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Jessica Hanson

Creative Director & Owner
SFU Bachelor of Fine Arts - Dance

Jessica's love for dance started at the early age of three at a small studio in Whitecourt, Alberta. There she studied and competed in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, hip hop, musical theatre and highland. In her early teens, Jessica's passion for teaching began when she was given the opportunity to instruct her own beginner classes. This eventually led to her teaching the tap and ballet programs for her dance school. Along with her paid teaching positions, Jessica shared her passion for dance by volunteering regularly for the Boys and Girls Club, Go-Girl Conference (a girls self esteem camp), and other recreational dance programs and elementary schools to help encourage kids creativity and physical activity. As a dancer in high school, Jessica trained many hours per week, which included the opportunity to train on scholarship at The Edge Performing Arts Centre in Los Angeles.

Jessica was brought out to British Columbia after being accepted into The Source Dance Company, a semi-professional dance company based in downtown Vancouver. While in The Source, Jessica performed around the Pacific Northwest for events such as the BC Sports Awards, Vancouver International Dance Festival and many other art festivals. From The Source, she branched out to Simon Fraser University’s Contemporary Arts program, where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance, with a Minor in kinesiology and a professional Fitness Certificate. Now a full time instructor, Jessica has retained a passion for performing and continues to perform and choreograph in small productions across Metro Vancouver. Jessica extends her gratitude to the families who make up K.I.M. and feels extremely blessed to have the opportunity to engage young minds through dance and watch them develop as both artists and unique individuals.

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Megan Friesen

SFU Bachelor of Fine Arts - Dance

Megan’s love of dance began at the age of five in a small studio in Abbotsford, BC and grew exponentially from then on. As a child, Megan began with ballet, finding it fun and exciting, but as she grew in her technique, she felt the urge to do more. Megan then decided to become a competitive dancer in a variety of disciplines such as tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, and modern. Along with competitions, Megan obtained her Advanced Two Ballet Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Megan found her passion for teaching in high school, when she was an assistant for her studio's ballet, tap and jazz classes, which led to instructing her own students her senior year.

Megan has received a BFA in Dance from Simon Fraser University and has had the opportunity to train with the Batsheva Company in New York City and NOW-ID Company in Salt Lake City. Along with her university studies and dance training, Megan's choreographic feats include residency at Mascall Dance, which her choreographic pieces were chosen to showcase in the production “Bloom.”  From this, she was hired as a choreographer for the Launch Festival in Vancouver. Megan was also an intern for Project Limelight Society where she was a part of creating a children’s theatre production by helping students learn acting, singing, and dancing. She is excited to share with her students, her knowledge and experience of the human body’s ability to move and express itself through dance. To learn more about Megan visit: https://www.meganfriesen.com

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Sarina Sorensen

U of C Bachelor of Fine Arts - Theatre

Sarina is very excited to join the K.I.M. team! With a diploma in musical theatre from Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts she has trained in jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet, voice, acting and musical theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary, specializing in theatre for young audiences, directing and performance. Since graduation she has performed professionally across Canada and worked as an artist in residency throughout Alberta.

Sarina has a wide variety of experience teaching performing arts in schools, camps, recreation centres and studios at both recreational and competitive levels (obtaining awards for choreography). She is passionate about providing quality education in an engaging manner encouraging creativity and building self-confidence.

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Cleo Halls

Graduate of MacEwan University's Theatre Arts Program

Cleo Halls is a Vancouver based dance artist and community arts educator. A graduate of both MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program and The Dance Initiative professional training program, she has worked with a number of professional companies including Iron Mountain Theatre, Theatre Alberta, The Lovers Cabaret, Safeword Dance Company, Elope Theatre and The Gold Fever Follies. Cleo is currently a full time dance teacher with students of all ages. Her number one passion is inclusive, accessible and engaging arts education, and she is grateful to be able to teach in a wide variety of different communities. She could not be more excited to be teaching at Kids in Motion!

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Jenna Kraychy

SFU Bachelor of Fine Arts - Dance

Jenna began her dance training at age four in Calgary, AB where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and acrobatics.  She has completed her R.A.D Advance 1 Ballet Exam, performed and trained across North America and Europe, and has done promotional work for Cirque du Soleil. Performing with The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts gave Jenna the opportunity to perform in the Calgary Stampede in front of crowds exceeding 18,000 people, for royalty, and in various television events including the Gemini Awards.

Jenna recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance at Simon Fraser University.  During her time at SFU, she performed works created by many esteemed artists including Lesley Telford, Yossi Berg & Oded Graf Dance Theatre (Israel), Judith Garay (Martha Graham Company), Wen Wei Wang, and Crystal Pite.  Jenna has had the opportunity to study other internationally renowned repertoire including works by Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, and Mats Ek.

Jenna is currently dancing, performing, and teaching for Dezza Dance, under the direction of Desirèe Dunbar in Vancouver.  She is very excited to continue sharing her passion and love for the arts with the Greater Vancouver dance community and Kids In Motion. To learn more about Jenna visit: http://www.jennakraychy.com/

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Julia White

Intensive Training Program (ITP)

Beginning her training in Maple Ridge, BC, Julia took her first dance class at the age of seven and has never looked back. She grew up training and competing in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, contemporary, musical theatre, and acrobatics, and over the years her passion only increased. After graduation Julia took the plunge into the dance scene by moving to Vancouver, where she trained with the Intensive Training Program at Harbour Dance Centre under the direction of Moe Brody. As well as this, she trained at Vancouver Circus School in various disciplines.

Some of Julia's performance credits include the Grey Cup 102 Pregame Kickoff with Dallas Smith, WE Day Vancouver, The Vancouver Spring Show, Variety's 50th Show of Hearts Telethon, the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony, and many live performances at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE).

Julia’s passion for teaching began through an assistant dance teaching position at her home studio. Now a member of the Kids in Motion faculty, she is excited to share her love of dance with her students and to encourage creativity, hard work, and self-confidence in the upcoming generation.