Summer Programs

Meet your Summer Guest Instructors

July 4 – 30, 2022

Meet your esteemed and world-renowned guest instructors for this year's 2022 Junior and Senior Summer Intensive.

Mr. Sterling Baca - International Guest Instructor (July 4 to 16)

Principal Dancer, Philadelphia Ballet

Sterling Baca began his training at age 11 at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and later with world-renowned instructor German Zamuel. He then studied with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), before joining the Philadelphia Ballet, formerly Pennsylvania Ballet, as a Principal Dancer for the 2016/2017 season. Since joining, he has tackled featured and principal roles in a varied repertoire that includes full-length ballets such as Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella (Prince); Angel Corella’s Le Corsaire (Conrad), Swan Lake (Prince), and The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Desire); and Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet (Romeo). He has also performed in contemporary works like Brian Sanders’ Chicken Bone Brain, or a more classical approach such as in George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Jewels, and Western Symphony (Fourth Movement).

Mr. RunQiao Du - International Guest Instructor (July 18 to 30)

Artistic Director, Kirov Academy & Founder, Runqiao Du Ballet Coaching

Mr. Du was born in Shanghai, China. At the age of 11, he was selected and awarded scholarship to study at the famed Shanghai School of Dance. Upon graduating with honors, Mr. Du moved to the United States to begin his performing career with The Washington Ballet. During his nearly 20-year tenure with TWB, he performed various leading roles in classical and neoclassical ballets including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Prince in Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, and the Cavalier in The Nutcracker.

In 2019, Mr. Du became the Artistic Director of the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C., and is the founder and Artistic Director of “Runqiao Du Ballet Coaching”, an online ballet program that provides quality live ballet lessons for worldwide access.

Ms Fiona Smith - Associate Director, Junior School

NBS DIP. & ARAD

Fiona Smith has provided guidance and leadership for the Goh Ballet’s Junior Division for over a decade, choreographing award-winning pieces, providing coaching for international competitions, and leading preparations for all levels of RAD examinations in the Academy

A graduate of the National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program and the London Studio Centre in London, England, Fiona Smith has taught ballet in Japan, Toronto and Vancouver as well as in Missouri, Montana for the VIBE Competition. Her formal training began at Goh Ballet Academy, where she performed and toured throughout B.C., France and China with the Goh Ballet Youth Company. She then toured England with London Studio Centre’s Images of Dance working with choreographers such as Geoffrey Cauley, Michael Corder and Harold King.

Ms. Tanya Phelps - Associate Director, Outreach & Special Projects

Tanya Phelps has an extensive background in classical ballet as well as jazz, tap, modern, hip hop and flamenco. She received her professional training at Kirov Academy of Ballet, Goh Ballet Academy and Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal before joining the Goh Ballet Company in 2001. Having completed examinations with honours in the Royal Academy of Dance and the Ukrainian Academy of Dance, Ms. Phelps has also toured throughout Asia and Canada with Goh Ballet’s Youth Company performing in varied repertoire such as: Giselle, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Fairy Doll, Balanchine’s Serenade, La Fille Mal Gardee and numerous neo-classical pieces. In 2005 she was part of Guangdong TV’s reality show “Future Stars of Tomorrow”, where she performed as an actress and dancer as well as choreographed pieces for them while touring throughout Asia and Europe.

Ms. Phelps has been a teacher at the Goh Ballet Academy for over 10 years and is Associate Director of Goh Ballet’s Outreach & Special programs. Ms Phelps completed her ballet teacher training with Goh Ballet’s 3-year certificate teacher’s course working closely with Mrs. Lin Yee Goh and Professor Xu Ding Zhong of Beijing Dance Academy, where she studied the Vaganova teaching methods and syllabus.

Ms. Isabel Yuan - Ballet Instructor

R.A.D Dual & Solo Seal Examiner

Isabel Yuan was born in China where she studied classical Ballet at the Beijing Dance Academy (the National Ballet of China), and graduated with distinction in all subjects. Ms. Yuan danced professionally as a principal ballet dancer for 15 years with the Tani Ballet Company in Tokyo, Japan and performed internationally in the most famous classical ballets such as Don Quixote, La Sylphide, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia, Cinderella and Swan Lake among others. After sustaining dance injuries, Ms. Yuan retired from dancing and came to Canada to study at the National Ballet School of Canada to obtain her professional dance teacher training in Toronto. She has over two decades of teaching experience and this includes guest teaching at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School of Canada, the Beijing National Ballet School, and the National Ballet School of New Zealand.

Ms. Yuan’s teaching credentials include: the National Ballet Professional Dancer Teaching Certification (NBS. P.D.T.C.), Imperial Society Teachers of Dancing, Advanced Certification and Associate Certification (A.I.S.T.D.), Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certification (R.A.D. TC.). Ms. Yuan was appointed as a Vocational Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance in 2005, and has been a Dual Examiner since 2011.

Ms. Tyra Sergeant - Ballet Instructor

R.A.D. RTS

With an extensive background of professional teaching experience, Tyra has been recognized for her dancing, choreography, and teaching throughout her career. She began training extensively in classical ballet at the age of three, and later complimented this with modern, jazz, and musical theatre. Tyra has been passionate about teaching from a very young age. After graduating, she pursued her Teaching Certificate at Simon Fraser University while continuing to teach ballet.

Ms. Mann Pan - Ballet Instructor

R.A.D. RTS

Mann Pan received her professional ballet training at Guangzhou Ballet. She graduated with distinction after 6 years of training in the Vaganova methods and syllabus, as well as extensive training in Chinese classical and folk dance. As a performer, Ms. Pan toured extensively in China, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong performing in repertoire such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Nutcracker. In 2006, she received her certificate of Ballet Teaching and Certificate of Chinese Dance Teaching from the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy.

In 2008, Ms. Pan came to Vancouver and continued her passion for dance by joining the Professional Advanced program at Goh Ballet. She completed her 3-year Teaching Certificate, and later became an RAD Certified Teacher for the Academy.

Ms. Katherine Somody - Ballet Instructor

Katherine Somody began her dance training at a young age where she developed her lifelong love of dance. Ms. Somody received her dance training in Goh Ballet Academy's Senior Professional Division, where she toured China and Japan performing in varied repertoire, including: Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and Balanchine’s Serenade. She holds a BA in Art History from UBC and the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and an MFA (Performance Art & Dance) from Cornell University in New York. Ms. Somody has had the privilege to perform, choreograph, and teach in Berlin, Paris, New York, Halifax and Vancouver. In addition to continual ballet teacher training, Katherine has also trained in various functional movement methodologies, including Countertechnique, Axis Syllabus, Developmental Movement Patterning (Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals), Contact Improvisation, the Franklin Method and Gaga. She is also a certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) instructor. With a fascination for the intersection of Ballet and Somatic practices, Katherine continues to be impressed by the confidence, courage, creativity and grace of the dancers she works with.

Ms. Makayla Moore - Musical Theatre

Makayla is a professional dancer, actor and educator. She grew up in Calgary where she trained competitively at Drewitz Dance Productions. After receiving a scholarship to Harbour Dance Centre, Makayla moved to Vancouver to join The Source Dance Company while enrolled in Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Program. Since graduating in 2014, she has had the pleasure of performing on both stage and screen, across Canada and throughout the world. Credits include Toronto Raptors Dance Pak (NBA Dancer), Crazy for You (Citadel/Theatre Calgary), Ross Petty Panto (The Elgin), Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot (The Arts Club), Grease, Footloose (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Evita (Vancouver Opera), James and the Giant Peach (CTYP) and a featured dancer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Makayla was also the assistant director/choreographer to Josh Epstein and Shelley Stewart Hunt on Studio 58’s recent production of Cabaret, and will be performing in The Arts Club’s upcoming production of Kinky Boots.

Ms. Jennifer Lynch - Musical Theatre

Jennifer Lynch (she/her) is a performer, teacher, and choreographer based on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She has
been dancing for over two decades, and has trained extensively in jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, ballet, and Musical Theatre. She is a graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program, and has been working professionally in and around Vancouver since graduating in 2016. Most recently, Jennifer had the privilege of performing as one of the core dancers in Al Wasl Plaza at the 2020 World Expo hosted in Dubai. Select performance credits
include Beauty and The Beast, Mamma Mia (Arts Club Theatre Company- Ovation Award Winner), Mamma Mia (Chemainus Theatre Festival), The Music Man (Gateway Theatre), Anything Goes, Cabaret (RCMT), West Side Story (Theatre Under The Stars), The Nutcracker (Caravan Farm Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (URP- Ovation Award
Winner) and All Shook Up (Keyano Theatre).

Ms. Katrina Leppanen - Pilates & Body Conditioning

Katrina grew up dancing in North Vancouver. After an injury took her away from a professional dance career, she discovered and fell in love with other forms of movement. Katrina now teaches Lagree, ballet, barre, and pilates mat/reformer. With a welcoming approach to all styles of teaching, Katrina believes that movement is for everyone. Her fulfillment teaching comes from helping her students get to know their unique bodies and what they need and are capable of. Katrina loves teaching dancers and is knowledgeable about how to effectively condition their bodies to support their art.

Ms. Mariana Moraes - Contemporary

Mariana Moraes is a dance artist who is known for her impeccable classical and contemporary technique and her ability to share it with her students. Born in Belem, Brazil, Mariana has been training and performing since the age of six, when she first fell in love with ballet. She was invited to participate in the postgraduate dance program Lamondance, in Vancouver, Canada where she developed her creativity and passion for contemporary and modern dance. She is Certified Ballet Instructor with American Academy of Ballet (N.Y.C., New York).

Ms. Margaret Grenier - Contemporary Coastal Indigenous Dance

Executive & Artistic Director, Dancers of Damelahamid

Margaret is the Executive and Artistic Director for the Dancers of Damelahamid. She choreographed Setting the Path (2004), Sharing the Spirit (2007), Spirit and Tradition (2009), as well as the multimedia contemporary dance productions Spirit Transforming (2012), Flicker (2016), and Mînowin (2019). Margaret has directed and produced the Coastal Dance Festival since 2008. Margaret holds a Masters of Arts in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University and a B.Sc. from McGill University. She was a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University for Foundations in Aboriginal Education, Language, and Culture in 2007. Margaret was a faculty member for the Banff Centre Indigenous Dance Residency 2013.

Toronto Summer Programs

Junior & Senior Summer Intensives (Ages 7-16+)

July 4 – 30, 2022
7-16+

Comprehensive summer programs for dedicated students and aspiring professionals

Comprehensive summer programs for dedicated students and aspiring professionals Goh Ballet’s International Summer Intensives for Senior and Junior level students offer comprehensive educational programs that are specifically designed to assist each dancer gain technique, learn new choreographic repertoire and challenge themselves to strive for excellence. Opportunities are offered for varying levels of students.

“Our state of the art studios, located in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada, provide the perfect setting for your dancer to grow their professional dance education! We offer the most sought-after guest teachers, a strong classical curriculum and a selection of opportunities for your dancer to develop their talents and reach their full potential.” Chan Hon Goh C.M., Director

During our four-week summer program, students will be assessed for possible acceptance into Goh Ballet’s annual programs including the Junior School and Senior Professional Division.

Scholarships are available for both national and international students. Goh Ballet is committed to fostering talent and supporting families needing financial assistance. More information is available upon acceptance into the program.

Senior International Summer Intensive

Goh Ballet’s International Senior Summer Intensive is especially designed for students age 14+ who are focused on exploring a professional career in dance. Participants are instructed and mentored by some of the most distinguished annual faculty members as well as prominent guest instructors. Training six days a week this intensive features a curriculum that includes Classical Ballet, Musical Theatre, Mime/Dance Acting, Pas de Deux, Repertoire, Contemporary, Men’s Work, Pilates and Health and Well-being. Programs are structured to nurture each student’s individuality to best prepare them for their future careers. Through dedicated instruction which propell progress, participants will reach new artistic heights and gain invaluable mentorship to aid career development.

Admittance is by invitation only. Please visit our Auditions page for details. If you are unable to attend any of the auditions in person, video auditions are accepted for students residing out-of-town or international students.

Curriculum:
  • Classical Ballet
  • Ballet Repertoire/ Variations
  • Progressive Ballet Technique
  • Technique Development/ Men's Work
  • Musical Theatre/Theatrical Performance/Mime
  • Pilates/ Body Conditioning
  • Showcase Demonstration Presentation

Junior Summer Intensive

The Junior Summer Intensive for students ages 7 to 14 is a unique program designed to accelerate technical ability and performance skills. Classes with guest and annual faculty members are held five days per week, tailored to elevate artistic understanding. Introduction to stylistic influences such as Bournonville, Petipa and Balanchine will be incorporated into weekly training and repertoire work.

Also included in the curriculum are National Dances, Stretch and Body Conditioning as well as Dance Acting supporting students with a well-balanced outlook into the world of dance! The culmination of student’s progress and achievements will be shown at a special presentation for friends and family during the final week.

For children younger than 7, please see information on our themed week long Children’s Summer Dance Workshops.

Curriculum:
  • Classical Ballet
  • Ballet Repertoire/Variations
  • Technique Development
  • Character/National Dance
  • Musical Theatre/Theatrical Performance/Mime
  • Pilates/Body Conditioning
  • Demonstration Presentation

Children’s Weekly Summer Dance Workshops (Ages 4-7)

Ages 4-7

Nurture your child’s creativity and love for dance with Goh Ballet’s summer workshops designed for budding dancers aged 4-7. Themed weekly workshops held for boys and girls incorporate familiar characters, stories, music, as well as arts and crafts sessions to encourage self-expression and inspire the imagination. These summer workshops will develop confidence and kindle imagination. Seven fun and familiar themes to choose from.

2022 Workshops:

Dates & Themes:

July 4 to 8, 2022 - Frozen
July 11 to 15, 2022 - The Little Mermaid
July 18 to 22, 2022 - Encanto
July 25 to 29, 2022 - Cinderella
August 8 to 12, 2022 - Moana
August 15 to19, 2022 - Alice in Wonderland
August 22 to 26, 2022 - Mulan

How to Register

These weekly workshops do not require an evaluation assessment for placement. Please contact us to register today. Spaces fill quickly due to class size restrictions.

Star Level 1, 2 & 3 Summer Ballet (Ages 5-10)

July 4 – 30, 2022
Ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10

A program for students ages 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10 to nurture a passion for dance!

Over the course of this four week program, students will focus on refining the fundamentals of their ballet technique, expanding their dance vocabulary as well as developing an understanding of musicality and performance interpretation. Students will learn story telling through mime, whilst developing their balance, coordination and focus. Jazz classes are also included for Star Levels 2 & 3 to encourage versatility and expressiveness.

The Star Level ballet programs are tailor-made for students looking for a program which meets less frequently, but who wish to keep up their dancing over the summer. Star Level 1 & 2 classes will be delivered twice per week between July 4 – 30, 2022. Star Level 3 will meet three times per week.

Pre-School Summer Ballet (Ages 4 & 5)

July 4 – 30, 2022
Ages 4&5

A program for students ages 4 and 5 to inspire a love of movement, music and creativity!

Blossoming little dancers will explore the magic of dance while developing their understanding of basic ballet technique. Classes will focus on simple movements to help improve flexibility, balance and coordination. A great introduction to the world of ballet, during these energetic classes students will also develop a sense of rhythm and musicality, alongside being encouraged to use their imagination and show creativity.

Classes will take place once per week, making this is program perfect for families whose busy schedules cannot accommodate a week-long workshop!

Starting Classical Ballet (ages 8+)

July 4 – 30, 2022
8-11

A four-week fast track program taking place twice weekly between July 4 – 30, 2022 for students ages 8 and up with little or no dance experience who are ready to progress! For new students seeking a program to propel them to work to their best potential, Starting Classical Ballet is a wonderful chance to build foundational ballet skills and learn vocabulary whilst working with our esteemed faculty.

Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of ballet including beginning steps, terminology, musicality, focus, and expression preparing them for progression into our annual training programs. Throughout the Starting Classical Ballet program students will gain strength, focus, coordination and self-confidence. This stimulating program delivered in-studio twice weekly is perfect for helping aspiring dancers to reach the next step in their development, and fall in love with ballet along the way.

Competition Variations & Choreographic Explorations Workshop (Ages 9-16+)

August 15-20, 2022
Ages 9-11, 12-14, 15-19+

For the first time, during this exclusive week-long Competition Variations and Choreographic Explorations Workshop, students will be challenged to expand on their technical and artistic development to explore diverse approaches to the creative process. This six day workshop will guide students through two competition variations and two choreographic creations which will enable tremendous insight on professional etiquette and expectations.

For the Choreographic Explorations portion, the focus will be on learning structural themes and physical codes through phrasing from a choreographer. Featuring daily classes in ballet and contemporary, students will be challenged to create and put concepts to form to gain an added layer of physical and emotional personification.

Over the course of the week, participants will be encouraged to embrace their creativity which will allow for artistic advantages, attaining a better grasp of the competition and choreographic process.

Goh Get Ready: Jump Start to the New School Year & Stay Ahead (Ages 5-16+)

6 Day Workshop
Ages 5-10, & 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 15-19+

Prepare to get back to ballet for the new school year during this pre-season workshop designed to reinvigorate students’ goals. Refresh your knowledge of vocabulary, brush up on technique and execution and get back in to shape before the beginning of the new term so that you are ready to challenge yourself to push personal boundaries in the studio.

Through classes in ballet, pointe/ men’s work, contemporary, yoga, Pilates and cardio with stretch students will be encouraged to reconnect with their artistry and musicality as well as rebuild strength, stamina and improve flexibility.

Working with Goh Ballet’s esteemed faculty, don’t miss this opportunity to prepare for success and give yourself a head start on your training for the new dance year! (Full day and half day options available)

Star Level 1, 2 & 3 Goh Get Ready

For students who would prefer a less intensive refresher to dance, the Star Level 1, 2 & 3 Goh Get Ready programs will meet for classes three times a week between August 22-27, 2022. Classwork will focus on a review of ballet steps and vocabulary coupled with pilates and conditioning or jazz stretch to make sure students are prepared to put their best foot forward when they get back into the studio in September!

Star Level 1 - Ages 5&6
Star Level 2 - Ages 7&8
Star Level 3 - Ages 9&10

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Health & Safety

The health and safety of our students, staff and community are of the utmost importance to us at Goh Ballet. We follow and adhere to all provincial government and health authority guidelines, and Goh Ballet’s updated Communicable Disease Prevention Policy includes comprehensive sanitization procedures, requirements for all staff, faculty, pianists and students to self-screen prior to coming to the Academy. We acknowledge that the pandemic is ever evolving and are committed to actively monitoring and updating our solutions to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all our students, families, faculty, pianists, and staff.