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 5th year teaching hip hop at The Dance Matrix.
Masha Chernets - Ballet and Acro Dance
Masha has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, stage, contemporary and acro dance and prior to her dance training she was involved in the competitive world of rhythmic gymnastics.
Masha spent several years assisting our faculty with ballet, jazz and acro classes and is really excited to be joining our faculty teaching and choreographing her own classes 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 8th year sharing the art of breakdance and hip hop with our Dance Matrix Family and he is thrilled to be returning!
Andie Halliburn - Ballet, Pointe
Andie has always had a passion for movement. As a child, she studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, musical theatre among others. Andie has studied at such prestigious schools as the National Ballet School of Canada, the Banff Centre for the Arts, American Ballet Theatre and Ballet Jorgen Canada. Her unique choreographic style has earned her awards at multiple festivals, and she also had the pleasure of choreographing for the Victoria Operatic Society. After completing her RAD Advanced II exam and graduating high school, she acquired her diploma in Dance Performance Studies from George Brown College. In 2016, Andie completed her 200hr yoga teacher training through Naked Truth Yoga Inc, and now she is a sought after instructor for her yoga, barre and various fitness style classes. Andie has recently begun assisting on yoga teacher training sessions and taking on personal training clients to help athletes balance their training programs. Her depth of experience and varied education inform her teaching style - which focuses on injury prevention and balancing strength with flexibility. This will be Andie's first year teaching and sharing the joy of dance with our Dance Matrix family.
Skye Wilkinson - Tap, Jazz, Acrodance & Musical Theatre/Stage
Skye has been dancing since she was 8 years old, she has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre/stage, contemporary and acro dance. Skye is also an accomplished singer, she has won many awards, trophies and placements for singing and dancing in competitions and festivals around the province.
Skye has been a part of the musical theatre program at New West Secondary for 2 years, she has performed in two of their musicals; Legally Blonde in 2017 and Crazy for You in 2018. Skye is really excited to begin her 2nd year of teaching the joy of dance at The Dance Matrix.