Arthur Murray Staff hold certification with the World Professional Dance Teacher's Association (WPDTA) and/or the Canadian Dance Teachers' Asscociation (CDTA).
Arthur Murray Dance Teachers:
Christy - Instructor
Christy brings a remarkable energy and enthusiasm to our teaching team. She has been an avid dance enthusiast her whole life. Christy’s dance background includes jazz and interpretive dance in addition to Ballroom and Latin dancing. She has had the opportunity to hone her Latin dance skills working with professionals in Cuba, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
An experienced performer, Christy’s musical theatre credits are many: performing, directing and choreographing in such productions as “Broadway Fever”, “Wizard of Oz” and “Guys and Dolls” among many. Her competitive theatre awards include many top placements both as an individual and in group competition.Arthur Murray Coquitlam/Tri-Cities is proud and thrilled to have such a dynamic and well versed personality to help you achieve your dance goals.
Johnny - Instructor
Johnny is keenly interested in people and their personal development on a holistic level - the balance between our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves.
He is an avid reader with an interest in books focusing on personal development, psychology as well as human behaviour, communication and interaction. He has diplomas in varied disciplines such as Business Management, Life Skills Coaching and Wellness Counselling and Computer Information Systems and has tutored pupils in such fields as computer skills, math and accounting and was an official instructor for Young Drivers of Canada.
While Johnny loves doing yoga and Tai Chi, he has also participated in competitive sports such as captain of Maple Ridge Knights football club and has earned a variety of medals in dragon boat racing. He also enjoys ultimate Frisbee, rollerblading, skiing and indoor hockey.
Johnny’s skills in human relations combined with his commitment to helping others to become all that they can be is a great asset in our studio and we are fortunate to have him as part of our Arthur Murray team.
Barbara Lynn - Instructor
Barbara Lynn started dancing ballet at the age of 4 and added jazz, tap and figure skating soon after. Her first professional performance was in the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company’s version of the “Nutcracker” at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at the age of 10.
Not long after, she joined the professional division of the Vancouver Goh Ballet and later the training company. She toured China with the company in 1994. Her education has included coaching with trainers from the Royal Winnipeg and National Ballet Schools.
Barbara Lynn also has experience in modern, contemporary as well as Irish dancing. She has fallen in love with Ballroom and Latin dance styles and brings not only her amazing dance background and love of movement but also her fun personality to our school.
Darek - Instructor
Darek's interests are wide ranging and varied. He has studied philosophy, psychology, history, kinesiology and martial arts to name a few. His hobbies include basketball, singing, reading, Brazilian jiujitsu, computers and of course, dancing!
He is an avid reader with an intense interest in human movement and communication. He is fascinated by the process of learning and is continually searching for more ways to facilitate and expedite the learning process. His pursuit of excellence in teaching is a daily goal and he is always open to new ideas and advancements that will help his students get the most out of their lessons.
His positive outlook and a keen interest in learning and development makes him a committed and focused instructor and we are excited to have him as part of our Arthur Murray Tri-Cities' team.
Vanessa - Instructor
Vanessa's bright personality and boundless energy bring a wonderful enthusiasm to our team. She started her dance education with ballet and tap at a young age.
Her artistic talents extend to fashion and cosmetics with a Diploma in Makeup Artistry from the Blanche MacDonald Centre.
Vanessa loves all types of music (especially Country :)) and is always dancing even when no music is playing! We are thrilled to have such an energetic, vibrant and multi-faceted instructor as part of our Arthur Murray Coquitlam/Tri-Cities school.
Brent - Franchisee/Director - New Student Department
Barbara - Franchisee/Director - Advanced Student Department
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