MEET OUR TEAM
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Meet our talented team of instructors at Summerland School of Dance. Focused on teaching exceptional technique and creating unforgettable experiences, our team is committed to our dancers’ satisfaction and success. Read through our instructors’ bios below, and if you’d like to set up an introductory meeting don’t hesitate to reach out.
AMANDA FRANKHAM A.R.A.D.
Tap, Jazz, Acro, Ballet, Pointe, Dance Team
Amanda began dancing in Fort St. John when she was 4 years old. Her extensive training includes Ballet through the Royal Accademy of Dance (R.A.D.), Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics all through the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (C.D.T.A.), Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Variety, and Musical Theatre. Amanda has also achieved her teachers certification with the C.D.T.A.
She has performed in a number of Ballets and Musicals including The Nutcracker, Chicago, and Cabaret. She has studied at schools such as Kelowna Ballet, Vancouver Tap Society, Fusion Dance Company, Debbie Reynolds in L.A., Harbour Dance Centre in Vanvouver, and Jason Thomas Dance in Cornwall, England.
Amanda especially loves sharing her passion for dance through teaching and choreography. She began assisting in classes at age 13 and by 15 years old was teaching and running her own dance program in a neighbouring community. After graduation, Amanda was selected to be part of the Intensive Training Program at Harbour Dance Centre, and later the Perform Arts Teacher Training Program, and has taught in a number of studios and community centres in the greater Vanvouver area and the Okanagan.
Amanda was recently awarded Young Entrepreneur of the year in Summerland! She is excited to be the owner of Summerland School of Dance!
Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Dance Team
Lisa has been in love with dance since the young age of 3, growing up and training on Vancouver Island. She has worked through the RAD Ballet exams up to intermediate advanced as well as studied in other styles such as Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and Acro.
Lisa has competed in festivals all over the island receiving many awards and bursaries and has gone on to represent the Cowichan Festival at the provincials in intermediate Ballet, senior Ballet and senior Modern.
At the age of 16, Lisa spent a year abroad in Japan where she fell in love with Hip Hop and has since gone on to study this style in great depth both on and off Vancouver Island.
Lisa started teaching 11 years ago but still loves participating in dance conventions as well as taking master classes. Her passion for dance pushes her to continue to learn and grow as an artist and to stay current and relevant in an ever growing and evolving industry. She loves teaching and sharing her knowledge and experience with her wonderful students.
Lisa is thrilled to be sharing her love of dance with Summerland school of Dance and is looking forward to an amazing year.
Ballet, Dance Team
Justine was born and raised in Penticton BC, where she was introduced to dance at the age of three. Mentored by numerous great
teachers and guest artists, including Traci Stevenson, Loretta Beamish, and Cheryl Blumke, Justine developed a movement foundation deeply rooted in both classical and stage dance. At the age of 14, Justine's passion and deep commitment to dance lead her to leave home and move to Vancouver BC, where she would begin her pre- professional training at Pacific Dance Arts.
As a student, Justine spent her summers training at a variety of schools, under scholarship, including the Banff Centre for Performing Arts, Boston Ballet School, Ballet X, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Under the mentorship of Li Yaming, Justine would go on to represent Canada as a finalist dancer in both the 2009 New York Grand Prix, and as a semi-finalist in Beijing’s International Ballet Competition in 2008.
Justine completed her formal training in 2012, under the mentorship of Alonzo King in San Francisco CA, and has since
performed as a guest artist with numerous Canadian and American dance companies.
In 2012, Justine joined Ballet Jorgen, where she was a soloist dancer for Bengt Jorgen's 25th anniversary tour of Swan Lake. Throughout her time with BJC, Justine was fortunate enough to perform principal roles, featuring both Contemporary and Classical dance works, with Danza Corpus and Les Petit Ballet, in Toronto ON, under the direction of Jose Carret and Mercedes Bernardez.
It was during this time that Justine developed a hunger for new movement and an interest in alternative approaches to her classical
foundation. This hunger lead Justine to return to Vancouver where she would continue to investigate and research new ways to expand her classical training as an educator, choreographer, and freelance dance artist.
Currently, Justine teaches and choreographs, throughout Western Canada and Mexico. She is also the Artistic Director of Reforming Art Productions - a Contemporary Dance Company dedicated to further developing high caliber training opportunities for the next generation of professional dancers. Justine looks forward to a great season, and is excited to share her passion for dance with Summerland School of Dance!
Tap, Kinder Ballet
Arlene has been teaching for Summerland School of Dance intermittently for over 10 years. She believes in the power of dance to help students gain confidence in themselves while mastering new skills in a positive, non judgemental and safe place amongst peers. The “aha!” moments are truly rewarding.