Dance Styles / Jazz Funk, K-Pop

What do you want people to get from your class?

I want everyone who comes into my class to embrace and learn how their body moves/find their own natural rhythm. We all groove differently and I think it’s so important to continually work towards being the best YOU can be, as opposed to trying to dance exactly like other people. It’s all about having fun and feeling your best! 

Technique is important and there will be focus on developing in that area, learning fundamentals, as well as picking up commercial street style choreography. However it’s most important to me that everyone leaves class feeling amazing about themselves and what their bodies can do. 

I’m all about creating a high energy (HYPE), fun, and most importantly safe space for people to explore their own unique selves and talent.

What motivates you to dance?

I’ve been dancing since I was 3, so I honestly can’t imagine life without it. I’m constantly moving and grooving to music- nothing feels better or makes me happier than dance. When I think of all the mentors and instructors I’ve had… their passion and positive impact on me, that’s my strongest motivation. I love that I can share my passion and knowledge, and that I am able to positively impact others to find their own groove and confidence through dance! Seeing people leave class on a high and happier than they were when they came in, that’s the best reward.

I have always been drawn to dance because at no point are you ever done learning. You will always be able to push more boundaries and greater develop your own style. There will always be something new to learn, so you are always progressing. Dance is so complex and the connection of athleticism to artistry is amazing to me.

What are some of the highlights of your career as a dancer/choreographer?

I started competitive dancing when I was very young, so growing up with the endless competitions, workshops, and performances is a major highlight in my dance career. I even got the opportunity to compete in New York City and train under some big names there growing up, which is still to this day one of my favourite dance experiences.

When I began teaching dance, I realized there was something so special in sharing my passion. I ran a competitive dance program in a local community, joined the Executive team for the university dance program, and taught numerous classes. I just get so much joy from teaching dance and learn so much from the students, it’s unbelievable.

There are so many highlights in my dancer/choreographer career, but my biggest one is spending the last 3 years training in Vancouver under some amazing professionals at Harbour Dance Centre and more recently, Studio North. I was part of a training group at HDC called Honey, in the advanced group. I got to learn from so many amazing choreographers based in both Vancouver and L.A. Being in the Vancouver dance community is amazing, and I am so excited to bring what I’ve learned on the west coast back to the east coast!


Classes with Kelsy Gillis