OUR FACULTY

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Sharon Boswell RAD RTS RAD TD 

PRINCIPAL & DIRECTOR

Born in Malaysia, Sharon Boswell began her early training in classical ballet, jazz, musical theatre, national/ethnic dance before moving to Vancouver in 1988 to complete her dance training and to pursue a career in dance. Sharon has completed all levels of ballet examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance, with awarded Honours and Distinction. She graduated with RAD Teachers Certification in 1991 and awarded the RAD Teaching Diploma in 1993 and has been a Registered Teacher and member of the Royal Academy of Dance for over 30 years. She has taught throughout the Lower Mainland before forming the Boswell Dance Academy in 1994. Miss Sharon as she is most often referred to, teaches the Children’s Graded and Vocational Grades of the R.A.D. Syllabi, and also coaches the Competitive Division Ballet Teams which have received high score awards as well as choreography and judges choice awards. She has personally trained and mentored teachers for the RAD, and many of her graduated students are now dancing professionally or teaching within the dance industry.

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Kathryn Carlberg RAD RTS 

Ballet, Pilates, Contemporary & Modern

Kathryn began her early training at Boswell Dance Academy and completed all 14 consecutive grades of the RAD Ballet Examinations with awarded distinction. She has also trained intensively in various other styles, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern.Kathryn performed with our top competitive teams and also excelled as a ballet and lyrical soloist. Graduating from BDA, she then trained intensively at Danzmode Productions before being accepted into S.F.U’s Modern Dance Program. She holds her Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts majoring in Dance and is also a graduate of the RAD CBTS program as well as a fully certified instructor in Pilates. Miss Kathryn is one of BDA’s most committed and beloved teachers, a creative choreographer and a member of our Admin staff.

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Michelle Bedry 

Tap, Jazz & Lyrical

Michelle is an alumni member and graduate of BDA excelling as an Elite Competitive dancer in Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Tap and Hip Hop throughout the years. She is a dedicated instructor who inspires her students with her solid technique and dynamic choreography, which have received several choreography awards and judges choice awards for her top scoring competitive routines each year. Miss Michelle is a beloved member of our studio for more than 20 years and we are so proud to have her coaching our competitive division with her artistry and great passion for dance.

Emma Best

Emma Best  

Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Ballet & Stage

Emma is a graduate of BDA and an accomplished dancer, highly trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Stage since an early age at BDA. As a performer and soloist, she competed at various competitions in the lower mainland and was an integral part of BDA’s elite competitive team awarded numerous high scoring team awards and solo high score awards each season. Emma now works in various community dance programs and is a highly committed instructor who joyfully shares her solid technique, artistry and skill with all her students. We are so happy to have Miss Emma as a dedicated member on our BDA Faculty and Admin team.

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Amanda Hodges  

Acro, Jazz & Lyrical

Amanda is a highly accomplished dancer from Vancouver, BC. She began dancing at the age of 3 and has had a strong passion for dance and a love for performing ever since. Over the years, Amanda has trained extensively in various disciplines of Jazz, Ballet, Acro, Modern, Tap, and Hip Hop, and has competed both locally and internationally. Amanda has also recently become an NCCP Level 1 trained gymnastics coach and has been coaching gymnastics under the direction of former Olympic athlete, Celestina Popa, since 2019. She has been in the classroom assisting and teaching dance since as young as age 11, and continues to be inspired by helping young dancers thrive and grow their passion for dance. It is a joy and honour to have Miss Amanda on our committed teaching team at BDA.

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Sarah Badley

Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet & Stage

Sarah started dancing at the age of 3 and has performed and competed locally as well as internationally.  She received ballet training from Sharon Boswell successfully completing all the RAD Vocational Advanced Levels of Examinations. She has also trained with renowned choreographer Rachael Poirier in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, tap, hip hop and musical theater. Sarah has had the opportunity to perform extensively in a variety of productions including Ballet Victoria and competed internationally at NYCDA. She has taken classes from renowned teachers and choreographers Joe Lanteri, Suzi Taylor. Sarah Dolan, Kristen Wicklund( Ballet BC ), Danielle Gardner, Matt Cady and Sean Smith.  Sarah is excited to be part of BDA faculty this season and looks forward to continuing to share her passion in dance.

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Steven Do     Street & Hip Hop
Steven Do is an well established Hip Hop instructor and choreographer, working with high school and college dance teams, and currently teaches choreography classes at UBC and is also a director at Unity Dance Co. He trains his students in a variety of street styles – hip hop, house, popping, whacking etc. and his dancers have placed highly in various hip hop competitions. Steven brings with him the most current and latest evolved styles to our energetic BDA Hip Hop classes. We are so thrilled to have him to our committed teaching team working with our Inter & Sr. Competitive Hip Hop Teams as well as our teen and pre-teen classes.
A personal message from Steven Do –  My training program is designed to help young dancers find their confidence, my belief is that it is not just how you look when you perform but rather how you feel about yourself when you dance. The fun and motivation part is exceptionally important to me and I look forward to meeting and dancing with everyone!”