Masterclasses 2013 Teacher Bios
Lexy Cox – Bio
Lexy is a diverse performer, choreographer and instructor specializing in a variety of dance styles. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s BFA program, majoring in Theatre
Performance and Dance. Her additional dance certifications include, Acrobatic Arts, Alixa Flexibility, the Performing Arts Educators of Canada, and the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association. Lexy is also a qualified dance adjudicator with the Professional Adjudicators Alliance and a proud member of Youth Protection Advocates in Dance.
As a choreographer Lexy has worked across Canada and the US on projects such as Mini PopKids, Mirvish’s Matilda (Travelling Stage Artist Educator), Mirvish Musical Theatre Summer Intensive, Shrek The Musical (Rainbow Stage), Dance Attack Conventions, One Night Only Musical (Dora Award Winner- Now Audience Choice), Port Hope Capitol Theatre Company, New York City’s Theatre Arts Centre, City Dance Corps, CNE Rising Star Talent Competition, Illuminite Toronto, Bravo Academy Toronto, Toronto Dance Teacher Expo, Calgary Dance Teacher Expo, Capilano University, World Performers Canada National Dance Team, and Google Learning Mini Series.
Her performance credits include; Bound For Broadway (NYC Theatre Arts Center), A Chorus Line (Rose Theatre), Cory Lee’s Cruel Intentions Music Video, ET Canada, Much Music’s Best Dance Crew Commercial (New Music Live), Madonna Bazaar (Opera House), High School Musical 2 live on Stage (Jonathan Randall Productions), Peter Pan (Royal City Musical Theatre Vancouver), as Velma Kelly in Chicago (Treehouse Theatre), and as Bombalurina in Cats (Stanley Theatre Vancouver).
Currently Lexy is the Artistic Director of Full Out Dance, the manager of Dance Attack
Acro Convention, working in association with World Performers Canada National Dance Team, on faculty with Acrobatique/ Acro Dance Teachers Association, adjudicating competitions and choreographing for dance companies across Canada.
Chengxin Wei – Bio
A native of Dalian, China, Chengxin Wei graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1997, where he studied classical Chinese dance for eleven years and received his BFA degree. He subsequently worked for three years as principal dancer of the Guangdong Provincial Dance Theatre.
Upon immigrating to Vancouver, BC in 2000, Chengxin danced with the graduate program at Arts Umbrella for a year, and appeared with numerous dance companies. He was also a member of Ballet British Columbia for six seasons. In 2004, Chengxin co-founded Moving Dragon, a contemporary dance company that focuses on cross-cultural fusion between Eastern and Western dance styles. Moving Dragon has performed in venues across Canada.
Chengxin is the recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, and the David Leighton Arts Fellowship Award. He holds MFA in Dance from the University of Washington, Seattle and worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Ohio University for two years. He has taught Advanced Modern at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
Abbey Dutton – Bio
Abbey has gone on to work independently and commercially with various
Vancouver production companies as a dancer, actor and vocalist on both
stage and screen. Having performed in film, television, musicals, dance
shows, music videos and more, some of her select credits as both an
actor and dancer include: iZombie, Disney’s Freaky Friday, The Hallmark
Channel’s Love at First Dance, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, the 99th Grey
Cup with Nickelback, Conair, Asus, Del Taco, Mobify Mobile Shopping,
Acuvue, PlentyofFish.com and more.
Abbey continues to audition and work professionally, while creating her own work, coaching performers and
adjudicating dance competitions. Rounding out her performing abilities,
Abbey is also a certified Pure Barre fitness instructor, and is in the
process of training to become a life coach. She wants students to
explore their creativity and technical abilities in a safe, supportive
environment with lots of laughs. She also asks that you come prepared to
work hard and challenge yourself!
_”Inspire the artist within; bring creativity to life”_
Professional creations, coaching and performance.
Robyn Picard – Bio
Robyn was born and raised by a dancing family. Her parents and her older siblings are Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dance Instructors. She started taking Jazz, Tap, Acro, Ballet, and Modern Stage at the age of four years old and then went on to learn the various styles of partner dancing that would groom her to follow in her family’s footsteps. Robyn has taught thousands of people of all ages since 1990.
Jim Hibbard – Bio
Jim is a dancer and performer whose credits include classic films like Hello Dolly with Barbara Streisand, Gypsy, Bye Bye Birdie, and Thoroughly Modern Millie and Vegas shows with Anne Margaret and Donald O’Connor. Jim was the choreographer of the Paul Anka and the Tom Jones TV series, and many others TV shows including specials with Dean Martin and Jack Benny. His repertoire includes the original rock opera Tommy, West Side Story, Anything Goes and the Pyjama Game.
Jim is currently a faculty member at Harbour Dance in Vancouver and Capilano University.
Riley Skworoda – Bio
Riley Skworoda is an accomplished international performer, dynamic and innovative dance educator, and a highly respected original choreographer with many awards to her credit. Riley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism from the University of Alberta, with an out of faculty focus in dance and drama. With over 10 years of dance instructing experience behind her Riley continues to maintain her reputation as a well respected and successful teacher and choreographer in many disciplines, but her true passion and focus is Tap.
Riley is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada but has recently relocated to Vancouver and is on the Faculty at the Vancouver Tap Dance Society. Riley has always had a passion for travel. Combining that love of travel with the drive to always remain inspired and further her education, Riley first traveled to The Rhythm Summit by Tapmotif in Lefkada, Greece, to train with Heather Cornell, Max Pollak, and Thanos Daskalopoulos, which sparked an interest in working with live musicians. Riley then set her sights on the international tap dance scene and was accepted into the Escola Luthier Advanced Professional Tap Training Program under the direction of Guillem Alonso in Barcelona, Spain, where she spent 9 months living, training and performing. During her time in Spain, she also trained intensively with Roxane Butterfly at The Jimmy Slyde Institute. While living in Europe, Riley performed as part of an ensemble at many events, including a guest performance at the Montpellier Tap Festival in France.Immediately after her time in Barcelona, Riley attended Nicholas Young’s Institute for The Rhythmic Arts in Chicago, Illinois, where she studied in not only tap dance but also drumming and body percussion. For the past five years Riley has attended the Stockholm Tap Festival in Sweden and has been a theme class instructor for two years. Riley has spent spent the last two summers at Heather Cornell’s Tap Labs in Valley Cottage, NY studying with Antonio Vilchez (zapateo dancer), Andy Algire (musician), Jim Donica (musician), and Heather Cornell who continues to be one of main inspirations for Riley as she grows as a tap dance artist.During her time in Edmonton Riley has had the opportunity to perform at many events and festivals including The Works Art & Design Festival, Feats Festival of Dance, Kinesis, and Nextfest. Riley has also had the pleasure of performing with The Don Berner Big Band and was in the show “Singin’ & Swingin’!” Featuring Ted Louis Levy& The Toronto Jazz Orchestra. Riley’s biggest project to date was in 2017 when she produced, choreographed, and performed in the well received multi-disciplinary dance show “A Dance Journey: Travelling in Time” for the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.As her adventure continues, Riley is eager to stop along the way to share her passion and to inspire and be inspired by budding tap talent as they too become members of the global tap community.
JP Tarlit – Bio
JP (John Paul) Tarlit is quickly rising to the top as a dancer &
choreographer in the Vancouver dance scene. In his career, he has won
numerous competitions with his team The Faculty, including World of
Dance Vancouver and Artist Emerge in 2011,2012 and 2013, also placing
3rd at the 2013 Body Rock competition in San Diego. JP has taught
internationally including in Croatia, Germany, Australia, UK, Serbia,
Switzerland and currently runs intensive training programs and pop-up
class in Vancouver. Always eager to share his passion with the world, JP
continues to share with others his love for dance.
Kyle Vicente – Bio
Kyle Vicente, began dancing at the age of 13 and has trained in many forms of dance such as: Hip-Hop, Popping, Jazz, Locking, Contemporary, House, Musical Theatre, dancehall and more. Work in film includes: Zapped, Rags, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Red Riding Hood, Kickin’ It Old School, Center Stage 2, Fantastic Four 2, Another Cinderella Story 2, Spectacular, Psych (American Duos), Kyle XY, Eureka & more. A few events he has performed at include: “Canadian Hip-Hop Championships”, “San Francisco Hip-Hop Dance Festival” along side with the America’s best dance crew “The Jabbawockeez”. Kyle is apart of OTI (Over The Influence) Crew as well as 1st place undefeated winners in Artists Emerge 2011-2014 & World of Dance 2011-2013, “The Faculty”. “The Faculty” took 3rd place & 2nd place at Body Rock in San Diego in 2013/2014 and were one of the first crews to represent Canada. Kyle has also trained with “The SOULdiers Company”, “The Source Dance Company” & has worked with Celebrity Cruise Lines.
Kyle’s desire is to motivate and inspire others to better themselves in their artistic fields & to see the passion that people put into their own creative interpretation.
Heike Walker – Bio
The Alexander Technique teaches you to increase awareness of posture and movement. It helps you to become aware of habitual movement patterns, to release excess muscle tension and find better posture and coordination. Learning the principles of the Alexander Technique teaches dancers a deeper presence and clarity in the body, and facilitates poise and ease of movement.
Heike Walker is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique. She has been interested in movement and dance since her early twenties which has led her to take the Alexander training in Berlin, Germany. Heike is also a Reflexology Therapist and a Bach Remedies Practitioner.
Heike is the owner of Balance Arts Studio and offers individual sessions in Alexander Technique, Reflexology and Bach Remedies. She also teaches Alexander Technique workshops and gives seminars in Reflexology and Bach Remedies in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland.
Patricia Lusic – Bio
Patricia has been dancing almost since she could walk, starting with tap, then jazz, ballet, musical theatre and ballroom.
In 2005, Patricia caught the Argentine tango bug when she was Bobbi’s student. A tango proposal and honeymoon in Buenos Aires turned their dance partnership into a life partnership, and Argentine tango into Patricia’s vocation.
Since 2005, Patricia and Bobbi Lusic have shared the beauty of Salon Tango as instructors, performers, DJs, promoters and organizers of tango events.Patricia is a Licentiate Member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA) Specialty Dances Division.