Shoreline Dance Academy prides itself on hiring energetic dance educators that live to encourage, motivate and inspire.  Our faculty works hard to master current trends, take professional courses, and understand what makes each dancer progress within the studio.

We understand that trust is everything in a dance studio and want our dance families to know we have their best interests in mind now, and for years to come.

Chantelle Norris

Chantelle Norris ARAD RTS AISTD Dip.

Chantelle completed her formative ballet training in Calgary, Alberta, under the guidance of respected classical educators such as, Tara Silvaggio ( Alberta Ballet School & RWB ), Elaine Werner Hutchison ( former teacher with the RWB ), and ballet master Brian MacDonald ( former Artistic Director, Royal Swedish Ballet). As a dancer, she was awarded various scholarships, such as, the ‘Most Promising Artist’ scholarship from the Wild Rose Dance Arts Association, ‘ Outstanding Classical Dancer’ from Expressions the Dance Gallery, and ‘Recognition of Excellence’ from the Mayor of Calgary.

Before locating to Vancouver Island in 2006, Ms. Norris was ballet Director of “Expressions the Dance Gallery” in Strathmore, AB. There she began her CBTS with the Royal Academy of Dance under the detailed guidance of Umran Sumen, former leading soloist with The National Ballet Company of Turkey. In 2006 she was awarded Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance, then continuing on to obtain her Associate Diploma of the Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dancing under Lorraine Blake ( FISTD/Examiner). Chantelle had the privilege of travelling to Chichester, England in 2009 and 2011, to obtain direct mentorship from ISTD syllabi creators Lyn Richardson( ISTD Senior Examiner ) and Teresa Theodoulou ( Vice Chair of the ISTD Modern Committe). She has currently obtained her Intermediate and Advanced 1 Cecchetti examinations and is working toward her Associate in December 2018.

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Cat Newcombe

Cat Newcombe A.I.S.T.D

Cat Newcombe began her dance training at 4 years old in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Under the professional guidance of respected dance educator Lorraine Blake F.I.S.T.D/Examiner of the Theatre branch of the I.S.T.D, she worked to complete her R.A.D examinations up to Intermediate and Grade 8 Ballet as well as her I.S.T.D Tap and Modern Theatre vocational graded examinations. In 2015 Cat was invited to attend courses hosted by the I.ST.D with Penelope Boyse (Arts Umbrella) and Pam Eddleston (F.I.S.T.D/Examiner) in Victoria and Vancouver.

After graduating, Cat attended the West Coast Academy of Performing Arts where she continued to train in jazz and modern under the direction of Arabella Martin. In June 2017 Cat was awarded her Associate of the I.S.T.D in Modern Theatre. Since gaining her Associate status Cat has been teaching regularly at Steps Ahead Dance in Mill Bay, and is looking forward to continuing her training with the I.S.T.D and completing her Advanced Two Modern exam in spring 2019.

Cat’s dynamic and engaging choreography has earned her respect and recognition from her students and community. She believes continuous personal development is vital to student success and is firmly dedicated to helping students grow and learn.

Heyley Newcombe

Hayley Newcombe A.I.S.T.D

Hayley Newcombe is an Associate of the I.S.T.D. and has been training for over 18 years in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and modern with various dance educators and choreographers across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. She has received exemplary marks in both her R.A.D and I.S.T.D Graded and Vocational Graded examinations and plans to continue her professional development through the I.S.T.D.

Hayley’s fresh, innovative choreography and teaching style is adored by all her students, and it is clear that her passion for the art has a very positive influence on the next generation. She believes there is potential for greatness in every dancer and strives to help each student reach their goals. Hayley is very excited for her first year at Shoreline Dance Academy and can hardly wait to share her knowledge and love for dance with the dancers of Powell River.

Passion In Every Step