The Mentor Team
Davi Rodrigues - Artistic Director / Resident Choreographer / Contemporary
Davi Rodrigues built a career, renowned as a unique audacious immersive choreographer and producing daring hard work as an Artistic Director. Originally from Brazil, Rodrigues is a Canadian Citizen who distinguished himself as a passionate dancer for many years, and as a young visionary choreographer for nearly a decade before and joining Lamondance. With this, he brings high energy and optimism to his work.
Davi studied physical education at the Universidade Católica de Brasília (UCB) while training and performing as a dancer for six years with the Aplauso Cia de Dança under the direction of Junior O'Hara in Taguatinga - DF. Rodrigues also studied classical ballet with the Ballet Theatre Guaira’s principal dancer Heloisa Almeida.
In Vancouver, Davi started as a dancer and guest choreographer, but grew into the Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of "Lamondance Company" a contemporary training and performing dance company and not for profit organization founded in 2009. With his work, Davi finds voices for emerging dancers in a program which fosters technical and artistic development. Lamondance provides a platform that serves as a starting point for young artists. His hard work with Lamondance has created an unmistakable artistic voice known as creative, ambitious, breathtaking, cutting edge and most of all, humble.
Combining the characteristics of the program with his own global success, Davi was able to connect his dancers with many artists from Canada and abroad, creating a reliable network present in our community. Rodrigues' most recent works for Lamondance are Ubuntu - I am because we are, Garden of Lights, Kauã, WE, Marbled, IELE (a collaboration with the Emmy-nominated Music composer Hall Beckett), How it ends, and most recently VIVA which premiered on June 2019 in celebration of the companies 10th anniversary. Most recently Davi incorporated Lamondance as Lamondance Arts Society, a society registered under the laws of the Province of British Columbia.
As a passionate mentor, Rodrigues pursues his enthusiasm to sustain artistic excellence, creation, production and performance by supporting, educating and challenging its artists to take risks while contributing to the growth of all performers, choreographers and arts educators in the community at large.
Davi’s success is born from his unique style of dance, connection and choreography, bringing with him an enormous amount of energy and optimism.
Linda Arkelian - Ballet
Linda has performed internationally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Theatre Ballet of Canada, Anna Wyman Dance Theatre and the Judith Marcuse Dance Company. She was the recipient of a Canada Council grant in 1991 to study at the National Dance Intensive and the National Voice Intensive. Linda has choreographed for and collaborated on numerous contemporary dance projects. Linda teaches Ballet and Contemporary Dance at Scotiabank Dance Centre, as well as Advanced Ballet at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. She is also ballet instructor and repertoire coach at Lamondance Company. In addition Linda is a visual artist, actor and filmmaker. Linda has had professional experience in theatre and film. Her dance films with David Cooper have received worldwide acclaim and international screenings in the US, India and the UK. Linda was honored as a guest speaker for PetchaKucha sharing the inspiration of her innovative "Bringing Artists Together" project which integrates musicians' and visual artists' work into her dance journey.
Krista Hassen – RAD RTS, B.Sc. (Hon) FNH
Krista's early training was at the South Delta Studio of Dance. She continued her intensive studies in the Professional Division at The Richmond Academy of Dance, and spent summers at the National Ballet School of Canada, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and Banff Centre for the Arts. She was accepted into the full-time graduate dance program at Montreal’s L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec, where she trained daily with Alexandra Wells, former principal dancer of Boston Ballet. While dancing in Montreal, she also performed on stage with Dance Theatre of Harlem, and worked with company members of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, understudying their roles in The Nutcracker.
Krista performed many classical and contemporary roles, and successfully completed all RAD vocational examinations. She received numerous top awards in local and provincial festivals, and a scholarship to train at London Studio Centre, England. When injuries sidelined her performing career, she attended The University of British Columbia, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Food, Nutrition, and Health. With a special interest in wellness and injury prevention, she has conducted nutrition seminars for dancers.
Krista holds her Teaching Certificate and Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance. For several years, she taught at The Richmond Academy of Dance, Deas Island Dance, and Panorama School of Dance. Krista is now with RNB Dance and Theatre Arts in North Vancouver, where she has been Head of Ballet for the past 10 years. She trains and coaches dancers of all ages in open work, RAD Exam Syllabus, and solo and group choreography. Krista also continues to guest teach, choreograph, and adjudicate exams at a variety of schools in Western Canada. She is honoured to be a faculty member of Lamondance, and mentor Canada and Brazil’s upcoming young professionals.
Krista’s students are consistently recognized for strong exam results, successfully audition for internationally acclaimed summer training programs, achieve top awards in both local and provincial festivals, and have gone on to dance professionally. Krista has a true passion for ballet, and loves sharing this passion with young dancers!
Peter Smida - Guest Collaborator
Peter is an emerging film director and choreographer based in Vancouver, BC Canada, who’s work focuses on an honest and abstract approach to narrative. He is currently and artist in residence with Ballet BC and Small Stage.
Also a classically trained dancer, Peter was an artist with Ballet BC for 11 seasons. There, he created, collaborated, and performed works by internationally esteemed choreographers such as Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Sharon Eyal and Medhi Walerski. Having these experiences has given peter an enormous understanding and appreciation for the attention to detail, work ethic, quality and integrity it takes to produce work of the highest standard. He now brings his knowledge of dance to his work as a teacher, choreographer, and film maker.
Since 2015, peter has been creating works that range from short dance films, to cooperate promotional videos to documentaries.
Lara Barclay — Contemporary/ Ballet/ Yoga
A graduate of the National Ballet School and Hamburg Ballet School, Lara has been performing for 23 years with companies in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Canada, USA and Brazil. She has danced with Ballet Mannheim, Toronto Dance Theatre, Copenhagen International Ballet, Landeshauptstadt Kiel, Jan Lauwer’s Needcompany and Deborah Colker. Independently, she has had worked with Sylvain Émard, Vanessa Goodman/Action at a Distance, Barak Marshall, Mascall Dance, Evann Siebens, Vision Impure, Plastic Orchid Factory, and Josh Beamish. An active teacher, rehearsal director and choreographer, Lara teaches at Ballet BC, Arts Umbrella, Lamondance, RNB Dance, Richmond Academy of Dance and Modus Operandi. She has been a dancer with Aszure Barton & Artists, touring on international stages for the past seven years and looks forward to a new creation to premiere in the summer of 2019. Lara is a mother of two daughters, a yoga teacher and recently graduated with a diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy. She lives in Vancouver, Canada and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Expressive Arts Therapy through the European Graduate School in Switzerland.
Reid Colton - Ballet
Reid began training with Philip Fuller in Los Angeles at the age of 8. As a student at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, he attended summer sessions on scholarship with ABT, San Francisco Ballet and the Royal Ballet. He received a scholarship to the post secondary program of Canada’s National Ballet School, where he studied with Lindsay Fischer and had a brand new work choreographed on him by James Kudelka. Reid represented NBS in an international showcase, dancing the late Rudi van Danzig’s "Third Song" at the Stuttgart Ballet. Upon graduating from the post secondary dance program, Reid joined Ballet West and performed ballets such as "Giselle", "Sleeping Beauty" and Balanchine’s "Stars and Stripes". In 2008, Reid joined The Orlando Ballet and danced roles in Fernando Bujones’ "Don Quixote", and Robert Hill’s "Le Corsaire"
David Secunda - Theatre Instructor
Originally a visual artist specializing in fibre arts David Secunda transformed into a performance artist as he experimented in ritual style performance art at art show openings and conferences such as the International Sculpture Symposium in 1978.Through the 1980's David Secunda performed physical theatre, experimented with giant woven fibre masks and puppets, and toured nationally and internationally with Imago and Theatre of Giants. In 1989 he became a theatre arts teacher in Coquitlam. After retiring from teaching he has appeared in several films such as Dead Hearts and Cohesion and plays including United Players' We Are Three Sisters and The Marriage of Figaro, NVCP's Having Hope at Home and Ghost Light's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and Surrey Little Theatre’s Truth and Reconciliation.
Racheal Prince - Ballet
Raised in Wasaga Beach,Ontario, Racheal received her early training at the Quinte Ballet School under the direction of Brian Scott. Following her training at Quinte, Racheal attended the School of Alberta Ballet’s Pre Professional Program under Murray and Nancy Kilgour and received the prestigious Ali Pourfarrokh Scholarship. Racheal began her professional career with the Alberta Ballet Company, where she danced for four seasons, followed bytwelve seasons with Ballet BC. She was privileged to tour internationally including Ballet BC’s Olivier Award nomination performance at Sadler’s Wells.Her performance highlights include Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash,Johan Inger’s Walking Mad and B.R.I.S.A, William Forsythe’s Enemy in the Figure and Work Within Work as well as many works by George Balanchine. She has created works for the dancers of Ballet BC in collaboration with the Shadbolt Centre for the Artsand is currently working on new creations with dance artist Brandon Alley. Racheal was the 2016 Cecchetti Awards Adjudicator, Choreographer and Workshop Teacher and has been a guest teacher for the Alberta Ballet School’s Professional Summer Intensive. Racheal has an immense passion for teaching and is excited to share her experiences with aspiring dancers.
Brandon Lee Alley - Guest Collaborator
A North Carolina native, Brandon Lee Alley began his dance training at the Eastern Randolph High School when he was 14 under the direction of Britt Allen. He later attended the Greensboro Ballet’s year-long program on a full scholarship and graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts specializing in contemporary dance in 2012. Brandon has attended summer intensives with Ballet Austin, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and LINES Ballet. He has also had the privilege of performing works by many prestigious choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal, Johan Inger, Jorma elo, Victor Quijada, Cayetano Soto and Stijn Celis among many others. Brandon began his professional career with Hubbard Street 2 and has been a member of BODYTRAFFIC. Throughout his career, Brandon has been apart of many creations and collaborative projects that demand a range of self-generated material. During these processes, he began to realize his love for creating and presenting his own artistic voice. In 2013, He choreographed his first work, a duet performed by members of HS2 followed by 2 new, recent works for the Arts Umbrella Dance Company. Brandon has also honed his skills as a teacher and movement guide while working as an instructor at the Hubbard Street summer intensives as well as many classes and workshops internationally. In his free time, he continues to dive into cross-disciplinary work that includes, Visual art, poetry and music. Brandon has self-published a book of poetry titled “The words I have found, gently stitched in her skin.” and is an avid drawer/painter.
GILL CIVIL (GILLIAN DOLINSKI) - pianist
Gill Civil (aka Gillian Dolinski), a New Zealand composer now based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, has long been inspiring professional dancers and ballet students alike with her energy infused piano music. She has worked for major dance companies in Australasia and Canada and during the 80s was a full-time accompanist at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. Before moving to Canada in 1990 Gill recorded and toured with several bands, including the renowned pop band Crowded House - she played keyboards on their 1986 Australian tour. A classically trained pianist, Gill is a prolific composer of solo piano music. Her "Dancing Keys 1,2 & 3" CDs have found an international audience with ballet and modern dancers as well as fans of New Age music. In July 2016 Gill was invited to play at the International Dance Seminar in Brasilia. She entertained the young Brazilian dancers with music from her latest releases “BPM – Ballet Pop Music 1 & 2” which feature covers of current pop songs and movie soundtracks. In addition to Arts Umbrella, Gill accompanies ballet classes for Simon Fraser University and the Shadbolt Centre. Her music can be heard at her website www.pianomusicforballet.com