Dance Matrix Teachers and Choreographers
Our talented teaching faculty at The Dance Matrix has experience with all ages and levels of dance. They are dedicated to ensuring that all students feel comfortable in their recreational or performing group classes. Several of our teachers are "Triple Threats" - they can teach various genres of dance along with acting and singing.
Lindsey Galaugher - Artistic Director
Lindsey Galaugher has been dancing for as long as she can remember. Lindsey has a background in tap, jazz, ballet, acrobatics and musical theatre. She is a triple threat talent and has won many awards for her dancing and choreography. Lindsey has continued to develop her performing and teaching skills by travelling to New York to study with top performers and choreographers. She is a Simon Fraser University graduate with a major in political science and a history minor. Lindsey is a member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association, Stage Division for Tap and Jazz having successfully passed the rigorous examination process. In 2008 and 2009 Lindsey shared her love of tap dancing with many children at the Vancouver Children's Festival through her work with the Vancouver Tap Dance Society. Lindsey always works hard to ensure every student is comfortable in the class as she introduces the dancer to the joys of dance while enhancing their movement abilities and musicality. Lindsey currently teaches tap, jazz, ballet, acro dance,contemporary and musical theatre/stage to all levels and ages.
Sheena Anderson - Hip Hop
Sheena was born and raised in the Okanagan and cultivated an appreciation for hip hop and various other street dance styles growing up. Once she moved to Vancouver she was able to rise through the street dance scene and stand out with a unique combination of specialities. She focuses on Waacking, Locking, and Hip Hop, having recently trained internationally and battled against emerging styles. Sheena spent several months in South America adding Latin dance styles to her repertoire. She now incorporates these influences into her extensive street dance portfolio, specifically with footwork in all styles. Her goal is to give back to the community that has supported her in her passion and she hopes to inspire others to reach similar heights. This will be Sheena’s first year teaching hip hop at The Dance Matrix.
Rupert Common - Breakdance and Hip Hop
Rupert is a Hip Hop artist, performer and teacher based out of Vancouver, BC. His dance experience is mainly rooted in breakdance, but he incorporates other Hip Hop styles such as New Jack (90s) and grooving into his repertoire. Outside of the studio, Rupert is an active member of the arts community and full-time writer, vocalist and musician. In addition to hosting weekly freestyle rap workshops he also organizes shows and events with his dance partners, band members and peers. This will be Rupert's fourth year sharing the art of breakdance with our Dance Matrix Family and he is thrilled to be returning!
Mari Leung - Jazz, Ballet, Acro Dance & Musical Theatre/Stage
Mari Leung is a growing young dancer born and raised in Vancouver. She is currently in between studies at Capilano University for Early Childhood Care and Education. Drawn to music and movement at a young age, Mari found her passion after getting her start in gymnastics classes. A year later she started her dance studio career adding new styles and training each year. Achieving Honours and Highly Commended in all of her CDTA Jazz, Tap and Acrobatics exam medals; she also explored Ballet, Stage, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop Lyrical and Contemporary disciplines. Attending CDTA Master Classes, Conventions and drop-in classes, she graduated secondary school and her studio to move on to Harbour Dance Studios' Intensive Training Program. A year of eye-opening training, student teaching opportunities and all new movements, explorations and expression, she was itching to put her choreography into motion. This will be Mari's second year teaching for The Dance Matrix.
Marcel Tremel - Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary & Musical Theatre/Stage
Marcel Tremel is a choreographer, performer, and dance educator in the Metro Vancouver area. Marcel hails from Saskatchewan, where he danced for most of his life. He is trained in a variety of styles, including: Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre and Tap. His qualifications include CDTA Advanced Tap and Jazz, RAD, Grade 8 Ballet and most recently, he completed the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers training program with Junior Certification in Jazz, Tap and Acrobatique.
Marcel is a triple threat performer with a diploma in Applied Performing Arts from the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) where he trained for 3 years in singing, dancing and acting. His credits include performance roles, choreography and touring opportunities with Saskatchewan Express a song and dance group, Thoroughly Modern Millie for the Victoria Operatic Society, Ballet Etoile in Victoria, as a featured performer in the Royal City Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker, and CCPA’s productions of Young Frankenstein and Lend Me a Tenor.
Marcel has been recognized with numerous awards for his performances and choreography. This will be Marcel’s first year with the faculty of The Dance Matrix, where he will be sharing his love of dance and performance with our students. He is looking forward to a really great year of dancing with you all!