Faculty

Our faculty consists of very carefully chosen instructors. As we transition into the 2020-2021 season we look forward to a new adventure.  In this uncertain time (Covid 19th) we are carefully rebuilding the studio so we can ensure we are able to provde great dance classes for years to come.  Classes taught mainly by Artistic Director, Jennfier Bishop with Adelynne Addington, Alesia DiCicco and Graeme Kitagawa.  STAY TUNED: as we slowly gain consistency and things stabilize in the next phase, we look forward to adding as many of your favourite instructors back in, as we can manage (Because WE love them too).  


Happy Dancing!


JENNIFER BISHOP, Artistic Director

Jennifer Bishop has been teaching, performing, adjudicating, choreographing and producing for over 25 years. She is highly sought after as a dance coach, performer & consultant.  Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellan) tops her list of celebrity students. 

Jennifer has been a resident instructor at HARBOUR DANCE CENTRE for over 20 years. She is co-founder of THE WEST COAST TAP DANCE COLLECTIVE and has served as  Vancouver Co-Representative for THE INTERNATIONAL TAP DANCE ASSOCIATION.

As a choreographer her credits include numerous commercials, TV shows, feature films and theatre productions. She has had the privilege of performing on the Vancouver stage at The Arts Club Stanley Theatre (West Side Story, Singin' in The Rain & Cabaret), The Vancouver Playhouse (Guys & Dolls and The Music Man), The Vogue Theatre (Godspell), The Centennial Theatre (Godspell and Wizard of Oz), Harmony Arts Festival, Chutzpah Festival, Vancouver International Dance Festival, The Vancouver Tap Festival and Theatre Under the Stars (West Side Story x 2!). Her performing career has allowed her to travel across North America and as far as Taiwan for an adventure as a singer with a top 40/funk band.  Most recently, she has joined Burstin' With Broadway (a 150 member choir) as their Choreographer. 

In 2007, Jennifer found a fabulous dance space and The Rhythm Room was created.  A place for all things percussive!  : )  And in December of  2017, The Rhythm Room added a second location at #109-3701 Hastings Street.

Jennifer is actively involved in the community, supporting up and coming dancers and encouraging their continued growth through exploration in their studies with as many different instructors they can experience.  She endeavors to stay active as an artist through studying different forms of dance, jamming with her husband, Bill Costin and dancing with their daughter, Olivia Love.

LINK TO AN INTERVIEW W/JENNIFER:
https://footstepsandstoriessite.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/jennifer-bishop-all-for-tap-tap-for-all/




ADELYNNE ADDINGTON, Studio Manager & Instructor

Bio coming soon!!!









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ALESIA DICICCO
Alesia was born and raised in Burnaby, BC and began dancing at a young age. She is trained in many styles of dance but has pursued tap dance most devotedly.  Alesia trained at The Vancouver Tap Dance Society where as a company memmber, she perfomred in over 40 school and community shows and was a cast member of the touring show “It’s About Time”.  She has trained at tap festivals in New York, Texas and Vancouver, and is fortunate tohave learned from renowned artists such as Michelle Dorrance, Lisa LaTouche, Terry Brock, Jessie Sawyers and Danny Nielsen.  Alesia has been a local tap teacher throughout the lower mainland for 6 years, during which time she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Physiology at Simon Fraser University.  Most recently she was accepted into medical school at The University of British Columbia and is entering her second year of training.  For Alesia, tap dance is a passion and she finds teaching an exciting and rewarding way to share that passion. 







GRAEME KITAGAWA

Graeme grew up in Brooks, Alberta where he started dancing at the age of 3. There he trained at Rhythmic Soles Dance Academy, beginning in Tap and then branching out into Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. Right from the start Graeme showed unmatched love for performing and felt comfortable in the spotlight. The stage became a place where he could break out of his shell, as he was a more reserved and quiet person. Along with dance, he expressed his artistic side with his love for music. Starting in piano and then tackling guitar and drums he soon became quite the musician. 

After graduation Graeme looked to advance his training to the professional level. He made his move to Vancouver to train at Harbour Dance Centre as a member of the Intensive Training Program where he had the opportunity to train with the top choreographers in Vancouver. After ITP Graeme completed two years with Joanne Pesusich and the Source Dance Company. In the company he started to develop his personal style as a dancer and began to explore creating choreography.

As well as teaching at The Rhythm Room, he also teaches classes at Harbour Dance Centre the new Kelly Kono Studio on Bowen Island. He has appeared on stage with Gateway Theatre (The Music Man), and on film (Freaky Friday) and continues to work throughout the professional dance scene in Vancouver. 


People LOVE Graeme's fast paced teaching style.




Look forward to classes with the following fabulous people 

as we work hard to eventually add them back in 

As subs, for workshops or a full term when possible



MEGHAN ANDERSSEN

Meghan Anderssen is a professional singer, actor, and dancer who is proud to call Vancouver home. She has had the opportunity to study and perform across Canada, and New York City. Meghan is trained in tap, jazz, voice, ballet, acting, mime, and voice over. She is also a graduate of UBC with her Bachelor of Arts in Dramaturgy.

Select theatre credits include: Frumah Sara in Fiddler on the Roof and Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada Theatre); Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes (Hey Look! It’s a Co-op); Tammy in Hairspray (Arts Club Theatre); Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun and Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre Under the Stars); Agatha in Guys and Dolls (Chemainus Theatre); Ruthie/ Ned in Bat Boy (Patrick Street Productions); Linda in Evil Dead (Down Stage Right); Cordelia in Falsettos (Chutzpah Festival); Cowgirl in Somewhere In The World... and Baby Bear in Not Wanted on the Voyage (Charlottetown Festival); and her favourite credit, two years of playing The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz at Carousel Theatre.

In her “spare time”, Meghan is also a well sought-after teacher and choreographer throughout the Lower Mainland. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with everyone young and old (and all those in between). She has been a guest instructor at the Arts Club, Theatre Under the Stars, and many many others. Meghan also assistant choreographed the BC celebration ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.


CHANTEL GENIO


Ages pre-school to 55+ Chantel has taught it all - from Ballet to Street Jazz, from Cupcakes to Stomp! Receving her daance training at local, national and international levels, Chantel has had the opportunity to perform in Canada, The USA, and Germany.  She has performed alongside some of the most highly sought after dancers and choreographers, most recently as a cast member of TAP STEW and TAP STEW-REHEATED.

Chantel has been on our sub list for the past few years and we’re so happy that she’s finally joining our regular schedule with her own classes.!





PEG GIESBRECHT

Raised in Calgary and transplanted to Vancouver over a decade ago, Peggy is extremely proud of her ‘homegrown’ Western Canadian talent and training. With over 20 years of professional teaching experience, her own small business/production company and a recently revived performing career, Peggy is constantly reinventing herself and achieving rare longevity in the dance industry. 

When not teaching around Vancouver, Peggy can be seen performing in collaborative tap works, solo pieces and tap jams all over the lower mainland. Peggy is also a much loved guest instructor who is invited to teach master classes and summer schools at home and across the western provinces year after year. A respected adjudicator for provincial and national level competitions, she has also received numerous choreography awards and recognition for her charitable contributions to various visual and performing arts programs in BC. 

Her students –both past and current – continue to find great success as performers In Toronto, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, touring with shows such as Stomp!, Wicked and Mary Poppins. Just as many others have followed in her footsteps to become outstanding teachers, choreographers, studio owners and company directors.

Never one to be idle, Peggy also works as a 911 Emergency call taker for the Vancouver Police Department and is developing her portfolio as a freelance writer as well. 






JIM HIBBARD

Jim Hibbard’s professional career has spanned more than 50 years.  He has worked in film, television, stage and nightclubs in disciplines such as dancing, singing, acting, choroegraphing, directing, producing, writing and post production foley work. 

Jim's film work includes HELLO DOLLY, with Barbra Streisand, GYPSY with Natalie Wood, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE with Julie Andrews, BYE BYE BIRDIE with Ann Margret, six films with Elvis Presley, FINIAN'S RAINBOW with Fred Astaire and choreographing A VERY MERRY, MUPPET CHRISTMAS, for Jim Henson's production company.







KRISTINA LINDEN

Born and raised in Vancouver, Kristina began performing at a young age and soon developed a passion for the stage.  She was seen as a principle tap dancer in the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics and has been an opening act for American recording artist, Mya. Her television credits include The X-Files, Hellcats and Psych. Theatre credits include: Graziella In West Side Story (Vancouver Playhouse) , Singin’ in the Rain, (TUTS),  Anything Goes (Metro Theatre), and 42nd St (RCMT) and featured tap dancer in the Vancouver Spring Show. (Queen Elizabeth Theatre) Along with having been the Artistic Director of TapCo,  Kristina has been a faculty member of Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival. She has performed in Vancouver, LA, New York , Washngton DC, Barcelona and Germany. Having studied education in University, Kristina is a passionate dancer, choreographer and teacher who shares her love of dance every chance she gets.      

                                 We’re THRILLED to have Kristina joining us at The Rhythm Room!