Nikki Lock – Instructor of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary
Nikki received her early dance training at the Deborah Judt School of Dance in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She has studied various disciplines of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap, hip hop and musical theatre at many facilities including The Canadian College of Performing Arts and The Royal Winnipeg School of Ballet. Nikki loves to perform and has danced in 42nd Street with CCPA, the Nutcracker with the Alberta Ballet, Paquita with the Edmonton Festival and the Wizard of Oz with The Grande Prairie Regional College.
Nikki found her passion for teaching at an early age and has been sharing her joy of dance with students since 2004. Nikki has extensive experience coaching students for festivals, competitions and exams. Nikki has studied RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) and CDTA (Canadian Dance Teachers Association). She is also a member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association in Ballet and Jazz and an associate member in Modern.
Nikki is currently the creator and lead dance captain for a local performance troupe in Victoria, BC and is actively teaching classes and workshops throughout the city. She is a talented choreographer and loves to explore the connection of movement and sound. She has a passionate and contagious love for dance and she is enthusiastic about sharing it with others! Nikki is thrilled to be a part of our dance family at LTD!!
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Aj Kambere – Instructor of Hip Hop, Boys Hip Hop and Grooves & Tech
Aj “MegaMan” Kambere first started dancing with Fraser Heights High School dance team and was mentored and taught by choreographer Megan Jones. She was MegaMan’s first teacher who taught him how to master picking up choreography as well as freestyle in Hip Hop. Throughout the years, AJ finally met his second dance teacher Jwon who taught him Popping, where he studied and learned many different styles of the dance. Finally after exploring in the many different styles of Popping, MegaMan then met his next dance teacher Bopping Andre where he fell in love with the style called Bopping. MegaMan is now known to be one of the best Hip Hop freestylers on the Canadian west coast and one of the best robot animators in the world.
Continuing on his dance career, MegaMan has traveled around the world to battle, perform and judge in various dance conventions. Such places include: Seattle, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Halifax, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, New York, London, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Uganda, and the list goes on. MegaMan also teaches on the Vancouver Island at various studios such as Tempo Dance Academy, Vibrant Dance Studios and Carson’s School of Dance. Some of MegaMan’s choreography in hip hop and popping has placed top 3 in many dance competitions such as: Core, Nanaimo festival, Cowichan Festival, North Island festival, Next Level Hip Hop.
In addition MegaMan formed a dance crew called Heavy Hittaz along side crew member Henry “Luxurious” Mah which has become internationally known, and has given back to local communities as well as developing international projects. Such projects include starting a dance battle called Vancouver BattleZone. The purpose of this battle was to raise money to build a cafeteria at Rwentutu Primary School in Kasese Uganda. Finally after doing BattleZone for 4 years, they finally finished their project and hope to move onto other projects to help those in need.
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Bonnie Cuthbertson – Studio Owner & Instructor
Bonnie is the proud owner and creator of LT Dance Studio. Born just outside Toronto Ontario, Bonnie was exposed to the world of dance at a very young age. Her passion for movement and music began at the young age of three. Bonnie has a strong background in Hip Hop and Jazz. She has also trained in Ballet, Contemporary Modern and Lyrical, “It has always been my goal to be a well-rounded dancer”. Bonnie began instructing dance in 2006 on Vancouver Island. She has since travelled back and forth across Canada, continuously expanding her knowledge within the dance industry. Anyone who knows Bonnie, knows she has a competitive spirit and motivational drive. Her favorite aspects of dance include teaching, performing and continuously developing new skills. Bonnie is thrilled to open the doors of LTD and offer her students an opportunity to develop their skills. Most importantly, she wishes to inspire her students to dream big and “Make it happen!”
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Kienan Martin – Instructor of Hip Hop, Boys Hip Hop and Grooves & Tech
Kienan is originally from Alberta, where he was first introduced to Hip Hop. He has been on Vancouver Island long enough now to call it home. Kienan has taken many different Hip Hop classes from several instructors through his studio training. He has a strong passion for Popping and the technical skills it requires. Kienan was first inspired by Blueprint of Dragon House and used his inspiration as fuel to pursue further training.
Kienan has been a “protégé” of MegaMan, Aj Kambere, for several years and has been focused on advancing his skills. He has competed as a dancer and choreographer at many competitions and battles on Vancouver Island, Vancouver and as far as Seattle, often placing in top three. Kienan has an inspirational teaching style and has found surprise in realizing how much he enjoys working with young kids. He has created and operated instructional camps for all ages and has been teaching under the direction of MegaMan for several years. Kienan looks forward to working with our students at LT Dance Studio and continuing his journey of dance.
Honorary Instructors we’ll never forget:
Amanda Gray – Former instructor of Ballet/Pointe, Contemporary Modern, Jazz and Tap
Amanda is a principal dancer and a co-founder of Ballet Étoile Canada. She graduated from the Canadian Collage of Performing Arts and received a Bachelor of Science with Distinction from the University of Victoria before joining Canadian Pacific Ballet in 2007. Her favorite credits with Canadian Pacific Ballet include Zylphia in Harlequin’s Piano, Emily in Emily, a Woman in White, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Morgab in La Source. She also recently appeared in A Closer Walk with PatsyCline and My Fair Lady with Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Amanda is an Advanced Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance, and is certified in all nine grades of the Al Gilbert Graded Tap Technique. She has also trained extensively in Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary. Amanda is extremely thrilled to be able to pass her passion for dance on to others.
Danielle Wilder – Former instructor of Contemporary Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz and Lyrical