Feel inspired, connected and alive.
To my dear community,
Thank you all so much for saying yes to being apart of our Act Alive family. I would love to share a little about me, and why I am so grateful, proud and humbled to be a leader in this community.
Since I was a small child I have been involved in the performing arts and was heavily influenced by my ballet and musical theatre teachers who supported my creative growth for many years. While my body type did not always support me in being the most technical ballet dancer, I was always acknowledged for my strengths in the performing arts which gave me a lot of confidence in my teen years and allowed me to feel seen and valued at a time where I was struggling with my self confidence. As a young adult, I found yoga soon after the unexpected passing of my father, and learned invaluable mindfulness techniques and physical movement practices that took me through a very difficult time in my life.
After dedicating my early career to sharing my passions with youth, I started Act Alive to offer kids and teens a place where they could be appreciated for the unique gifts that they bring to the world, and to offer them guidance as they explore the performing and creative arts. I want to share the practices and passions that have helped me grow and develop the most, and to be a mentor for youth in my community.
"Act Alive"- while being a play on the word act, is also a reminder to engage with life and to participate whole heartedly in activities that make you feel inspired, connected and alive.
Owner and Artistic Director
Jessica Kelly has been an arts educator for 20 years and brings thousands of hours of teaching experience as well as her fun, energetic, and supportive personality to all her camps and classes. You may recognize her from her many years as an instructor at Brennan Park Recreation Centre or from her workshops and classes at Squamish Montessori School, Don Ross Middle School, Howe Sound Secondary, Shala Yoga or with The Shamanic Yoga Institute.
From a young age Jessica trained in Musical Theatre, Jazz and R.A.D Ballet at the Douglas Ballet Academy (now Dance Collective) in Burnaby B.C. There she was blessed with many opportunities to travel the world sharing dance in her youth, and won many awards for her performances. Commitment, teamwork, dedication, inclusion, friendliness and a love of self were ingrained in Jessica during the countless hours she spent in the studio training each week; core principals which she stands by and brings to each one of her classes.
Jessica went on to study Musical Theatre at Capilano University and work as a professional performer in and around Vancouver. While in Vancouver, Jessica was a highly sought after musical theatre and dancer teacher and worked as a School Principal and Company Director for Lights Up Musical Theatre Schools.
After yoga helped her through anxiety and depression, Jessica became a yoga teacher in 2014 and carries a designation of ERYT-550 with the Canadian Yoga Alliance. In addition to classical yoga training, Jessica has also been certified to teach Yin Yoga, Yoga for Youth, and is a full mesa carrier with practice in the energetic arts and shamanic healing.
Learning to channel her emotions through voice and movement has been a huge asset to Jessica and she is passionate about sharing her love of the arts and yoga with the youth in her community.
Louise Robinson is an Australian born teacher, actress, performer, and aerialist that has been living in the Sea to Sky for 9 years.
Motivated to work hard from an early age, Louise worked as a server and model, while simultaneously training to be a high school Drama and Arts teacher. She is currently working as a subject teacher at the Squamish Waldorf School, and teaches one on one skill development with children, teens, and adults. Louise believes in lifelong learning, and strives to promote interpersonal communication techniques and inspire individuals to make lasting connections.
Since moving to BC, she has immersed herself in the local Arts scene, performing in theatre, film, and television. Some of Louise’s credits include the film ‘The Right Kind of Wrong’, the internationally recognized television series ‘Timbercreek Lodge’, and local short film ‘Ramshackle Blues’.
Louise is continuously looking to flex her performance abilities, and over the last 3 years has developed her skills in aerial silks.