Aimee Payne

    Aimee Payne has carved out a dynamic career in the entertainment industry.  She continues to make her mark as a professional performing on stage and in film and television. Her talent and gift for teaching and choreography has taken her all over the world working with the industries best. Aimee performed “Rhythm Nation” with Janet Jackson for the kick-off of her “Unbreakable World Tour”.  Artists she has performed with include Nickelback, One More Girl, Johnny Reid, Sharaya J, FeFe Dobson, Destineak, Big Time Rush, Dallas Smith, and Madeline Merlo. Film and television credits include XFactor UK creative director Brian Friedman, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist choreographed by Mandy Moore and Jillian Meyers, Julie and The Phantoms directed by Kenny Ortega, Canada’s Got Talent, Winter Olympics Opening Gala, Paralympics Opening Ceremonies, “Bravetown” featuring Josh Duhamel and Laura Dern, and Canada’s National Football League’s Grey Cup championship game half time show performances. Aimee has assisted the top choreographers in North America at Pulse On Tour (NEXUS),  Monsters of Hip Hop, Radix, JUMP V.I.P, Dance Educators of America Final Grand Champion, and Triple Threat Dance Convention. She has assisted Brian Friedman, NAPPYTABS, Blake McGrath, Gil Duldulao, Cris Judd, Megan Lawson, Tessandra Chavez, Jillian Meyers, Dave Scott, Dana Wilson and Kelly Konno.  Aimee’s talent and versatility was recognized when she was awarded Canadian National Tap Champion and Provincial Champion for Performing Arts of British Columbia. Aimee’s passion, positive energy and perseverance has always been a driving force in her career and contributed to her success.  She is a true artist. She continues to push towards new heights within the industry.

        Kelsey Mann

        Kelsey has a strong love and passion for ballet since she was a little girl. She received her formal training at the Goh Ballet. Kelsey toured China, Japan and BC with the Goh’s youth ballet company. One of her highlights on tour was dancing as a soloist in the ballet Paquita, and original works.

        Following her training she was accepted as a Corps de Ballet member at Orlando Ballet under the late Fernando Bujones. She performed many ballets including The Nutcracker, Gisselle, Cinderella, Don Quixote, Paquita, Stars and Stripes, and original works.

        Kelsey is thankful for the experience of working with so many great choreographers and instructors including Lynnette Kelley, Choo Chiat Goh, Chan Hon Goh, Fernando Bujones, Gelsey Kirkland, Peter Stark, and many more.

        Kelsey returned back home and was inspired to pass her knowledge and love through teaching. She completed her Royal Academy of Dance teaching certificate. She has now been teaching for over 10 years. She has successfully prepared and entered students in graded and vocational exams. Many of her students have been accepted to prestigious ballet schools and companies. Her students have gone to provincials for their ballet and her choreography has received many awards.

        Kelsey has a love of seeing students improve. It is wonderful to watch students have growth and dedication to strive in dance. She hopes to pass her passion, dedication and love of ballet to her students.

            Rebecca Goritsas

            Rebecca Goritsas’ whole mission as a dance teacher is to impart the beauty and love of dance to her students.  Teaching for over 20 years, with students ranging from toddlers to adult, Rebecca has discovered that teaching is not just imparting your knowledge to another, but imparting joy to each one you teach.

            Starting dance at the age of 4, Rebecca studied various dance types such as Tap, Jazz, Stage, Spanish, Ballet and Pointe. She graduated as a drama major from Langley Fine Arts School. Rebecca completed her comprehensive education in the performing arts with studies in singing, piano and music theory under the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM).

            In her early teens she discovered the world of Spanish Dance.  She fully immersed herself into the Spanish world, learning and then eventually teaching Flamenco, Castanets, Folkloric and Classical Spanish dance.  Studying under flamenco greats in Vancouver and Bellingham, she continued her education in Washington, D.C. and eventually Granada, Spain.  Rebecca went on to create a Dance troupe, Rebecca Reyes Dance Company, which performed all over Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. 

            During this time, Rebecca also delved deeper into intensive study of ballet. In 2002 Rebecca became a registered dance teacher under Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), where she completed her diploma in Ballet Teaching under the mentorship of Deborah Cameron.  Rebecca has put many children through exams in the Lower Mainland and Southern Ontario regions, and continues to see great results from their work.  She has received her certificate in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), Acrobatic Arts and Alixa Flexibility.

            Rebecca is now married and has three beautiful children, who have in turn taught her a deeper meaning of what a teacher should be.

                Gabby Calderoni

                Gabby began her post secondary education at the University of the Fraser Valley. She continued on at Simon Fraser University and graduated in 2014 with distinction. Gabby graduated with a BA in Psychology as well as a minor in Human Development and Counselling. Her degree gives her knowledge and understanding of children’s behaviour, learning, and development which greatly influences her approach to teaching. Gabby is passionate about learning and continuing on her education. She hopes to one day complete her masters in education.

                It is Gabby’s unique background in gymnastics that brought her into teaching gymnastics and dance. As a dance teacher, Gabby teaches Acro Dance, a unique style of dance that incorporates both dance and gymnastics elements. Using both her experience as a competitive gymnast and her dance training Gabby has developed her own unique Acro technique, Inspire Acrobatics. For over 10 years she has specialized in teaching Acro technique and tumbling for dancers. Using a step by step approach Gabby guides her dancers to accomplish difficult Acro and tumbling skills with safety. She pays close attention to the development of a strong Acro foundation. Some of her certification includes; Acro Dance Adjudicator (2020), module 1, 2 and 3 Alixa Flexibility: professional Flexibility stretching curriculum (2019), Sugarfoot Therapy: Injury Prevention for Dancers (2020), Level 2 certified gymnastics coach (2007), Level 1 in trampoline (2009), Junior Acrobatique Gold Standard for teaching(2012), Module 1 Acrobatic Arts course (2016), Module 2 Acrobatics arts course (2018), International Dance Teaching Standards course (2015), Respect in Sport certification, Making Ethical Decision course, and has attended the Mathers Dance Teachers Intensive in California (2016).

                Gabby has been teaching for over 10 years. She believes in being a positive role model to all her students. She loves teaching and aspires to pass on her passion to learn, inspire, move, and create.

                    Nicholas Hasenpflug

                    Nicholas has been passionately dancing for many years and in 2002 he decided to share that passion with others teaching. He specializes in teaching Hip-Hop/Breaking and has had a very consistent following throughout the years. He dedicates his expertise to bringing his students dance skills to new heights and prepares them for competitions, battles and life as he is an exceptional role model for his students.

                    Nicholas maintains and improves upon his craft in order to keep the highest standard of teaching by competing at several B-Boy events such as “Just for Kicks” in Surrey, “Circle Prinz Canada” in Vancouver and “Big Trouble Little Vancouver” in Surrey where he and his Team “FloorPlay Crew” are known for their high achievements. He continues to offer his time to hosting 3 battles a year for dancers under 18 years old. He also hosted the very well-known international “Freestyle session” competition and “Born to Represent”, which have been very successful over the years.

                    Nicholas is determined to share his love for dance with all of his students and anyone else that seeks a challenge and wishes to explore their love of dance. He looks at break dancing as a way of life because you always have to overcome new challenges. Bboying (Break Dancing) to him is about discovering who you are and continually discovering new ways of becoming the best version of yourself.

                        Phoebe Lindenbach

                        Born and raised in the Fraser Valley, Phoebe first enrolled in dance classes at the age of three. Since then she has trained intensely, loving every second! In her competitive years, Phoebe was able to find great success in competitions; being awarded top soloist of the year, and even receiving an invitation to compete at a national level.

                        Post graduation, Phoebe has traveled to Los Angeles, New York and Toronto for multiple occasions. With each visit, her experience and success levels have elevated; leaving with roles in music videos, ‘featured dancer’ in professional class filming and scholarships. Continuous training in ones craft is an important aspect in Phoebes life, as she will never stop trying to better herself so that she is equipped with the knowledge and ability needed to advance her students.

                        Beginning in September of 2017, Phoebe took on her new role as dance instructor. From this, Phoebe was able to find a new type of love and appreciation for dance; feeling fulfillment through her students successes! Also ranging in the field performance, Phoebe is involved with multiple acting schools in Vancouver. Having Vancouver be the base for her acting agency as well, Phoebe finds herself emerged in a wealth of the performing arts. She aspires to incorporate the same fundamentals of theatrical work into her dancers and their presence on stage!

                        Phoebe’s wish is to continue teaching, inspiring and engaging with young dancers; to bring them to their full potential and fuel their love and passion for dance.

                            Avery Konrad

                            Avery is born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. Avery has extensive training in all styles of dance, acting, singing and modelling. Avery started dance at the age of three and after achieving numerous awards and scholarships as a dancer, passing her Royal Academy of Dance with Distinction and graduating high School she found a new love for Hip Hop and trained with a Vancouver company ‘ Kill The Lights’ under the direction of Ken Yung and Shauna Smith through Harbor Dance Center. Avery continues to use her dance education and passion to work as a professional in the dance industry. She has worked on a number of music videos and performances with her dance career and she also uses her years of experience working in the entertainment industry to do work in film and television. Avery is very passionate about teaching and loves to help people attain their goals. She hopes to use all of knowledge and experiences to help shape the next generation. She is elated to be part of the Legacy family!

                            CREDITS INCLUDE:

                            • Broil feature film Lead
                            • Unspeakable Guest Star CBC
                            • No One Would Tell Supporting Life Time
                            • Van Helsing Recurring Netflix
                            • The Killing Recurring
                            • Burn Again Lead Dancer/Actor Tristan Tompson (Artist)

                                Jessica Opheim

                                Jessica began her journey with dance at three years old. This instantly became one of her major passions and she never looked back. She danced competitively at Dance in Motion until she graduated in 2012. She has trained in a variety of styles including: jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, musical theater, lyrical and contemporary. She looks back on these memories very fondly, and she is appreciative to have grown up in such a supportive community.

                                After graduating Jessica attended the University of the Fraser Valley in which she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology. While completing her degree Jessica taught at dance at various studios in Abbotsford. She enjoyed spreading her love of dance with her students. She believes in building teamwork and strives to build the individual confidence of each student. She has also taken opportunities to perform locally at events including the Crystal Gala and the Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards. She loves seeing dancers share their talent with their local community.

                                This past year Jessica has completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of the Fraser Valley. She is now a teacher with the Abbotsford School District. She is committed to creating a kind and caring space for all children to thrive.

                                Jessica is excited to have another opportunity to share her love of dance. She is ready to be part of building a legacy!

                                    Courtney Cholette

                                    Born and raised in Abbotsford BC, and ventured to Vancouver BC 6 years ago.

                                    Courtney began training at the age of 6 in Hip Hop and Musical Theatre, and absolutely fell in love with dance.  She continued her studies and began competing in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Song + Dance, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, Lyrical Jazz and Hip Hop categories.

                                    Holds certifications with the Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD), International Dance Teaching Standards (IDTS),  Rhythm Works Integrated Dance (RWID), and Acrobatic Arts (AA).

                                    Miss Courtney finds her passion both in the classroom, on stage and in the office to organize and set up the season for success. She is excited to be able to help with all administration needs.

                                        Avery Senft

                                        Avery found her love for dance at the age of 4. Since then, her passion has continued to grow, and she has flourished as a dancer and performer. Avery found significant success as a dancer including being chosen as a Member of Team Canada Dance where she finished in the top 5 in Mikolajki, Poland. She was also honored with being chosen as PAC West Provincial Representative in 2016 and Chilliwack Dance Festival Provincial Representative Runner-Up in 2020. Avery has been awarded many top finishes, overall awards, and scholarships. In Avery’s final year as a competitive dancer, she was offered a full scholarship to train at the “House of Jazz” in London, England (due to Covid she was unable to attend). After graduating high school, Avery has focused on learning the skill of choreography by assisting multiple dance instructors as well as instructing classes of her own. This fall Avery will be attending the University of the Fraser Valley in the Arts department, with a focus on Psychology. She hopes to learn new skills to bring back to the dance studio. Avery is excited to bring her passion, dedication, and creative process to the studio. She believes in creating a positive space where all children can have success. She hopes to inspire children to love dance as much as she does.

                                            Emma Lee

                                            Emma’s passion for dance started at the age of two years old. Ever since she has trained vigorously while her love for dance grew. Emma is now a versatile and well-rounded dancer in all styles of dance. Throughout her years of dancing, Emma has made many achievements. She has been an overall winner at many dance competitions including being the first-place jazz soloist winner at “5678” National Dance Competition in Whistler BC and placed 2nd for three different styles of dance at Dance World Cup. Emma has also received five awards of distinction for her Royal Academy of Dance examinations. In addition, she has also taken part in multiple professional performances. She played the role of Clara in Ballet Victoria’s production of the Nutcracker and young Aurora in Ballet Jörgen’s production of Sleeping Beauty. 

                                            Emma has always had a passion towards being a positive and impactful mentor to the younger generation. Emma has taught and assisted dance classes at multiple dance studios. She has also worked in an elementary school to broaden her knowledge and experience of teaching children. Emma now attends the University of the Fraser Valley to achieve her bachelor’s in early childhood education. She intends to utilize her education to help better her mentorship in the dance studio. Emma is thrilled to have the opportunity to integrate her passion for dance and mentoring children here at Legacy. Emma will ensure your child a positive and encouraging environment where they will begin creating their own legacy. 

                                                Brianna Deitch

                                                Brianna was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She began her dance training at the age of three and has continued that training throughout her life. Brianna has trained with the University of Calgary ballet program for two years and has studied dance in various venues around the world including in Las Vegas, Vancouver, New York and New Jersey. Brianna has performed throughout Canada as well as in California, Las Vegas and New York.

                                                Brianna has taught for the past 15 years Throughout this time Brianna has choreographed many routines that have achieved high scores, dance off wins, choreography awards and adjudicators choice awards. Brianna has also had the pleasure of adjudicating at several Canadian dance competitions over the past 6 years.

                                                Students that have studied under Brianna have been awarded scholarships to train around the world. Many of them can now be seen dancing in professional companies, on board cruise ships and teaching at many well respected and successful dance studios.

                                                Brianna believes in keeping dance accessible to everyone. She is grateful to continue working with many students who have a true passion for the art of dance.

                                                    Pam Williams

                                                    At the age of 8, Pam started dancing and she knew instantly this would be her passion. Growing up, Pam trained and competed in the Fraser Valley, studying jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, stage and hip hop. One of the highlights of her dancing years was when she was chosen to be a representative at the BC Provincial Festival of the Arts. In later years, Pam frequently travelled to Seattle and L.A. to further her dance training.
                                                    Locally she has performed in and choreographed for many shows and fundraisers throughout BC including the Merritt Mountain Music Festival, Jail House Rock, a fundraiser for Haiti and many more performances. Pam’s passion for teaching emerged around age 18 and since that time she has dedicated her time and energy to her students and her craft. Her students have won many awards and scholarships and some have gone on to have successful careers in the dance industry.