining Modus Operandi in 2015. Since his time training with MO, Aiden has worked with the likes of Rob Kitkos, Company 605, Emmalena Fredriksson, Vanessa Goodman, Serge Bennathan, David Raymond, Tiffany Tregarthen, Kate Franklin, and Shay Kuebler; as well as many other artists in the Vancouver community.
Throughout Aidens training career he has received the Live Love Dance Scholarship, Fresh Groove Intensive Scholarship, two Half Day High Achievement Awards, and the opportunity to participate in the International Youth Dance Festival 2018 held in Macau, China.
Aidens love for performance, artistry, and the community that dance creates, push him to explore not only the depths in which he can go in his own practice, but to investigate and connect with the many different practices taking place across dance communities over the world.
Nicole Pavia Guest Teacher
Nicole is a well rounded artist who grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia. She started her journey as a gymnast and dancer when she was 3 years old. When she was 10, she made the choice to focus solely on dancing and began training in styles such as contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, tap, and acro. Since then, Nicole has completed her Advanced 2 RAD examination with distinction, has traveled to Denmark on “Team Canada Hip Hop”, and has been scored as top soloist at a variety of competitions. She has also been awarded many scholarships to help progress her love for dance. Now, Nicole has made her way to Vancouver and is continuing her studies in her first year with Modus Operandi: Vancouver Contemporary Dance Program, working closely with her mentors David Raymond, Tiffany Tregarthen, and Kate Franklin. Nicole has also worked with many well known choreographers such as Heather Dotto, Sabrina Phillips, Joshua Beamish, Joey Matt, Paul Otterbein, Zac Vran, and Kelsey Chace. She is looking forward to working with even more movement influencers in her upcoming years and is excited to share her well versed knowledge.