The Mentor Team
Davi Rodrigues - Artistic Director / Resident Choreographer / Dance Instructor
Born in Brasilia - Brazil, Davi studied physical education at the Universidade Católica de Brasília - UCB, was a dancer for six years the Aplauso Cia de Dança under the direction of Junior O'Hara in Taguatinga - DF. Davi studied ballet with the Ballet Theatre Guaira’s Principal dancer “Heloisa Almeida” with whom he began his studies in classical ballet.
In Brazil, he danced and choreographed for many companies; He has choreographed 08 original full-length dance shows for “Cia Criatividança” in Brazil, a company he danced and directed for 15 years, His own company with which toured Brazil received many awards outstanding as a dancer and choreographer.
Currently in Vancouver - Canada, He's the Artistic Director and choreographer of "Lamondance", besides performing activities of teacher and choreographer of Modern and Contemporary Dance in RNB Dance and Theatre Arts, North West Academy perform and arts, Davi has choreographed for many schools in Vancouver like “Arts Umbrella”, "Pacific Dance and arts" and "Kirkwood Academy of Performance and Arts".
Within his unique voice, Davi focuses on challenging physical freedom, using acrobatic moves and exploring the body in unusual ways; With a unique and unmistakable style that integrates the art of dance with the plastic quality, visual and emotion that the human body has the ability to express themselves, Davi is very successful with his unique style, bringing with him an enormous amount of energy and optimism.
Lara Barclay — Contemporary/ Ballet/ Yoga
A graduate of the National Ballet School, Lara and has been performing for over 20 years in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Canada, USA and Brazil dancing with such companies as Aszure Barton & Artists, Ballet Mannheim, Toronto Dance Theatre, Copenhagen International Ballet, Landeshauptstadt Kiel, Jan Lauwer’s Needcompany and Deborah Colker. She has worked independently with James Kudelka, Barak Marshall, Robert Glumbek, The Plastic Orchid Factory, Vanessa Goodman, Sylvain Émard, Move: the company, and Mascall Dance. An active teacher, rehearsal director and choreographer, Lara teaches at Arts Umbrella, Lamondance and Modus Operandi in Vancouver, Canada. She is currently a dancer with Aszure Barton & Artists, and continues to tour on international stages. This Spring, she begins a new creation with Noam Gagnon and will soon return to work on a 3-year creation of Wells Hill by Vanessa Goodman to be performed in the Fall of 2017 for Dancehouse, Vancouver.
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 with Katie Parks and Lesley Benham 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 ten years, she taught at The Richmond Academy of Dance, and other schools in the Greater Vancouver area. She now coordinates and leads the Ballet Program at RNB Dance and Theatre Arts in North Vancouver, and continues to guest teach, choreograph, and adjudicate exams at a variety of schools in Western Canada.
Krista’s students are consistently recognized for strong exam results, 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!
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.
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