Faculty

Our faculty consists of very carefully chosen instructors. 

We strive to bring you opportunites to dance with as many great instructors as possible.


Happy Dancing!


JENNIFER BISHOP - Artistic Director/Instructor 

Mon 3:30 Primary Tap
Mon 4:30 Junior Tap
Tues 1pm Beginner Tap
Wed 3:45 Primary Dance
Wed 6pm Adv Beg
Thurs 6pm Int 1 
Thurs 7:15 Beginner Tap
Fri 6pm Intro to Tap
Sun 11am Adv Beg 
Sun 1:30 Intermediate 


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/





ALEXANDRA CLANCY

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Sat 3-5pm Historic Rep

Alexandra is a performing artist with a love of dance and passion for Tap.  Growing up in Vancouver, she trained at Danzmode and with Vancouver Tap Dance Society’s youth company “Tap Co”. She is also a proud alumna of Jacob’s Pillow.  Alexandra was a member of Tapestry Dance Company’s 25th season in Austin, TX.  She has worked for many other great dancers performing in such shows as Lisa La Touce’s “Hold On”, Travis Knights “The Cholly Project”, Matt Shields “A Chronogological Life Story of a Few Tap Dancers” and most recently, Danny Nielsen’s “ On Foot”.  She has performed at The Kennedy Centre in DC and at The Vancouver Tap Dance Festival in a show mentored by Heather Cornell. With a unique voide blending tap and contemporary dance, Alexandra has performed her work in the Feats Festival of Dance and The Vancouver Playhouse and her film “Sedated” was presented at The Cascadia Dance Film Festival.  Alexandra was an artist in residence with Dances For Small Stage creating, learning and performning in Vancouver for the past few years. Her work with musicians was presented at Dancing on The Edge Festival as well as Small Stage’s Summer Series. Recently,

Alexandra performed on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow with her company Soleful Dance, presenting “Mood Swing”.  Last year she attended the professional training program at Decidedly Jazz in Calgary, studying jazz dance and music.  Currently, Alexandra is back in Vancouver attending the dance program at Simon Fraser University while continuing to perform, choreograph and teach.

Alexandra is continously growing as an artist.
She always puts such great thought and care into her teachng - we’re lucky to have her





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ALESIA DICICCO
Wed  7:15 Intermediate
Wed  8:30 Advanced

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. 

Alesia has been such a fantastic addition to our schedule





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BRYN KINDERS
Tues 11:15 Int 2/3

Bryn began dancing at the age of 2. As soon as she was walking - she was TAP DANCING! Although she specializes in tap dance, she has also trainted in jazz, ballet, contermporary and modern dance. Bryn has traveled the world to train with world renowned artists like Michelle Dorrance, Nicholas Young, Heather Cornell, Dianne Walker and Sarah Reich.  She has performed across Canada and the USA. She has been a part of local projects such as The Small Stage Summer Series, the TED Conference 2019 with Andrew Nemr and The 20th Anniversary Gala at the 2019 Vancouver International Tap Festival. Bryn has an endless passion for tap dance and it’s rich history.  She is excited to share this with her students.

After watching this amazing dancer grow up - we’re so thrilled to Bryn back as an instructor!





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ALICIA KOEVOETS
Tues  6:00 Intermediate
Tues  7:15 Adv Beginner
Tues  8:30 Advanced 

Alicia Koevoets is an ambitious tap dancer from Vancouver BC. She began training in all dance forms at the age of 8 before realizing her passion for tap and perusing it more exclusively. Growing up Alicia trained at The Vancouver Tap Dance Society and was a member of the youth ensemble, TapCo for 6 years. Alicia has trained and performed all over North America, learning from some of the world best tap masters. In 2012 Alicia spent 2 weeks training at the prestigious School at Jacobs Pillow in Massachusetts. Alicia was honored to be a part of Lisa La Touche’s world premier of “Hold On” at the Vancouver International Tap Festival. 

We are so happy to have Alicia back with us, she’s a favourite of many of our dancers :)






GRAEME KITAGAWA
Thurs 10:00 Fast Adv Beg
Thurs  11:15 Int 2/3 
Sat  10am Adv Beg 
Sat  11:15 Int 1
Sat 12:30 Teen Tap & Theatre Dance 
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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 and Kelly Konno 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.

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TROY McLAUGHLIN
Mon  6pm Adv Beg 

Troy  holds a B.F.A. in Jazz Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There he studied with Judith Jamison, tap great Lavaughn Robinson, and members of the Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet, and Jo Jo Smith's Dance Factory. Troy co-founded Tap Team Two with Robert Burden Jr. and has danced with Manhat- tan Tap and had the privilege of working with the late great Harold Nicholas of The Nicholas Brothers. Highlights of Troy's career include performing in Disney's The Lion King, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express, The Radio City Rockettes Show, The Siegfried and Roy Show, as Richard Pryor's tap dancing conscience in "Pryor Offences", and entertaining the troops for the U.S Dept. of Defense.

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Troy has also choreographed for musicals, industrial shows, and dance companies worldwide. And taught at numerous universities, public schools, and dance studios. He was a featured tap dancer in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics, choreo- graphed the movie GUNLESS with Paul Gross, assisted in the creation of flying se- quences for Broadway’s Spiderman, and Directed/Choreographed for Norwegian Cruise Line. Troy is the creator of the western Canadian tap anthem THE WEST COAST RIFF and of the BODY BEATS fitness program.

His company Troy’s BopShop brings dance into the school system, theatres (and wherever it’s needed, www.bopshop.ca). The company has worked in Vancouver, Las Vegas and Australia to name a few. Whether it’s hip hop, body percussion, musical theatre, or creative movement and choreography, through teaching students and teachers of all levels and ages he helps them gain confidence and close in on their potential.

Under the Umbrella of Troy’s Bop Shop is Troy McLaughlin’s Dance Works which has created 4 full-length shows. The first was I HAVE A DREAM which reflected on civil rights trailblazers in dance and and their influences today. It premiered at the Orpheum Annex. The company also created the tap and flamenco telling of the musicals WESTSIDE STORY and GREASE with The Karen Flamenco Company, which premiered at the Vancouver Playhouse. The latest show being S.T.I.L. (Stuff That I Like) an eclectic mix of jazz, tap, body percussion and other “stuff that I like”

Troy has such a wealth of experience as a dancer in multiple genres and has so much to share. 

Were lucky to grab him - don’t miss his class!




Look forward to classes with the following fabulous people 

You’ll see them scheduled in 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.


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SIERRA BREWERTON 

Sierra Brewerton is a dancer, singer and actor who works internationally. She recently made her London West End debut in “9 to 5” The Musical as Missy Hart.  She ahd previously been a part of the production’s UK and Ireland and she looks forward to rejoining the company for the 2nd International Tour. 

In Canada, some of Sierra’s select credits include Mary Poppins, Beauty And The Best and Mamma Mia (Arts Club Theatre) and Anne of Green Gables (Theatre Calgary) . she has also danced and been Dance Captain for productions of operas Turandot and the Merry Widow (Vancouver Opera) Sierra’s film and TV credits include Rufus (Nickelodeon) No Tomorrow and Zombie (the CW) 

In addition to perfomring, Sierra loves teaching dance and fitness.  She has taught 9-5 workshops at every ATG venue whilst on tour throughout the UK.  She also had the opportunity to be a guest faculty member for Edinburgh University Modern Dance Society (UK), Randolph Academy (Toronto) and Capilao University’s Musical Theatre Department  (Vancouver) 


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.







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.