COUNTDOWN DANCE INTENSIVE
 

A fully customizable Dance Intensive including classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical & Musical Theatre.

 

 

About Us

COUNTDOWN Dance Intensive includes, full days of classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical & Musical Theatre! The program can be customized to suit your studio details. Our goal is to set dancers up for success, we provide that intimate connection that students crave as we've worked in the industry, know the ins & outs, can provide mentorship, motivate & inspire kids to reach their full potential and kick off your dance season with a Bang!

 
 
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Faculty

 
 
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Calida Kuzek

“The real reason I dance is because I want to explode!”- a quote from Bill Evans is one of Calida’s favourites. When Calida dances, she really feels like she is exploding- with love and passion. She first tried dancing when she was 4 years old at her local dance studio, beginning with ballet and slowly, but surely, testing out all styles.

Some of Calida’s favourite film credits include Disney’s Descendants 2: choreographed by the world renowned Kenny Ortega and Tony Testa, ABC’s Once Upon a Time: choreographed by Paul Becker, the Nickelodeon original Movie Rags: choreographed by Rosero McCoy and Kelly Konno, and a Lifetime Unauthorized Life Story of Britney Spears: choreographed by Heather Laura Gray.

When set has closed and the cameras are off, Calida takes her talent to the stage. Some of these performances include Vancouver’s WE Day, the launch of MAC Cosmetics Archie’s Girls line, the Step Up 4 Revolution national launch, a BC tour of Legacy North’s Iconic Superstars Tribute Show and Nicole Bridger’s Allowing Grace at Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week.

While visiting LA, Calida worked alongside Meisha Lee as her assistant choreographer for an episode of Seventeen Magazine’s Promposals, presented by CoverGirl.

Acting is a new interest for Calida as dance has given her the necessary skills to delve into a character, take direction, and find the passion in a performance. Calida made her debut acting appearance and was awarded Best Supporting Actress in the short film #FIX at the UBC Persistence of Vision Film Festival. Calida plays the lead in her second short film Slice of an Onion as Leyla. Most recently, she was featured in an episode of TLC’s Untold Stories of the ER.

Calida has been teaching for over a decade- sharing her love and knowledge of dance is something very important to her. She has travelled throughout Canada and the USA teaching and inspiring dancers

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Greer Whillans

Greer Whillans is a Canadian born professional dancer and choreographer, actor, and model, currently based out of Los Angeles, California. She has received great accolades for her choreography showcased in the Source Dance Company’s productions of ‘The Show: Gotta Get It’ and ‘West Side Story’.

A sought after instructor, she was principal dancer for the Vancouver WE Day events in 2013 & 2014, where she taught over 17,000 youth the WE Day dance at Rogers Arena. She is a valued crew member at Groove Street Dance & Jump Dance Conventions, where she works closely with many of the industry’s top professionals.

Greer was assistant choreographer for Disney’s touring artist Desirae, and teaches regularly at Vancouver’s top drop-in studio Harbour Dance Centre. She comes highly recommended as an assistant by many of Vancouver’s top choreographers including Moe Brody and Joanne Pesusich.

Her breadth of experience includes performing in theatre productions such as Mitac’s ‘Math Out Loud’ directed by Mackenzie Gray, dancing for choreographer Paul Becker on Disney’s original TV movie ‘Girl vs Monster’ and for Heather Laura Gray in CW Network's TV show 'iZombie'. During Canada's 150th Celebration Greer performed for thousands at HFour's production for the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival held in Queen Elizabeth Park. She has performed for industrials like Telus and the Times of India Film Awards, as well as modeling for Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week.

Greer can most recently be seen modeling in print campaigns for Ford Mustang, Honda Accord, and Cinema Secrets cosmetics. She can also be seen in television ads for Verizon, Campbell’s Soups, Kohler and Mattel Games.

 

Guest Faculty

 
 
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Chanel Lacasse

An unstoppable force in this industry. Chanel has acquired a sense of grace, style and story telling. Her personality is vivacious, her laugh is contagious but her concentration at work is what helped her obtain her Solo Seal Award. The highest recognition from the Royal Academy of Dance – of which only 250 recipients in the world have achieved.

Chanel has been passionate for the performing arts from an early age – having been taught initially by her mother and grandmother. Her interest in jazz, contemporary, and Hip Hop filled her interest to keep learning. Her love of dance took her around the globe to places like St-Petersburg, Russia, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boston Ballet, Walnut Hill for the Arts and Los Angeles School of Ballet. In Vancouver, Chanel joined ‘Source Dance Company’ led under the direction of Joanne Pesusich. Shortly afterwards Chanel begun doing commercial work as well as collaborative projects and she hasn’t stopped since. She is now Assistant Director of The Source Dance Company as well as a Faculty member of Harbour Dance Centre – Vancouver’s top drop-in studio for professional dancers. She is one of Groove Street Productions main assistants and when she is not touring, she is either choreographing, adjudicating, teaching across North America or busy running her own KC Dance Workshops – a touring dance workshop that is geared towards inspiring young dancers across Western Canada.

From the dance studio to set – Chanel has done commercial work for Sephora, GSG Productions, PRP Productions, Canada’s 150th Celebration, Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Event, Diner En Blanc, St. Pauls Hospital, Variety Childrens Charity & Marianas Trench Music Videos . You can also catch Chanel on the Season 3 finale episode of iZombie!

One of Chanels favourite parts of being in the entertainment industry is getting to bring ideas and visions to life. She feels so fortunate to have worked with some of the most incredible choreographers including Sabrina Phillip, Cherice & Charissa Barton, Joanne & Alex Pesusich, Liz Tookey, Jocelyn Peden & Heather Laura Gray just to name a few.

Chanel is in constant pursuit of what inspires her to better her craft. Her dreams have become a reality and she is so excited about what the future has in store.

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Richie Lubaton

As a multi- talented dancer and choreographer, Richie has been in the dance industry for several years. He discovered his passion for dancing at a later age than most but that didn’t stop him from pursuing various dance styles avidly, including: hip hop, popping, locking, breaking and house. As a part of Vancouvers “Faculty” dance crew (dir: Carlo Atienza) Richie was able to help them win several titles in dance competitions including (Artist Emerge, World of Dance Vancouver and Seattle) He is also a staff member of Vancouver's most prestigious drop in studio “Harbour Dance Centre” where he shares his love of dance with his students every week! Also a photographer!

 
 

Mock Schedule

 

Our Workshop dates are flexible, and we can happily work around your prior commitments to accommodate. Rates are negotiable and competitive. Interested in hosting an intensive? Lets talk.

 
 
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