March 2021 Newsletter

CANADIAN DANCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION British Columbia Branch Dear Members, Spring has officially arrived and with the vaccines rolling out everywhere in the country, we are full of hope for the future. Although we originally wanted to have our 2021 CDTA National summer courses in-person, we made the decision in January to teach them live over Zoom, July 17-20. We had sent a national survey out in January to see what kinds of courses our CDTA members (and non-members) would like to see, and when during the summer. From the results of that survey, we decided to offer more classes on different dates as well. Our summer syllabus intensives will run as follows: From July 17-20 (Saturday -Tuesday), we will be offering Grade 4 and Elementary Tap, Grade 4 and Elementary Jazz, Junior Modern, and Junior Acrobatic Dance, as well as our TDC classes in Music, Anatomy, Dance History and Pedagogy. Then, from August 5-8 (Thursday-Sunday), we will be offering Junior Ballet (divided over two days), Junior Jazz, and Junior Tap, as well as the TDC courses again. Registration for these courses will begin Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (tomorrow) from our CDTA National website. All info and registration will be available there. We are excited to to be offering these classes by zoom! Please share all this info with your teachers and dancers! Have a great day everyone!! BALLROOM DIVISION – MEDAL TEST PROGRAM “Congratulations” to Victoria teachers Wanda Kivitt and John DePfyffer for entering their students in the first session of Ballroom Zoom Medal Tests.Continue reading

Medal Tests: March 7 2021, Victoria – 2

Medal Tests were held on March 7 2021, Victoria, BC. 2 Silver Medal Tests, International style – Latin. Examiner: Patricia Nikleva. Congratulations to the candidates Marilyn Thompson and Doug Thompson and their CDTABC teacher John De Pfyffer.Continue reading

January 2020 Newsletter

CANADIAN DANCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION British Columbia Branch CDTA ANNUAL TEACHER INTENSIVE JULY 18-21, 2020 For more information visit our website at cdtabc.CA “NEW” CDTA WEBSITE Our website is now migrated to a new domain: cdtabc.CA Any visitors landing at our old address ( will be automatically redirected to the new site. For feedback/ requests, please contact Picture and Bio features now available in Members Directory. To have your portrait and/or bio added to your profile in the Members Directory, please email them to To update other profile details or add a new profile, please submit an online Listing Request: CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2020 New CDTA Tap and Jazz syllabus in effect starting on September 1st, 2020. CDTA ANNUL TEACHER INTENSIVE: JULY 18-21, 2020 Ballroom Division exam dates are published Ballroom and Specialty Dances 2020 Medal Test dates are posted and we are ready to register students. Applications for examinations should be sent to: Bobbi Lusic, Examination Secretary 15085 91 Avenue Surrey BC V3R1B6 778-773-9904 Medal Tests are a rewarding experience for a dancer and also for the dance school as it provides structure and goals to the students’ dance education. A successful test serves to confirm a level of proficiency in dancing. The exam represents only one day whereas the knowledge acquired to achieve that goal lasts forever. Students get to enjoy many of the same benefits of competing, but without the stress of competition and public display. Medal tests help students to learn faster and danceContinue reading

November 2019 Newsletter

Volume 10 | August 2019 CANADIAN DANCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, British Columbia Branch Annual General Meeting 2019 Canadian Dance Teachers Association BC Branch 70th Anniversary CDTA BC Branch had a wonderful attendance of members at the 70th Anniversary Annual General Meeting in October! We would like to thank all the members for coming out and celebrating this milestone anniversary with us! It was lovely to see everyone! Thank you to the studio members who provided beautiful performances of their dancers on this day. Below are the links to the pieces that were performed. COACHING – Respect Everyone Equally – Set Expectations – Set Goals for Success – It’s About the Journey – Keep it Positive & Have Some Fun Integrate Volunteer Coaches In preparing for tests and examinations, students have a set length of time to practice, take classes and private lessons. A focused learning plan with specific and timed goals can significantly add to student success and achievement. We can help students identify the styles and levels of medal that will improve their dance skills. Our expertise and understanding can be a great influence in developing individuals and dance communities. Once a student is identified as a test candidate, completing the application is a show of commitment to start a development plan and lessons and practices. Enough lead time will add to the quality of the candidate experience. It gives the teacher more opportunity to help in a candidate’s preparations. Your division’s Examination Secretary is committed to facilitating theContinue reading

Scholarship Awards of 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 CDTA Scholarship Recipients! First place – Nadia Sertic Second place tied Caitlin McCormick Second place tied Emilie Bruce Third place Jane Dean Honourable Mentions Scholarship Recipients Elledae Armstrong Arianna Benetton Kaitlyn Dyer Emma RamosContinue reading

Masterclasses 2013 Teacher Bios

Masterclasses 2013 Teacher Bios Lexy Cox – Bio Lexy Cox BFA-Ryerson University, CDTA, PAEC, AAC, AF, PAA, ADTA, YPAD 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 isContinue reading

Kyle Vicente

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. More about Kyle: RegisterContinue reading