Combining her technical training, versatility and unique style, Danielle went on to dance professionally in the industry. Her credits include:
- Principal Dancer in Big Time Rushes’ Music Video ‘Music sounds better with you’
- Gina Starbuck’s Music Video ‘Meets the I’
- Emily Harder’s Music Video ‘The party is over’
Some credits include:
- The “Moulin Rouge” Production for the Business Excellence awards in Abbotsford
- The “B.C. Summer Games” Opening & Closing ceremonies
- The “Find My Way” Production to raise money for charity
- The “Coming Home” Production to raise money for charity
- “Can’t stop this Feeling” Mayors Breakfast Abbotsford B.C.
- “Canada Day Parades” in Abbotsford B.C.
“Dreams really do come true”
RAD RTS, AAC1, AAC2, PBT
Krista was born and raised in Abbotsford B.C and has grown up dancing in the lower mainland area. She began her dance training at the age of 8 in ballet and went on to learn many different styles of dance including modern, jazz, lyrical hip hop, tap, musical theatre and contemporary. During her early years she participated and performed in many different community events. She is still a strong believer that being involved in the community is important for kids and adults of all ages. Community brings connection and this is what our children and the future generations need. Krista has attended various auditions, master classes dance conventions & teacher conventions, all taught by well-known choreographers throughout Canada and the United States. She is a firm believer that you are never done learning and continuing education is what makes us better teachers.
During her high school years, she was a part of the dance team and captain of the cheerleading team at Yale Secondary School from 2004-2006. Krista has also been examined in R.A.D ballet and I.S.T.D ballet.
After graduating from high school, Krista studied Psychology and Kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley. At this time she started teaching at various dance studios between Chilliwack and Vancouver B.C. She relocated to Edmonton in 2012 where she taught at various Dance studios for three years and expanded her training. Now that Krista is back at home here in beautiful British Columbia she has shared her knowledge with many students. She has become a successful choreographer and dance instructor over her years of teaching.
Krista’s accreditations include:
- CBTS (Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies) with the Royal Academy of Dance
- Progressive Ballet Technique
- Acrobatic Arts Teacher’s Certification Module 1
- Acrobatic Arts Teacher Certification Module 2
Krista continues to train and take workshops all over Canada and the United States to further her education for her students. She has had over 10 years of teaching experience in many different styles, ages and levels of dance. She has a passion for teaching and hopes she will inspire her students to have a love for dance.
It has been Krista’s dream since she was a teenager to direct a dance studio. She wants a place where people of all ages can call home. Krista has worked very hard this past decade to pursue her dream and can’t believe it’s finally coming true. Everyone on this earth has a purpose and hers is to change the lives of these dancers and future dancers that walk through our doors. Krista cannot wait to start this amazing journey and build a legacy.
For the past 27 years, Mary has taught dance in Abbotsford from kids ages 4 to adult. Mary’s disciplines include: street jazz, contemporary, lyrical and stage with a passion for dance and theatre. Over the last number of years, Mary has been heavily involved in writing and producing productions, giving performers and dancers a chance to really enjoy what they love – while building friendships that span across all studios in the lower mainland.
A sampling of her past productions includes:
- Writer/Director of “Find My Way” 2017, “Coming Home “ 2018 and “Freedom” 2019 (going into production). These shows have directly supported – Starfish Pack Program, Salvation Army, Abbotsford Community Foundation and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
- Abbotsford Canada Day Parade, 2018 (and 2019 coming)
- The theatrical presentation of “Moulin Rouge” featuring 75 performers in 2014 and “Flight” in 2015 at the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. “Come Alive” – Chamber’s new show – in production 2019.
- Director/creator of the Abbotsford Heat ‘Fever’ Performance Team (including recruitment, auditioning applicants)
- Director of the Ceremonies – BC Summer Games 2016
- Hospice Gala Shows – 2011, 2012, 2013. A fundraising event that also features artistic performers that Mary choreographs/directs to enhance that theme that each Gala requires.
- As the choreographer of “Business in Black” for thirteen years, Mary has helped local business leaders and community members have some fun while being active and celebrating local business. Mary also sits on the committee for Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce – Business Excellence Awards.
- Mary has choreographed a variety of musicals, including Grease, the Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Showboat, Hamlet Cha Cha Cha, Carousel and Oliver for Yale Secondary School. She has also choreographed Waiting for the Parade, The Good Game, Escape from Happiness and Dancing At Lughnasa for the Langley Players Drama Club.
- As the creator and driving force behind “Project G” (a community flash-mob concept aimed at giving back to the community), Mary has used her choreography abilities to raise awareness of—and money for—local charities and organizations while promoting community involvement. Among the organizations championed by Project G are Communitas Supportive Care, The Fraser Valley Women’s Resource Society, Love Our Bodies/Love Ourselves, Restorative Justice and the Abbotsford Food Bank. All money raised from these flash mobs has been directly donated back to these charities.
Mary is a firm believer in community coupled with charity and has worked with the Canadian Cancer Society – Abbotsford Relay for Life, In Motion Abbotsford, Abbotsford Police Run, SPCA Paws for a Cause, Salvation Army – Santa Shuffle and Abbotsford Family Fun Day.
Mary was the recipient of the (2) Abbotsford Arts Council – Arty Awards for dance and theatre and received the Dave Holmberg, Community Builder of the Year award in 2017.
Mary is thrilled to be a part of the Legacy faculty and wants every dancer and performer to feel special and valued during their time with us!