Executive Director: Sas Selfjord
Sas (Sandra) Selfjord, began the first phase of her career in the investment industry that began with mutual fund financial management to the hectic and demanding task as Head Stock Trader for several leading brokerage firms. In the early 80’s as consultant and educator, she developed and delivered seminars designed to empower women with financial and stock market knowledge in the successful “Women and Investing” courses.
Armed with a financial background, Sas entered the non-profit arena with BC largest non-government social service agency becoming engaged in board development, volunteer support, program delivery, risk management and governance best practices. The non-profit sector matched Sas’ values and she continued her studies completing a degree in Non-Profit Management at Simon Fraser University.
As long as she can remember, Sas has loved tap dance and through her passion for tap dance, and her knowledge and awareness of the art form evolved. At 39, she decided it was time to take some tap lessons! Thus began the tap journey; she co-founded the Vancouver Tap Dance Society in 1995 and in 1999 assumed the role of Executive Director.
Under Sas’s leadership, VanTap is recognized as an innovator leader in the promotion of tap dance and is dedicated to developing awareness of the art form.
As an advocate for the arts, Sas has been dedicated to individuals, artists, and organizations in the development of processes that strengthen community arts development. Her life is richer because of tap dance and she values the relationships within the tap community. Tap dance is a blessing in her life.
Academy Manager: Anna Dueck
Born in Calgary, Alberta Anna recently graduated from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University with a BFA in Dance. Growing up, she trained in multiple styles at an extensive arts program in her high school and for 10 years as a competitive dancer in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, pointe and hip hop. She comes to us from The Dance Centre where she worked in a variety of roles. She also is assistant to Ralph Escamillan, a Vancouver contemporary and vogueing artist.
She is a dance teacher at Roundhouse Community Centre, Jewish Community Centre, Renfrew Park Community Centre and UBC Wesbrook Community Centre and previously iDance Studios, and Baza Dance Studios. Anna most recently taught at workshops in Calgary, AB and Sidney, BC.
Her performance repertoire includes working with Crystal Pite, Gioconda Barbuto, Rob Kitsos, Gail Lotenberg, Amber Funk Barton, and most Catherine Lee of the Historical Performance Ensemble.
Reception and Marketing Administrator: Jessica Wiebe
She is a visual artist with a special love for watercolour painting and illustration. She also specializes in social media marketing and graphic design. In addition to the artsy stuff, she is an actor with experience in both stage and film and has a passion for creating and connecting with people. Joining VanTap as Reception and Marketing Administrator, she feels that this is a wonderful opportunity to do just that. Being new to the tap world, she is very excited to join the VanTap team and jump into new experiences with this awesome organization!
TapCo Artistic Director: Kristina Linden
Born and raised in Vancouver, Kristina began performing at a young age and soon developed a passion for the stage. She was seen as a principle tap dancer in the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics and has been an opening act for pop singer, Mya. Her television credits include Hellcats and Psych. Theatre credits include Graziella in West Side Story (Troy McLaughlin’s Tap Collective), Singin’ in the Rain (TUTS), Anything Goes (Metro), and 42nd Street (RCMT).
Kristina is a founding member of VanCity Sound, a Vancouver-based tap crew. She has performed in Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Barcelona, and Germany; in 2005, she represented Canada at the World Tap Dance Championships. Kristina has been heavily influenced by many tap greats such as Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. Jeni LeGon, and Dr. Harold Cromer, to name a few. Having studied education in University, she is a passionate dancer and teacher who shares her love for performing every chance she gets!
TapCo Instructor & Administrative Assistant: Alesia DiCicco
Alesia is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Physiology at SFU. She is a graduate of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society. In TapCo she performed in over 40 school and community shows and was a cast member of the touring semi- professional show “It’s About Time”. She has trained and worked with renowned artists Lisa LaTouche, Terry Brock, Jessie Sawyers, and Danny Nielsen. For Alesia, dance is a passion and she finds teaching an exciting and rewarding way to share that passion.
Bookkeeping: David Taylor
Bruce Mason – Words@Work
Michael Aihoshi – Reverie Graphics
Tim Harrison – Grants
Bonnie Allen – Public Relations
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