Faculty
 
 

Shani Wendell

Director - Dance

Jazz · Tap · Lyrical · Pre-school

Shani has been teaching dance in the Okanagan Valley since 1993, and she opened LCSD in 2000. She is an award-winning instructor & choreographer, an adjudicator, a member of the Canadian Dance Teacher's Association, and also a certified Stott Pilates instructor. She has choreographed and produced dozens of stage shows including "Cats," "Grease" and " Chicago " with the Full Moon Theatre Company.

She was awarded the 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year' twice from the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce and the YM/YWCA's 'Young Woman of Distinction Award' in 2004. She is active in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Country and the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce. Shani was also a 2007/2008 ambassador and model for the clothing store, Lululemon.

 

 

Salena Lamb

Director - Gymnastics

Gymnastics · Pilates · Acro · Early dance

Salena Lamb has been coaching gymnastics since 1994 and has been teaching acro and early dance with LCSD since 2003. Salena has recently launched Lake Country Gymnastics and is excited to bring her years of experience and passion for coaching to a new full service gymnastic program here in Lake Country. She is certified through Gymnastics B.C. and is currently completing her level 2. What salena enjoys most about teaching and coaching is building the students’ social and motor skills and, most importantly, their confidence through gymnastics and dance.

Salena has also been actively involved with Pilates for more than 10 years and is certified to teach mat, reformer and chair. She continues to instruct Pilates at a number of Central Okanagan centers, including Rutland Physiotherapy, Bodyz In Motion fitness center, and LCSDG.

 

 

Loretta Lachner

Ballet

Loretta received her teacher's training in London , England at the College of the Royal Academy of Dance, where she graduated with a diploma in the Teaching of Dance, as well as becoming a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance: an honor only given to those who graduate from the Academy in London . Upon graduation, she taught in London for a year and then moved to Edmonton where she taught for 11 years as the Ballet Director of Castle Downs School of Dance. Loretta had the opportunity to travel twice to St. Petersburg , Russia to study in the Russian Vaganova ballet technique, a method in which such famous dancers as Nureyev and Baryshnikov were trained. In 1995, Loretta moved to Kelowna , and since then she has taught at several different studios and today continues to teach and adjudicate throughout BC, Alberta , Saskatchewan , and the US .

 

 

Vicki View

Jazz · Lyrical · Tap · Hiphop · Ballet

Vicki was born and raised in Saskatchewan. She is a versatile dancer, teacher, and choreographer in wide range of genres including Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet, Pointe, and Musical Theatre. She expanded her training while studying at the Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex in L.A., the Source Dance Company and Ruckus Dance Productions of Vancouver as well as the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto. Alongside her training, she has worked with Groove Street Productions and Triple Threat Dance Convention as a demonstrator and assistant for their Canadian Tour.

She has worked extensively in film and television. Some of her credits include: Rivella, Lil' Romeo, Kyle XY, and Disney Productions. Vicki travelled throughout Europe, Asia, and South America performing with notable companies such as the Canadian Forces Show Tour, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Lamondance. While being a performer, Vicki has been teaching and choreographing for 12 years within Canada and internationally where her choreography has received award recognition. In addition, she is also a choreographer and adjudicator for the International Dance Seminar of Brasilia and the National Dance Championships of Canada.

Vicki continues to expand her knowledge and to grow as an artist by consistently studying and exploring the most current and up to date styles of dance. She is absolutely thrilled to be able share her knowledge and passion for dance with all of her students. 

 

 

Kimberly Flello

Hiphop · Early dance · Acro · Jazz · Tap

Kimberly is a well-rounded professional dancer, choreographer and instructor from the Okanagan, fully trained in a variety of dance styles. After her local training, Kimberly moved to Vancouver in order to broaden her dance education and career opportunities. She was accepted into Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program (ITP), The Source Dance Company, La Chaleur female dance ensemble and the Exult Dance Company. As a multi-company member, Kimberly had the privilege of training in all styles of dance, working with world-renowned choreographers, performing on countless stages and touring British Columbia. Kimberly is also a self-represented professional dancer with film, television and industrial experience. Some recent credits include: Jazzy B’s “Nakhro” music video, the CFL’s BC Lions opening ceremony and halftime shows, RELATE: The Documentary and Environment Canada’s Birthday Celebration.

In addition to performing, Kimberly has a strong passion for teaching and choreographing. She thrives on sharing her knowledge and helping other dancers grow to their full potential. Kimberly currently instructs dance, fitness and children’s yoga classes at multiple studios.

 

 

Jaicee Payette

Jazz · Lyrical · Tap · Ballet · Contemporary

Jaicee is a multi-faceted instructor and choreographer from the Okanagan valley, with extensive training in a variety of genres of dance including; Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical and Contemporary. She began her dance career at a young age, competing locally before joining a tour group that would take her to perform shows in Mexico, and Los Angeles. She is very passionate about spreading her love of dance to her students, and thoroughly enjoys teaching others to perform through such a wonderful art form.

 

 

Christia Langlois

Gymnastics · Circus · Acro

Christia Langlois has had a passion for circus and gymnastics since she was a small child in France.

She began training in gymnastics when she was 8, and learned to juggle, to do poi and fire breathing as a young teenager. Christia then attended a circus school in the south of France, and at the age of 17, spent a year in Finland to learn extended circus practices such as “acro yoga” (the modern name). Christia continued to practise both circus and gymnastics in Fontenay-sous-bois, near Paris, and became a certified instructor level 2 in gymnastics and a trained instructor in Active Start.

Christia move to Chile in 2008 where she continued teaching gymnastics in a daycare, inventing and creating equipment. With her husband and children, she moved next to Canada in 2012, and began coaching gymnastics with LCDG in 2013. She has since completed the certification level 1 with BC Gymnastics and completed the level 2 training.

Christia’s knowledge and experience in circus arts is a foundation for LCDG in their new circus program which includes aerial classes: silk trapeze and hoop, juggling classes, balls, poi, ring, devil sticks, balance: unicycle, slack line, hand standing, acro and more.

 

 

Nikki Burke

Gymnastics

Nikki has been involved with gymnastics for more than 20 years and has been coaching locally in Lake Country and the Okanagan for the past eight years. She is certified through Gymnastics B.C. and is currently completing her level 2 certification. Nikki has brought her experience and passion to Lake Country Gymnastics this past year, and is excited to pass on her knowledge and love for the sport. Nikki recognizes the value in gymnastics as she helps children of all ages excel through the sport, gaining confidence, coordination and skills that will be valuable in all their future activities.

 

 
Guest Instructors and Choreographers
 

 

Sarah Christine Smith

Jazz · Lyrical · Hip-hop

After completing a year scholarship at the world-renowned dance studio, EDGE Performing Arts in Los Angeles . Sarah kick off her dance career in a small but memorable role in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. From there she worked on other movies such as the next 2 Austin Powers, She's All That, Scream 2, Not Another Teen Movie, Orange County, Like Mike, Down With Love, Click and more recently Year One, Spring Breakdown and Johnny Depp's upcoming animated film Rango. She's worked on the TV shows "The O.C.", "THe Suite Life of Zack and Cody", "That 70's Show", "Cold Case", "Drake and Josh", "What About Brian" and "CSI:NY". She's traveled the world with artists Paul McCartney, toured with Britney Spears and worked with artists such as Carrie Underwood, Justin Timberlake, Lenny Kravitz and Daniel Powter. Throughout her career she's also found the time to teach and choreograph and has traveled across the US with companies such as LADF , LA Dance Magic and Showstoppers. Dance is her passion and she loves to share that with her students.

 

 

Josh Beamish

Josh Beamish, Artistic Director of MOVE: the company, began dancing under the direction of his mother Loretta Lachner in Edmonton , Alberta and Kelowna , BC . Upon moving to Vancouver , Josh continued his training at Pacific DanceArts, and began his career as an assistant choreographer, dance captain or dancer on various feature films and television shows including "The Wicker Man" with Nicholas Cage, "The Cleaner" and "Totally Awesome" with choreographer Paul Becker and the Nickelodeon network's "Spectacular". Josh was also one of the choreographers involved in the Steve Rosenberg's film "Divine Waters" for Bravo!FACT. As a performer he has been seen in the works of Vancouver-based choreographers David Raymond, Amber Funk Barton and Simone Orlando. Outside of MOVE: the company, his works have recently been performed by Toronto Dance Theatre, Halifax Dance, Ballet Kelowna, Dance Saskatchewan, the Universities of Alberta and Missouri, Ballet Jorgen, the Bellingham Repertory Company and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance in Kansas City. He is the 2009 recipient of a City of Vancouver Mayor 's Arts Award, a 2008 Globe and Mail Dance Award and of artistic residencies at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, the Shadbolt Centre, the Norman Rothstein and Clarke Theatres, the University of Alberta and the Banff Centre. Josh recently participated in a choreographic session facilitated by the New York Choreographic Institute, involving the students of the School of American Ballet (New York City Ballet).

 

 

Sam Crossley

Sam has been dancing in the Kelowna area for over eight years. Over those years, she has earned a number of scholarships including dancing at the EDGE Performing Arts Centre in Los Angeles , L.A. Dance Force, The Vibe, Rocky Mountain Dance Project as well as many cash scholarships. In 2008, she auditioned for and became part of Moveo Performing Company in Portland , Oregon . During her time with the company, she was able to travel and perform around the U.S. in pieces such as Monsters of Hip Hop, Mosaic (an international showcase), Whitman Colleges Best Dance Crew, All That Jazz Dance Studio 20th Anniversary show, where she performed with world class instructors such as Jillian Meyers, Wes Veldink and Scott Hislop. In December 2008, she landed a lead role in the professional production of "The Perfect Christmas". While she lived in Portland , she trained at one of the top 50 studios in the U.S. and had the opportunity to train under the direction of Wade Robson, Twitch, Laurieann Gibson, Shane Sparks, Sonya Tayeh, Tyce Diorio, Napoleon and Tabitha, Luther Brown, Brian Friedman and Mr. Wiggles. Aside from performing, Sam has most recently choreographed for the award winning Canadian artist, Zane Gold, for the B.C. Interior Music awards. She has also worked with Pageants, Dance Teams, and teachers throughout the Okanagan for School District 23. In Sam's years of teaching she has received many choreography awards in Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical and Musical Theatre at different competitions and festivals. Sam loves performing, teaching and choreographing and continues to train in all forms of dance.

 

 

Christie Saunders

Christie grew up in Vancouver where she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, musical theatre, street dance and hip-hop. Throughout her years as a professional dancer Christie has worked for organizations in Canada , the United States , France , UK , Sweden , Turkey , and Germany . Some of her credits include: Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Norwegian Cruise Lines and the CFL's BC Lions. Christie currently lives in London , UK where she participates in numerous live shows in addition to dancing, acting and choreographing in London 's thriving Film and Television Industry. Some of her film credits include: Mamma Mia, Catwoman, Smallville, Paul O Grady, Fitness First, Maximuscle, Volvo, Marks and Spencers, Loreal, Toyota , Adventis, Life as we Know it, Lysol, Hasbro, Woolite, Nokia, Mattel, and Nissan. Christie also danced at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. In addition to dancing professionally Christie is also a well respected teacher and choreographer.

 

 

Chelsea Beamish

Chelsea has been dancing since 1992 years and teaching since 2003. She has competed in numerous festivals and dance competitions throughout B.C. as well as being accepted three times to The BC Provincials of the Performing Arts in Stage, Ballet, and Modern. At the age of 15, she became director of MOVE Youth Dance Company as well as being a performer, managing shows and competitions throughout B.C. At 17, Chelsea was accepted into The Source Dance Company based in Vancouver , where she performed in B.C. and the U.S. as well as various promotional work including Lululemon's World Yoga Day. Chelsea has taught and choreographed for schools in Vancouver, Coquitlam, Trail, Port Moody, Victoria, Kelowna, and of course, Lake Country. Currently, Chelsea resides in Victoria after graduating from the Canadian College of Performing Arts but is blessed to still be a guest teacher at Lake Country School of Dance.