FACULTY

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NELA H

Founder/Director of the XBa School of Dance 

Artistic Director of The DISKORDANSE Company

 

Nela spent her childhood and young adulthood studying Russian Ballet with Maurice Lacasse-Morenoff in Montreal.  Also in Montreal she received her Premier Degré Laureat in Classical Piano Performance from l’Ecole de Musique Classique Marguerite-Bourgeoys.  Nela completed her Associate of Arts Degree in Visual Arts at Loyola Marymount College in California, and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the SFU School of Contemporary Arts in B.C.  Nela holds the British Columbia Coaching Award Certification.

 

In 1999 Nela was scouted by SkateCanada to train National, World, and Olympic figure skaters in her unique style of off-ice dance education, at the Centre of Excellence in Burnaby, BC, which she continued to do for over a decade.

 

In 2001 Nela opened XBa School of Dance in South Surrey and in 2011 Nela and the school received accreditations from UNESCO’s International Dance Council based on the school’s and Nela’s personal achievements in the world of dance. 

 

Also in 2011 Nela founded The DISKORDANSE Company and went on to complete 4 full-length original dance works and a series of short pieces for the company.  In 2013 she was the recipient of the Community Inspiration Award from the City of White Rock.

 

As a visual artist Nela designs costumes, stage makeup, props, and her innovative stage lighting designs have garnered her commissioned work from international dance companies.  Nela’s passion is creating and educating powerful dancers by blending the arts, often bridging her acrylic paints with live stage choreography.

AMADEA H

Operations Manager

Performance Program (all levels), Contemporary, Pointe, Improv

 

Amadea has been a member of the XBa School of Dance faculty for 15 years, is the studio ’s Operations Manager, and as dance teacher she specializes in Contemporary, Contemporary Pointe, and Improvisational Movement. 

 

Amadea is one of the inaugural members of The DISKORDANSE Company and has been a Principal with the company since 2013.

 

An accomplished contemporary dancer, Amadea holds a National Silver Medal in dance, First Place as Contemporary Soloist at the Surrey Festival of Dance, is also an award-wining Hip Hop soloist, and has trained extensively in Modern, Ballet and Jazz.

 

Amadea has her Certification in the XBa Method of training, and holds her International Certification in Dance Studies as accredited by UNESCO’s Conseil International de la Danse. She is a graduate of The University of British Columbia, earning a Bachelors of Arts degree, and also taught dance classes for UBC Recreation and Athletics.

JHAYMEE HIZON

Street Dance; Hip Hop, Breakdance

 

Jhaymee “Eloquence” Hizon is known and respected throughout the Lower Mainland as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and as one of the members of the infamous Now or Never Crew.  

 

Jhaymee and his crew are one of the top Bboy crews in Canada and are becoming highly regarded worldwide.  His style is a fusion of the traditional way of bboying and his own original movements.  With the “it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it” mentality, he adds style into every movement.  

 

Jhaymee has been teaching dance for over fifteen years, and has been with XBa for the last 5.  His recent accomplishments include Massive Monkee Day (Champions), Battle of the Year International (Germany), IBE (2011 Europe World Battle), and the Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics at BC Place.  

 

Jhaymee’s goal is to promote the positive side of hip hop, while preserving this powerful art form and its strong cultural presence.  Starting in September 2021, Jhaymee will be taking over the Street Dance division at XBa.

SKYE FERGUSON

Ballet

 

Skye is a former XBa student, DISKORDANSE company member, dance teacher/choreographer at Keri’s Highland Dance Studio and is studying Education at Simon Fraser University. 

 

Coming from a family full of dance teachers, Skye began dancing at the age of three and has studied Highland dance, Ballet and Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop. As an eight time B.C Provincial Highland dance representative, a B.C Highland dance Champion, and a top six Canadian Highland dancer, Skye has competed across Canada, the United States and Scotland. In 2016 Skye was accepted into the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Highland Dance Team where she spent a month in Edinburgh, Scotland and performed for over 100,000 people on Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade. 

 

Skye proudly states that she owes much of her success in Highland dance to her formal Ballet training which she studied for over 15 years. Versed in RAD and Vaganova methods, Skye has completed examinations in both as well as SDTA examinations and truly believes Ballet is the foundation of all dance. 

 

In the 2018/19 season, Skye formally joined the XBa faculty as our new Ballet teacher.

YARRA TSIAKOS
Diverse Abilities Dance, Hip Hop

After completing three full seasons in the XBa Senior Performance Groups, Yarra was a recipient of the International Certification in Dance Studies through XBa School of Dance.

An accomplished dancer, Yarra has completed her post-secondary studies and is heading our Diverse Abilities Dance classes.

Teaching Assistants

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Krista Maguire
Diverse Abilities Dance  
Ballet

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Cassandra Reader-Romo

Contemporary

Ballet

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Eva Messcu

Choreography

Guest Faculty

Cristina Bucci
Hip Hop, Nutrition

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Christian Lagasse
Tap

Aimee Kelm
Jazz

Jenn Edwards
Contact Improv, Ballet Moderne

Carolyn Zaruk
Dance Fitness

Natasha Lutz
Modern