ANDREW NEMR | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Mentored by Gregory Hines, Andrew Nemr is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. An international performer, choreographer, educator and speaker, Andrew’s work explores tap dance as a vehicle for storytelling and community building. He has played with Grammy Award winning musicians across multiple genres, founded and directed the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, and co-founded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc. (along with Hines).
“A masterly tapper” (New York Times), Nemr’s work has been recognized with a TED Fellowship, acceptance into the SupporTED Collaboratorium, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative and the CUNY Dance Initiative, a FloBert Award for Tap Dance Excellence, and residencies with Quarterly Arts Soiree at Webster Hall, BRICLab, More Art’s Engaging Artists program, Surel’s Place, and the TED Residency. Nemr is recorded on the Grammy nominated recording Itsbynne Reel by Dave Eggar, the DVD Documentary and companion album Tuesdays at Mona’s by Mona’s Hot Four, and narrates the DanceTime Publications DVD, Tap Dance History: From Vaudeville to Film. An avid public speaker, Nemr now uses the story of his journey and the craft of tap dance to speak on ideas of identity, community, faith, and love.
ANNA DUECK | ACADEMY MANAGER
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
KRISTINA LINDEN | TAPCO ARTISTIC DIRECTOR + YOUTH TAP INSTRUCTOR
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 American recording artist, Mya. Her television credits include: The X-Files, Hellcats and Psych. Theatre credits include: Graziella in West Side Story (Vancouver Playhouse), Singin’ in the Rain (Tuts), Anything Goes (Metro), 42nd Street (RCMT), featured tap dancer in the Vancouver Spring Show (Queen Elizabeth Theatre).
Kristina is currently the Artistic Director of TapCo, a company based out of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society and has been a faculty member for the Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival. She has performed in Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Barcelona, and Germany. 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, Kristina is a passionate dancer, choreographer, and teacher who shares her love for performing and creating every chance she gets!
ALESIA DICICCO | TAPCO, YOUTH + ADULT TAP INSTRUCTOR
Alesia began dancing at a young age and hasn’t stopped since! She is trained in many styles of dance but has pursued tap dance most devotedly. Alesia recently graduated from SFU with her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Physiology. She is a former student of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society and a graduate of TapCo, the Society’s youth performance ensemble. In this company 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 at tap festivals in NYC and Vancouver, and is fortunate to have learned from renowned artists such as Michelle Dorrance, Lisa LaTouche, Terry Brock, Jessie Sawyers, and Danny Nielsen. For Alesia, tap dance is a passion and she finds teaching an exciting and rewarding way to share that passion.
SUSAN NASE | ADULT TAP INSTRUCTOR
Susan Nase is a tap dancer, singer, and Scottish highland dancer. In 2008 in NYC she was selected to perform with 7 other world-class tap dancers in the US tour of “Thank You Gregory! A Tribute to the Legends of Tap” featuring Maurice Hines. During her 4-year stay in NYC she had the pleasure to perform with some of the city’s top choreographers, including Bessie Award winning Michelle Dorrance, Max Pollak and his troupe Rumba Tap, and fellow Canadian Lisa LaTouche. Susan has traveled to international festivals in Spain, Turkey, Italy, USA, Brazil and Greece to perform and study tap, world and body music.
BRYN KINDERS | YOUTH + ADULT INSTRUCTOR
Bryn began dancing the age of 2. As soon as she was walking, she was tapping! Although she specializes in tap dance, she has also trained in jazz, ballet, contemporary and modern dance. Bryn has traveled the world to train with world renowned artists like Michelle Dorrance, Nicholas Young, Savion Glover, Dianne Walker and Sarah Reich. She recently traveled to NYC for 3 months to train and grow as an artist. She has performed across Canada and the USA in places including, the world stage in L.A, at Vancouver tap dance festival in the Cholly project and in Chicago on the MCA stage alongside other young professionals and masters. Bryn has an endless passion for the tap dance and its rich history and is excited to share this with her students!
TOSH SUTHERLAND | TAP ARTISTRY AND TECHNIQUE INSTRUCTOR
Tosh Sutherland is a Vancouver based tap dancer and actor. He began his training with Bonnie-Jean Anderson and has since had the opportunity to train under various tap dance instructors from all over North America. Most notably, he attended the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival under the direction of Dianne Walker with guest artists Derick Grant, Lisa La Touche, Brenda Buffalino and Lane Alexande
Tosh has been teaching and sharing all he has learned for almost a decade to all ages from 4 to 70. Recent performing credits include Danny Nielsen’s show ‘Love.Be.Best.Free” and ‘The Music Man’ with Gateway Theatre. By utilizing his previous experience and training in several arts disciplines, he brings a sense of curiousity and exploration into his teaching methods. He is very excited to be a part of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society faculty!
SARA CLOSE | YOUTH CONDITIONING INSTRUCTOR
Sara is a movement coach based in Vancouver, BC with over 20 years of dance experience. Sara draws from her extensive knowledge of the human body and her diverse dance background as an instructor, choreographer, and performer to create well-structured classes and training programs. Her focus is on providing the education and training necessary to increase mobility, strengthen joints, mitigate injury, and increase range of motion. Her goal is to guide her students on the path of strength and resiliency, ultimately providing them with the tools for a successful future in their craft.
Sara’s credits include television, film and live performances. Sara has worked as on-set dance coordinator and choreographer for short films and music videos (Iridescence, Kaleidoscope, Serpentine Fire/Raiel). She has danced in music videos for Ash Koley, Jessie Farrell, Marianas Trench and Hey Ocean; appeared in TV Commercials for TracFone, Avocados from Mexico, Zoosk, Never Stop Milk, and has performed in numerous shows and events throughout Vancouver and the US. She also trained professionally with Bravo Dance Company on the Elite Salsa Team.
Sara teaches competitive, technique, conditioning and barre fitness classes as well as movement coaching and Kinstretch throughout the lower mainland and continues to expand her knowledge of movement and the mechanics of the body.
SHELBY SIMMONS | YOUTH TAP INSTRUCTOR
Shelby was born with toes tapping! She has experience teaching both “tiny tappers,” and teenagers for Riverside Secondary’s “Anything Goes.” Shelby has her Special Education Assistant Certificate and is excited to merge her passions for education and dance at VanTap. She is determined to make students feel accomplished through a fun approach and constructive guidance.
AMANDA LAU | JAZZ + MUSICAL THEATRE INSTRUCTOR
Amanda began training in musical theatre at the age of 5 and instantly fell in love with performing arts. She is a trained vocalist and dancer in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern and street jazz. Amanda has studied with the Arts Club, Gateway Conservatory, The Landing, The danceLAB, Caulfield School of Dance and The Vancouver Tap Dance Society. As a former member of TapCo, she is thrilled to be back as a faculty member
Amanda has placed at the provincial level receiving awards and scholarships which allowed her to study with some of the world’s top professionals. As a choreographer she enjoys the creative process of collaborating with local artists and dancers.
Recent accomplishments include nominations for “Best Supporting Actress” (CTC Awards) and “Outstanding Supporting Performance” (Applause Musicals Society Ovation Awards). Theatre credits include CATS, Ragtime, Slumber Here, Bye Bye Birdie and The 39 Steps. In addition she has worked in film, music videos and print ads.
Outside of performing arts Amanda is a student at SFU, executive and dancer with the SFU Athletics Dance Team, peer mentor and board member of a non-profit society. She looks forward to sharing her passion for performing arts with her students!
BBOY GOMO | HIP HOP INSTRUCTOR
Gene Cabarroguis also known as Bboy Gomo from Calgary, Alberta. He had been selected twice to compete at Canada’s Red Bull Bc One Cypher and was also the semifinalist for the UBL Canadian Championship.
Gomo had also been selected to be apart of the Open Art Surgery, which invites artist across Canada to create a theater show directed by Crazy Smooth and Jonzi D.
A piece that Gomo -created for Open Art Surgery that year was also selected to be part of the Breaking Convention tour in Canada. He performed alongside crews such as The Tentacle Tribe (Montreal), BirdGang Dance Company (UK), Just Dance (Korea) and many more.
DAN REYNOLDS | JAZZ MUSICIAN
Dan Reynolds was born and raised in Vancouver. Growing up in a musical household, he took an interest in music from a young age. He was introduced to jazz by his father and developed a love for playing piano and writing music. After high school, Dan moved to Montreal to study at the Schulich School of music at McGill University. Here he had a chance to study piano, arranging, theory and composition with Jan Jarczyk, Chris McCann, Chet Doxas, Kevin Dean and Andre White among others. Dan played in the McGill Jazz Orchestra and worked alongside guest artists such as Phil Dwyer, John Taylor, Joe Lovano, Ben Monder, Jim McNeely and Tim Ries. He has since moved back to Vancouver where he is busy performing, composing and recording. He teaches jazz at the VSO school of music and is the music director at Brentwood Presbyterian Church. He is also artistic director of a jazz concert series at Roedde House Museum.
CALEB TEICHER | NOVEMBER 2018
As the artistic director of Caleb Teicher & Company, Caleb has presented his new dance works through The Joyce Theater, Works & Process at Guggenheim Bilbao, The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series, Queens College, LaMaMa E.T.C., Jersey Tap Festival, The 92nd Street Y, Gibney Dance, Paris Jazz Roots Dance Festival, and many others.
Teicher was named one of Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch” and, recently, the winner of Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer” in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. He has been featured in Vogue, Interview Magazine, Dance Magazine, and Dance Spirit Magazine.
Caleb has been a faculty member at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in NYC and continues to teach guest workshops at various schools and
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SAS SELFJORD | FOUNDER + FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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.