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.
Krista began her career in the dance industry at the age of 7, right here in Abbotsford, BC. Training in various styles year after year, she realized she had found her passion and has continued to be involved in the industry ever since. Her passion and drive for the craft has brought her to work and participate in various projects and jobs around the world. In 2014, she led Team Canada to the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships as Team Captain in Bochum, Germany. Some performance credits include a variety of work with PRP Inc. and Jocelyn Peden; The Fair at the PNE, ACECBC Gala, EA Holiday Party, MDRT 2016, and more. She also has assisted and worked with choreographers such as Jillian Meyers, Dana Wilson, Megan Lawson, Shaun Evaristo, Will Johnston and Jordan Allarie. After 6 years of teaching under her belt, Krista took a year off to fulfill a lifelong dream and work at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Upon returning, she found herself in Toronto working for Sephora in Canada’s #1 location and spend time on one of her other passions, which is beauty! Krista is ecstatic to be coming back to BC and to get back into the dance industry, and to watch so many dancers blossom into the talented individuals they are. She can not wait to meet the Legacy team, and be apart of the family.
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.
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.
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!
Amanda has always had a passion for the arts. Her father, a musician, introduced her to the stage and performances while her mother, a graphic designer, introduced a wide variety of visual arts. Through the years she found herself naturally drawn to all things creative. As a mom of 3 now, she wants her children to have the same appreciation for the arts in their lives. She began her dance journey with tap and later competitive cheer as a teen, earning a spot on the United Spirit Association’s All-Star team. After high school she studied Early Childhood Education and fell in love with teaching young children. She has taught toddler and preschool ages since 2006. She has been responsible for creating curriculum and has always believed in integrating fine arts into play for the benefit of the whole child. She strongly believes in nurturing the element of play in the preschool years and that dance and body movement is an important part of early childhood development. Through dance, a preschooler learns coordination and control. Dancing promotes confidence and a raised sense of self-esteem by improving their physical skills and increasing their self-awareness.
She is actively involved in the local dance community in Abbotsford, performing with a competitive adult group for the past 8 years. Other dance experience includes being a part of the Abbotsford Heat Energy Team and performing in the Grey Cup parade as well as the Abbotsford Canada Day parades. She has been a performer in the local dance shows “Find My Way” and “Coming Home” as well as various community events.
She is so excited to combine her passion for dancing with her love of teaching to help your little ones discover the joy of dance!
Leticia’s passion for dance began at the early age of 4. Her studies began at her local dance studio where she grew up in Maple Ridge, BC. Starting out with jazz and tap it instantly became evident to her family that Leticia was a natural performer. She then started taking on different styles of dance including hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, and ballet. Leticia was part of the Northwest Dance Project, competitive dance team in her teens. She has had the opportunity to travel and train in New York City, perform, compete, and has trained under many well known choreographers in the industry. She was the lead choreographer in her High School Dance Program and received Best Choreographer awards each year.
Leticia has continued to enhance her skills professionally by attending Dance Conventions in Canada and the US, taking classes at Harbour Dance Center in Vancouver, BC, and was a member of Elevate Dance Crew directed by Leigh Hilary Lee. Leticia believes education is key to keeping thing fresh and current. She attended the Dance Life Teacher Conference in Arizona ran by Rhee Gold in the Summer of 2015 and just became certified in Sugarfoot Therapy February of 2020.
Leticia has had many performance opportunities including the 2015 Western Summer Games in “Big Spirit Sky.” Vancity Project, Monsters of Hip Hop, Next Level Hip Hop, and the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer to name a few. Leticia’s journey lead her to Fort McMurray, AB in 2013 where she resided and taught for 5 years. She enjoyed being apart of such a unique city and tight knit dance community full of such wonderful opportunities; Leticia choreographed for Keyano Theatre Company’s 2013 Farce “Boeing Boeing.“ She also was a celebrity dancer in Fort McMurray’s 2014 Dancing with the Stars in support of the SPCA. Leticia was the Dance Director/Choreographer for Keyano Theatre’s Drama Force Youth Intensive. She choreographed 2014 Jr. Musical “Disney’s Aladdin,” and 2015 Jr. Musical “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” and the 2016 Jr. Musical “Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids.” She also spent her time as a Dance Instructor and Educational Assistant with the Fort McMurray Public School District.
Leticia moved back home to BC in 2017 to become a mom and has been enjoying teaching and doing choreography through out the lower mainland. Leticia has extensive experience teaching students of all ages, levels, and styles. She brings a fun and positive vibe to all her classes. Her choreography has been recognized for numerous awards at competitions and festivals. She is so excited to be apart of the talent that is Legacy Dance Productions!
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.
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!
- 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)
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.