Meet The Team
Shannon Leigh Pouznar
In the past decade Shannon Pouznar has accomplished so many amazing goals both professionally and personally, she has become a mother, wife, studio owner, adjudicator, and examiner, years of dedication and hard work have gotten her to a point she has dreamed of all her life. Shannon has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, lyrical, and modern, and children’s work.
Deanna Carter is a highly qualified Ballet Teacher, who has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern for the past 44 years. In 1997, Deanna completed an intensive teachers training course to become a certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dancing.
Jill’s passion for dance started at the age of 7. She has trained extensively in Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip hop, Modern and Tap. Jill has performed with PRP Productions as a dancer and entertainer for grand events and celebrations including the 2010 Paralympics Opening Ceremonies, 2012 Grey Cup half time show featuring Nickelback and Victoria Duffield, The Fair at the PNE “100 Years of Fun” shows, and several street parades.
Courtny has established herself in the dance community for the past 30 years as a highly successful choreographer and instructor. Her extensive dance training encompasses the disciplines of Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Musical Theatre.
For the past 33 years, dance has been a very important part of Amanda's life. Her years of dance have included studying in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Amanda's desire to perform has also given her the opportunity to compete successfully in many dance competitions in groups, duos, and solos.
Brianne Maxwell has been dancing since the age of three and has been teaching for the past fourteen years. She has trained extensively in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern/Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Throughout her years of training she has found that Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary are her passion. She has won numerous awards and scholarships at a variety of competitions and conventions, as well as several choreography awards.
Carly Erskine - Shaw
Carly began dancing at the age of 4, and then became a part of the CentreStage Dance family at the age of 9. Carly has trained in many styles including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Modern/Contemporary. Carly has completed all of her A.I.D.T. Tap Examinations. In addition she has taken numerous A.I.D.T Jazz Examinations including completion of the Intermediate level.
Hana began dancing at the age of three, and then became a part of CentreStage Dance at the age of five. She has trained in many styles including Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, and Contemporary since beginning at CentreStage Dance. Hana has achieved high marks on her Intermediate and Grade 7 R.A.D. Ballet Exams and has completed all of her A.I.D.T. Modern Exams. Hana has also completed her level one of teaching certification with International Dance Teaching Standards.
Heather Chapman was born and raised in Vancouver BC. She has been dancing since she was 7 years old right here at CentreStage Dance. For the past 31 years, Heather has developed her knowledge of Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Stage. She has attended many dance workshops and competitions throughout the Lower Mainland representing CentreStage Dance with positivity and enthusiasm.
Jocelyn grew up dedicating her life to dance, and has never turned back. She has a passion for not only dancing, but for choreographing and teaching as well. She has competed throughout Canada and Los Angeles, and was also a member of a world Hip Hop National Dance Team in Vegas.
Alysha has been immersed in the dance world since the age of three. Ballet has always been her passion, she has completed her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) graded examinations and her vocational examinations up to and including Advanced Two. She regularly trained in the styles of Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, and Musical Theatre to become a more experienced and adaptable dancer.
Kiana Rigg started her dance training at a very young age and has had a passion for it ever since. She has trained in various styles including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Tap, but specializes in Acro.
Kiana has travelled to New York and Los Angeles to train with some of the world’s top instructors and choreographers. In addition to her training here in North America, Kiana has trained in Europe to even further her dance training even more.
Jordyn has trained for over 15 years in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre right here in the lower mainland. Throughout her extensive training she found her true passions lie with Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Commercial dancing. Jordyn still trains and takes classes regularly at Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver.
Paige began dancing at CentreStage Dance when she was 3 years old. She has trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Acro, Modern and Salsa.
Paige has completed her A.I.D.T. exams in Tap and Jazz with "Honours" and "Honours with Distinction." Paige has also completed her R.A.D. grade eight award in Ballet as well as doing her Intermediate at the vocational level.
Florentina (Tina) has trained competitively in various technical styles of dance, with Hip Hop as her primary focus. Florentina has won numerous overall high-score awards locally and internationally. Post graduation, Florentina took Hip Hop to a professional level training under Reid Friedl in KI&co and Jerome Esplana in Trek Vancouver, while also training in various areas of Canada.From then until now, Florentina has been a sought after recreational and competitive instructor at both dance studios and elementary schools around the lower mainland.
Kayla has been dancing since she was 5, training extensively in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and Modern here at CentreStage Dance.Kayla is trained in A.I.D.T. Modern & R.A.D. Ballet, currently completing her Intermediate Modern exams & Advanced Foundation Ballet. Kayla’s dedication and effort has not gone unnoticed, and she has been awards scholarships from examiners from around the world.
Niva found her love of dance at the age of 3 and has never looked back. She joined a Company Program when she was 7 and her passion grew over the next several years, as she trained in all genres including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Acro, Pointe Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. In the summer leading into her Grade 12 year she learned to tap and joined the competitive tap program for her graduation year.
Carrie has over 40 years of dance training and teaching experience, both locally and internationally. She specializes in the Graded Syllabi of the Royal Academy of Dance and graduated from the Academy’s 3-year Teaching Program, attaining R.A.D. Registered Teacher Status in 2001.
Georgia has been passionate about dancing since she started at the age of six. She has trained extensively in Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Modern, Jazz and Ballet right here at CentreStage Dance.
Along with successfully competing in these styles as a group member and soloist, she has also attended various dance conventions. As her love of dance has grown throughout the years, she is also attending Langley Fine Arts School majoring in Dance.