Our emphasis is on professionalism in the classroom in order to offer the student the highest level of technical training while nurturing the creative element. We offer a broad spectrum of dance styles – something for everyone. We welcome you to share with us your love of dance, and we promise to provide you with the very best in training.
The Shuswap Dance Center is dedicated to a professional classroom atmosphere that provides each student with the optimum opportunity to progress to his or her full potential. The faculty is comprised of skilled and highly motivated instructors, each of whom instills the highest standards of their given discipline and goals of the school.
Raelynn started training on Vancouver Island and continued in Vancouver at The Richmond Academy of Dance and The Goh Ballet School. She also trained at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and completed her training at The School of the Alberta Ballet under the direction of Murray and Nancy Kilgour. She has performed in Napoli, Paquita, Swan Lake and was Fritz in The Nutcracker with The Alberta Ballet. She has also danced in Arrietta by Crystal Pyte as a participant in Ballet BC’s Summer Dance Intensive Program. Raelynn participated in the Professional Division of the Okanagan Summer Dance Intensive 2008 where she danced in Brian Macdonald’s A Little Brahms. In 2011 Raelynn attended the Banff Professional Summer Dance Program and performed in Hold me Close Neighbor in the Storm by Robert Stephen as well as Uprooted by Gioconda Barbuto. With Ballet Kelowna she has danced the roles of The Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and appeared in Liebeslieder Waltzes, Bolero, Negotiating Shifts, Capture, Indigo Moods, Donizetti Dances, stage within and In Stride. She has been featured in north shore, Tangazzo, Allegro Per Tre and was featured as Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet Appassionata. Raelynn has danced for five seasons with Ballet Kelowna.
Having attained her Advanced RAD & Cecchetti Exams as a student, Carolyn danced professionally for 8 years in Toronto, Ottawa & Calgary. During this time Carolyn also taught at Lindsay Walsh School of Dance/Alberta Ballet & Mount Royal College obtaining her teaching credentials in the ISTD Syllabus and entering students for exams. She headed the Ballet program at Freehouse Dance Plus for five years training 3 year olds to professional levels. Her marriage took her to Long Beach, California where she continued to teach all levels at Long Beach Ballet Arts for two seasons. The family then headed to Manzanillo, Mexico where she started a dance studio catering to children of all ages & giving master classes to the professional performing groups at the Karmina Palace & the Hotel Sierra.
Her love of the stage brought Carolyn to professional theatre in 1988 when she performed and toured with Arete Physical Mime Company and portrayed lead characters in several stage productions with Theatre 80 & LATA. Her lengthy list of choreography for musical theatre productions include Grease, Little Shop of Horrors & The Wizard of Oz.
Chelsey was born and raised in Vernon and started dancing at a local studio when she was three. A local studio gave her the opportunity to assist with classes. Chelsey continued to assist for the next eight years.
She has danced at exam and competition level her whole life and thrives to be on stage performing. She has completed her Intermediate ballet as well as her Advanced tap and Advanced Modern exams with the ISTD. She has attained her Modern Associate teaching qualifications. Chelsey teaches I.S.T.D. Modern, I.S.T.D. Ballet,Hip Hop, Creative movement, Kinderdance, Tap and musical theatre at Shuswap Dance Center.
It has always been her dream to inspire people through the love of dance, now she finally gets that chance.
Andréa, our local soprano extraordinaire, was raised in Richmond B.C. and moved to live in the Shuswap in 2003 which she now calls home. Andréa has performed piano recitals, choral works, jazz combos and solo voice performances in front of live audiences since she was five years old. She has shared her beautiful voice with our community in choral concerts and in solo performances. She received the appreciation and acclaim of our community for her wonderful performances including Mary Poppins and The Secret Garden with The Shuswap Theatre. Shuswap Dance Center is honoured to have Andréa with us as our Musical Theatre voice and acting coach.
Taylor graduated from Shuswap Dance Center in 2022. Among her many accomplishments is winning “Dancer of the Year” at 5678 Showtime in 2022. Taylor continues her dance education at Shuswap Dance Center this season alongside her teaching schedule. She strives to attain her Advanced 1 Ballet Exam as well as compete on our team. This summer Taylor will be studying abroad at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.