2017-18 VIREO faculty
HALEY TOAL, ISDSA - OWNER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTOR
Haley has been dancing and performing since the tender age of 3. She has taken the stage in a variety of forms including dance performances, recitals and competitions, musicals and other theatrical productions, and also as a musician/singer-songwriter. She has trained extensively in many disciplines of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, modern, lyrical, and contemporary, as well as completing ISTD Tap and ISTD Modern Theatre exams at the Intermediate syllabus level with Merit and Distinction. She has completed the Acrobatique AcroDance Junior Certification Course, and her Acrobatique AcroDance Certification (Junior Level) is in progress. She is also a certified Ukrainian Dance Instructor with the Shumka Dance Syllabus Academy (ISDSA) and is the senior instructor for the Dolyna Ukrainian Dancers of the Comox Valley. Haley's love of dance and the stage quickly grew into passion for teaching and choreography. Her teaching experience includes working with children and adults of all ages and abilities. Haley has also won medals, special awards, trophies, and overall high scores for her choreography at countless festivals and competitions in Canada and the United States.
LAURA HARROW - INSTRUCTOR
Laura grew up in the North East of Scotland in the UK. She has performed with National youth Music Theatre & is a founding member of Elevate Contemporary Dance Company, as well has participated in the world renowned Aberdeen International Youth Festival. Laura has studied at Stella Mann College in England where she qualified with a Diploma in Music Theatre to complete her Diploma in Voice from the London College of Music. Upon graduating, Laura secured lead roles in pantomimes as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, Snow White in Snow White, both for Qdos Entertainment in Addition to the role of Maisie in The Boyfriend, and ensemble in A Chorus Line, 42nd Street and Footloose. Laura now teaches various styles of dance since moving to Vancouver Island in 2012.
LACEY BUTLER - INSTRUCTOR
Lacey grew up in Port Alberni, always living an active lifestyle - whether it was sports or enjoying the great outdoors. She was a competitive gymnast for 10 years, and then started dancing at the age of 13. The art of dance quickly became her passion. She completed advanced levels of several dance practices, including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Modern. Hip hop/street dance came into her life the year she was graduating high school, and she has been hooked on it ever since! Lacey has been teaching Dance for 14 years, and within that time also completed her pilates certification and attended university to obtain a Physical Education Diploma. Within her dance career she has choreographed the BC Winter Olympic Games opening ceremonies, volunteered for 3 years as the head coach of a high school dance team, ran lunch hour programs for schools, and choreographed countless routines for competitions and shows. Lacey is very excited to continue her career at VIREO School of Performing Arts for the 2017-18 season!
CHAI SULLIVAN - INSTRUCTOR
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