Faculty


Lisa Fisher – Owner/Director
      I spent 18 years living the life of a parent whose daughter’s passion was dance.  My life was surrounded by dance studios, theatres, competitions, bobby pins, lipstick, tights and pointe shoes.   Little did I know that one day, when I least expected it, the opportunity to own and operate my own dance studio would become a reality and not just a dream. In 2012 I became the owner/director of DanceWest Studios and it has been an amazing and challenging adventure every day since.It is my ultimate goal to offer young dancers a safe, fun, encouraging, inspiring and nurturing environment. A place to not only learn how to dance, but to achieve their dreams.

Breanne Willett (Lillico) – Cecchetti Ballet, Stage, Lyrical, Adult Ballet
Breanne Lillico - Dance West FacultyBreanne is originally from Ladner, BC. She began her dance training at the age of 3 and continued to train in all styles of dance including: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Stage, Lyrical, Modern, and Hip Hop. She was a competitive dancer for over 13 years. During this time whe won numerous awards and scholarships.While training in Ladner she began to take extra ballet classes at The Goh Ballet in Vancouver. During her training there she was invited to perform in Ballet BC’s production of The Sleeping Beauty. She has also performed with the Royal City Youth Ballet Company which toured Disneyland with performances in Hopak, Carousel, Coppelia and The Nutcracker.  She also performed with the company on Princess Cruise lines. Breanne has also been a member of  companies such as Sidekick Players, and Gotta Sing Gotta Dance.In 2005 she moved to Winnipeg to attend The Royal Winnepeg Ballet’s teacher training program. While training there she was hired to teach Creative Movement, Primary Tap and Mighty Movers in the Recreational division of the school. She also taught at one of their satellite programs in Bimli, MB. There she taught Jazz and Ballet for all ages. Ms. Breanne is very excited to share her love and passion for ballet with the students at DanceWest Studios.


 

Ashleen Cara MacPherson- Leap n Learn, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre
Ashleen Cara MacPherson began dance at the age of 3 in Edmonton, Alberta. She has been classically trained in Cecchetti and RAD Ballet, as well as Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Contemporary, Modern and Hip Hop. Her extensive training and passion for dance won her numerous scholarships and awards, and gave her the opportunity to train with some of the best teachers and choreographers across Canada and the U.S. In 2003, Ashleen graduated from the Professional dance program at the Edmonton School of Ballet. There began her love of choreography and at the age of 16 she began teaching her own classes. Upon graduating, she was hired by Princess Cruise Lines as a dancer and entertainer, and did numerous contracts with the company. Ashleen is also a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, where she studied acting, singing, and dancing. She has also adjudicated for several vocal, dance, and talent competitions, and can be seen in various commercials, television shows, and movies. Ashleen is currently teaching and choreographing across the lower mainland in B.C. as well as working as a professional makeup artist. Ashleen cherishes being able to pass on her love and knowledge of dance to the next generation, and is grateful she is able to do so on a daily basis.

Danielle Fisher-Acro, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Stretch n Strength, Stage
Danielle FisherBorn and raised in the lower mainland, Danielle began dancing at the ripe old age of 3. When she was 4 she announced that all she ever wanted to do, was dance! She has held true to that statement and for the last 16 years has trained at some of the finest studios in the lower mainland. She completed her competitive dance training with Danzmode Productions in Burnaby, her post graduate training includes The Scholarship Program at Drive Dance Centre in Vancouver and classes at Harbour Dance Center. Danielle is classically trained in Cecchetti and R.A.D ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, tap, stage, acro and hip-hop. During her competitive dance years she participated in numerous dance competitions where she received several special awards and scholarships. Always striving to improve her craft she continuously attends classes, conventions, workshops and has traveled to Los Angeles to train at The Edge Performing Arts Center. During the later years of her dance training, Danielle discovered Acro Dance and her second passion, the circus arts, was born. She is continuing her professional circus training with the Ringmaster Program at Vancouver Circus School. Her professional credits include: dancer at Vancouver Fashion Week, performer/dancer at Miss BC 2007, dancer with vocal artist Stef Lang, dancer at the Surrey Children’s Festival, dancer with the Under Ground Circus, and as a Nuvo-Burlesque dancer in “Wonderland”. She is currently a member of Diva Girl Productions. When she isn’t dancing you will find Danielle participating in her other favorite activity, competitive cheer leading. As a certified Level 2 coach, she has spent the last 7 years training and coaching athletes at Xtreme Cheer and Dance in Langley. Danielle loves to share her knowledge and passion of dance with her students and is excited to be a member of the DanceWest family.

Amanda McLaren – Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz Tech
Trained in RAD Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary & Hip Hop. Amanda’s diverse background includes many international credits and performances. Based in British Columbia she began her professional career at the age of 16 with PRP Productions, whom she still consistently performs with. She has worked extensively in the commercial & theatre industry. Amanda has performed, taught and adjudicated throughout Europe, South America, Canada and the United States. Some of her major credits include; Canada’s Got Talent, Cirque du Soleil’s One Drop and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic/Paralympic opening & closing ceremonies. Amanda completed three contracts with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines & Princess cruise Lines. She has performed with acclaimed artists; Sarah McLachlan, Mariana’s Trench, Michael Buble, Avril Lavigne, Fefe Dobson & Johnny Ried.  She is currently signed by Premiere Talent agency in Vancouver where she choreographs locally and is the artistic director of her own tap company, TapCo.

Kiana Unger – Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz Tech, Tap
Kiana Unger grew up in a small town in Southern Alberta and began dancing at the young age of 2. Competitively training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, voiceUnknown and musical theatre at Dance Images, under the direction of her mother, Gerry Unger. Kiana used her summer as stepping stones to further her training with a variety of audition based summer intensives across Canada and the United States. She feels grateful to have trained with companies such as In’trinzik Dance Project based out of Toronto, River North Dance Chicago, The Breakthrough Movement in New York and Axis Connect in New York and Los Angeles! At the age of 17, she was accepted into the Source Dance Company under the direction of Joanne Pesusich in Vancouver! Source allowed her to work with industry leading choreographers, performing at a variety of showcases and events, some include, Sephora, the TV Show Arrow, Improv Anywhere and IYI. She has assisted for Tara-Jean Popowich, Marko Germar and Dominque Kelly. Kiana loves all aspects of dance; from training, choreographing and teaching to MCing at competitions! This last Spring, Kiana presented her first piece at Dance As Art in Lethbridge and rehearsed 16 dancers to perform behind the Mini Pop Kids for their two sold out shows in Lethbridge. You can find Kiana keeping busy as a Guest Instructor for Lethbridge Society of Independent Dance Artists, Co-Directing KC Dance Workshops: a touring 1-Day dance workshop for dancers ages 6-19, setting pieces for competition throughout Alberta and British Columbia and sharing the Progressing Ballet Technique as a certified teacher with her students!
 

Danielle Brokopp – Tap & Hip Hop

IMG_6178Danielle Brokopp fell in love with dance and the performing arts at a very young age. Starting at age six she has been trained in various styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, lyrical and musical theatre.

Danielle has had the opportunity to train in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Atlanta, Seattle and Las Vegas. She has assisted for Triple Threat Dance Convention and Jump Dance Convention. While training she has won numerous awards and scholarships such as bronze medal soloist as a Canadian soloist at the World Tap Championships, Dancer of the year runner up at the World Cup, Winnipeg Youth talent search Sr. winner, and overall scholarship recipient at Triple Threat Dance Convention.

In 2012 she moved to Vancouver to further her dance training and pursue her career. She has been a member of The Source Dance Company, KTL Co., and currently Illustrative Society.

Danielle has danced in TV/film such as “The Flash”, “Lucifer” and “Bravetown” and TV commercials for Fanta and Bose headphones. She has also done commercial videos for artists Elise Estrada and Amanda Blush. Live performances including Janet Jackson world tour Vancouver, Air Canada Vacations, Main Event, Moulin Rouge Gala and more. Danielle has worked closely with choreographers Brian Friedman, Gil Duldulao, Bobby Newberry, Zach Woodlee, Kelly Konno and Stacey Tookey.

 



Vanessa Quarinto –  Cecchetti Ballet, Performance Ballet, Jazz, Stage, Song & Dance, Voice Vanessa was born and raised in southern Italy until the age of six, when her family was fortunate enough to immigrate to Canada. At nine years old, she was finally enrolled in her vquarinto_headshotfirst ballet class — where she fell in love, and never looked back. She is classically trained in Cecchetti ballet, jazz, and lyrical. Additionally, she supplemented her dance training with active participation in various dance workshops, choirs, private voice lessons, acting classes, and musical theatre performances. After graduating high school she proceeded to obtain a degree in literature and writing from the University of British Columbia, all while performing in and choreographing local shows for charity as well as teaching in community centers and daycares throughout the lower mainland. Favourite credits include Diana Morales in A Chorus Line (Fighting Chance Productions), Iris Kelly in Fame (UBC), and choreographer for RENT (UBC). For the past six years and counting, Vanessa has enjoyed teaching dance and theatre arts to students of all ages and levels of experience. She is continually striving to learn and grow both as an artist and a teacher, and is currently working towards completing her Cecchetti Advanced 1 exam. As a teacher, she endeavors to foster a love of the performing arts, and to promote passion, self-esteem, and creative expression in all of her students.

 Caroline McCaul – Tap, Ballet, Jazz  Bio Coming


Jamie Lawson – Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Leap n Learn Bio coming

Bio Coming


Jax Hsu – Da Boyz Hip HopBio Coming


 Vic Fisher – Co-Owner, Prop/Set Design, Studio Maintenance