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Email: info@theacademyofdance.ca  |  Phone: 250-314-9974  |  910 Camosun Crescent, Kamloops V2C 6G2

Our Instructors

Krista Faraday

Krista Faraday is the artistic director and owner of the Academy of Dance. She began dancing at the age of 3 at Enchainement Studio under the direction of Judy Russell in Prince George BC, and immediately fell in love with dance. She continued most of her dance training here in Kamloops and is well experienced in all styles including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theatre, Lyrical and Contemporary. From a young age Krista competed in the Kamloops Festival of the Arts as well as competing throughout the Interior and Okanagan.

She has also performed at many events throughout the community including the BC Summer Games, and has traveled dancing with various performing groups. At a young age Krista began taking many workshops and classes throughout the lower mainland and Las Vegas. Krista became a dance instructor at the age of 15 and has also been involved with teaching choreography in local schools as well as for Project X Theatre. Currently Krista keeps her training up to date by attending workshops and conventions in Vancouver, and New York City.

Krista enjoys being able to enrich the lives of her students through dance and has a great passion for the art and her teaching. Recently, Krista has led her students to dance in Disneyland, California and New York City. Her team of students has been invited to perform on Broadway in NYC in Summer 2013. She looks forward to being able to pass on her knowledge to her students and provide them with a studio where they can grow as individuals while building confidence and fulfilling life long dreams.

Current and Past Projects

  1. Choreography with the Moscow Ballet, Great Russian Nutcracker 2017
  2. Dance Teacher Expo Calgary, AB2017
  3. Disneyland, CA2016
  4. Dance Teachers' Summit Long Beach, CA2015
  5. Acrobatic Arts Certification Module One and Two2014
  6. Broadway, NYC2013
  7. Disneyland, CA Dance Classic2012
  8. Artistic Director/Choreographer for Western Canada Summer Games Opening/Closing Ceremonies2011
  9. Flash Mob for Peace Choreographer2011
  10. Dance Teachers' Summit New York City, NY
    2011
  11. Tremaine Dance Convention, New York City, NY2009
 
Amanda McDermid

Amanda McDermid started dancing at the age of 3 in Chilliwack BC at the Fleeta Tutt School Of Dance, then in later years moved on to dance under the direction of Mr Barry Coulter.She has studied all styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. From a young age Amanda participated in competitions throughout the lower mainland and the interior of BC. Amanda started teaching dance at the age of 16 in 100 Mile house, since 2002 Amanda has taught for the Academy Of Dance. On top of teaching dance Amanda is also a certified Pilates instructor, bringing a wealth of body awareness and strength knowledge to her students.

Currently Amanda keeps her training up to date in Vancouver BC. Amanda has extreme passion for teaching and loves to share her knowledge with students to help them grow as dancers as well as individuals.

Current and Past Projects

  1. Disneyland, CA2016
  2. Total Barre Training2014
  3. Broadway, NYC2013
  4. Disneyland CA Dance Classic2012
  5. Dance Teachers' Summit New York City, NY2011
  6. Tremaine Dance Convention New York City, NY/strong>2009

Katie Johnson

Katie Bickerton has been dancing with the Academy for many years and is now a part of the staff.She is an energetic and kind hearted individual who fits right into our studio. Katie has taught classes for the Academy in Cache Creek, BC as well as at other community events. She has trained in Acro, Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Hip Hop and Lyrical, and has performed in California, New York and throughout BC.

She has successfully competed in the Kamloops Festival of the Arts. Katie continues to keep up her training by participating in conventions and classes in the Interior, Vancouver and New York City. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Thompson Rivers University and is currently completing her Masters in Educational Counselling. Katie enjoys teaching dance and welcomes you to her class with a smile.

Current and Past Projects

  1. Choreography with the Moscow Ballet, Great Russian Nutcracker 2017
  2. Dance Teacher Expo Calgary, AB2017
  3. Disneyland, CA2016
  4. Dance Teachers' Summit Long Beach, CA2015
  5. Acrobatic Arts Certification Module One and Two2014
  6. Broadway, NYC2013
  7. Disneyland, CA Dance Classic2012
  8. Flash Mob for Peace Choreographer2011
  9. Dance Teachers' Summit New York City, NY2011
  10. Tremaine Dance Convention New York City, NY2009
 
 

Lauren Nordstrom

Lauren Nordstrom Darbyson is an enthusiastic instructor at the Academy of Dance. She has been dancing with us since the age of 13 and is experienced in a variety of disciplines, including Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Lauren has performed on Broadway in New York City and in Disneyland, California. She teaches the Creative Dance and Combo Dance programs, as well as Ballet, Acro, Funky Jazz, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. Lauren has completed her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from Thompson Rivers University, is a TTOC for our school district, and also leads a youth group in the community.

Current and Past Projects

  1. Choreography with the Moscow Ballet, Great Russian Nutcracker 2017
  2. Dance Teacher Expo Calgary, AB2017
  3. Acrobatic Arts Certification Module One2016
  4. Disneyland, CA2016
  5. Dance Teachers' Summit Long Beach, CA2015
  6. Broadway, NYC2013
  7. Disneyland, CA Dance Classic2012

Jasmin McDaniels

Jasmin McDaniels is a dedicated and energetic instructor at the Academy of Dance.  She began dance at a young age and has experience in Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical and Contemporary. Jasmin has competed throughout BC and has recently performed on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre and in Disneyland, California. Currently she teaches all ages and levels of various disciplines, and works closely with our competitive dancers.  Jasmin recently graduated from Thompson Rivers University, with a degree in Psychology. Miss Jasmin has a great passion for dance and is very excited to pass this passion on to her students! 

Current and Past Projects

  1. Choreographer for Laughing Stock Theatre Society2012-Present
  2. Hip Hop Instructor Valleyview secondary 2017
  3. Choreographer for Krush Studios 2017/2018
  4. Dance Teacher Expo Calgary, AB 2017
  5. Dance Instructor for Skeetchestn School 2017
  6. Disneyland, CA2016
  7. Broadway, NYC2013
  8. Disneyland C.A. Dance Classic2012
 

Rachel Komori

Miss Rachel Komori found a passion for dance at a young age. She is Acrobatic Arts Certifiied and teaches many disciplines to all age groups. She has many made young dancers dreams come true by helping them perform in Disneyland CA. Recently Rachel started an Adult dance program at AOD and is excited to teach adults about dance and fitness. Currently Miss Rachel attends TRU in the Tourism program. Rachel loves working with her students and passing on her knowledge and love of dance to them.  

Current and Past Projects

  1. Choreography with the Moscow Ballet, Great Russian Nutcracker2017
  2. Dance Teacher Expo Calgary, AB 2017
  3. Acrobatic Arts Certification Module One 2017
  4. Disneyland, CA 2016
  5. Dance Instructor for Skeetchestn School 2016

Cassie Rigler

Miss Cassie Rigler started dance at the age of 4. She is Acrobatic Arts certified and throughout her dance education, she has performed throughout the Interior and Okanagan, as well as taken many dance education programs in the Lower Mainland and Alberta. Miss Cassie has performed all over the world, including on Main Street in Disneyland, CA and the Minskoff Theater on Broadway NY, NY. Most recently Miss Cassie performed with the Moscow Ballet in The Great Russian Nutcracker, and represented Canada on Team Canada West. Competing in Riesa, Germany and coming 8th in the Worlds. Miss Cassie is excited to be working at AOD and loves teaching children of all ages!

Current and Past Projects

  1. Performed with the Moscow Ballet, Great Russian Nutcracker 2017t
  2. Hip Hop Instructor Kamloops School of the Arts 2017
  3. Choreographer for Krush Studios 2017/2018
  4. Dance Instructor Skeetchestn School 2017
  5. Acrobatic Arts Certification Module One 2017
  6. Disneyland, CA2016
  7. Broadway, NYC2013
  8. Disneyland C.A. Dance Classic2012 
 

 

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